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Kim So Eun Can Now Call Lee Jun Ki 'Oppa'

BY Julie Jones | Jun 26, 2015 08:44 AM EDT

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Kim So Eun has not taken many breaks from acting in the past few years. Despite a busy year in which she appeared in a film "The Mourning Grave," had a leading role in "The Liar Game" and appeared on the reality show "We Got Married," the 25-year-old actress is not planning a break any time soon. She's preparing for her next role in the historical fantasy drama "The Scholar Who Walks The Night."

During these last busy years, Kim So Eun's professionalism and friendly nature has inspired declarations of affection from a few of her co-stars.

After they worked with her on the series "After School: Lucky Or Not," the actor-idols who comprise the group 5urprise, said she was their favorite actress to work with.

And her "Liar Game" co-star Lee Sang Yoon told reporters at the show's press conference that he really got along well with her right from the start.

When she appeared on the reality show "We Got Married" she obviously charmed her virtual husband Song Jae Rim. His affection for her made their nine-month run on the show one of the program's most successful seasons.

Next up she co-stars with Lee Jun Ki in the historical fantasy drama "The Scholar Who Walks The Night."

But they are already old friends.

That's because it is her second time co-starring with Lee Jun Ki. She previously co-starred with him in the 2006 drama called "Flying Daddy."  In that drama she played Lee Mon Sik's daughter and Lee Jun Ki was a teen that Lee Mon Sik's character went to for fighting advice. Lee Jun Ki was 24 at the time. Kim was only 16.

"I called him Uncle Jun Ki," she said in an interview with Elle Korea. "But when I recently met him during the dinner meeting for 'Scholar Who Walks The Night,' I naturally called him oppa."

Their relationship in "The Scholar Who Walks The Night" will have romantic overtones.

In this drama Kim plays the woman who haunts Lee Jun Ki's dreams. Lee Jun Ki plays the mysterious scholar, Kim Sung Yeol, but the character is really a vampire. Kim So Eun plays his long-lost first love Lee Myung Hee. But she also plays that woman's present-day doppleganger Choi Hye Ryung. Her present day incarnation is a nobleman's daughter.

"The Scholar Who Walks The Night" begins on July 8. The drama also stars Lee Yu Bi, Shim Chang Min and Lee Soo Hyuk. Lee Hyun Woo will make a cameo appearance on the drama.

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