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Descendants of the Sun (태양의 후예) Casts Then and Now

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Date: 26 May, 2023

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Descendants of the Sun has been one of the most popular K-dramas of all time that gained worldwide recognition as well as bagged numerous awards for its actors. The drama was a high budgeted one with star-studded casts like Song Hye Kyo, Song Joong Ki, Jin Goo and Kim Ji Won. Song Hye Kyo and Song Joong Ki’s Doctor-Soldier pair won hearts of many fans worldwide. Especially after this pair announced their real-life relationship and married in the media, their on-screen romance became even more famous. Descendants of the Sun portrayed the story of a soldier and a surgeon who are driven by their responsibilities. How this couple copes up with their fate and overcome their misfortunes is what keeps the audience hooked on the screen throughout its 21 episodes.  Today we will look at this drama’s wonderful cast list and find out how they have changed within these seven years…

  1. Song Joong-ki as Captain Yoo Si-jin:

Song Joong Ki is one of the highest paid and most sought after actors from South Korea who works under the High Zium studio. He gained recognition from the historical drama Sungkyunkwan Scandal. He has portrayed versatile characters in popular movies and dramas such as- A Werewolf Boy, The Battleship Island, Vincenzo, Arthdal Chronicles, Space Sweepers and so on.


Song Joong Ki was then 30 and now 37 years old.


Song Joong Ki was dating his co-star Song Hye Kyo in 2016. The couple got married in 2017 but got divorce in 2019. He is now married to British actress Katy Louise Saunders.


  1. Song Hye Kyo as Doctor Kang Mo-yeon:

Song Hye Kyo is one of the most prominent figures of South Korean industry who started her career in the 1996 drama First Love. She is one of those stars who started the worldwide Hallyu wave from 2000. She is famous for her dramas and movies like- Autumn Tale, Full House, All In, My Girl and I, Make Yourself At Home and so on.


Song Hye Kyo was then 34 and now 41 years old.


Song Hye Kyo was dating and got married to Song Joong Ki in 2017. Now she is divorced and single.


  1. Jin Goo as Master Sergeant Seo Dae-young:

Jin Goo is a famous actor who is under Varo Entertainment. He made his debut in 2003 in the drama All In. he received critical acclaim for his role in the 2009 thriller Mother. He further got recognition for the drama Descendants of the Sun along with Kim Ji Won.


Jin Goo was then 35 and now 42 years old.


Jin Goo has been married to his long-time girlfriend since 2014. They welcomed their second child in 2016.


  1. Kim Ji-won as First Lieutenant Yoon Myung-ju:

Aegyo queen Kim Ji Won is now an A listed actress who has appeared with famous actors like Ji Chang Wook, Park Seo Jun, Song Joong Ki, Jung Il Woo and so on. She started her career in 2010 with TV commercials. Her acting debut took place with the film Romantic Heaven and then went on to star in popular dramas like Lovestruck in the City, My Liberation Notes, Arthdal Chronicles, Fight for My Way, High Kick 3, Gap Dong and so on.


Kim Ji Won was then 23 and now 30 years old.


The actress had relationship rumors with her Fight for My Way co-star Park Seo Joon in 2017. She is single now and never had any official relationship.


  1. Lee Seung-joon as Song Sang-hyun:

Lee Seung Joon is a popular TV and theater performer who has gained recognition with several supporting roles since 2009. His notable dramas and movies are- Two Weddings and a Funeral, Godsend, The Killer: A Girl Who Deserves to Die, Hyde Jekyll Me, Bubblegum and so on.


Lee Seung Joon was then 43 and now 50 years old.


Lee Seung Joon has been married to a dentist since 2012. They are leading a happy married life now.


  1. Seo Jeong-yeon as Ha Ja-ae:

Seo Jung Yeon is a popular face in the South Korean drama industry who has been acting since 2010. She debuted with the film Dear Lara and went on to star in many famous dramas and movies like Wednesday Prayer Group, Be With You, The Divine Fury, Good Manager, The King: Eternal Monarch and so on.


Seo Jeong was then 40 and now 47 years old.


Seo Jeong Yeon is single. Her personal life has not been public yet.



  1. Park Hwan-hee as Choi Min-ji:

Park Hwan Hee is a famous actress and model who got recognition from the drama Descendants of the Sun in 2016. She has appeared in many popular dramas since then, such as- Are You Human Too?, The King in Love, and Jealousy Incarnate.


Park was then 25 and now 32 years old.


Park Hwan was married to popular rapper Bill Stax from 2011 to 2012. She is divorced and single now.


  1. Onew as Lee Chi-hoon:

Lee Jin Ki, widely known as Onew is a singer, idol, actor, songwriter, MC, host and model. He is the leader and lead vocalist of the popular boy group- Shinee. Along with Shinee, he collaborated with other singers and also has released his solo albums till now. He has appeared in a few dramas and movies as well, like I AM., Welcome to Royal Villa, and Descendants of the Sun.

Onew was then 26 and now 33 years old.


The actor was single in 2016. Now he is rumored to be dating actress Park Hwan Hee.


  1. Jo Woo-ri as Jang Hee-eun:

Jo Woo Ri is a rising South Korean actress who debuted as an actress with the drama The Clinic for Married Couples and Real School in 2011. Her noteworthy dramas are- My ID Is Gangnam Beauty, Eulachacha Waikiki, Will Be Okay, Never Die, To All The Guys Who Loved Me etc.


Jo Woo Ri was then 24 and now 31 years old.


Jo Woo Ri was in a relationship with actor Shin Hyun Soo which she announced in 2017. But they broke up in the following year. Now she is single.


  1. Hyun Jyu-ni as Pyo Ji-soo:

Hyun Jyu Ni aka Juni is a singer and actress who debuted with the rock band BellaMafia in 2008. She was cast in Lee Jae Gyu’s Beethoven Virus as a flutist. She gained fame as an actress with more dramas like- Sky and Ocean, IRIS, I Am Legend, Mom Has an Affair and so on.


Hyun Jyu Ni was 30 and now 37 years old.


Jyu Ni married to her boyfriend in 2012. They have a son together now.




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