When she was little, she used to surprise viewers because she looked almost identical to Kim Yoo Jung, but now, Choi Yoo Ri is said to be less outstanding than her senior.
Six years ago, when Kim Yoo Jung‘s movie Circle of Atonement was released, viewers were extremely surprised by the debut of the little girl Choi Yoo Ri. In addition to her adorable acting, Yoo Ri was said to look almost identical to the female lead Kim Yoo Jung when she was a child. The resemblance even made many viewers confused, thinking that Circle of Atonement was filmed from the day Kim Yoo Jung was a child until her adulthood, especially when Yoo Ri‘s acting had the similar vibes to her senior. Many topics comparing the appearance of the two actresses were also posted, attracting the attention of many viewers.
The film Circle of Atonement is about the father Sang Won (Sung Dong Il) and the daughter Jang Hyun (Kim Yoo Jung), who accidentally meet teacher Chul Woong (Son Ho Jun) and discover their common connections with the murder case from 10 years ago. This is the first film in Choi Yoo Ri’s career and is also one of the works that show Kim Yoo Jung’s transformation to get rid of her image as a child actress. Yoo Ri had an impressive performance in her first time acting in a movie. Many viewers had high hopes that Yoo Ri in the future would become as beautiful and talented as Kim Yoo Jung.
After leaving an impression with her debut film, also known for the title “mini version of Kim Yoo Jung”, Choi Yoo Ri was only 4 years old at that time but quickly became popular. The young actress constantly received new offers. Although they are supporting roles, most of them are “expensive” roles that could showcase Yoo Ri’s acting skills. Since then, it has only been 6 years, but Yoo Ri has appeared in 16 more productions, including some well-known works such as Itaewon Class, Mother, My Strange Hero,… In addition, she also once again played Kim Yoo Jung’s younger self in the drama “Clean With Passion for Now” released in 2018.
Currently, it has been 6 years since Choi Yoo Ri started acting and became known as the “mini Kim Yoo Jung”. In terms of appearance, compared to when she first got into acting, Yoo Ri has now grown up and the resemblance to Kim Yoo Jung has somewhat faded. The last time she appeared in Itaewon Class, the viewers no longer recognized the adorable little girl with chubby cheeks they used to know. Comparing their careers, despite starring in many works, Yoo Ri’s coverage still can’t be on the same level as Kim Yoo Jung‘s when she was young. Perhaps this is understandable because when she was a child, Yoo Jung was like a phenomenon in the Korean entertainment industry. However, Yoo Ri is becoming her own version and getting rid of the title “mini Kim Yoo Jung”. Hopefully she will continue to improve and soon uphold her position in the industry.