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10 Best K-Dramas About Celebrity Romances

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While Korean dramas have been having their moment on the global entertainment stage, the music and food from the country have also been having a moment around the world. People can’t get enough of Korean culture and cuisine, and there’s been a lot of support for its promotion from companies like Netflix and even the Korean government itself (per NPR). Although fans can’t get enough of Korean pop idols and the stories contained within their success, a certain brand of dramas has become very popular throughout the years.

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Whether it’s a normal person falling in love with a celebrity or an alien who somehow crosses paths with a struggling actress, there are plenty of Korean dramas that go deep into this romance territory. Some of the biggest dramas lately feature an ordinary person who becomes the object of affection for someone much more well-known than them, and why they typically resist getting into a relationship with someone much more famous than them, it becomes impossible throughout the course of the series.

These 10 Korean dramas are the best of the best when it comes to romance and celebrities. Have you seen them all?

10 My Love From the Star

HB Entertainment

My Love From the Star was one of the biggest Korean drama releases of the early- to mid-2010s, and it defined the trends of the years 2013 and 2014 when it came to fashion and makeup. As an alien (Kim Soo-hyun) prepares to return to his home planet, he crosses paths with an actress who the tabloids dub a hot mess express (Jun Ji-hyun). When she becomes neighbors with him, he finds himself saving her multiple times, further tangling their lives together.

Why It’s Great

My Love From the Star is a classic now in the Korean drama world, and while it is eccentric in some ways, it still manages to be pretty entertaining throughout. Will Kim Soo-hyun’s alien character return to his home or stay with the woman he can’t help but to fall for? We’re biting our nails and dying to know.

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9 Love to Hate You

Love to Hate You release date
Netflix

Kim Ok-vin and Teo Yoo star in the web series Love to Hate You. Kim portrays Yeo Mi-ran, a lawyer with a streak of beating up men who wrong women. When a popular actor comes onto her radar for potentially being terrible (Teo Yoo), she finds herself horrified to be representing him at the law firm she’s now working at. But as many know, hate often turns into love, and this Korean drama follows that formula.

Why It’s Great

Love to Hate You is the perfect length for the story it’s trying to tell. Across 10 episodes, there’s enough humor and plot to drive the characters forward in their motives, making it feel fresh. If it goes any longer, it might’ve become dull, but it’s definitely an entertaining push and pull between the two main characters.

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8 So I Married the Anti-Fan

So I Married The Anti-Fan Cast
Warner Bros. Television

In So I Married the Anti-Fan, what seems like an impossible scenario comes true. A reporter, Lee Geun-young (Choi Soo-young) decides to become the anti-fan of a famous star (Choi Tae-joon). When she accidentally becomes notorious for this, the two of them are solicited to appear on a show where they live together. Forced to interact constantly, hate transforms into something much deeper and romantic.

Why It’s Great

Some Korean dramas people love to watch because they’re goofy and fun. So I Married the Anti-Fan is just that. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, there’s enough chemistry between the leads to keep it going, and there are some genuine moments scattered throughout the show.

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Related: 10 Highest-Rated Korean Rom-Coms, According to IMDb

7 Doona!

Doona!
Netflix

Bae Suzy and Yang Se-jong star in the nine-episode Netflix series Doona! Yang is a new college student moving from the countryside to the big city, and when he arrives at his hostel, he realizes his weird next door neighbor is a former famous K-pop idol. She has a traumatic time to get over from the industry, and he’s going to help her out with that.

Why It’s Great

Bae Suzy was born to play the role of Doona in the series, and it is one of her best appearances to date. The series is beautifully shot throughout and feels like poetry at times in how movement and blocking is done in juxtaposition against the backdrops. It’s also the perfect length for the story it tries to tell.

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6 Uncontrollably Fond

Uncontrollably Fond
KBS2

Uncontrollably Fond is one of those Korean dramas that might spark the waterworks as it hurtles towards its final episodes, but the drama is definitely worth the journey. A documentary filmmaker reunites with a childhood classmate, now a famous actor, and they rekindle their relationship over the course of the series. But with external and internal factors coming into play, it might not make it until the end.

