It’s pretty funny to see these stunning new edgy High Cut magazine pictures from Han Hyo Joo at the same time I’m falling in love with Jang Ok Jung, Live in Love. Han Hyo Joo’s most famous performance to-date has to be her starring role in the K-drama Dong Yi. I confess to checking out pretty early (at episode 20 but for a 60 episoder that was on the early side) because it was so by-the-books boring for me. I confess to not seeing early 80s and 90s sageuks from famed director Lee Byung Hoon, but his Seodongyeo was my first and probably one of my favorite sageuks despite seeing its limitations. Since then I haven’t liked his increasingly dull safe style and the recent Horse Doctor is the best sleep aid ever. So Dong Yi was a miss for me, and I was quite surprised to see Han Hyo Joo lauded for her performance since I thought she was pretty bad. I guess playing the historically well-regarded kind Dong Yi makes for a rootable heroine, though I’m quite excited to see a different conceptualization of Dong Yi as less bland saintly angel and more ambitious and self-serving court lady in JOJ. Han Hyo Joo might’ve challenged her acting more to play this version of Dong Yi, and judging from her bad girl-esque pics here she could totally pull it off and add some sizzle to her usual vanilla image. As much as I’m really growing fond of Kim Tae Hee as this new and awesome version of Jang Ok Jung, I also wouldn’t have minded if Han Hyo Joo was the lead. Though that would be like mashing alternate drama universes together and somewhere a black hole might form. I’m not sure she’s going to do dramas anytime soon though. She has been exclusively doing movies for the last 3 years and up next is her police thriller Surveillance with my Jung Woo Sung playing the bad guy.