If someone were to ask the general K-drama fans who the most popular Hallyu stars in Korean film and television are today, most will mention the likes of Song Joong Ki, Song Hye Kyo, Park Shin Hye, Kim Rae Won, Park Shin Hye, and Lee Jong Suk. However, if someone were to ask a seasoned K-drama fan, one who’s been watching them for more than five years, many will bring up Hallyu stars like Lee Bo Young, Lee Bum Soo, Lee Min Ho, and Yoon Sang Hyun.
One of the most popular K-drama actresses back when Hallyu was just starting to make a foothold among international fans was Yoon Eun Hye. Making a name for herself as one of the members of K-pop girl group Baby V.O.X. back in the late 90s and early 2000, Eun Hye made the jump to acting starting with the lead main role of Shin Chae Kyeong in Princess Hours (also known as Goong) in 2006. Eventually, she would have her breakout role in the popular 2007 K-drama Coffee Prince as Go Eun Chan and another popular role as Kang Hye Na in My Fair Lady.
Despite her success in K-dramas, Yoon Eun Hye made the jump across the sea to make a name for herself in China, starring in Chinese movies and television which includes fashion program Goddess of Asia. Unfortunately, Korean fashion designer Yoon Choon Ho accused her of plagiarizing his dress design, the one Eun Hye made to have a Chronicles of Narnia feel to it. Yoon Eun Hye denied said allegations but avoided any further discussion on the matter.
Now it seems that enough time has passed since the scandal for Yoon Eun Hye. There are reports coming out stating that the “Coffee Prince” is ready to make her comeback to K-dramas.
The news of Yoon Eun Hye making her comeback to K-dramas came through a source from her agency, JARMY Entertainment, through an interview with Star News, as reported by Korean news outlet Nate through a translation by Soompi. According to the source’s statement, Yoon Eun Hye is not just aiming at K-dramas, but a wide area of Korean entertainment.
“Yoon Eun Hye is preparing for a Korean comeback. A Korean comeback for the latter part of this year is unconfirmed but we are thinking of a comeback in early 2017. We are opening the possibility of dramas, movies, and a variety of areas.”
At this moment, the statement for Yoon Eun Hye’s comeback to K-dramas, as well as other forms of Korean entertainment given the vagueness of the aforementioned, is simply a statement. The source continues to detail that there has not been any discussions on specifics for Eun Hye’s comeback.
“We have not had discussions nor do we have specific plans regarding her comeback appearances in broadcast programs other than dramas and movies. However, we are planning for a comeback early next year. Although a Korean comeback this year might be difficult, it looks like Chinese activities will continue.”
The last time Yoon Eun Hye did a Korean work of any kind was in the 2013 K-drama Marry Him If You Dare back in 2013 on the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS). Despite the star power the K-drama had, it was a flop as it finished with a nationwide average of 5.3 percent by TNS Media Korea and 6.2 percent by AGB Nielsen Korea. Shortly afterward, Yoon Eun Hye finished a movie titled After Love which still hasn’t secured a premier date.
Ultimately, Yoon Eun Hye’s return to Korean entertainment, specifically K-dramas, will be a huge event for nostalgic K-drama fans. Though the source at JARMY Entertainment claims there are no details, it is rumored she will be a part of a K-drama titled Prince Coffee. For now, it is nothing more than a rumor and should be taken with a grain of salt.
To see just how phenomenal of a K-drama actress Yoon Eun Hye was, her past K-dramas can be viewed online for free, with ads, on numerous streaming sites pending region. It is recommended to check out Princess Hours (Viki and DramaFever as Goong), Coffee Prince (Viki and Dramafever), My Fair Lady (Viki and on DramaFever as Take Care Of The Young Lady), and Marry Him If You Dare (Viki and DramaFever).
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