Best K-Drama Actors of 2014

Which actors touched your heart with their acting this year? Vote for them at the Soompi Awards 2014 here, but before you do, you can read through this gallery where members of the Soompi staff share why they think each nominee deserves the award.

Jo In Sung

The main man of “It’s Okay, That’s Love,” I can’t imagine anyone else pulling off the wildly attractive but traumatized schizophrenic writer. His portrayal of this intricate and complicated character was brilliant: brilliantly heartwarming and brilliantly heart-wrenching. His straight forward, bold, and odd romantic gestures won the hearts of not only Ji Hae Soo (Gong Hyo Jin) but all women who watched the drama. His perfect face filling up the TV screen is a nice bonus. 

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Lee Joon Ki 

Lee Joon Ki is always one of the best casting choices for a sageuk drama. He has given us an outstanding performance this year in “Joseon Gunman” by portraying a hooded vigilante who fights for civilians. His chemistry with the actress Nam Sang Mi and his character’s heartbreaking transformation from a nobleman to a revolutionist against political tyranny is flawless. I really felt “Joseon Gunman” was a polished drama of high caliber and it was really due to Lee Joon Ki’s saving grace.

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Lee Jong Suk

Lee Jong Suk has been my favorite actor ever since \u201cI Hear Your Voice.\u201d Since then, I have seen almost all of the dramas he has starred in because I simply cannot get enough of his acting. To me, almost all of his roles seem like they came naturally to him, making him a consistently wonderful actor\u2014and Lee Jong Suk has definitely not disappointed with \u201cPinocchio.\u201d Even though he\u2019s just coming into his fifth year as an official actor, he certainly feels like a veteran to the small screen. "]" data-sheets-userformat="[null,null,769,[null,0],null,null,null,null,null,null,null,1,0]">Lee Jong Suk has been my favorite actor ever since “I Can Hear Your Voice.” Since then, I have seen almost all of the dramas he has starred in because I simply cannot get enough of his acting. Almost all of his roles seem like they came naturally to him, making him a consistent and wonderful actor. Moreover, Lee Jong Suk has not disappointed us with his performance in “Pinocchio.” Even though he’s just coming into his fifth year as an actor, he certainly feels like a veteran.

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Choi Jin Hyuk 

Choi Jin Hyuk has had a pretty successful year. He has gone from taking many second lead roles to the main lead role in dramas like \u201cEmergency Couple\u201d and \u201cPride and Prejudice.\u201d I love Choi Jin Hyuk because he has such a charismatic voice. It makes my heart flutter listening to him. I love how he portrayed his character, Koo Dong Chi, in \u201cPride and Prejudice.\u201d He knows what to say and how to make a girl swoon hardcore. He has shown great chemistry with all of his female partners. With his tall height, handsome features, and appealing voice, he has definitely won the hearts of many female fans, including mine\u2026"]" data-sheets-userformat="[null,null,11011,[null,0],[null,2,16777215],null,null,null,null,null,null,1,0,null,[null,2,2236962],null,10]">Choi Jin Hyuk had a pretty successful year featuring in multiple dramas. He has gone from taking many second lead roles to being the main lead role in dramas like “Emergency Couple” and “Pride and Prejudice.” I love Choi Jin Hyuk because he has such a charismatic voice. Listening to his voice makes my heart flutter. I love how he portrayed his character, Koo Dong Chi, in “Pride and Prejudice.” He knows what to say and how to make a girl swoon. His role in “Fated to Love You” was also extremely charming and has shown great chemistry with all of his female partners. With his tall height, handsome features, and deep voice, he has definitely won the hearts of many female fans, including mine.

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Jang Hyuk

Jang Hyuk, stole hearts left and right this year as Lee Gun from \"Fated to Love You.\" His flawless performance of our respectful, maniacal, perverted, and snail loving Jangin Chemicals CEO with over-the-top tendencies and a wonderful, decisive brain on his shoulders hit all the right notes that had viewers everywhere singing his praises. He owned Lee Gun in a way that is impossible to replicate, but no one would dare to attempt it anyway! \n\nWithout Jang Hyuk, Lee Gun would have been boring and standard, but toss in the off-script \"Lee Gun Laugh\" when the opportunity arises and the few months of virtually no sleep for our hardworking actor, and Lee Gun becomes loveable, animated, and downright special. Jang Hyuk created a swoon worthy man who knows how to treat woman at all times (such a rarity in Dramaland!) and sets the heart into overdrive on frequent occasions. \n\nJang Hyuk doesn't hold back and gives it his all - from his slapstick comedic side to his sweet, loving attitude towards Kim Mi Young and to his quiet sufferings as Lee Gun dealt with loss, uncertainty, and regret. It is impossible to stay still because Jang Hyuk's perfect performance can move even the biggest of mountains."]" data-sheets-userformat="[null,null,769,[null,0],null,null,null,null,null,null,null,1,0]">The king of adlibs, Jang Hyuk, stole hearts left and right this year as Lee Gun from “Fated to Love You.” His flawless performance of our respectful, maniacal, perverted, and snail loving man with over-the-top tendencies and a wonderful, decisive brain on his shoulders hit all the right notes that had viewers everywhere praising his performance. He owned Lee Gun in a way that is impossible to replicate, but no one would dare to attempt it anyway!

Without Jang Hyuk, Lee Gun could be boring and standard, but toss in the off-script “Lee Gun Laugh” when the opportunity arises and the few months of virtually no sleep, and Lee Gun becomes lovable, animated, and downright special. Jang Hyuk created a swoon worthy man who knows how to treat a woman at all times (such a rarity in Korean Dramas!) and sets the heart into overdrive on frequent occasions.

