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[Upcoming Drama 2025] Motel California, 모텔 캘리포니아- Lee Se Young & Na In Woo


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Drama: Motel California

Hangul: 모텔 캘리포니아

Genre: romance

Network: MBC

Episodes: 12

Director: Jang Joon Ho, Kim Hyung Min

Writer: Lee Seo Yoon

Release Date: 2025

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Plot

The drama "Motel California" follows a woman who grows up in a rural motel called “Motel California.” After escaping her hometown, she returns 12 years later to reconnect with her first love and face new challenges.

 

Notes

It is based on Shim Yoon Seo’s 2019 novel “Home, Bitter Home” (literal title).

 

Cast

Lee Se Young as Ji Kang Hee

Na In Woo as Cheon Yeon Soo

 

Character descriptions

Ji Kang Hee (Lee Se Young) was raised in a motel run by her father which is essentially her home. She is of mixed race, with a father and a mother of mixed heritage. Because of her background, she faces many challenges and emotional wounds growing up. She falls in love with her childhood friend Cheon Yeon Soo but leaves everyone behind and moves to Seoul on her 20th birthday. Kang Hee becomes an interior designer. 12 years later, as she reaches the peak of her career, she is forced to return to her hometown and reconnects with her first love.

 

Cheon Yeon Soo (Na In Woo) is  a character who experiences a destined romance with Ji Kang Hee. Yeon Soo is a devoted man who loves only one woman his entire life. He works as a veterinarian and is the focus of attention among all the farmers in his rural village. The farmers constantly try to set Yeon Soo up with potential brides, bombarding him with matchmaking offers day and night. To dodge their relentless efforts, he allows a false rumor to circulate that he is in a serious relationship with a fellow veterinarian. In the midst of this pretense, his first love Kang Hee reenters his life. Misunderstanding the situation, Kang Hee believes Yeon Soo has a girlfriend, causing tension and conflict between them.

 

 

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Lee Se Young and Na In Woo to star in new drama 'Motel California'

Posted by Alec06, Wednesday, May 1, 2024

 

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Actress Lee Se-young and Na In-woo are set to lead the cast of the upcoming MBC drama "Motel California."

According to OSEN’s findings, actors Lee Se-young and Na In-woo have been cast as the lead roles in MBC’s upcoming drama "Motel California." 

 

Known for guaranteeing high viewership ratings, Lee Se-young, who debuted as a child actor in the 1997 SBS drama "Brothers' River," has since appeared in numerous hits including "Dae Jang Geum," "The Great King's Dream," "Vampire Detective," "A Korean Odyssey," "The Crowned Clown," "Memorist," "Kairos," "Red Sleeve," "Love According to the Law," and "Nokdu Flower." Returning to MBC with "Motel California," Lee Se-young has previously achieved impressive ratings, peaking at 17.4% with "Red Sleeve" and 9.6% with "Nokdu Flower."

Na In-woo debuted in the musical "Bachelor's Vegetable Store" in 2013 and has since been featured in "Shine or Go Crazy," "My Love Eun-dong," "Please Summer," "Walk the Flower Path," "Mystic Pop-up Bar," and "Mr. Queen." He gained prominence with the role of On Dal in "River Where the Moon Rises," and continued to impress in "Cleaning Up," "Jinx’s Lover," and "I've Been Waiting For You." His recent role in "Marry My Husband" concluded with a high rating of 12.0%.

Furthermore, Na In-woo is currently engaging audiences every weekend on KBS2’s "2 Days & 1 Night Season 4," where he presents a charming and harmless humor, contrasting with his dramatic roles. The entertainment industry is keen to see if he can continue his dual success in both variety and drama.

 

https://www.allkpop.com/article/2024/05/lee-se-young-and-na-in-woo-to-star-in-new-drama-motel-california

 

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Lee Se Young And Na In Woo Confirmed To Star In New Romance Drama

Jun 13, 2024

Lee Se Young and Na In Woo will be starring in a new drama together!

On June 13, it was officially announced that Lee Se Young and Na In Woo will star in the new drama “Motel California” (literal title). The 12-episode long drama is slated to air in 2025 via MBC.

