Meet All Of Park Seo Joon's K-Drama Leading Ladies
The name Park Seo Joon would, without a doubt, ring a bell to both K-drama OGs and newbies alike. The 31-year-old actor has risen to superstar status in recent years after starring in back-to-back-to-back hit dramas. Admit it, even your mom or tita crushes on him, right? Yup, PSJ has become HUGE in the Hallyu world. But his success in dramas isn't only attributed to him alone, of course! His K-drama leading ladies are talented, charming, and mega-successful as well. Curious to know who they are and what they're up to right now? Here's what we know about Park Seo Joon's seven K-drama leading ladies:
1. Uhm Jung Hwa (A Witch's Love, 2014)
What's her role in the drama? In the noona romance, Uhm Jung Hwa stars as 39-year-old Ban Ji Yeon, a highly driven and hardworking reporter who's given the nickname "witch" by her co-workers. After being left by her fiancé days before their wedding, Ji Yeon didn't believe she would fall in love again until she meets 25-year-old Yoon Dong Ha (Park Seo Joon).
What's she up to now? Being the seasoned performer that she is, Uhm Jung Hwa has the liberty to be picky in the projects she chooses. After filming A Witch's Love, Jung Hwa has only starred in one drama, 2017's You Are Too Much. Her upcoming action comedy film, Okay Madam, will be released in August this year.
2. Hwang Jung Eum (She Was Pretty, 2015)
What's her role in the drama? Hwang Jung Eum stars in this rom-com as Kim Hye Jin, who, as a child, was one of the prettiest and most popular girls in school. After her family'S publishing business goes bankrupt, Jung Eum somehow also ~loses her beauty~ as she grows up. When her childhood friend Ji Sung Joon (Park Seo Joon) asks to meet up years later, she decides to stand him up because he's grown up to lose all the fat he was teased for when they were young.
What's she up to now? Post-She Was Pretty, Hwang Jung Eum starred in a slew of dramas: Lucky Romance (2016), The Undateables (2018), and the current Netflix fantasy series Mystic Pop-Up Bar with Yook Sung Jae and Choi Won Young.
3. Go Ara (Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth, 2016)
What's her role in the drama? Set during the Silla Kingdom, Go Ara plays the role of Kim Ah Ro, an optimistic and opinionated ~half-breed~ (born with an aristocrat father and servant mother). She ends up falling in love with a handsome and skilled knight (Park Seo Joon).
What's she up to now? Go Ara's fame definitely rose after Hwarang—she starred with Kim Myung Soo in Ms. Hammurabi (2018), and Haechi (2019) alongside Jung Il Woo. In 2020, she made a cameo appearance in Hospital Playlist and will be starring in a new drama, Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol, with Lee Jae Wook.
4. Kim Ji Won (Fight For My Way, 2017)
What's her role in the drama? Kim Ji Won stars as Choi Ae Ra, a girl with humble roots who dares to dream big. All she's ever aspired was to be a TV announcer, but, as we all know, life sometimes gets in the way of our dreams. But with the support of her childhood best friend Ko Dong Man (Park Seo Joon), who also has dreams of his own, she fights against the odds to grab every opportunity that comes her way.
What's she up to now? Fight For My Way was Kim Ji Won's first lead role after her breakthrough performance in Descendants Of The Sun (2016). She was given another chance to headline a drama post-Fight For My Way in the big-budget fantasy series Arthdal Chronicles (2019), alongside her DOTS co-star Song Joong Ki.
5. Park Min Young (What's Wrong With Secretary Kim?, 2018)
What's her role in the drama? Sick and tired of toiling as narcissistic Vice Chairman Lee Young Joon's (Park Seo Joon) longtime secretary, Kim Mi So (Park Min Young) leaves her boss stunned as she tells him of her resignation out of the blue. He chases after her to stick to her job just as long as he finds her replacement. What transpires between them during this time isn't just formal office relations, but a deeper and more intimate connection between would-be lovers.
What's she up to now? Our girl Park Min Young has been killing it in the Hallyu scene after her role as Secretary Kim Mi So. She got the chance to headline two more dramas: Her Private Life (2019) with Kim Jae Wook and When The Weather Is Fine (2020) with Seo Kang Joon. She's also crossed over to YouTube and recently launched her own channel JustParkminyoung.
6. Kim Da Mi (Itaewon Class, 2020)
What's her role in the drama? In the webtoon drama, Kim Da Mi is the mega-talented 19-year-old social media influencer Jo Yi Seo. After several random encounters with the highly ambitious Park Saeroyi (Park Seo Joon) around Itaewon, she makes it her mission to help him with his new bar, Dambam, by presenting herself as their new manager.
What's she up to now? Itaewon Class just wrapped up earlier this year, but prior to the drama, Kim Da Mi worked on two films released in 2018: the crime thriller Marionette and action-mystery flick The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion. She's set to star in the Korean remake of the Chinese film SoulMate.
