It’s hard not to be inspired by Korea right now, given how well they responded to the COVID-19 crisis. Thanks to contact tracing and responsible social distancing (and the fact that face masks were in vogue there before the virus), they ended their quarantine way back in May. That means there’s nothing stopping them from pumping out more content for the rest of the locked down world to binge-watch.
Yes, that’s right. You know what I’m talking about. Admit it, within these past 4 months, you’ve definitely caved in to your curiosity and got hooked on some Kdrama––it’s nothing to be ashamed of.
In fact, you’ll be familiar with some of these guys even outside of their roles as Kdrama stars, thanks to how much work they’re able to do away from their homes. In comparison, there really hasn’t been much reason for us normal peeps to wear nice clothes outside of a Zoom call.
We’ll consider it a bit of wish fulfillment then that they’re pulling looks as they go about their day. While they’re out living their best lives, we’re taking notes in our pambahay.
The reigning king of Korean melodramas is living proof you don’t have to be loud to leave a huge impact, and the way he rocks low-key trenches and muted sweaters show just that. Jung Hae-in has been the go-to guy for playing subdued characters—from a quiet video game animator in 2018’s Somewhere in the Rain to a man-of-few-words A.I. programmer in this year’s A Piece of Your Mind. Sure, there might be some typecasting involved, but if it ain’t broke, why fix it? And to Hae-in, it’s only a walk in the park.
By the end of August, the “Nation’s Son-in-Law” will be enlisting in the Korean navy as part of his mandatory military service, but he’s been keeping busy until then. He recently hosted the Baeksang Arts Awards for the third year in a row, and wrapped up filming a new drama called Record of Youth that’s set to premiere on Netflix in September. He even spent his stuck-at-home birthday in style––the balloon even says so. While he won’t be around to parade in slick suits and even slicker hair to promote the new show when it airs, fans will be looking forward to his face service while in uniform.
As one actor enters, another one leaves, and Lee Min-ho has jumped right back into his TV costumes after his time in the military. The King: Eternal Monarch might not have been a hit in its home country, but it sure was a big deal everywhere else. That’s thanks in large part to his star power, and his recognition from the 2009 hit series Boys Over Flowers. He’s even started filming something they’re oh-so-discreetly calling “The Project.” Whether it’s a reality-bending thriller or another rom-com adaptation, he sure looks the part as a leading man.
While none of the members of the biggest boyband in the world have made their acting debut (although youngest member Jeon Jungkook is rumored to star in a boxing drama soon), we’d be remiss not to include them in this list, especially as they’re the newest cover stars of an international magazine. With a new full-length Japanese release, it only made sense to feature them in Vogue Japan’s August issue. The 7 members of BTS got all decked out in Prada, and pieces from the new collection are already selling out. We’re not sure if bolo ties are set to be the hottest new accessory, but they make it work.
💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) June 12, 2020
The man who almost stole the Best Actor crown from Hyun Bin continues to make headlines, but it’s not just because of his success with Itaewon Class. The boys of BTS aren’t the only ones who get an international cover––PSJ served way more than just mapo tofu as he modeled the hell out of some Ralph Lauren and Givenchy suits for The New York Times Style Magazine: Singapore. Aside from still photography, he’s been busy teaming up with Korea’s “Little Sister” IU for a new sports film set to release in 2021. It’s been 3 years since his last singing performance, but people are crossing their fingers for an accompanying OST.
These younger guns above better bow down to the OG. Sure you know him for his music, but Rain was also one of the first idols in the KPop industry to make a transition into acting. It’s because of his lead role in the 2004 pioneering rom-com Full House that the genre boomed in Korea and why there was even a Hallyu Wave to begin with. Nowadays he’s acting as a judge/mentor in the new reality series I-Land, helping form the next big group for entertainment company Big Hit. He might be pushing 40, but he’s keeping up with the times. And when he’s not dressed to the nines, he’s making TikToks and showing off that six-pack.