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This Child Actor from "SKY Castle" Is All Grown Up and We Barely Recognized Him

This is what he looks like now!
This Child Actor from "SKY Castle" Is All Grown Up and We Barely Recognized Him
IMAGE Sky Castle/JTBC, INSTAGRAM/EUGENELEEJINJOO
This is what he looks like now!

We always love getting updates about the cast members of our fave K-dramas. And for today's story, we'd like to share that Lee Eugenethe child actor from SKY Castle, is all grown up!

Back in 2018 (to early 2019), SKY Castle was that drama. Everyone talked about it because of its realistic and gripping storyline about South Korea's education system. SKY Castle showed how the rich and famous are willing to risk anything to have their children enter Seoul National University, even if it includes their mental health.

Fun fact: The word "SKY" in SKY Castle stands for Seoul National University, Korea University, and Yonsei University—the top schools in South Korea!

One of the moms in the drama is Jin Jin-hee (played by Oh Na Ra) and she has a son named Woo Soo-han. Her dream is for him to follow in the footsteps of his father who's a well-known doctor. Jin-hee pulls all strings to achieve this but the thing is, Soo-han is not interested in studying. Despite the immense pressure, he still tries to do school work in order to make his parents happy. Soo-han was played by Lee Eugene.

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Lee Eugene in SKY Castle
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By 2019, Eugene joined the K-pop survival show Produce X 101 where he became a trainee. According to him, it was EXO's D.O. who inspired him to become a K-pop idol. "I saw Do Kyung Soo [EXO's D.O.] in the movie Swing Kids and I want to be like him. He's both an idol and an actor, and it made me think that I really want to try doing the same. That’s why I'm here," he said.

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Lee Eugene in Produce X 101
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Last year, Eugene reunited with his onscreen mom Oh Na Ra who described him as "a beautiful kid who always visits me around the holidays." When they met, Eugene brought bottles of milk tea that he made himself just for her. Aww!

Lee Eugene and Oh Na Ra
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Fast forward to 2022 and Eugene is now a 17-year-old! Now called Yu Gene Woo, he pursued an acting career and starred in more dramas like Sweet Home and Melancholia.

Lee Eugene
Instagram/eugeneleejinjoo
Lee Eugene
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Lee Eugene
Instagram/eugeneleejinjoo

Eugene is currently a cast member of the drama Why Her? (which you can watch on Viu) and he plays the younger version of Hwang In Youp. There's a scene here where he was sent to a juvenile detention center after he got framed for his stepsister's murder, and everyone was in awe of his talent.

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Lee Eugene in Why Her?
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Lee Eugene in Why Her?
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Lee Eugene
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We can't wait to see you become a rising actor, Eugene!


*This story originally appeared on Cosmo.phMinor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.

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