Meet the real-life couples from the ‘Boys Over Flowers’ cast
Boys Over Flowers may look like a typical teen drama on the outside, but this K-drama is far from your run-of-the-mill melodrama. In case you’ve never heard of Boys Over Flowers, the wildly popular K-drama is now on Netflix, so it’s been getting much more overseas attention.
At the time it was released, the show got huge viewership and is largely seen as one of the best K-dramas of all time. Boys Over Flowers is so popular, it’s been remade multiple times and is largely seen as having a major role in escalating the Korean Wave, the term used to describe the increased global interest in South Korean culture.
It’s been eleven years since the Boys Over Flowers premiere, and the cast has definitely been busy since appearing in their breakthrough roles. Here’s a rundown of what the cast has been doing since Boys Over Flowers.
Lee Min Ho
Lee Min Ho is possibly the most famous actor on this list, garnering national fame in South Korea. Lee’s breakthrough was playing Gu Jun-pyo in Boys Over Flowers, which launched his career in 2009. Lee gained international fame with his role in the action drama City Hunter. Lee has a massive social media following with millions of followers on each of his platforms including Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.
Lee is still an active actor, but he’s broadened his resume since Boys Over Flowers. Lee started his music career and became a public service officer during his mandatory military service in 2017, though he was discharged in 2019. Lee also frequently donates to many causes and has been chosen to be an ambassador for a number of organizations.
Ku Hye-sun was the optimistic Geum Jan Di in Boys Over Flowers and has held a steady acting career over the years. She has won multiple awards for her acting work, but she won five awards for her role on Boys Over Flowers, including a KBS Drama Award for Best Couple, which she shares with Lee Min-ho.
Ku’s career is probably the most impressive on this list as she’s been a singer, a narrator, appeared in music videos, and even some reality shows. Ku has also had a lucrative career as a director and has appeared in multiple film festivals. Off the screen, Ku is also an artist and has showcased her illustrations in multiple exhibitions in prominent cities like Hong Kong & Seoul.
Outside of the entertainment industry, Ku has been a frequent ambassador for various charity organizations starting in 2012. In September 2019, Ku announced she was planning to take a break from acting, singing, & directing to focus on college. We haven’t heard too much from Ku since then, as she’s been in a heated divorce with Ahn Jae Hyun.
Kim Hyun Joong
Before landing his first leading role in Boys Over Flowers as Yoon Ji Hoo, Kim Hyun Joong was in a boy band and was even on the reality show We Got Married. After the K-drama ended, Kim decided to start a solo career as a singer. During his music career, he was able to find a huge market in Japan and has toured multiple times in Japan and around the world.
Since 2011, Kim finished seven albums in Korean and seven albums in Japanese. He’s still active today, having finished his last Japanese album, Moon, Sun and Your Song, in 2020. Unlike his co-stars, Kim decided to focus on his music career and only acts every now and then in a variety of K-dramas.
Kim faced a number of controversies over the years, including a drunk driving incident in early 2017. In 2015, Kim’s ex-girlfriend Choi claimed her unborn child was Kim’s. Though Kim denied the allegation, a paternity test later that year revealed Kim was the father of the baby, who was born in September.
Kim So-eun played Chu Ga Eul in Boys Over Flowers, which turned out to be her breakthrough role. Before landing the role, she was actually poised to be a professional skier but was scouted to be a model in 2003, which essentially ended her athletic career.
After Boys Over Flowers, Kim began to land the leading role in multiple K-dramas including Happiness in the Wind & A Thousand Kisses. For a few years, Kim joined various variety shows including We Got Married, where she was paired with Song Jae Rim. Though she was rumored to be dating Song, it was never confirmed.
Kim has modeled for many commercials and endorsed a number of brands throughout her modeling career, but she has primarily focused on acting. She’s also been the ambassador for a number of film festivals as an advocate for art films & youth activism.
Kim Bum first gained prominence just before playing So Yi Jeong on Boys Over Flowers for his scene-stealing role in East of Eden, for which he won a Korea Drama Award. He released his first studio album, Hometown, in 2012, and performed in concert for the first time in Japan shortly after.
Kim shifted his career to starring in Chinese films including the popular Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon in 2013. He has since returned to primarily working in South Korea. Kim didn’t act for a couple of years, with only one film role in 2018. However, he recently appeared in the K-drama Tale of the Nine Tailed, his first TV role in four years.
Before he was Song Woo Bin on Boys Over Flowers, Kim Joon was in the boy band T-Max as their resident rapper & songwriter. The group ultimately disbanded in 2012 and Kim tried having a solo career. Kim played a few roles in the early 2010s and was cast in the variety show Invincible Baseball Team.
After Kim finished his mandatory military service in 2013, he has largely stayed out of the spotlight, only appearing in a smaller role in Endless Love & his last leading role in City of the Sun. He’s appeared out of the spotlight ever since and leads a private life. In 2018, reports revealed Kim got married in 2015 to his non-celebrity girlfriend, whom he had been dating for nine years. According to Somag News, the couple has one girl.
