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[Drama Chat] Name your favorite up-and-comers

It’s time for one of my favorite things to do as a dramaland resident: pick my favorite up-and-coming actors and call down their future success.

Of course, glomming onto a favorite newbie might not be exactly the same thing as guaranteeing their road to stardom, but it sure is fun to go on the journey with them, and claim a meager handful of bragging rights when they hit it big.

Here’s an example: I recently glommed onto Chae Jong-hyeop after his supporting role in Sisyphus and yay, thanks to that and Nevertheless, he’ll soon be starring in an upcoming KBS drama, and is well on his way.

Another great success story is Wie Ha-joon. He first caught my eye in Something in the Rain (and of course Romance is a Bonus Book), and now, thanks to Squid Game, he’s an all-star.

Who’s on my radar now, you ask? *rubs palms together*

  • Bae In-hyuk. First seen in the web drama XX, then in My Roommate is a Gumiho, he is going places, and that next place is Seo Hyun-jin’s upcoming drama with Hwang In-hyub (YES).
  • Park Solomon. Already beloved by fans for his bit parts up until now, I’m pretty certain All of Us Are Dead is all it is going to take for his career to skyrocket.
  • Jo Yi-hyun. She’s still a newbie, but she’s shown some really great range with School 2021 and All of Us Are Dead this year, and she’s also super charming. I’m expecting good things.

 

So, who are your favorite up-and-comers? Who’s on your drama radar?

 
Let the chatting begin!
 
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Easily Yoon Chan-young! He's turned in so many excellent performances already, with Nobody Knows and Everything and Nothing being the ones that really cemented him in my brain. I was so excited for his first leading role, so imagine how distraught I was when I realised it was a zombie drama 😭

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Oh my goodness, yes! I loved him in Nobody Knows.

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That show treated him so well - I loved how they initially presented him as a bully but quickly revealed that he was actually Eun-ho's best friend. It tore my heart out 😭

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He was so good! Do we consider the actor for Eun-Ho a newcomer as well? Because I really loved watching him perform, too.

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If the real life truck of doom never happened, i probably would say my second bias' name out loud here...
But it's okay cos there's Lee Sangyi, the guy in my profile picture. I don't know if he fits the up and coming actor, but i believe he has so much potential we haven't seen yet.
He can act, sing well, and also funny so i can't wait to see more from him. I wish his netflix drama with Woo Dohwan to be successful

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A while ago I watched a super fun YT video of Lee Sangyi together with Kim Sungcheol. It turns out they studied together and are very funny

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Oh i don't know about this and i like Kim Sungcheol too! Will check it out soon. Thank you!

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Lee Sang-yi is wonderful! I enjoyed him in ChaChaCha, for sure, but I just finished Once Again and he was delightful there! I can't wait to see him take a variety of roles in the future.

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Lee Sangyi is great. I've enjoyed him in all of his role, plus I liked him on How Do You Play. He has the charisma and acting chops to get ML roles, but he reminds me of Kang Ki Young, another actor I really enjoy. I could see him having a similar kind of career.

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MSG Wannabe yes!
Ah Kang Kiyoung... now that you mentioned it, i think they have similar persona?
I like Kang Kiyoung, but I wish Lee Sangyi wouldn't go to that route... it'll be such a waste cos he's so talented

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They really remind me of each other. Kang Ki-young has had a good career as more of a comedic character actor, but I think given the success Lee Sang-yi has had this year he could go to the next level.

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Yes Kang Kiyoung is more well known for his comedic acting (and he's good at it, it's not as easy as it looks) and i rarely see him in serious role. His role in WYWS as a villain was a surprised to me and he did well there. I think most people forget about it since it was only a cameo.

Lee Sangyi needs to pick his next role well to get more opportunities and be known more

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But can I say his name? is no longer up-and-coming since he's a male lead.

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He was about to do more diverse roles so i was actually excited about what he has in store
But yes maybe he's not and i'm just being bias😂

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Kim Seon-ho, there I said it. Is that the name ? Whoever it is, I don't think DB would mind , is he Voldemort or something?

