Back when they played supporting roles next to famous actors, few people expected the following names to become kings and queens of the Korean entertainment industry.
In addition to the series of famous Korean actors who used to be famous for a while but then flopped terribly, the entertainment industry also saw many celebrities who used to be ignored at the beginning of their career, now surpassing their co-stars and rising to fame.
1. Song Joong Ki
Few people know that before reaching the peak of success, Song Joong Ki played a small supporting role in A Frozen Flower. It was not until the release of Sungkyunkwan Scandal that he began to be noticed by the public. However, at that time, the male lead Park Yoo Chun captured the audience’s attention the most. However, 10 years later, the cast’s position in the industry is completely reversed. Park Yoo Chun’s career is ruined because of his sex and drug scandals. Meanwhile, Song Joong Ki and Yoo Ah In are two of the most powerful Korean actors, leaving their former co-star far behind.
2. Shin Hye Sun
About 6 years ago, Shin Hye Sun could not make a name for herself among countless Korean A-list actors. But now, she is dubbed the “rating guarantee” of Korean dramas when My Golden Life records an extremely high rating of up to 47.5% and Mr. Queen is one of the dramas with the highest rating in tvN history.
3. Lee Jong Suk
Lee Jong Suk made his first acting debut with ‘Prosecutor Princess’. However, he only took on a small role next to two famous actors, Park Shi Hoo and Kim So Yeon. However, many years after the times changed, Lee Jong Suk became the most sought-after star of the Hallyu wave, while the once-loving male god Park Shi Hoo struggled with a rape scandal.
4. Song Hye Kyo
Before becoming the queen of the entertainment industry, Song Hye Kyo was once assigned a supporting role in the national series ‘First Love’. At that time, she played the female student of Lee Hyo Kyung (Lee Seung Yeon). The success of the work with the highest rating of all time in the Korean film industry helped Lee Seung Yeon’s career enter its heyday, and it took Song Hye Kyo 4 years later to rise thanks to ‘Autumn In My Heart’.
5. Park Seo Joon
Park Seo Joon hit the acting stage 9 years ago with a faint supporting role in ‘Dream High 2’ alongside famous names at that time such as Kang So Ra, Jiyeon, JB,… But now Park Seo Joon has risen to the top to become the topmost powerful Korean star in Kbiz, even taking steps to conquer Hollywood. Compared to his ‘Dream High 2’ co-stars, perhaps Park Seo Joon was in a position that was hard to match.