“Spring Waltz”, “Summer Scent”, “Autumn In My Heart”, and “Winter Sonata” were the four-season K-dramas that hit Korea like a storm.
The four seasons K-dramas, including “Spring Waltz”, “Summer Scent”, “Autumn In My Heart”, and “Winter Sonata”, used to be massive hits on the Korean small screen and boosted 4 Korean male actors to stardom. Now that years have passed, the once top actors have experienced different fates, with some vanishing completely from the entertainment industry.
Song Seung Hun
Song Seung Hun is perhaps the most familiar face, having starred as male leads in two of the four seasons series, including “Summer Scent” and “Autumn In My Heart”.
In “Autumn In My Heart”, the actor assumed the role of Joon Suh – the handsome and kind-hearted lover of Song Hye Kyo. Via this role, Song Seung Hun became a sensational actor, and was even nicknamed the “prince of melodramas” at the time.
After the success of this series, the actor once again stole hearts as the male lead Min Woo of “Summer Scent”. The series, which even now remains timeless with its fashion and style, quickly became a phenomenon and turned Song Seung Hun and his co-star Son Ye Jin into one of the most favorite couples in Korea.
The actor then starred in various other works, including “East of Eden”, but most never lived up to expectations. As a result, Song Seung Hun’s name slowly became irrelevant.
At the moment, the actor is finding great successes in the business side. He’s now still single and owns a major entertainment agency in Korea.
Bae Yong Joon
Bae Yong Joon was the male lead of “Winter Sonata” and co-star of legendary actress Choi Ji Woo. After the success of the series, the male actor quickly became one of the top Korean celebrities, with payment surpassing 250 million won ($196,000) per K-drama episode.
The series turned Bae Yong Joon into the “prince charming” of many Korean women, with his dreamy appearance and cold personality. He also became a beauty standard for Korean men, and earned the hearts of the entire public.
After “Winter Sonata”, the actor slowly receded from the entertainment field to focus on business activities. He used to own a large entertainment agency, and attained noticeable successes in various fields like F&B, pubs, etc.
Bae Yong Joon is now living happily with his wife, actress Park Soo Jin, and their 2 children. The actor rarely makes public appearances after his marriage.
Seo Do Young
Seo Do Young assumed the role of male pianist Jae Ha, who fell in love with actress Han Hyo Joo in “Spring Waltz”. Unfortunately, he was the least remarkable out of all 4 actors in the list.
At the time, the actor was criticized for his “lackluster appearance” and inexperience in acting, and thus, soom faded from the limelight without much achievement.
Despite having participated in other series after “Spring Waltz”, Seo Da Young wasn’t able to maintain the recognition he initially received. Even now, he fell behind the other male leads of the four seasons series.
Despite only playing the second lead of “Autumn In My Heart”, the popularity of Won Bin might have even surpassed the male lead played by Song Seung Hun.
With an extremely dashing face and intense yet silent love for the female lead, Won Bin as Han Tae Seok totally swept the audience off their feet.
Unlike others in the list, Won Bin ceased his acting activities at the height of his career, which left Korean netizens in deep regret. After “Autumn In My Heart”, Won Bin rarely appeared on the small screen, and his last big-screen appearance was ages ago.
Now, Won Bin mostly stars in commercial films and is one of the most sought-after commercial stars, still just as popular as before. Still, fans hope to see the actor back with heart-wrenching roles in the near future.
Won Bin married actress Lee Na Young in 2015, who has since given birth to their son. The actor never shares about his personal life, and is known to be an extremely private person. His visuals, according to netizens, hasn’t aged a day since “Autumn In My Heart”.