We have a list of 8 Korean actresses and actors who declined popular roles in Kdramas. It seems it was a wise decision by some actors to take those roles as these Kdramas became popular across the world.
8: Kim Woo Bin declined the role in Pinocchio:
Kim Woo Bin is one of those Korean actors who declined popular roles. He was initially offered the male lead role in Pinocchio opposite Park Shin-Hye. He declined the offer due to his tight schedule. One reason can be his health. However, we are not at a loss as Lee Jong Suk took this role and we love him as the male lead. Pinocchio Kdrama is about a girl who cannot tell a lie. Moreover, there is a cute love story between the characters of Park Shin-hye and Lee Jong Suk.
7: Sungjae declined the role in the Moonlight Drawn By Clouds:
Moonlight Drawn by Clouds or Love in the Moonlight is another most famous Kdrama. Sungjae declined the offer as he did not have time. Another reason that emerged was that he was not ready to do the lead role. We hope to see him soon as the main lead. The role was taken by Park Bogum.
The drama story revolves around a girl who disguises herself as a Eunuch and enters the palace. The character of Park Bogum is a prince who fell in love with her and we love Bogum in the drama.
6: Kim Ah Joong declined the role in Coffee Prince:
Coffee Prince is another most popular Kdrama that people still love. Kim Ah Joong declined the role because she did not want to cut her hair short. However, the drama became so popular because of the gender bender character. The drama story revolves around a girl who disguises herself as a boy to work at a coffee shop. Yoon Eun Hye played the lead role and made the drama memorable.
5: Jun Ji Hyun declined the role in My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox:
Jun Ji Hyun declined the lead role in Kdrama My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox. Korean actress Shin MinAh replaced her. We love both so we cannot complain and they both are amazing Korean actresses. They both have successful careers. Nine-Tailed Fox is a fantasy romance Kdrama.
4: Song Joong Ki declined the role in The Moon That Embraces the Sun:
Song Joon Ki is one of those Kdrama actors who declined popular roles. He declined the lead role in the popular Kdrama The Moon that Embraces the Sun. The role was taken by Kim soo Hyun and we love him in that drama. The drama is also one of the most famous Kdrama and has an interesting storyline.
3: Jung Yong Hwa declined the role in The Heirs:
Jung Yong Hwa declined the role that was played by Kim Woo Bin in the popular Kdrama the Heirs. There is no doubt that the character was strong and this could give him much popularity. However, Kim Wo Bin perfectly fitted in this role and we cannot complain about it. Kim Wo Bin made his character memorable forever.
2: Suzy declined the role in Cheese in the Trap:
Bae Suzy was offered the role of Hong Seol in the drama Cheese in the Trap. The role was performed by Kim Go Eun with perfection. The reason for Suzy decline was Netizens disapproval. They thought that Suzy is a misfit in this role as the drama is based on a webtoon, so they all know about the character’s appearance. It is a good decision by Suzy to decline the offer as it seems the role was made for Kim Go Eun who did the role of Hong Seol with perfection.
1: Jang Geun Suk declined the role in Boys Over Flowers:
Jang Geun Suk was initially offered the role of Goo Joon Pyo in Boys Over Flowers. He declined this offer. The reason was he accepted a role in another drama Beetoven Virus. Perhaps this was the wrong decision as BOF became one of the most popular Korean dramas in the world. However, we cannot think of anyone else in place of Lee Min Ho as Joon Pyo.
These were few actors who declined popular roles in Kdramas. The fun fact is we love the actors who performed these characters as they made these Kdramas memorable for us.