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5 Korean Stars Who Played the Role Of A Fashionable Actress In A Drama

Like a true star, they're often seen flaunting a designer wardrobe!
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Actresses playing actresses? The Hallyu wave plays an integral part in the lives of South Koreans, so it comes as no surprise that everyone wants a glimpse of how K-pop idols and K-drama stars live. This explains the abundance of dramas that feature the leads playing the role of an actor/actress—and frankly, we’re all for it! Because in case you haven’t noticed, the leading ladies tend to be exceptionally stylish whenever they’re portraying celebrity roles. Think head-to-toe designer ‘fits and luxury arm candies!

Below, we list down five of our favorite leading ladies whose acting portfolios include playing the role of a fashionable actress:

1. Jun Ji Hyun in “My Love from the Star”

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It’s impossible to create this list without the mention of Jun Ji Hyun, who played a famous actress who fell in love with an alien (Kim Soo Hyun) in My Love from the Star. Her iconic role as Cheon Song-yi sparked fashion and beauty trends, even causing products to fly off the shelves—including the YSL Rouge Pur Couture lipstick in No. 52 Rosy Coral, which sold out not only in South Korea but worldwide.

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2. Yoo In Na in “Touch Your Heart”

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If you’re a Yoo In Na fan, then you know she’s already a veteran in playing the role of an actress in a K-drama—not just once, not even twice, but thrice! Before she played a support character in My Love from the Star as Cheon Song-yi’s rival and fellow celebrity, she already previously portrayed a similar role in Queen In-Hyun's Man as a not-so-popular actress. Our favorite though has got to be Touch Your Heart, in which she starred alongside Lee Dong Wook for her much-deserved leading lady role as Oh Jin-shim, a Hallyu star who was forced to work at a law firm after a scandal tarnished her career.

3. Yoon Eun Hye in “Love Alert”

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OG K-drama actress Yoon Eun Hye—who rose to fame for hit dramas such as Coffee Prince and Princess Hours—made her small-screen comeback after a five-year hiatus in Love Alert, in which she played the role of top actress Yoon Yoo-jung who entered a fake relationship with a doctor named Cha Woo-hyun after being involved in a scandal.

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4. Moon Ga Young in “Find Me in Your Memory”

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Find Me in Your Memory tells the “love story between a man who remembers every second of his life and a woman who forgot her painful past.” It stars Moon Ga Young as Yeo Ha-jin, a model-turned-actress who prefers to live in the moment than dwell on the past.

5. Seo Hyun Jin in “The Beauty Inside”

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In this 2018 K-drama that’s based on a movie of the same, Seo Hyun Jin plays Han Se-gye, an A-list actress who’s always the subject of rumors. She transforms into someone else for a week every month and falls in love with Seo Do-jae (Lee Min Ki), an executive director of an airline company who suffers from prosopagnosia or face blindness.

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How about you? Who are your favorite leading ladies who played an actress in a K-drama? Let us know in the comments below!

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And so, you could imagine my bewilderment when the next challenge to be faced was an extensive self-quarantine protocol. I didn’t know what to do when my greatest responsibility in this situation was to do nothing at all. My first few attempts to combat my consternation were very much rooted in distraction and imagination. My distractions involved conducting research, writing songs, calling family and friends, filming videos, and eating chocolate! My imaginations and fantasies were centred on travelling, shopping, even clubbing (which I rarely do) for when they find a cure to COVID-19. I did anything and everything that could be considered constructive in order to pass the time, mainly hoping I could just undertake the basic human necessities to survive - that is, eat and sleep the day through - until the next day comes, until the world is closer to becoming a better place, until quarantine ends, until my flight follows through, until I see my family and friends again.

Days in self-isolation and suspended flights turned to weeks and turned to months. By the third extension here in Spain where I study Fashion Business, I had to tell myself this shall be my new normal now, that I was blessed to be healthy, that I was tired of merely existing and missed what it was like to actually live - even if just within four walls. Little by little, I began to find significance in the simple occurrences of the day: the soft glare of the rising sun beaming golden streaks through my bedroom window upon waking up, the fragrance of freshly washed bed sheets that I had painstakingly hung to fit a relatively small clothes rack without crumpling them, the crunch and tanginess of warm toasted bread topped with raspberry marmalade, the buzzing sound of a phone call from home just waiting to be answered, to the caress of a fuzzy sweater to keep warm at night. I realised, “What pleasures to be enjoyed in the pause of slow living!” Through this continued pause, which I loathed at first, I began to appreciate each moment of the day rather than wish it would pass more swiftly, moments I had overlooked so often before the lockdown. I started to find that the challenge of self-isolation was never to pause both the regular routines of life as well as the positive emotions that came with these - as initially, I thought it meant to pause all happiness, so as to withstand a time of endurance in hopes for a better tomorrow, much like a form of delaying gratification. Life is just too fragile these days to delay gratification any further.

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