I am from the USA and I love the Korean movies and music.❤️❤️❤️❤️October 15, 2020
Boy’s Over Flowers was my first introduction to The Korean Wave 🤩 I’ve watched many K -Dramas (I’ve become addicted) and I still have to have a fix of BOF every now and then. It’s also how I discovered K-Pop Kim Hyun Joong got me ! As the leader of the boy band SS501 and his 2013 MV ‘Unbreakable’ … chile… I was like Christopher Columbus discovering America K-Pop… I still follow him on his reality show and looking forward to his new album to be released in a few days.. note I am a EXO-L 😍 I love EXO and I saw a video clip of EXO singing 🎤 “Almost Paradise “ ( check it’s out 2013)October 15, 2020
About a month ago and I HAD to rewatch the whole Drama series. It’s still the best. And Lee Ming Ho is still one of my favorite actors recently ‘The King Eternal’ on Netflix .
Same here with me,….BOF was my first introduction to the K-Drama and After since, have been addicted till date 😀💓October 21, 2020
Eunice Rodrigues da Costa
Eu amo as Séries Coreanas 👏👏👏October 15, 2020
Boys Over Flower was my ultimate K drama favorite. Many times I watched it on Abs Cbn , You tube, Korean channel and now in Netflix and Viu still brings happiness and kilig moments to me. It makes me smile. The best of all from casting, story and last OST. Hope to have a reunion someday with same cast.October 15, 2020
You glossed over the whole Kim Hyun-joong scandal how about telling the truth about how she was busted lying and that’s why he said that child was not his it was a horrible horrible thing and she was caught lying. Making up allegations about being beaten which were proven to be a lie so yeah no wonder he didn’t believe her until a DNA test.October 15, 2020
Thanks for bringing that up. He counter-sued her and the courts reversed decisions that had previously been made in her favor, essentially saying that she had made everything up. This happened after communications between her and her mother were found outlining their plans. The only thing Him Hyun Joong did wrong was have bad taste in women.January 26, 2021
Love all the casts of F4.
Hope that they will savor and be gratitude for all tbeir Blessings.
Be still together as a team with humbleness .October 15, 2020
Move on the energy and enthusiasm.
Don’t forget the fans and give back to the community.
That is one source of happiness through ki ndness.
Watched BOF 8 times already..I finely bought the video and now can watch it all I want. In my top 5 of favorite movies for as long as I can remember….October 15, 2020
Kim Bum acted in another main role before Tales of the Nine Tailed, which was Hidden Identity for TVN. It made news because of the huge change in his appearance, from the boyish, next door vibe, to a very manly appearance.October 15, 2020
I like Boys over flowers drama. All acted well specially Geum Jan Di ‘s roll really impressiveOctober 15, 2020
Though we watch the drama number of times and never get bored.
Timeless masterpiece .. it’s open the gate for the world about Kdrama..October 16, 2020
Nikki “Kim Samsoon” Love
You must watch a Korean Drama called “My Lovely Samsoon” changed my life! BOF is amazing too but Kim Samsoon will always be the KD that started it all for me.October 16, 2020
SHIELS' FAMILY Cork Ireland
I have always been a fan of film/drama.I most recently especially love kdrama, as I am from Ireland we cherish, family, community, love, and craic which is Irish for fun.I will b 60 years old next year, feel like 30 year old and please God hope to visit South Korea as your films and dramas have brought the family dynamic that I grew up wit and my husband, back in to my life.Thank you, I will forever continue to support you xx💕October 16, 2020
😘this Kdrama, watched it for so many times here in NZ and it is one of the best 👍October 16, 2020
When watching tv, I only watched news until I got lockdown somewhere. For lack of something else to do I checked on my cp on what’s trending; that’s when I saw the recaps of BOF. I looked & found the 20 full episodes which I enjoyed watching a couple of times. I love the story & the unexpected dialogues.October 17, 2020
KUDOS & ALL THE BEST TO THESE YOUNG ARTIST OF THEIR TIME.
I hope that this kind of story line can be recreated.
Second korean movie….love all the characters….great movieOctober 17, 2020
Me gusta.mucho la serie yo la he visto hace una semana por primera vez y la verdad me encantóOctober 18, 2020
Los chicos parecen muy ingenuos y eso me gusta
Boys Over Flowers made me addicted to Korean Drama. I had learn so much about Korean culture since then and my appreciation and understanding of it made it simple as a lot is like my Filipino culture especially when it comes to family filial love. When my TV is on , 95% of the time it is on Kdrama and 5% on American tv.October 19, 2020
I think the Korean men are the most handsome of all Asian male. Their skin is so smooth and flawless
BOF opened my heart to loving k-dramasOctober 20, 2020
I love the K-Dramas a lot, I’m a very big fan of all your good works….have been following the k-drama works for a very long time now but “BOF”, “Personal Taste” and “Legend of the Blue Sea” I think will always be my all time best amongs others,….Lee Min Hoo and Ku Hye Sun will always be amongs my all time best of the K-Drama actors…thanks, keep up the good work.October 21, 2020
Nelleda M Johnson
I’ve watched BOF 5 times and i know i will watch it again. I wish Jan-Di and Ji, hoo were together.October 23, 2020
BofNovember 14, 2020
This is one of my fav k-drama
I wish jan-di and ji- hoo ended up together 😍