You may have met your favorite K-drama stars on-screen as talented actresses who can expertly cry on cue, drop comedic punchlines in perfect timing, or make you feel all giddy with their lovely smiles. But before they made it to your TV screens, they were students—just like you and me!
Below, we round up all the K-drama actresses who were actually top students in school, too!
1. Kim Tae Hee
Before Kim Tae Hee was a huge star, she's actually everyone's crush back in college! She wasn't just adored for her beautiful face, she's also admired for her intelligence. The Hi, Bye Mama! star studied in the prestigious Seoul National University under the department of natural science and the then-popular apparel studies.
Soompi writes that her "college entrance exam placed her at the nation's top 1 to 1.5 percent. According to college entrance experts, at the time when Kim Tae Hee took the exam, the cutoff line for Seoul university was 10 points higher and above 380, which means she scored somewhere between 385 to 390 out of 400." Impressive!
2. Nam Ji Hyun
Nam Ji Hyun was a hundred percent invested in completing her education. In fact, she actually took time off shooting Suspicious Partner back then to go back to school. The actress started college in 2014 when she was granted an early admission to attend Sogang University and majored in Psychology.
When asked why she liked studying, the actress shared in an interview, "I feel as though shooting dramas and films is like doing something special for me, while going back to school is like going back to where I belong."
3. Kim So Hyun
Kim So Hyun was a former child actress who grew up before our eyes. From her notable role in Moon Embracing The Sun, we've instantly become her fans for her impressive acting talent. But did you know she's also a star student? The Love Alarm actress was revealed to have stellar transcript records back in school where she has received "91.50 in Korean, 87.40 in Mathematics, and 92.78 in Science."
4. Yoo In Na
In an episode of SBS' Heroes, we come to discover that Yoo In Na is a bright young woman who had no trouble acing her classes in school. Soompi quotes the Touch Your Heart star, "When I was in elementary school, there was a time I placed number one until I was in fourth grade, like everyone else, I was pretty good at studying." So cool!