Son Ye-jin is undoubtedly known for her role as the heiress Yoon Se-ri in the mega-hit Korean Drama Crash Landing On You, which jumpstarted the K-drama mania for many. But this South Korean beauty has been in the industry since 2001, nabbing lead roles in romance-themed dramas.
Here, a few of Son Ye Jin’s dramas where she played those serious characters—plus a few rom-com leads:
Crash Landing on You | Sarangui Boolshichak (tvN / 2019-2020) – Yoon Se-Ri
The Plot: Yoon Se Ri, a successful and powerful businessman and estranged daughter of one of South Korea’s richest families, ends up in North Korean soil after a paragliding accident. She quite literally crash lands into the arms of North Korean soldier, Captain Ri Jeong Hyeok. Trouble unfolds as Captain Ri has to make the choice between keeping the South Korean woman alive and risk his own life or following the harsh laws of his land about foreigners. We swear, this is *worth* the watch!
Something in the Rain | Bab Jal Sajooneun Yebbeun Noona (JTBC / 2018) – Yoon Jin-A
The Plot: When Yoon Jin-ah (Son Ye Jin) reconnects with her best friend’s younger brother Seo Jun-hui, the attraction is mutual and palpable. What starts out as a harmless crush slowly develops into a full-blown romance the more the two spend time together. How long can it last if they continue to keep it a secret? And if they do come out as a couple, will their families approve of the relationship?
Don’t Look Back : The Legend of Orpheus | Sangeo (KBS2 / 2013) – Jo Hae-Woo
Personal Taste | Gaeinui Chwihyang (MBC / 2010) – Park Gae-In
The Plot: Park Kae-in (Son Ye Jin) was just dumped in the most spectacular fashion, and she has sworn off men for good. So when Jeon Jin Ho (Lee Min Ho) offers to rent a room in her Sanggojae to help her make some much-needed cash (and secretly study the hanok’s architecture for a project his firm is planning to bid on), she agrees despite having had several unfortunate run-ins with him in the past, but only because she believes he’s gay. Of course he’s not, and in true K-drama fashion, the two end up falling in love.
Spotlight (MBC / 2008)
Alone in Love | Yeonae Sidae (SBS / 2006) – Yoo Eun-Ho
Scent of Summer (KBS / 2003) – Shim Hye-Won
Great Ambition | Daemang (SBS / 2002-2003) – Choi Dong-Hee
Delicious Proposal | Mashineun Cheonghun (MBC / 2001) – Jang Hee-Ae
Sun-hee and Jin-hee (MBC / 2001)