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Kwak Dong-yeon goes from prince’s bodyguard in Moonlight to young king in Goblin

Look who’s moving up the royal ranks in dramaland. I just love Kwak Dong-yeon right now as the prince’s badass bodyguard in Moonlight Drawn By Clouds (So mysterious! So pretty! Such perfectly placed hair!), and I’m excited to see him again right away in tvN’s new fantasy romance Goblin, which has now changed its title to The Lonely, Shining Goblin. At least the new title helps evoke the melancholy feel that the drama promises, since goblins don’t sound resplendent and broody like their vampire counterparts. At least, not until Gong Yoo (Big) plays one. Goblins as a species just hit the jackpot, is all I’m sayin’.

The downside is that Kwak Dong-yeon’s role will only be a cameo, which is disappointing. But he’s set to play a young king, which makes me wonder if the modern drama will have a historical backstory for the immortal goblin. Kwak Dong-yeon would make a very nice king of hell too, since they don’t really specify what he’s the king of. In any case, I’m really looking forward to seeing Kwak Dong-yeon’s career take off — he was always a very good child actor and has tried everything from sageuk to farcical comedy, but he’s suddenly so charismatic and mature in Moonlight Drawn By Clouds, and he’s only nineteen!

The new fantasy series from the star PD-writer team behind Descended From the Sun stars Gong Yoo as a goblin who wants to be rid of his immortal life and takes a human bride, played by Kim Go-eun (Cheese in the Trap), in order to end it. The goblin lives with an amnesiac grim reaper, played by Lee Dong-wook (Bubblegum), and the pair of them will guide souls to the afterlife. Yoo Inna (One More Happy Ending), Yook Sung-jae (Village: Secret of Achiara), and Lee El (Monster) co-star.

The Lonely, Shining Goblin, about the strange, sad, mysterious, and beautiful lives of a goblin and a reaper who meet somewhere between a fate and a curse, will air on Fridays and Saturdays following The K2 in December.

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Didn't one of the moms in Reply88 say, if he's handsome he's an Oppa? xD

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A theory supported by Ahn Yona of KMHM

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Yep, and THAT is my first rule of Kdrama Fight Club. ;P If he's handsome he's an OPPA!!!!

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Kdrama Fight Club- now that's a club I'd join!

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Who are we fighting, though? Fate? Bad writers?

*sharpens Tae-joon's fork*

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@ Mary - definitely fighting the bad writers *flexes neck*, the evil mothers, the obstructive second leads. I'd take the trucks of dooms but I'm not sure my roundhouse kicks are that good! Bring it On!

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My thoughts exactly. If he's handsome, he's oppa. And then I cringe when I remember my ajumma age/status.

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Didn't a woman call Yoon Sang-hyun's character, Oska, oppa in Secret Garden even if she was older, married and pregnant? Stating that if he's handsome or cute he is an oppa? lol

I sooo understand her!

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Didn't Gu Dae-young say something in Let's Eat 2: "There are no ajummas, only noonas and dongsaengs?"

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It's from Kill Me, Heal Me. Yona (Ji Sung) told that to Rion (Park Seo Joon) :)

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My version was:
He is ONLY NINETEEN?!

in horror of how much of an ahjumma I am now. ??? I'm clearly in denial.

But hot damn he definitely doesn't act or look 19.

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Oh my gosh. He's nineteen. I'm definitely on my way to becoming an ahjumma now. XO

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No... your saying "our kim hyeong" is" kim dongsaeng" that's impossible...

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The thing is (as ahjummas) we get to not only relive our youth through all the pretty in k-dramas and k-pop, we also realize how timeless attraction is.

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Nineteen!

Dang! #ResistThoseYouCouldHaveDiapered

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Nice hashtag. XD

And apt. T_T

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I was peeved this episode when he was bleeding and no scene of him dressing his wound.

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Thank you~
That what I was saying..
He was injured twice in the span of 5 episode, do your job show!

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Welcome to our kdramaland's elite membership- ICOMYM- inappropriate crush on MUCH younger men....keke

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ooooooomg ???
*waves charter membership card somewhat shamefacedly*

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@bbstl ahahahaha! ( here's my card too ;D)

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Ok now I'm sad. ?

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LOL i love that hashtag!

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he is a fine young man ..

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Can't a chingu be an oppa if he's born first?

