5 Korean actors whose life changed with one hit work during “unknown days”

No matter how good an actor is, it is difficult to garner the public’s attention without nailing quality and successful works.

Kim Da Mi


After overcoming a competition rate of 500:1, Kim Da Mi was cast as the protagonist, Koo Ja Yoon in the movie “The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion”, which hit the cinema in 2018. Prior to this, the actress had appeared in the movie “Marionette” and the independent film, “2017 Project With The Same Name”.

After “The Witch,” Kim Da Mi won 14 awards, including Best New Actress at the 2018 27th Buil Film Awards, the 55th Grand Bell Awards and the 39th Blue Dragon Film Awards. She has since starred in dramas such as “Itaewon Class” and “Our Beloved Summer”, as well as in the movies “The Witch: Part 2. The Other One” and “Soulmate”.

Chun Woo Hee

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Actress Chun Woo Hee used to be unknown and active for seven years without an agency, before playing the supporting character Lee Sang Mi in the 2011 movie “Sunny”.

After “Sunny” became a massive hit, Chun Woo Hee signed an exclusive contract with Namoo Actors. In 2014, she starred in the movie “Han Gong Ju” and solidified her position as a leading actress by winning Best Actress award at the 34th Korean Film Critics Association Awards, the 51st Grand Bell Awards, and the 35th Blue Dragon Film Awards.

Kim Hye Yoon

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Actress Kim Hye Yoon officially debuted in the 2013 KBS drama “Samsaengi”, and later appeared as supporting characters and minor roles in about 50 works, including dramas “I Can Hear Your Voice”, “The Suspicious Housekeeper”, “The Doctors”, “Goblin”, “The Legend of the Blue Sea”, and so on. 

She then won against a 200:1 competition rate and was cast as Kang Ye Seo in the JTBC drama “SKY Castle” in 2018, leaving a strong impression on the public.

Kim Yoon Seok

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Actor Kim Yoon Seok started his acting career in theater in 1988 and built a relationship with Song Kang Ho. However, after nearly 10 years of being unknown, he felt a sense of doubt and even ran a cafe in his hometown Busan in the late 1990s.

However, persuaded by Song Kang Ho, Kim Yoon Seok resumed his acting career in 2000. He then appeared as supporting roles in director Choi Dong Hoon’s debut work “The Big Swindle” and the drama “Resurrection.”

Later, Kim Yoon Seok became famous for his role as “Agui” in the movie “Tazza: The High Rollers”, which was directed by Choi Dong Hoon in 2006.

Kim Nam Gil

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Actor Kim Nam Gil passed the 2003 MBC 31st public recruitment talent under the stage name “Lee Han” and appeared as a minor role in dramas such as “Be Strong, Geum Soon!,” “My Lovely Sam Soon,” and “The 5th Republic.”

He then changed his stage name back to his real name, Kim Nam Gil, after appearing in the 2008 film “Public Enemy Returns”. In 2009, he played Bidam in the MBC drama “Queen Seondeok”, gaining popularity in an instant

Source: wikitree

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