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Here is why the School series is considered the “lucky charm” of K-drama actors 

The School series is known as a solid stepping stone for young Korean actors. 

Since its return in 2013, KBS’s hit series “School” has been showing downgraded performance through each season. From being considered a launching pad for young actors to rise to fame, School has become significantly less attractive to the viewers.

However, coincidentally, the leading cast of School 2013 to 2021 all got their breakout roles after starring in School. Some of these actors are prime examples that even though they might not shoot to stardom with their roles in School, being a part of the series is still a lucky charm for them in their acting career. 

School 2013

The 2013 version is the most successful version of School after its rebirth, recording the highest rating of 15.8% and an average rating of 12.4%. The two leading male stars, Lee Jong Suk and Kim Woo Bin, both became the most outstanding rising stars of the industry after participating in this drama. 

After School 2013, Lee Jong Suk became a sought-after actor. He continued to get cast in famous dramas such as I Can Hear Your Voice, Doctor Stranger, Pinocchio and W: Two Worlds. The 33-year-old actor also won the prestigious Grand Prize – Daesang at the 2016 MBC Drama Awards, when he was 27 years old.

The School series

As for Kim Woo Bin, before taking a break from entertainment activities due to health reasons, he was also the star of many iconic dramas and films such as The Heirs, Friend: The Great Legacy, Master and Uncontrollably Fond. He received nominations for Best New Actor at two prestigious awards, Baeksang and Blue Dragon in the same year 2014 for his performance in Friend: The Great Legacy.

The School series

In 2022, both Lee Jong Suk and Kim Woo Bin will return to the small screen in new different projects. Lee Jong Suk will star in Big Mouth and Kim Woo Bin will come back in Our Blues. Both are major dramas of tvN in 2022 and are getting high expectations from the viewers. 

School 2015

Not being able to achieve the same amount of domestic success as the 2013 version, but the 2015 version led by Kim So Hyun and Nam Joo Hyuk is the most popular School drama among international viewers. Both Kim So Hyun – Nam Joo Hyuk shot to fame following their roles in School

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Before making an impressive transformation of image in River Where the Moon Rises and getting nominated for Leading Actor in TV at Baeksang 2021 at the age of 22, Kim So Hyun had memorable performances as the female lead in many well-loved dramas such as Bring It On, Ghost, The Emperor: Owner Of The Mask, The Tale of Nokdu and Love Alarm.  

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Kim So Hyun‘s lover in School 2015 is Nam Joo Hyuk, although there are still controversies over his acting skills, his popularity is undeniably increasing. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo, The Light in Your Eyes, Start-up, The Great Battle and Josee are his typical projects after School 2015. Nam Joo Hyuk will soon return with the movie Twenty Five, Twenty One on tvN with talented female star Kim Tae Ri. He is receiving a lot of expectations from the audience in this comeback on the small screen. 

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School 2017 

Starting from the 2017 version, the audience has witnessed the gradual decline in the script and the main characters in the film. Therefore, all three main actors of School 2017 Kim Jung Hyun, Kim Se Jeong and Jang Dong Yoon did not have the opportunity to blow up. However, just like the saying “the proof of the pudding is in the eating”, it is fortunate that this trio has had their own successes with other popular projects. 

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Kim Jung Hyun is in a somewhat precarious position in his career due to the controversy over his attitude with colleagues and a troubled relationship with his ex-girlfriend in April 2021. Prior to that, he managed to attract attention through the supporting roles in Crash Landing on You and the male lead of Mr Queen. At least if his career can’t be restored, Kim Jung Hyun still has 2 successful roles to recall and be proud of. 

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Next is Kim Se Jeong, who was successful with OCN’s drama The Uncanny Counter when it became the most popular series in the history of this TV station. This February, Kim Se Jeong will be starring alongside the handsome actor Ahn Hyo Seop in a new drama called The Office Blind Date. 

The School series

The last one is Jang Dong Yoon, although he is a bit less prominent than the above, he still has an impressive role with Kim So Hyun in The Tale Of Nokdu. After the incident with Joseon Exorcist in 2021, Jang Dong Yoon will try to increase his reputation with the upcoming drama starring the world’s most beautiful face, Nana

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School 2021 

With the highest rating of only 2.8% and an average rating of 1.725%, it is clear that School 2021 is the most failed version of this once-famous series. It seemed that the young cast of the film would have to struggle in their careers for a while before they could bounce back, but things turn out in an unexpected way. The female lead of School 2021, Cho Yi Hyun, is the first character to be “blessed” by this series, when she is getting too much attention thanks to her role as the personality class president Nam Ra in All Of Us Are Dead. 

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Both are high school dramas, but while the former is the first main role, the latter helps Cho Yi Hyun to become a potential new star in the Korean film industry. With such positive progress. Cho Yi Hyun‘s future career seems to have a good sign. 

The School series

Cho Yi Hyun has been blessed with luck, let’s see when it will be the turn of other stars of School 2021, Kim Yo Han or Choo Young Woo. With such a strong momentum for young stars, it wouldn’t be surprising if KBS continued to produce the following versions for School. Let’s wait and see if the audience will be able to enjoy School 2023 or School 2025 in the coming years. 

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