This is the true story… of seven strangers eleven celebrities… picked cast to live in a house…work together complete their grueling schedules and have their lives taped… to find out what happens… when people stop being are polite… and start getting real cute…The Real World Roommates.
So Roommate’s premise is pretty simple: 11 celebrities live in a house together. Wait…why am I trying to describe something that the Real World narrative could do a much better job at? Reference the opening quote.
I would also like to refer to this show as Roommates: 11 Celebrities make me realize why I do not want to be a celebrity. Which is not really a slam. No really. I appreciate what they do but my golly-gosh fence-jumping-macaroon do they have some wacky schedules and p-poor living conditions (for those just starting out). Not that I have never realized the preceding truths before but this show just shoved it in my face. Living with 6 other people in a cramped space and/or only sleeping 3 hours a night makes my skin crawl and my lazy sloth-self cringe. Yep, I am never going to be that motivated. Thanks for confirming that show.
Now on to the details and some good old Stone Cities Ramblings. Cheers!
Meet the cast
Lee So Ra * Model * Age: 44
Soo Ra is that fab unnie that has a cute purse, cute dog, and glamorous life style – but is still nice and kind of down to earth. Love her so far.
Park Bom * Singer (2NE1) * Age: 30
Oh Park Bom…um…you. Bom is heading up the cute and keeping it real brigade so far in this series and I applaud her for it. Plus she was the last roommate to show up. Fashionably late anyone?
Song Ga Yeon * Martial Artist * Age: 19
The maknae of the roommates (at the tender age of 19) Ga Yeon is a martial artist. She is rather quiet but comes off as having a fun side (if you take the time to coax it out of her). And I think she could probably win in a fight against all 10 of the other roommates.
Lee Dong Wook * Actor * Age: 32
Dong Wook comes off as the consummate MC, trying to make everyone feel at home and comfortable. I appreciate that about him because it makes this show that much more watchable.
Jo Se Ho * Comedian * Age: 31
The comedian of the bunch, Se Ho keeps the roommate’s conversation lively and funny. Think dumb, silly, loveable older brother and you have Se Ho down to a tee.
Hong Soo Hyun * Actress * Age: 33
Soo Hyun relates well to everyone thus far, as of episode 2 she has a mini love line with her two acting hoobaes on the show. Whether she is grocery shopping with the flower boys or kicking it with the gals she comes off as a cool character (with a funny way of not being able to mask her emotions).
Nana * Singer (After School, Orange Caramel) * Age: 22
Nana is, well…Nana. Love her or hate her she has some spunk. I personally love her dynamic with her roommate Soo Hyun.
Shin Sung Woo * Singer / Actor * Age: 45
This rocker turned ahjumma cooking mum is the eldest of the roommates. This guy is seriously amazing – he cooks, he is cool, and he gives his dongsaeng’s precious advice (while making sure they eat and sleep). I may or may not have the beginnings of a crush on him.
Park Chan Yeol * Singer (Exo) * Age: 21
Exo’s Happy Virus is one of the younger roommates. He is all naivety and politeness, at least thus far. Oh, and overworked – seriously the amount of time he has to sleep second hand worries me.
Park Min Woo * Actor * Age: 26
You may remember Min Woo from Flower Boy Ramyun Shop. Yep here be that noona killer. He shares a room with rookie actor Kang Yoon and thus far we have a promising bromance sprouting between the two.
Seo Kang Yoon * Actor (5Prise) * Age: 20
I am not sure if this kid makes me want to hug him or pity him or what. I was a bit shocked by his living conditions, and admire his ambitious side. And when he got a cell phone (for the first time in months) and wanted to have a mental breakdown for not telling his company’s chairman before hand…well I felt bad for him. Puppy let noona cuddle you.
Roommate was a daunting show for me to pick up for a couple of reasons. The length (almost 2 hours an episode!) turned me off immediately. I can watch a drama for that long but a variety usually tops out at 1 ½ hours at a time for me. Don’t ask me for logic behind that, but hence is my attention span. Secondly the cast of characters had me on the fence. I was aware of most of the cast in one way or another prior to watching the show (dramas, music shows, variety appearances) and I was not all that excited for them to be honest. I felt like the cast list was just okay and not anything amazing. I was wrong. I like the dynamic going on in this show between the roommates.
There really is a funny cast dynamic going on, even though the depth of this shows editing is apparent (which is 99% understandable given the fact they can’t show every freaking moment and have to create some sort of narrative). Heavy editing or not, I am entertained (which is the point). Watch it, at least the first episode. If you hate it then send me nasty comments. If you love it let me know. Cheers!
I agree with Lore.. the fact that each episode is almost 2 hours is a bit WTF, but, it seems like all things that I do these days are to see more of Seo Kang Joon! He is adorable, so I decided to checkout the show. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the first episode. I have always loved Lee Dong Wook (in every capacity I can get him) and I am totally crushing on Hong Soo Hyun (not in the Seo Kang Joon kind of way)! She is a mob boss (that is a compliment for those who were curious) and I think a lot of things about our personalities are similar. The people that will be most interesting to watch are Park Bom- just because if you have ever seen an episode of 2NE1 TV (the tears), Lee Dong Wook and his roommate Jo Se Ho- because they are already hilarious! Give it a try… If you love it watch more, if not… at least you got to see Seo Kang Joon (that is always a benefit from Ekun’s perspective).