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[Drama Chat] Where did my favorite actor go?

Have you ever been so impressed with an actor’s performance, you were convinced they’d be the next big thing, only for them to be cast in a string of low-profile projects (or worse, none) until they slowly faded into obscurity?

We’re not talking about actors who are no longer with us, or those who have been shunned by social norms of the Korean entertainment industry. We’re talking folks like Jae Hee (I think of him as an older Park Hyung-sik) whose performance in Delightful Girl Chun-hyang made me go through the hell that is Witch Yoo Hee, only for him to eventually switch to second lead roles, cameos, or 100+ episode weekenders which tested the limits of my loyalty and made me give up trying to follow his career. (I’m sorry, Oppa, I hope you at least have a decent work-life-fame-money balance.)

 

Which actor used to be your favorite… but then they either fell off the radar or have only been cast in unwatchable shows?

 
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Hong Jong-Hyun, he was great in Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo.

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He was the ML in Disney+ drama, Race in 2023.

He didn't disapear :)

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Yeah and he was also in The kimg in love

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He was the lead in Stock Struck (2022), a smaller budget drama, but I really enjoyed it!

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Ooh, and he's also going to be in this year's What Comes After Love, one of my most anticipated dramas. He's a main lead, but not the ML.

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He was fantastic in Scarlet Heart and The King in Love, but then chose really poor scripts (My Absolute Boyfriend was a mess) and then had his military enlistment... and nothing spectacular after that :(

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I watched Seo Do-Young in Spring Waltz and I thought he will become like the other actors of this era. But who thought it would be the one who can't talk Korean who will become famous, Daniel Henney.

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He’s now mainly in daily family dramas, I think.

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Seo Do Young!!! He was wonderful in Gangnam Scandal, great chemistry with the female lead Shin Go Eun. I follow him on IG and it seems like he has a non-acting job now (not sure because I can't read Korean) What a great loss for fans, I love his calm and steady presence in daily dramas. Plus he is pretty hunky!

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Daniel Henney’s Korean has improved since then according to him.

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Oh yeah, but it wasn't very difficult. He barely spoke Korean at the beginning 😅

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@mary I believe Jae Hee fell off because he was revealed to be secretly married with a hidden son.

I was going to say Won Bin, but he retired by choice, and I'm happy for him.
So I'll say Lee Won-geun who played the lead in Sassy, Go Go and had what it takes to be the next big thing but is unfortunately relegated to second lead roles. He's still my favorite, and I'll still follow his career, but I wish he were more popular because he deserves it.

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I'm with you on Lee Won-geun. He has a wicked smirk you don't see everyday....

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I am slightly diverging from the topic here, coz I know he certainly hasn't disappeared nor are his shows "unwatchable", and he isn't a "favorite" either. But, I have been trying to catch Ha Seok-jin in a show I would be able to finish ever since I liked him in Your House Helper (which was such a nice drama, but sadly couldn't finish either 😐). He seems to choose these gentlemanly characters that are exactly my type, but somehow his dramas are too much for me. I hope he gets a nice drama soon.

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I liked him a lot in 1% of Anything but have searched in vain for anything else in which he's had a lead or supporting role and that appeals to me. He's been in quite a few mediocre-to-bad dramas and some that just aren't my cup of tea.

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I also liked him in 1% of Anything. In the last part of the drama he played really well a man deeply in love.

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The female lead was crucial in asserting herself and not taking his crap. He improved because they communicated and he slowly changed for the better.

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I always wonder what happens to actors in such situations? Was he difficult/awful to work with and started not to book jobs? Did he have other personal issues affecting his health and well-being? Did he take a break and this interrupted his momentum? The KD world is fairly inscrutable to me so…

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I loved his sexy, charismatic performance in 1% of Anything. His résumé seems to be mostly shows I've never heard of and/or ones that weren't well received. He plays the SML in Blind, which is on my watchlist.

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Don't go in "blind" ie research if you really want to watch it. It's no fun and games.

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I'm fine with dark/heavy shows, as long as they're high quality. If it gets to be too much (or not enough) for me, I can always drop it.

