Heart eyes are everywhere after tvN’s most anticipated webtoon-based series True Beauty dropped character stills featuring its two lead male stars, Cha Eun-woo (Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung) and Hwang In-yeop (18 Again).
The upcoming Wednesday and Thursday romantic-comedy drama is adapted from the popular webtoon titled “Goddess Advent” written by Yaongyi. The story centers on a shy, acne-stricken teenager who becomes an internet star overnight after putting on makeup. To keep her celebrity status, she keeps her bare face hidden under makeup and lies to cover up her identity. The drama features Moon Ga-young (Find Me in Your Memory) as the female lead character Im Ju-gyeong, a young lady with an appearance complex who becomes a campus celebrity overnight; Cha Eun-woo as Lee Su-ho, a lone wolf with a cold exterior; and Hwang In-yeop as Han Seo-jun, a social butterfly with a rebellious attitude.
Just weeks before its official premiere, tvN unveiled the character stills of Cha and Hwang as they both transformed into school celebrities who can easily steal a woman’s heart. In the story, Cha Eun-woo plays Lee Su-ho, who has an attractive face, tops his class, and excels in everything he does, especially basketball. Although he is always the center of attention, he tends to ignore the things that are happening around him. In the unveiled stills, Cha draws attention with his perfect portrayal of a cold, aloof genius who exudes a boy-next-door vibe. Even when he’s unaware, such as when he is studying or reading a book, his calm yet unsmiling expression is highlighted.
However, in the last still, Su-ho gives a soft smile while looking at his phone, giving out a charm that can make anyone fall in love with him. This also puts emphasis on the contrasting personalities that Su-ho shows depending on where he is. Outside, his cold aura shows a distant Su-ho who ignores everything around him, but when he’s at the comfort of his home, he drops his guard and takes off his cold facade, revealing a soft, gentle soul who has a warm smile—a hidden side of him that he never lets others see.
The webtoon’s original author reportedly modeled the character Su-ho based on Cha Eun-woo’s physical appearance, which explains the uncanny resemblance between the two. Moreover, Cha is also the top pick of the webtoon fans to play the lead character Su-ho.
The production crew of True Beauty said, “Cha Eun-woo has completely transformed into Lee Su-ho from the very first shoot. In addition to his appearance that matches his character, he is [able to portray] Lee Su-ho with his acting and various charms. We are currently working on the production with a joyful heart as we have a lot in store for our anticipating fans and viewers who are all waiting for the drama’s broadcast. We ask for your expectation and interest.”
Hwang In-yeop is also trying to steal the viewers’ hearts with his bad-boy charm. In the series, Hwang takes on the role of Han Seo-jun, a rebellious teen with good looks and a perfect body. Despite how he seems, Seo-jun is actually a sweet and caring person hiding underneath a tough exterior.
In the released stills, Hwang has everyone’s attention for his looks that exude rough masculinity. His rebellious and free-spirited side is more illuminated with his expressions, as well as his piercings and his hairstyle that resembles that of K-pop male idols. In addition to this, he shines even more while wearing his school uniform.
In one of the stills, he is glaring at the person in front of him. His intense eyes and cold expression seemingly scream danger, making fans both nervous and excited about Seo-jun’s character. He is also shown about to ride a motorcycle, which emphasizes his wild side that contrasts with his real personality that is warm and affectionate. The stills are raising anticipation on how Hwang In-yeop will be able to pull off Seo-jun’s bad-boy vibe, as well as how the three actors will pull off each of their given characters while working on their chemistry.
True Beauty, which will define what beauty really is, will grace the small screen this coming December 9 at 10:30 p.m KST.