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I didn't shout out Seonho's name cos he only has one project and is taking a break this year.
He was about to do many projects this year but most of them are cancelled. More projects means more opportunities to show your skills but this year he's taking a break, so i don't think he fits the up and coming actor now

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KSH isn't a newbie or upcoming actor. He had 3 dramas as lead actor and Start-Up made him pretty famous and Hometown Cha Cha Cha was very sucessful on TVN and Netflix.

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Yes he's actually pretty famous. Idk i guess i'm quite disappointed with Hometown Chachacha and want something more. Or maybe that's me being bias and want him to achieve more🤣

That's why i mentioned Lee Sangyi here. Although he's not a newbie (more like idk many young actors lol), i feel he has so much potential and needs to be more known. I'm waiting so see him in more projects

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Choi Hyun-Wook! I am watching 25 21 and find him so familiar! That's coz I've seen him in Racket Boys as Na Woo Chan, and as the school bully in Taxi Driver. He has different hair styles each time. He was also in Jirisan, but I didn't watch that. I hope I can remember his real name easily!

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Omo I didn’t recognise him in 25 21!! I thought he was familiar!

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I thought you'd never ask! (*ties hair in a ponytail)
So... Bae Inhyuk has been on my radar for a while, and I think he did well in At a Distance Spring is Green. I first spotted him in XX webdrama, together with Hani, who was awesome not long ago in Idol: the Coup and should be on this list. But this webdrama is the drama that keeps on giving, because Lee Jongwon played a really fun and memorable role there. Since then he's been getting small parts here and there (and, funfact, he played boyfriend in a IU MV), but he still hasn't got his big break.
I also loved Jo Yihyun's turn in AOUAD. She's got charisma and pathos, and she's also gorgeous. I have not doubt she's going to get big.
Hwang Inyeop bad boy softie was very fun in True Beauty, and there was also Kim Minki's annoying younger brother (he went on to work in Racket Boys) in TB, so there's two more.
I just finished watching Inspector Koo and I absolutely loved both Kim Yejun and Lee Hongnae. Their little toxic best psycho buddies chemistry was a drama highlight for me.
Finally, Jang Euisoo, because he's got a very intense gaze and I'm shallow like that 😂

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Hwang Inyeop is the first that popped up for me too.

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Yay, more love for Lee Jong-won! <3 I've liked him since his webdrama days (Go, Back Diary was one of the first webdramas I ever watched), and I'm so glad he's slowly gaining more recognition. He's recently been casted as the second lead in The Golden Spoon (aka Yook Sung-jae's upcoming drama), so I'm looking forward to seeing him onscreen again soon☺

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Jo Yi-Hyun is on my radar too but for the dramas I won't watch because of her...

I liked Baek In-Hyuk in My Roomate and but overall in At a Distance, Spring is Green. If I didn't really like the drama itself, I think he was really good in this role. Sadly, he was the second male lead and the focus wasn't on him.

For Park Solomon, I don't really have an opinion for now. He had mostly scenes with JYH, so...

For newbie, I'm curious as new leas actor about Hwang In Yup after True Beauty and Kim Young Dae.

For the actress, I would like to see Choi Sung Eun in a lead role, she was really good in Beyond Evil.

The most adorable kid Yoon Hae-Kang, I mean Tang Joon-Sang. He's not really a newbie with Move to Heaven and Racket Boys, but he's still pretty young.

Choi Myung Bin has experience as child counterpart in TKA. She really showed great acting as twins in a sageuk.

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I actually like JYH a lot, but I also find people's pet peeves super funny. Mine is Kyung Soojin 😂

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I liked her in My Country and it's all...

In Hospital Playlist 1, she didn't really bother me, she didn't have so many scenes and her role as a newvie suited her. But then, there was the second season and we got the same crying scene than the first season, it was so weird... I didn't like her in School 2021. She didn't bring anything to her character.

The second lead male actors was pretty great. I liked him in Police University and School 2021.

I think I watched Kyung Soo-Jin only as the young FL in Shark.

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Does Jeon Mi-do count?