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Then please go ahead. After ages I saw a drama twice - “raw” and with “subs”. Reminded me of our early days of drama watching. 😂

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i liked it.. predictable but was ok

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He was on the the netflix competition show Devil's Plan (I think that's what it was called)

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I'm watching Devil's Plan right now in my spare time.

And yes, I know who wins. 😉

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Ha Seok-Jin played Captain Ri's brother in Crash Landing on You!

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I liked him in Radiant Office. It wasn't a heavy romance show but I found him quite swoony in that.

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He played a big jerk in Drinking Solo. That was a really fun drama (if you can stand watching him being an A+ ass (he plays jerks really well))

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He was SML in D-Day.

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Probably Kim Jae-won. He starred in a fair few famous rom-coms in the 2000s and 2010s and had a lot of onscreen charm I thought. But then his career sort of petered out and he moved on to k-variety I believe.

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I'll always have a soft spot for Kim Jae-won and Jae Hee because they starred in the first K-drama that I'd ever watched Wuri's Family. Kim Jae-won played the male lead, and Jae Hee played his younger brother, and I loved the love square where Kim Jae-won's best friend Kim Hyo-jin was in love with him, then Kim Rae-won was in love with Kim Hyo-jin.

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It reminds me May Queen!

I loved the young cast and was totally for the second male lead.

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I stopped watching after the young cast was done. Yoo-jung's career is fine, but I miss, Park Gun-tae and Park Ji-Bin.

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Awww Kin Jae-won was in "Scandal: A shocking and wrongful Incident, one of the classics I've carried in my k-drama heart since it aired in 2017. it's a makjang about about a son who learns a terrifying lie about his father and his whole life which impacts his love relationship too. Very layered and well-acted for the time-period. Most of all, the feelings I had watching it have stayed with me. after watching over 730 dramas. Kim Jae-won was at his best. Must watch it again. Just checked, it's on kissasian.com. Thanks for the reminder...

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I've never seen any of his dramas, but I remember all the buzz he recieved in recent years because of his adorable 'mini me' son. They appeared on Stars' Top Recipe at Fun-Staurant and Yoon Eun Hye was also a guest in their very first eps on the variety show.

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The problem then was not that he got married, but that he hid his marriage and child. For Koreans, this is worse than the fact that the star is married. They would ultimately "forgive" his marriage, but the fact that he lied in interviews that he was single and that he wasn't, they couldn't forgive him. And hence his career later declined. It often also depends on the actors, because, for example, Lee Ji Ah managed to survive the scandal of her marriage, which was hidden for 10 years, and which came to light after her divorce. But she also never acted in more ambitious productions and always relied primarily on her beauty, not her talent, so the audience finally forgave "their doll".

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But she also never acted in more ambitious productions and always relied primarily on her beauty, not her talent, so the audience finally forgave "their doll".

🤣🤣🤣. You had me chuckling and laughing at this.
Objectively though, you're right about her acting being like a doll. I liked her acting in Penthouse 1,2&3 and Pandora, but the doll factor is really showing in Amazing Troubleshooters. I already thought so with the latest episodes and you're confirming it for me.

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Yep, this is certainly a cultural difference cause I just see it as a privacy thing as well as a business thing.

I don't know who this guy is but if he was an attractive young guy, I assume it was better for his popularity and appeal to be "single". Same if he was early in his career and was still establishing himself.

On the privacy angle, if he revealed he was married and/or had kids, people insist on asking about them and his private life.

I do not understand why people feel entitled to know everything about an entertainer's personal life in order to accept them professionally.

Like I've seen one criticism of someone where the commenter was like "they can do whatever they want but my problem is their actions don't follow Christian morals so that's why I can't support them" or something like that and it's like "a: they aren't even Christians and b: they are entertainers! Their only *JOB* is to entertain, not live according to random folks' beliefs and ideals.

Oh! That also reminds me of a Blackpink member who's apparently dating French royalty or something and there's a segment of folks who are like "I can't support her anymore cause that guy's money couldn't possibly come from ethical means. Plus, he's a foreigner" and so on and so forth.