“Motel California” is a romance drama written by Lee Seo Yoon and directed by Jang Joon Ho and Kim Hyung Min. It is based on Shim Yoon Seo’s 2019 novel “Home, Bitter Home” (literal title). The story follows a woman who grows up in a rural motel called “Motel California.” After escaping her hometown, she returns 12 years later to reconnect with her first love and face new challenges.

Lee Se Young will star as Ji Kang Hee who was raised in a motel run by her father which is essentially her home. She is of mixed race, with a father and a mother of mixed heritage. Because of her background, she faces many challenges and emotional wounds growing up. She falls in love with her childhood friend Cheon Yeon Soo but leaves everyone behind and moves to Seoul on her 20th birthday. Kang Hee becomes an interior designer. 12 years later, as she reaches the peak of her career, she is forced to return to her hometown and reconnects with her first love.

Meanwhile, Na In Woo will star as Cheon Yeon Soo, a character who experiences a destined romance with Ji Kang Hee. Yeon Soo is a devoted man who loves only one woman his entire life. He works as a veterinarian and is the focus of attention among all the farmers in his rural village. The farmers constantly try to set Yeon Soo up with potential brides, bombarding him with matchmaking offers day and night. To dodge their relentless efforts, he allows a false rumor to circulate that he is in a serious relationship with a fellow veterinarian. In the midst of this pretense, his first love Kang Hee reenters his life. Misunderstanding the situation, Kang Hee believes Yeon Soo has a girlfriend, causing tension and conflict between them.

The production team commented, “We’ve captured the nostalgic and tender emotions of everyone’s first love in a delightful and twist-filled storyline.” They added, “Lee Se Young and Na In Woo are highly regarded actors. Their pairing is refreshing, and viewers can expect an exciting new youth romance drama.”

“Motel California” is set to begin full-scale production with the goal of airing in 2025.

 

 

https://www.soompi.com/article/1667771wpp/lee-se-young-and-na-in-woo-confirmed-to-star-in-new-romance-drama

 

 

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Lee Se-young and Na In-woo Star in New Romance Drama 'Motel California'

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Actors Lee Se-young(이세영) and Na In-woo(나인우) have been cast in the upcoming drama 'Motel California(모텔 캘리포니아)'. On the 13th, MBC announced that the two will lead the 12-episode romance drama set to air next year.

'Motel California' is set in a rural motel and follows the story of a woman who was born and raised in the motel. She reunites with her first love, who she left behind when she fled her hometown 12 years ago. The drama is based on the novel 'Home, Bitter Home(홈, 비터 홈)' by author Sim Yoon-seo.

Lee Se-young will play the lead role of Ji Kang-hee, a woman of mixed race who grew up in the rural 'Motel California'. Kang-hee, who views the motel as her home, grew up amid whispers and gossip, which left her with deep emotional scars.

She loved her hometown friend, Chun Yeon-soo, but on the first day of her 20th year, she abruptly left behind her first love and family to move to Seoul and pursue a career as an interior designer. Twelve years later, just as she is about to reach the peak of her career, circumstances force her to return to 'Motel California', where she reunites with her first love, Chun Yeon-soo.

Na In-woo will portray Chun Yeon-soo, Kang-hee's fateful first love. Yeon-soo is a loyal man who has only ever loved one woman and is a veterinarian admired by all the local farm owners.

To avoid the constant matchmaking attempts from the farm owners, he lets a false rumor spread that he is about to marry a fellow veterinarian colleague, which grants him some peace. However, when he reunites with Kang-hee after 12 years, she mistakenly believes he is about to marry another woman, leading to conflicts between them.

The script for 'Motel California' is written by Lee Seo-yoon, known for dramas like '365: Repeat the Year (365: 운명을 거스르는 1년)' and 'Goddess of Fire (불의 여신 정이)'. The show will be directed by Jang Joon-ho, who worked on 'The Game: Towards Midnight (더 게임: 0시를 향하여)', 'Time (시간)', and 'Mom (엄마)', along with Kim Hyung-min, director of 'Love Scene Number (러브 씬 넘버)'.

With Lee Se-young and Na In-woo confirmed as the leads, 'Motel California' is set to begin production soon, aiming for a release next year.

