Did You Know? Park So Dam Didn’t Even Have to Audition for Her Role in Parasite

Parasite director Bong Joon Ho just *knew* that he wanted Park So Dam on board.
by Mylene Mendoza   |  Jan 29, 2021
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The South Korean film Parasite took the world by storm when it took home awards from some of the highly acclaimed international award ceremonies in the film industry, like the Palme d'Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and the Academy Award for Best Picture.

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From its brilliant directing, its mind-blowing plot stitched with socially relevant themes, and the award-winning performance of the cast (They won the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture award at the 26th Screen Actors Guild Awards!), there's a lot to admire about the movie.

Speaking of the cast, the film gathered together quite the ensemble. And while most roles in films get casted through auditions, Parasite director Bong Joon Ho just *knew* that he wanted Park So Dam on board.

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During an interview with Solar, a member of K-pop girl group MAMAMOO and Park So Dam's close friend, the 29-year-old actress shared how she ended up getting the role of Kim Ki Jung, better known as Jessica.

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Apparently, Park So Dam met Bong Joon Ho when he was still working on the 2017 film Okja. She wasn't even signed with an entertainment label back then when the director contacted her for the role of Mija, one of the film's main characters. At that time, she didn't believe it was actually the director who was reaching out to her so she simply ignored the message and didn't reply to him!

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But after sorting the misunderstanding out having taken the audition opportunity, they soon realized that Park So Dam, who was 24 years old at that time, was too old to play the role of the 14-year-old farm girl. It wasn't all for nothing, though. Park So Dam shared that she ended up having tea and chatting with Bong Joon Ho for an hour before leaving. Two or three years later, the director reached out to her again, and this time, she definitely got the role. "The movie I first got cast in without an audition was Parasite," she shares with Solar. 

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Currently, Park So Dam is signed with the talent management agency Artist Company, who also handles other popular Korean actors like Go Ara, Kim Jong Soo, and Yum Jung Ah. She recently starred in the 2020 K-drama Record of Youth alongside Park Bo Gum. She is also one of the actresses who starred as Constance in the 2020 play Grandpa Henry and I, the South Korean rendition of the French play L’Étudiante et Monsieur Henri.

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