Then And Now: K-Drama Child Star Who Grew Up Right Before Our Eyes

Here are list of K-Drama child star who grew up right before our eyes. It’s amazing how quickly children grow and how different they look now!

#1 Kim So Hyun:

Then And Now: K-Drama Child Star Who Grew Up Right Before Our Eyes - Kim So Hyun

Kim So-hyun (Korean: 김소현; Hanja: 金所泫) was born on June 4, 1999. She began her career as a child actress in 2006 (Ten Minute Minor) and initially gained public attention for playing a villainous young queen-to-be in Moon Embracing the Sun (2012) and a girl who falls into tragedy in Missing You (2013).

Then And Now: K-Drama Child Star Who Grew Up Right Before Our Eyes - Kim So Hyun

After a long list of works as a child actress, Kim So Hyun has since taken the lead in numerous dramas, including “Who Are You,” “Bring It On, Ghost,” “Ruler: Master of the Mask,” and “Radio Romance.”

She was chosen as the “National Representative of Honorary Smile” to represent Korea’s smile and kindness at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. She is set to start in tvN and Netflix’s drama named Love Alarm.

#2 Seo Shin Ae – K-Drama child star who grew up right before our eyes

Then And Now: K-Drama Child Star Who Grew Up Right Before Our Eyes - Seo Shin Ae

Seo Shin-ae was born on October 20, 1998.When she was 6, she made her entertainment debut in 2004 in a commercial for Seoul Milk. Seo then became known as a child actress, her more memorable child roles were in 2007’s “Thank You,” 2009’s “High Kick Through the Roof,” and 2010’s “Grudge: The Revolt of Gumiho.” Most recently, she has appeared in “Nightmare Teacher” and “Solomon’s Perjury.”

In 2013, she appeared alongside Kim Sae Ron in Queen’s Classroom (a 2013 South Korean television series aired on MBC). Seo Shin-ae as Eun Bo-mi.

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Now, she’s trying to show a new look to overcome her child actress image at the age of 20, with mixed results.

#3 Lee Young Yoo

Then And Now: K-Drama Child Star Who Grew Up Right Before Our Eyes - Lee Young Yoo

Lee Young-yoo was born on July 10, 1998. She began her acting career as a child actress in 2003, and among her more memorable child roles were in Bad Housewife (2005), Bad Family (2006) and The Queen’s Classroom (2013).

The star most recently appeared in the 2016 drama “The Love Is Coming,” and also appeared in Mnet’s “Idol School.”

#4 Yoo Seung-ho K-Drama child star who grew up right before our eyes

Yoo Seung-ho

Yoo Seung-ho was born August 17, 1993 who rose to fame as a child actor in the film The Way Home (2002). Since then, he has starred in many television series and movie films as a child and teenager.

He made headlines when he decided not to go to college to pursue acting, and as he took on more mature roles he came to be known as “Little So Ji Sub” for his resemblance to the said actor.

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After his military service in 2015 he appeared in Magician, The Emperor: Ruler of the Mask, and later I’m Not A Robot. Most recently he played the lead in My Strange Hero. 

#5 Kim Sae Ron

Then And Now: K-Drama Child Star Who Grew Up Right Before Our Eyes -Kim Sae Ron

Kim Sae-ron was born on July 31, 2000, better known mononymously as Saeron. Kim Sae Ron debuted at the age of nine in the 2009 film “A Brand New Life,” for which she attended the Cannes Film Festival. She then followed up with her most well-known child role in the 2010 film “The Man From Nowhere” alongside Won Bin. She has since appeared in television dramas “The Queen’s Classroom,” “Hi! School – Love On,” and “Mirror of the Witch.”

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First leading role was when she was just 14 in the drama Hi School: Love On in 2014.

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Her first adult lead role was in the television drama Secret Healer (2016) as as Princess Seo-ri / Yeon-hee. She has matured into a beautiful and capable actress seemingly overnight! Her last work was in the movie The Villagers in 2018.

#6 Kim Yoo Jung K-Drama child star who grew up right before our eyes

Then And Now: K-Drama Child Star Who Grew Up Right Before Our Eyes - Kim Yoo Jung

Kim Yoo-jung was born on September 22, 1999. When Kim Yoo Jung debuted in 2003 she quickly became known as “Korea’s Little Sister” as one of the best known child actresses in the country.

