Jung Ryeo Won and Kim Ha Neul Juxtapose City and Beach in Spring Pictorials for Elle and Cosmopolitan

Neither Jung Ryeo Won nor Kim Ha Neul are K-actresses I have to watch no matter what the project is, nor do they annoy me to the extent I avoid their works. I best describe my feelings towards them as per-project-basis and it waxes and wanes depends on what it is. Jung Ryeo Won has been on the up-and-up with me since she did two back-to-back solid dramas in History of the Salaryman and King of Dramas, while conversely Kim Na Neul has been taxing my patience with two consecutive projects I loathed in You’re My Pet and A Gentleman’s Dignity. But oddly I like both ladies consistently when it comes to their photo spreads, especially Jung Ryeo Won now that she’s not so scarily skinny as she was in her My Name is Kim Sam Soon days. For awhile I thought she looked as cancer-ridden as her character was. For the Spring issue of Elle and Cosmopolitan Korea, the former sent Jung Ryeo Won to Paris for a city shoot, while the latter flew Kim Ha Neul to Bali for a beach shoot. I love both and find the juxtaposition really refreshing when viewed together. Kim Ha Neul’s legs are to-die-for, and she’s so comfortable and natural in showcasing the Summer feel of picturesque Bali that I literally felt a warm breeze waft over me when I looked at her pictures. She makes me feel like I’m right there with her. Jung Ryeo Won’s shoot is conversely very chic with the city colors of blues and grays. It captures the Paris flat vibe but strangely doesn’t take advantage of the external environs of the city. If I were to describe what these pictures make me feel – one makes me want to live there while the other beckons me to visit for a vacation. If PPL in these two photo shoots was the location then the shoot succeeded in luring me. 


Jung Ryeo Won and Kim Ha Neul Juxtapose City and Beach in Spring Pictorials for Elle and Cosmopolitan — 17 Comments

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  2. I just developed a huge crush on Jung Ryeo Won after watching King of Dramas. Checked a couple of her interviews. Learned she’s pretty much the artsy fartsy type of girl – she draws, dabbles into DIY-ing accessories, and dresses like she doesn’t care how hideous she looks sometimes. I really like her.

    • She seems like a really chill woman and I’m surprised but at the same time not really surprised that she’s an artsy woman because she picks really unique yet great roles and dramas. I’ve always thought I’d love to hang out with her.

  3. JRW is fast becoming the only other actress that I want to know about more after Shinhye. She has a distinctiveness that is totally her. She looks classy and elegant. Loved her in the two dramas …KOD and SM.

  4. I love both photo shoots, and JRW is now one of my favorite actresses after King of Dramas. What I don’t understand is the need to locate to Paris to do the pictures shot here. I am definitely NOT begrudgiing her a trip to Paris, but I often wonder about such shoots. If all the pictures we see are indoor shots, I feel as if I had been cheated. I know if I was the editor, I would be wondering why I sent all those people (i.e.–paid for all those people to go to Paris) when our in house art department could have created the pictures in the studio. JRW is just glowing in these pictures though.

    • +1

      The weather’s been winter-like in the capital lately with lots of snow and below 0°C temps. She would have frozen to death wearing these outfits. That may be an explanation. 😉


      • But even so, they could have shot the pictures indoors against a window with a Parisian view.

      • Hi Denali,

        I know I ahave been missing for awhile (*licking Miss Rose wounds*), but I have not been looking at any dramas lately; I am trying to be good, so I can get all the teaching and grant work done. Still hoping to have enough funding to study in Korea this summer, but the work must be done now. I no longer can pretend to be studying Korean by watching dramas!

    • Totally Agree about outdoor shooting. Total wastage of money and opportunity of having a unique photo shoot spread by not utilizing the beautiful architecture and surroundings

    • @trotwood: temptation must be strong but the price to pay will be so much worth it once you’ll set foot on the land of the morning calm. Wishing you the best.

  5. JRW is amazingly versatile. I *loved* her in Salaryman. Hilarious, and so different from the stereotypical Kdrama heroine. It was hard to believe she was the same actress who played the wilting flower in Sam-Soon.

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