Just realized that the character of Becky on Rooftop Prince is played by an actress from Uzbekistan and is not a Korean woman who had way too much eye and nose plastic surgery and color contacts as I had originally thought.
Actually, this show has a lot of foreigners. Besides the actress who plays Becky (Guzal Tursunova,) the first episode features scenes in New York City. Later, the main actress in the show’s best friend from New York, a redhead named Amy, visits Seoul with her new (also white) husband and have a few minutes of screen time with the main actress (whose name I still do not know.) There’s also a flashback scene with a white man from New York who obviously cannot speak English (“it look likes you!”) Oh! There was also a little black kid on the show. He was stealing oranges and apples from a street vendor (with a little white kid.) Perhaps offensive, but I’ve seen worse.
At least, unlike every other foreign actor/actress I’ve seen on a Korean TV show, Guzal can actually act! (Ugh, does anyone remember that British movie director from Secret Garden… he couldn’t act his way out of a box. His scenes made me cringe.) Except, she’s speaking Korean, so I’m not sure if I can judge her acting ability accurately… but the fact that I thought she was Korean for four hours of the show must count for something! She really seems to speak well, and her facial expressions and tone and gestures seem realistic to me. But I can’t tell if she’s supposed to be pretending to be Korean or she’s supposed to be a foreigner who can speak Korean. They never explained that. Her English name isn’t enough to go by, since one of the Korean women on the show is named ‘Mimi.’
Korean people: it’s not enough that you see us on episodes of procedural crime dramas and blockbuster action movies on your televisions every day; now we are taking over your own TV shows, too! This must really be ticking off the ‘no more English teachers in Korea’ people.