Kim Go Eun Does Her Best Impression in First Poster for tvN Drama Adaptation of Yumi’s Cells, Drama Also Adds Jinyoung as Another Male Lead Bobby

When novels and mangas are ones first love, I’ve lived through countless visual adaptations whether movies or dramas and the reaction from myself as a book fan is first and foremost, does this actor/actress fit the role as described in the words and pictures of the pages. I know we’re in the world of constant revision, where if a character is written as one ethnicity or gender it can be adapted differently onscreen, but to a fan of the original work what we want first and foremost is that any attempt to live-action a beloved story perhaps just do it as written/drawn? I don’t know, it’s a weird minefield to share that feeling but if one wanted to put a story onscreen with whatever role cast just come up with a new one rather than changing an existing one. That’s how the whole vibe of Kim Go Eun in upcoming tvN adaptation of popular webtoon Yumi’s Cells just comes across to me who read a good chunk of the story. She’s just not Yumi, she can be the best actress in the world and give a mind blowing performance and I can come to accept her as live-action Yumi, but the whole visual vibe is so off in every still and now poster I’ve seen of her. Once again, like she was the live-action perfect casting of the female lead in the adaptation of webtoon Cheese in the Trap, it’s like the opposite her. Yumi blends into the world, a woman with a lively emotional and mental life but rather mousy and petite and cute in a non-descript way as created in the webtoon. Kim Go Eun is just an actress that will give you one look and put you in your place. Also, the drama may also piss off new viewers as it doesn’t exactly have a pay off for the romantic entanglements of Yumi during the story proper, Ahn Bo Hyun is one male lead but Jinyoung has just been added as another male lead, both guys Yumi dates in the webtoon.


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Kim Go Eun Does Her Best Impression in First Poster for tvN Drama Adaptation of Yumi’s Cells, Drama Also Adds Jinyoung as Another Male Lead Bobby — 62 Comments

    • She can act and has the awards to prove it. Classic beauty but doesn’t flaunt it. Is the brand ambassador for Chanel and has rejected so many offers from some of the best fashion houses and I’m talking haute couture! I hope your resume is as stellar.

    • She endorses Chanel and some other brands….have a lot of prestigious acting awards….acted alongside many veteran actors and were praised and loved by them! Even Yoon Yu Jung; the Oscar winning supporting actress mentioned her name specifically to the director of Canola so that the director can bring KGE in the film!She is lit and such opinions like yours can do nothing to her talent, beauty and success.

  1. I LOL over the second picture of KGE. She looks exactly like our account clerk with that hairstyle (and I sincerely meant no jab on anyone or the profession). I don read the comic so no idea on how Yumi supposed to be but I agree on OCKoala description abt KGE “…an actress that giving you one look and put you in your place.” though I don feel that way abt my colleague (of that similar appearance).

  2. She does look super cute and the poster has a nice vibe. For people who haven’t read the webtoon it won’t be a problem possibly but it might get polarizing opinions from those who have. This drama will have a seasonal format like HP with each season having 14 episodes apparently.

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  4. Hated her in Cheese In the Trap and pretty much everything I’ve seen. Not sure why she keeps getting cast over other actresses with real acting chops?

    • The power of hb entertainment lol,most powerfull agency in south korea!Even lee ji wook get big budget drama but no problem her drama and lee jin wook drama smelling flop hard. No wonder won bin turn down that drama.They have zero charisma and just bland actor. Goblin get popular because gong yoo and lee doong wok not her.

      • Won bin turned down drama because of the burden he felt, at first he almost agree to star in it as the only script that managed to attract him to comeback but in the end he still turned it down due to the “burden” I’m not so sure what but I don’t smell flop from it. Cj been sending support trucks and the set looks expensive luxurious seems like it will be the second fantasy hit like goblin but darker version. Kwon Nara is actress with A-lister quality, her being female lead in it is something big

      • Even Gong Yoo and Dong Wook praised her acting skills…Gong Yoo wanted to work with her after seeing Chinatown and he mentioned in the press conference of Goblin that meeting her was a blessing for him… indirectly calling out haters like you who are just jelous of KGE and bash her for no valid reason!

