When I read this article this week I hoped that the reporter knew there was a crazy underbelly that likes to pit these two against each other when really the majority loves having double the talent and styles in K-ent young leading ladies. Sports Seoul newspaper released an article this week discussing the return of child turned adult actresses Kim Yoo Jung and Kim So Hyun in 2021 each with a high profile sageuk drama. First arriving is Kim So Hyun in River Where the Moon Rises, which is not her first sageuk since she became of age, that would be Tale of Nokdu. The reporter expects to see further maturity and transformation in River as she keeps building her expansive career which has toggled between successful modern dramas in different genres like Let’s Fight Ghost and Love Alarm as well as sageuks like Nokdu.
Kim Yoo Jung doesn’t return until fall of 2021 with Hong Chun Gi, but the reporter calls her the sageuk empress due to her childhood sageuk roles as the young female lead always being huge hits including Painter of the Wind, Dong Yi, Gyebaek, and The Moon Embracing the Sun which was her most famous child role opposite Yeo Jin Gu. She also had the hit sageuk Moonlight Drawn by Clouds with Park Bo Gum in her late teens but Hong Chun Gi will be her first sageuk lead since becoming an adult and will also be directed by the PD of Painter of the Wind. The reporter goes on to say the two are good friends who grew up in parallel under the public eye and don’t see each other as rivals, though they share very similar career trajectories including recently changing agencies. The reporter concludes that K-ent is really thrilled to have both with their different onscreen acting styles which expands to pool of top young actresses in their generation and also pave the way for future child actresses to follow in their success roadmap.