Top 5 most successful young Korean actors who started out as models

As their popularity skyrocketed after just a few roles, the following model-turned actors have quickly captured the hearts of many fans.

Starting out as models then following the acting path, these gorgeous actors and actresses always work hard to improve their acting skills and make names for themselves as legit actors. Some hit dramas came as great opportunities to help them showcase their talents and take their acting careers to the next level.

1. Jung Ho Yeon

One of the most viral actors at the moment is the charming female lead of Netflix’s hit Squid Game, Jung Ho Yeon. Originally known as a famous model who challenged herself in acting, thanks to her debut role in Squid Game, Jung Ho Yeon rose to fame not only domestically but globally. Her popularity has increased significantly. Her Instagram has witnessed a rapid surge in the number of followers. This amazing success must be attributed to her impressive performance in the role of player number 067 – Sae Byeok.

2. Lee Sung Kyung

Having a remarkable height of 1m75 and an unusual hazel eye color, Lee Sung Kyung had an absolutely outstanding appearance in her first drama It’s Okay, That’s Love by playing the character Oh So Nyeo. The following dramas she starred in such as Cheese In The Trap, Doctors all became great hits and solidified her position in the entertainment industry. Notably, with her female lead role in “Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo”, Lee Sung Kyung successfully boosted her global popularity. So far, Lee Sung Kyung has continuously participated in many well-known projects, most recently Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim 2 alongside Ahn Hyo Seop.

3. Nam Joo Hyuk

Although Nam Joo Hyuk’s acting is still receiving mixed reactions, his popularity is undeniable. The actor has gained a huge fandom after appearing in the hit drama series “School 2015”. He plays Han Yi An, a high school’s hot boy and a swimming athlete. In addition, he also formed couples with many Korean beauties, such as Seo Hyun in “Moon Lovers” and Suzy in “Start Up”.

4. Hwang In Yeop

Known as a late-rising star in Korean showbiz, 30-year-old actor Hwang In Yeop still owns a youthful appearance. That’s why he could still play the role of a high school student with his age. Although Hwang In Yeop didn’t have much screentime for his role as Goo Ja Sung in “18 Again”, he still made a special impression. Surprisingly, after “True Beauty” gained huge popularity around the world, the role of Han Seo Joon became Hwang In Yeop’s turning point, which makes him become a rising star. In addition, Hwang In Yeop will pair up with Seo Hyun Jin in his next movie project.

5. Han Ji Hyun

Born in 1996, the young actress Han Ji Hyun gained recognition for her supporting role in the hit drama “Penthouse”. Model-turn actress Han Ji Hyun amazed all movie fans with her excellent performance as the sassy girl Joo Seok Kyung. Her acting made the viewers hate this character a lot, but somehow they could still sympathize with her. It is known that Han Ji Hyun graduated from the Korea National University of Arts, the school of many famous actors. That’s why she owns a great acting skill that could be compared to any other actor of her era.

Source: K14

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