출처 : 케이엔뉴스 (K-en News)(https://www.k-ennews.com)
 
Actors Lee Se-young(이세영) and Na In-woo(나인우) have been cast in the upcoming drama 'Motel California(모텔 캘리포니아)'. On the 13th, MBC announced that the two will lead the 12-episode romance drama set to air next year.

'Motel California' is set in a rural motel and follows the story of a woman who was born and raised in the motel. She reunites with her first love, who she left behind when she fled her hometown 12 years ago. The drama is based on the novel 'Home, Bitter Home(홈, 비터 홈)' by author Sim Yoon-seo.

Lee Se-young will play the lead role of Ji Kang-hee, a woman of mixed race who grew up in the rural 'Motel California'. Kang-hee, who views the motel as her home, grew up amid whispers and gossip, which left her with deep emotional scars.

She loved her hometown friend, Chun Yeon-soo, but on the first day of her 20th year, she abruptly left behind her first love and family to move to Seoul and pursue a career as an interior designer. Twelve years later, just as she is about to reach the peak of her career, circumstances force her to return to 'Motel California', where she reunites with her first love, Chun Yeon-soo.

Na In-woo will portray Chun Yeon-soo, Kang-hee's fateful first love. Yeon-soo is a loyal man who has only ever loved one woman and is a veterinarian admired by all the local farm owners.

To avoid the constant matchmaking attempts from the farm owners, he lets a false rumor spread that he is about to marry a fellow veterinarian colleague, which grants him some peace. However, when he reunites with Kang-hee after 12 years, she mistakenly believes he is about to marry another woman, leading to conflicts between them.

The script for 'Motel California' is written by Lee Seo-yoon, known for dramas like '365: Repeat the Year (365: 운명을 거스르는 1년)' and 'Goddess of Fire (불의 여신 정이)'. The show will be directed by Jang Joon-ho, who worked on 'The Game: Towards Midnight (더 게임: 0시를 향하여)', 'Time (시간)', and 'Mom (엄마)', along with Kim Hyung-min, director of 'Love Scene Number (러브 씬 넘버)'.

출처 : 케이엔뉴스 (K-en News)(https://www.k-ennews.com)
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Lee Se Young and Na In Woo will lead a new romance K-drama from MBC. 

It was officially confirmed on June 13 that Lee Se Young and Na In Woo will be working together for the upcoming K-drama Motel California.

Motel California will tell the story of a woman who grew up in a motel called "Motel California" located in a rural area. After leaving her hometown, she decided to go back after 12 years. There, she reconnected with her first love. The upcoming K-drama will base its story from the 2019 novel “Home, Bitter Home” by Shim Yoon Seo.

The upcoming K-drama will be the collaboration work of director Jang Joon Ho (Time and Hotel King) and writer Lee Seo Yoon (365: Repeat the Year and Swallow the Sun). It will be produced by HB Entertainment. 

Lee Se Young will portray the role of Ji Kang Hee. She grew up in a motel in a rural area. Her father runs the motel and she faced different challenges growing up in the place. On her 20th birthday, she decided to move to Seoul and leave the motel. She then became an interior designer but at the peak of her career, she was forced to return to her hometown. 

Na In Woo on the other hand will portray the role of Cheon Yeon Soo. He is the first love of Ji Kang Hee. He currently works as a veterinarian and takes care of the farmers' animals in the rural village. Because of this, the farmers tries to set him up and becomes a matchmaker for him but he only have one woman in his life. To get away with the endless matchmaking, he allowed for rumors to spread that he is already in a serious relationship with another veterinarian. Just then, his first love Ji Kang Hee returns to their village. 

Motel Califorina will begin filming soon and it will officially premiere in 2025. 

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This will be the follow-up project of Na In Woo after Marry My Husband. The actor is also in discussion to lead another K-drama which is See You After Work that will air on KBS. 

It was also recently confirmed that Na In Woo will officially leave the entertainment program 2 Days & 1 Night Season 4 to focus more on his acting career. 

