10 Things You Need To Know About Lee Do Hyun From '18 Again'

He's definitely one K-drama actor to watch!
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Lee Do Hyun might not be a household name just yet, but, trust me, his star power is definitely on the rise! The actor is currently stealing our heartsand making us cry bucketsin the charming K-drama, 18 Again, a remake of Zac Efron's 2009 comedy flick, 17 Again. To get you into the ~Lee Do Hyun Lovers~ fandom, here are interesting deets to know about our new fave South Korean actor.

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1. Lee Do Hyun is 25 years old!

He was born on April 11, 1995.

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2. He had quite a tough childhood.

In an interview with Esquire Korea in 2019, Do Hyun revealed that his younger brother has a developmental disability: "Donghyuk has a developmental disability. It's not apparent at first, but if you talk with him for about 10 minutes you can tell. He lacks social skills and his intelligence is about that of a middle schooler. He's overweight, and so people look down on him a lot. So a lot of times I've had to go and tell people that I'm his hyung, not to bully him. But I also find a lot of inspiration from Donghyuk for my acting." 

He also shared that he wishes to pay off all of his family's debt this year: "I mean, I'm not sure if it's possible, but it's just my goal. So I hope that in 2020, my mother, father, and Donghyuk can rest at home, and we can all live off of my earnings. I think that will give me peace of mind when I enlist too."

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3. Do Hyun once failed his college admissions exams.

Do Hyun started attending an acting academy in high school, but because of his ego ("I'm good-looking and good at acting"), he failed his admissions exams! "I didn't feel intimidated, I was conceited," he told W Korea. "I went to the admission exams with that confident attitude, but I failed them all. I came to my senses while I was studying to try again the next year. I think I gradually learned how to be humble then." He was eventually admitted to Chung-Ang University's drama department.

4. He only made his acting debut in 2017.

Do Hyun's first drama role was for Prison Playbook. He played the younger version of elite prison guard Lee Joon Ho (Jung Kyung Ho).

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5. He's most known for his role in Hotel Del Luna.

In 2019, Do Hyun got his big break when he starred in the top-rating supernatural drama, Hotel Del Luna. He played Chung Myun, the first love of Man Wol, played by IU.

6. Do Hyun is still close to IU!

Even after their drama wrapped up, the two Hotel Del Luna co-stars still support their individual projects. Do Hyun reportedly sent a food truck on the set of IU's movie, Dream, while IU did the same thing for him on the set of 18 Again!

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7. His life's motto is "work hard."

"My life's motto is always 'work hard,'" he told W Korea. "I work hard at whatever I'm given."

8. He'll be starring in a new Netflix series!

Do Hyun has been cast in the new Netflix adaptation of popular webtoon, Sweet Home. He will be starring alongside Song Kang and Park Gyu Young to name a few. Sweet Home is set to be released in 2021.

9. Do Hyun broke up with his girlfriend because of his ~method acting~.

To prep for his role in Sweet Home, he ended up breaking up with his now ex-girlfriend. In an interview with Esquire Korea, Do Hyun detailed the boo-boo: "The character I was playing was someone who lost the girl they love. So I told my girlfriend we should break up, so I could play the role. I really don't know why I did that. I was about 21 or 22. Of course, my girlfriend didn't understand. She asked me if I was crazy. But at the time, acting came first for me...Anyway, after experiencing things like that, I think I've grown a lot."

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10. He's in talks to star in a new romance drama.

Do Hyun's career is looking mighty bright because he's reportedly in talks to star in the new romance drama, Youth Of May, alongside Go Min Si. Youth Of May is set to air in the spring of 2021.

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