It’s not easy to get a lead for dramas or movies. Unless it’s an exceptional case, actors and actresses have to build experience, participating in several works as supporting roles or even as extras, before they score lead roles.
Following are six actors and actresses who worked their way up to play the lead roles in dramas and movies.
1. Ma Dong Seok
Ma Dong Seok nailed the lead role of an enthusiastic investigator in the film “The Outlaws.”
This achievement came after his great acting in movies “Veteran” and “Train to Busan” as a supporting actor. In “Veteran,” he appeared as the owner of a popular stationery store. He played a romantic, gentle husband who fights zombies in “Train to Busan.” Both movies had box office records of more than a hundred million.
Now Ma Dong Seok is a beloved actor with lead roles in various films and dramas.
2. Yoo Hae Jin
“The King and the Clown,” “Tazza,” and “The Unjust” are just a few of the hugely successful movies Yoo Hae Jin has appeared on. With his great acting skills, he earned the lead role in 2016 film “Luck-Key.”
3. Seo Hyun Jin
Seo Hyun Jin debuted as girl group M.I.L.K in 2001 but transitioned into acting. She participated in numerous dramas and honed her acting skills, eventually working her way up to the lead role in tvN’s “Let’s Eat Season 2” in 2015.
Since her turning point in 2015, she has become one of the most popular actresses in Korea, starring in tvN’s “Another Oh Hae Young” and SBS’s “Romantic Doctor Kim.” Seo Hyun Jin is currently playing the role of a scriptwriter on SBS’s “Degree of Love.”
4. Jo Jin Woong
Jo Jin Woong made a name for himself through roles in movies “Hwayi,” “A Hard Day,” and “Assassination.”
He is now one of the bigs in Korea’s films industry, recently receiving acclaims from the audience with his lead roles in “The Handmaiden,” “The Hunt,” and “Bluebeard.”
5. Chun Woo Hee
Chun Woo Hee has been working as an actress for 13 years since her debut in 2004 with the movie “Love, So Divine.” After leaving a strong impression on the audience with her role as a “bond girl” in “Sunny,” she won the award for best leading actress at the 2014 Blue Dragon Film Awards for her acting in “Han Gong Ju.”
Chun Woo Hee has been starring in both films and dramas, most recently on tvN’s “Argon” as a newbie journalist.
6. Jo Jung Suk
The scene where Jo Jung Suk explains what kissing is like in the movie “Architecture 101” became hugely popular after the premiere of the film.
Since then, he actively participated in musicals, dramas, and movies before marking a turning point in his acting career with his lead role in tvN’s “Oh My Ghostess.” Jo Jung Suk has also received love for his hilarious yet sweet role in SBS’s “Don’t Dare to Dream.”