Filling The Void: What To Watch After “True Beauty”

True Beauty” was the perfect way to start the new year. It’s the perfect drama to watch considering the circumstances of the world right now and the hardships some of us might be going through. “True Beauty” provided a great escape from life’s lemons even though it was only for a couple hours a week. There really is nothing that can completely replace it, but it’s definitely worth a try! Here are some K-dramas to check out if you liked these things about “True Beauty”:

The heartbreaking second lead syndrome

The second lead syndrome was pretty bad with “True Beauty.” Hwang In Yeop plays the bad boy with a very soft heart, Han Seo Jun. He falls hard in love with Lim Ju Gyeong (Moon Ga Young) and loves her from afar for several years, making us fans ache along with him. The pain experienced in this series for Han Seo Jun is definitely hard to get over, but there are other dramas that also had some unforgettable second leads.


Fated To Love You

Jang Nara stars as Kim Mi Young, a wallflower who tends to get overlooked by people around her because of her quiet nature. She has a whirlwind of a romance with the charismatic Lee Gun, (Jang Hyuk) and they have a one night stand which results in Mi Young getting pregnant and the two getting married. Lee Gun regrets his passionate night with Mi Young and continuously pushes her away, which sends Mi Young into a pit of sadness.

She finds herself at the neighborhood coffee shop that Daniel (Choi Jin Hyuk) owns. He quickly falls in love with her and stands up for her when Lee Gun doesn’t. Knowing in his heart that Mi Young deserves more, he continues to stick by her side. His confession and proposal to her could go down in K-drama history as being one of the most romantic ever. He’s a second lead that is undoubtedly unforgettable!

Catch this adorable romance here:

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“Don’t Dare To Dream” (Jealousy Incarnate)

Go Kyung Pyo played the well-to-do chaebol Ko Jung Won. What an unforgettable character he was! He pursued Pyo Na Ri (Gong Hyo Jin) in a very romantic and persistent way. In a moment in her life where she felt like she didn’t have much and didn’t have the most self-confidence, Jung Won loved her so much, giving her everything a girl could have ever wanted. Despite this, Na Ri found her herself falling back in love with the man who broke her heart before (Jo Jung Suk).

Watch the first episode here:

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Who Are You: School 2015

This second lead syndrome draws very close to that of “True Beauty,” so if you’re going to watch it, prepare your heart! “School 2015” is a normal high school K-drama with a significantly memorable second lead. Yook Sung Jae plays Kong Tae Kwang, a quirky student who never paid much attention to Eun Byul (Kim So Hyun) because of her snobbiness. But when Eun Bi appears at Eun Byul’s school pretending to be her twin sister, Tae Kwang finds himself oddly attracted to her. Wearing his heart on his sleeve, he worries about her and is there for her when no one else is. He’s honest about his feelings from the start, and the subtle ways Tae Kwang shows his feelings for her are so heartbreakingly sweet.

Check out the first episode here:

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Other dramas with unforgettable second leads to check out: “Start-Up,” “Reply 1994,” “Cheese In The Trap,” “Go Back Couple

New mega star Hwang In Yeop

Hwang in Yeop shot to stardom this year. In a short amount of time, he has garnered millions of followers on social media and has been on the minds and hearts of many all over the world. If you haven’t already watched everything related to Hwang In Yeop, here are some suggestions to check out.


The first role Hwang In Yeop ever got was in the web drama “WHY” as Gi Jae Young. He plays one of the two best friends of the main lead. He’s involved in another love triangle in this one, but it’s not as heartbreaking as the one from “True Beauty,” so it’s manageable to watch. His charisma and intense gaze is evident even as a rookie, so it definitely can’t be missed if you’re a Hwang In Yeop fan! You can watch the first episode here: