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K-drama cameos that stole the spotlight

01/7Song Joong Ki in Queen of Tears, Gong Yoo in Squid Game and more: The best K-drama cameos that stole the spotlight

Who doesn’t adore a surprise cameo, like finding an extra french fry at the bottom of the bag? Picture this: your favorite drama is cruising along, then BAM! A familiar face pops up, stealing the scene and your heart in one swift move. Whether it’s actor’s bestie dropping by for a quick hello or directors cashing in favors for that extra oomph, K-drama cameos are the ultimate treat. Sometimes they play themselves, while other times, they slip into roles so brief yet unforgettable, you find yourself hitting the rewind button and whispering, ‘Did you see that?’ Now, let’s take a look at these scene-stealing cameos from our beloved K-dramas!

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02/7Gong Yoo in Squid Game

Did you catch the pulse-pounding moment when Gong Yoo, the ‘Goblin’ star, made a surprise cameo in the most talked-about K-drama, ‘Squid Game’? He stepped into the role of the mysterious Salesman, luring protagonist Seong Gi-hun (Lee Jung-jae) into the perilous Squid Game. Their encounter over a game of ddakji, a traditional Korean children’s pastime, made the internet erupt with wild theories about the mysterious salesman and the significance of the red and blue tiles. However, writer-director Hwang Dong-hyuk has demystified the character, revealing him as just a former staff member trusted by the game’s creator to work outside the game in the ‘real world’. As for the red and blue ddakji tiles? They’re inspired by a Korean ghost legend, with no deeper meaning.

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03/7Jung Hae In in Goblin

For Goblin (Gong Yoo), there’s only one adversary who manages to stir up some serious fear – none other than the irresistible Tae-hee oppa, played by Jung Hae-in. Jung Hae-in steps into the scene as Ji Eun Tak’s first love, Choi Tae Hee. Their paths cross by chance when Eun Tak (Kim Go Eun) heads to his school for an entrance test. With his dashing looks and baseball skills, Eun Tak can’t help but gaze at him with those heart-shaped eyes, and affectionately calling him ‘oppa, much to Goblin’s green-eyed envy. So, what does Gong Yoo do? He boldly marches into the baseball department, ready to take down this charming rival.

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04/7​Kim Soo Hyun in Crash Landing on You

In K-dramas, few cameos stand out like Kim Soo-hyun’s hilarious appearance in ‘Crash Landing on You’. The superstar brought back his hilarious character from the 2013 comedy-drama ‘Secretly, Greatly’. He reprised his role as Won Ryu-hwan, a North Korean spy masquerading as a village fool. Sporting his iconic bowl cut and green tracksuit (way before Squid Game was a thing!), Kim had audiences in stitches with his clownish antics. After dishing out advice to the five North Korean agents on the hunt for Captain Ri (Hyun Bin) in Seoul, he merrily skipped away, leaving us grinning ear to ear.

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05/7Lee Jong Suk in Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo

Remember the delightful surprise in ‘Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo’? Well, if you blinked, you might have missed Lee Jong-suk’s fleeting yet unforgettable cameo in the 2016 sensation. The heartthrob ‘Pinocchio’ and ‘While You Were Sleeping’ star made a surprise appearance as a customer at Bok-joo’s father’s chicken restaurant. Though brief, it was a cameo worth savoring, with ample shots of the handsome star, who even made another character swoon. In just a few seconds, Lee Jong-suk manages to turn up the charm and leave us all wishing for more. So, if you didn’t catch it the first time, time for a re-watch.

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06/7​Lee Joon Gi in Hotel Del Luna

Remember the electrifying chemistry between Lee Joon-gi and IU in 2016’s ‘Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo’? Well, they reunited in IU’s supernatural series, ‘Hotel del Luna’. Lee made a cameo as a priest performing an exorcism, much to the dismay of Jang Man Wol, IU’s character. She granted him the gift of seeing ghosts in hopes of recruiting him for her hotel. But instead of joining her, he became fixated on hunting down dangerous spirits. Lee Joon-gi as a hotshot exorcist? It’s like a dream come true.

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07/7​Song Joong Ki in Queen of Tears

In this ongoing drama, Song Joong Ki’s iconic character, Vincenzo Cassano, from the 2021 smash hit ‘Vincenzo’, made a surprise cameo appearance. This time, he stepped into the shoes of a competent divorce attorney for Hong Hae In (Kim Ji Won). As the scene unfolds, Kim Yang Gi (Moon Tae Yu) takes on the role of clue-giver to the unsuspecting Baek Hyun Woo (Kim Soo Hyun), about Vincenzo’s colorful past lives. From being the youngest heir of a conglomerate to a former soldier stationed abroad and even a supposed werewolf, the rumors fly wild. With the bombshell revelation that the lawyer’s name is indeed Vincenzo, and with Mafia ties to boot, Hyun Woo and his friend are left envisioning nightmare scenarios, while the legal proceedings seemingly conclude with a hint of adequacy – at least, on the surface!

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