Kim Dong Hee is the newest rising young star in K-Dramaland with a slew of hit projects in recent years. Don't know much about the South Korean actor? Here's a quick rundown of what you need to know: Dong Hee is only 20 years old and has appeared in four dramas so far—A-Teen (Season 1 and 2), Sky Castle, Itaewon Class, and the upcoming Netflix Original series Extracurricular. When he was still getting his start in the Hallyu world, Dong Hee originally signed under JYP Entertainment. But in July 2019, it was announced that the agency would be co-managing its artists with NPIO Entertainment.
That got you interested? Read on more about Dong Hee's dramas to get hooked on our newest crush!
1. A-Teen Season 1 and 2 (2018 and 2019)
The first season of web drama A-Teen premiered in July 2018 on Naver TV. The drama revolves around six high school seniors played by Kim Dong Hee, Shin Ye Eun, Shin Seung Ho, APRIL's Naeun, Kim Soo Hyun, and Ryu Ui Hyu. Dong Hee plays the role of Ha Min, a.k.a the group's resident flirt who leaves his girl-slash-friends hanging by giving them mixed signals. Ouch! The drama had a total of 24 episodes when it wrapped up in September 2018.
A-Teen garnered over 140 million views, and because of its success, it was renewed for a second season. In April 2019, A-Teen Season 2 returned with the same cast and continued where the stories of the characters left off in the Season 1 finale. The second season ran until June 2019 and had 20 episodes.
Fun fact: 13-piece K-pop boy group SEVENTEEN came out with two songs for the show's OST: A-TEEN for Season 1 and 9-TEEN for Season 2!
2. Sky Castle (2018)
The hype over Sky Castle is no joke. The drama was hailed as the highest-rating Korean drama of all time and even surpassed the viewership rating of 2016's mega-hit Goblin. Sky Castle premiered on JTBC in November 2018 and ran until February 2019. It was eventually picked up by Netflix. The drama, which has a total of 20 episodes, revolves around the families residing in the luxurious Sky Castle apartment complex. Dong Hee plays Cha Seo Joon, the son of ambitious law school professor Cha Min Hyuk (Kim Byung Chul). He is portrayed as the good and obedient son in the drama, while his twin brother, Cha Ki Joon (Jo Byeong Gyu), is the more rebellious and outspoken one.
3. Itaewon Class (2020)
Itaewon Class is a webtoon-turned-drama and stars Park Seo Joon in the lead role. The drama premiered on JTBC and ran from January to March 2020. It is also available for streaming on Netflix. Itaewon Class isn't your typical drama because, in its core, it is a revenge story. The show's protagonist Park Saeroyi (Park Seo Joon) vows to avenge his father's death which caused by a hit and run accident. The culprit is Saeroyi's high school classmate Jang Geun Won (Ahn Bo Hyun) and heir to restaurant conglomerate Jangga Co. Geun Won's powerful father, Jangga Co. founder and CEO Jang Dae Hee, covered up the crime which forced to Saeroyi to act out in anger and physically assault Geun Won. Saeroyi was then sentenced to three years in prison and, in there, he plotted his great 15-year plan to destroy Jangga Co. Whew!
Wondering what character Dong Hee plays? Well, it's quite interesting! Dong Hee takes on the role of Jang Geun Soo, the younger half-brother of Geun Won. He leaves the comforts of his privileged upbringing to distance himself from his father, brother, and the family business as a whole. Taking up several odd jobs to support himself, Geun Soo ends up working for Saeroyi's bar in Itaewon called Dan Bam.
4. Extracurricular (2020)
Extracurricular is different from the other dramas because 1. It hasn't been shown yet, 2. It's a Netflix Original series. Although not much is known about the series, Extracurricular is described as "an offbeat and intense drama" and "follows a group of high school students who choose a life of crime and face the dangerous consequences that result from their choices." Dong Hee plays good-boy-turned-bad-boy student Jisoo.
Fun fact: Extracurricular, which is slated to premiere on April 29, 2020, marks Dong Hee's first leading role!
*This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.