K-Dramaland Girl Crush: Kim Go Eun And Why She Is Everyone’s Muse

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Known for her incredible acting skills, Kim Go Eun has captured the hearts of fans and peers alike.

K-drama after K-drama, Kim Go Eun proves why she has been one of South Korea’s most critically acclaimed actresses since her debut.

From her debut performance as Hong Seol in the hit series Cheese in the Trapbased on the webtoon of the same title, she has become a household name in South Korea.

Six years later, she emerged in another reimagined part in the Netflix original series Little Women. Whatever role she attaches her name to becomes an instant international hit.


To celebrate Kim Go Eun’s success on the small screen, let’s look back at her journey as an actress and why she’s everyone’s muse in this special feature.

2016-2017: A Muse Emerges

Further exploring her acting range, Kim Go Eun took a break from the big screen that launched her career. In 2016, she was cast in her first-ever K-drama, Cheese in the Trap. She portrays Hong Seol, a twenty-something-year-old who returns to university after a year off. Kim Go Eun not only acted in the series but lent her vocals to the drama’s OST, “Attraction.” The series was such a kit she won the Best New Actress Television at the Baeksang Arts Awards for her role.

Coming off the success of Cheese in the Trap, Kim Go Eun joined the powerhouse cast of Goblinwhich included Gong Yoo, Lee Dong Wook, Yook Sungjae, and Yoo In Na.

Kim Go Eun stars as Ji Eun Tak, a bubbly high school student who remains cheerful despite being able to see ghosts and hear the whisper of “Dokkaebi’s bride.”

The series received critical acclaim, won numerous awards, and is still considered a cultural phenomenon in South Korea.

2020: Back for More

After a nearly four-year K-drama hiatus, Kim Go Eun signed on for the highly anticipated romantic fantasy The King: Eternal Monarch

She plays Jung Tae Eul, a fierce police officer on the violent crimes squad, who does everything by the book until Lee Gon (Lee Min Ho) rides into her life from a parallel world.

At the time of airing, the series set a record for SBS’s highest 2020 Friday-Saturday drama premiere ratings.

2021-Present: Our Favorite Female Lead

In the following year, Kim Go Eun joined the webtoon-based series Yumi’s Cells of the same name. She portrays Kim Yu Mi, an ordinary office worker on the outside, controlled by a complex network of cells on the inside.

Before airing, the series had sold broadcast rights in more than 160 countries worldwide, including Europe, North America, and Southeast Asia, so expectations were high.

Following the success of the first season of Yumi’s Cells, the series was renewed for a second season. Kim Go Eun reprised her role as Kim Yu Mi and teamed up with GOT 7’s Jinyoung as the lead couple of the series.

Her cells were just as naughty, funny, and relatable as in the first season. She went on to win Best Leading Actress at the 2022 Blue Dragon Series Awards for her portal in the series.

Yumi's Cells 2

Rounding out 2022, Kim Go Eun starred in the tvN series Little Women, loosely based on the 1868 Louisa May Alcott novel of the same name. The series tells the story of three poor sisters and their involvement in the case of 70 billion won, which goes missing.

Kim Go Eun plays Oh In Ju, the eldest of three sisters who understood early on that money is the most important thing to protect herself and her family.

What’s next for actress turned muse? We definitely can’t wait to look forward to her next K-drama, film, or photoshoot. She brings her A-game to every project she is on, so let’s hope we see more of her sooner than later.


Credits: tvN, SBS, Netflix The Swoon

Image Credit: Marie Claire