Happy (belated) Birthday to Kim Yoo Jung who turned 19 (Korean age) on September 22. The popular young actress has practically grown up in front of K-drama fans, and her future looks bright with such work as the smash hit Moonlight Drawn by Clouds. What is she doing now? How does she plan to enjoy her last year as?

Kim Yoo Jung wowed viewers when she co-starred with Park Bo Gum in the delightful historical romance Moonlight Drawn by Clouds, which propelled both actors to stellar stardom. There was initially a concern about her youthful age, but she handled her first-time leading lady role with superb finesse and poise. The bubbly and lovely actress is actually a veteran in acting, as she debuted at the age of 4. 

Look at the young lady now from her photo shoot in New York for Cosmopolitan Korea's October edition:

You can tell the young actress is continuing to hone her craft with an independent spirit from her Cosmopolitan interview.

On transitioning to a seasoned actor and leading lady, she said, “In the past, I’d confer with my mom when choosing a role. Now I still ask her for advice but it’s mostly my decision. There have been times when I receive a script and get so absorbed in reading it that the pages fly by. I look for projects like that when I make a decision.”

On her personal style, she said, "When I work, I’m a perfectionist, but since I’m still young I don’t have a lot of interest in beauty stuff. I pay so little attention to makeup that sometimes I get scolded by my mom. But I find trying to maintain my image all the time to be tiring. Even if I get a scar on my face, I’ll just leave it until it heals on its own.” 

She held her first fan meet in South Korea on September 23, the day right her birthday. She already held overseas fan meeting in Taiwan and Singapore.

And, what will she do to enjoy her last year as a teen?

She said, “I only have two months left in my high school life and I want to end it well. If I have time, I’d like to get my driver’s license. I want to do all the things you can only do in your teens.”

To celebrate her birthday, let's check out these select dramas that show the young actress' rise to fame.

Iljimae - Kim Yoo Jung received her first "Best Child Actress" for her performance.

The Moon that Embraces the Sun


The Moon that Embraces the Sun

Starring Kim Soo Hyun and Han Ga In

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Golden Rainbow

She is the cutest cat-turned-cupid in Love Cell and its sequel Love Cells 2:

And, last but not the least, Moonlight Drawn by Clouds!


Moonlight Drawn by Clouds

Starring Park Bo Gum and Kim Yoo Jung

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Happy Birthday, Kim Yoo Jung! Hope you'll get your driver's license soon!

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