There was also some little thing when an actor didn't share that his son was adopted (the son was from his wife's previous relationship).

I swear, the more I learn about korean entertaiment, the more I don't understand why anyone wants to get into it.

(Yes, I know that can also be applied to the entertainment industries worldwide)

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I think it's totally fckd up that anyone's marriage can be considered a scandal just because they didn't announce it to the voracious masses. It is beyond ridiculous and instead of defending this nonsensical reaction (as I've seen on other sites where westerners get called out and spanked for not respecting a different 'culture') I say it's common decency to respect someone's marriage and the fact they choose not to share details of it with strangers.

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It’s definitely a choice and also how the person handles it. In C-Ent., there was an actor who promoted himself as still single whilst being married and having a baby on the way. His now-ex-wife is also a fellow actress (they met on the set of a drama). Maybe people chose her side when news of their marriage came to light, not only because of his previous denials of being married to her, but also because his denial of it all while she was pregnant. It was also later revealed that he didn’t treat her very well int he duration of their marriage— not only did he publicly deny being married to her, he was very intimate with other females in his (their) friend circles. They are now divorced, and I believe she has full custody of their child

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*Many people chose her side…

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I would say our Anjel trio from You are beautiful. Jang Jeun-seok was casted in a few dramas after that but went off the radar until his latest comeback with a netflix drama.
Jung Yong-hwa had a comeback, a really strong one, with sell your haunted house. Then, he starred in Brain Works that was a flop.
Lee Hong-gi (jeremy), as far as I know, wasn't cast in other dramas.
Also the second male lead in secret garden, the one who played the adult version in 18 again, got some roles like shopping king and i can hear your voice and then disappeared.

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Lee Hong Ki starred in a few after You are Beautiful, but he doesn't seem to be very active in dramas. Too bad because he was an actor first before becoming a singer, a very rare case.

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Yes, I would love to see Lee Hong Ki step take a break from variety shows to appear in a mature-love Kdrama.

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For Jung yonghwa career, I think you should try " the package" that is a hidden gem.

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oh yes.. it is an amazing show.. and at that time i think a rare show that was shot extensively in foreign location

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Yes it really surprised me I didn't have high expectations tbh.

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Jung Yong Hwa is in an as-yet-unreleased-by-Disney drama called It's You, Out of the Blue, that seems like it's been on my waiting list for a very long time. I'm pretty sure it's already filmed and is just on ice, along with a bunch of other dramas that are inexplicably awaiting release. They'll probably surprise drop it like My Man Is Cupid.

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It's You, Out of the Blue has even more potential to be released now. Lee Yi-kyung, who plays the husband in the current hit Marry My Husband, is the 2nd male lead in this. He is getting so much buzz right now because of his performance in Marry My Husband that Disney+/HULU would really be missing their window if they don't drop It's You, Out Of The Blue right on the heels of the drama's finale.

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For a singer with Jung Yong Hwa's background and fame, acting might simply not be a priority. He is everywhere as a singer.

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but cnblue was never exo or bts of their generations.. and that band members change so often..

now it doesn't even exist.. one is in prison (hopefully), others dabbled in acting... never took off..

are they really financially stable.. or is JYH is?

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Sorry, but you're wrong.

Cn Blue was very successful for a band. It's not easy in Korea. Yong-Hwa was everywhere, he couldn't barely sleep because of his schedule. And they're still tour a lot in Japan.

The members of Cn Blue didn't change so much. The original bassist left before they debuted.

Lee Jong-Hyun never was prosecuted or anything, he left the group.

For the acting, Kang Min-Hyuk was in Netflix's Celebrity and did well.

Lee Jung-Shin wasn't the lead in Sh**ting Star but made an impression with his role as a lawyer and his romance.

They make music since 2010 and made a lot of concerts, so clearly financially stable.