I know she's an acclaimed musical theater actress but Hospital Playlist was her first TV project (and she was excellent in it imo)

Park Solomon was really great as a teenage psychopath in the drama "The Guardians" , he seems destined for superstardom if he picks the right projects.

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Omo, almost forgot Nam Yoonsoo and his adorable dimply smile. He did a great turn as a baddie in Extracurricular and was a very nice lovelorn SL in The King's Affection

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Seconding this! I think Nam Yoon-su has lots of potential, plus he's very likeable☺ (If you're up for checking out a high school webdrama, he was really endearing in The Temperature of Language: Our Nineteen!)

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Its funny Song Kang isn't on this list anymore even though his first lead role was less than 3 years ago but he already has 4 more leading roles since then. I was also expecting Lee Dohyun being mentioned since his breakout roles was also less than 3 years ago in Hotel Del Luna. I guess they've both upgraded to established hallyu male lead status since then which is a good thing because many never do. Let's see how many of these up and comers will make it in the next 3 years.

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Song Kang just got paired with Park Minyoung in Forecasting Love and Weather. You can't get more up-and-coming than that 😂
I'd also consider Lee Dohyun as already established, although he hasn't been around for long. He's awesome

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Song Kang and Lee Dohyun are already established. They are the up and coming from 2020.

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😞 I feel so old and don’t know any up-and-comers anymore. But I know this is a fun exercise because I can remember thinking “who is that guy???” when Kim Nam Gil had a tiiiiny part in Kim Sam Soon. It’s been so fun to watch him explode into super stardom over the (now, many) years 😍

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😂 i was also thinking hard when i saw this post. I want to mention someone but then realized i'm so old that i don't now many young actors anymore. It feels like yesterday i had crush over Lee Jongsuk cos of Pinocchio

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Hahaha...
Exactly. I recognized these new faces, but I don't have any I followed religiously. Especially now that I'm more drawn to the 30-something actors and actresses.
I think the last time I did this was with Lee Kyu-hyung when he first appeared in Secret Forest and Won Jin-ah in Just Between Lovers. Ah, how time flies.

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While these actors/actresses are not recent or still active, I am still waiting for their main lead roles.

1) Kim Seul Gi - Waiting for her reunion with Yoon Doo Joon.

2) Kwak Dong Yeon - He needs to get main lead roles more.

3) Ahn Eun Jin - Hopefully she will continue to get lead roles.

4) Kim Min Seok - I rewatch his clips as Han Se Gye in Beauty Insider and his clips with Choi Ara in Age of Youth 2.

And many more that I can't recall now!

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Park Jin-joo

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And Yoon Park.

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Kwak Dongyeon was great in Vincenzo!

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Kim Min-seok as Han Se-gye was perfection. My favourite part of The Beauty Inside!

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I'm waiting for Seul Gi's reunion with Kang Ki Young T.T
Why can't these two be the main leads of a romcom?

Ps. I agree 100% with your list.

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Which show is she in withn Kang Ki Young?

Glad someone felt the same way.

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In "Oh My Ghostess" they didn't have actual screentime together but I saw the bts and they're friends and I was like "omg they have this similar vibe, I love them both and they look good together".

Then they were a couple in Weightlifting fairy Kim Bok Joo. It was a cameo I know, but since that day I became obsessed with seeing those two as a couple in a romcom. They're so damn funny and cute.

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An Si-ha seems to have just started a couple years ago but she has been getting lots of supporting roles and made a good impression on me, especially in Delayed Justice / Fly Dragon.

Lee Re would certainly qualify unless you say the has already arrived.

Choi Myung-bin is (King's Affection, 25 21) is my nominee for "growing up and comer".

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Lee Ree was amazing in Hello: Me

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Yes Choi Myung-bin! She was awesome in TKA.

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I wish Hwang Hee got more leading roles now. He’s been in bits and pieces, riding the ladder up the “second leads” role but you could tell he has a range and chops as an actor as well as facial and body expressiveness. Unfortunately, his “non-plastic” non-conventional looks will not get him far in the world of kdrama. I hope he finds more success in Chungmuro.

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Dr. Fox 🦊💚

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I don't know him, but the moment I read dr fox I remembered him!

