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Everything You Should Know About 'True Beauty' Actress Park Yoo Na

Remember her as the ~Harvard student~ in 'Sky Castle'?
Park Yoo Na as Kang Su Jin in 'True Beauty'
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You guys, True Beauty has finally premiered on Viu (we love the first two episodes btw!) and we now have a new series to rave about! The webtoon-turned-K-drama focuses on Im Ju Kyung (Moon Ga Young), a high school student who uses the power of makeup to hide her ~true~ appearance. But someone pala knows her secret, and that's the crush ng bayan, Lee Suho (Cha Eun Woo)! And then there's the ~*bad boy*~ Han Seojun (Hwang In Yeop) who *might* just be into her, too. Sana all.

To make the story even more interesting, Kang Su Jin, aka the goddess of Saebom High School who has *everything*—the looks, the wit, and the rich family background—is also one of the characters we're looking forward to seeing more of. Today, let's get to know more about Park Yoo Na, the actress who portrays her:

Park Yoo Na was born on December 23, 1997.

And that makes her a 22-year-old Capricorn. Advance happy birthday, Yoo Na!

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She made her K-drama debut in 2015.

Five years ago, Park Yoo Na appeared on TV for the first time as the dance club member Kim Kyung Eun in the KBS series, Sassy Go Go.

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If you've noticed how graceful her steps are in that K-drama, it's because she used to be an idol trainee!

She would've become a K-pop idol if she didn't pursue acting! Park Yoo Na graduated from Hanlim Arts School as a Practical Dance Major. Other idols who've also attended the school are:  SHINee's Taemin, SEVENTEEN's Woozi, Red Velvet's Yeriand ITZY's Ryujin and Chaeryeong, to name a few.

In a Soompi article, Yoo Na revealed that she doesn't have any regrets after becoming an actress: “I was originally an idol trainee. So when I first received an offer to try acting, it sounded like [a world] that was very far away. At first, I was really scared. But after I made my debut in the drama Sassy Go Go, I gradually became more and more interested in pursuing acting. At first, I did have some [regrets]. But now, I have none at all. I’m enjoying acting too much.” Happy for you, girl!

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While you're here, enjoy these videos of Yoo Na dancing like a K-pop star:

Park Yoo Na and Cha Eun Woo were actually schoolmates IRL!

The 22-year-old actress shared that Eun Woo was popular in school for his gorgeous face! They didn't know each other when they were in school—Yoo Na was a dance major and Eun Woo was a broadcasting and entertainment major—but funny how life works out, because now, they play schoolmates in True Beauty!

Just like Cha Eun Woo, Park Yoo Na was also cast in the 2018 K-drama, My ID Is Gangnam Beauty.

If it's a webtoon-turned-drama with the word "beauty" in it, you're sure to have both Yoo Na and Eun Woo as cast members, lol. If you can remember, Yoo Na played the role of Yoo Eun in My ID Is Gangnam Beauty, a freshman representative who's the definition of cool. She lives in the same neighborhood as Hyun Soo Ah (Jo Woo Ri), the popular girl from the chemistry department that she's very ~suspicious~ of. 

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If you're still trying to remember what her other dramas are, here let us help you: Park Yoo Na also starred in Hotel Del Luna!

In this IU and Yeo Jin Goo-led fantasy series, Park Yoo Na plated Lee Mi Ra, a reincarnated princess. During a year-end event in 2019, she mentioned her unforgettable Hotel Del Luna moment: “It was my first time wearing a gache [large traditional Korean wig] while filming, and I couldn’t turn my head. I remember getting help from the staff because I couldn’t move when I was stabbed [in the drama] and fell down.”

And yes, you also saw Park Yoo Na in Sky Castle!

Yup, she played Cha Se Ri, the ~Harvard student~ whose father went ballistic after knowing the truth about her studies! Even if she only appeared in the later episodes of the top-rating satirical drama, her acting there was really remarkable.

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The actress once mentioned her character's impact in a TV show: "The cast went to Phuket for vacation, and I was sitting on my luggage waiting for Kim Hye Yoon. Normally, when people recognize you, they might ask you for a photo, but they weren’t coming up to me. I kind of started to approach them, but they avoided me. I wondered why, and later, I saw a comment that said, ‘I saw Se Ri but I was scared, so I couldn’t approach her.'” LOL.

Yoo Na developed a super close relationship with the drama's cast that they would go on dates even after the drama has already finished!

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The dramas she's starred in have all been successful. 

When her hit dramas were brought up in an Esquire photoshoot, Park Yoo Na admitted that the pressure is there for her next endeavors. "It’s kind of embarrassing to say this about myself, but many people tell me that every project I’m in seems to do well. So I do feel a bit of pressure from that. I’m grateful for it but I feel like if my next project doesn’t do well, it will be my fault. That makes choosing my next work even more difficult.” Raise your hand if you believe True Beauty will also be well-received by audiences!

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Last year, Park Yoo Na was rumored to be dating her So Close Yet So Far cast member, Kim Min Suk.

But the actor's agency has denied the issue and explained that they're just close friends. Also, in case you're wondering, Kim Min Suk is one of the soldiers in Descendants Of The Sun!

The True Beauty production staff were in awe of Park Yoo Na's acting right from the start.

They said that she absorbed her character well! How did she do this? "I think our personalities are quite similar, including the way we talk and the way she’s written in the script. The first thought I had was, ‘I’ll just have to act like myself.'” You go, girl!

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