Here’s What 20 Of Today’s Biggest K-Drama Stars Look Like In Their First Roles Vs. Their Latest Roles

From their first roles to their latest.

1.  Lee Min Ho

Debut role: 2003, on Secret Campus as Park Du Hyeon


Latest role: 2016, on Legend Of The Blue Sea as Heo Joon Jae


2. Park Shin Hye

Debut role: 2003, on Stairway To Heaven as Han Jung Suh


Latest role: 2019, on Memories of the Alhambra as Yoo Hye Jung


3. Gong Yoo

Debut Role: 2001, on School 4 as Hwang Tae Young


Latest role: 2019, on Kim Ji Young, Born in ’82, as Jung Dae Hyun.


4. Song Joong Ki

Debut role: 2008, on “A Frozen Flower” as No Tak


Latest Role: 2017, in Arthdal Chronicles as Eun Seom


5. Song Hye Kyo

Debut role: 1996, on First Love as an unnamed student

Photo from her breakout role in 1998 on Soonpoong Clinic.


Latest role: 2019, on Encounter as Cha Soo Hyun.


6. Park Bo Young

Debut Role: 2003, on Secret Campus as Cha Ah Rang.


Latest role: 2019, on Abyss as Go Se Yeon and Lee Mi Do.


7. Lee Jong Suk

Debut role: 2010, on Prosecutor Princess as Lee Woo Hyun.


Latest role: 2019, on Romance Is a Bonus Book as Cha Eun Ho.


8. Kim Tae Hee

Debut role: 2001, on “Last Present” as teenage Jung Yeon


Latest role: 2015, on Yong-pal as Han Yeo Jin


9. Rain

Debut role: 2003, on Sang Doo! Let’s Go To School as Cha Sang Doo


Latest role: 2019, on Welcome 2 Life as Lee Jae Sang


10. Lee Young Ae

Debut role: 1993, on How’s Your Husband? 


Latest role: 2019, on Bring Me Home as Jung Yeon


11. Gong Hyo Jin

Debut role: 1999, on “Momento Mori” as Ji Won


Latest role: 2019, on When the Camellia Blooms as Dong Baek


12. Kim Young Ok

Information on Kim Young Ok’s first roles is spotty at best, but the actress herself stated in an interview that her debut drama was in 1969. The first available media of her appearance on the big or little screen, however, is her appearance in the 1976 drama, 여고동창생 “Girls’ High School Alumni”.

Kim Young Ok is on the left.


Latest role: 2019, on The Golden Garden as Kang Nam Doo.


13. Jang Hyuk

Debut role: 2001, on Volcano High as Kim Kyung Soo.


Latest role: 2019, on My Country as Yi Bang Won.


14. Kim Soo Hyun

Debut role: 2007, on Kimchi Cheese Smile as Kim Soo Hyun


Latest role: 2019, on Hotel Del Luna as the next Hotel Owner.


15. Park Bo Gum

Debut role: 2011, on “Blind” as Dong Hyun


Latest role: 2019, on Encounter, as Kim Jin Hyuk.


16. Shin Min Ah

Debut role: 2001, on Beautiful Days as Lee Min Ji


Latest role: 2019, on Chief of Staff, as Kang Sun Young


17. Jun Ji Hyun

Debut role: 1999, on “White Valentine” as Kim Jeong Min


Latest Role: 2017, on Legend Of The Blue Sea as Se Hwa/Shim Cheong


18. Park Seo Joon

Debut role: 2012, on School 3

Photo from Dream High 2


Latest role: 2019, on Parasite as Min Hyuk.


19. Kim Woo Bin

Debut role: 2011, on White Christmas


Latest role: 2016, on “Master” as Park Jang Goon


20. Yoon Eun Hye

Debut role: 2006, on Princess Hours as Shin Chae Kyeong.


Latest role: 2018, on Fluttering Warning as Yoon Yoo Jung.