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…but perhaps his Gong Yoo-like dimples propel him to stardom? Who knows. Wishing him all the best and many, many CF’s.

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Lee Jae Wook. I want to see him as long-haired sword-wielding leading man in an awesome sageuk.

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LJW is a great actor! He's so young, and has already shown so much range. Hope he gets a good break after the Dodo trainwreck

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He deserves a great drama for sure. He would look great in a Goryeo-era sageuk or in a drama set in the 1930s. I hope that the drama stars will align in his favor soon!

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He will be in Return as a young magician with Jung So-Min.

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Kang Tae-oh was so charming in Run On and seemed destined to go to the next level and then came Doom At Your Service. If he chooses the right roles, I think he could be leading man material.

I think Lee Re is destined for big things.

I think Tang Jung-sung is also destined for big things. Son Sang Yeon from Racket Boys and All of Us Are Dead also caught my eye. Really, all of the young adults were great.

I really liked Kim Hye Jun in both Kingdom and Inspector Koo. I think she's going places.

I liked Lee Yoo-mi in both Squid Game and All of Us Are Dead.

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Yes to Kang Tae-oh! Great villain in Nokdu and the cutest among soft marshmallows in Run On. That man be going places if he chooses the right roles!

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You know I wasn’t impressed by him in Nokdu but he did a complete 180 for me in Run On. Definitely on the lookout for him if he does roles like that. 😅

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Yesss, Kim Hye-jun! Have you watched Chip In? I thought she was really compelling there, and I liked her chemistry with the rest of the cast☺

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Yes! She was compelling in Chip In. That was one of the most underrated dramas of 2020.

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Oh there are so many up-and-comers that I've been impressed by lately. In fact, I have some for every drama flavour!

Among sageuks - Kang Hoon and Nam Yoon-soo from The Red Sleeve Cuff and The King's Affection respectively.

Among college romances - Bae In-hyuk from My Roommate is a Gumiho and Hwang In-yeop from True Beauty/ 18 Again.

Among ensemble dramas - Lee Shin-young from CLOY and Choi Hyun-wook from Racket Boys.

Among those who have already seen some measure of success - Tang Jun-sang and Lee Jae-wook.

And of course my eternal favourite child Nam Da-reum, from too many dramas to name, who is sadly going to be away in the military for a while.

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I really liked Lee Shin-Young in How To Buy a Friend. It's sad that he's the second lead in Rookie Cops, he's better than Kang Daniel...

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There are three actors that really caught my eye the past year is Kim Min-ki who played the little brother in True Beauty for his vivid expressions. Also Hu Xian Xu, lead actor of cdrama Hikaru no Go. I was blown away by his acting range and charm. Then there is my big crush of 2021, Wang Duo, whom stole the show in movie Yin-yang Master: Dream of Eternity and stole my heart in Bloody Romance. I'm dying for another dubious villain from him.😍

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Lee Re!! Can she be called an up and coming actor? I'm really excited to see what other projects she will star in!

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In terms of the Idol turned actresses, I'm really impressed with Nana, Bona, Kim Se Jeong. I know Jisoo has just started out but I think we could see more from her if she continues to work on her acting!
Kim Hye Joon- She did so well in Inspector Koo, excited to see what she will do next!

Jang Eui Soo- he recently played the chef in my sweet dear, although it was a greasy character, I think we will see more from him and his co star Lee Jang Hyung!

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I really like Park Yoo na - Rookie cops, True Beauty, hope to see her in more interesting roles!

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Yay, another Beanie betting on Jang Euisoo! It baffles me that he still hasn't got a good break outside webdramas.
He's got the looks, and acting-wise, without being outstanding, he's quite solvent too

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yes, I think he could do really well, I'm surprised he hasn't starred in more dramas!

