25 Amazingly talented Korean actors under 25
There is so much up-and-coming acting talent in Korea that it's incredible! Many actors are taking on challenging roles from a young age and wowing audiences with their skills. Here are 25 Korean actors under the age of 25 (in no particular order) who have already impressed us with their acting abilities:
Note: Since this was actors under 25, all of the many many actors who already turned 25 this year didn't qualify for the list (including Park Shin Hye, Lee Hong Ki, Kang So Ra, and tons more). There are so many of them that they may just get a list of their own!
1. Yoo Seung Ho (21)
Yoo Seung Ho is the poster child for child actors successfully transitioning into adult roles. With his military enlistment already behind him, he's poised to continue his climb to the tops of K-drama stardom. He already has his comeback project lined up with the movie Joseon Magician, but we'd love to see him in a drama!
2.Kim Sae Ron (14)
Kim Sae Ron may be the youngest on this list, but she's already a force to be reckoned with in the acting world! From a very young age, she's been stealing the scene in movies like Man from Nowhere, and she had her first leading drama role with High School—Love On last year.
3. Jung Eun Ji (21)
4. Yeo Jin Goo (17)
Math says that Orange Marmalade's Yeo Jin Goo is only 17, but my brain does not understand how someone so young can already be so seasoned. I mean, the kid can out-cry pretty much any adult actor:
5.Kim Seul Gi (23)
6. Kim So Hyun (16)
Kim So Hyun just had a major leading role in School 2015, but anyone following her roles as a child actress already knew just how talented she is.
7. Ji Soo (22)
Ji Soo is one of Korea's fastest rising stars. After an incredible breakout performance in Angry Mom this year, fans both in Korea and abroad were clamoring to see more of the virtual unknown actor. He's already lined up his next movie project, but I wouldn't be surprised to see him in another drama soon.
8. Han Groo (23)
There have been several casting rumors for Han Groo's next big show following her immensely charming role in last summer's Marriage, Not Dating, but so far, she hasn't committed to a new drama. Considering her range from the action miniseries Girl K to the fluffy romcom Marriage, Not Dating, she could easily fill a wide variety of roles. Just give her something awesome already!
9. Shin Se Kyung (24)
Sometimes I forget that Shin Se Kyung is so young. While she's had some not-so-well-received dramas (Fashion King and When a Man Loves come to mind), she reminded everyone that she has what it takes to carry a drama with Sensory Couple. Next up, she'll be heading back in history with Six Flying Dragons.
10. Shim Eun Kyung (21)
After working for years as a child actress, Shim Eun Kyung took a hiatus to study before returning to acting with an award-winning role in the film Miss Granny.
11. Park Bo Gum (22)
Shim Eun Kyung isn't the only one who drew attention in Tomorrow's Cantabile! Reviews for the show were filled with comments asking "Who's that actor? And Where can I see more of him?" Well, the answer is you can see him as one of the leads in Answer Me 1988 this fall!
12. Lee Yoo Bi (24)
After proving her abilities with supporting roles in dramas like Pinocchio and Nice Guy, it's Lee Yoo Bi's time to shine as the cross-dressing Joseon scholar who falls for Lee Joon Ki's vampire in Scholar Who Walks the Night.
13. Do Kyung Soo (22)
If I were half as adorable as D.O, I would be tempted to just take easy roles that require smiling cutely at the camera and rake in my paychecks. That's not the case with this guy, however, as he continues to take roles outside of the box and remind us that there's more to him than just a cute face. He just celebrated the one-year anniversary of his memorable part in It's Okay, That's Love, a role that made people sit up and take notice of this idol-turned-actor.
14. Kim Yoo Jung (15)
Like Kim so Hyun, Kim Yoo Jung is another child actress who consistently stole the show acting as the younger version of adult actors. Next up for her? Reprising her role as Nebi in the sequel to the web series Love Cells.
15.Yook Sung Jae (20)
If anyone followed the commentary around School 2015, they immediately saw that viewers were going crazy for BtoB's Sungjae, and it wasn't just the usual idol fan worship. He brought a special something to his role as Tae Kwang. It might have been one of his first roles, but it definitely won't be the last!
16. IU (22)
Fans were initially surprised to see a different side of IU as the ice princess Cindy in Producer. You know you're doing something right when you shock the viewers! She always brings an underlying sense of vulnerability to her roles.
17. Lee Hyun Woo (22)
Lee Hyun Woo has been acting for over ten years, and he has quite the impressive resume to show for it. I loved him as the hacker with an attitude in the movie Technicians.
18. Min Do Hee (20)
Dohee raked in quite a few acting nominations (and a couple of wins from the 7th Korea Drama Awards) for her debut role in Answer Me 1994, and with good reason!
19. Park Hyung Sik (23)
Park Hyun Sik took home the Best New Actor Award and Best Couple Award at the 2014 KBS Drama Awards for What Happens to My Family? I first saw him as the younger version of Lee Jin Wook in Nine, and he's currently playing the second lead in High Society.
20. Go Ah Sung (22)
Go Sung Ah has enjoyed an illustrious film career, and her return to dramaland with Heard It through the Grapevine was well rewarded with a Best New Actress award at the 51st Baeksang Arts Awards this year.
21. Yoon So Hee (22)
For someone who only made her drama debut two years ago, Yoon So Hee has landed some great roles, like her recent part in My Love Eun Dong.
22. Hoya (24)
I may get into trouble for saying this, but, as much as I adore L and his dimples, Hoya's the INFINITE member who has impressed me the most with his acting. He was fantastic in Answer Me 1997, and now he's doing a great job with a supporting role in Mask.
23. Kim Ji Won (22)
24.Jo Bo Ah (23)
Jo Bo Ah jumped from fluffy romantic comedy Surplus Princess to the opposite end of the spectrum with the thriller Missing Noir M. She isn't afraid to take risks, and she's always growing as an actress.
25. Baro (22)
Last, but not least, is B1A4's Baro, another relatively new actor who has made an effort to branch out in a different direction with every role he receives. For example, his second role ever was in God's Gift —14 Days, where he played a teenager with the mental capacity of a 6 year old.
Who do you see as the most promising actor from the under-25 crowd? Who else would you add to the list? Share your thoughts in the comments!
Watch Lee Yoo Bi and Lee Hyun Woo in the premiere of Scholar Who Walks the Night: