During this time ten years ago, a K-drama couple made our hearts go dugun-dugun with their blossoming romance inside the beautiful Sanggojae. Even a decade after its premiere, we still remember some scenes from Personal Taste. It gave us, at that time, another cohabitation romance we never thought we needed.
As it celebrates its tenth year, here’s what the Perfect Taste cast is up to now.
Perfect Taste: A Look Back
Based on the novel by Lee Sae-in, Personal Taste tells the story of furniture designer Park Kae-in (Son Ye-jin) who had to share her home, a modernized hanok designed by her father, with architect Jeon Jin-ho (Lee Min-ho). Their relationship started with a lie but they eventually fall in love while learning about each other’s true selves.
Where Are They Now?
Son Ye-jin as Park Gae-jin
She started 2010 by starring in Personal Taste and she has been busy the whole decade. Son Hye-jin been once again the talk of the town with her recent hit drama series Crash Landing On You opposite Hyun Bin. She has also recently proved that age doesn’t matter in love in Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food with actor Jung Hae-in.
Lee Min-ho as Jeon Jin-ho
Before being proclaimed as King of Corea, Lee Min-ho has starred in other popular dramas after playing the role Jin-ho in Personal Taste. He was the face of hit after hit dramas and movies like City Hunter, Gangnam Blues, The Heirs, Bounty Hunters, and The Legend of the Blue Sea. He’s currently investigating a human trafficking case (well, sort of but on a larger scale) with Kim Go-eun in The King: Eternal Monarch.
Kim Ji-suk as Han Chang-ryeol
Just like the two leads, Kim Ji-suk has worked non-stop since this series. He recently made us fume in anger and pity when he played the role of Kang Jong-ryeol in When The Camellia Blooms. Before becoming Pil-gu’s appa, he also starred in numerous dramas including 20th Century Boy and Girl alongside Han Ye-seul.
Wang Ji-hye as Kim In-hee
She has a lovely face but Wang Ji-hye can truly irritate us with her portrayals of villainous characters. After Personal Taste, she also accepted numerous projects, one of which is a personal fave – Birth of a Beauty. Her most recent TV appearance was in OCN’s The Player. In 2019, she tied the knot with her non-celebrity boyfriend.
Jo Eun-ji as Lee Young-sun
Jo Eun-ji made us laughed a lot in Personal Taste and she brought her talent to other projects as well. Although her last TV series was back in 2016 in SBS drama Entertainer, this actress has been active in movie projects like The Villainess, True Fiction, and Nailed.
Kang Shin-il as Park Chul-ha
Kang Shin-il is everywhere. He could be playing someone’s dad in one series then you’ll see him as a teamjang in another. Personal Taste is just one drama in his long filmography which includes hit series like Lie to Me, Emergency Couple, Pinochhio, and Descendants of the Sun. His most recent project was the Kim Seo-hyung starrer – Nobody Knows.
Bong Tae-gyu as Lee Won-hu
We might have known him as the dad of Si-ha in Return of Superman but Bong Tae-gyu is a talented actor. After Personal Taste though, he only ‘returned’ eight years after on the small screen through the 2018 series Return. After he left the popular KBS variety show last year, he starred in medical investigative drama Doctor Detective as Heo Min-ki.
Jung Sung-hwa as No Sang-jun
Personal Taste was his last TV series to date as he became busy playing notable roles in musical theatre which includes the Korean productions of Man of La Mancha and Les Miserables. This 2020, he will lead the Korean movie Hero as An Jung-geun alongside Kim Go-eun. The movie is based on the musical with the same title and he will reprise his role from stage to the big screen.
Ryu Seung-ryong as Choi Do-bin
After making movies after movies in the years following Personal Taste, Seung-ryong returned to the serial format through the Netflix Original – Kingdom. I know we hated his character Jo Hak-joo but we’ll definitely miss him if ever there’ll be a season 3 for this zombie series. If we’re talking about range, Ryu Seung-ryong is also the actor to beat. He made us shed buckets of tears in his 2013 movie Miracle Cell No. 7. where he received Best Actor trophies from Baeksang Arts Awards, Grand Bell Awards, and Blue Dragon Film Awards.
Park Hae-mi as Jeon Jang-mi
Park Hae-mi went on to play multiple roles after Personal Taste. Some of them are in High Kick 3 (2011), School 2013 (2012), One More Happy Ending (2016), and recently in the weekend drama Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life (2019). Like Jung Sung-hwa, she was also part of big Korean stage productions like Mamma Mia and Cats.
Choi Eun-seo as Na Hye-mi
Unlike her co-stars, Cha Eun-seo only one more series after Personal Taste. Before going hiatus, she led the MBC drama Stormy Lovers with Lee Jae-yoon.
Im Seul-ong as Kim Tae-hoon
Im Seul-ong continued playing roles in series like The Fugitive of Joseon, Hotel King, and Mrs. Cop 2. The former 2AM member also went solo and released singles years following this series. He collaborated with other artists like Shim Hyun-bo and AOA Jimin. Recently, he signed a contract with Jellyfish Entertainment.
Ahn Suk-hwan as Han Yun-seop
A proven well-rounded character actor, Ahn Suk-hwan did numerous projects in the past decade. Where have you seen him? He’s in Rooftop Prince, Bridal Mask, Gunman in Joseon, Liar Game, Come Back Mister, Entertainer, 100 Days My Prince, Room No. 9, Clean With Passion for Now. I can go on and on but these are just some popular series in Ahn Suk-hwan’s list of projects.
Jang Won-young as Secretary Kim
Jang Won-young is part of the ongoing drama Born Again where he plays the role of police officer Joo In-do. He filled the last ten years with several TV series like Let’s Eat, Ex-Girlfriend’s Club, Glamorous Temptation, Suspicious Partner, and Save Me 2.
Yoon Eun-hye as Yoon Eun-soo (episode 8)
Yoo Eun-hye appeared as Lee Min-ho’s ex in Personal Taste. Hopefully, she’ll get casted in a must-watch drama soon. My inner fangirl heart is wishing she could work with Lee Min-ho again.