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Lee jung shin has been dabbling in acting since long.. wasn't he in cinderella and four knights too.. acting career didn't take off

Kang min hyuk as well.. i don;t really see him anywhere.. 1 drama in years.. he did a few some years back.. again didn't take off

I am aware JY is popular.. and that rise partially was also because of that teenage drama with PSH..

Their debut song was a hit.. but i really don't remember them being the ultimate top notch group ever..

by 2013 EXO was on; i am sure kpop experts will have more details..

these guys used to appear a lot on variety shows then.. so i'd say JY as an individual/person is popular.. rather than as cnblue whole group (i do agree that cnblue exists because of him, his lead singing, and his fame)

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You can't compare a band and a dance group. Ft Island and Cn Blue had a lot of success and were invited in a lot of shows. Even SM never could make a band as much as successful.

Cn Blue focus their career on the band. They can't be in a lot of project at the same time. Kang Min-Hyuk had a movie too.

The success of Yonghwa is not about his drama with PSH only but thanks to their music too, the TV show We Got Married with Seolhyun too.

Like every second generation group, they are more discret now on tv.

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Thanks for fleshing out how successful bands like CNBlue navigate the Korean entertainment scene. I enjoyed both Lee Jung-shin in Shooting Stars (good comedian) and especially Kang Min-Hyuk as a chaebol with a moral compass in Celebrity. So, I didn't quite get why they weren't more active in film or series tv.

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Kang Min-Hyuk is very charismatic in Celebrity which cannot be said for many in the current crop of MLs in his age group. I’m so looking forward to his next acting project.

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Bands have actually a tighter schedule than dance groups because playing your own instrument need a lot of practice, and they have more live performances than TV appearances so they are busy, but people don't see them on TV and may think they're not doing anything.
And CNBLUE boys are making their own music since 2013 so yeah they are financially stable even more than stable.... they are actually richer than usual actors and dancers. Lee Joon made sure everyone knows that Yonghwa makes a lot of money, he always teases him about that. 😅

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thats good

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Honestly CNBLUE were huge for their era. They had multiple hit songs. They were also one of the first KPop groups to have a true global tour.
EXO and BTS are a part of the social media era and their success came when K-Pop had more global exposure. You really can't compare the two.

Given that the group had a huge hit with their debut song right out the gate and Yonghwa had just starred in a popular drama and later a popular variety show, they were very popular with the general public. This is especially the case for Yonghwa. Their era was at a time when streaming wasn't really a thing and having a hit was more driven by the general public then by fans. Everyone knew their debut song Loner from little kids to the elderly and many still know it now. They continued to have hit songs and albums. They also became a group where each member got to be a part of a major hit drama.

As far as their lineup is concerned, it never changed until 9 years after their debut.
Yonghwa just doesn't act as much because his focus is music. Making music and constantly touring both solo and with CNBLUE probably eats into the time he has to devote to acting. But I do wish he would choose a project that has potential to be a buzzworthy hit even if he's a part of an ensemble and can't be the lead.

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exo and bts are 2013, hardly social media era.. atleast social media is not the success factor for Exo..but definitely for BTS..they weren't a successful group from get go.. cnblue is not too old so sns is not the right logic..

but i am glad to hear that they are financially stable.. when you had big group folks struggling (e,g, shinee)

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@alasecond
By 2013 it definitely was. People forget YouTube is also social media. By 2013 agencies could fully utilize YouTube and Facebook in ways they hadn't been able to in the past because they were too new. I think people forget that YouTube originally had max video lengths of 10 -15 minutes and it was much harder to access an artists' content. This was especially the case when networks constantly pulled videos because they were unofficial uploads. Viki and the long gone Dramafever weren't even official back then and existing streaming services were barely looking at Korea. By 2013, even the US music industry had already had their eyes on K-Pop due to all the Hallyu concerts and early solo concerts held there. EXO debuted in a post Hallyuwave industry that better knew how to utilize the new plaforms than they did with the previous artists. Viki and Dramafever had established offical sites by the time EXO debuted. I think people don't even realize what impact that had globally. KCON didn't even exist before 2013.

