Before K-dramas became ~mainstream~, Koreanovelas (it’s actually the same thing, but you know, terms vary per generation, lol) paved the way for these series to be discovered by the international audience. Back then, the titas (aka us) would either watch their favorite OG dramas on TV or buy uhm...DVDs. New (read: legal) streaming apps have been introduced, but watching the classics from the early 2000s still feels the same—fun, and *super* nakakakilig.
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One of these classics is the 2004 drama Full House, which helped in starting the craze for the Korean Entertainment worldwide. Based on the manhwa (comic book) of the same name, several countries had their own remakes of this rom-com, which only proves how well-recognized it is. A sequel was also created in 2012 titled Full House Take 2, which was a Korea-China-Japan collaboration project. Full House’s popularity doesn’t only stop there, because it also had a Korean musical adaptation in 2014.
Titas of Koreanovelas, we know you’ve been waiting for this. Here’s an update on what the cast of Full House is up to now:
After debuting at the age of 16, Jung Ji Hoon or Rain has established himself not only as an actor but as a singer-songwriter and music producer as well. Not only that, he also started his own company, J. Tune Entertainment, which handled K-pop groups such as MBLAQ (where Sandara Park’s adorable brother is part of). In 2008, he entered the international scene and starred in the movies Speed Racer and Ninja Assassin. You can say that his popularity has surged throughout the years, and remains to be a household name in the industry. (Who can forget his iconic "My name is Rain" commercial, you guys!)
In case you didn't know: In 2017, Rain went from oppa to appa, and became a dad after tying the knot with Hi, Bye Mama!’s Kim Tae Hee! In 2019, the two also welcomed their second child, and earlier this year, they filmed their first commercial as a couple. Sweet!
Recently, Rain joined MNET’s reality show, I-LAND as a mentor, and has been very active on TikTok. He also recently collaborated with Zico, and is a part of the co-ed project group SSAK3 with Lee Hyori and Yoo Jae Suk, whose highly-anticipated debut swept the music charts.
2. Song Hye Kyo
Dubbed as one of the most beautiful actresses in South Korea, Song Hye Kyo isn’t just a pretty face—she also has superb acting chops to pair it with! This is why companies would line up just to have their brands endorsed by this queen. In 2018, she ranked sixth in Forbes Korea’s Top 40 Most Powerful Celebrities list. We mean, this is Song Hye Kyo we are talking about!
Speaking of lists, the actress has a long one of successful K-dramas, like: Autumn In My Heart (with Song Seung Heon), That Winter The Wind Blows (with Jo In Sung), Worlds Within (with Hyun Bin), Descendants Of The Sun (with Song Joong Ki) and Encounter (with Park Bo Gum). In 2017, Hye Kyo married her DOTS co-star and officially became the #SongSongCouple. Two years after, the two filed for divorce, which left our hearts shattered.
The actress is currently busy endorsing high-end brands, and continues to make our jaws drop with her stunning magazine features. While waiting for her next K-drama, let me just binge-watch her past series. Maybe I should start with DOTS…
3. Han Eung Jung
Actress Han Eung Jung, who changed her name to Han Da Gam in 2018, has joined the cast of a number of K-dramas, including Age Of Innocence, Cinderella Man, Return, Touch, and Graceful Friends. She's also appeared in variety shows like Running Man, Law Of The Jungle, and Stars’ Top Recipe At Fun-Staurant.
A quick scroll on her Instagram feed and you will see her playing golf and enjoying her time with her fellow drama cast members.
4. Kim Sung Soo
After his stint in Full House, Kim Sung Soo starred in several K-dramas such as Stained Glass, Lawyers, Suspicious Family, and Should We Kiss First. The actor didn’t just appear in series, but also in movies like the horror classic The Red Shoes, Hellcats, and The Black Hand.
5. Lee Young Eun
Lee Young Eun got married to a non-celebrity in 2014, and became a mom a year after. The actress was a part of The King And I, While You Were Sleeping, I Remember You, and To The Beautiful You, and also joined Kim Sung Soo in Should We Kiss First.
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