Girls’ Generation Yoona and Sooyoung are solidifying their position as actresses. They are building their own area as actresses based on their solid acting skills.
Girls’ Generation debuted in 2007 and led the revival of K-pop. Although they suffered many ups and downs, including member change due to Jessica’s withdrawal, they showed off their unwavering friendship and strength by releasing the 7th full-length album “FOREVER 1” to celebrate the 15th debut anniversary last year. Like other idol groups, some members are simultaneously pursuing acting activities. Yoona and Sooyoung’s recent moves are drawing attention.
First of all, among Girls’ Generation members, Yoona started working as an actress and built up her filmography early. Before her debut, she appeared in the music videos for TVXQ’s “Magic Castle” and Super Junior’s “Marry U” in 2004 and 2007, respectively. At the same time as her debut, she became an actress in earnest with the drama “Two Outs in the Ninth Inning”. The following year, she starred as the female lead in “You Are My Destiny”. This drama recorded the highest viewership rating of 43.6% (based on Nielsen Korea’s nationwide paid households), making her name widely known as “actress Im Yoona”. At that time, to middle-aged viewers, she was called Sae Byuk, the name of her character in the drama, rather than Girls’ Generation Yoona.
While Girls’ Generation was enjoying their heyday as singers, Yoona appeared in dramas “Cinderella Man”, “Love Rain”, “Prime Minister & I”, “Hush” and made her screen debut with the movie “Confidential Assignment”. After that, she played the main role in “Exit”, which attracted nearly 10 million moviegoers.
Starting with the drama “Unstoppable Marriage” in 2007 (Girls’ Generation’s debut year), Sooyoung gradually expanded her acting spectrum by appearing in a number of works such as dramas “Dating Agency: Cyrano”, “Squad 38”, movies “Hello, Schoolgirl” and “Memories of a Dead End”.
Yoona and Sooyoung work together as members of Girls’ Generation, but they have taken somewhat different steps as actresses. While Yoona took on lead and title roles from the beginning of her debut, Sooyoung played both major and minor roles. Therefore, it is true that Sooyoung did not have a box office hit to represent her acting career for a long time. However, Sooyoung showed her outstanding acting skills through the role of Yang Jang Mi in the movie “Girl Cops”, and she began to stand out even more in insiders’ eyes. She has since gradually increased the size of her roles.
In the first half of this year, Yoona and Sooyoung both had successful works and are making remarkable achievements as actresses. Yoona led JTBC’s “King the Land”, which ended on August 6th, to its highest viewership rating of 13.8%. She tried authentic romance for the first time since her debut, and exuded her lovely charm, which has been loved by the public, to the fullest. Accordingly, she proved her popularity by ranking second in topicality rankings (based on Good Data Corporation) after Lee Jun Ho for 6 consecutive weeks.
Sooyoung is leading the success of ENA’s “Not Others”, which tells the story of a careless mother and her cool-headed daughter living together without countermeasures. The ratings, which started at 1.2%, continued to rise. Recently, episode 7 recorded the highest rating of 4.8%, taking first place among Monday-Tuesday dramas.