I'm late '95 liner and that's my rule with Lee Tae Hwan, Yook Sung Jae, Jongup, Minwoo, Kwangmin, Youngmin, S.coups. I call all of them oppa.
Unfortunately it doesn't apply to Jimin, V, Ren, Jeonghan, Joshua. They're my closest dongsaengs.

I was shocked by Lee Tae Hwan being 21. It's more difficult to look up year lines for actors.

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Some actors are mentioned if you search "_ _ _ _ in South Korea" I searched 1995.

How did I forget about Jandi's little brother? Park Ji-Bin was born March 14, 1995 and has been doing his military service for 15 months. I've only seen oppa in BOF but he might be back soon.

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High five for '95 line! Jimin is the exact same age as me down to the day, can I still call him oppa? Lol.

Luckily I haven't had a major crush on any actor or idol younger than me so all of my oppas are OPPAS!!! ❤️

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'95er for the win! This is our year. I say yes to Jimin being your oppa. Boy-girl twins have the younger one call the older oppa. See: Ho Gu's Love - Kill Me, Heal Me.

I don't have any kpop crushes who are younger than me, because group introductions have the decency to tell their birthdays. But there are actors globally and western artists that surprised me with their age *cough*5SOS a.k.a. Ashton and 3 babies. I tend to like older than me.

Time will tell.

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19 is perfect for me!!
He's old enough for me to holla his way!!!
I won't feel like someone with daddy issues, haha

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He's only NINETEEN!!!! TEEN! ???
More than a decade younger.... ?

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Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy, I Heart him, I do.

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The lonely, shining Goblin? Lol, am I the only one who thinks the new name is too funny?

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No, you aren't. What's up with the shining part? ^^

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Maybe from some BB cream PPL.

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According to Twilight, vampires are sparkly.

According to Kim Eun-sook, goblins are shiny lol.

What has become of folklore?

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Gong yoo with shiny diamond skin and diamond abs.. i'm in...

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suddenly seventeen's shining diamond popped in my head kkekkekke

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The Lonely,Shining Goblin sounds like a children fairytale book

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Lol, I was about to comment the same.

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Don't fret. Soon the title will be changed again to "Shine or Go Goblin."

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STAHP!

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+1
Lol!

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*laughing*

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Lmao

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Lmao!!!

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Goblin-ing Solo ?
Lonely Goblin from another Shiny Star?
Goblin of Noodles?
;)

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My roommate is a goblin?

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My boyfriend is a goblin

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Lets do the kim eun sook way- Descendant of the shiney Goblin

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Secret Goblin?

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'Secret Goblin' so apt.

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Goblin: the one who shines has to bear the weight

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A shiney goblin's dignity

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Or we could go classic? Goblin Full House? Ooh, it'd be like a sequel!

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Bring it on, Goblin!

Boys Before Goblins

Cheese in the Goblin

Coffee Goblin

Gob(lin) of Study

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Answer Me Goblin

Goblin Go Go

Goblin Drawn by Clouds

...all my favorites! ?

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LOL

It's Okay, It's a Shiny Goblin

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That beautiful mane of glory!

I love him on My Husband Got A Family, he was so adorable and made me cry every time he shows how much he loved his family. He was pretty hilarious with Kang Minhyuk's character too.

Happy to see him doing well. More reasons to watch Goblin. Or errrmm, The Lonely, Shining Goblin.

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By the way, is it true that Commissioner Ahn from Police Unit 38 is gonna play Yook Sungjae's secretary in this show? :D

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Noooooo!! Really?! That would be a sight to behold!

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Hohoho.... Am I the only one who miss his deep sexy voice?

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He was fun to hate. :D Excited to see more of him if the Goblin casting is true.

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"Such perfectly placed hair!" So true! Anyway, congrats to him even if it is a very small role.

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I volunteer as the stylist who has to keep those locks of hair perfectly placed.
"What are you talking about, I'm not leaning in too close, it's just these darn bangs..."

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Who gonna say that?

If the stylist, I will give side eye to her.

If God Byungyeon say that, I will squealing because of his voice.

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That Glorious Mane Glory... Kim Hyung is at the top!

Runner up:

Yoo Ah-in aka Moon Jae Shin in SKKS
Choi Jin-hyuk aka Gumiho Daddy in Gu Family Book
Park Shi-hoo in The Princess' Man
Lee Jun Ki in ..... too many to mention

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Nineteen?? I'm sixteen..**oppa squeal** He's so hot, hot AF. My latest korean crush, i love him in moonlight drawn by the clouds, it's sad that his role is only a cameo. I'm looking forward to his projects as the lead character. Oh my!! Be still my beating heart ??

