12 K-drama criers who make us weep too
K-dramas are always toying with our emotions. In one episode we might go from rolling on the floor laughing to sobbing uncontrollably. But for the K-drama actors creating these scenes, mastering the tears isn't always so easy. Some actors are too stoic, only showing a single tear that kind of looks like someone put eye drops in two minutes before filming. At the other end of the spectrum are those who go too far, wailing like a sack full of dying cats. Even the most talented K-drama actors struggle with emotional scenes from time to time, but there are some who just happen to be natural criers. Here are 12 of the most convincing K-drama criers—the ones who can pull tears from us every time.
Much like her kissing, Eun Hye wrote the book on K-drama crying. In every drama, every time, she makes it feel real.
Kim Soo Hyun is another actor whose crying earns consistent praise. He goes for it, but he doesn't go overboard.
It can't be a coincidence that Yeo Jin Goo has worked on dramas with both Yoon Eun Hye and Kim Soo Hyun. In the cryfest that was I Miss You, this young actor not only held his own against his more experienced costars, but he also showed a variety of convincing crying faces that broke our hearts.
If we're going to talk about crying, we need to recognize some of the classics. Kwon Sang Woo is a veteran crier, and he puts his heart into it every time.
Son Ye Jin's crying is more restrained here, but the exhaled sob perfectly captures the moment of breakdown.
Every once in a while, birthday boy Joo Won does the scream cry that borders on dying-cats-in-a-bag territory, but there's a reason Joo Won has a crying scene in pretty much every drama ever: he doesn't hold back. Can we expect a tearful scene in his upcoming drama Tomorrow's Cantabile?
Say what you will about Fashion King, but Yoo Ah In is a tremendous actor who isn't afraid to do a little ugly cry.
Ack—my heart! This laugh/cry gets me every time. Lee Seung Gi and Ha Ji Won were excellent in this drama as well, but Lee Yoon Ji's crying took the cake. Will someone please remind me why she isn't the lead of every drama ever?
He might be singing while he cries, but I'm just crying. Go Mi Nyu, why can't you just love him?
What makes this so great is that she's not just crying; she's crying exactly how Tae Gong Sil would cry. She adjusted her tears to the character, which is pretty impressive.
Lee Joon Ki's crying can sometimes be hit-and-miss, but but he has definitely mastered it over time.
If you're going to do the single tear, do it like Eric. His eyes are red, and that ever-so-slight furrow in his brow shows how close he is to breaking down completely.
Are you feeling a little down after watching these talented tearjerkers? Don't despair—there's one surefire way to cheer you up:
I feel better already!
So which K-drama actors can bring you to tears? Do you have favorites who didn't make the list? Comment below!
Vivi is an unapologetic Korean drama addict and blogger. She blogs with her K-drama best friend Coco at Kdrama Fighting! In her free time, she likes to bring her commentary to the DramaFever crowd.
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