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I dont know the youngest generation that well, but from the 2010s faces I feel like Lee Se-young and Park Hyungshik reached a new level/milestone this year, and COULD score something better like a movie by a reknowned director. im a bit pissed that Hyungsik is in dramas, because he is too good for light entertainment.
I also really enjoy Rowoons´ energy and enthusiasm, now if we could match that with intention and restraint.
from newbies, Lee Jun Yeon - not like outstanding, but has potential because he has 2 things: restraint, and a good accord with the camera. for newbies, sometimes you can see they are too aware of the camera. even the girl in Imitation, unfortunately. She tried too hard, like "im not acting, im not acting, but I see the camera!"
But seems like he can switch it out of his mind.

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Ooh... so many tons of my interested up-and-coming stars that I found:
Moon Byung-joo: he was born in 1984 and he was played as number 21 in Squid Game
Christian Lagahit: before he played as number 276 in Squid Game, he debuted in Korean film The Negotiator and his first Kdrama was Miss Lee which he played Kisan
Hwang Boreumbyeol: her first Kdrama was School 2021, but before she had a Netflix Korean sitcom So Not Worth It (her other Kdrama Dear M had unfortunate no release date yet)
Lee Sang Jun: he was playing the Nulji Science Tech high school student Lee Jae-hyeok in School 2021
JR: Nu'Est member who played Lee Shin, one of the boyband Luna members in Let Me Be Your Knight, but his debut acting came from 2016 Japanese film Their Distance (Shiranai, Futari) as Ji-woo Yoo
Choi Hwan-yi: from his acting debut in Mr. Queen to playing MM Entrtainment's Kil Soon-nam in Let Me Be Your Knight
Lim Jae-hyuk or Im Jae-hyuk (https://www.koreaboo.com/news/us-dead-im-jae-hyuk-gained-weight-role/): before he played Yang Dae-su in All of Us Are Dead, he starred in his first Kdrama, SBS' Alice
Noreen Joyce (https://www.koreaboo.com/stories/filipina-noreen-joyce-us-dead-backpack-pinoy-way/): she starred in All of Us Are Dead, Our Beloved Summer and even in Reflection of You

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I'd have to Google to see the faces of most of the up-and-comers' names mentioned here!

Oh, I kinda like this young actress Roh Jeong-Eui - she's NJ in the recent Our Beloved Summer and she was in 18 Again.

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I cant think for the male ones. Like Lee Dohyun, Song Kang, Choi Wooshik or Kang Haneul, I knew, I knew they will doing great from the 1st time I watched them.

Park Solomon (?) I think he has the chance if manage his career well. This is important. I dont want see things like Park Yoochun or Kim Seonho. Such a waste. Just talent is not enough. Good agent, level headed (see Hyun Bin, Gong Yoo), responsibility, and luck all are needed.

I want to see the boy from Love and Lashes who he is ha ha ha

Hani is great at Idol The Coup.

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The ML in Love and Leashes is Jun. I like him a lot, and this year he managed to star 2 smaller dramas and a Netflix movie. He's definitely working his way up to bigger stuff

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Did he do cameo in DP (?) The one who is bully and crushing a lot?
I couldn't take my eyes of him in L&L. He is like a puppy 🐶 and good body proportion wk wk wk shirtless scenes are not withstanding

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He is! He's been showing his range, from baddie to cinnamon roll and singing really nicely in between, but he is the cutest at his puppiest 😚
I like him a lot because he's got a great face (did I mention that I'm extremely shallow?) and he's got this intensity that I like in actors - he goes all in for every role. I also like it that you can see how his acting is getting more polished from role to role

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Nevermind I'm shallow too. 😂
Does my shallowness hurt them? I guess not. They sells image, I buy it.

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But his choices in dramas are not so good. Please Don't Date Him, Imitation and Let Me Be Your Knight were meh. I hope he will be more lucky with his movies.

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I went to check his Wikipedia page and it says that since 2019 he's been at a small company from which he is a co-founder. Not bad! I guess that most actors at small companies can't really afford to be very picky, and somehow he's managing to make his career take off, starring a Netflix movie and all

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I thought the movie was well done, but I wonder how many agencies were like "Nope, you aren't starring in a movie about BDSM, Netflix or not." Given how carefully agencies manage images, quite a few, I imagine.

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Considering how K movie usually handle sex, nudity, and violence, Love and Leashes is tame. For idols it is safe choice. Just the title that is provocative.

