10 dramas with eyebrow-raising age gaps

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10 dramas with eyebrow-raising age gaps
10 dramas with eyebrow-raising age gaps
24 Sep 2018

10 dramas with eyebrow-raising age gaps

Dramas, hate them or love them, are here to stay. One of the most exciting announcements that we usually anticipate before a drama airs is the casting. A fantastic cast can elevate a drama to new levels, and similarly, a lacklustre cast list can be a magnet for criticism.

These days, however, there’s a new trend brewing as the age gaps between male and female leads have been growing larger - just look at Korean dramas Mr. Sunshine, which sees a 20-year age gap between leads Lee Byung Hun (he’s married with a child) and Kim Tae Ri (she’s 28 but looks much younger than her years).

Korean dramas aren’t the only ones with such eyebrow-raising age gaps, as other Asian productions, including Triumph In The Skies II and Story of Yanxi Palace, have similarly large age differences between their leads.

Closer to home, we’ve also had local productions boast a cast list with age gaps over 12 years, such as Rui En and Li Nanxing in C.L.I.F. 2.

Curious to know which of your favourite dramas had a cast list with a huge age difference? You might not have realised it then, but after reading this today, you’ll be amazed at how these actors did their jobs so well that you never noticed.

Read on for more.

Park Bo Gum, Song Hye Kyo in ‘Boyfriend’
Park Bo Gum, Song Hye Kyo in ‘Boyfriend’
24 Sep 2018

Park Bo Gum, Song Hye Kyo in ‘Boyfriend’

Age gap: 12 years

The upcoming drama may not have even aired yet, but has already generated plenty of buzz. Not only are Park Bo Gum and Song Hye Kyo pairing up despite their large age gap, but Bo Gum is also good friends and label mates with Song Hye Kyo’s husband, Song Joong Ki.

While negative comments about this pairing have been circulating the internet, we’ll be reserving judgement until we watch it. The drama is slated for a November debut on tvN.

Nie Yuan, Wu Jinyan in ‘Story of Yanxi Palace’
Nie Yuan, Wu Jinyan in ‘Story of Yanxi Palace’
24 Sep 2018

Nie Yuan, Wu Jinyan in ‘Story of Yanxi Palace’

Age gap: 12 years

Large age gaps seem the most apparent in palace dramas, especially when it comes to the emperor and his young consorts. In Story of Yanxi Palace, Nie Yuan played the Qianlong Emperor, Hongli, and Wu Jinyan eventually rose to power as the emperor’s consort.

The drama as a whole was praised for its well-developed characters and stellar acting, and Wu Jinyan was no exception, and has even been dubbed as a Cinderella-like character for her role this time around.

Gong Yoo, Kim Go Eun in ‘Goblin’
Gong Yoo, Kim Go Eun in ‘Goblin’
24 Sep 2018

Gong Yoo, Kim Go Eun in ‘Goblin’

Age gap: 12 years

We wouldn’t have felt the age gap that much if Kim Go Eun wasn’t playing a high school student - that school uniform that she was almost always wearing really had us thrown off, especially when Kim Shin (played by Gong Yoo) also kept reiterating that he’s a 939-year-old immortal.

When the drama was airing, netizens questioned why the goblin’s bride had to be in high school and couldn’t be a college student instead - something that would have definitely made the drama a little easier to watch, especially since a high school student would most probably be a minor.

Shaun Chen, Carrie Wong in ‘My Friends From Afar’
Shaun Chen, Carrie Wong in ‘My Friends From Afar’
24 Sep 2018

Shaun Chen, Carrie Wong in ‘My Friends From Afar’

Age gap: 16 years

You might not have noticed the age gap - after all, Shaun Chen’s ever-youthful face doesn’t seem to have aged a day since his showbiz debut, but the reality is that he and Carrie Wong have a 16-year age gap.

The alien-human pairing in My Friends From Afar isn’t even the first time that they have worked together, as they previously starred in The Journey: Tumultuous Times in 2014, although their love story didn’t quite work out back then, as his character had rejected hers.

Watch My Friends From Afar and The Journey: Tumultuous Times on Toggle.

