Meet the Kids Who Played the Young Version of These Korean Actors in a Series

Meet these young actors who played our fave characters' younger versions!
by Ayessa De La Peña   |  Jul 7, 2017
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Just like the main cast of popular Korean dramas, we're also looking forward to seeing which Korean child actors play their young counterparts. We're positive that in just a few years, they'll be big stars, too—remember Park Shin Hye playing young Choi Ji Woo in Stairway to Heaven and Moon Geun Young playing young Song Hye Kyo in Endless Love?

Check out this list we've made of the young actors who played our favorite actors in their K-Dramas. And make sure you remember their names, because in just a few years, they'll surely be leaving a mark in the K-entertainment industry.

  1. Kal So Won in Doctor Crush 

Did you know that So Won also played Shin Hye's younger version in the heartbreaking movie Miracle in Cell No. 7? In the film, the child actress got rave reviews and broke viewers hearts all over the world with her moving performance as the young Ye Seung, a daughter of a mentally-challenged man who was wrongfully accused of a crime.

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In 2016, she teamed up with Shin Hye again to appear as her younger version when Hye Jeong's past was revealed on the SBS drama Doctor Crush. Also last year, So Won appeared on Legend of the Blue Sea to play young Sim Cheong to Jun Ji Hyun's character.

  1. Kim Hyun Soo in My Love from the Star 

In 2011, a young Hyun Soo got attention for her riveting performance in the movie Silenced, which starred Gong Yoo. She then went on and played the younger versions of female actresses for several TV series—like on 49 DaysBridal Mask, and The King's Dream—before finally getting a starring role on the crime TV series Solomon's Perjury.


But what caught K-Drama fans' attention was her performance as the young Cheon Song Yi on 2013's My Love from the Star, where she acted alongside Kim Soo Hyun's character in the Joseon period of the series. 

  1. Jung Chan Woo in The Heirs 

Although he is best known for his work as a singer and a part of the group iKON, under YG Entertainment, Chan Woo is also no stranger to acting infront of the camera. In 2006, he appeared as the younger version of Changmin in TVXQ's music video for "Balloons". Then he went on and played the younger versions of actors on TV shows like The Great King SejongCain and Abel, and The Slingshot


He then worked for the first time with Lee Min Ho for 2009's Boys Over Flowers, where Chan Woo played the young Gu Jun Pyo. Three years later, these two worked together again for the role of Kim Tan on SBS' 2012 drama The Heirs.

  1. Han Seo Jin in Goblin 

Although Seo Jin is only eight years old, this child actress already has a ton of experience infront of the camera! She's already appeared on The Innocent ManThe FirstbornOrange Marmalade, and The Unusual Family before charming her way to our hearts on Goblin as the young Eun Tak.

  1. Jung Da Bin in She Was Pretty

Before she appeared as Hye Jin on She Was Pretty, Da Bin was dubbed as "Ice Cream Girl" in Korea because of her popular CF for ice cream brand Baskin-Robbins in 2003. She then made her acting debut in 2005 alongside Kim Jaewon and Eugene on Wonderful Life.


After her debut, Da Bin went on and appeared on more dramas like IljimaeThe King's Dream, and The Kingdom of the Winds before her stint on She Was Pretty where she played two roles: young Kim Hye Jin and Hye Jin's sister Hye Rin.

  1. Lee Ji Woo in Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo 

Aside from her cameo role as the young Bok Joo on Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo, this cute little girl also appeared in the movie It's Time to Love in 2013 where she played the role of young Joy.

  1. Kim Ye Joon in Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo 

And since we're talking about WFKBJ already, allow us to introduce you to the adorable boy who played the young Jung Joon Hyung. At 10 years old, Ye Joon has already appeared in several TV series and movies like Mr. BaekKill Me, Heal Me, and Wanted.


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