Many of today’s stars have interesting stories of their rise to fame. Some of the best discovery stories come from popular web dramas that put your favorite actors on the map. YouTube and other mainstream streaming platforms are powerful tools for beginners! Here are five actors and actresses who rose to fame through web dramas.
1. Shin Ye Eun
Shin Ye Eun shone in the delightful web drama “A-TEEN,” where she played trailblazer Do Ha Na. “A-TEEN” follows the academic life of a group of juniors in high school, and glimpses of their home life are interspersed. Do Ha Na leads the group with her mismatched socks and her passion for art. The series even gained a second season due to the overflow of fan love. Shin Ye Eun’s character only appeared as a recurring role on “A-TEEN2” only due to her growing popularity, and this youth series opened doors for her to play Jinyoung’s leading lady in “He Is Psychometric. “, Ong Seong Wu’s love interest in “More Than Friends,” and many more K-dramas.
Watch the first episode of “More Than Friends”:
2. Hwang In Yeop
Hwang In Yeop debuted as the character Gi Jae Young in the web drama “WHY” “WHY” discusses the stages of the end of a romantic relationship, and Gi Jae Young is a faithful friend who gives tough love to her close circle of male friends. After the heartbreaking series, Hwang In Yeop decided to take on a lead role in the web drama “Freshman.” He played Seo Kyo Won in the series about being an outsider in college determined to become an insider. Seo Kyo Won is a popular guy on campus, and he happens to be a forward-thinking student and skilled interviewer. Today, Hwang In Yeop is best known for his unforgettable roles in shows like “True Beauty” and “Why Her?”.
Watch the first episode of “Why Her?” :
3. Kim Hye Yoon
When “Secret Crushes” first started streaming online in 2016, Kim Hye Yoon may not have known it would help ignite her acting career. She originally joined for the first season, but returned for the remaining two seasons and the special edition as guest star Kim Hye Yoon. The “Secret Crushes” series focuses on the story of men and women telling their own unrequited love stories. Since then, Kim Hye Yoon’s acting career has been anything but unrequited! Kim Hye Yoon is popular for starring in “Extraordinary You,” “Secret Royal Inspector & Joy,” “Snowdrop,” and more.
Watch the first episode of “Secret Royal Inspector & Joy”:
4. Bae Hyun Sung
Bae Hyun Sung first brought the character Park Ha Neul to life in seasons three and four of the popular web drama “Love Playlist.” “Love Playlist” is about college students experiencing their first relationships, college classes, and social outings. Park Ha Neul is the good guy on campus, and he seems to be good at nurturing long-term friendships and a romantic relationship.
The positive response online led Bae Hyun Sung to continue the character’s story in “Dear.M.” “Dear.M” followed the same storyline and added a mysterious classmate confessing his first love. The lucky college series turned out to be a great opportunity for him to play a lead role in a TV drama K!
Watch the first episode of “Dear.M”:
5. Lee Se Hee
Last year, Lee Se Hee received her big break as the star of the hit series “Young Lady and Gentleman.” However, her humble beginnings as a supporting actress in web dramas such as “Kiss Goblin” and “Love Revolution” helped secure her place in K-dramas.
In “Kiss Goblin,” Lee Se Hee plays the leading lady’s friend Yoon Sul Hee. The series is about a goblin tasked with kissing a number of humans in order to become human himself. Lee Se Hee also starred as Jang Hae Ri in “Love Revolution.” Her character is a bad girl who tries to interfere with the main couple’s relationship. “Love Revolution” follows the story of a high school student determined to win the heart and affection of a classmate he loves. Thanks to webcasts like these, K-drama fans were then able to witness her incredible role as the beloved nanny in “Young Lady and Gentleman.”
Start watching “Young Lady and Gentleman”:
Which actor did you discover first through an addictive web drama? Let us know in the comments!
KMoodyGenericName is a Soompi writer who is a longtime fan of Korean drama. Her favorite dramas include “Boys Over Flowers”, “Dream High”, and “Love Alarm!” For more on her personal and professional writing journey, follow her on Instagram at BTSCelebs.
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