17 Drama Character Names That Are a Play on Words

Sometimes the writers of our favorite Asian dramas make the names of their characters into an interesting or funny play on words. The names have an intentional secondary meaning in some Korean or Taiwanese dramas. Some names seem like a test to see if we, the viewers, would notice. While other, more blatant character names deliberately tie into the plot of the entire series.

Here is a roundup of some of our favorite character names from recent and current dramas that are an interesting play on words!

Yoon Jin Yi looks better than any blade of grass we’ve ever seen in ‘It’s Okay, That’s Love

Same goes for Gu Hye Sun in ‘Boys Over Flowers

Can Yin Hang make her name come true with Godfrey Gao by her side in ‘Never Give Up, Dodo’?

But Godfrey Gao’s character definitely has a ‘fly’ girlfriend in ‘Never Give Up, Dodo

Im Siwan keeps thinking people are calling him whenever they say ‘yes’ in ‘Incomplete Life

Kang So Ra is the rock-star employee everyone wants to say hi to in ‘Incomplete Life

Lee Sung Min’s street smarts protect his team from outside threats in ‘Incomplete Life

Roxanne Yang has lots of dreams about her future in ‘Love Family

Song Ha Yoon is like a breath of fresh, spring air compared to her deadbeat family in ‘Sweden Laundry

Born in a women’s prison, Jung Yi Han’s character has high hopes for a better life in ‘The Legendary Witch

Baek Jin Hee’s character is named after a root vegetable while her younger brother is named ‘one star’ in ‘Pride and Prejudice’; hmmm… no favoritism there.

Aaron Yan would be more aptly named ‘little dear’ in ‘Fall in Love With Me

 Lee Si Young explores whether having an affair is ‘valid’ in ‘Valid Love
River Huang has the perfect name for a man-child who needs to mature and earn his ex’s trust in Boysitter 

Oh Yeon Seo proves that sometimes barley is preferable to a more polished grain in ‘Jang Bo Ri Is Here

Yoon Eun Hye’s prophetic character name tries to keep her from repeating history in ‘Marry Him If You Dare

George Hu is definitely anything but ordinary in ‘Love Cheque Charge

Did you pick up on these alternate meanings of the above character names? Let us know which is your favorite in the comments!

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Miss Universe 2015 and Our Favorite Past Beauty Queens

Congratulations to Colombia’s Pauline Vega, who took the crown as Miss Universe 2015 on Sunday! In honor of her victory, we wanted to take a trip down memory lane and revisit some of our favorite beauty queens who have gone on to very successful acting careers!

Ximena Navarette — Miss Universe 2010
Ximena Navarette as Miss Universe 2010; watch her in ‘La Tempestad’

Lee Honey — Miss Korea 2006
Lee Honey as Miss Korea 2006; watch her in Shine or Go Crazy,’ ‘Modern Farmer,’ ‘Pasta,’ ‘Shark,’ ‘Partner

Kim Sa Rang — Miss Korea 2001
Kim Sa Rang as Miss Korea 2001; watch her in Secret Garden

Son Tae Young — Miss Korea 2000
Son Tae Young as Miss Korea 2000; watch her in ‘Two Wives’

Sonija Kwok — Miss Hong Kong 1999
Sonija Kwok as Miss Hong Kong 1999; watch her in in ‘D.I.E.,’ ‘On the First Beat’

Miriam Redito Quiambo — Miss Philippines 1999
Miriam Redito Quiambo as Miss Philippines 1999 (left); watch her in ‘Kimmy Dora’

Marjorie de Sousa — Miss Venezuela 1999
Marjorie de Sousa as Miss Venezuela 1999; watch her in in ‘Love Contract,’ ‘Wild Cat,’ ‘Passion of the Heart

Blanca Soto — Miss World 1997
Blanca Soto as Miss World 1997; watch her in Eva Luna

Alicia Machado — Miss Universe 1996
Alicia Machado as Miss Universe 1996 (left); watch her in ‘Secreto de Amor’

Aishwariya Rai — Miss World 1994

Aishwariya Rai as Miss World 1994; watch her in Dhaai Akshar Prem Ke

Norika Fujiwara — Miss Japan 1992

Norika Fujiwara as Miss Japan 1992; watch her in in ‘Star no Koi’

Go Hyung Jung — Miss Korea 1989
Go Hyung Jung as Miss Korea 1989 (left); watch her in The Queen's Classroom,’ ‘The Great Queen Seon Deok

Kim Sung Ryung — Miss Korea 1988
Kim Sung Ryung as Miss Korea 1988; watch her in Heirs,’ ‘Queen of Ambition,’ ‘You’re Beautiful,’ ‘Iljimae

Cecilia Bolocco — Miss Universe 1987
Cecilia Bolocco as Miss Universe 1987; watch her in in ‘Nuevo Rico Nuevo Pobre’

Who’s your favorite beauty queen-turned-actress? Let us know in the comments!

