Korean dramas have introduced many iconic characters portrayed by amazingly talented actors.
But in the recent dramas, four actors stood out in dominating the most talked-about stars, brand value rankings, as well as polls and surveys.
4. Choi Woo-shik
Choi Woo-shik is a Korean-Canadian actor who has been acting since 2011 and appeared in several films and TV dramas, such as the Train To Busan (2016), The Witch: Part 1, The Subversion (2018), and Parasite (2019).
As he continues to impress the audience with his acting skills in any given role, he seems to deliver himself afresh as an actor in the ongoing series, Our Beloved Summer.
In the drama, he plays as Choi Ung, a talented illustrator who hopes nothing but a simple and peaceful life that “basks in the sun during the day and lies underneath a lamp at night”.
He captivates the audience with the way he portrays the humanly relatable character of Choi Ung —flawed yet warm as a human being. You will fall for him as a broken yet endearing lover and passionate artist.
Choi Woo-shik is certainly set to be the next heartthrob “oppa” in K-dramaland. While Our Beloved Summer remains in the global rankings on Netflix, he also continues to top the most buzzworthy drama actors.
3. Lee Junho
Lee Jun-ho rocked the K-dramaland with his performance in the super hit romantic historical series, The Red Sleeve (2020-2021).
In the drama, he played as the King of Joseon who believed his duty is to his country first above love but fell in love with a court lady, played by Lee Se-young.
According to some fans, he captivated the audience with “his husky, sexy voice, sheepishly smiles, and commanding yet comedic demeanor”.
Another fan said, “Lee Jun-Ho is perfectly cast in his lead role. With his looks, acting, smoldering eyes, grin, and emotions showing all over his face, he is so believable in his role. He makes this drama as great as it is.”
His drama successfully ended last January 1, 2022, attaining its highest nationwide viewership rating of 17.4%. He also consistently dominated the most buzzworthy drama actors and topped the list of brand value rankings.
2. Kim Seonho
From Han Ji-pyeong to Hong Dusik, the fame of this newest Hallyu actor is unstoppable.
Kim Seonho has impressed us with his outstanding performance as the competent, intelligent, wealthy, and driven man in Start-Up (2020), which won the “Character of the Year” at the Seoul International Drama Awards.
He continued to win more hearts in portraying the charming, multi-talented, dependable, and warmhearted man from the seaside village of Gongjin.
During the entire run of Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha (2021), he dominated the weekly rankings of the most buzzworthy drama actors as well as ranked #1 in the Drama Actor Brand Reputation for a few months.
He was also named as Gallup Korea’s “TV Actor of the Year” in 2021 and topped the survey for the most anticipated performance in 2022.
Despite the momentary public disengagement, he continues to be one of the most talked-about Korean actors worldwide. In fact, he ranked #1 among the Korean celebrities who was most searched in Google Philippines and #1 most searched male actors in Singapore.
Moreover, the New York Times best-selling and award-winning American author, Christie Golden, was very impressed with his acting skills in Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha. She said, “He delivered a jaw-droppingly good performance.”
Millions now await for his performance in the movie, Sad Tropics. It is expected to premiere in the second half of the year.
1. Jung Hae-in
One of the finest actors in the Korean entertainment industry, Jung Hae-in, was well-loved in the dramas, While You Were Sleeping (2017), Something In The Rain (2018), and Deserter Pursuit (2021), to name a few.
But it seems like viewers are more in love with him in the ongoing series, Snowdrop.
In the drama, he plays as Soo-ho, a North Korean agent who is on a mission to South Korea and falls in love with a college student, Young-ro, played by BLACKPINK’s Jisoo.
His element of mystery gives a sense of thrill that it keeps you hooked with his character in every episode.
Moreover, you will be fascinated with his performance and masculine looks in the series. Fans said that he is handsome as heaven.
More fans shared, “His role portrayal is always aptly defined and executed” and “I’m not seeing any flaws from his acting. He is killing it!”
Jung Hae-in also made it to the list of most buzzworthy drama actors and brand value rankings.
To all the awesome fans of Kim Seonho, Jung Hae-in, Lee Junho, and Choi Woo-shik, thank you for participating in the poll. Daebak!