Scene Stealers in Popular Dramas
Hanyang actors, Kim Hye-jun, Lee Hak-joo, and Jung Da-bin steal the scene in popular dramas
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In the past, only the main characters of television shows were allowed into the spotlight. Nowadays, however, the roles of supporting actors are essential in producing good scenes. These so-called scene stealers dominated many of the popular dramas early this year as well. Three actors from Hanyang have also received much attention for their appearances in much loved dramas of 2020 and have made headlines for their roles as scene stealers.
Performer of unlimited genre, Kim Hye-jun
Kim Hye-jun (Department of Theater and Film, '20) debuted as an actress in 2015 in the web drama The Great Lilies. Since then, she has gradually built up her career as a main and supporting actor in a number of dramas and films. Kim gained attention through the film Another Child in 2019 in which she portrayed a high-school girl who finds out about her father's affair. Her performance in the film earned her the Best New Actress award in the Blue Dragon Film Awards that year.
Kim's most recent performance was in Netflix’s first original Korean series Kingdom, a historical zombie drama which received critical acclaim as a “refreshing addition to the zombie landscape.” Kim powerfully delivered in the role of the avaricious Queen Consort Cho who was desperate to secure her power over the Joseon Dynasty. “Although it was my first historical drama, it gave me a great opportunity to develop and grow as an actress,” said Kim. Kim will soon appear before audiences again as she takes on the lead role in the new drama, Sipsi Ilban.
A strenuous worker, Lee Hak-joo
Lee Hak-joo (Department of Theater and Film, '13) started his acting career performing in various plays and independent films. In 2015, he appeared in his first commercial film, The Shameless. After that, Lee gained increasing popularity starring in diverse dramas and films, receiving the nickname "Kang Dong-won of the independent film world."
Lee’s acting shined in the 2020 drama The World of the Married, the highest-rated Korean drama in cable television history. Lee took on the role of an abusive boyfriend of another supporting character, who commits crime under the orders of the main villain. His appearance on screen created a stifling atmosphere within the storyline, perfectly playing the role of the tension trigger, and introducing himself to the audience as a scene stealer. This year, Lee is planning to make an appearance in the drama Sweet Munchies and the movie Sinkhole.
Owner of infinite possibilities, Jung Da-bin
Jung Da-bin's (Department of Theater and Film, 1st year) first debut on screen was when she was 3 years-old, appearing in a famous Baskin-Robbins ice cream commercial in 2003. The commercial was quite famous and even now, many Koreans remember her as the “ice cream girl.” After her debut, Jung's childhood was filled with acting jobs in numerous dramas and movies. “I don't dislike the fact that I’m mostly only remembered as the 'ice cream girl.' Rather, I'm happy and thankful that people still remember me after all these years,” said Jung. “However, I do hope to leave a different impression through my future work and will be remembered as a proper adult actress.”
Jung has received much attention for her first performance as an adult in 2020 Netflix drama Extracurricular. The drama portrays crimes committed by high-school students including digital crimes, prostitution, and school violence. Jung successfully portrays a bully who earns money through prostitution and shows the raw reality of high-school violence, shocking the audience.
Hwang Hee-won email@example.com
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