4 child actresses with the last name Kim who grew up before Korea’s eyes: Where are they now?
These beloved former child actresses have grown up differently.
Having the same last name Kim, all starting out as successful child actors, Kim Yoo Jung, Kim So Hyun, Kim Sae Ron, and Kim Hyun Soo are all very popular. They grew up before our eyes and have now become young, beautiful, and talented actresses in their 20s. Currently, while most of them continue to achieve success, one has had her image ruined by controversy.
Kim Yoo Jung
In August 2016, Kim starred in her first adult leading role in the youth historical drama Love in the Moonlight as Hong Ra-on – a girl who was raised as a boy and eventually became a eunuch of Crown Prince of Joseon, played by Park Bo-gum.A domestic hit, Moonlight achieved peak audience rating of 23.3% and its popularity was referred to as “Moonlight Syndrome”. Kim won “Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama” for portraying Moonlight’s cross-dressing heroine at the 30th KBS Drama Awards.
But since the success of ‘Love in the Moonlight’, Kim Yoo Jung has received many complaints from viewers for constantly choosing scripts that do not match her talents., but thanks to the success of her most recent drama “Lovers of the Red Sky” released last year, Kim Yoo Jung with her flawless acting performance has proved herself to be one of the most outstanding actresses in their early 20s.
Kim Yoo Jung has always received much love for her refreshing and innocent image. Therefore, when she began to dress sexy or take on roles with a somewhat controversial image like in “Backstreet Rookie”, it drew mixed reactions from those who have watched her since she was a kid. However, according to Kim Yoo Jung’s fans, she is all grown up now, so it’s only normal that she became more mature. What’s more important is that Kim Yoo Jung’s spotless personal life and clean image have remained unchanged since her child actor days.
Kim So Hyun
Kim So Hyun is the former child actress who has been compared with Kim Yoo Jung the most because of the similarities they share, from age, looks, to image. Like Kim Yoo Jung, Kim So Hyun also had a amazingly successful comeback in 2021 with a lead role in a historical drama. Thanks to her persuasive acting in “River Where the Moon Rises”, Kim So Hyun bagged a nomination for Best Actress at the Baeksang Arts Awards and became one of the youngest nominees in the history of Baeksang.
As for her personal life, Kim So Hyun has always kept a low profile and maintained a good image, making her a trustworthy actress both on and off the screen. Attention is now being paid to Kim So Hyun’s next role and what kind of transformation she will stun the viewers with.
Kim Sae Ron
The beauty or reputation of Kim Sae Ron may be slightly inferior to Kim Yoo Jung – Kim So Hyun, but in terms of her acting career, this girl is considered to be somewhat higher than her two colleagues. Kim Sae Ron was nominated for Best Actress at the Baeksang Arts Awards at the age of 14 and so far she has attended the prestigious Cannes International Film Festival twice.Considered as the “genius child actor” of the Korean film industry, Kim Sae Ron’s adult career is much behind that of Kim Yoo Jung and Kim So Hyun. From the beginning of the adult actor stage, Kim Sae Ron has had no notable roles. Besides, her bad behavior made the audience lose their love and patience for her.
Recently, on the morning of May 18th, Kim Sae-ron hit several road structures while driving near Hakdong Intersection in Gangnam-gu, Seoul. Notably, the blood alcohol test results showed that she was driving in a drunken state and she tried to flee the scene. This scandal almost ruined Kim Sae Ron’s career. She had a bright future, a brilliant career, but she destroyed what she had built over the years at the age of 23.
Kim Hyun Soo
Kim Hyun Soo made her debut through the movie Silenced and was nominated for Best Female Rookie at the 2012 Golden Bell at the age of 12. Kim Hyun Soo was predicted to be a future talent of the Korean film industry. Kim Hyun Soo gradually won the hearts of the audience through small but impressive roles in “My Love from the Star”, “Good Doctor” or “Solomon’s Perjury”.
In 2020, Kim Hyun Soo rose to fame thanks to her role in the hit series “Penthouse”. The role of Bae Ro Na is the best and also the most popular role so far of the young star born in 2000.
Kim Hyun Soo rarely updates her SNS and has a secretive private life. She is leaving a lasting impression on the Korean people’s hearts. Currently, Kim Hyun Soo is an actor under the management company Andmarq. Hopefully, the new company will help Kim Hyun Soo’s career progress more in the future.
Among the four female stars, Kim Sae Ron disappointed the public, who had high expectations for her, the most. Hopefully she will learn her lesson and manage herself better. And also hope that all 4 girls will achieve more success in the future.