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Joo Won

Joo Won is one of my favorite actors simply because he's good at what he does. His ability to completely understand and recreate his character on screen is impeccable. Who else could fully portray a genius but socially inept doctor (\"Good Doctor\") and then warm the viewers' hearts with his mastery of conducting for his role as a music student (\"Tomorrow Cantabile\")? Every role Joo Won decides to do makes me look forward to the new character he's going to introduce to the world, because he is one of the those people truly born to act - to give life to fictional people."]" data-sheets-userformat="[null,null,11011,[null,0],[null,2,16777215],null,null,null,null,null,null,1,0,null,[null,2,2236962],null,10]">Joo Won is one of my favorite actors simply because he’s good at what he does. His ability to completely understand and recreate his character on screen is impeccable. Who else could fully portray a genius but socially inept doctor (“Good Doctor“) and then warm the viewers’ hearts with his mastery of conducting for his role as a music student (“Tomorrow Cantabile“)? Every role Joo Won decides to do makes me look forward to the new character he’s going to introduce to the world because he is one of the those people truly born to act, giving life to fictional people.

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Joo Won

Kim Soo Hyun

Kim Soo Hyun was a delight in this role\u2014at first, he made us laugh with his grumbling about kids these days; then, he made us swoon as he started to realize that he could, in fact, fall in love; finally, he made us cry as he struggled with the prospect of losing his love forever. Kim delivered every shade of Min Joon\u2019s emotional journey with dedication and heart, so that by the end of \u201cMy Love From the Stars,\u201d the audience was just as in love with him as Song Yi."]" data-sheets-userformat="[null,null,11011,[null,0],[null,2,16777215],null,null,null,null,null,null,1,0,null,[null,2,2236962],null,10]">Do Manager! A Hallyu star is only as good as her alien boyfriend (that’s the saying, right?), and Cheon Song Yi (Jun Ji Hyun) met her perfect match Do Min Joon, a surly but beautiful 400-year-old man. Kim Soo Hyun was a delight in “My Love from the Stars“—at first, he made us laugh when he grumbled about “kids these days”; then, he made us swoon as he started to realize that he could, in fact, fall in love. Finally, he made us cry as he struggled with the prospect of losing his love forever. Kim Soo Hyun delivered every shade of Min Joon’s emotional journey with dedication and heart, so that by the end of “My Love From the Stars,” the audience was just as in love with him as Song Yi.

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Lee Jin Wook

Lee Jin Wook in \u201cThe Three Musketeers,\u201d was not always a likable person. He was frequently cold and cruel and inscrutable, especially towards his wife (played by the wonderful Seo Hyun Jin). The joy of this performance, then, was the Prince\u2019s slow, halting transformation, his discovery of his own capacity for love and friendship. Every step of this journey made sense, because Lee so completely owned So Hyun\u2019s anger, confusion, and regret. It\u2019s subtle, carefully calibrated work, livened up with a generous helping of wry humor."]" data-sheets-userformat="[null,null,11011,[null,0],[null,2,16777215],null,null,null,null,null,null,1,0,null,[null,2,2236962],null,10]">Crown Prince So Hyun, as portrayed by Lee Jin Wook in The Three Musketeers,” was not always likable. He was frequently cold, cruel and inscrutable, especially towards his wife (played by the wonderful Seo Hyun Jin). The joy of this performance, then, was the Prince’s slow transformation, discovery of his capacity to love, and friendship. Every step of this journey made sense because Lee Jin Wook completely understood So Hyun’s anger, confusion, and regret. The subtle and carefully calibrated work livened up with a generous helping of wry humor.

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Seo In Guk 

Seo In Guk essentially played three characters: an 18-year-old, an 18-year-old pretending to be a 28-year-old, and a 28-year-old. In the face of this challenge, he didn\u2019t just succeed\u2014his performance as Lee Min Suk/Lee Hyung Suk is a sparkling comic gem, fresh and immediate and wonderfully fun. In 2014, no performance brought me as much sheer joy as this one."]" data-sheets-userformat="[null,null,11011,[null,0],[null,2,16777215],null,null,null,null,null,null,1,0,null,[null,2,2236962],null,10]">In “King of High School,” Seo In Guk essentially played three characters: an 18-year-old, an 18-year-old pretending to be a 28-year-old, and a 28-year-old. In the face of this challenge, he didn’t just succeed—his performance as Lee Min Suk/Lee Hyung Suk is a sparkling comic gem, fresh, immediate and wonderfully fun. No performance brought me as much sheer joy as this one in 2014.

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Park Yoo Chun

Park Yoo Chun played a super hot bodyguard in \u201cThree Days.\u201d He made the mystery suspense drama exciting and full of high intensity action. His diligent action training definitely paid off. Despite suffering a shoulder injury, Park Yoo Chun continued to portray his character with great passion. From mournful gazes to charismatic looks, he displayed a variety of emotions all the while looking extremely attractive. This role proved that his acting range goes beyond the typical rich pretty boy character we so often see. I can\u2019t wait to see Park Yoo Chun shine again in his next role."]" data-sheets-userformat="[null,null,8961,[null,0],null,null,null,null,null,null,null,1,0,null,null,null,10]">Playing a super hot bodyguard in “Three Days,” Park Yoo Chun made the mystery suspense drama more exciting and full of intense action. His diligent action training definitely paid off through his acting. Despite suffering a shoulder injury, Park Yoo Chun continued to portray his character with great passion. From mournful gazes to charismatic looks, he displayed a variety of emotions while still looking extremely attractive. This role proved that his acting range goes beyond the typical rich pretty boy character we so often see. I can’t wait to see Park Yoo Chun shine again through his next role.

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Park Yoochun

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