As far as CNBLUE being financially stable, constantly touring, writing and composing their own music, and starring in dramas has set them a part from many of their peers who barely get income from one of those categories much less all three.

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i don't think anyone forgets youtube is not social media.. but it was still not a craze.. i would say 2017 is when digital mediums took of in context of kcontent

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Lee Hong-ki's last drama was in 2019's "Melting Me Softly" with Ji Chang-wook and Won Ji-nah. I too would like to see him in more dramas than variety offerings, but F.T. Island is hoping to have a comeback sometime in 2024.

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:eyes-emoji:

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He acted in musicals but for international viewers, it's frustrating.

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Oori Hong Ki did Modern Farmer,Hwayugi that I really enjoyed. Geun Suki did Daebak which gave me hope of his return. Just like Yoo Seung Ho's I'm not a Robot was totally what I want for him. And if the second lead you're referring to is Yoon Sang Hyun secret garden is the middle of his career. I mean, he had his heights before secret garden.

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I don’t know what happened but I would have liked if Yoon Eun-hye had better dramas. She didn’t entirely disappear but I expected her to have a much stronger career.

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She had a "scandal" in a Chinese show about desisgn plagiarism and it looks like Koreans can forgive a sexual scandal but not design...

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She never recovered from her plagiarism controversy and just fell out of favor.

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Korea and their ‘scandals’. Smh

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Yoon Eun Hye is also someone I hope to would make a drama comeback. Her “plagerism” scandal derailed her career a few years back, but given what other actors have come back from, I am sad that there hasn’t been an opportunity for her comeback. Her career and place in Korea culture are so particular. The fact that she is still a running meme or cultural reference in Korea, (the X-man Of Course ear covering, how Yoo Jae Suk for years used her as a reference on Running Man, her hair cut in Coffee Prince, etc.), shows both benefits and curse of her charisma and fame. Her chemistry with her co-stars was almost always amazing, and her comedic timing is great, and her crying always moves me. When she was on the WSG Wannabe project a couple of years ago, her jjang was still there and it came through. I would like to see her act again.

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Yes she is one I wish we could see again or she had had a break to allow her to try again.

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I was just thinking of this the other day. She did have a comeback in Fluttering Warning but it wasn't a good drama and she wasn't good in it. I think you can survive a scandal or poor performances but you can't survive both.

She was wonderful in Coffee Prince though, she really was. And her 'scandal' was such utter nonsense compared to others. But, you know, women are always given one comeback if they're lucky. Men are a different story.

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I'm still wishing for her reunion with Gong Yoo. I've always wanted her playing a successful ultra feminine character this time around opposite him in a drama with the tone of Something In the Rain/One Spring Night (but please no horrid mother in laws and repetitive bad songs that make me want to put the drama on mute). Their chemistry is amazing and I would love to see them in a mature and sensual love story.

Yoon Eun Hye has had multiple variety show appearances, is still brought up by Yoo Jae Suk, and I think is still a favorite of many. She unfortunatley never had a hit after Coffee Prince. I don't think her scandal is enough to keep her from getting work because there are far worse scandals out there and actors have bounced back fine. I think she just needs to pick the right project. The remake of Goong will be coming soon. It's the perfect opportunity for her to get a ridiculous amount of buzz if she does a cameo. Especially if Joo Ji Hoon is right there with her. Her people would then have to strike while the iron is hot and get her a good project for her comeback.

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SHIN HYUN JOON - he seems to have just taken a couple of smaller roles after Moorim school
PARK KI WOONG -has he ever taken on a lead role? He can't seem to get past second-lead level, and still takes on smaller roles.

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Park Ki Woong is an actor I'd love to see more of in general, as he's been memorable and compelling in everything I've seen him in.

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Park Ki-woong really shines in villain role like Gaksital. He was a scene-stealer in The King's Affection.

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I liked him in Rookie historian too. And even in the Cupid drama, he has a good screen presence. He needs to do more dramas!

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I watched him in Rookie Historian for the first time. He had a very good role there. And he was really attractive.

However, I didn't like him at all in You raise me up (I mean his character... and his style 😅).

