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These Are The First *Major* Projects Of Your Fave K-Drama Actresses

So much has changed but their beauty remains the same!
The first K-dramas of Korean actresses where they played the lead role
PHOTO: (LEFT TO RIGHT) YouTube/KBS World, YouTube/SBS Drama

Hi K-drama fans! Do you also have a list of your ultimate fave actresses? Because same. So we've decided to do a bit of research and talk about our fave Korean actresses and their first *major* projects and roles.

We know you totally loved our male version of this story, so let's shine the light on our kweens, too:

1. Song Hye Kyo - Autumn In My Heart (2000)

Where you can watch it: iflix

Before she became Kang Mo Yeon aka our fave doctor in Descendants Of The Sun, Song Hye Kyo was Eun Suh first in the Koreanovela, Autumn In My Heart (which probably has one of the most *shocking* plot twists we've ever seen). Thanks to this series, queen Hye Kyo became more well-known not just in SoKor, but across Asia. 

2. Jun Ji Hyun - My Love From The Star (2013)

Where you can watch it: Netflix, Viu, Viki


If you know Jun Ji Hyun as Cheon Song Yi is the *super* iconic fantasy series My Love From The Star, you'll also be surprised to know that it was her first leading role in a K-drama! The highest-paid actress of 2020 was already popular prior to that, and was cast in blockbuster movies, including My Sassy Girl.

3. Bae Suzy - Dream High (2011)

Where you can watch it: Netflix, Viu, Viki

If you grew fond of Bae Suzy as the motivated Seo Dal Mi in Start-Up, you will also love her first major role, as high school student Go Hye Mi in Dream High! She's just as adorable here, and you'll get a glimpse of her side as a K-pop star, too. Yup, she's an idol in real life!

4. Park Min Young - Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010)

Where you can watch it: Viu, Viki

Soompi describes Park Min Young's character in this drama as someone who "disguises herself as her brother in order to enroll in the prestigious education institute Sungkyunkwan." FYI, it's an all-boys school, so you already know how chaotic it was when they discovered who she really is! 

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5. Park Shin Hye - Tree Of Heaven (2006)

Park Shin Hye has come a long way after her first leading stint in the Korean-Japanese drama Tree Of Heaven, where her character had a stepbrother who developed feelings for her. Since then, she's been cast in a *lot* of high-rating series, and in 2020 alone, she starred in two hit Netflix movies

6. IU - Dream High (2011)

Where you can watch it: Netflix, Viu, Viki

Did you know that like Suzy, IU's first lead role in a K-drama was also in Dream HighAng galing lang! Here, she portrayed the role of Kim Pil Sook, a student with an unmatched talent in singing, but who is also a bit shy because of her body appearance. 

7. Son Ye Jin - Delicious Proposal (2001)

Where you can watch it: Viki

What happens when you fall in love with someone who is actually the daughter (Son Ye Jin) of a business competitor? This is what Delicious Proposal is all about!


8. Kim Tae Hee - Forbidden Love (2004)

If you think you've already seen all the gumiho shows in K-drama land, think again: Forbidden Love is where Kim Tae Hee transformed into a nine-tailed fox who also lives her life as a human being (as ush, it's a secret identity!).

9. Gong Hyo Jin - Sang Doo! Let's Go to School (2003)

Baeksang Best Actress awardee Gong Hyo Jin stars alongside Rain in this K-drama about a lonesome dad with a tragic past. His life begins to change little by little after he meets his childhood BFFa teacher who inspires him to become a student again.

10. Shin Min Ah - A Love To Kill  (2005)

Where you can watch it: Viki

The 36-year-old actress may have risen to K-drama fame because of My Girlfriend Is A Gumiho but before becoming a mythical creature, she first played the role of an actress in the KBS series, A Love To Kill (which also features Rain, btw!).


11. Lee Sung Kyung - Flower Of The Queen (2015)

Lee Sung Kyung's first appearance as a K-drama actress is in It's Okay That's Love and the following year, she immediately bagged one of the main roles in Flower Of The Queen. According to AsianWiki, her role here is an abandoned daughter who meets her mother again after a long time.

12. Kim Go Eun - Cheese In The Trap (2016)

Where you can watch it:  iQIYI, Netflix, Viu, Viki

Guess what: Kim Go Eun is the leading lady in Cheese In The Trap, which also happens to be her K-drama debut! In this webtoon adaptation, she's a college student who's confused AF about a boy named Yoo Jung (Park Hae Jin), just someone with a ~*different*~ side of him that not everyone has seen. Later that year, she won our hearts in the iconic drama Goblin!


13. Seo Ye Ji - Moorim School: Saga Of The Brave (2016)

Where you can watch it:  Viu, Viki


For her first leading role, our Seo Ye Ji starred in the not-so-typical school drama Moorim School: Saga Of The Brave , where her character's personality is straightforward, and "isn’t afraid to put people who disrespect her in their place, either." Very Ko Mun Yeong vibes, huh?

15. Kim Ji Won - One Sunny Day (2017)

Where you can watch it:  Viu, Viki

Although it's a short Korean web series with only 10 episodes, we still consider One Sunny Day as Kim Ji Won's first major project! She partnered with oppa So Ji Sub, and it's a tale of a heartbroken guy who went to Jeju Island and got his and another girl's belongings stolen. Eventually, they had to stay together due to their situation. Of course they fell in love with each other!

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