After her acting debut in 2003, she became one of the best known child actresses in Korea and since then, has transitioned into teen roles by starring in television series Dong Yi (2010), Moon Embracing the Sun (2012), May Queen (2012) and Angry Mom (2015).

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Kim Yoo Jung hosted music show Inkigayo from November 2014 to April 2016 and took on her first leading role in KBS2’s historical drama Love in the Moonlight (2016).

She took a break from acting while receiving treatment for hyperthyroidism in early 2018. She returned late in 2018, with the drama Clean with Passion.

Kim Yoo Jung

Now, she is leading role in drama Backstreet Rookie alongside Ji Chang Wook.

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#7 Park Shin Hye K-Drama child star who grew up right before our eyes

Then And Now: K-Drama Child Star Who Grew Up Right Before Our Eyes - Park Shin Hye

Park Shin-hye was born on February 18, 1990. She gained recognition for starring in melodramas Stairway to Heaven (2003) and Tree of Heaven (2006). Considered one of the most prolific actresses of her age, Park received further recognition for her roles in the television dramas You’re Beautiful (2009), The Heirs (2013), Pinocchio (2014–2015), Doctors (2016) and Memories of the Alhambra (2018–2019).

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In 2016, Park made her small-screen comeback in SBS’ medical drama Doctors, where she played a troubled teenager who later transformed to become a successful doctor. The drama was a hit and topped viewership ratings and popularity charts during its 10-week broadcast. She then featured in the comedy film My Annoying Brother as a judo coach, alongside actor Jo Jung-suk and Do Kyung-soo of Exo. The same year, Park was chosen as the Most Favored Korean Actress by fans of the Korean Wave in the United States. Park next starred in the crime thriller film Heart Blackened, a Korean remake of the Hong Kong film Silent Witness alongside Choi Min-sik, which was released in 2017.

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In 2020, Park starred in the thriller film Call directed by Lee Chung-hyun, which revolves around two women living in different time periods who are connected through a mysterious phone call. The same year, she starred in the disaster film #ALIVE alongside Yoo Ah-in, based on the original script of Hollywood screenwriter Matt Naylor

#8 Kim Hyun-soo

Then And Now: K-Drama Child Star Who Grew Up Right Before Our Eyes - Kim Hyun-soo

Kim Hyun-soo was born on June 23, 2000. She started to work in entertainment industry as a child model.

She debuted as an actress through 2011 film The Crucible, in which her role as a deaf student who suffered abuse landed her the nomination for Best Supporting Actress in the 49th Grand Bell Awards. Kim then starred as the younger version of female protagonist in a few hit dramas, notably Deep Rooted Tree, Bridal Mask, and My Love from the Star. She played her first regular role in TV drama with Gunman in Joseon.

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In 2016, she acted alongside Kim Hyun-soo in the well-received dramedy film Familyhood, as a high school girl who got caught up in teenage pregnancy. Later that year, Kim has been cast as the protagonist for the first time in JTBC’s youth mystery drama, Solomon’s Perjury.

#9 Yeo Jin Goo

Then And Now: K-Drama Child Star Who Grew Up Right Before Our Eyes -Yeo Jin Goo

Yeo Jin Goo was born on August 13, 1997. Yeo began his career as a child actor, debuting in the film Sad Movie (2005), like Kim Yoo Jung, he was known as “Nation’s Little Brother”.

He went on to play the younger characters of the lead roles in movies and television dramas such as in A Frozen Flower (2008), Giant (2010), Moon Embracing the Sun (2012), and Missing You (2012). He is known for playing the title character in the action thriller Hwayi: A Monster Boy (2013), for which he won Best New Actor at the Blue Dragon Film Awards.

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Since then, he has taken on lead roles in the films Shoot Me in the Heart (2015), The Long Way Home (2015), and Warriors of the Dawn (2017). He has also starred in the dramas Orange Marmalade (2015), The Royal Gambler (2016), Circle (2017), Reunited Worlds (2017), The Crowned Clown (2019), My Absolute Boyfriend (2019) and Hotel Del Luna (2019).

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