BY Julie Jones | Jun 10, 2014 11:00 AM EDT
Actor Kim Soo Hyun has been a hot topic in China since his latest drama "You Who Came From The Stars" became so popular there.
Interest in everything about him and the drama has also unfortunately also led to the circulation of some unfounded rumors. One of those rumors concerned the fact that he was so handsome. The rumors suggested that his good looks were the result of plastic surgery. The rumors reached the media and eventually even reached Kim Soo Hyun.
Chinese reporters asked the actor if he had gone under the knife, saying they knew that plastic surgery was popular in Korea. The question created a tense moment in which the media thought that the actor would be offended.
While an estimated one in five Koreans does have some plastic surgery, the actor said he has not had any procedures done. He chose not to be offended by the question and answered it very calmly.
First, he said, not everyone in Korea has plastic surgery.
"I'm young," said Kim Soo Hyun. "So I don't need it."
If you look at younger photos of the actor, he has obviously always been attractive.
Lately k-drama actors have been more open about having work done. And it's not always older actors who are making changes. Nam Goong Min, who appears in the comedy "Wild Chives and Soybean Soup" and the variety show "We Got Married," said he received Botox injections to smooth out wrinkles.
Lee Da Hae, who stars in "Hotel King," says she has done some remodeling of her face. She had a nose job and double eyelid surgery. She also had work done on her body after she lost some weight.
Lee Si Young, who appears in "Golden Cross" modified her facial features decades ago but only admitted to it recently.
Kim Yoon Hye, who appeared in "Flower Boys Next Door," also owned up to having work done, including changing the line of her jaw to make it more V-shaped.
Go Hyun Jung, last seen in "The Queen's Classroom" also says she made a few adjustments here and there.
Plastic surgery is becoming more common in South Korea, especially nose jobs and eyelid surgery. It's generally considered an investment, especially if your career depends on your looks.
But Kim Soo Hyun looks great just the way he is and should not alter his features. His fans might agree.
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