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K-Drama Stars That Attended High School In America

BY Julie Jones | Nov 06, 2014 08:49 AM EST


It might be hard to imagine attending high school with a k-drama star but a few Korean actors attended high school in the U.S. And with a little luck you might have seen them carrying books down your high school corridor.

Among these stars are Ok Taecyeon, Han Ye Seul, Park Yoochun, Han Chae Young and Yunjin Kim.

Ok Taecyeon was born in Korea but immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 10. He attended Bedford High School in Bedford, Massachusetts. At Bedford High School he managed to make the National Honor Society as well as participating in such extra-curricular activities as Chess Club, Jazz Band, and JV Soccer Team. He returned to Korea after participating in a JYP Entertainment audition on his 17th birthday. He renounced his American citizenship so he could enlist in the Korean army.

Han Ye Seul, who currently stars in "Birth of a Beauty" and is a guest on "Running Man" was born and raised in Los Angeles. She attended Cerrritos High School and graduated from Cerritos College before moving back to Korea to pursue a career as an actress. She renounced her U.S. citizenship in 2004.

Park Yoochun, who recently starred in the film "Sea Fog" and the drama "Three Days" alspo attended high school in the U.S. The JYJ singer-turned-actor was born in Seoul but moved to the U.S. with his parents when he was in sixth grade. H attended Chantilly High School in Fairfax, Virginia, before Brothers Entertainment scouted him and encouraged him to return to Korea.

Han Chae Young, who recently appeared in "Pretty Man" with Jang Geun Suk, was born in Daegu, South Korea. She grew up in a Chicago suburb and attended Glenbrook South High School. On a visit home to Korea, a comedian suggested that she postpone college and try acting in Korea.

Yunjin Kim was born in Seoul but at age 10 immigrated to the U.S. with her parents. They lived in Staten Island, a suburb of New York City. She attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. Then she studied drama at the London School of Performing Arts. Yunjin Kim did not return to Korea permanently but managed to work both there and in the U.S. She appeared in a few k-dramas before achieving superstardom in the American television show "Lost." On that program she played Sun Hwa, a Korean woman stranded on a mysterious island. She now appears in the American TV drama "Mistresses" and as a producer is adapting the k-drama "Nine: Nine Time Travels" for American television.

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