All 5 of Kim Go Eun’s K-dramas have been highly-anticipated projects with top co-stars. However, not all of them have been successful.
As of 2022, famous actress Kim Go Eun has starred in a total of 5 K-dramas. At first sight, all of them seem like great successes, with star-studded cast and extremely high expectations. However, other than the mega-hit “Goblin”, other projects of the actress actually boast unstable performances or even face controversies.
Cheese In The Trap (2016)
In 2016, Kim Go Eun made her small screen debut with the drama adaptation of the famous webtoon “Cheese in The Trap”. With ratings peaking at 7.1% and a Best New Actress Award at the 2016 Baeksang, it seems that Kim Go Eun’s entrance into the K-drama world has been grand.
However, this series is also a source of controversies for the production team and Kim Go Eun herself.
First, issues arise as the leading actor Park Hae Jin continuously disappears in the later half of the series. Then, the actor himself confessed that many scenes he filmed ended up being cut, and the author of the original series also accused the production team of being tactless with her work. The result is “Cheese in The Trap” ending with numerous criticisms and a finale that’s often regarded as one of the worst in K-drama land.
Meanwhile, since Kim Go Eun once defended the production crew, she was accused of “mocking” her co-star Park Hae Jin, and heavily criticized by many netizens.
The King: Eternal Monarch (2020)
With viewership ratings peaking at 11.6% and intense international popularity, “The King: Eternal Monarch” can be considered a success. However, many people believe that with investment amounting to over 30 billion won, the famous screenwriter Kim Eun Sook. and a star-studded cast consisting of Lee Min Ho and Kim Go Eun, the series simply did not live up to expectations.
Initially, many netizens complained about the complicated plot and poor special effects that are present in “The King: Eternal Monarch”. Then, the series became embroiled in controversies for using Japanese elements to describe its fictional modern monarchy in Korea. On top of all this, the overabundance of product placements, including several in-the-face advertisements, also became a source of negative responses.
All elements combined, “The King: Eternal Monarch” eventually suffered from declining ratings, and some audiences even called it a disappointment, especially since this is Kim Go Eun’s long-awaited return after “Goblin”.
Yumi’s Cells (2021 – 2022)
Season 1 of “Yumi’s Cells” sadly did not become a commercial success when it recorded an average nationwide rating of only 2.66%. Moving onto season 2, the drama was no longer broadcast on TV and was aired exclusively on the OTT platform TVING. Although season 2 seemed to generate more buzz on social media, it also drew mixed reactions in the story. Various changes made to the plot made fans of the original webtoon unhappy.
On a positive note, Kim Go Eun earned much praise for the emotional portrayal of the character Yumi and her growth throughout both seasons. Kim Go Eun’s performance in “Yumi’s Cells” helped her take home the “Best Actress” award at the 2022 Blue Dragon Series Awards.
Little Women (2022)
Kim Go Eun is making her 2nd drama comeback of the year in tvN’s “Little Women”, which premiered last weekend. The drama was off to a promising start with an average nationwide rating of 7.7% and plenty of positive reactions from viewers.
Adapted from the classic 1868 novel of the same name by American author Louisa May Alcott, directed by the director of “Vincenzo”, and penned by the writer of “Decision To Leave”, “Little Women” is expected to become the next hit of the Korean small screen this year. In the first two episodes, Kim Go Eun’s character is the center of the story and she has once again shown off her phenomenal acting, raising more anticipation for the coming episodes.