I feel like K-netizens have really strong opinions either way, and sometimes a fixed opinion can be near impossible to change whether good or bad. If a star messes up even once it’s basically in the image crapper, which does make it even more impressive the select stars in various age groups that remain in the K-netz good graces. The most high profile of the child actor category is indisputably Yoo Seung Ho for the guys and Moon Geun Young for the gals, both won immediate critical lauds as child actors and continued to successfully mature their acting careers into adulthood.
Which is why it’s not surprising that this weekend’s entertainment program discussion on a domestic poll conducted found that K-viewers chose Yoo Seung Ho as the best child actor, followed unsurprisingly by Moon Geun Young. The third position went unexpectedly to Macaulay Culkin (LOL whut?) and then back to the K-ent scene picking Kim Yoo Jung. As big a Yoo Seung Ho fan as I am, I’m not ready to crown him the best child actor even within the talented K-ent selection pool, but I would put him in the top three. I like him also for his potential to knock it out of the park as an adult actor, which is really the biggest pitfall for any child actor.
Yoo Seung Ho acting with Yoon Eun Hye in Missing You has convinced me that he slays the noonas onscreen so I’m all for him to act opposite Moon Geun Young soon. Imagine the K-netizens going insane with pride seeing their fave child actors grown up good paired together. As for what other child actors made the list, off the top of my head I’m going to assume it includes Park Shin Hye, Nam Ji Hyun, Shim Eun Kyung, Lee Hyun Woo, Yeo Jin Gu, Kim So Hyun, Seo Shin Ae. I do wonder if Kim Soo Hyun should be included in contention, he did two very awesome and memorable teen character roles, in Giant and Will it Snow for Christmas, but he was already a young adult then plus hit leading man stage so soon thereafter. I would be willing to make a persuasive argument that those were two of his best acting performances to date.