5 Famous Korean actors who rejected co-starring with Song Hye Kyo

Many Korean actors were invited to star alongside actress Song Hye Kyo in various projects, but had refused due to personal reasons.

As of Korea’s top visual goddesses, Song Hye Kyo is among the most sought-after actresses out there, and male actors gladly take up opportunities to star with her. However, that’s not always the case, and these 5 stars actually rejected the offer.

Lee Jung Jae 

Lee Jung Jae was actually the first choice to play the male lead of K-drama “Full House”, which was all the rage in Korea when it was released in 2004. However, the actor turned down the offer since he was uninterested in small screen projects, and Bi Rain was selected in his place. While a lot of fans mourned Lee Jung Jae’s rejection, many people actually expressed relief. According to them, Lee Jung Jae looked a bit too old for Song Hye Kyo at the time, and Bi Rain and Song Hye Kyo managed to bring out the best chemistry.

Lee Jung Jae was the first choice to join Song Hye Kyo in “Full House”

Won Bin 

Won Bin

Famous actor Won Bin was actually invited to star in “Descendants of The Sun”, but like other projects, the drama was rejected by the actor. The reason is pretty simple on Won Bin’s behalf: he doesn’t want to go back to acting yet, and for over a decade, no project has interested him enough. 

Won Bin
Won Bin hasn’t starred in any K-dramas in over a decade, and rejected “Descendants of The Sun” in his absence. 

Jo In Sung

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After Won Bin, the production team of “Descendants of The Sun” offered their hand to Jo In Sung, hoping for a reunion between Jo In Sung and Song Hye Kyo after their massive hit “That Winter, The Wind Blows”. However, the actor decided against it, and introduced the crew to Song Joong Ki, giving way to the legendary Song-Song couple. Jo In Sung is close with Song Joong Ki in real life, and must have left that “Descendants of The Sun” was a suitable project for his friend. 

Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo
Jo In Sung actually recommended Song Joong Ki to the crew of “Descendants of The Sun”, indirectly matchmaking the Song-Song couple.

Gong Yoo

Gong Yoo

Like the two aforementioned actors, Gong Yoo, despite invitations from the screenwriter Kim Eun Sook, rejected “Descendants of The Sun”. Instead, he accepted “Goblin”, which is penned by the same writer, after 5 years of calling. When asked about his hesitation, Gong Yoo shared that he felt unconfident playing K-dramas, seeing that he’s mostly appearing on the big screen. 

Gong Yoo
Gong Yoo said he felt unconfident acting in K-dramas, and so rejected an offer to star with Song Hye Kyo. 

Kim Woo Bin 

Kim Woo Bin

While the reason as to why Kim Woo Bin turned down “Descendants of The Sun” remained unknown, many netizens explained that Woo Bin was reluctant about the military haircut and his outstanding height compared to normal Korean military officers. 

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Kim Woo Bin refused “Descendants of The Sun”


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