Park Shin Hye dramas are full of heart. The Hallyu darling made her acting debut in the 2003 classic Stairway To Heaven. In it, she plays the younger version of female lead Choi Ji Won's character. Since then, she's taken on pivotal roles in 11 films and more than 20 dramas, which have seen her play roles that ranged from a cross-dressing rock star to a neurosurgeon who crushes on her high school teacher. Here's a rundown of her 10 must-watch K-dramas.
1. Stairway To Heaven (2003)
This tear-jerker circles around the relationships formed in a stepfamily of five. It's bundled with classic tropes like the presence of an evil stepmother and a mischievous stepsister who make life hard for its heroine. Shin Hye gained viewer praise for her acting chops as the younger version of female character Han Jung Suh (Ji Won from the classic drama Winter Sonata).
2. Tree Of Heaven (2006)
This third installment of director Lee Jang Soo's Heaven Trilogy features Shin Hye in her first leading role as Hana, a cheerful and idealistic teenager who falls for her stepbrother, Yoon Seo (played by actor Lee Wan).
3. Goong S (2007)
In the spinoff to hit drama Princess Hours, you'll see Shin Hye in a whole new light as the female antagonist bent on securing her spot as empress while trying hard to win the heart of a prince.
4. You're Beautiful (2009)
This cult classic gender bender catapulted Shin Hye into Hallyu superstardom. In it, she plays the role of nun-to-be Go Mi Nyeo who pretends to be her twin brother Go Mi Nam, the newest addition to three-member boy band A.N.JELL. Fans will love Shin Hye's onscreen chemistry with leads Jang Geun Suk, Jung Yong Hwa (from K-pop band CNBLUE) and Lee Hong Ki (from K-pop band FT ISLAND). What happens when she has to live with the boys in their dorm on an extended basis? Nothing but feels, of course!
5. Heartstrings (2011)
Shin Hye and Yong Hwa reunite in campus drama Heartstrings, where they play music majors who fall for each other. Fans who shipped Shin Hye and Yong Hwa in You're Beautiful can soak up on the feels served in this drama because the couple's onscreen chemistry goes off the charts.
6. Flower Boy Next Door (2013)
This manhwa (Korean comics)-based drama pairs Shin Hye with cutie Yoon Si Yoon. The actress plays shy and anti-social writer Go Dok Mi, who is pushed out of her comfort zone when perky video game developer Enrique Geum (Si Yoon) moves into the apartment across from hers. Fans will fall for her character's transformation as she comes out of her shell thanks to his friendship and love.
7. The Heirs (2013)
Shot in prime locations in LA and Seoul, The Heirs is like the K-drama answer to Gossip Girl. Shin Hye headlines the star-studded cast as Cha Eun Sang, a middle-classed high school student who crosses paths with wealthy heir Kim Tan (Lee Min Ho). Eun Sang finds herself in a sticky situation when she enters prestigious Jejuk High—second home to Seoul's richest teenagers. The plot thickens when she gets caught in the crossfire of Kim Tan's feud with his ex-bff, resident school bully Choi Young Do (Kim Woo Bin).
8. Pinocchio (2014)
This slice of life drama features Shin Hye as a reporter plagued with a "Pinocchio Syndrome," which makes it super obvious when she lies. Together with childhood friend and ultimate crush Choi Dal Po (played by K-drama heartthrob Lee Jong Suk), she discovers what being a true reporter is all about.
9. The Doctors (2016)
In a K-drama world full of noona romances, this drama takes a stab at flipping things by featuring love between a young woman and an older man. Shin Hye plays the role of successful neurosurgeon Yoo Hye Jung. Plagued with trust issues, she opens up to see the positivity in life thanks to her teacher, celebrated surgeon Hong Ji Hong (Kim Rae Won).
10. Memories Of The Alhambra (2018)
Filmed in picturesque Spain, Memories Of The Alhambra explores what happens when augmented reality (AR) crosses over into real life. Joined by A-List leading man Hyun Bin, who plays the role of a gaming company CEO, Shin Hye takes on the part of hostel owner Jung Hee Joo. Their paths converge when they are pulled into a mystery linked to her missing brother (EXO's Park Chanyeol).