Jo Bo Ah Offered To Play Lead Role In A Business Proposal – Here's Why She Declined The Role

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A Business Proposal, which stars Ahn Hyo Seop and Kim Sejeong, is definitely one of the most talked-about K-drama this 2022.

Viewers lauded the entertaining and unique on-screen chemistry between the lead stars as well as how they portrayed their characters.

However, various outlets noted that Kim Sejeong is not the first choice to play Shin Ha Ri.

Why Did Jo Bo Ah Decline A Business Proposal?

As cited by Koreaboo, Jo Bo Ah was offered to portray the female lead back in March 2021 and was positively considering taking the role.

At the time, fans of the webtoon thought that the actress was suited to play the character for one; she looked similar to the webtoon character.

In addition, her charm and confidence could bring out the characteristics of Shin Geum Hee, while Jo Bo Ah's innocent feature is perfect for the role of Shin Ha Ri.

However, instead of the Tale of the Nine-Tailed star, SBS introduced Kim Sejeong as the female lead for A Business Proposal, opposite Ahn Hyo Seop.

According to the outlet, Jo Bo Ah didn't formally decline the offer, but it was announced that she officially took the role of Cha Woo In in tvN's Military Prosecutor Doberman with Ahn Bo Hyun.

To recall, the SBS rom-com has the same release date as the action military-themed K-drama of tvN.

Given this, it is safe to say that Jo Bo Ah dropped the offer for A Business Proposal and starred in Military Prosecutor Doberman instead since she can't both film the same series at the same time.

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Did Jo Bo Ah Accept Military Prosecutor Doberman to Change Her Image?

On the other hand, fans had another speculation behind Jo Bo Ah's decision not to star in A Business Proposal.

As noted by the same media outlet, some think that the 30-year-old beauty wants to change her image and veer away from the pretty girl type of character.

Jo Bo Ah has been headlining the cast of romantic, supernatural, and melodrama series for the longest time.

Interestingly, the Military Prosecutor Doberman was like a breath of fresh air from her usual roles.

Jo Bo Ah transformed into a straightforward prosecutor, surprising everyone with her incredible fighting skills.

In addition, not only did she manage to diversify her image, but she also did a major transformation after chopping her long locks for the role.


On the other hand, it seems like Kim Sejeoing is still a good choice for the role Shin Ha Ri after raking positive response from the viewers as well as various rankings such as Good Data Corporation's most buzzworthy drama where A Business Proposal and the two lead stars made it at top 10.

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