It’s a great luck for actors and actresses to meet the role of their life. After going through such perfect fitting roles can actors and actresses really start working because they will bring fame, reputation and further work to do after the drama is over.
However, there is one unexpected disadvantage of meeting the role that is too perfect for one. People tend to remember the person in the name of the character in the drama, not his or her real name! Audiences around 40s or older usually get confused, but also the young audiences are confused sometimes as well, especially when the actor or actress haven’t done many pieces of work.
Here are top 10 actors and actresses who have met their life-changing role, but names mistaken as the character’s name.
1st- Kim TakGoo (Drama: Bread, Love and Dreams)
Actor Name: Yoon ShiYoon
2nd – JungBong (Reply 1988)
Actor Name: Ahn JaeHong
3rd – Tsingtao (SNL Korea)
Actor Name: Jung SangHoon
4th – Goo JunPyo (Boys Over Flower)
Actor Name: Lee MinHo (Now, he is well-known, but by the time the drama was on air, everybody called him JunPyo)
5th – SaeByeok (You Are My Destiny)
Actress Name: YoonA (Now, she is well-known, but by the time the drama was on air, everybody called her SaeByeok)
6th – DongHae (Drama: Smile DongHae)
Actor Name: Ji ChangWook (Now, he is well-known, but by the time the drama was on air, everybody called him DongHae)
7th – Bbangguddonggu (Drama: High Kick 3!)
Actress Name: Jin JiHee
8th – GaEul (Drama: Boys Over Flower)
Actress Name: Kim SoEun
9th – Kakatalk Dog (Drama: You Came From the Star)
Actor Name: Shin SungRok
10th – Do InBum (Drama: Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim)
K-Pop idols turning to acting is becoming more and more common these days. However, it really takes a lot for these stars to prove their acting chops! As a good majority of South Korea tunes into their favorite dramas every week, their characters not only need to appeal to K-Pop fans, but people of all ages and demographics, making the cross-over all the more challenging.
For this week’s Kpopmap Charts, we’ve picked ten of our favorite roles played by K-Pop idol actresses. To the upbeat SiWon of “Reply 1997” to the competitive Becky of “Dream High,” these K-Pop idols tried their hand at a range of different characters. Did your favorite make the list?
The heartwrenching romance drama “Love Rain” is among international K-Drama fans’ favorite watches, and it’s really a no brainer why. Acting alongside fellow Hallyu heavyweight Jang GeunSuk, YooNa‘s portrayal of both YoonHee and her daughter HaNa tugs is both tragically sweet and powerfully acted.
2. Suzy – YeoWool in “Gu Family Book”
Suzyhas always carried her weight as an actresses in both drama and film, but in the 2013 action-romance drama “Gu Family Book,” she upped her game with some serious stunt choreography through the role of skilled warrior YeoWool. Don’t mess with Suzy!
3. IU – SoonShin in “You’re The Best, Lee SoonShin!”
As optimistic and ambitious SoonShin, IUplays the perfect ‘every-girl’ working hard toward her dream of becoming an actress. While IU has played quite a few lovable drama roles, “You’re The Best” introduced her acting talent to the world, helping her score Best New Actress at the 2013 KBS Drama Awards.
4. Girl’s Day’s HyeRi – DukSun in “Reply 1988”
Considering just how big of a star she is these days, it’s hard to believe there was a time where Girl’s Day’s HyeRi wasn’t on TV! Thanks to her role in “Reply 1988,” she became a household name in Korea and is currently among the top paid endorsement models in the country.
5. Apink’s EunJi – SiWon in “Reply 1997”
Anyone with even a passing interest in Korea’s 90s pop culture could relate to the daily struggles of H.O.T fangirl, Sung SiWon. Constantly having to defend her love for her oppas from the naysayers in her life, EunJiplayed a fan as obsessed with Tony Ahn as we are obsessed with her!
6. f(x)’s Krystal – BoNa in “The Heirs”
As one of the HBIC at the ultra-plush Jeguk High School, Krystalwas definitely channeling some Blair Waldorf vibes through the role of Lee BoNa, the daughter of a music entertainment CEO. With her glamorous looks and unaffected delivery, she may just be the ice princess of our K-Drama dreams!
7. Sulli – JaeHee in “To The Beautiful You”
By the time “To The Beautiful You” had hit television, it was safe to say the girl-disguised-as-guy motif was pretty played out in the realm of Korean dramas. However, Sullibreathed new life into the genre through the girlcrush-worthy role of Goo JaeHee.
8. T-ARA’s EunJung – Becky in “Dream High”
As good-girl-gone-bad Yoon Becky, T-ARA’s EunJungput on a stellar performance in the 2011 musical drama “Dream High.” Sure, we loved a few different roles in that drama, but as one of the main villains, she played a character we truly loved to hate. (Just keep her away from flower pots, okay?)
9. UEE – HyeSoo in “Marriage Contract”
While other acting idols tend to play lighter roles like high school students or part-time workers, UEEput on a moving performance as young widowed, HyeSoo, who was dealing with raising her daughter despite being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Talk about a hard role to tackle!
10. gugudan’s Kim SeJeong – EunHo in “School 2017”
In the recently wrapped drama “School 2017,” gugudan’s SeJeongwon the heart of audiences through the role of EunHo. A perfect heroine, the high school student maintains her upbeat, optimistic demeanor while working to solve the case behind the mysterious Student X.
Many romantic-comedy dramas and films have dealt with friends turning into couples. Why those plots are getting steady popularity is those are the most fluttering and also easily imaginable stories for anyone. We all got intimate friends of ours. And I bet you have imagined ‘What if she/he becomes my lover?’ at least once. Friends who already know your weakness, hobby and taste will probably be the best partners as a lovers.
The same situation often happens in shooting scenes. There are some actors and actresses who must have kissed one another for shooting dramas or films but actually, they are real friends to one another. Just think about how awkward and pit-a-pat it would be.
Are you ready for the behind stories of K-Drama’s kissing scenes?
1. Reply 1988
Ryu HyeYoung ♥ Go KyungPyo
Even before shooting for drama began, both of them have been intimate friends as well as people called them twins! Actually, Go KyungPyo and Ryu HyeYoung are studying in KonKuk University, Film Major. Go KyungPyo is a year ahead of her but they have got along together like good friends. In a interview, Go KyungPyo confessed, “I told HyeYoung that we should stay as friends because it’s hard to see you as much as before after break-up. Also, he answered that he believed it’s possible to be friends between guys and girls.
Dove, ELLE Korea
2. I Am Director
Lee ChaeYoung ♥ Lim JooHwan
Lim JooHwan is Lee ChaeYoung’s 12-years friend. Lee ChaeYoung revealed, “We are brothers to each other” and “It’s so awkward to kiss each other in drama. I though that ‘Bro’ Lim JooHwan is different from ‘Actor’ Lim JooHwan”.
bnt, In Style
3. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
Lee SungKyung ♥ Nam JooHyuk
Lee SungKyung said, “I have a lot of things that I did with JooHyuk, such as photo shoots and finally I happen to do the drama with him” and “I think we are a match, indeed. So we could act, counting on each other. It was easy to act relentlessly as much as we are close to each other”. Nam JooHyuk added, “I was told that ‘Wasn’t it awkward to hug and kiss the best friend?’ from many people. But it was way good and thrilling than any other acting”.