We've witnessed how OG K-pop girl group Girls' Generation transformed from early days of bubblegum pop with hits like "Gee" and "Genie" to more mature, attitude-packed EDM tracks like "Catch Me If You Can." Currently composed of Taeyeon, Sunny, Tiffany, Hyoyeon, Yuri, Sooyoung, YoonA, and Seohyun, the group has won so many awards and has cemented girl power in K-pop since 2007—earning the nickname "The Nation's Girl Group." Though currently on hiatus, fans have high hopes of seeing all eight members reunite and continue the legacy that they've built for women in Korea's music industry.
Luckily, some GG members have transitioned into full-on actress mode. See them shine in these handpicked favorites!
1. The K2 (2016)
Where to watch it: Netflix, iQIYI, Viu
Ji Chang Wook headlines The K2 as Kim Je Ha, a former military operative framed for killing his girlfriend. Thanks to ambitious political wife Choi Yoo Jin (Song Yoon Ah), he lands a job as a bodyguard to her stepdaughter Go Ahn Na (YoonA) to fuel his revenge. Ahn Na is the hidden daughter of presidential candidate Jang Se Joon (Jo Sung Ha). She's been lonely all her life and begins to develop feelings for Je Ha, who eventually finds himself torn between his quest for revenge and his newfound love for her.
2. Innocent Defendant (2017)
Where to watch it: Viu
This show proves that though love makes the world of K-dramas go round, a strong, action-packed suspense thriller can equally hook viewers and deliver top ratings. Innocent Defendant centers on Park Jeong Woo (Ji Sung), a respected prosecutor at Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office, who wakes up one day in prison for killing his wife and daughter. Plagued with amnesia, he struggles to uncover the truth and clear his name. Kwon Yuri showcases her acting chops as defense attorney Seo Eun Hye. Known for always losing to Jeong Woo in court, she decides to take on his case and prove his innocence.
3. Hush (2020)
Where to watch it: iQIYI
This workplace drama follows the daily struggles of journalists at newspaper outfit Daily Korea. It centers on veteran journalist Han Joon Hyuk (Hwang Jung Min) who loses his passion for justice and is disillusioned by the ethical dilemmas that haunt the industry he is in. He finds himself mentoring Lee Ji Soo (YoonA), a bold and passionate intern who seeks to uncover the truth behind a news article that led to her father's suicide. She becomes instrumental in helping Joon Hyuk regain his idealism and together they work on correcting mistakes tied to their connected past.
4. Private Lives (2020)
Where to watch it: Netflix
Fast-paced action romance drama Private Lives takes viewers into the world of a group of swindlers and how their intertwined lives lead them to uncover a secret surveillance scheme at a national level. Cha Joo Eun (Seohyun) is a con artist out to avenge her father, a small time swindler who was duped by high-stakes fraudster Jung Bok Gi (Kim Hyo Jin). Along the way, Joo Eun meets Lee Jeong Hwan (Go Kyung Pyo)—a man of many secrets who charms her into ~almost~ marrying him.
5. So I Married The Anti-Fan (2021)
Where to watch it: iQIYI
Anchored on the classic K-drama enemies-to-lovers trope, So I Married The Anti-Fan finds Hallyu star Hoo Joon (Choi Tae Joon) starring in a virtual marriage variety show with his anti-fan reporter Lee Geun Young (Sooyoung). The co-habitation arrangement tied to the program fuels non-stop bickering that soon develops into an unexpected mutual attraction.
6. Confidential Assignment 2: International (premieres in late 2021)
Fans of the 2017 action film Confidential Assignment will be happy to note that this sequel will feature North Korean detective Rim Chul Ryung (Hyun Bin) reuniting with South Korean detective Kang Jin Tae (Yoo Hae Jin). The pair will be teaming up in pursuit of a secret crime organization led by Jang Myung Joon (Jin Sun Kyu). Daniel Henney joins the hunt as Jack, an FBI agent also on the heels of the brutal organization. YoonA, who impressed viewers by playing Kang Jin Tae's sister-in-law Park Min Young in the franchise's first installment, will be stepping up as the female lead.
7. Moral Sense (premieres on Netflix in late 2021)
Moral Sense is described by Netflix as a cheerful and provocative romance film about a man and woman with completely different tastes and personalities. It tells the story of Jung Ji Hoo (U-KISS' Lee Jun Young), who is admired and dubbed by his female colleagues as the "ideal" man. Little do they know that behind the layers of his perfect facade is a unique personal taste that he keeps hidden. The plot thickens when his co-worker Jung Ji Woo (Seohyun) stumbles upon his secret. The result? A risky romance that promises to make hearts race, of course!
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