Hit K-drama Stars Who Dropped Out Of School: Jeon Jong Seo, Lee Yi Kyung, And More


While some of the wealthiest people like Elon Musk and Bill Gates have made it despite their college dropouts, these stars have dropped out of school to pursue their passions. From Jeon Jong Seo to Lee Yi Kyung and more, here are Korean celebrities who have made it in the industry despite dropping out.

Jeon Jeong Seo

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She has been called a rising star in the industry, but Jeon Jeong Seo has already established a reputation since her debut in 2018.

The actress was one of the main stars of the mystery thriller “Burning,” alongside Yoo Ah In and “Walking Dead” Steven Yeun. All eyes were on Jeon Jong Seo following his big screen debut at the Cannes Film Festival.

After four years and multiple awards as an actress, the 27-year-old beauty will headline one of 2022’s most anticipated remakes. She’ll play the fiery Tokyo gang member in ‘Money Heist: Korea’ , joining Yoo Ji Tae, Park Hae Soo, and more.

However, Jeon Jong Seo was a college dropout before solidifying his name in the industry.

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Born in Seoul, she grew up in Canada, where she spent most of her early school years in Maple Country. She returned to her homeland to complete her high school education at the prestigious Anyang Arts Secondary School.

After high school, she entered Sejong University and majored in film and drama.

As mentioned by the Korean Film Council website, “she finally decided to quit after a year because she didn’t feel particularly interested in the type of lectures offered there”.

Instead, she took private acting lessons to hone her skills.

Lee Yi Kyung

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Lee Yi Kyung

Best known for his remarkable role in “School 201”, “Welcome to Waikiki” and being one of the funniest actors in the industry, Lee Yi Kyung once explained why he left school at a young age. .

During his 2019 appearance on JTBC’s “Please Take Care of My Fridge,” the actor recalled the moment he chose to quit school.

According to a report, he revealed that it was his father’s recommendation to drop out of school due to injury,

“My dad advised me to quit. I used to play sports, but I had to quit after an injury. I suffered from mental illness after losing my dream.” he declared.

Lee Yi Kyung had to quit his studies to focus on his recovery because, at the time, he was also suffering from depression. His father, LG Innotek CEO Lee Ung Beom, then encouraged him to live as he wanted and allowed him to drop out of school.

Kim Sae Ron

Kim Sae Ron

(Photo: Gold Medalist Ent. Instagram) Kim Sae Ron

One of the successful child stars of her generation is Kim Sae Ron.

She picked up her first-ever acting trophy, Best New Actress, at the 8th Korean Film Awards for her performance in “The Man from Nowhere.” In 2018, she shared that she dropped out of school to “try something different.”

As quoted by a media outlet, the actress explained that she went to art school and wanted to transfer to the theater and film department for college.

“If I did that, I would study acting for 6-7 years,” she said, adding, “I wanted to study something different during my high school days, so I decided to drop out. “

Unfortunately, the actress was recently embroiled in a controversy involving DUI charges.

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Written by Geca Wills


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