The actress who rejected Autumn In My Heart’s female lead role that led Song Hye Kyo to fame

If not for this actress’s decision to turn down the offer, we would have missed the chance to watch Song Hye Kyo in the iconic role that brought her to stardom. 

When it comes to one of the classic Korean dramas that became a hit across Asia, it would be impossible not to mention director Yoon Seok Ho‘s Autumn In My Heart that was first broadcast in 2000. The drama depicts a tearful romance between a girl with leukemia named Eun Suh (Song Hye Kyo) and adopted brother Yun Joon Suh (Song Seung Hun). Autumn In My Heart makes viewers cry buckets of tears because of its heartbreaking storyline and tragic ending. With an average rating of 38.6%, even reaching 46.1% at its peak, Autumn In My Heart became famous throughout Asia, leading the Hallyu wave in the 2000s. This is also the drama that helped Song Hye Kyo shoot to fame. Thanks to the success of Autumn In My Heart, both Song Seung Hun and Song Hye Kyo were labeled A-list stars and became well-known by many Asian audiences.

Taking on the role of Eun Suh was a turning point in Song Hye Kyo‘s career. The image of a girl with fragile beauty and sad eyes has been deeply imprinted in the viewers’ mind. But not many people know that Kim Hee Sun was first offered the role but she turned it down due to conflicting schedules. At that time, Song Hye Kyo was only a rookie in the entertainment industry with some supporting roles. Her presence was still unfamiliar to the public, while Kim Hee Sun was dubbed the TV queen thanks to her participation in famous dramas such as Men of the Bath House, Forever Yours, Propose, Wedding Dress,…

Kim Hee Sun stood out from her young days thanks to her graceful oval face, high nose bridge and skinny figure. She entered the entertainment industry in 1993 by acting in a TV commercial. Her gorgeous appearance helped her quickly achieve success in her career. Kim Hee Sun was voted many times as “The actress with the most beautiful face ratio” or “The most beautiful female celebrity”.

Over the past 30 years, Kim Hee Sun remains a beauty icon of Korea’s entertainment industry although she is now over 40 years old. When asked about her charm, she once confidently said that she was more beautiful than Song Hye Kyo, Kim Tae Hee and Jun Ji Hyun.

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