I’ve been watching K-dramas for years now, and, naturally, I’ve aged with them. This also means that the latest batch of new-face actors are much younger than me. In case you’re a K-drama newbie, a "noona romance" is a love story with a female protagonist who dates a younger man. It could mean a 20-year age gap, as we saw in Secret Love Affair, but most of the time it’s less than 10.  Let’s check out five actors who make noona romance look so irresistible!

1. Yang Se Jong: Temperature of Love

Digital sparks fly when an aspiring drama writer ( Seo Hyun Jin) and a younger ambitious chef (Yang Se Jong) begin a conversation online. Real-life romance, though, is a little more complicated than flirting on the forums.


Temperature of Love

Starring Seo Hyun Jin and Yang Se Jong

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2. INFINTE's L: The Time That I Loved You, 7000 Days

Two platonic friends of 20 years make a bet on who will get married first in this Korean remake of the hit Taiwanese series  In Time With You. In this romantic drama, L plays a younger intern working under Jang Ha Na (Ha Ji Won).


The Time That I Loved You, 7000 Days

Starring Ha Ji Won and Lee Jin Wook

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3. Kim Soo Hyun: Producer

Baek Sung Chan (Kim Soo Hyun) starts working as a TV producer after having studied law. He’s book smart but a bit socially awkward. In a word, he seems a bit out of place in the show business. Tak Ye Jin (Gong Hyo Jin), on the other hand, is a hot-shot producer with 10 years of experience under her belt. No wonder Sung Chan falls for Ye Jin, but will his one-sided love blossom in the end?

4. Yoo Ah In: Secret Love Affair

Despite being married and having a fulfilling career as a sophisticated arts foundation director, something is missing in Oh Hye Won's life (Kim Hee Ae). When she meets twenty-something Lee Seon Jae (Yoo Ah In), Hye Won's appetite for passion is awakened, and she soon falls for the impoverished piano prodigy. 


Secret Love Affair

Starring Yoo Ah In and Kim Hee Ae

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5. Lee Jong Suk: I Hear Your Voice

Lawyer Jang Hye Sung (Lee Bo Young), along with her salty attitude, leads Cha Kwan Woo (Yoon Sang Hyun), a former cop-turned-lawyer, and Park Soo Ha (Lee Jong Suk), a mysterious teen with the ability to read minds. Together, this unlikely team turns convictions with unconventional methods and proves that while sometimes justice is blind to a fault, she can still hear your voice.


I Hear Your Voice

Starring Lee Bo Young and Yoon Sang Hyun

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