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Park Ki-woong was so heart-fluttering as the lead in the film My Tutor Friend 2. I loved that movie.

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I remember watching that movie back in the day. :)

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I loved it more than the original My Tutor Friend, which was of course the bigger hit.

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@mary I thought you would mention Song Jae-rim. He is still around but more like supporting side character these days.

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I was also going to mention Song Jae Rim, esp for mary.
@mary thanks for the photo of Hyun Bin, I wish he’d do something soon.

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That is not Hyun-bin!!

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sure it is Kyun Bin! it's from My Name is Kim Sam Soon -- right?

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He's Jae Hee.

Hyun Bin wore more flamboyant shirts in My Name Is Kim Sam Soon :p

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Hyun Bin, my bad typing. but ok, @kurama, i don't know who Jae Hee is.. will look it up!
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You will vex @mary, he's the one she mentionned as the example of topic :p

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:')

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Oh nooooo, mary did say it’s Jae Hee. Apparently all actors look my own biggest oppa? Time for new glasses for me! 🤭

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He didn't disappear. He still has the lead role in my ♥

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As he should.
🍎 butt!

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Yoon Eun-hye and Han Groo - They both had one outstanding drama and destined to be much more illustrious career but both fell out of grace due to their "scandal".

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Han Groo? Scandal? I miss her.

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Han Groo didn't have a scandal. She just married her non-celebrity boyfriend and gave birth to twins and most likely focused on her personal life since then. The fact she got divorced in 2022 cannot be considered a scandal unless one is apparently living in Korea, lol.

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Han Groo's scandal was her stepfather had divorced his wife, then remarried Han Groo's mother, but Han Groo would continuously mention her siblings and their prestigious educational background in the media to the point where she was given the nickname umchinttal ("Mom's Friend's Daughter"), aka someone who was perfect whom your mom would always compare you to.

Until her stepsister revealed that she and her siblings are not blood-related to Han Groo, and they have been estranged from Han Groo and her family since Han Groo was a child and to stop mentioning them like they have a close relationship.

Han Groo apologized and claimed it was a misunderstanding, but knetz' perception was she was using her stepsiblings for media play.

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Oh wow. THIS “qualified” as career-ruining scandal? Sigh. The tabloid culture of Korea must change. I miss Han Groo and her sparkly mischievous eyes.

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On top of ‘academic prestige by association’, Han Groo had also made up some fake claim of her own overseas education / credential.

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@epyc2010 Can you please quote some reputable sources on this?

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I wrote about Han Groo earlier today - at one time she was mentioned as a special appearance in the new ENA drama "Midnight Photo studio".

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Yay I hope she gets a comeback! Loved her in Marriage, Not Dating

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I loved her in One warm word and afterward I saw her Marriage Not Dating. Park So Joon was amazing one One Warm Word too. I can't remember if I'm okay with So Jooni's work, but I have a niggling feeling that he's another one that hasn't got a good team supporting him. Just like Song Joong Ki.

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Thanks. This sounds like a normal garden-variety family drama due to remarriage resulting in a lot of hurt feelings all-around. I find the mere notion of “scandal” laughable to begin with but even if it does qualify as a “scandal” I find it hard to fault children for airing out their childhood suffering because of insensitive parents.

Forging your own academic background on the other hand is a more grave accusation and without reputable sources is just a rumor. I don’t think we should be engaging in rumor-mongering here without reputable sources backing it up.

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The way Koreans use the term ‘scandal’ could be quite different from the Western world. Singer A dates actress B would be given a scandal tag which effectively is more a gossip than a scandal.

Back to Han Groo’s case, it is more about an elite persona she created for herself, eg disclosing in a tv variety show that she received a President’s education award from President Bush not long after moving to study in the US and getting offers from many top US universities. (You can easily find the clips from YT and various news articles.). Then, telling people about her siblings studying in prestigious universities to firm up that elite image. Once the bitter half sibling burst the bubble, people would scrutinise everything she said previously despite her apology. It didn’t help then people noted she had conveniently omitted talking about her biological brother who was doing only so so.

