Of the three big child actresses grown up, Kim Yoo Jung has now become the first with a mega hit K-drama under her belt. Sure mega means 20% for a prime time drama nowadays but it’s still impressive and well deserved for her incredible acting ability in sageuks. Moonlight Drawn by Clouds isn’t a success due to her alone but she definitely contributes significantly and carries her character fully in physical and emotional acting.
Whereas Kim So Hyun and Kim Sae Ron have more angular sleek features that are so coveted with this generation, Kim Yoo Jung’s round face and pouty lips harken back to the Shim Eun Ha era from twenty years ago, the traditional Korean beauty who is soft and feminine. Yet Kim Yoo Jung still manages to update the traditional Korean features in a way that is very modern, making her ascent to leading lady bolstered by looks that the domestic audience embraces. She’s in the pages of next month’s Elle Korea in a contrasting contemplative pictorial, like an young adult woman wondering what life or just next week holds.