10 Korean Celebs and Their Dream Careers When They Were Young

Can you imagine them in these career paths?
by Hanna Tamondong for Cosmo.ph   |  Aug 23, 2021
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Once upon a time, your ultimate oppa or queen had a totally different dream before they became a celebrity. Growing up, they were eyeing a certain career path but since they were ~born to be stars,~ these Korean celebs eventually found themselves in the entertainment industry. Can you imagine your favorite actor as a doctor, police officer, or athlete? Check out who they are in our list below!

Korean Actors And Their Childhood Dreams

1. Song Joong Ki

We all know Song Joong Ki is good at everything—from being a model student to acting in front of a green screen—and that includes being an ace in sports! As a child, Joong Ki wished to become a short-track speed skater. He was so good at it that he even represented his hometown in various skating competitions. But his dream was cut short when he had an ankle injury in high school, and so he focused on his studies instead.

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Korean actors and their childhood dreams: Song Joong Ki
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2. Jun Ji Hyun

Jun Ji Hyun wanted to travel the world as a flight attendant when she was young. Due to a terrible flight experience, she eventually gave up on this dream. When she turned 16 years old, she was introduced to the modeling industry by her sunbae (female senior) and the rest, as they say, is history.

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Korean actors and their childhood dreams: Jun Ji Hyun
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3. Song Kang

Nevertheless star Song Kang had two dreams growing up: He wanted to become an architect or furniture designer. Song Kang explained why his goal changed in a Cosmopolitan Korea interview: "I saw cool pictures and thought I wanted to do it, but it wasn’t easy. I had no idea where I needed to start." :(

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Korean actors and their childhood dreams: Song Kang
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4. Jung Hae In

In 2019, Jung Hae In was a special guest in the variety show Funding Together where he talked about his career. According to him, he initially prepared to study biotechnology because he plans to work in that department as soon as he graduates. However, he applied as a Broadcasting Entertainment major in a university, and kept this a secret from his parents. Hae In was later on scouted by an agency while he was still a student.

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Korean actors and their childhood dreams: Jung Hae In
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5. Lee Bo Young

Being a news presenter is Lee Bo Young's number one childhood dream. She was close to achieving this goal when she became a finalist in MBC (one of the major broadcasting networks in South Korea)'s annual recruitment, but she wasn't able to make it. That's the time when Bo Young started thinking about another entertainment career, and she later on debuted as a commercial model.

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6. Lee Min Ho

Aside from his talent in acting, Lee Min Ho is also known for his soccer skills equivalent to a national player. He has always wanted to become a soccer player as a child, and so trained for four years. But things didn't turn out as planned when Min Ho was seriously injured. "As a kid, I wanted to be a soccer player. However, I suffered an injury when I was in grade 5, so I forgot about becoming an athlete. When I turned 18, I changed my mind and wanted to be an actor,” he said in an interview.

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Korean actors and their childhood dreams: Lee Min Ho
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7. Song Hye Kyo

Like Lee Min Ho, Hallyu queen Song Hye Kyo is also into sports. Her childhood dream was to become an athlete, and she received training in professional figure skating in elementary school. In 1996, the young Hye Kyo decided to enter a modeling contest and won, and soon found herself acting in K-dramas.

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Korean actors and their childhood dreams: Song Hye Kyo
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8. Kim Seon Ho

How does Dr. Kim Seon Ho sound to you? For no specific reason, our ~good boy~ Seon Ho originally wanted to become a doctor and he revealed this in an episode of 2 Days & 1 Night (where he also showed his adorable childhood pics). He put this medical dream aside and pursued the entertainment industry, both as a theater and TV actor. Looking forward to a doctor role for you in the *future,* Seon Ho!

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Korean actors and their childhood dreams: Kim Seon Ho
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9. Park Bo Gum

Did you know Park Bo Gum *tried* auditioning for the big three, aka SM, JYP, and YG Entertainment? He wanted to be a singer-songwriter and in hopes of becoming one, he sent a video of himself singing and playing the piano (he learned this when he was six years old) to a string of agencies. Despite shifting into a different career, Bogummy continues to sing and play the piano in TV shows.

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Korean actors and their childhood dreams: Park Bo Gum
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10. Park Shin Hye

Park Shin Hye began her career as a child actress in 2003. Many would think this is her ultimate dream, but she revealed in an ep of Knowing Brothers that she originally wanted to become a police officer. The reason behind this was when their house was robbed and the thief stole around P34,000 from her mom's wallet. Shin Hye innocently thought she can buy a lot of jellies with that amount, and so she wished to turn into a police officer someday.

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Korean actors and their childhood dreams: Park Shin Hye
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This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph.

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