    • She’s a good actress but doesn’t fit in the romance genre. I honestly don’t get why casting PDs always choose her for romance themed dramas when she barely has any chemistry w the actors she acted with.

      • All her dramas are legendary and I found her chemistry with co-stars very palpable in dramas too…and its the first kdrama to mix animation and real experiences and convey the growth of Yu-mi ….its not just a romance drama….but watching it or not completely depends on you…

    • She keeps getting parts because thankfully your opinion not only doesn’t count with decision makers but isn’t the overriding opinion of the multitude that enjoy her work As for “real acting chops”, as a top award winner she’s considered one of best among her peers,veteran actors and actresses. The same view is held by producers, directors and writers. In fact, per the Korean Film Council(KOFIC)she gets first choice of the best scripts. South Korea is fortunate to have some best actors and actresses in the world. KOFIC selected 100 actresses to represent Korea’s Film Indusrty on the international stage. She is one of the actresses selected. Talent in the industry is tremendous and filled with people that are both multi-talented. So it had to be hard to narrow down who to include. Yet, she was selected. The point I’m trying to make is, she is one of many talented actresses in South Korea. There is no need to malign her because she’s not your favorite. There are actresses that I absolutely don’t like. And like you, if they’re in a movie or drama,I won’t watch. But that’s where it ends. Because even their worst performance is better than one I could give. I respect that they are capable in the eyes of the person that selected them. And my respect extends to not making snide comments in an open forum. But I recognize there’s no rule that say others have to adhere to this standard.

    • You hated her in citt and kept on watching her other dramas too…means her dramas were buzzing everywhere and haters like you were just watching to find excuses to malign her…
      But thankfully she is loved and appreciated for beauty and acting skills by PD’s, production houses,actors and brands and she have the love of so many fans too, hence spreading random hate about her is meaningless

  5. Man can look super plain and ugly but they won’t receive hate comments at all about their subpar looks. But when female…

    • Right? Some of these comments are disheartening. She has a unique beauty but beautiful no less. I dont love the haircut but that’s the style they chose for the character.

      • Kim Go Eun is the only Korean actress that convinced me to watch kdramas and films. She has got that such extra ordinary appeal which make one either love or hate her ythat is why i am not surprised that there are a lot of haters here who can not wait to trash her. Because she is that good and so many fans of other actresses are so intimudated by her. She has only done three dramas and seven films but she has been awarded more than thirty different awards mostly best in acting and she has only been in the business for 9 yrs but tecnically seven yrs because after her first movie where she won all the est actress awards in all award givinh bofies for that yr, she stopped for two yrs to finish her college degree. KGE is not an ordinary actress who just accepts dramas here and there.(she does not need money that much). There are so many things she posseses that not ordinary korean actress doesnt have.she is a licenced scuba diver, she bungee jumps, sky dives, ice skates. She is a good singer, she plays guitar meaning she is a multi talented person. And if you do not like her because she looks plin to you, she never troex to change her appearance jus to please those who call her ugly. I think you should look in the mirror first to see how you look before sayin ugly to others.men like her because she is not a hypocrite and she is simple. Her skin is flawless. Her smile is so contagious. It is enough to make you feel good. And to those who said she was bad in every drama she was in, you are all liars and should all go to hell.

    • ikr? Criticising acting is one thing, criticising looks is a whole other (usually sexist) thing.

      I personally think she’s beautiful, she has a very fresh and free-spirited charm.

    • Spill. Drama fans on this blog act superior thinking they care about skills and talent the most but have bashed so many actresses here for their looks. Hypocrites. They’re just as superficial as the kpop fans they hate lol.

  6. I really like her as an actress. I don’t know the webtoon so I won’t compare. I read Cheese in the trap and in the both case, I didn’t like the ML, so I was pretty happy with the drama.

  7. I honestly don’t get the hype about her being SUCH an excellent actress. She’s by no means a bad actress, but certainly not nearly as good as people hype her up.

