Chogiwa – Do you have a favorite Korean actor? There is always a new face in Korean drama every year and it makes this industry one of the hardest industries for a rookie actor to enter.
However, do you know that there are also some famous Korean actors who start their careers as child actors?
#1 Yoo Seung Ho
Yoo Seung Ho is now well-known as one of the multi-talented actors who could take any kind of role. He is well known for his drama such as Memorist, My Strange Hero, I’m Not A Robot, The Emperor: Owner of the Mask, Remember, and many more. His movie list is also impressive for his age which only turning 27 years old this year.
Well, all the achievement that fans could see from Yoo Seung Ho is of course because of his hard work and experience for around 20 years in the acting field. He debuted as a child actor in 2000 in the drama Daddy Fish when he was only 7 years old.
Today, Yoo Seung Ho is well known as a Korean actor with a bright future but little who knows that Yoo Seung Ho starts his career as a child actor.
#2 Yeo Jin Goo
The second Korean actor who starts his career as a child actor is Yeo Jin Goo. His special appearance in the recent Start-Up drama successfully surprised fans but still, fans are craving for more of Yeo Jin Goo’s project in the future because his last drama project is in 2019 when he took the role of Goo Chan Sung in the drama Hotel Del Luna.
At a young age as young as 23 years old, Yeo Jin Goo already has 15 years of acting experience. It is because he debuted as a child actor in 2005 when he took the role of Park Hwi Chan in Sad Movie when he was only 11 years old. Since then, slowly but surely, he started to enter the acting field with a firm step and landed some lead roles.
#3 Lee Hyun Woo
In recent years, Lee Hyun Woo may only focus on movies because since his military discharge in October 2019 there is no new drama project. His last drama project was in 2017 when he took the role of Kang Han Kyul in the drama The Liar and His Lover. However, there are two upcoming movie projects of Lee Hyun Woo that worth waiting for; Hero and Dream.
Lee Hyun Woo debuted as child actor when he was only 11 years in 2004 when he landed a small role in KBS’s drama Oolla Boolla Blue-jjang. In other words, Lee Hyun Woo has been in acting field for around 16 years.
#4 Nam Da Reum
Compared to the other Korean actors who start their careers as child actors, Nam Da Reum is one of the Korean actors who have a specialty in the acting field. Most of his acting experience are roles to play the young versions of the leading character.
Nam Da Reum’s first role was playing the young version of Yoon Ji Hoo in Boys Over Flower, then fans are finding more of him in several hit dramas such as where he plays the young version of Choi Dal Po in Pinocchio, Go Yi Seok in Heart to Heart, Jung Jae Chan in While You Were Sleeping, Ji Soo Ho in Radio Romance, Chae Do Jin in Come and Hug Me and many more. His last drama project in 2020 as the young version of Han Ji Pyeong in Start-Up and Kim Jae Wook in Private Lives.
However, in 2019 he started to be known as an actor who played the role of Park Sun Ho in the drama Beautiful World. Nam Da Reum only turns 18 years old this year and he may not have his own signature role as an actor but it’s obvious that his career in the future is super bright because, at his young age, he has been playing various characters.
#5 Park Ji Bin
If Nam Da Reum has specialty to land the role of the younger version of the leading character, Park Ji Bin has specialty has the younger brother of the lead actress. He started his acting career as a child actor in the movie A Family in 2004 where he took the role of the younger brother of Jeong Eun. However, he starts getting all the fame when he took the role of Geum Jan Di’s younger brother in the drama Boys Before Flower.
Park Ji Bin born in 1995 and only turns 25 years old this year but his drama and movie list are really impressive.
#6 Lee Hong Ki
Lee Hong Ki is one of the idols that turns actors who are better known as the vocalist of a band of F.T Island. He has been acting in several hit dramas as main roles such as A Korean Odyssey, Modern Farmer, Bride of the Century, You’re Beautiful, and many more.
Lee Hong Ki debuted with F.T Island in 2007 but not a lot of people know that Lee Hong Ki has been in the entertainment industry way before that. He originally started his career in the Korean entertainment industry in 2002 when he landed a small role in the TV Series Magic Kid Masuri as a friend of Masuri. In other words, Lee Hong Ki has been acting since he was 12 years old and has been in this industry for around 18 years.
#7 Baek Seung Hwan
The next actor on the list of Korean actors who start their career as child actors is Baek Seung Hwan. He debuted as a child actor in 2007 when he was only 9 years old in the movie Wide Awake.
Almost similar to Nam Da Reum, Baek Seung Hwan also well known for several of his roles as the younger version of lead characters such as in Queen of Seven Days when he played the young version of Lee Young Oh, Six Flying Dragon where he played the young version of Moo Hyul and also in Blood where he played the young version of Park Ji Sang and many more.
#8 Baek Sung Hyun
Baek Sung Hyun is the next actor on the list of Korean Actors who start their career as a child actor. One of his memorable roles is when he took the role of the best friend of Seo Woo in the drama Doctors and also when he played the role of Do Ha Kyung, Han Woo Tak’s school roommate who falsely accused as the murderer of Yoo Soo Kyung in the drama While You Were Sleeping.
Baek Sung Hyun just turns 31 years old this year but he has been acting for 26 years. He started his acting career as a child actor when he was only five years old in 1994 in the movie, I Wish for What Is Forbidden to Me but the role of which starts to put his name as a promising actor is when he acted along with Park Shin Hye in drama Stairway to Heaven.
#9 Yoon Chan Young
Yoon Chan Young is more than just a Korean actor who starts his career as a child actor but he is also a young promising actor. Born in 2001, he just turns 19 this year but already, his list of drama and movie are quite impressive.
Yoon Chan Young debuted as a child actor in 2013 from the drama When A Man Falls in Love as the young version of character Lee Jae Hee and then in Monstar, also as the young version of character Jung Sun Woo.
His movie debut is in 2014, where he played the young version of Han Jung Do in the drama The Legacy.
His latest drama project is Do You Like Brahms, where he played the role of Seung Ji Min and in 2021 his upcoming project is All of Us Are Dead where he will land a lead role as a high school student who tries to avoid becoming a zombie.
It is actually a surprise to know that at their relatively young ages, they have been acting for a long time. take Yoo Seung Ho as an example, he is just 27 years old but he has been in the acting field for 20 years, or Baek Sung Hyun who just turned 31 years old this year but he has been acting for 26 years because he started his career as young as five years old.
One of the amazing things about the list of Korean actors who start their career as child actors above is that even they have been in this industry for a long time, their careers show no sign of getting dimmed, instead, their career is getting brighter and brighter.