We normal folks (especially outside Korea) will never know the truth and it’s a waste of our time to take side. This case does echo the cases of Jae Hee and Yoon Eun-hey as discussed earlier in this thread - that dishonesty looms large in the minds of the Korean public be it a white or big lie.

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It's Kim so eun and Gong soungyeon for me,
I thought they will make it big and become top stars but I can't see my girls in any drama these days!

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Kim So Eun is mostly a side character, but Gong Seungyeon was just in a drama last year, First Responders.

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Ah you are right, her drams just doesn't attract me and I keep forgetting they exist.
Was it good? I really miss GSY!

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I didn't get through the first season lol, but other people liked it.

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Actually whoever I asked was like you 😅 Noone really liked it

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GSY didn't disapear. The both seasons of First Responders were pretty sucessful. She will be in I'll Take the Trip for You and Karma (with many other actors).

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Thank you for information
Do you recommend first responders?

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I didn't watch it. I dropped after the first episodes of the first season. The ML was a cop who acted before thinking, and I was tired by this kind of characters. He had too much place in the story compared with the firefighters too.

So I can't help you, sorry.

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Oh I see
I saw many people reacting same as you, so I skipped the drama. but I thought maybe you had a better experience with the show and I was curious about it. Thank you 💓

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It's nothing outstanding, but it is well acted, and some of the mysteries are interesting.

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Thank you so much 💓

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I love Kim So-eun in "Iron Empress" with Park Eun-bin. At the time I thought her career would have taken off at some point with Eun-bin. If "Liar Game 2" happens, I'll be tuning in.

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Kim So-run’s last drama was Three Bold Siblings, a weekender in 2022 which some Beanies followed. Her performance there was great, taking much limelight from the FL.

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I hope she gets a fluffy well written rom_com soon

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If Gong Sung Yong, is the green eyed girl, she works and really well. Even if I don't like it or I don't finish it, she does really well. The Matchmakers show with Min Jae her kae dongi(I don't remember her character's name) was very charming. Kim So Eun we should just accept as a weekend/daily drama charmer. Three Brave Siblings was good.

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Sadly I didn't watch many of GSY dramas, her robot drama is on my watch list.
Agree with what you said about Kim So eun.

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Yoon Eun-hye, Park Ki-woong, and Lim Ju-hwan. In the case of the latter two, although they haven't disappeared altogether, I can't really get into their recent dramas.

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Yeah Im Ju Hwan and Park Ki Woong deserves bigger roles. I miss Yoon Eun Hye but I read somewhere here she disappeared after a scandal. Sad.

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I read about her scandal. She is active on her YouTube channel and I think she has been on other tv programs.

I've mentioned it on this site before, but I would love for her to return to dramaland and work with Gong Yoo again. I would also love for it to be a sageuk. :)

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Joo Hwan ssi is my favorite of the three. He makes you root for him. He stands out. But, there aren't any of his shows that I would stick it through just for his parts. Of his most recent shows I think the one with Taec is the most approachable(I love the music in that show)

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Chae Rim and Kim Jung-hwa: they are my early Korean drama lead favourites, but they kinda not getting cast in important drama roles anymore.

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Kim Jung-hwa starred briefly in Mine (2021 series). You should see it. I've only watched her in 2 dramas - Gwanggaeto as Seol Ji(my most favorite performance of hers) and Kingdom of the Wind).

I immediately knew she was a familiar face when I saw her in Mine and it didn't take the end of the episode to know it was her. She morphed like fine wine.

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I do miss Chae Rim, who’s apparently focusing on motherhood since returning to Korea after the divorce.

Kim Jung-hwa still appears in drama every now and then.

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Oooh I miss Chae Rim too. My noona romance queen.

