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Park Han Byul Cuts Off Hair to Look Like Boy For New TV Drama: Pics

November 19, 2013 at 11:30 am EDT

It's the end of an era. Park Han Byul has chopped off her luscious locks for an upcoming role in new romantic comedy A Well Grown Daughter.

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The 29 year-old actress will play character Jang Hana who disguises herself as a young man to inherit her family's large soy sauce corporation.

Who' that girl? Pan Han Byul will play a girl playing a boy in the series Credit: SBS

Who's that girl? Pan Han Byul will play a girl playing a boy in the series
Credit: SBS

Park Han Byul dressed up in a school uniform at a filming in Seoul earlier this month Credit: SBS

Park Han Byul dressed up in a school uniform at a filming in Seoul earlier this month
Credit: SBS

"A glamorous hairstyle is an important part of an actress' image, but Park Han Byul parted ways with her long hair without hesitation," a production source on the drama reveals. "[Her actions] showed determination and passion."

Park -- Se7en's girlfriend of 11 years -- was praised on her first day of filming at a performing arts high school in Seoul earlier this month. Her character Hana is a top beauty ("ulzzang" in Korean) but has to dress up in a boy's school uniform to look like a guy. "The tough producers were amazed at her smooth transition into a tomboy," adds the source.

Goodbye glamour: Park Han Byul with long hair at Seoul's Central City Millennium Hall for the Hyundai Auto PYL event on October 17, 2012 Credit: Song Hyo Jin/Dispatch Images

Goodbye glamour: Park Han Byul with long hair at Seoul's Central City Millennium Hall for the Hyundai Auto PYL event on October 17, 2012
Credit: Song Hyo Jin/Dispatch Images

"I think the role of Jang Hana will be my greatest gift of the year," Park said of the drama series. "I'm really excited for people to see the show."

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SBS's A Well Grown Daughter -- which also stars actors Lee Tae Gon and Kim Joo Young -- will premiere on December 2.

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