Everybody knows actress Jo Yeo Jeong as Mrs. Park (aka Madame) from the Academy Award-winning film Parasite, but she’s been a silver screen darling for years—known for her daring spirit, not shying away from roles that require nudity. More than a decade into her career, she made her breakthrough as Chun Hyang in the erotic period film The Servant in 2010 and won Best New Actress at the Blue Dragon Film Awards. When it comes to dramas, Yeo Jeong is just as adventurous, going for those with intriguing characters and varying plots. Here are some of our favorites.
1. In Need Of Romance (2011)
Who else is in it: Kim Jung Hoon, Choi Ye Jin, Choi Song Hyun, Choi Jin Hyuk
In Need Romance is often touted as the Korean version of Sex And The City (it was considered pretty racy at the time it was released). Yeo Jeong stars as concierge manager In Young who is devastated when she discovers her boyfriend of ten years, Sung Soo (Jung Hoon), has been cheating on her. She has two close girlfriends, also experiencing love problems of their own. Hyun Joo’s (Song Hyun) fiancé leaves her alone at the altar for being “unsexy,” while Seo Yeon (Ye Jin) just dates and dates. Bonus: Check out Zombie Detective’s Choi Jin Hyuk as second (or shall we say first?) lead guy Sung Hyun, In Young’s co-worker who has secret feelings for her.
2. Lovers Of Haeundae (2012)
Who else is in it: Kim Kang Woo, Jung Suk Won, Nam Gyu Ri, Im Ha Ryong
In this charming rom-com-slash-action drama, public prosecutor Lee Tae Sung gets amnesia (Kang Woo) after going undercover and chasing a gangster in Haeundae. He forgets everything—including his recent marriage and his hatred of gangsters. Tae Sung ends up thinking he’s a bodybuilder, and he gets adopted by the family of an ex-crime boss who now runs a fishery. As he grows to love the seaside life, his affection for the boss’ daughter, Go So Ra (Yeo Jeong), also grows.
3. Divorce Lawyer In Love (2015)
Who else is in it: Yeon Woo Jin, Shim Hyung Tak, Wang Ji Won
Go Cheok Hee (Yeo Jeong) and Seo Jung Woo (Woo Jin) were once co-workers at a law firm. Cheok Hee was an ambitious divorce lawyer, and Jung Woo was her much maltreated office manager. But after a series of events leaves Cheok Hee with a suspended license, their situation gets reversed. Jung Woo has managed to finish his law degree and is now a divorce lawyer himself. They end up co-workers with Cheok Hee getting hired as his office manager. Jung Woo decides to give Cheok Hee a taste of her own medicine, but the line between love and hate is thin, and the two realize they’re more closely connected than they initially thought.
4. Babysitter (2016)
Who else is in it: Shin Yoon Joo, Kim Min Jun
Don’t let this drama special’s short length fool you; it packs quite a punch! In Babysitter, Yeo Jeong plays Eun Joo, the wealthy and elegant wife of Yoo Sang Won (Min Jun). When they hire young and pretty uni graduate Suk Ryoo (Yoon Joo) to babysit their kids, everything changes as Sang Won starts an affair with her. As the affair escalates, Eun Joo descends into despair and her marriage falls apart. The ending still has us gobsmacked years later. Yeo Jeong won a Best Actress award for this role, and rightly so.
5. Ms. Perfect (2017)
Who else is in it: Go So Young, Yoon Sang Hyun, Sung Joon, Im Se Mi
Get ready for some twists and turns in this unexpectedly absorbing mystery comedy! When middle-aged Shim Jae Bok (So Young) gets implicated in the murder of young Jung Na Mi (Se Mi), a woman having an affair with her husband (Sang Hyun), the mysterious and seemingly perfect Lee Eun Hee (Yeo Jeong) offers to house her and her children. It sounds great on paper, but Jae Bok gets the shock of her life when they move in and she encounters Eun Hee’s husband: Jae Bok’s ex-boyfriend and first love, Kyung Woo. Could Jae Bok have known Eun Hee in the past? The more Jae Bok finds out, the more confused she gets.
6. Woman Of 9.9 Billion (2019)
Who else is in it: Kim Kang Woo, Jung Woong In, Oh Nara, Lee Ji Hoon
Can life get any more miserable? Jeong Seo Yeon (Yeo Jeong) is in dire straits at beginning of this thriller. When she finds 9.9 billion won in the wreckage of a car crash one night, she takes this as a sign to get her act together. She steals the money with the hope of finally living her life the way she wants to. But she faces roadblocks everywhere: Her lover, Jae Hoon (Ji Hoon), also knows where the money is, and a detective (Kang Woo) is hot on their trail, working the car crash case. Seo Yeon spins a web of lies, determined to make things work, but will luck be on her side?
7. Cheat On Me If You Can (2020)
This drama will leave you feeling bamboozled until the end! A rom-com and thriller wrapped into one, Cheat On Me If You Can tells the story of famous mystery novel writer Kang Yeo Joo (Yeo Jeong) and her hubby, Woo Sung (Jun). Thanks to her novels, Yeo Joo knows an infinite number of ways to murder people. She hates cheaters, and her adulterous male characters always end up dying in her novels. Woo Sung is a divorce lawyer known for being a good and faithful husband, but he’s hiding secrets from his wife and fears what she’ll do to him if she finds out. When a murder occurs, both Yeo Joo and Woo Sung get implicated. Who will get to the bottom of the mystery first?
8. High Class (2021)
Who else is in it: Kim Ji Soo, Park Se Jin, Gong Hyun Joo, Ha Jun
If you love dramas like Mine, The Penthouse, and SKY Castle, you’ll enjoy High Class. This suspenseful drama focuses on the lives of Korean society’s richest women, including all the lies and intrigue that fuel their world. Yeo Jeong plays Song Yeo Ul, whose life changes after her husband gets murdered. She takes their son to an elite international school found on a luxurious island. The school is ruled by Nam Ji Seon (Ji Soo), a hotel president and the PTA parent representative. Cha Do Yeong (Hyun Joo), a former Miss Korea, sticks to Ji Seon like glue, hoping to absorb some of her popularity.
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