Why It’s Great

Shows like this land perfectly because they demonstrate how human many people are, whether they’re poor or famous, and the fact that sad things can happen to everyone — there aren’t exceptions. Many also tend to forget that the two leads are acting when watching this show, as they’re very in character and embody the story they’re portraying.

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5 Touch Your Heart

Lee Dong-wook and Yoo In-na
Mega Monster

In Touch Your Heart, Yoo In-na plays an actress who’s on a crash course when it comes to her career. After her latest scandal, she needs to lie low or she’s going to lose all of her opportunities, so, in the meantime, she decides work with a lawyer who would rather not have her there (Lee Dong-wook). Over time, they learn to work with each other.

Why It’s Great

Fans of the two lead actors first became smitten with them when they first portrayed the second couple in Guardian: The Great and Lonely God, and they continued their momentum in Touch Your Heart. It’s a humorous show that leans on all of the right tropes in a good way.

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4 Crash Course in Romance

A woman and a man sit next to each other, laughing.
tvN

Crash Course in Romance was a massive hit when it first came out, and marked the return of actress Jeon Do-yeon to the smalls screen after several years. She portrays a former professional athlete who gives up her career to raise her niece, and she now runs a banchan shop. This puts her in trajectory with a famous hagwon math teacher: Choi Chi-yeol (Jung Kyung-ho). Although the two seem like an unlikely couple in the end, they will persevere.

Why It’s Great

Outside the main romance elements, Crash Course in Romance has a bizarre murder side plot, scheming mothers who will do anything it takes to get their daughters to the top, and the main character’s brother, who has Asperger’s, having his own moment to shine. What else could we need in a drama?

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3 Run On

Run On Leads
MAYS Entertainment

Im Si-wan portrays a famous runner in Run On, and when he decides to hang up his shoes and move on from the sport, he decides he wants to become a sports agent. While dealing with crushing loneliness, he becomes friends with Oh Mi-joo (Shin Se-kyung), a subtitle translator who knows how cruel the world can be because of her upbringing. Together, they’ll overcome their trauma.

Why It’s Great

Run On is one of those shows where you need to watch multiple episodes before getting into its groove, but while it might seem like something to drop in the beginning, it pays off in the end. There’s complexity and nuance when it comes to the main characters’ stories, which makes this a particularly compelling drama when it comes to characterization.

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Related: 15 Most Addictive Korean Dramas

2 Crash Landing on You

Crash Landing on You

Crash Landing on You

Release Date
December 14, 2019

Cast
Hyun Bin, Son Ye-jin, Seo Ji-hye, Kim Jung-hyun

Main Genre
Adventure

One of the most popular Korean dramas of the 2010s, Crash Landing on You is pretty iconic. Son Ye-jin and Hyun Bin star, and after appearing in this drama together, they even got married! Son portrays a wealthy, well-known daughter of a chaebol who owns a successful business. But when a paragliding accident goes wrong, she ends up in North Korea and staying with a North Korean military captain (Hyun Bin).

Why It’s Great

Crash Landing on You goes into territory most Korean dramas literally do not go into: North Korea. Audiences devour the plot line where a North Korean man and South Korean woman start a romance that seems doomed, but still happens. It’s fun, the plot is decent, and while North Korea might not be happy about, the rest of the world loves it.

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1 The Beauty Inside

A woman carefully shaves a man's beard.
JTBC

Based on the movie of the same name, The Beauty Inside released in 2018. When a top actress finds herself the subject of many rumors, something completely different from expected is going on. Every morning she wakes up and finds out she’s in a different body. When she meets an executive director with prosopagnosia, or the impairment of the ability to recognize faces, they’re a match made in heaven.

Why It’s Great

It’s a Korean drama take on a movie that had a decent premise, and there are some heartwarming themes in how we need to love people for who they are, even if their face looks different each morning. This series turns out to be simple in the long run, but it works really well.

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