I honestly had a hard time narrowing down selections for this roundup because there have just been so many good editorials lately. Lots of pretty here... starting with this absolutely breathtaking image of Kang So-Ra who is virtually unrecognizeable with a floral headpiece that is TTDF! Everything is just so artful it is almost like looking at a painting at first glance. I bookended this post with another photo from the same pictorial which is just as beautiful in it's own right. So-Ra is probably best known for her work in the K-drama Misaeng and the film Sunny. Both were ensemble pieces which she managed to stand out which is saying something. These are two Korean productions I always recommend because of their quality. The award winning Sunny is getting apparently getting a US remake but given the hot mess track records of these types of remakes, just watch the original instead. It's an incredibly well made and heartwarming tale of friendship that takes place in two time periods. Sunny can be streamed here on Viki.com.
You might know Daniel Henney from the CBS show Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders but the Korean/American actor actually got his start as a model and his first acting job was in the hit K-drama My Lovely Sam Soon as Dr. Henry Kim. Daniel will soon be showcasing his basketball skills alongside Jay Park and Lee Sang Yoon in the new TVN variety show Buzzer Beat set to air next year. My husband seems think I have a thing for him which is just not true. He's very good looking but he's honestly never made an impression on me as an actor or otherwise. Now Yoo Jae Suk is someone I have an actual thing for.
Han Hyo Joo's first lead role was in Spring Waltz, the fourth and last installment of the Endless Love seasons themed series. Daniel Henney also starred in this show. Unlike him, Hyo Joo has come a long way in her acting and is now also a successful film actress. She especially excels as plucky heroines and portrayed a villain for the first time this year in Love, Lies.
Jung Woo Sung looks every bit the debonair movie star he is in this shot for Vogue. He is currently starring in the political thriller The King with Jo In Sung. Talk about a movie with visuals.
Park Shin Hye sparkles in Swarovski's holoday collection over in 1st Look. How pretty are those starry baubles!
Maybe it's because I'm missing Lee Seung Gi who is currently still the model soldier while fulfilling his military service, but I've always thought that Kim Young Kwang bears a certain resemblance to him. What a fabulous photo!
Eugene who took a break from acting after giving birth to her daughter is currently on a comeback with her former group S.E.S. I can't believe she's 35! She looks as youthful as ever. Eugene has always been considered one of the prettiest K-pop girl group members ever. And she hasn't had any work done.
Park Bo Gum was just ranked the #1 actor of 2016 in a Gallup poll beating out the Song Song couple from Descendants of the Sun. Well it couldn't happen to someone nicer. I haven't watched Moonlight Drawn by Clouds yet but I keep hearing about his stellar performance. Bo Gum's impeccable manners and graciousness in his variety show appearances have really impressed me. It's refreshing to see someone so genuinely modest and thankful for all his success and he gets points for being adorable too.
Lee Na Young went on an adventure in the South of France for Elle. The actress has been living a quiet life since marrying Won Bin and giving birth to a son in 2015. I'd love to see either/both of them back on the big screen.
Lee Won Geun's character in The Good Wife got on my last nerves but I blamed the writing more than the actor. They really could've made him way more compelling as well as involve him more in the plot lines.
This shot of Jung Yu Mi for Allure is super beautiful. I never really enjoyed her much until her role as the awesome Ma Dong Seok's pregnant wife in Train to Busan. The highly successful Korean film which made $99 million worlwide this year will also be getting an American remake. Again I would say go watch the original! It's more about the horrors of humanity than the zombies!
Jin Goo is one sharp dressed man in Grazia. I love how they even personalized the crest on his coat!
We fell behind so we're still watching My Wife's Having an Affair this Week even though it ended it's 12 episode run a few weeks back. The drama which is not about adultery per se is refreshingly well balanced with some humor. Lee Sun Kyun and Song Ji Hyo are both turning in wonderful performances as well.
Shin Min Ah seems to be taking winter in full stride for 1st Look. And she's certainly dressed for the weather too. Why don't I ever look this glam in my puffer coat?
And we circle back to another stunning photo from Kang So-Ra's Allure editorial. I think I may like this one even more than the first one. News just came out this week that So-Ra has been dating actor Hyun Bin for a half a month. Maybe those crazy Secret Garden shippers will finally go away now. They were absolutely awful to Song Hye Kyo who was Hyun Bin's girlfriend back then, demanding that he break up with her to be with Ha Ji Won. It was totally ridiculous.
Photos via their respective publications