The two young actors have taken on increasingly difficult and varied roles this year.
2017 has been a good year of acting for Ryu Jun-yeol and Do Kyung-soo, also know as EXO D.O. Both have illustrated their acting chops by taking on a variety of roles and have successfully launched themselves into lead roles. Particularly, these two rookie actors have shown similar traits and trajectories.
Jun-yeol began as an independent film actor and steadily moved to and demonstrated his talent in commercial films. Conversely, Kyung-soo rose to fame with SM Entertainment’s superboy group EXO. In entertainment, he started acting in minor supporting roles and gradually grew to take on leading roles in larger productions.
What is admirable about their growth in the acting world is that they are well aware of the value of hard work and effort. The don’t indulge in their popularity and stray, but rather tighten their grip on acting. When they release a film they pay attention to its reception and the level of enthusiasm for their character. At the same time, they are also preparing for their next film or show. This kind of mentality is an example of well-grown rookies actors.
Jun-yeol first major role was in the independent feature-length film “Social Phobia” in 2014. However, it was his role in the hit drama “Reply 1988” that launched him into stardom. Furthermore, his sharp eyes and cheekbones have given him the flexibility to be considered for both good and bad characters.
Prior to hitting it big Jun-yeol encountered numerous failures early on but did not give up. Instead, he continued to make appearances in independent and small films as a minor character. Before “Social Phobia” he starred in such films as “East Thai”, “Angry People”, and “Glory Day” — films most people have never heard of.
Three years after starring in “Social Phobia” Jun-yeol has been a main character in “The King”, “Taxi Driver”, and “Silence”. In all three films, he demonstrated diverse levels of depth and characterization in his performances drawing praise from both industry members and the public alike.
Do Kyung-soo (D.O.)
K-pop idols crossing over to acting is nothing new. However, it is rare when an idol actor is actually accepted for and grows in the acting industry due to their skills. Recently, Kyung-soo, who is best known as a vocal for EXO, has gained recognition for his roles in dramas and films — appearing as a native in the field. Moreover, Kyung-soo has been developed into a lead actor in a relatively short period of time.
Kyung-soo had his acting debut in the drama “It’s Okay, That’s Love” in 2014. The next year in 2015, Kyung-soo starred in his first featured film “Cart”. This year Kyung-soo was cast as a main character in “My Annoying Brother” opposite Jo Jung-seok, and “Room No. 7” with Shin Ha-kyun. Additionally, he is a supporting character in the much anticipated “Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds“.
Astoundingly, unlike other idols who take dancing, fsinging, and acting classes simultaneously, he has not had an acting coach. Instead, he learns from senior actors he encounters on set. This mentality coupled with his astronomical growth points to a high level of talent and effort.
Shim Jae-myeong, the CEO of Myeong Film, who produced “My Annoying Brother” and “Cart” had this to say about Do Kyung-soo. “He has steadily grown in regards to attitude, enthusiasm, and effort with each role.”
Meanwhile, Kyung-soo is currently filming the movie “Swing Kids”, which is based on the Korean War. It is one of the most anticipated films of 2018 with Kang Hyeong-cheol directing.
Translated by O.C