7 Korean Actors Who Started Acting at a Young Age
We absolutely love these Korean actors now, but did you know that they started in the 'biz at a young age? We still can't believe they're all grown up now and have made big names for themselves! In this list, we look back at some of the projects of our fave K-stars when they were still little.
- Park Shin Hye
Shin Hye's face is familiar to those who've followed 2003's Stairway to Heaven, where she played the young Jeong Seo. Choi Ji Woo later took over the character. Nowadays, this 27-year-old actress is one of Korea's biggest stars with countless endorsements in her hands.
- Baek Sung Hyun
Acting alongside Shin Hye's Jeong Seo in Stairway to Heaven was Sung Hyun. He played the young Song Joo in the series before Kwon Sang Woo took over the character in the latter part of the series. During the production of 2016's Doctor Crush, Sung Hyun and Shin Hye reunited to the delight of Stairway to Heaven fans.
- Kim So Hyun
At 18, So Hyun already has a ton of acting experience under her belt. The actress started out in 2006's Drama City and then in A Happy Woman and Que Sera Sera the following year. This year, she's working on two dramas, The Emperor: Owner of the Mask and While You Were Sleeping.
- Moon Geun Young
Did you know that Geun Young started acting in 1999 via KBS' Burnt Rice Teacher and Seven Potatoes? The following year, the actress played the role of young Eun Suh on Autumn in My Heart; an 18-year-old Song Hye Kyo took over the role later on. This year, Geun Young is set to star in the movie Glass Garden as a disabled researcher.
- Kim Yoo Jung
This 17-year-old started acting in 2004 with bit roles in the movie DMZ and the TV series Freezing Point. But in 2008, when she won Best Young Actress awards for her work in Iljimae, more doors opened for Yoo Jung. Her most famous role to date is as Ra On or Sam Nom on KBS' historical drama Love in the Moonlight.
- Yoo Seung Ho
Longtime K-Drama fans probably remember Seung Ho as the kid who made them cry on the MBC TV series Daddy Fish where he played the role of a child with leukemia. He then started taking on more acting roles every year. His long list of projects includes The King and I, The Legend, and Queen Seondeok. Catch him this year on MBC's The Emperor: Owner of the Mask with fellow former child actor Kim So Hyun.
- Shin Se Kyung
Did you know that Se Kyung was in the movie My Little Bride, which starred Moon Geun Young and Kim Rae Won? Yup, the actress played Bo Eun's best friend, Hye Won, in the movie. This year, the 26-year-old actress is set to appear opposite Nam Joo Hyuk on tvN's Bride of the Water God.
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To the Person Who Does Not Know Any 1D Song
By: CJ Reyno
Never in my wildest dream I imagined to meet someone who does not know a single One Direction song or who does not even know, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and err… Zayn Malik. How did you spend your teenagehood without listening to their songs? The disrespect to my #StyPayHorLikSon. My initial reaction, Vas Happenin’?
Since I was 12 years old, that was way back on 2012, One Direction songs have been my official life soundtrip, my go-to songs whenever I feel happy, sad, mad, excited, and etch. I can still remember how people went crazy just to attend their concert here in the Philippines. I must admit, I was one of those. LOL. The group was also dubbed as, “The Biggest Boyband in the World”. They were an era. You really left me in awe when you told me that you do not know a single One Direction song. Their songs are gold. But I was a little hopeful when a new messaged popped up on our conversation, “Hey I know one, Make You Beautiful”.
You do not know how my world collapsed after reading your message. I would like to say that I appreciate the effort, thanks, but they do not have a song entitled, Make You Beautiful, because it is, What Makes You Beautiful. I tried to explain but you said that they are just the same. (Tip: Never fight with a Directioner when it comes to this because we will not let our guards down). No! They are not the same. How can you make this big mistake? LOL. What Makes You Beautiful is One Direction’s debut song. Almost everyone knows this, “you’re insecure, don’t know what for,” ring a bell? The music video of this surpassed 1 billion views on Youtube. On my 21 years of existence, you are the very first person who told me this “I-Thought-It-Was-A-Joke-But-You-Are-Serious” statement.
As a persuasive fangirl, I thought to myself that I should make you appreciate their music, that you should know that it is What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. The group may be in hiatus but their music is and will always remain superior. You are hard-headed lad. We even when to the point where you challenged me to treat so I can make you watch their music video. Am I even surprised that I agreed to this? HAHA. I feel like an agent trying to persuade her customer to buy a property on our company. You do not know how happy I was when you sent me your video listening to What Makes You Beautiful. I felt like I successfully closed a deal with my client. Not to exaggerate but I really jumped because of happiness after watching your video. It was the first message I checked that morning. Thank you for your effort, so much appreciated. Funny how our conversation starts with your innocence on One Direction until it goes deeper and last longer. Up All Nigh conversations which turned to almost Midnight Memories. Ironic how a Directioner had developed an admiration on someone who dislikes her favorite boys? Just like One Direction’s song, Change My Mind, “Never felt like this before. Are we friends or are we more?” I guess, like Liam’s line on Love You Goodbye, “It's inevitable everything that's good comes to an end. It's impossible to know if after this we can still be friends.”
I was happy that I made you listen to One Direction. At least I made you appreciate and made you aware that there is a song called, What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. I am happy that you already found your Girl Almighty. Wish me luck on finding my Summer Love. xoxo, Your Directioner friend
Here's a fan art that I made for Lee Joo Young of Itaewon class! I've been making digital illustration since last year and I'm happy that I was able to see my improvements. I'm also happy to see people's reactions and support for my craft even though all of it are made through my phone (adobe illustrator) only ????. You don't actually have to use expensive or complicated medium as long as you know how to be creative and like what you're doing, then you can do it. ????