The Korean drama scene is getting an infusion of new blood from actors born in the 1990s. There are a lot of scene stealing talents with new faces who are gradually moving from secondary character to main ones.
Born in 1997 Lee Seo-won is one these new faces that gained recognition as Suzy’s younger brother in last year’s “Uncontrollably Fond’. Moreover, the KBS 2TV drama starring Suzy and Kim Woo-bin propelled Seo-won to a leading man position. Seo-won starred in three dramas and one film the next year in 2017. This is included “The Liar and His Lover”, “Hospital Ship”, “Minute Romance”, and “Man of Will”, with additional castings likely to be announced in the coming months. Clearly, his sweet and sincere acting garners views and high ratings making him a desirable addition to shows and movies alike.
The hit thriller and crime drama “Suspicious Partner” owes much of its success to the Dong Ha’s role as the villain. In the role of Jung Hyun-Soo Dong Ha gave a haunting performance of a tormented, vengeful, and calculating killer that kept everyone on high alert. Moreover, his ability to interpret and portray the emotions of such a multi-faceted character attests to his acting ability.
Chae Soo-bin has been acting since 2015 but the 1994 actress really met her stride in 2016. In 2016 Soo-bin landed the role of Song Ga-Ryung in “Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People”. In light of the success of the drama it is easy to see how Soo-bin was catapulted to the leading lady in “Strongest Deliveryman”, opposite Go Kyung-pyo (Reply 1988, Jealousy Incarnate).
Go Kyung-pyo (1990), Kong Seung-Yeon (1993), Woo Do-Hwan (1992), Park Bo-young (1990) are other 1990s actors who have made great impact on the acting field and have taken on leading roles. Additionally, the influx of this new generation of actors has taken on roles that challenge traditional gender roles. Park Bo-young’s roles in “Oh My Ghost” and “Stong Woman Do Bong-soon” are great examples of this.
Indeed, the trend for more fun, unique, and breakthrough roles goes hand-in-hand with this invigoration of the Korean drama scene.
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