Meanwhile, Lee Se Young will first star in a new series this year before she officially joins Motel California. The actress will lead the upcoming K-drama What Comes after Love with Sakaguchi Kentaro, Hong Jong Hyun, Nakamura Anne, and Lee Bo Ram

 

https://mydramalist.com/article/lee-se-young-and-na-in-woo-are-confirmed-to-be-the-next-mbc-k-drama-couple

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June 13 2024

Lee Se-Young and Na In-Woo cast in MBC drama “Motel California”

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Lee Se-Young and Na In-Woo are cast in MBC drama series “Motel California.” The romance drama series is based on 2019 novel “Home, Bitter Home” by Sim Yoon-Seo and screenplay adaptation written by Lee Seo-Yoon (“365: Repeat The Year“). For actor Na In-Woo, “Motel California” will be his last acting performance before he enlists in the South Korean military later this year.

“Motel California” will consist of 12 episodes and air sometime next year.

Plot Synopsis by AsianWiki: Kang Hee (Lee Se-Young) grew up at Motel California, because her father ran the motel in her rural hometown village. Her mother also came from a mixed-raced background. Due to Kang-Hee’s unusual family background, she was the object of whispers and gossip by the local residents. Kang Hee carried a deep wound in her heart from that time. She liked her childhood friend Chun Yeon-Soo (Na In-Woo), who was her first love, but, when she turned 20, she left her hometown and moved to Seoul. 12 years later, she works as an interior designer and is reaching the apex of her career, but, for some reason, she decides to return to her hometown. She reunites with her first love Chun Yeon-Soo.

Chun Yeon-Soo works as a veterinarian in the village. The only woman he has loved is Kang Hee, but he has received a lot of attention from the farmers who are eager to introduce him to their daughters. In order to avoid these kind of uncomfortable situations, he doesn’t clarify the rumor that he is going to marry a fellow veterinarian. His first love Kang Hee appears again after 12 years.

 

https://blog.asianwiki.com/korean-dramas/lee-se-young-and-na-in-woo-cast-in-mbc-drama-motel-california

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News bites: June 13, 2024

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  • Lee Se-young (The Story of Park’s Marriage Contract) and Na In-woo (Marry My Husband) are becoming reunited first loves, confirming casting for MBC’s new romance Motel California. Based on a novel called Home, Bitter Home, the drama’s title refers to the motel run by Lee’s father, where she was raised. Aiming to broadcast in 2025, the series is being penned by Lee Seo-yoon (365 – Repeat the Year) with PD Jang Jun-ho (The Game – Towards Zero) and PD Kim Hyung-min (Love Scene Number) co-directing. [MBC]

 

https://www.dramabeans.com/2024/06/news-bites-june-13-2024/

 

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Lee Se Young, Na In Woo to star in romance K-drama Motel California; Know broadcasting details

Stars Lee Se Young and Na In Woo who were previously in talks for Motel California have now been confirmed for the same. The romance K-drama has also confirmed broadcasting details.

Updated on Jun 13, 2024
 
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Lee Se Young and Na In Woo are set to star together in a new drama. Lee Se Young, known for her role in The Story of Park's Marriage Contract, is also gearing up for another drama alongside Sakaguchi Kentaro in What Comes After Love.

On the other hand, Na In Woo, last seen in Marry My Husband, will join her. Their collaboration will be in the MBC Friday-Saturday drama titled Motel California, confirmed to broadcast in the first half of 2025.

Lee Se Young, and Na In Woo confirmed for Motel California

On June 13, it was officially announced that Lee Se Young and Na In Woo will star in the new drama Motel California (literal title). The 12-episode-long drama is slated to air in 2025 via MBC.

Motel California is a romance drama penned by Lee Seo Yoon and helmed by directors Jang Joon Ho and Kim Hyung Min. Adapted from Shim Yoon Seo’s 2019 novel Home, Bitter Home (literal title), the series revolves around a woman's journey. She grows up in a rural motel named Motel California and, after leaving her hometown, returns 12 years later to reunite with her first love and confront new obstacles.

 

Lee Se Young will portray the character Ji Kang Hee, who was raised in a motel operated by her father, essentially making it her home. Being of mixed race, with a father and mother of diverse heritage, Kang Hee encounters numerous challenges and emotional scars during her upbringing. 

 

https://www.pinkvilla.com/entertainment/lee-se-young-na-in-woo-to-star-in-romance-k-drama-motel-california-know-broadcasting-details-1316297

 
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