    • That’s exactly it. She’s not beautiful in the typical Korean actress sense so clearly she needs to compensate for that whether she likes it or not and she…….really does not. She was expressionless the entire time in Cheese in the Trap, pure cringe in Goblin and plain exasperating in TKEM. Her acting chops and looks are much more suited for secondary characters in kdrama world if I’m being completely honest, and her rise and stay to the top is baffling to me. Make it make sense.

      • @Vee – Just my 2 cents – I think she has a certain spunky and charming “it factor”. It seems that directors love her, fashion people love her, alot of female fans have her as their girl crush, etc. I prefer a KGE over a Suzy or PSH, all things being equal.

      • @Ophelia – I agree. It’s that “It factor” that makes her stand out, when she first debuted there was no other actress in her age range who had it. Also she can act. Just because the kdramaheads of ifan circles have only seen her in Kim Eun Sook dramas, doesn’t mean that’s all she was capable of, I like PSH as an actress but can’t ever picture her pulling off something like Coin Locker Girl or Monster where KGE hardly seemed like the same person.

      • If critics, actors and most people thought like you then she would not have multiple best new actress awards for citt, praises from seniors or not got baeksang best actress nomination for Goblin and a lot of love and support from all around the world for TKEM. And TVING is producing such a high scale and budgeted webtoon drama Yumi’s cells…this shows how she is trusted by production houses to invest their money on….proving that she is not only a critically acclaimed actress but a very popular and loved one too

      • I dont want to go down to your level of lying but i just cant help answering to your obvious dislike for her even if deep in your soul u know you did not watch citt, goblin and tkem because if you did you could have realized how great and beautiful Kim Go Eun is. And no matter how much you and her other detractors say the opposite, the success of those drama and the number of international fans who love her, those are tge proof that you belong to only a handful who do not know what beauty is, and do not know the meaning of what a great artist is. I feel sorry for you.

  8. I think KGE is one of those actresses that just has never done it for me. She’s never excellent (ever!), but she’s never terrible either. No performance has ever wowed me, but neither have I dropped a drama because I just couldn’t tolerate her acting. Haven’t read the manga for this but it looks… like it’s not my thing. Which I’m not exactly feeling down about lol.

    • Lol KGE is the best actress right now in Korea…. It doesn’t matter who you are, she will ran circles around you.. Pls, put some respect on her name.. I dare you name any actress that is better than her acting wise.. She ran circles around a veteran actor like gong ho in the goblin..i have never seen a film of hers that she didn’t overshadowed everyone.. If not that LMH star power and screen presence is legendary, she would have dealt with him in King eternal totally.. The only actress that has that kind of ability to swallow everyone was JJH.. No one else

      • Don’t get me wrong, I think she’s a good actress and some of these comments are unfair but she is not the best actress in Korea. Off the top of my head, JDY, YYJ, KHS, SYJ, BD, etc.. are better but they are also older so maybe that’s an unfair comparison. But if we’re talking her age group(30), yes I’d say she’s the best.

      • @loyalist Nah, she is not the best actress in her age group. Off the top of my head, for those in early 30s by Korean reckoning (90-92 liner), there’s Park Bo Young, Kim Ji Won, Seo Yeji if she hadn’t shot herself in the foot, Lee Se Young, Park Eun Bin, and so on who are much better actresses with more charisma.

    • Kim sunho also haven’t wow me in anything, he’s neither excellent nor terrible. A completely mediocre actor with mediocre look.

  9. I loved her in CIIT (I loved the drama until ep 9 minus the male lead) did not watched any other dramas with her, but two three films and I can say that I like her acting. Maybe she’s not the best or I can’t say she’s a genius at acting, but she does her job nicely. So…I hope this is a good project and since it is female centered of course I’m gonna watch it!

  10. I really like KGE, whether it be her looks, acting, or style. I do think she needs to step away from doing rom-coms for her dramas, as they’re not the best showcase for her talent.

      • Can watch her films like China Town, Monster, Memories of the Sword, Canola and see her range….even in cheese in the trap, goblin and TKEM her characters were completely different! I don’t know what you guys are saying

  11. This is not about beauty. It’s about compatibility with the webtoon character, and i agree with koala. Yumi is a humble, girl next door type that looks simple on the outside but very expressive and dynamic inside. She exudes natural cuteness without trying to do any aegyo. Maybe because i watch KGE at variety show/making of drama more than her dramas but her sassy image is too strong and doesn’t fit Yumi. But who knows? She may bring Yumi out to life with her acting. Besides i can’t think of any actresses that fit Yumi, image wise. Ones that crossed my mind is park hye soo and park eun bin but none of them is available.

