On the first Friday of every October, the world comes together to celebrate World Smile Day. This tradition, initiated in 1963 by Harvey Ball – the genius behind the iconic smiley face – is more than just a day. It’s a movement dedicated to spreading joy, kindness, and goodwill. And what better way to celebrate than by highlighting some of the most radiant smiles from the world of K-dramas? Here is our list of 10 K-drama stars with the best smiles, in no particular order:
1. Ahn Hyo-Seop
Rising global sensation Ahn Hyo-Seop’s heartwarming smile is a testament to his genuine nature. With standout roles in Abyss and Thirty Nine, and the buzz around his latest K-drama series A Time Called You, Ahn Hyo-Seop a force to reckon with. Fans just can’t get enough of his easygoing grin, and neither can we!
2. Shin Min-Ah
A celebrated and versatile actress, Shin Min-Ah is renowned for her roles in Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha and Our Blues. Her smile, warm and genuine, adds layers to her characters. She is set to charm viewers in the upcoming rom-com K-drama Because I Want No Loss, alongside Kim Young-Dae.
3. Jo Bo-Ah
Her infectious smile has captivated viewers all over the world. Her authenticity shines through every character she plays. Jo Bo-Ah is known as a versatile actress, with roles in Tale of the Nine-Tailed and Military Prosecutor Doberman. She is also making viewers’ hearts melt in the romantic drama Destined With You. She will next be seen in the Netflix original series Hong Rang.
4. Kim Woo-Bin
His charismatic smile left an indelible mark on viewers’ hearts in K-dramas like Uncontrollably Fond and Our Blues. Kim Woo-Bin’s stylish good looks have also made him a popular fashion model as well as an actor. He recently played the cool delivery driver 5-8 in Black Knight, and will next grant viewers’ wishes by playing a genie in the K-drama Everything Will Come True. He is also set to star in the Netflix film Officer Black Belt.
5. Jeon Yeo-Been
The versatile actress, known for roles in K-dramas Vincenzo and Glitch, has a smile that can be both playful and enigmatic. Jeon Yeo-Been recently played dual roles in the romantic drama A Time Called You, showing her full acting range. Fans will also be able to see Jeon Yeo-Been on the silver screen, with roles in Cobweb and the upcoming Harbin.
6. Kim Nam-Gil
With a magnetic charm evident in K-dramas The Fiery Priest and Through The Darkness, Kim Nam-Gil makes us swoon with his unforgettable grin. His smile leaves a lasting impression, even when he’s taking on more dramatic roles, such as in the recent Netflix series Song of the Bandits. Check out our review here.
7. Jung Hae-In
His sincere smile makes every character relatable. He has a starred in a range of notable K-drama roles, from the romantic drama Snowdrop, gritty military drama D.P. and the mystery thriller Connect. Jung Hae-In is also in talks to star in his first rom-com, and fans are hoping to see his best smile in full display there.
8. Park Gyu-Young
Her roles in Navillera, The Devil Judge and the Netflix series Celebrity showcased her range. With a smile that can convey myriad emotions, Park Gyu-Young is the one to watch. Viewers will next see her enigmatic smile in two contrasting K-dramas; the rom-com A Good Day To Be A Dog, and the second season of the thriller Squid Game.
9. Lee Min-Ho
A global icon with roles in The King: Eternal Monarch and Pachinko, his timeless smile is a fan favorite. Lee Min-Ho’s classic good looks have also made him one of Korea’s most recognizable leading men. He will soon star in the space-themed K-drama Ask The Stars, alongside Gong Hyo-Jin.
After Suzy lit up our screens in Start-Up and The Sound of Magic, viewers saw her smile as a testament to her authenticity. A former K-pop idol, Suzy will soon play to her strengths in the upcoming Doona! on Netflix. In the series, she plays a former idol who moves in with a college student. Her character is full of mystery, letting Suzy show off her coy and enigmatic smile to full effect.