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Top 10 Hottest Asian Bachelors for 2015!

We’d say 2014 was an awesome year for dramas! But 2015 is a great time for new beginnings. Here are our picks for the Top 10 Hottest Asian Bachelors that 2015 has to offer. Below you’ll find enough male eye candy to choose some new loves, or revisit past favorites, as you think about the year ahead! And don’t forget to vote for your favorite bachelor in our poll below!

Mario Maurer

Our resident Thai cutie recently celebrated his 26th birthday on December 4. Another year older, Mario  Maurer has grown even more handsome! Remember to watch him in “The Dog” or “To Each a Flower.”

In January 2013, Mario Maurer’s nine-year relationship with actress Gubgib Sumontip came to an end. This is fantastic news, ladies — you know he can commit and he’s now available!

Hyun Bin

Hyun Bin’s highly anticipated comeback in “Hyde Jekyll, Me” has been a hot topic for the past few months. Now, the first two episodes are out! It has been five long years since “Secret Garden,” and fans are happy to see Hyun Bin return to the small screen. He’s still on the market after his breakup with “Worlds Within” co-star Song Hye Gyo in March 2011. 

Are you just as giddy as we are about Hyun Bin’s new drama? Check out Episode 1 of “Hyde Jekyll, Me” and get excited for more!

Choi Jin Hyuk

2014 was a breakout year for Choi Jin Hyuk as he reached leading-male status with “Emergency Couple” and “Pride and Prejudice.” Additionally, his appearances in “Fated to Love You” and “Panda and Hedgehog” added to his acting cred. It’s sad to see him leave soon for the military in March!

Did you know Choi Jin Hyuk dated actress Son Eun Seo from 2011 to 2013 after meeting on-set? Also, you might be surprised to learn that he’s only one year older than his “Heirs” costar Lee Min Ho!

Catch him in Episode 166 of “Running Man” with the rest of the “Heirs” cast:

Lee Jong Suk

We’d consider Lee Jong Suk the ‘It’ boy right now since he’s on a roll right now in dramaland! You’ll understand why everyone loves him after watching these juicy kissing highlight clips from “I Hear Your Voice,” “Doctor Stranger” and “Pinocchio”!

When you’re as naturally good looking as Lee Jong Suk, it’s hard to resist falling in love. These are five other reasons (and GIFs) to make you a fan for life!

George Hu

George Hu has been acting since 2006, but the turning point in his career came in 2012 when he starred opposite Annie Chen in “Love, Now” and “Love Around.” However, in 2014, the four stars of those two dramas swapped partners for their next dramas, “Love Cheque Charge” and currently on-air “Boysitter.”

George flashing his abs in ‘To Get Her
Fans have been secretly wishing that George Hu and Annie Chen’s on-screen chemistry would translate into real life – we hope it happens, too! See what we mean by watching their steamy shower kissing scene from “Love, Now” starting at the 5-minute mark:

Aaron Yan

You might know Aaron Yan best from recent hits “Just You” and “Fall in Love With Me”, but his other dramas “The Clue Collector” and “Love Buffet” also were super popular! Brace yourself for his shirtless hotness in this kiss scene clip!

We simply can’t get enough of Aaron Yan. Let’s all congratulate him on winning the Best Actor Award at the recent Sanlih Drama Awards!

Sunny Suwanmethanon

While Sunny has spent the bulk of his career in movies, he’s also known for his comedic skills in Thai sitcoms “True Love Next Door” Season 1 and Season 2.

What do you think is the reason for his exotic looks? Find out here!


In “It’s Okay, That’s Love,” D.O. proved that he can act in addition to being a powerful vocalist for the K-pop group EXO. Feel free to fangirl over his performance of his smash hit “Overdose” in Episode 770 of “SBS Inki Gayo” at the 53:42 mark.

2014 was indeed a great year for D.O., and we’re eager to see what he has planned next! Reminisce by watching his sweet plot-changing scene with co-star Jo In Sung in “It’s Okay, That’s Love”:

Jiro Wang

Some of you might not be familiar with Jiro Wang, but he has actually been in the entertainment industry since 2004. He was even in the same Mandopop group (Fahrenheit) as Aaron Yan! Besides this, Jiro Wang is an established actor with appearances in such popular dramas as “Hana Kimi” (the Korean version is “To the Beautiful You”) and “To Get Her.”

Are Jiro Wang’s six-pack abs sexy enough for you to remember him now?