  12. Honestly when I think about Yumi, it’s the young Park Bo Yong, round faces, petite, cute without trying.

    KGE just look mature. She may deliver a great performance but for the webtoon alone, that’s the impression I get.

    Even when you put the young actress like KSH and KYJ, I think Kim Hyang Gi looks the best.

    Even Hyeri has better match look (not better acting) with Yumi.

    Also there are actress in Solomon Perjury that will fits this.

  13. She leaves me with a lukewarm taste. I like her a lot more in her movies than in her dramas.I could not finish any of them-dramas- and one of the main reasons was not only her mediocre acting but also the zero chemistry with her male costars.

  14. Wow. So many haters. I feel that people should not react so quickly. Why not wait for the pilot episode before saying she is not right for the role. And what is with the comments about her appearance? She looks fine to me. The hair I’m not sure but I’m not familiar with the webtoon so I’ll just adopt a wait and see attitude.

    Someone mentioned PBY, after Doom I might not want her in another drama right away.

    • I think when it comes to Kim Go Eun people who are puzzled by her success, fail to look far enough beyond their own noses. Goblin, despite the few that claim “she ruined it” for them, was a success. Her performance and pairing with GY was well received and is remembered fondly by many. A clamor went up when she was chosen for CITT and it’s also a role she proved critics wrong. TUNE IN FOR LOVE set a box office record for a romance opening and is still loved. There were those that insisted she was wrong for FL in TKEM. And despite the international success of the drama and how well the onscreen pairing was received, there are still those that believe she was the wrong choice. And the truth in that, she was the wrong choice for them but not for many others.

      • So true I loved her in Goblin so much that I started searching for her other works.

        Cheese also worked for me but I didn’t really like the second lead and felt I just want to focus on the OTP.

        TKEM was an addicting watch. I felt that it was the script that was problematic not her.

        I’m just amazed at how much hate she is getting.

      • I think people who are too jelous or toxic about the fact that their biases could not achieve what KGE did and is doing are spreading most of the hate! Hopefully, KGE will shine bright as Yumi too and prove all her haters wrong again.

  15. Why do I feel like Koala doesnt like KGE at all. Every article about KGE, if there was any, is always negative. And its funny how we judge someone’s acting by looks rather than talent. Whereas in US or UK, its their acting talent that matters. Maybe we should learn to be kinder with words.

  16. Maybe when most S.Koreans learn to love themselves they’ll appreciate the classic beauty that is Kim Go Eun.
    I get it, she chooses not assimilate into the typical everyday blah boring so called romantic drama queens you’re used to but let’s not get it twisted, if she wanted to she definitely could and would blow them all out if the park. No if’s ands or buts about. Kim GoEun is an excellent multi award winning actress and is known and sought after worldwide in many circles. Y’all better recognize!

  17. Koala should probably thank Kim GoEun because apparently she can’t make a living without her. She’s always writing about her…closet fan probably

  18. I think people who are too jelous or toxic about the fact that their biases could not achieve what KGE did and is doing are spreading most of the hate! KGE is the best actress among her peers and hopefully, KGE will shine bright as Yumi too and prove all her haters wrong again.

  19. Can watch her films like China Town, Monster, Memories of the Sword, Canola and see her range….even in cheese in the trap, goblin and TKEM her characters were completely different! I don’t know what you guys are saying

  20. I dont want to go down to your level of lying but i just cant help answering to your obvious dislike for her even if deep in your soul u know you did not watch citt, goblin and tkem because if you did you could have realized how great and beautiful Kim Go Eun is. And no matter how much you and her other detractors say the opposite, the success of those drama and the number of international fans who love her, those are tge proof that you belong to only a handful who do not know what beauty is, and do not know the meaning of what a great artist is. I feel sorry for you.

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