I think I started liking Kim Soo Hyun way before most K-drama viewers. He first caught my eye in Will It Snow For Christmas playing a young Go Soo, and my affection for him was solidified when he played a young Park Sang Min in Giant, an epic drama with a long childhood sequence where all the kid actors were exceptional. When he hit leading man status in Dream High, I was over the moon to see him playing a high school student with big dreams and even bigger talent. All of that happened before he hit A-list status, which came about because of The Moon that Embraces the Sun, and that is where my love for him hit the skids, so to speak. The drama was overall terribly bland and listless, but his acting got lots of attention because it was so fiery. Contrasted with his co-star Han Ga In‘s emotionless blank wall, he was acting enough for the two of them at times. I thought he was fine in the drama, but when he started to get nominated for acting awards I was pretty amused. I thought why not, there have been even more inexplicable acting nominations in the past, and I like him enough that seeing him get some recognition, even if it was for the wrong drama and role, felt like karma of sorts. Then the Baeksang Awards happened last year, and when I saw that he took home the Best Actor award (over Han Seok Hyu in Tree with Deep Roots and Shin Ha Kyun in Brain), I did a face palm in the privacy of my own home. Forget that being a totally Pia Zadora moment, I also worried that he was peaking too quickly and too early. He’s still so young and now he’s a STAR and with that comes so much more scrutiny and expectation. His movie Secretly, Greatly opened to a fantastic box office despite the reviews being generally lackluster. I hope he doesn’t get swept away by the tidal wave of adulation and forget to pick projects wisely to develop his craft more. He’s expression the intent to do a drama this year so all eyes are on what he picks from what will surely be any script out there with a leading man focus. Last month he was in Paris for a photo shoot and the pictures are all, all of which wonderfully capture everything magical about Paris street life. I do have one little tee-hee observation to make – Kim Soo Hyun has really really large feet. I mean…wow.