Male Actors in their 30s who Matches Well with Historical Dramas
Drama castings are always making headlines. MBC Wed-Thur ‘Lucky Romance’, which had its first airing the past 25th, raised expectations even with its very casting of ‘Trust-to-see’ Hwang Jung-eum and ‘EoNamRyu (T/N: Short for “husband in any case is Ryu Jun-yeol”)‘ Ryu Jun-yeol. It is because both the two actors are the hottest actors recently.
We have chosen 25 of the works where the casting stood out the most, among the dramas that aired for over the last 20 years recently.
#19. Park Yuchun, Park Min-young, Song Joong-ki, Yoo Ah-in
= KBS 20-part Sungkyunkwan Scandal (First episode on 2010 August 30th. Last episode on November 2nd)
Song Joong-ki’s first work since his discharge from the army, ‘Descendants of the Sun’, is popular
Yoo Ah-in & Park Yuchun both prevalent in movies and dramas
The success era of the trio who appeared in ‘Sungkyunkwan Scandal’ opens wide
‘Sungkyunkwan’s Confucian scholars’ all stands atop. Song Joong-ki, Yoo Ah-in, and Park Yuchun of KBS 2TV drama ‘Sungkyunkwan Scandal’ that aired in 2010, are unlocking their success era, one at a time.
Park Yuchun was the first to have risen as a top-notch actor after ‘Sungkyunkwan Scandal’. He showed his acting within the various genres of authentic melo[drama], thriller, romantic-comedy –from dramas ‘Miss Ripley’, ‘Rooftop Prince’, ‘Missing You’, ‘Three Days’, & ‘The Girl Who Sees Smells’; up to movie ‘Sea Fog’– and solidified his position as an actor.
There was a time when critics were not so generous in appraising idol stars who took to acting on the big or small screen. While that prejudice is still alive, many of them have successfully overcome criticism to grow into full-fledged actors.
1. Park Yu-chun
Not many people had high expectations for Park Yu-chun in 2010 when the singer said he would start acting. Park made his first appearance on the small screen with “Sungkyunkwan Scandal” and excelled at portraying Lee Sun-joon in the fusion historical drama. The selection of genre for his acting debut was perhaps an ideal one, as fusion historical dramas have historically had mass appeal. Park could have chosen the safe path of acting by choosing a romantic comedy as his follow-up project. Against his fans’ expectations, he decided to go for melodrama. With “Miss Ripley” costarring Lee Da-hae, he built his reputation as an actor. The last two dramas he starred in — “Rooftop Prince” and “Missing You” — also confirmed his talent for acting. Just three years into his acting career, the JYJ member garnered four major acting awards, in the KBS Drama Acting Awards in 2010, Paeksang Arts Awards and MBC Drama Awards in 2011, and SBS Drama Awards in 2012.
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By Suk Gee-hyun (firstname.lastname@example.org)