One of the most important qualities of a top actor is versatility. The ability to transform yourself into myriad characters – the more, the merrier, is what sets them apart. Fortunately, the Korean entertainment industry is full of such talented acting geniuses who have proved their mettle and range through different types of works in diverse genres.
Here are 5 Korean actors (including both male and female) who we think can perfectly pull off both a warm, endearing image as well as a cold, indifferent image with ease!
Note: This list is not ranked, but we’re opening a poll at the end of the article where you can vote for your favorite! The vote will not be closed, so no result article will be published.
What valid list about versatile actors doesn’t begin with Lee MinHo? Certainly not ours. The epitome of talent, hard work, and sincerity, Lee MinHo is a representative Hallyu top star for a reason. This global icon has singlehandedly given us the dreamiest lover boys on the one hand, striking fighters on the other, and in a league of its own is his performance as Koh HanSu in “Pachinko”. At this point, Lee MinHo is the definition of versatility.
One of the finest actors our generation has to offer, Yim SiWan is simply a class apart. With each project that he takes on, SiWan makes sure to leave a global impact, and his filmography is the perfect example of the peak of versatility. From playing psychopathic villains in “Emergency Declaration” and “Unlocked” to the most endearing comfort character in “Summer Strike” and “Run On”, to name a few, SiWan keeps delivering the utmost quality of work. We can’t wait to see what he has in store for us next.
An actress who has shown us more sides to herself than we could possibly imagine, Suzy is as multifaceted as an artist can get. She is constantly challenging herself with the most revolutionary roles that are not only memorable but also critically acclaimed. She empowered us as the fierce and fearless Go HaeRi in “Vagabond”, comforted us with the warmth of Seo DalMi in “Start-Up” and gave us goosebumps with Lee YuMi in “Anna”. Today, Suzy is one of the most celebrated actresses worldwide and we’re more than excited to see how “Doona!” will enchant us next.
Rising to the top at the speed of light, Lee JaeWook is a force to be reckoned with. While he would have cemented his position on this list by virtue of his performance as Jang Uk on “Alchemy of Souls” alone, his entire filmography just keeps on adding to his versatility. The man is the poster child of duality, with dramas like “Extraordinary You” where he plays an indifferent but secretly soft young man, and “When the Weather Is Fine” where he is the most adorable sweetheart through and through. We already know that 2023 is going to be a great year for Lee JaeWook.
The Queen is here! Who better to close this list than the best of the best, Song HyeKyo? Dominating the industry for decades, Song HyeKyo’s grace is unchanging. Even the dictionary would have to refer to Song HyeKyo to define “range”. The same woman who gave us a fairytale romance in “Full House” also brought us a heart-renching love story in “Descendants of the Sun” and is now revenge personified in “The Glory”. We will never not be in awe of Song HyeKyo’s greatness.
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