Among the plethora of tales that make up the current K-drama scene, there are a number that stay etched in our minds long after the last episode. While we lament that we no longer have the ability to follow the lead characters past their happily-ever-after, there are times when actors and actresses reunite for an all-new production, spun from the chemistry that we oh-so-adore. Here are some of our favourite onscreen couples that have come (or will be coming) together yet again to bring us another round of feels.
Lee Dong Wook and Yoo In Na
Goblin (2016) → Touch Your Heart (2019)
When blockbuster drama Goblin took K-fans by storm all around the world, it wasn’t just the centuries-long story of Kim Shin and his human bride Ji Eun Tak that had us at the edge of our seats. Thankfully, Grim Reaper and Sunny will be getting their second chance at finding love (sort of?) with current TVN drama Touch Your Heart, which reunites Lee Dong Wook and Yoo In ans in starring roles. With the star-crossed romance that wrenched hearts still fresh in our minds, it’s no surprise that many have been diligently tuning into the new series to root for the lovebirds.
Fun fact: Lee Dong Wook shared that he decided to take on this drama because of his “comfort and trust in working with Yoo In Na”. It seems like working together has formed a fast friendship (or perhaps something more?) between the two, and we’re so glad to see them together again!
Kim Soo Hyun and IU
Dream High (2011) → The Producers (2015)
When talking about Kim Soo Hyun’s big break, we simply cannot forget Dream High, where the young actor first gained attention for his role as Sam Dong. It was also the drama where he crossed paths with nation’s little sister IU, who played the love interest of 2PM’s Wooyoung. Although the two weren’t paired up back then, sparks were definitely flying between them in The Producers – and viewers clearly agreed, as they were nominated for the Best Couple Award in the KBS Drama Awards.
Fun fact: Kim Soo Hyun also appeared in IU’s ‘Ending Scene’ music video, two years after The Producers.
Jang Hyuk and Jang Na Ra
Successful Story of a Bright Girl (2002) → You Are My Destiny/Fated To Love You (2014)
They first worked together in 2002 for Successful Story of a Bright Girl, where Jang Na Ra played a simple country girl opposite Jang Hyuk’s arrogant company president. 12 yeas later, the former co-stars finally reunited for You Are My Destiny (also known as Fated To Love You) as a large company’s heir and a harried law firm secretary. Despite the years apart, they shared that they were still comfortable around each other while working on their second drama together.
Fun fact: Third time’s the charm? They teamed up once again in drama short Old Goodbye which was part of the single-episode anthology Drama Festival, and its director was one of the few who worked with them for You Are My Destiny!
Park Seo Joon and Hwang Jung Eum
Kill Me, Heal Me (2015) → She Was Pretty (2015)
Fans of twins Oh Ri-jin and Oh Ri-on would be pleased to know that Park Seo Joon and Hwang Jung Eum’s amazing chemistry together was capitalised on just a few months after Kill Me, Heal Me. She Was Pretty had strong ratings and continued to climb as viewers latched onto the couple’s charm – we’re just glad we can now “ship” the pair comfortably without them being awkwardly related in the show!
Fun fact: There’s no questioning the fact that Hwang Jung Eum and Park Seo Joon work really well together, as said by the actress herself. “If I do something, he gets it right away,” she shared. Can we get another drama of them already?
Lee Sang Yoon and Lee Bo Young
Seoyoung, My Daughter (2012) → Whisper (2017)
After the whirlwind tale of Lee Seo Young and Kang Woo Jae in Seoyoung, My Daughter (also the highest-rated drama of 2013), viewers were in for another treat when Lee Sang Yoon and Lee Bo Young reunited for 2017 SBS drama Whisper. While the former show focused on family drama and relationships, the latter showed a new side to the couple as they teamed up to uncover the largest legal scandal in South Korea – definitely a plot that fans of the two would enjoy sinking their teeth into.
Fun fact: In Whisper, Lee Bo Young’s powerful lines “‘Wait, stay still’, the children who listened to those words are still in heaven waiting for the truth to be revealed” were in remembrance of the Sewol Ferry tragedy in 2017. It seemed that her co-star shared her feelings too, as he admitted that those words rendered him speechless. He added, “My character in the drama had a lot of excuses to give, but once those lines were spoken, I had nothing to say.”
Jung Yong Hwa and Park Shin Hye
You’re Beautiful (2009) → Heartstrings (2011)
The relationship between Jung Yong Hwa and Park Shin Hye’s onscreen characters for both dramas translated into a lasting friendship off-set, but it also sparked a series of rumours about the couple. The CNBLUE lead vocalist has since refuted them, stating that she’s just a friend – even declining a role in The Heirs to “avoid” Park Shin Hye as he believed “fans would be bored” of them appearing together once again. We beg to differ, though!
Fun fact: Park Shin Hye is a frequent attendee of CNBLUE concerts as she is close friends with Jung Yong Hwa and drummer Kang Min Hyuk, who had also acted with her in Heartstrings and The Heirs.
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Lee Seung Gi and Bae Suzy
Gu Family Book (2013) → Vagabond (2019)
It’s been six years in the making, but Lee Seung Gi and Suzy are at last working together for a second time in Vagabond, an upcoming series delving into South Korea’s corruption after a mysterious plane crash. The actor plays a stuntman who gets unwittingly pulled into the plot after his nephew’s death, while the former Miss A member takes on the role of a covert operative doing so to support her family – a completely different tone from the fantasy-historical drama Gu Family Book, which the pair last starred in. Vagabond airs later in May, so be sure to catch it then!
Fun fact: Lee Seung Gi recently celebrated his 32nd birthday this year with Suzy and his other celebrity friends, including the cast of SBS variety show Master of the House and Vagabond director Yoo In Sik.
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Are there any other couples you’d love to see reunite on screen? Let us know in the comments below!