7 years after The Heirs became a phenomenon in the K-Dramas industry, famous, the extremely young cast today has had a surprisingly big change.
Lee Min Ho
Lee Min Ho at the time of The Heirs was a Hallyu star who shot to the new Asia star with his Goo Jun Pyo character.
Back on the small screen, the actor is still the most popular media star with the dramas Legend of the Blue Sea (2016) or The King: The Eternal Monarch (2020), although combined with the great screenwriter and producer, the impacts of scale still inevitably resulted in less explosive than expected.
It’s been 7 years since The Heirs, today’s Lee Min Ho is still the top star in Korean entertainment with a huge number of followers on social networking platforms.
A large number of audiences are waiting for Lee Min Ho to challenge with heavy work to be recognized as a “famous and well-known” actor, not just a “Hallyu star”.
Park Shin Hye
In The Heirs, Park Shin Hye plays the role of Cha Eun Sang, a poor and energetic girl who has a love story full of obstacles with Kim Tan – the character of Lee Min Ho.
After The Heirs, Park Shin Hye’s TV projects all achieved good results. Pinocchio (2014) scored high thanks to her dramatic story and high interaction with Lee Jong Suk, Doctors (2016), giving the actress the chance to shine with the cool “big sister” image, and Memories of the Alhambra. (2018) exploiting the subject of “ancient and rare” virtual reality.
After 7 years, Park Shin Hye is still the top female actress in the younger generation and is on a journey to prove herself.
Kim Woo Bin
The role of Choi Young Do is so popular that it has become the representative of “male side syndrome” on the Korean screen – that is, the number of people who like him is as high as the male lead.
Kim Woo Bin after The Heirs made his mark mainly with cinematographic works such as The Con Artists (2014), Twenty (2015) and Master (2016). On the television front, the collaboration with Suzy in Uncontrollably Fond (2016).
However, Kim Woo Bin’s road was suddenly interrupted because in mid-2017, he discovered that he had throat cancer and had to stop all of his activities to focus on treatment.
In 2020, Kim Woo Bin has confirmed his participation in the Alien movie, and is expected to see the actor return to the film race next year.
Kim Ji Won
The actress plays the beautiful but fierce Yoo Rachel – fiancee of the male lead Kim Tan.
After the sassy character, the actress made a strong impression thanks to the female soldier in the blockbuster Descendants of the Sun (2016), continues to win the hearts thanks to the extremely cute image in Fight for My Way (2017) – her main female role debut, then most recently showing her diverse and flexible acting spectrum as the female lead Arthdal Chronicles (2019).
7 years ago, the audience had “collapsed” in front of the cute fierce character of Lee Bo Na, played by f(X) member and actress Krystal.
My Lovely Girls (2014), The Bride of Habaek (2017) were not very successful. Prison Playbook (2017) is very high-quality work, but Krystal only plays a supporting role so it cannot be turned on. Only until Player (2018), she somewhat escapes the “vase” label thanks to the image of a charismatic sister.
In the near future, the actress will return with Search of the detective station OCN in the image of a very cool female soldier. This will be a work that will help the audience to confirm whether Krystal has truly removed the “flower vase” label.
Kang Min Hyuk
He won the hearts of the audience thanks to the role of an optimistic and gentle Yoon Chan Young who is both a reliable close friend of the female lead Eun Sang and Bo Na’s warm boyfriend.
As an actor, Min Hyuk’s career in the past 7 years has been quite stable but lacks the highlight. He is more or less popular with Entertainer (2016), Hospital Ship (2017) and The Princess and the Matchmaker (2018) but does not have a real breakthrough. With good acting ability but less explosive, Min Hyuk is currently quite faint on the Korean star map.