Here is how Park Shin Hye and Heo Yi Jae of “Prince Hours” are doing after a decade and a half.
Around the end of 2021, the beginning of 2022, both leading female cast members of the 2007 drama Prince Hours (Goong S) unexpectedly announced two big news that took the public by surprise. Notably, their news are completely opposite. While Park Shin Hye happily announced her marriage and pregnancy, Heo Yi Jae opened up about the upsetting reasons why she suddenly retired a couple years ago.
After 15 years since working together in Prince Hours, Park Shin Hye and Heo Yi Jae are now in different places in both their personal lives and careers.
Prince Hours is a spin-off of the 2006 hit drama Princess Hours (Goong) starring Joo Ji Hoon and Yoon Eun Hye. Although Prince Hours could not achieve the same amount of success as the original version, it is still considered a stepping stone for Heo Yi Jae and Park Shin Hye to come closer to the viewers.
When Prince Hours was broadcast, Park Shin Hye was a rookie among K-drama actors so she was only cast as the second female lead. The female lead character was taken on by the rising female star at the time, Heo Yi Jae, who used to be fondly called by the nickname “young Kim Tae Hee” because of her resemblance to her famous senior.
Years after Prince Hours ended, the second female lead Park Shin Hye has now become an A-lister of Korea’s entertainment industry while the female lead Heo Yi Jae, unfortunately, lost her glory and decided to retire.
Starting out as a child actress, Park Shin Hye has soon proven her acting ability with her performance in well-received dramas and films such as You’re Beautiful, The Heirs, Pinocchio, Doctors, The Call,… She is among the most sought-after actresses in the industry.
Park Shin Hye is not only successful in her career. Off the screen, she has a beautiful and enviable romance with her longtime boyfriend, now husband, Choi Tae Joon.
The two started dating in 2018 and after 5 years together, the couple officially tied the knot with a happy wedding that recently took place on January 22.
Unlike her former co-star, the female lead Heo Yi Jae went through a hard time in both her career and personal life.
Having received high expectations thanks to her natural acting talent and bright beauty, but only two years after Prince Hours, Heo Yi Jae suddenly announced her retirement when she was only in her 20s.
Since then, hardly any information about Heo Yi Jae has been published. It was not until 2011 that news about the new actress was updated when she announced her marriage to a non-celebrity businessman boyfriend.
However, only 4 years after the wedding, Heo Yi Jae suddenly announced her divorce from her ex-husband. At this time, the actress also decided to return to the film industry but did not receive much attention, so she continued to stay hidden.
After a while, when the audience almost forgot that there was once a beautiful Heo Yi Jae in the old days’ dramas, she came back and shared about the hidden corners that made her suddenly end her acting career.
Heo Yi Jae said the biggest reason she gave up acting was because a fellow actor had some assaultive behaviors with her while working together. The actress even received harsh words and the invitation to “read the script in the middle of the night” to create genuine emotions while filming.
The emotional shock made Heo Yi Jae seriously depressed and she decided to retire immediately after finishing the drama for the sake of her emotional health. Although the identity of the mentioned actor in the story was not revealed, Korean netizens are still questioning the actor Oh Ji Ho, who collaborated with her in Single Dad In Love in 2006.
Faced with those questions, actor Oh Ji Ho chose to remain silent. Heo Yi Jae then spoke up and asked netizens not to try to find out the identity of that main character. She said she shared the story because she wanted to talk about the dark corners of showbiz, not to intentionally target anyone.
After 15 years, announcing two big news at the same time, it seems that things have still not been easy for Heo Yi Jae. However, some sources say that Heo Yi Jae has gradually let go of those bad things and is having a comfortable and happy life.
Let’s hope that eventually, both of these beautiful actresses will have a happy ending for themselves.