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Not sure what are the criterias to be considered an up-and-comer.. age? dramas under their belt? years in the biz? I have been watching kdramas for so long so I will just think of this as new faces in the biz.

For the actresses... i love Kim Dami, Noh Jeung Ui, Kim Jae Kyung, Moon Ga Young and Cho Yi Hyun. KDM is only active since 2017 but has headlined a movie and a couple of dramas which has positive reception but prior she was in bit roles. NJE was a child actress and has been in the biz for 11 years. She is really memorable in the teen roles I saw her in - LUTYN and Kill It. KJK, I will always remember her as Veronica Park but liked her in Devil Judge. MGY has headlined dramas and I really like her in the two I saw her in. CYH is the youngest and has a handful of dramas under her belt with the most recent one more exposure to international audience bit I like her the most in HosPlay and AOUAD.

For the guys, I really like Wie Ha Joon, Hwang In Yeop, Kwak Dong Yeon, Kwak Shi Yang, Tang Jun Sang and Ahn Hyo Seop.are they considered up and comer? They are relatively new faces and been recognized in the past two years so I think of them as such.

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Let me add Jung Ji So on the list. I like her in The Cursed, Imitation and Doom. She was forgettable in Parasite but its the role and not really her fault but she shows range with the dramas she starred in. I also like Jun but his recent drama was not good and one I was not inclined to see. I did like him in Imitation. I have yet to see Love and Leashes so we shall see.

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Can i add one more name? I just watched Love and Leashes and i forget how good Lee Junyoung is. So freaking good.
I found him in Class of Lies, one of my fave, and I can't imagine other person playing Beomjin. Such an interesting character and well executed by Junyoung.
I don't watch his other dramas but i hope he'll choose interesting roles in the future. He's likeable, hardworking, still young, and has so much potential

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True about Lee Junyoung,hope they stop typecasting him in all this fluff idol dramas and give him more solid projects...

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It could be because he chose those role himself, probably because they reflected his idol life. But yes i hope he'll choose more interesting and heavy roles. He's actually great in Love and Leashes

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I had never seen him in anything before Love and Leashes, and I thought he did a great job. Not everyone can be that endearing.

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He really did a great job in Love and Leashes. You can tell how much effort he put in it.
You should watch Class of Lies (here i am promoting this drama again). He was scary in it

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Uh...does Jeon Yeobeen count? I was floored by her in Vincenzo and promptly ran off to watch all her other works and came back even more impressed. I haven't been this excited about a Korean actress since seeing Kim Taeri in The Handmaiden.

Also, Kim Hyejoon has been on my radar since watching kingdom.

On the men's side, when will Kwak Dongyeon ever get his due?!!!

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The one on the fastest track is Park Ji-hu whose popularity has exploded since starring in the Korean series "All of Us Are Dead."

She does have the acting credentials as she became the youngest-ever winner of the Best Actress award at the Tribeca Film Festival with "House of Hummingbird" in 2019. Park has a busy year ahead of her. Opening soon is "Concrete Utopia," in which she appears along with Lee Byung-hun and Park Seo-joon. She will also star in cable channel tvN's upcoming drama series "Little Women" along with Kim Go-eun.

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For now i'd say Nam Yoon-soo & Kim Hye Joon...Really hope they will get more solid projects and land leading roles...

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The first young actor on my mind is Tang Jun-sang. He has a bright future to be a big star in any genre. His performance in Move to heaven and Racket boys are my favorite.

Bae Hyun-sung and Kim Kang-Min from Hospital playlist caught my eyes. I like their acting in the show.

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- Recently Jung Hyewon who was in our beloved summer.. Her performance in the makjang fest love ft marriage and divorce was really great as the audience's voice of reason
She was also in a web series with Baek In Hyuk, another rising actor.

- Yang Hyeji in all her web dramas, hope she gets more TV roles after nonetheless and the weather is fine

- Park Gun Joo who always shines in his lead roles of webdramas... He was great in EY and have been getting TV side roles

- And his webdrama WHY costar Hwang In Yeop.. That drama was filmed in jeju and great acting

The older naver Playlist web series were of good quality especially in acting and casting great newbies.

