5 Korean actresses who can pull off both rich and poor roles in K-dramas

These actresses are so versatile no types of roles can hinder them.

Korean actors and actresses often stumble in the same kind of roles over and over again, like Park Shin Hye with poor characters and Lee Min Ho with rich characters. However, there are some rare cases that can digest both types of images, and these 5 actresses listed below are prime examples: 


As of the moment, IU’s most successful and critically acclaimed works are “My Mister” and “Hotel del Luna”, where the idol-actress played completely different roles. On one hand, IU in “My Mister” is a dirt poor office worker who has a sick grandmother and a huge debt to take care of, while in “Hotel del Luna”, she’s dressed in the most stylish fashions and drives the fanciest cars. 

IU managed to nail these two totally contrasting images, and brought out the vibe of each character. Therefore, it came as no surprise when she was nominated for Best Actress at the 2019 and 2020 Baeksang Arts Awards. 

Seo Ye Ji 

Before transforming into the super talented, wealthy, and luxurious storybook writer of “It’s Okay To Not Be Okay”, Seo Ye Ji used to play a character that had nothing in “Save Me”. This character was a highschool student whose family lost all their senses to a cult, had no possessions, and desperately needed an out. 

Through these two different roles, Seo Ye Ji has truly proven her versatile acting skills. The actress will soon star as a vengeful woman in the tvN series “Eve”, which is something to look forward to. 

Han So Hee

The World Of Married

In “The World of The Married”, Han So Hee acted as a rich young lady who stole the female lead’s daughter. However, in “My Name”, she became a poor and strong girl who seeked justice for her father. The actress did a complete 180 between the two K-dramas, and totally wowed the audience with her outstanding performances. 

Han So Hee’s attempts at versatility were also highly regarded by critics. As a result, the actress was nominated to become Best New Actress and Best Actress at the 2020 and 2022 Baeksang Arts Awards, for her roles in “The World of The Married” and “My Name”, respectively. 

Song Hye Kyo


Born in 1981, Song Hye Kyo led an acting career full of massive hits, and one remarkable name among those is the K-drama “Autumn in My Heart”. Here, Song Hye Kyo not only continuously suffered but also lived in poor conditions, and managed to deliver her role so spectacularly that she became a legend. 

Song Hye Kyo

Later on, Song Hye Kyo also made deep impressions as rich characters in “That Winter, The Wind Blows” and “Encounter”. In both of these series, the actress exuded classy vibes and looked not a stray hair out of place. This proves that she can totally nail every role, poor or not. 

Kim Ji Won

From “To The Beautiful You” to “The Heirs”, Kim Ji Won was almost considered a one-trick-pony since she acted as rich characters every time. However, the actress has changed her image over time, and takes on a wide variety of roles from average to poor. “Fight For My Way” would be a prime example of Kim Ji Won playing poor characters. 


However, if you are not convinced, then the actress’s most recent work “My Liberation Notes” would add to the list of evidence. Here, Ji Won showcases such a perfect acting performance that viewers can’t help but be blown away. 

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