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The South Korean Actresses Who Earned the Title of ‘Nation’s Little Sister’


In the star-studded landscape of the South Korean entertainment industry, the title of "Nation's Little Sister" holds a special place of reverence. Bestowed upon female celebrities who encapsulate a blend of innocence, charm, and a relatable demeanor, this unique honorific is a nod to their ability to resonate deeply with audiences through portrayals of wholesome, endearing characters in films, television dramas, or variety shows.

These actresses often grace screens with performances that evoke a sense of familial affection and warmth, embodying characters that viewers can readily see themselves in or aspire to be. Through an alchemy of talent and innate charm, they create an on-screen presence that feels like a comforting friend, a relatable sibling, engendering a sense of familiarity and fondness that transcends the screen, striking a chord with a broad spectrum of viewers, from younger audiences to older adults.

Let’s check out the South Korean actresses who have received this prestigious title over the years.

Im Ye-jin

Lim Ye Jin, who began her career in 1974, is known as the original "Nation's Little Sister" due to her charming and innocent appearance.

Lee Sang-ah

Lee Sang-ah earned the nickname "Nation's Little Sister" due to her widespread popularity following her role in the immensely popular TV series "The Last Match."

Jang Na-ra

Singer-turned-actress Jang Na-ra is often affectionately called the "Nation's Little Sister" because of her widespread popularity as a multi-entertainer.

Moon Geun-young

Moon Geun-young gained popularity for her roles in "Autumn in My Heart" and "My Little Bride." After "My Little Bride" came out, the media dubbed her the "Nation's Little Sister."

Park Bo-young

Park Bo-young earned the title "Nation's Little Sister" because of her popularity following the success of her movie "Scandal Makers," where she portrayed a teenage single mother.

Park Shin-hye

Park Shin-hye was chosen as the “Nation’s Little Sister” on MBC’s “Section TV Entertainment Relay” through the show’s segment titled “Sunday Section” due to her acting skills, natural beauty, and kind personality.

Ahn So-hee

Ahn So-hee, actress and former Wonder Girls member, is the first star from a K-pop group to be dubbed “Nation’s Little Sister.”


IU earned the title “Nation’s Little Sister” two years after her debut in 2010, when she released her hit song “Good Day” and became viral for her high-pitched notes in the song.

Lee Hye-ri

Girl’s Day’s Lee Hye-ri was named the “Nation’s Little Sister” by the South Korean media due to her enormous popularity following her appearance as a regular cast member on "Real Men."

Kim Hye-yoon

Kim Hye-yoon gained widespread recognition thanks to her roles in “Sky Castle” and “Extraordinary You.” Her acting skills earned her many accolades and the title “Nation’s Little Sister.”

Kim So-hyun

“Nation’s Little Sister,” Kim So-hyun, started her career as a child actress in 2006. “Who are You: School 2015,” “River Where the Moon Rises” are some of her popular dramas.

Kim Yoo-jung

Kim Yoo-jung started her career as a child model and gained popularity as a child actress. She earned the nickname "Nation's Little Sister" for her portrayals of various child roles.

Kim Sae-ron

“Nation’s Little Sister” Kim Sae-ron is best known for her roles in “The Man from Nowhere,” and “A Brand New Life.” She is the youngest South Korean actress to be invited to the Cannes Film Festival.

The title of “Nation's Little Sister” is a testament to an actress's talent, relatability, and endearing image. These beloved figures continue to captivate the hearts of South Koreans.

  1. Hyeri
  2. IU
  3. Jang Na Ra
  4. Kim Hye Yoon
  5. Kim Sae Ron
  6. Kim So Hyun
  7. Kim Yoo Jung
  8. Moon Geun Young
  9. Park Bo Young
  10. Park Shin Hye
  11. Sohee
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saucysecret7 pts Monday, September 11, 2023 2
Monday, September 11, 2023

Shouldn't Suzy and Yoon Eunhye be on the list too?

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estelle25f62 pts Monday, September 11, 2023 0
Monday, September 11, 2023

One on my fav korean actress is Shim eunkyeong. Is it wrong to put her in it?

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