7. Kwon Nara (Itaewon Class, 2020)
What's her role in the drama? Yes, this Park Seo Joon has TWO female leads in the drama because you don't find out who he ends up with 'til the very end! Kwon Nara stars as Saeroyi's first love, Oh Soo Ah. Even after bearing witness to how Saeroyi's life was destroyed by Jangga Co., the conglomerate his dad worked at, she still took the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have her education subsidized by them. Years later, she becomes one of the most promising employees of Jangga Co. and bumps into Saeroyi in Itaewon.
What's she up to now? Before she landed her role in Itaewon Class, Kwon Nara starred in the 2018 legal drama Your Honor and 2019 medical drama Doctor Prisoner. She's currently in talks to star in a new historical drama, New Secret Royal Inspector.
This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Candymag.com editors.
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i searched you everywhere and here you are laying down beside me in my imagination the walls that our screens built a boundary and an obvious message that says i can never have you because you wear clerical shirt and obviously you loved someone else before me
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A Simple Learner Who's a Great Pretender
Maybe I'm just a learner, not a weirdo. A learner that knows how to listen and pretend. A simple learner who's a great pretender. Pretending to be slightly dumb enough not to be judged and criticized by those who do not appreciate my existence. We surround ourselves with people who's levels are either beyond or below our intellectual behavior, because as for reality, people may use you either for their success or your downfall. Since then, people tend to judge someone who has an intellect with things they shouldn't be. Making them a criticizer, and most of all, calling them weird.
Honestly, I'm one of this "weirdo" who actually loves to learn things, and for the record, I'm bullied and stressed out for making myself not to learn more and go with the flow to dumbness I had. Have you ever feel being assigned to some task where you know every process to make it easier and faster to finish but turns out to hesitate to voice out because some of your mates put themselves in charge. There are times where I know what to do, what to say, or how to react, but kept myself silent and pretend not to know anything that may help us. Maybe it's a good thing to just go with their ideas and learn from their perspectives, but sometimes you can't control it and says something, and once again called to be a weirdo and let you finish the work by yourself.
It's annoying that you only know one process yet they gave you the whole work and let you finish it by yourself because they insist that "MAGALING KA DIBA?". It's not your fault being an intellectual person, knowing such things that may help you to pursue your dreams, and have the basic knowledge about something. You don't need to know everything, just the basics. And as for those people who do not appreciate your existence, let them be and continue what's the best for you. In some cases, you'll be annoyed by this but most of the time you'll be thankful for it. Not for now but maybe later. Just be yourself either a weirdo, a great pretender, or a simple learner, and always remember to lower your voice and behavior because no one loves that.
Just be a great pretender not to hear any runts and be a good learner that appreciates everything. It's out of nowhere thoughts of mine, but simply I leave you this my favorite life quotation; "Don't introduce yourself, Let your success introduce you"
Dear me in six years, I wonder how life will treat you when you’re already 26 years old. Will you be financially stable? Will you be working in an advertising agency while pursuing everything about the arts? Will you be doing freelancing and living in a condo by then? I don’t know since things are very uncertain. I hope by the time you graduate from college and face the real meaning of the world, you’ll know what the real purpose of doing and living in the art will be.
I know it’s been so tough ever since you turned 20 but that’s how life works, I guess. There will be a lot of hopes and trials, breakdowns, and breakthroughs but I have high hopes of you becoming the better version of yourself. You always do, though. You were never a quitter. Making decisions is getting harder and harder as you grow but I hope it doesn’t make you stop doing what you really love to do. You will face different people with different perspectives. You will feel like a stranger once again, it’s like you were back in your freshmen year. It’s going to be tougher than you’ve expected but you can do it. I believe you can.
Most of the time, people's perception of us as a strong person makes us feel that we are not entitled to be vulnerable because they might be disappointed for seeing our weak spots. And so when we are hurting, we are often scared of extreme emotions and so bury our feelings. We deny them, trying to avoid the pain we feel.
But by doing that, we are just allowing it to come back to us and haunt us. And when it comes back, it might be stronger and it will be harder for us to get over it than when we faced them first. I realized it just now that facing those emotions will scare them until they're gone. The saying 'Let it hurt until it hurts no more' goes true. Admitting your pain to yourself doesn't make you weak. It only proves that you are strong enough to acknowledge such extreme emotions without avoiding them. We are humans and it's okay if we hurt sometimes.
Before, sliding over the rainbows
Now, our hearts are bruised
Days once full of love and laughter
Became dawns of forfeited ever after
Smiles that bring ticklish sensations
Turned to cold question and answer
Figuring who would be the next instructor
The queen’s awake
Grappling to the happiness that the sorrow and sadness take
Going back to all the promises he couldn’t make
Poetry #2: YOUR VOICE
When you talk, your voice brightens my days. You provide me comfort in all the little things that you do. Your deep and mellow voice sends a tingling feeling inside me that makes me want to keep you in my life. I love talking to you every time, every day, every night and every minute if I could. You're someone just simply amazing.