Successful actors that grew up dirt poor: Park Bo Gum touches many with the strength to pay off a million-won debt 

For these actors and actresses, acting is a way to pull their families out of misery. 

Park Shin Hye

Park Shin Hye’s childhood dream connected strongly to her family’s situation. She wanted to become a police officer to protect her family as her mother was robbed of hundreds of thousands of won when she was in elementary school. When the actress decided to pursue acting, her parents were not hesitant to quit everything and went with their daughter to Seoul to realize her dream. She debuted as a child star in “Stairway to Heaven” and gained recognition later on with “Princess Hours” and “You’re Beautiful”. Her success allowed her to give back to her family financially. 

Park Shin-hye

Han So Hee

Though quiet about her personal life, Han So Hee does not hide her poor family background. Before her current international acclaim, Han So Hee had to take up a variety of jobs to make ends meet. She worked part-time at a sake bar and went to Seoul with less than 250 USD. Her new-found fame over one night with “World of the Married” and other notable works gradually gave her a better life with streams of hefty earnings from commercial deals. Speaking of her source of inspiration, she talked of her grandmother and how she wanted to give her a better life. 

han so hee

Park Bo Gum

At the start of his career, 22-year-old Park Bo Gum had to announce bankruptcy because he was his father’s guarantor. The actor could only pay off the debt when his career was on the rise, though the interest had raised the amount to 800 million won later on. 



Hyeri also had a tough childhood surrounded by many difficulties with her parents working as factory workers for a decade to support their children. Hyeri joined the show business as a member of the girl group Girl’s Day to help out her family and later took a step into acting. She received a massive success with the drama series “Reply 1988” and was able to give back to her family. With fame and fortune, she also did other charitable works to help those in need. 

Lee Hyeri

Cha Seung Won

Cha Seung Won did not have an easy childhood when he and his family had to live under a basement for 3 long years and the situation only got better when Cha Seung Won was cast as a model and actor. His role in “Our Blues” as a man with a struggling life showed a meaningful connection with the actor’s life. 

Cha Seung Won

Source: Koreaboo

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