Yoo In Na may have shot to K-drama fame after she starred as Sunny in the romantic fantasy series Goblin, but this actress has been gracing the entertainment industry way before K-shows started becoming a big hit in the Philippines. In fact, In Na hasn't only been busy working the small screen for decades, she's also trained as an idol, started a career in singing, and even did radio!
Nobody can deny the fact that In Na is at the top of her game right now, as one of the hottest and most in-demand leading ladies of K-dramaland. Can't get enough of her? Check out this list of the other dramas of this multi-talented queen.
1. High Kick! Through The Roof (2009)
In Na's first foray on the small screen is through this short-form situation comedy about a unique Korean family. Playing herself, she ultimately captured the attention of viewers with her funny and cheeky portrayal of a girl dreaming of becoming an idol. Despite being self-aware of her flakiness in paying off debts and mooching off others, In Na was able to make her character lovable enough for people to root for her.
2. Secret Garden (2010)
Like any successful actress, In Na built her career from the ground up by playing supporting roles first. One of her most popular characters is Im Ah Young from the 2010 rom-com and fantasy drama Secret Garden. Despite the rather cliché role she was given in the show—the sweet, girly best friend who is the direct opposite of Gil Ra Im's (Ha Ji Won) tomboyish character—In Na made the most of what was given to her by captivating the audience with her relatable acting. Props to her too for effectively adding more dimension to an otherwise stereotypical role. She won the award of Best New Actress on TV in the 47th Baeksang Arts Awards for her role in the show.
3. The Greatest Love (2010)
In Na took a huge leap of faith when she traded her usual sweet and innocent image for the antagonist route in The Greatest Love. Here, she played the role of Seri, a former-girl-group-member-turned-top-star, who is set on making her old bandmate Ajeung (played by fellow K-drama favorite lead Gong Hyo Jin) suffer. Her acting in the show showcased her versatility as an actress and ultimately put her on the map as an entertainer.
4. Queen & I (2012)
After a series of supporting roles, In Na finally landed her first-ever leading role in the fantasy romance Queen & I. She took on the character of Choi Hee Jin, a third-grade actress who finally landed her first big role as a queen in a new drama. In a strange turn of events, she meets Kim Bung Do (Ji Hyun Woo), a scholar from the ancient Joseon Dynasty who was transported to modern Korea. Fun fact: In Na and Hyun Woo turned their onscreen romance from reel to real when they dated from 2012 to 2014.
5. My Love From The Star (2013)
At this point, In Na became a poster girl for romance fantasy dramas. In 2013, she was cast in the hit show My Love From The Star opposite big names like Jun Ji Hyun and Park Hae Jin. Unlike her stint as an in-your-face type of antagonist in The Greatest Love, In Na perfectly straddled the boundary between the underdog and jealous second lead when she played the role of Yoo Se Mi, a C-list actress and childhood friend of top star Cheon Song Yi (Jun Ji Hyun). In Na nailed the raw, selfish feelings of Se Mi while still showing the sensitive, human side of the character.
6. Goblin (2016)
Aka the show that sealed In Na's household name status, at least for new wave K-drama fans. She played the role of Sunny, a chicken restaurant owner, in this—you guessed it!—fantasy romance show. Despite being the second lead, In Na stole the spotlight with her effortless acting and chemistry with The Grim Reaper (Lee Dong Wook). There's just something so easy and perfect in the way she portrayed the bluntness of her character that just makes her so endearing and relatable. Sunny was not afraid to admit that her business was failing and was always so unabashedly open about her interest in the Reaper. Plus, In Na had such amazing on-screen chemistry with Dong Wook's character that fans even started shipping the two!
7. Touch Your Heart (2019)
Fight us on this if you want, but we're very convinced that it is the sheer shipping power of fans that brought In Na and Dong Wook together again in this 2019 rom-com drama. Based on the web novel of the same name, the two (now as the main leads) left their Goblin characters behind and transformed into Oh Jin Shim, an actress who posed as a secretary in a law firm in her hopes of making a successful drama comeback, and Kwon Jung Rok, an elite lawyer who suddenly found himself tied up in the mess of said actress. Even with the all-new different plot, the two managed to captivate viewers again with how good they work (and look) on screen. Anyone here wishing for these two to have a third show together? Because honestly, hard same.
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