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That'll be Kim Seok-hoon. I really really liked him in Iron Empress even though he was a villain there. And then I watched him in Ruby Ring like one or two years later. Once again, I was besotted by his performance. The man's got great abs though. He'll put a lot of recent shirtless scenes to shame with his bathroom cameo in Ruby Ring. That being said, I searched for any other of his works and I noticed that he's been off the radar since a 2016 series Mom.
Should I smell a whiff that he's having a drama comeback, I'm surely watching even if it is a disaster from afar.
Asianwiki tells me he's in Innocence(2020 film) so I guess I have a to-watch.

There's also Im Jung-eun. I first saw her in Kingdom of the Wind. It was a time when female swordsmen pricked my attention and so I just couldn't forget her face. After watching her again in Ruby Ring, I've not seen her in any other project. Her latest stint is Babel minus the weekender Once Again. I'm eager to see her once again on screen.
Since I'm talking about Ruby Ring, let me voice out that I hated the ending. Real Ru-bi and Kyung-mim should have gotten together at the end, especially with fake Ru-bi exposed and out of the way. That love you in my heart from a distance by Ru-bi didn't sit well at all.

Well I don't think this one counts cause he finally got cast in a recent drama. I'm talking about Lee Tae-gon. The casting of Love ft. Marriage and Divorce was already on point with casting Park Joo-mi as main FL in the ensemble female leads so when I saw that he was casted as her husband, I knew for a fact that I had one more reason to watch it.
I have only seen him in Gwanggaeto, the Great Conqueror and been looking forward to seeing him in a new project. I was displeased he didn't return for Season 3, but if it is what I'm thinking in my head, I understand why he did not reprise his role.

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MOON GEUN-YOUNG (36)
What a talent! I miss her so much! Her role in "Painter of the Wind" was once-in-a-lifetime exceptional. She is the only actress I've seen who did the most believable cross-dressing on screen. She deserved all the awards she got for that role.

SHIM EUN-KYUNG: (29)
Another immensely talented child actress that I greatly miss. I enjoyed watching her grow on screen into a film actress at a young age. "Miss Granny" was one of my favorites.
She experienced an early peak in her career but faced harsh criticism when "Naeil's Cantabile" failed to meet expectations. This hit her hard; ever since her career hasn't been the same.

I often wonder if hitting the peak of one's career early was a blessing and a curse. PARK EUN-BIN also started as a child actress but peaked in her late 20s and early 30s and is thriving.

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I really liked Shim Eun-Kyung in Money Game. She was really good and a great chemistry with both male leads.

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Thank you! I'll have to check it out.

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Money Game is dry. I watched the first episode but I couldn't get into it. I'll admit that's because I couldn't understand what was happening and the feeling I got about the story was that it was going to be one of those stories that make you angry or depressed. Like Insider. I have to say I plan to watch all of Insider some day.

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I would love to see more of both Moon Geun-Young and Shim Eun-Kyung - they are both excellent actors, and I agree that Painter of the Wind was the only time I was actually convinced by a cross-dressing female lead.

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Geun Youngi was in Catch the Ghost. I'll admit I loved Kim Sun Ho the most in that show, but it was nice to see Geun Youngi.

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Nononono, Shim Eun-Kyung has a THRIVING career in J-Doramas and the Japanese film industry, in fact she is one of the most acclaimed actresses in Japan and has won several big awards there (both film and dorama) for her performance in the film The Journalist (2020). Probably the only Korean actress to win big there as well.

Although I do find it a bit weird that she decided to pursue career there instead of her homeland, I wish all the best for her in Japanese film industry.

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Not in Korea, though, which is sad considering the earlier success of her career.

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Painter of the Wind is such a lovely drama.

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I don't understand why Jung Yoo Jin didn't catapult into lead roles. She was such a knockout in W where I first saw her. But any lead roles she's landed have never been as the primary FL. She's the Seo Ji Hoon of actresses. Maybe we need a drama with the two of them as leads? 🤔

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I really liked Dong ha in Chief Kim as the bratty chaebol heir, and he was also the villain in Suspicious Partner, but then he just kinda disappeared? I vaguely remember military service and a weekend drama a long time ago, but otherwise haven't heard about him in anything for a few years.

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I really liked him in Nothing to loose as the 2ML, this drama had such a great love triangle.

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