6 Of Kim Yoo Jung’s Best Dramas That Are Unmissable
As a regular on our screens ever since she was a tot, it’s safe to say that Kim Yoo Jung has blossomed before our very eyes, not just as a beautiful young woman but also as an incredibly talented actress with many notable works under her belt. If you have yet to watch Kim Yoo Jung in her element, it’s never too late to head down the rabbit hole with these six dramas!
1. “Jewel In The Crown”
With her start as a child actress, one of Kim Yoo Jung’s early works was in the period drama “Jewel in the Crown” where she starred as the child role of the titular character Dong Yi (Han Hyo Joo). This character was based on the real-life historical figure of Royal Consort Lady Choi.
A precocious child, young Dong Yi becomes an orphan when her family is wrongfully accused of murder. The young actress helmed this turn of events masterfully, capturing hearts nationwide as she exhibited her quick wits and her gift with portraying emotional scenes.
Watch “Jewel In The Crown” here:
Following her success in period dramas, Kim Yoo Jung then took on a larger challenge in taking on a fantasy drama with her role as Yeon Yi, a hybrid born of a human father and a gumiho (nine-tailed fox in Korean folklore) mother.
The budding actress showcased her versatility and developing acting range in the drama, first with the challenge of playing a charming child who faces the terrifying challenge of transforming into a gumiho and second with the rendering of a sweet childhood love story. Kim Yoo Jung accomplished both with aplomb (and much adorableness!) and you can’t help but root for her and her mother as they struggle to survive amidst a world of fear and betrayal.
Watch “Grudge: The Revolt Of Gumiho” here:
Continuing her streak of acclaimed historical drama hits, Kim Yoo Jung’s next drama “The Moon Embracing the Sun” thoroughly cemented her status as a “Sageuk Fairy” as she played the child role of Heo Yeon Woo (Han Ga In).
In a change from her previous roles however, her performance took on a more mature tone as she portrayed an intelligent, well-natured young child of noble lineage. The wisdom she displays and poise with which she carries herself impresses the King who selects her to be the Crown Princess and these qualities are similarly reflected in the older Heo Yeon Woo which serves as a connecting thread between the two.
While she might have taken on a less playful and boisterous character as compared to her previous works, Kim Yoo Jung was no less captivating as the young Heo Yeon Woo as she (more than!) delivered on a young, dignified lady who would no doubt shine as a Crown Princess.
Watch “The Moon Embracing The Sun” here:
This drama likely needs no introduction, but it was with “Love in the Moonlight” that Kim Yoo Jung firmly established herself as a grown actress in adult roles and we are all for it!
Beautifully crafted, the drama itself is a joy to watch and weaves in light-hearted humor as the romance unfolds between the two characters. Allowing time for the character development to be fleshed out made for a well-paced plot which played well to Kim Yoo Jung’s strength in expressiveness. She is enthralling to watch as Hong Ra On, a lively young woman who’s forced to play a eunuch serving the Crown Prince Lee Young (Park Bo Gum).
The naturalness and warmth with which Kim Yoo Jung skillfully portrayed Hong Ra On was unmistakable and also tied in well with the heartfelt tone of the drama. Even as it took a turn for the romance, it was a soft and well-thought-out transition as the talented actress depicted the soft and tender feelings of a first love blossoming.
Watch “Love in the Moonlight” here:
One of Kim Yoo Jung’s most recent dramas, “Clean with Passion for Now” definitely deserves points for the comedy value as the actress plays Gil Oh Sol, a bubbly young woman whose lifestyle is in juxtaposition with that of her boss, Jang Seon Kyul (Yoon Kyun Sang), the wealthy CEO of a cleaning business “Cleaning Fairy” who also has mysophobia.
Much has been said about the actress’ talent for emotional deliveries but her interpretation of Gil Oh Sol was a standout performance for how she could effortlessly dial up the humor and entertainment with a bubblier and more active persona.
Watch “Clean with Passion for Now” here:
6. “Backstreet Rookie”
Again, Kim Yoo Jung shows a fantastic knack for picking her dramas with the role of Jung Saet Byul in “Backstreet Rookie”.
A fiery and confident woman with great martial arts skills to boot, Jung Saet Byul applies for a job at a convenience store to get closer to her childhood crush Choi Dae Hyun (Ji Chang Wook) who hires her despite thinking she’s a delinquent.
With the premise of the plot set around Jung Saet Byul’s unfortunate circumstances in life, there was great opportunity for Kim Yoo Jung to tease out the growth in her character and she definitely did that in spades! The grounded and resolute nature she displays in Jung Saet Byul at the start of the drama is testament to the simple goals the character has in life until she discovers her self-worth and is encouraged to chase after her dreams. Kim Yoo Jung’s Jung Saet Byul is a touching story of growth, self-worth, and empowerment and that is certainly celebrated!
Watch “Backstreet Rookie” now:
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