- And one of them is of course Lee Jung Won.. Go back diary needs a sequel.. Was really excited to see him in ep1 on nurse ahn files.. But he was only in one scene...

A lot of webdrama actors like Lee Jung Won were actually in hospital Playlist and they all ahave potential..

And also the KNU Arts 1991 alumni gang - Lee Sang Yi, Kim Sung Cheol and Ahn Eun Jin (Kim Go Eun and Park Sodam are A listers already)

Excited to see more of Kim dami.. Girl feels like she can be a chameleon and take on a huge spectrum of roles.
Last but not least, Lee Jae Wook :)

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*Bae In Hyuk

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How young are we going? Because for female actresses, Choi Myung-bin of the King’s Affection and playing the FL’s future teenaged daughter in 25,21 is going to be huge.

I agree with Solomon Park who is actually from Uzbekistan. I notice him when he was in Lookout for being the perfect villain: https://www.dramabeans.com/2019/07/villains-pure-evil-and-the-actors-who-play-them/

And lest I forget Nam Da-reum. Yes, he’s been around a while, but he will be the swooniest lead on day and not just playing their younger selves.

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Nam Da Reum! Completely agree. I know he’s a seasoned actor per se but I can’t wait for his male lead roles post-military. He’s immensely talented and I can’t wait to see what he does.

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I like Yoo Su-Bin. He was great in CLOY, and I liked him in Startup. I hope he gets a lot more work, if he does I'll watch any drama he's in. I want to watch Lost, but can't seem to find a place to legally do that.

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Kim Jae-young (Reflection of You)

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Oh yes! I really like Kim Jae Young in that weekend KBS drama. I don't usually watch long series and he's one of the pull factors! Hope to see him in more dramas!

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Ryeoun. He was in 18 again, adult trainee and now is on through the darkness. Quite liked him in adult trainee, hope he can get more roles, he hasn't done a lot of high profile dramas. He doesn't have a lot to work with in through the darkness (he's a junior member of the team), although I have a feeling that might change in coming episodes

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It's kinda weird saying I'm expecting Yoon Chanyoung because he has been everywhere but I do hope he's getting more of lead stuff now that All of Us are Dead kinda blows up. Also... I LOVE Park Sieun's girlgroup activity but god I do wish we had more stuff with her because I do miss her in my dramas, ESPECIALLY with Chanyoung

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Kang Mal-geum, suddenly seeing her everywhere! Surprised with her comedic side in thirty-nine

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@pandafats: She is funny and a wonderful actor. I am aggrieved on her behalf though that she was cast in TRS as San’s mother. Junho is 32 and she is 43!

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I have quite a lot but Koo Kyohwan from D.P definitely stands out! I know he's been getting more projects so I think he'll "officially" be promoted to top star level once those projects (and D.P season 2) are released.

The rest of my list is pretty much similar to others: the Racket Boys boys (Tang Junsang, Son Sangyeon, Choi Hyunwook) have bright future. Kim Kanghoon also has a very bright future, I didn't mean to leave him out! But I think he's going to stick to "younger selves" or the main character's son/smaller roles for a couple more years since he's still very young.

Also, do people still remember Kim Sungkyu from Kingdom? He's actually my favorite but honestly I don't see him a lot. I watched A Piece of Your Mind for him, but after that I haven't watched anything. But no worries, I'm gonna watch Ordinary Day soon, and I hope he'll be getting bigger roles (waiting for King of Pigs!)

Other honorable mentions: Bona, pretty much the whole AOUAD squad, Park Jinyoung (the one in The Devil Judge)

P.S. I consider Kwak Dongyeon and Nam Dareum as established actors but they really need to be cast in more main roles!

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Seol In-A and Kim Min Kyu second leads from Business Proposal!
I've seen Seol In-A in another good family drama Beautiful Love,Wonderful Life which she was fantastic! Kim MinKyu I saw for the first time in the drama Because this is My First Life.
These two are definitely excellent actors and hope to see them both in lead roles!

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