It has been the utmost pleasure watching Kim Yoo Jung grow up for the last decade before the eyes of K-drama viewers. Unlike child stars like Kim Sae Ron who broke out in high profile Chungmuro with movies like The Man From Nowhere (Ahjusshi), Kim Yoo Jung has been the go-to drama child actress for the better part of her entire career so far. She’s the most famous child K-actress since Moon Geun Young and her breakout in Autumn in My Heart, though truth be told Moon Geun Young was already a preteen at that time. Kim Yoo Jung was a teeny tiny toddler girl when she got her first gig at the age of 4 and never looked back. She even played the young Moon Geun Young in Painter of the Wind, which is just so apropos in the handing off of the baton. The just released BNT International pictorial featuring Kim Yoo Jung is a watershed moment for us because it signals irrevocably that the child actress moniker no long defines her.
Her acting depth and breadth outshines many actresses in their twenties, and her fifteen year old age is old enough to do chaste high school romances where the skinship goes so far as hand holding. Even thirteen year old Kim Sae Ron is headlining Hi! School: Love On, it’s just a matter of time before we see leading lady Kim Yoo Jung made her post-transition debut. She’s also surrounded by tons of great male child actors that are also hitting their late teens which means we really might get some cute dramas that skew younger since the acting pool is so deep in that end. I love everything about Kim Yoo Jung and it can’t be said enough how naturally beautifully she is. There is no doubt that she hasn’t gotten anything done to her face, still the fresh cheeks and the button nose and the lush lips. The BNT pictorial taps into various images from chic Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday to punk rocker girl and Kim Yoo Jung’s flawless connection with the camera brings every single picture to life.