These actresses make sure they only return in well-written dramas.
Besides actors who frequently make comebacks to the small screen with at least one drama each year, there are actors who like to go on lengthy breaks between their works. Perhaps since they have more time to review the scripts sent to them, these actresses have always starred in successful dramas.
Kim Ji Won
Kim Ji Won rose to fame after playing supporting and second lead characters in two hit dramas, The Heirs (2013) and Descendants of the Sun (2016). Having both visuals and acting skills, Kim Ji Won left a strong impression on the audience even though she was not the female lead.
In 2017, she was cast in her first leading role in “Fight For My Way” and successfully boosted her popularity as a charming and trustworthy actress. However, instead of accepting new parts right away, she took a year off before making a comeback in the 2019 historical fantasy drama Arthdal Chronicles, showing a completely different image from her previous characters. She then “disappeared” from the screen for a year and a half before returning in “Lovestruck in the City”, a romantic interview-format drama, by the end of 2020. This year, we will get to see Kim Ji Won again in the upcoming slice-of-life drama My Liberation Notes, where she is expected to portray various sides of her acting.
It seems like Kim Ji Won likes to make sure she has enough time to consider the offers she receives after saying yes to one of them. This is shown through the fact her works don’t feel repetitive at all. Not all dramas she has starred in after Descendants of the Sun became a massive hit, but the storylines and Kim Ji Won’s acting transformation always earn praise.
Kim Tae Ri
Kim Tae Ri has been in the industry for 6 years, but she has only taken part in 2 dramas as the female lead, Mr. Sunshine and Twenty Five Twenty One, which are 4 years apart. Also thanks to this, Kim Tae Ri proves that she doesn’t need to act in lots of dramas for the audience to acknowledge her talent and charm. With only two dramas, she has achieved the amount of success that many other young actors could only dream of. Both Mr. Sunshine and Twenty Five Twenty One recorded high ratings, generated much buzz, and received plenty of positive reviews.
The ongoing youth melodrama Twenty Five, Twenty One has especially been drawing much attention lately with its well-written story and character developments. Kim Tae Ri’s characters in these two productions have two completely different colors, one is elegant and gentle, the other is tough and passionate. But a common point is they have both helped Kim Tae Ri show off her excellent acting skills.
Kim Da Mi
Another actress who entered the industry quite late but rose to stardom very quickly, Kim Da Mi, impresses viewers with her diversity and continuous onscreen transformation. She has only starred in two dramas, Itaewon Class in 2020 and Our Beloved Summer at the end of 2021, but her characters have a clear difference, in terms of visuals, personality, and how Kim Da Mi portrays them.
Itaewon Class, her debut drama was a great success as Kim Da Mi perfectly nailed the role of a feisty and courageous female protagonist. Meanwhile, in Our Beloved Summer, she transforms into Kook Yeon Soo, a smart, sensitive and uptight character. Two dramas that are nearly 2 years apart have successfully showcased Kim Da Mi’s acting range.
Han Hyo Joo
Actress Han Hyo Joo is also a talented actress who likes to take a break from activities for a long time until she can choose a suitable drama script for her next work. 2010 was an extremely successful year for Han Hyo Joo when she participated in the TV blockbuster Dong Yi. And it was not until 6 years later, in 2016, that this actress reappeared in another blockbuster TV series, W: Two Worlds.
After W: Two Worlds, Han Hyo Joo once again disappeared from the small screen. Success as she was at that time, but after W: Two Worlds, Han Hyo Joo once again took a break. That’s why it took 5 more years until 2021 when Han Hyo Joo returned with ‘Happiness‘ with the role of a policewoman. Still creating a certain charm and making a bold impression with this drama, perhaps a long break is the key to making every comeback of Han Hyo Joo all so impressive.
I respect actresses and actors who know how to choose their scripts carefully since they all want to provide their finest performance in any drama or film they participate. Although I would love to see these amazing women on the small screen more, if they do, the quality of the dramas in which they appear may decline. Therefore many people have opted to wait patiently till these actresses return in order to appreciate more of their outstanding works.