Who is paid the most among top Korean actresses, such as Song Hye-kyo, Jeon Ji-hyun, Lee Young-ae, etc.?
The drama market in the second half of 2021 has become the stage for top actresses, such as Song Hye-kyo with “Now, We’re Breaking Up”, Jeon Ji-hyun with “Jirisan” and Lee Young-ae with “Inspector Koo”. As much as the popularity of their dramas, the top stars’ appearance fee has always been a subject that arouses curiosity. Recently, Song Hye-kyo and Jeon Ji-hyun made headlines as their appearance fees were known to have exceeded 200 million won per episode. With a 16-episode drama and getting paid 200 million won for one episode, they are expected to earn about 3.2 billion won in total.
After the success of “Saimdang, Memoir of Colors”, top star Lee Young-ae’s appearance fee per episode has exceeded 100 million won per episode. Therefore, it is expected that the amount she received for her role in “Inspector Koo” was similar to that of Song Hye-kyo and Jeon Ji-hyun.
Meanwhile, apart from acting in drama, Jeon Ji-hyun has taken on 16 advertisements this year, with an estimated profit exceeding at least 17 billion won. As a result, Jeon Ji-hyun ranked 1st in the so-called “highest-paid” actress rankings, which only counts appearance fees and advertising fees.
In addition to Lee Young-ae, Song Hye-kyo, and Jeon Ji-hyun, it is said that only Son Ye-jin and Go Hyun-jung are the other actresses who have their appearance fee exceeded 100 million won per episode.
Known as the actor who received the highest appearance fees per episode so far, Kim Soo-hyun is revealed to earn as much as 500 million won for each episode of his new drama “One Ordinary Day”, which is released through an OTT platform.