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Ah, it makes me remember the days I knew him as that kid who's in a lot of kbs's drama special circa 2014 and, he was like only 15 that time but brought out so many layers and acting chops in each drama. I'm having my proud mama moment whenever I see a child actor's got his or her career's hit. Hopefully his career will go no elsewhere but up!

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Oh gash. Goblin has to stop bringing in my faves lol. It gets harder and harder to resist.

My kiddo shall rise! Scratch that, all my kiddos in this show shall rise(or rise more)! Sprinkle 'em with your magic KES!

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Ikr. Kwak Dongyeon caused me to watch Love in the Moonlight that I never interested before regardless of the confirmed casts until he replaced another actor for Kim Byungyeon character.

Now I'm not sure whether to ignore this drama anymore.

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Same here with Moonlight. I like Bogummy but I'm not fond of sageuks(yet). He was the deal breaker for me. :)

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And here I thought I was the only one who decided to watch Moonlight because of KDY!

The Lonely, Shining Goblin needs to stop aducting my favorite actors :O There's no way I'm gonna watch this, but the cast sounds sooo good.

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He owns one of the most beautiful warrior manes in kdramaland that I've seen :)
Looks too mature for his age. I can't be more excited with this new wave of actors.
Young talented actresses, please show yourselves more! You deserve the spotlight too.

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Definitely gives LJK a run for his money (or mane).

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KDY!! So happy for "our Kim hyung" even though it's just a cameo. Really liking him in Moonlight and I recall him catching my attention in Age of Feeling and one of those FNC videos of upcoming actors/artists. ^^

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Are you talking about CheomDamdong 111? If yes, there are many trainees from that show debuted as actors already although some of them move to another acting agencies

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Yes!! I was watching for CN Blue and noticed the group that was introduced when FNC staff were doing the training.

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I was really excited when his casting news came out. Although I'm dissapointed with the cameo appearance news, I wish that his role is unique enough to make more people to know him.

Yes, he's nineteen but I'm greedy to see him in more biggger roles and for him to make big screen debut.

Kim Sohyun said in her recent interview about the Three Kims that they're being compared because it's less competition for actors their age. It means that actors below the age of 20 rarely casted for big role in dramas. Wish actors born 1997 onwards like Yeo Jingoo, Kwak Dongyeon and Kang MinA got better opportunities in the future.

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another small role? i'm a bit disappointed

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He's so, so incredibly good looking, it's ridiculous. I absolutely love him in MDBC and I'm so looking forward to his interactions with Kim Go Eun. This cast is just stellar, every announcement gets me more excited for the drama!!

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Me: *crush on Kwak Dong Yeon soars* I love him.

girlfriday: and he's only 19!

Also Me: *crush on Kwak Dong Yeon screeches to a halt* What a talented young man, whom I have no feelings for at all.

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Lmao!!! Nice disclaimer.

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That hair! Where to get those quality wigs??

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IKR!? Not only does his wig look believable but he pulls it off SO well. I usually hate men wigs and extensions but he makes it beautiful *tears in eyes*

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Wait... That is a wig?

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Yup XD He had short hair in their press conference a few weeks ago, and they're still filming, so it's a wig. Pretty, isn't it?

See images here: http://www.dramabeans.com/2016/08/hearts-and-smiles-at-moonlight-drawn-by-clouds-press-conference/

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Unless his character died early. T___________T

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Can't wait for his career to flourish. I so love him in Inspiring Generation when he played the young KHJ.
I guess I've said this to all casting news that involves KDY! LOL!

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Lol. It's okay, it's love.

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he was SO GOOD on inspiring generation.

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I almost cry after googling him after Moonlight first episode. I liked him in Adolescence Medley (Medley of Youth) and thought he only looking youthful, not that he's actually young.

He's definitely looks like he'll grow up and be a nice leading man.

Anytime he smiles in Moonlight, I just stopped and rewind. Cheeky smiles, stop again, rewind again. Rinse, repeat. and again.

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God-Byung Yeon is such a sight...

I hope you are okay tonight
anyway... I hope KDY will get more opportunities,

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add: the length of the sword is really good, it long and looked firm.
many drama used sword that looked shorter.