Yuki Furukawa

The star of “Mischievous Kiss: Love in TOKYO” and “Mischievous Kiss 2: Love in TOKYO” just celebrated his birthday on December 18. It might be hard to believe that with such delicate flower boy features, Yuki Furukawa is already 27 years old! His popularity has skyrocketed as he became the first Japanese actor to have a fan meeting in Shanghai, China, last year.

Enjoy the best moments of Kotoko (played by Miki Honoka) and Naoki (played by Yuki Furukawa) from “Mischievous Kiss: Love in TOKYO”:

Which hot bachelor do you have your eyes on for 2015? Let us know!

Who is the hottest bachelor for 2015?
Mario Maurer
Hyun Bin
Choi Jin Hyuk
Lee Jong Suk
George Hu
Aaron Yan
Sunny Suwanmethanon
Jiro Wang
Yuki Furukawa
Poll Maker

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Kim Jae Joong, Our Favorite Idol-Turned-Actor, Is 29!

Kim Jae Joong just may be the hottest field agent in his currently-airing drama ‘Spy.’
Life just got a little happier, didn’t it?

January 26 is a day of celebration for the fans of singer and actor Kim Jae Joong, who turns 29 today. He wants to celebrate his birthday with his fans, and tickets to his birthday fan meetings in Korea and Japan sold out within 15 minutes — no surprise there! I’m sure many fans were disappointed when they couldn’t get tickets!

Let’s have a moment of sadness for the ticketless fans. (Photo source: Dr. Jin’)

But, don’t worry, there’s always a consolation prize. To celebrate Kim Jae Joong’s birthday, here are six surprising facts about our beloved idol that you may not have known!

He Was a Starving Artist!

Back in his early days, Kim Jae Joong used to donate his blood for the free cookies because he didn’t have enough money for food. Talk about a starving artist bleeding for his art!

And now, he’s drinking champagne. (Photo source: ‘Protect the Boss’)

He Can Handle His Spice!

In a contest with Super Junior on the SBS show “Explore the Human Body,” Kim Jae Joong ate a ghost pepper — one of the hottest peppers in the world — and didn’t bat an eye. In fact, he thought the pepper would be a delicious ingredient in some dishes!

Kim Jae Joong, I think we need to talk about stomach ulcers. (Photo source: ‘Dr. Jin)

He Has the Names of Two Guys Tattooed on His Body!

Most guys get tattoos of their girlfriends’ names on their bodies, but Kim Jae Joong has the names of his JYJ bandmates, Junsu and Yoochun, tattooed on his back. It’s a well-known fact how precious Kim Jae Joong’s group mates are to him, and Park Yoochun also feels the same way. He has Junsu and Jae Joong’s names tattooed on his chest, on the left side, right over his heart. It’s heartwarming to see how much love the JYJ boys have for one another!

Kim Jae Joong is man enough to have tattoos of two guys’ names! (Photo source: ‘Triangle)

He Was Inspired by Another Boy Band

The 1990s boy band H.O.T. inspired Kim Jae Joong to be a singer. Watching the group perform motivated him to learn to sing and dance!

What motivates Kim Jae Joong now? (Photo source: Protect the Boss)

He Overcame a Musical Disability!

Now that Kim Jae Joong is a much-adored member of JYJ, it’s hard to imagine him being anything other than terrific at singing. But, apparently, he was tone deaf when he was younger. So much so that his friends used to make fun of him in elementary school. Jae Joong failed his first audition when he was in ninth grade but joined a band after that and practiced diligently for a year. He auditioned again and entered SM Entertainment in 2001 at the age of 15.

Try making fun of Kim Jae Joong now. (Photo source: ‘Triangle)

His Birthday Celebrations May Extend Til His Next Birthday!

Born Han Jae Joong, our birthday boy was adopted as a young boy. His birth mother has said that his real birthdate is February 4, but Kim Jae Joong still goes by January 26 on his official bio. But that’s OK. The star is holding so many birthday celebration fan meetings — 30 by the latest news coverage count — that his birthday may extend all the way til next year!

Who wouldn’t want to party with this guy? (Photo source: ‘Triangle)

While widely known for his composing and songwriting skills, Kim Jae Joong also has proven his acting prowess. He recently won the Top Excellence Award (Actor) at the 7th Korea Drama Awards for his role in “Triangle and is currently starring in the action thriller “Spy.” Catch episodes only on Viki during its two-week exclusive in the Americas! And, if that doesn’t cure your need for a Kim Jae Joong fix, check out his other dramas, “Triangle, ” “Protect the Boss” and “Dr. Jin.”

생일축하합니다, 김재중! Happy Birthday, Kim Jae Joong!

What information about Kim Jae Joong surprised you the most? Let us know in the comments!

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