Korean shows, or K-dramas, have an almost mystical allure that captivates audiences worldwide. The intoxicating blend of romance, drama, and fantasy has earned K-dramas a dedicated fanbase that keeps growing with each passing season. But why are audiences falling head over heels for K-Romance? Well, who better to ask than the actors themselves?
Where dreams come true
Ever fantasized about bumping into your celebrity crush in a love-at-first-sight moment? Whether it’s a chance encounter on the street or moving next door to your idol, K-Romance brings your wildest romantic dreams to life—just like in where college freshman Won-jun and former K-pop idol Doona end up sharing a house together.
Yang Se-jong plays the very ordinary Won-jun, who falls in love with Doona, portrayed by Suzy who was previously a K-pop star herself. Doona is definitely out of Won-jun’s league but as Yang puts it, K-Romance series are special because that’s when “a dream-like love can come to life.” Don’t miss Doona! premiering on Oct 20 only on Netflix.
When opposites attract
K-Romance has a knack for pairing up characters who are polar opposites. Social status, personalities, you name it—they bring together the unlikeliest couples and make their love stories utterly irresistible. puts a hotshot lawyer with a lowly civil servant who might hold the key to break his family curse. Will fate be able to bridge the gulf in their social status?
Revealing the kind of romance shows she enjoys, Cho Bo-ah, who plays civil servant Lee Hong-jo, says: “I love the traditional kind of romance with an unbreakable bond between two completely different people.”
Another K-Romance classic is when enemies turn into lovers, just like in when an unlikely romance brews between a wealthy heir of a hotel who detests fake smiles and his hardworking employee who’s known for her irresistible smile. Former global K-pop idols Jun-ho and Yoona light up the screen with their sizzling chemistry. “Isn’t a risky workplace romance always the best?” says Jun-ho cheekily. “The emotions are so relatable and real because of the office setting. It can happen to you!”
Love that transcends life and time
Ever wondered if love could endure beyond life and death? K-Romance titles explore this with the “time leap” or “rebirth” theme, posing the question: “Would you still love me if we could do it all over again?”
For Shin Hye-sun, who stars in , the answer is a resounding yes. She describes true love as a “powerful affection that’s strong enough to bulldoze through your afterlife and still have your heart set on the same person.” Sure enough, Shin portrays a young girl who can endlessly reincarnate but when her 18th life gets cut short, she dedicates the next one to finding her now grown-up childhood crush who does not remember anything.
Similarly, in , Jeon Yeo-been plays a grieving woman who magically travels through time to 1998, where she meets a man remarkably similar to her late love. To Jeon, K-Romance can offer much hope, as it shows that “no matter how far back in time, no matter how different the person seems to appear, if it’s destiny, then you will end up together.”
More than just Rom-Com
K-dramas have evolved into a hybrid of comedy, romance, and even thriller elements. follows a psychic vet and a detective as they join forces to crack small-town cases and end up uncovering a chilling serial killer mystery. Playing the vet with the comic superpower that involves touching butts, rom-com queen Han Ji-min quips that it is a “refreshing new take on love.”
With K-Romance gaining global popularity, Netflix has a trove of love stories waiting for you. From heartwarming classics to thrilling time-travel adventures, there’s a K-drama palette for every romantic soul. So, why not dive into this delightful world and find your own reason to get hooked?