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This sounds like a dirty joke waiting to be made *clears throat*

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Jesus!!! OMG. Can't believe you went there. Here I was, reading innocently Sancheezy's technical observation and you had to go and make my mind descend into the gutter!!
I totally went up and read the comment again with new meaning * blushes*

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OMG. LOL.
Can I then say KDY pwns JiSoo as far as the length of their swords are concerned?
*hides blushing face in a corner*

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is concerned*
Dang grammar error ruins the joke lol

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@shenelini
actually, my observation is serious,
I knew some of the sword/katana techniques and many saeguk have this weird measurement for sword because they may want to make it fit the frame or fit the actor height, or looked like has a good design,
but the picture above looked real, simple and firm

I should add disclaimer
I don't control anyone thought

ps; can't believe you really go there, lol

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Omo!

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Ladies he is 19. Barely legal. control!!!

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Kwak Dongyeon killed all the royalties in Moonlight with his awesomeness and become a king in Goblin! Go Kim Hyung!

I posted this on my Twitter before but posting this here is better.

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Nineteen??! ...

Seriously, why is he at that number and how did I get to my number?

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Yay! More of Kwak Dong Yeon!!?
Such a talented kid.
I'm so glad he's getting more roles.
Super excited for Goblin now.

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This is definitely shaping up to be something I'm interested in watching. I've got a weak spot for fantasy/magic dramas so I'm really hoping the world they set up is layered and complex. (without being complicated for the sake of being complicated.) The show is sounding like an urban fantasy with all this talk of monsters and souls side by side with chaebol heirs. Fingers crossed that it's good.

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• I'd choose Gong Yoo the shining goblin over Edward Cullen the sparkly vampire any day

• "and his only nineteen" is the phrase that turned heart-eyes into guilt-eyes in less than a second

• aside from ratings, the moon dramas are apparently battling for the best mane of glory. At stake: shampoo PPL and CF deal

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Glad it's just a cameo because I'm not watching this drama and they already took Sungjae and Inna. Hwaiting!

I simply lost all will to even when I read KDY is 19. I had to look it up for myself. I knew he was younger than me when Modern Farmer aired. But I thought it was within a year. TEARS!

Wasn't moving very fast to get ready for school. I had to play my parents' song from Thai Kiss Me. Tenten appa and Taliw eomma wouldn't approve of being late because of a boy.

I have since reconciled with the fact. As a late '95 liner *haven't turned 21 yet*, my official youngest celebrity interest is Uriah Shelton born March 10 1997. Oh, well Kwak Dong Yeon could be older. Possibly.

Still just a noona fan. Nothing too dramatic, I'm afraid of the day a late '99er comes on the scene. I can't think about that age difference.

Who told Kwak Dong Yeon to be born after 1996? ?

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kwak dongyeon was born on March 19 1997. He's now your official youngest celebrity interest. ?

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Ah. AsianWiki doesn't say but now I see Wiki and DramaWiki do.

Thank you for pointing this out. I'm only a bit bitter/sarcastic, lol. It strange to think Uriah is 9 days older than Dong Yeon. I know it's not much but still, OLDER! I like that KY has that distinct honor now, kekeke "official youngest celebrity interest" ?

Well, they will both continue to light up my screen. And I'll ignore the '98 liners.

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Eeeeeee so happy for my baby! (Yep. I have a lot of babies) It's nice that we can see more of him now and more people know who he is. I've liked him since his clueless but adorable student role in You Who Rolled in Unexpectedly. Dongyeon-ah, hwaiting!

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He is only one year elder than me .....so start squeeling right away.....????

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well, since I intend to steal all his costumes for Moonlight he has no other option but to find a new drama. that pleated thing he wore in ep 6 was a dream.

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19?!?!?!?!?! I wish he had a bigger part in Moonlight. I heard in the novel he's supposed to be the other part of the triangle (but the drama has made it a love square). He's definitely going to be a hit sometime down the road with that eye of his (and he's cute) ^^

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I have loved this boy since Modern Farmer. You go darlin' show them what you can do. You already won me over with your great comic timing.

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He's really talented.good with comedic/foolish acting,he can do romance and then intense + action as well

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ohmygod!
cant they change it from cameo to full-time-cast?
i adore this kid. he's brilliant!

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KDY has shown us that he got the acting chops. His most memorable characters for me would be as the clueless, nerdy, adorable Janggun in My Husband Got A Family and as Jung Tae in Age Of Feeling. If there is another Reply series, I hope they will cast him. Janggun 2.0

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OMG, I ***LOVE*** this actor! I've broken out in a massive case of Second Lead Syndrome and I may die before this series is over! Thanks for the heads up on "Goblin." Now I'll have to watch that.

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