It's difficult to believe, but actress Gong Hyo Jin, who is famous for such hugely popular romance dramas as Greatest LoveThe Master's Sun, and It's Okay That's Love, has proclaimed that she is not interested in love at first sight stories. We also won't see her in another drama for at least 10 months. Is she going somewhere far?

As it turns out, Gong Hyo Jin is going to conquer the stage by starring in a Korean production of Educating Rita, the British play that starred famous actors Michael Caine and Julie Waters in the movie version. The story is about a woman who takes a class in literature to get a new sense of life and meets a professor who is equally dissatisfied with life but for a different reason.

At the press conference for Educating Rita held on November 14, Gong Hyo Jin said, “Personally, I don’t see the appeal of love at first sight stories, where the characters fall in love at first sight and pursue that love.”

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She's actually been true to her words. When we look at Gong Hyo Jin in her past projects, she is not just the pretty female lead. She actually commands the entire story, playing a strong, captivating character who compels the male lead to growth, and he then falls in love with her. That kind of love is hard earned and definitely not love at first sight. It's what makes her romance dramas so everlastingly endearing too.

Gong Hyo Jin will star opposite Jeon Mu Song, who plays the professor. The play will begin its run in December and run for about 10 months.

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Correction: A previous version of the article listed the incorrect play title. Our apologies.