“Reply 1988” was a phenomenon when it was released, and major cast members in the series have all become stars.
It has been 7 years since the release of “Reply 1988”, and yet the K-drama is far from being forgotten. In fact, most people still mention the series whenever the topic of best K-dramas come up, and its major cast members are now all relevant.
Below is a summary of the career of the “Reply 1988” squad, then and now.
First, there’s the bubbly, naive, and yet kind-hearted female lead Duk Sun, played by Hyeri. While she was new to acting at the time, Hyeri managed to win over the audience’s hearts, bringing to life an extremely loveable Duk Sun. As a result, Hyeri also enjoyed huge popularity after the conclusion of “Reply 1988”, and was highly anticipated to be the next acting idol phenomenon.
In fact, immediately after “Reply 1988”, Hyeri took over the Korean screen with various acting projects such as “Entertainer”, “Two Cops”, “Miss Lee”, and more. Unfortunately, many people deemed Hyeri to be a “one-trick-pony” through these roles, and her acting skills received a lot of criticism.
In the end, criticism directed towards Hyeri’s acting grew to such an intensity that the actress apologized to viewers and promised to improve herself. In 2021, she starred in “My Roommate Is A Gumiho”, followed by the historical series “Moonshine”, earning a lot of love from K-drama lovers.
Then, in 2022, Hyeri returned to the small screen with “May I Help You?”, which received critical acclaim for its meaningful message, but is not doing too well commercially.
Overall, while Hyeri is not a top actress, she is extremely well-known through her dramas, variety shows, and advertisements, and earned hefty sums from these appearances. In 2015, she was even named among the top 3 “Young-and-Rich” female celebrities, alongside the idol-actress Suzy.
Now, Hyeri has flourished into a more mature image, and no longer looks as quirky and naive as her role in “Reply 1988”. She has established stable footing for herself in the entertainment industry.
Ryu Jun Yeol
Alongside Duk Sun, Jung Hwan is also a well-loved character in the “Reply 1988” squad. In fact, the character, played by Ryu Jun Yeol, is often regarded as a “top-tier” second male lead, and even now, remains iconic. It is also Ryu Jun Yeol’s big breakthrough.
Now, Ryu Jun Yeol is considered a top movie star, and has appeared in various projects such as “The King”, “A Taxi Driver”, “Little Forest”, “Money”, and most recently, the all-star movie “Alienoid”.
While Ryu Jun Yeol is not exactly active on the small screen, his movie appearances were enough to secure him nominations and win at prestigious awards ceremonies, such as the Blue Dragon Film Awards, the Baeksang Arts Awards, and the Buil Film Awards.
Park Bo Gum
There’s no denying the popularity and prestige of Park Bo Gum, who played the role of Choi Taek in “Reply 1988”. In fact, the actor has attained outstanding achievements, both commercial-wise and critical-wise.
After “Reply 1988”, Park Bo Gum has starred in various dramas and films, with notable names being “Love in the Moonlight”, “Encounter”, “Record of Youth”, “Seo Bok”, and more. He also worked alongside top stars, such as Kim Yoo Jung, Song Hye Kyo, Park So Dam, and Gong Yoo.
With his gorgeous visuals and a smile that can brighten up the day, Park Bo Gum also charmed the hearts of many audiences. Even when he made a super-short appearance in “Itaewon Class”, the actor managed to become a hot topic.
Go Kyung Pyo
After playing Sun Woo in “Reply 1988”, Go Kyung Pyo, who was a new actor at the time, never ceased working. In particular, his notable projects include “Coin Locker Girl”, “Jealousy Incarnate”, “Strongest Deliveryman”, “Private Lives”, “D.P”, “Chicago Typewriter”, and most recently, “Love in Contract.”
At the same time, Go Kyung Pyo also gained attention via his big screen appearances, with the most recent being the comedy movie “6/45”. Here, he completely gave up his prim and proper image for a hilarious one, showing great versatility when it comes to acting.