Debating IU’s Best Character: The Dark Lee Ji An or the Mysterious Jang Man Wol?

There has been a debate sparked among netizens regarding IU’s representative K-dramas, “My Mister” and “Hotel Del Luna”.

IU, who is known more as a singer than an actress, is expanding her filmography by actively participating in various acting projects. Amidst this, an online community recently posted a question asking about IU’s best character. The compared characters were Lee Ji An from tvN’s “My Mister” and Jang Man Wol from tvN’s “Hotel Del Luna”.

In “My Mister”, which aired from March 21 to May 17, 2018, IU played Lee Ji An, who was completely different from the characters she had previously played. Lee Ji An is a dark and realistic character.

My Mister

Despite the challenging role, IU received the highest praise of her acting career through Lee Ji An. She was even nominated for the Best Actress award in the TV category at the 55th Baeksang Arts Awards.

Many people who have recently become IU’s fans have said that they became fans thanks to “My Mister”. Although IU’s emphasis is more on singing than acting, she received a lot of love as an actress through this drama. The controversy surrounding her acting skills was put to rest after “My Mister”.

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The next drama IU starred in after “My Mister” was “Hotel Del Luna”, which aired from July 13 to September 1, 2019.

In “Hotel Del Luna”, IU played Jang Man Wol, who committed a serious crime and was supposed to be trapped in the hotel forever. Jang Man Wol is not a purely positive character. She has a cold and evil personality.

hotel del luna

Once again, IU became a viral topic with each episode of the drama. She showed good chemistry with her co-star Yeo Jin Goo, and received praise for her decent acting skills. She also received praise for her various outfits, which turned the drama into “IU’s fashion show.” “Hotel Del Luna” is known as a visually enjoyable drama thanks to IU.

Although some netizens considered Jang Man Wol to be IU’s most iconic character, more people chose Lee Ji An. Those who chose Lee Ji An mentioned IU’s acting skills that she showed in the drama and the dark and cold image of Lee Ji An that could not be seen in other dramas as the reasons.

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The fact that such a debate is circulating among fans and netizens is a sign that IU’s position as an actress is becoming stronger.

IU is appearing in the newly released movie “Dream” with Park Seo Joon. “Dream” broke the monopoly of “John Wick 4” in Korean cinemas and topped the box office on its first day, attracting a lot of attention.


Currently, IU is filming Netflix’s original series “You Have Done Well” with Park Bo Gum.

Source: Insight. 

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