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'Hercai' Cast: Where Are They Now?

'Hercai' Cast: Where Are They Now?

Hercai premiered on ATV on March 15, 2019, and simply put, you had to be there. The hit series, which ran for three seasons, was centered around the love story between Reyyan and Miran, initially shrouded in the latter's thirst for revenge yet ultimately blossoming into the real deal despite many obstacles.

In its incredibly successful first season, Hercai ratings averaged 11.60 in Total, 7.08 in AB, and 9.06 in ABC1. Season 2 of the series, which premiered in September 2019, averaged 8.49 in Total, 4.53 in AB, and 6.56 in ABC1. While the third and final season of the series experienced a sharp decline in the ratings, averaging 4.59 in Total, 1.96 in AB, and 3.03 in ABC1, its impressive sales overseas (the series sold in over 100 territories) kept it going long enough for it to wrap up on a good note.

And now, five years after the show premiered, find out what the cast members of Hercai have been doing since it wrapped in 2021.

Having made a name for himself as the main protagonist, Akın Akınözü has kept busy since the series concluded.

From December 2021 through May 2022, he starred as Cemal in Star TV's Kaderimin Oyunu.

Later in 2022, he joined the cast of the TV8 series Tuzak, where he played a lawyer whose vengeful intentions are challenged when he unexpectedly falls in love with his mark's daughter.

In 2024, Akınözü is set to make his return to ATV in Yaban Çiçekleri.

While Hercai marked Ebru Şahin's first role as a lead actress, one thing was clear: she was destined to do great things in the dizi industry.

Following the series' conclusion, Şahin landed the lead in ATV's historical drama series Destan. Though the series was a shoo-in for renewal, it was abruptly canceled at the last minute, but with Sahin's star on the rise, she did not stay unbooked for too long. 

In the meantime, she wed Turkish basketballer Cedi Osman in a lavish ceremony attended by many of her Hercai co-stars.

Having spent months enjoying marital bliss, Şahin returned to the small screen in 2023, starring as Harika in OGM Pictures' short-lived Yüz Yillik Mucize.

In the near future, Sahin is expected to appear alongside Çagatay Ulusoy in the Netflix original movie, 'The Gentleman.'

Ayda Aksel has worked steadily since her days as Babaanne on Hercai, notably starring alongside Haluk Bilginer in Ay Yapim's family drama Baba.

In 2023, the actress returned to her villainous roots, starring in NOW TV's Gülcemal as an unscrupulous mother who abandons her young child.

Subsequently, Ay Yapim rang up the actress' phone again and offered her the role of Nedret in the Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ and Serenay Sarıkaya-led drama series, Aile. With the series now concluded, we're excited to see what's next for the seasoned actress.

We still get chills thinking about Macit Sonkan's magnetic portrayal of the very wicked Nasuh. 

To our surprise, the actor has yet to appear in any major roles since Hercai.

Tutumluer already had an impressive list of credits under his belt prior to joining the cast of Hercai.

Following Hercai's run, the actor appeared in TRT1's historical series Alparslan: Büyük Selçuklu and subsequently appeared in episodes of NOW TV's Kirli Sepeti in 2024.

Of her Hercai co-stars, Gülçin Santırcıoğlu had the most successful return to dizi land following the series' concludion. The actress, who garnered a lot of praise for her role as Sultan in Hercai, landed the role of Ifakat in OGM Pictures' mega-hit series Yalı Çapkını. Like Hercai, the first season of the family drama broke ratings records, landing a second season renewal in no time.

Her post-Hercai credits also feature an appearance in a pair of Netflix originals, the series Andropoz, and the movie Azizler.

Since warming our hearts as the adorable Gül in Hercai, little Ebrar has stayed busy despite her young years.

She has starred in three series, ranging from firefighter drama Kirmizi Kamyon to period dramas like Aziz and Netflix's Midnight at the Pera Palace. Elsewhere, the actress has appeared in Turkish films like Masal Zamani: Melez Prenses, Rüzgargülü, Masal Zamani 2: Sihirli Kapi, and a few others. 

With a handful of projects still in production, Ebrar is not showing any signs of slowing down soon, and we love that of her. 

Booked and busy is the best way to describe Gülçin Hatıhan's career since Hercai ended, and rightfully so, as the actress nailed her role as the mean Handan in the series.

Hatıhan has since appeared in other TV series such as Mahkum, Gül Masali, Another Love, and most recently, TRT1's period drama, Kara Ağaç Destanı.

Ahmet Tansu Taşanlar has starred in a handful of roles since Hercai wrapped, but the biggest life update since is perhaps his wedding to his longtime girlfriend and Hercai co-star, Oya Unustası.

"A week after I met you, I called my brother and said, "I met the woman I will marry." 10 years have passed, and I know our relationship will last a lifetime, but being your husband is a completely different feeling," he said in an Instagram post following the duo's nuptials in 2021.

Hercai is Unustası's long-running series to date, but the actress has credits dating back as far back as 2011.

Since the series ended, the actress has stayed away from the small screen, only returning in 2024 in Star TV's Ömer.

"My all-time valentine 🤍," she wrote in an Instagram post reminiscing about her wedding to Hercai co-star Ahmet Tansu Taşanlar.

İlay Erkök was played Yaren, Reyyan's biggest opp. These days, Erkök continues to act, with a main focus on theatre productions, including starring as Desdemona in Otello.

Her recent credits also include movies like Merkez, Babasinin Kizi, Oyun Bitti, and Kış Masalı, which was chosen as an official selection at the French Rivera Film Festival. 

Cahit Gök starred as Miran's righthand man.

Before the series, he appeared in several dramas, including Siyah Beyaz Aşk, Ezel, and O Hayat Benim.

In 2023, he reunited with his co-star Ayda Aksel from Hercai in the 13-episode series Gülcemal. He also made a guest appearance in tabii's Yardımcı Oyuncu and appeared in the much-talked-about Atatürk movie.