HER PRIVATE LIFE [그녀의 사생활/Geunyeoui Sasaenghwal]
Written by Kim Hye-young, Directed by Hong Jong-chan
Based on novel by Kim Sung-yeon
Production company: Studio Dragon (스튜디오드래곤 주식회사) and Bon Factory (본팩토리)
Genre: Romantic Comedy
April 10, 2019 ~ TBA [Wed~Thur]
Art museum curator by day, fansite webmistress by night — such is the double life led by Sung Deok-mi. What happens when both her worlds collide in real life? — by Mich KDL
Senior Curator at Cheum Museum of Art;
fangirl of Cha Shi-an
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Cha Shi-an (One/Jung Je-Won)
Lead singer of White Ocean
Nam Eun-ki (Ahn Bo-hyun)*
Deok-mi’s adopted brother
Lee Sun-joo (Park Jin-joo)
Café owner and Deok-mi’s best friend
Sung Geun-ho (Maeng Sang-hun)
Director of Cheum Museum of Art
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Eom So-Hye (Kim Sun-young)
Former director and owner of Cheum Museum of Art
Choi Da-in (Hong Seo-young)
Artist and Ryan’s good friend
Sindy/Kim Hyo-jin (Kim Bo-ra)
Intern at Cheum Museum of Art, So-hye’s daughter and fangirl of Cha Shi-An
* Eun-ki’s role was first proposed to Lee Kyu-hyung. But he declined.
THE WRITER & DIRECTOR
This drama was adapted to the television screen by Kim Hye-young (김혜영) — seemingly her first drama script — based on a novel by Kim Sung-yeon (김성연).
As for Hong Jong-Chan (홍종찬), he is a prolific K-Drama director who has directed some well-known dramas in past years. He mainly works for tvN; with the exception of 2018’s Life (라이프) that broadcasted on JTBC. Before that, he directed The Most Beautiful Goodbye (세상에서 가장 아름다운 이별) (tvN, 2017), Live Up to Your Name (명불허전) (tvN, 2017), Dear My Friends (디어 마이 프렌즈) (tvN, 2016) and My Secret Hotel (마이 시크릿 호텔) (tvN, 2014).
He started out in the K-Drama industry as an assistant director for The Legend (태왕사신기) (MBC, 2007) and Bichunmoo (비천무) (SBS, 2008). Hong continued to hone his skills as a producer for SBS with shows like Prosecutor Princess (검사 프린세스) (SBS, 2010), City Hunter (시티헌터) (SBS, 2011) and The Master’s Sun (주군의 태양) (SBS, 2013), while in parallel working as a co-director for such dramas as Tamra, the Island (탐나는도다) (MBC, 2009), Padam Padam (빠담빠담… 그와 그녀의 심장박동소리) (JTBC, 2011-2012) and Doctor Stranger (닥터 이방인) (SBS, 2014).
< Image from carpoint07 >
Her Private Life is based on the novel Noona Fan Dot Com / Nuna Paen Datkom (누나팬닷컴) written by Kim Sung-yeon (sometimes also romanized as Kim Sung-yun) (김성연), published in 2007 in two volumes by Yeoubi/Yeowoobi Publishing [여우비] and re-published by Haksan Publishing Company [학산문화사] in 2019.
In 2009, the novel was adapted to the webtoon Noona Fan Dot Com – Her Private Life (누나 팬 닷컴 – 그녀 의 사생활) with the cover illustration done by 비체성.
You can read the webtoon at Naver online here (Korean).
Search Her Private Life (그녀의 사생활) (tvN, 2019) on KDL for a visual look of all locations.
Last update: 17/05/2019
— Neocure [네오큐어]
— Kotileikit Furniture Workshop
[코티레이킷 가구공방] [E8]
— Children’s Grand Park [서울어린이대공원] [E4]
— Vitoga Foto [비토가사진관] [E2,4]
— Yakhyeon Cathedral [중림동약현성당] [E12]
— Seogang Bridge [서강대교] [E5]
— SBS Prism Tower [SBS프리즘타워] [E1]
— Gonbap [곤밥] [E4]
— Caferia [카페리아]
— Eoulmadang Street [어울마당로] [E6]
— West Bridge Live Hall [웨스트브릿지 라이브홀] [E6]
— Hwasumok [화수목/花水木] [E8]
— Gyeongui Line Plaza [경의선광장] [E9]
Seongsu-dong 1(il)ga [성수동1가]
— Trimage — Seoul Forest [서울숲트리마제]
— Atelier VertVert Flower School [아뜰리에 베르베르] [E8]
— SOMA Museum of Art [소마미술관]
— Lotte Hotel Seoul [롯데호텔서울] [E1]
— Café Zino [지노 파주] [E7]
NEW YORK CITY
— Red Hook Stores [E1]
HER PRIVATE LIFE (2019)
Snippets of the trailer for Her Private Life were shown before the start of Yoon-seo’s new drama in final episode 16 in Touch Your Heart. Her Private Life takes over the time slot from latter drama.
Sung Duk-mi (Park Min-young) and Ryan Gold (Kim Jae-wook) watch the first episode of Encounter/Boyfriend (남자친구) (tvN, 2018-19) together on a romantic date at home in episode 12 and comment how it is beautiful as they watch Cha Soo-hyun (Song Hye-kyo) relax at Fort of Saint Charles [Castillo de San Carlos de la Cabaña].
CULTURAL REFERENCE: COLLECTING VIEWING STONES OR ‘SUSEOK’
Casually named “collecting stones” in episode 1, the hobby that Sung Deok-mi’s (Park Min-young) father Sung Geun-ho (Maeng Sang-hun) cherishes is actually a pastime that dates back some thousand years. It consists of collecting and appreciating stones that are called Suseok (수석), or “viewing stones.” The appraisal of the stones relies on different criteria, according to Juneu Kim (president of the American Suseok Viewing Stone Study Group), from shape and color to its CHI energy. Spraying the stones with water helps “to be able to see the beautiful lines of the stone,” as Geun-ho explains to Ryan when he visits in episode 7.
Different types of stones are collected and are placed in different categories. In Her Private life, the “melon stone”, “Gwantongseok” and “landscape stone” (that “holds the view of a landscape,” as Deok-mi’s father shares with Ryan) are mentioned. Also, stones are divided in subparts like the “pedestal” and the so-called “hotdog” for the landscape stone as Ryan also learns from Deok-mi’s father.
Apparently, viewing stones also carry different meanings. The Gwantongseok (Kanto Stone/관동석), a stone with a hole naturally pierced through it, that Deok-mi’s father gifts Ryan means “good luck.”
The stones are usually collected from rivers or coastlines and sometimes in the mountains; Deok-mi’s father hence goes “on hikes throughout the country they say has good rocks,” as he explains Ryan who visits the family in episode 7.
< Suseok at Changdeokgung Palace, Photos by © Marion KDL >
Suseok has had, as every pastime, ups and downs in its popularity and in trends of which stones were preferably collected. Early on, for instance, mid-seize and often upright, perforated stones were preferred and are still found in traditional garden layouts of palaces. Apparently another rather continuous trend is to collect smaller stones and display them inside the home; just as Deok-mi’s father does it.
In more fundamental lines, Suseok is very similar to the Chinese scholar’s rocks and Japanese suiseki. One difference to suiseki according to Michael Reilly, an American suiseki collector, however, is that stones are not allowed to be altered in this Korean version of stone appraisal and the containers they are displayed in have to adapt to the stone’s form.
Photos: Mich KDL, Thom Musni
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