13 Rejected Acting Roles in Famous Korean Dramas
Rejected acting roles 1
Song Hye-kyo refuced Hyna 2020
The law, romantic, comedy SBS drama ‘Hyena‘ was first offered to Song Hye-kyo. She rejected the offer because it conflicted with her other movie project. Kim Hye-soo played the role of the lawyer Jung Geum-ja.
Rejected acting roles 2
Jang Hyuk refused Secret Garden 2010
The popular romantic comedy SBS drama ‘Secret Gardrn 2010’ was originally offered the lead role tp Jang Hyuk. The actor agency was rejected the offer because he was doing drama ‘Midas 2011’ at that time. Hyun Bin played the arrogant rich Kim Joo-won and he won the ‘Secret Garden’ best drama in Baeksang Arts Awards.
Rejected acting roles 3
Bae Suzy refused Cheese In The Trap 2016
The TVN webtoon-based drama ‘Cheese In The Trap’ was initially offered the role to Bae Suzy. But she turned it down. Kim Go-eun accepted the role of Hong Seol, a poor student who meets a handsome schoolmate but keeping a dark side.
Rejected acting roles 4
Kim Woo-bin refused Pinocchio 2014
The rom-com, mystery SBS melodrama ‘Pinocchio‘ was offered the role to Kim Woo-bin to play as Choi Dal-po, a genius broadcast reporter. But Kim Woo-bin turned down the offer due to his busy schedule. Eventually, the project went to Lee Jung-suk.
Rejected acting roles 5
Jang Geun-suk refused Boys Over Flowers 2009
Jang Geun-suk passed on playing the leader of F4 Goo Joo-pyo in ‘Boys Over Flowers’. But he chooses the drama ‘Beethoven Virus 2008′. This rom-com KBS2 hit South Korean dramas’ lead role later offered to Lee Min-ho.
Rejected acting roles 6
Jo In-sung, Kim Woo-bin and Gong Yoo refused Descendants of the Sun 2016
The lead role in the KBS2 drama ‘Descendants of the Sun 2016‘ was offered to Jo In-sung, Kim Woo-bin, and Gong Yoo. These Korean actors have turned down the offer due to other commitments. Song Joong-ki accepted the offer and played the role of Yoo Shi-jin, a special forces officer.
Rejected acting roles 7
Jung Yong-hwa refused The Heirs 2013
Yong-hwa was offered to the play Choi Yeong-do in 2013 ‘The Heirs’. But the actor declined the offer because he played a student in ‘Heartstrings 2011’ with Park Shin-hye. Instead, Yong-hwa chose ‘Marry Him If You Dare2013’. Kim Woo-bin got the project. ‘The Heirs’ was a hit around the world.
Rejected acting roles 8
Chun Jung-myung and Kim Ah-joong refuced Coffee Prince 2007
Chun Jung-myung and Kim Ah-joong was the first choice to play lead roles in the MBC TV series ‘Coffee Prince 2007’. Both actor and actress turned down the offer. Chun Jung-myung was doing a movie ‘Hansel and Gretel 2007’ at that time. While Kim Ah-joong did not want to cut her hair because she was doing a shampoo commercial. The best rom-com popular drama series Coffee Prince roles went to the power couple Gong Yoo and Yoon Eun-hye.
Rejected acting roles 9
Hyun Bin refused Kill Me Heal Me 2015
Hyun Bin was originally reported to star in psychological, rom-com SBS drama ‘Kill Me, Heal Me 2015’. But the actor was unable to take on the role because of his commitment to the TV series ‘Hyde, Jekyll Me 2015’ with Han Ji-min. Eventually, the project went to Ji-sung. He portrayed the role of Cha Do-hyun who suffers from multiple personality disorder.
Rejected acting roles 10
Jung Woo-sung refused Full House 2004
The romantic comedy KBS2drama ‘Full House 2004’ was originally offered to Jung Woo-sung. But he declined the role of Lee Yeong-jae and Rain took the project.
Rejected acting roles 11
Song Joong-ki refused Moon Embracing The Sun 2012
The hit historical, romantic, fantasy Kdrama series ‘Moon Embracing The Sun’ was first offered to Song Joong-ki. The actor refused the iconic role because he had played King Sejong (Supporting role) in the Kdrama ‘The With Deep Roots 2011’. The lead role as Lee Hwon eventually went to Kim Soo-hyun and reached 40% in television ratings.
Rejected acting roles 12
Jun Ji-hyun refused My Girlfrien is a Nine Tailed Fox 2010
Jun Ji-hyun had passed on the role of Gumiho in fantasy romantic SBS drama ‘My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox 2010’. But, she refused the role and it was taken by Shin Min-ah. She played well it and Kdrama become a hit.
Rejected acting roles 13
Song Joong-ki refused Kingdom 2019
Song Joong-ki turned down the lead star offer in ‘Kingdom’ because he was busy with his wedding preparation at that time. The historical, horror Netflix drama role was accepted and played by actor Joo Ji-hoon. It becomes a famous Kdrama around the world.