Even the biggest stars have had difficult days of obscurity before becoming famous. However, that is not the case for these 7 stars.
Many of the celebrities who have become A-class stars have suffered for a long time from obscurity, their name unknown to the world.
However, there are also stars who immediately became famous and made their faces known to the public upon their debut.
Below are the celebrities who luckily gained popularity and established themselves as superstars right after their debut.
1. Jung Ho-yeon.
Jung Ho-yeon‘s first work as an actor, Netflix’s “Squid Game,” has drawn a lot of attention and made her into a popular star.
She has left a strong impression in “Squid Game” by perfecting the role of Kang Sae-byeok, a character who is in a desperate situation that requires a lot of money to save her family.
In particular, thanks to the worldwide enthusiasm for “Squid Game,” Jung Ho-yeon’s Instagram followers have reached about 23.5 million as of November 15th.
2. Lee Seung-gi.
Singer and actor Lee Seung-gi has captivated the hearts of older sister fans, giving him the nickname “National Younger Brother.”
Lee Seung-gi made his debut with his first album in 2004. The album’s title song “Because You’re My Woman” was loved so much that it is considered a mega hit song at the time.
Through “Because You’re My Woman”, he swept away all the “Rookie of the Year” awards at the Mnet Asian Music Awards, Seoul Music Awards, SBS Music Festival, and MBC Music Festival that year.
Since then, Lee Seung-gi has established himself as a “national younger brother” and has been active in various fields ranging from entertainment programs to dramas and movies.
3. Choi Ye-bin.
Actor Choi Ye-bin made her name known to the audience as Ha Eun-byul in her debut drama series, SBS’s “Penthouse.”
In “Penthouse”, she perfectly portrayed a vicious role that bothered any friends who interfered in her way while obsessing over achieving her dream of becoming a vocalist.
“Penthouse” caught the attention of viewers with its unpredictable crazy development and gained a lot of popularity with high ratings from season 1 to season 3.
Choi Ye-bin even appeared in SBS’s “Delicious Rendezvous” after she steps into stardom thanks to “Penthouse.”
4. Park Min-young
Park Min-young entered the acting career with MBC’s “High Kick”, a legendary sitcom that produced various famous lines.
In “High Kick”, she took on the role of Kang Yu-mi, a trouble-free and easy-going girl.
At that time, “High Kick” started with 6% and surpassed 20% within two weeks of airing, receiving great responses from viewers.
Recently, “High Kick” members reunited for the first time in 14 years and reminded themselves of their memories through “MBC Documentary Special”.
Park Min-young, who has been popular since her debut, has established herself as a “romantic-comedy queen” thanks to KBS2’s “Sungkyunkwan Scandal”, SBS’ “City Hunter”, “Healer” and tvN’s “What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim”.
As soon as SM Entertainment’s girl group aespa debuted last year, they caught everyone’s eye with their unique worldview and addictive songs.
On the day of their debut, aespa ranked high on numerous music sites such as No.1 on QQ Music (China’s largest music site)’s Soaring Chart as well as No.2 on New Songs Chart.
In particular, aespa’s debut song “Black Mamba” proved its worldwide popularity by debuting at #100 on the Billboard Global (excluding the U.S.) Chart.
BLACKPINK is also an idol star who became famous at the same time as their debut.
BLACKPINK appeared like a comet in 2016 and created a craze for their debut track “Whistle”.
At the time of their debut, they topped major domestic music sites’ real-time, daily and weekly charts for 16 consecutive days.
BLACKPINK also occupied the top spot on iTunes in 14 foreign countries.
BLACKPINK has been releasing numerous hits such as “DDU-DU DDU-DU”, “As If It’s Your Last” and “BOOMBAYAH” in a “hip” style.
7. Lee Jun-ki
Actor Lee Jun-ki made his face known to the public through a minor role in MBC’s “Nonstop 4”.
After that, he broke through the competition rate of 2000 to 1 to take on the role of Gong-gil, a beautiful clown in the movie “The King and the Clown”.
With this opportunity, Lee Jun-ki joined the ranks of popular actors and even caused the “flower boy syndrome”.
Currently, he is walking his own path by accumulating solid filmography including MBC’s “Time Between Dog and Wolf” and SBS’ “Iljimae”.