Fun Friday: Kdrama Actors Then And Now

Posted by Stephanie on May 6, 2016

Fun Friday

When I first came up with the idea of this post, matching up actors with pictures from their first drama and their latest, I thought it would be fun to see just how they’ve changed during the years. However, I forgot one thing. Korean Stars Never Age. It’s like some sort of magical elixer or something. There are a few who forgot to take their share of the fountain of youth. Can you pick them out?

Lee Joon Ki

What Should I Do 2004

lee joon ki what should I do

Scholar Who Walks At Night 2015

lee joon ki scholar

Gong Hyo Jin

Splendid Days 2001

gong hyo jin splended days

Producers 2015

gong hyo jin producers

Hyun Bin

Ireland 2004

hyun bin ireland

Hyde, Jekyll, Me 2015

hyun bin hyde 2

Jang Gyun Suk

Ladies of the Palace 2001

jang gyun suk ladies of the palace

Daebak 2016


jang gyun suk

This coming up set is fun as apparently a bunch of our favorite stars have gotten their start with the School series through the years…

Ha Ji Won

School 2 1999

ha ji won school 2

The Time We Were Not In Love 2015

ha ji won the time we are not in love

Lee Dong Wook, Jo In Sung

School 3 2000

jo in sung lee dong wook 3

Jo In Sung, It’s Okay That’s Love 2014

jo in sung

Lee Dong Wook, Bubble Gum 2015

lee dong wook 2

Gong Yoo

School 4 2001

gong yoo school 4

Big 2012

gong yoo big

Just kidding. Let’s try again.

gong yoo big 2



Kim Ha Neul

Happy Together 1999

kim ha heul happy together

A Gentleman’s Dignity 2012


Kim Bum

Rude Women 2006

kim bum rude women

Mrs Cop 2 2016

kim bum mrs cop 2

Kim Soo Hyun

Kimchi Cheese Smile 2007

kim soo hyun kimchi cheese smile

Producers 2015

kim soo hyun producers

That didn’t seem super fair as he played a bit of a derp in Producers, so here’s how we all remember him:

You from Another Star  2014

kim soo hyun you

Ji Sung

Kaist 1999

ji sung kaist

Entertainer 2016ji sung entertainer

Yeah, hold that heart Ji Sung, you surprised us too.

Like the School series, there was another show which jump started a lot of careers, High Kick.

Yoon Shi Yoon

High Kick Through The Roof 2006

yoon shi yoon high kick

Mirror of the Witch 2016


Jung Il Woo

Unstoppable High Kick 2006

jung il woo unstopable

High End Crush 2015

jung il woo high end crush


Park Min Young

Unstoppable High Kick 2006

park min young unstoppable

Remember: War of the Son 2016

park min young rememeber

Jang Dong Gun

Our Paradise 2 1992

jang dong gun our paradise 2

A Gentleman’s Dignity 2012

jang dong gun agd2


Ji Chang Wook

Sons of Sol Pharmacy 2009

ji chang wook son of sol pharmacy

Healer 2014


And finally…

Park Shin Hye

Stairway to Heaven 2003

park shin hye heaven

Pinnochio 2014



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