In Korea, children born in January or February were able to go enter school with children who were born in the previous year, and they were referred to as “fast year 0000”.
But now that the rule has been changed for those born in 2003 and later, children enter school in their respective years without children born in January or February entering school a year earlier than the rest.
In light of the change, Park Shin Hye and Kim Woo Bin‘s past revelation of how they became friends despite being different ages resurfaced online.
Since Park Shin Hye was born in February 1990, she entered school with children who were born in 1989.
On the other hand, Kim Woo Bin was born in July 1989, meaning he’s a year older, but entered school in the same year as Park Shin Hye.
So back in 2013 when Park Shin Hye and Kim Woo Bin spoke in an interview on SBS‘s Night of TV Entertainment for the drama, The Heirs, they confessed that they became friends, but it wasn’t easy.
While Kim Woo Bin didn’t consider Park Shin Hye a same-age friend as someone who experienced some conflict with those born in 1990, Park Shin Hye thought of Kim Woo Bin as a friend since they entered school in the same year.
But Park Shin Hye convinced Kim Woo Bin to become same-age friends with her, and her method is commendable, to say the least.
As soon as she pressured Kim Woo Bin by asking, “Do you want to call me ‘Sunbae’? Or do you want to be friends?“, Kim Woo Bin didn’t hesitate.
According to Park Shin Hye, Kim Woo Bin immediately agreed to be friends.
Park Shin Hye debuted in 2003 through Lee Seung Hwan‘s MV for “Flower” while Kim Woo Bin debuted in 2008 as a model.
Check out the full story of how the two actors became friends below: