Conan O’Brien tries Korean drama

February 18, 2016
Conan O'Brien

(Courtesy of MBC)

Popular American talk show host Conan O’Brien made a special appearance on Korean drama.

Nope, he didn’t get to find out he was really adopted, or plot a hostile takeover over of his stepbrother’s company, or get in an accident to temporarily lose his memory, but he did get to hit on a Korean actress Jang Na-ra.

O’Brien later posted a photo he took with Jang on Instagram and wrote: “Had the honor of appearing on the Korean soap opera “Happy Ending One More Time” with the beautiful Na-ra Jang. She was great. I was terrible. #JangNara #PrettyJangNara #DontFallForMe #WeAreNotMeantToBeTogether.”

They initially tried to give him a Korean name of “Kim Go-nan,” but later decided to just use his own name. He played a businessman who went to see a marriage broker and immediately gets attracted to the counselor, played by Jang.

O’Brien had several lines in Korean, which left a lot of Koreans still trying to figure out what he exactly said, but the last line sounded relatively clear – ”Be brave (용기 내세요),” which he did, in taking on the role.


South Korean broadcaster MBC released these photos on Feb. 17, 2016, featuring American talk show host Conan O’Brien shooting a cameo appearance for Korean drama “One More Happy Ending” a day earlier. O’Brien is on a five-day trip to Seoul from Feb. 15. (Yonhap)

But it was a different story when it came to the live octopus he bought earlier at Norayngjin Fish Market in Seoul, as he donated it to COEX Aquarium instead of dipping it live in gochujang and eating it, which became kind of difficult after naming it “Samuel.”

Conan O'Brien

(Kakao Story screen capture)

One Comment

  1. renee

    February 19, 2016 at 1:17 PM

    i never expected to see him when i was watching the episode on today…i even stopped the show and backed it up just to make sure my eyes didnt play a trick on me…i had a good laugh and he made me smile…good luck conan! miss seeing you on american tv but glad i caught you on korean :)