Alex Fong, Kate Tsui in ‘A Great Way To Care’
Alex Fong, Kate Tsui in ‘A Great Way To Care’
24 Sep 2018

Alex Fong, Kate Tsui in ‘A Great Way To Care’

Age Gap: 16 years

Alex Fong, who plays a senior psychiatrist in the well-loved drama, and Kate Tsui’s police officer character in A Great Way To Care may have hit it off perfectly on screen, but did you know that there’s actually a 16-year age gap between them?

When they first started filming, the pair weren’t close, but slowly grew closer despite their initial nervousness working with one another.

Li Nanxing, Rui En in ‘C.L.I.F. 2’
Li Nanxing, Rui En in ‘C.L.I.F. 2’
24 Sep 2018

Li Nanxing, Rui En in ‘C.L.I.F. 2’

Age gap: 17 years

From falling in love in C.L.I.F. 2 to getting hitched and starting a family in C.L.I.F. 4, Li Nanxing and Rui En’s characters have done it all.

The chemistry between the two actors has also grown since they met in the second instalment of the drama, and the two have become close enough to share interesting anecdotes about one another, with one of the more memorable incidents being Nanxing quipping that Rui En would make a better parent than he would because of how good she is with kids.

Watch C.L.I.F. 2, C.L.I.F. 3 and C.L.I.F. 4 on Toggle.​​​​​​​

Tay Ping Hui, Rebecca Lim in ‘Love?’
Tay Ping Hui, Rebecca Lim in ‘Love?’
24 Sep 2018

Tay Ping Hui, Rebecca Lim in ‘Love?’

Age gap: 17 years

This mini-series, which spanned a total of six episodes, saw a star-studded cast pair up as reel-life lovers, with one of the six couples being Tay Ping Hui and Rebecca Lim. Their episode, which also included the canine actor Flapper, saw the couple argue after extramarital affairs on both their parts (yikes), but ended up settling their differences because of their fur kid.

This wasn’t the first time they were paired up together, as Rebecca’s character was previously infatuated with Ping Hui’s character in Start Up!.

Watch all episodes of Love? on Toggle.

Lee Byung Hun, Kim Tae Ri in ‘Mr. Sunshine’
Lee Byung Hun, Kim Tae Ri in ‘Mr. Sunshine’
24 Sep 2018

Lee Byung Hun, Kim Tae Ri in ‘Mr. Sunshine’

Age gap: 20 years

Given that Kim Tae Ri was born in 1990 (and Lee Byung Hun in 1970), there were definitely quite a number of eyebrows raised when this casting was first announced. However, the series, which is set in the 1800s, has since gained praise for its high-quality production and believable acting.

To answer that big question, no, it wasn’t awkward watching this couple on screen, as they shared during the drama’s press conference that they worked together so well that they couldn’t feel the age gap between them.

Lee Beom Soo, YoonA in ‘Prime Minister & I’
Lee Beom Soo, YoonA in ‘Prime Minister & I’
24 Sep 2018

Lee Beom Soo, YoonA in ‘Prime Minister & I’

Age gap: 20 years

Lee Beom Soo may have played South Korea’s youngest prime minister ever in Prime Minister & I, but ended up in a contract marriage with a journalist played by YoonA. While the pair’s wedding was originally a sham, they slowly fall in love with each other throughout the show.

Fun fact: Lee Beom Soo’s character’s oldest child, played by Choi Soo Han, is only seven years younger than YoonA - that’s less than half of the age difference between Lee Beom Soo and YoonA.

Francis Ng, Fala Chen in ‘Triumph In The Skies II’
Francis Ng, Fala Chen in ‘Triumph In The Skies II’
24 Sep 2018

Francis Ng, Fala Chen in ‘Triumph In The Skies II’

Age gap: 21 years

Francis Ng and Fala Chen’s respective characters had lovers who passed away after unfortunate accidents, and through a series of coincidences, ended up romantically involved with one another.

Fala’s character was also pursued by Julian’s Cheung’s character, and while this pairing had a smaller age gap of 11 years between them, the love triangle still managed to set off all the right sparks for viewers.

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