“Record of Youth” boasts not only charming actors Park Bo-gum and Byeon Woo-seok but also stars the delightful Park So-dam. Let’s get to know more about this talented actress.

Not Your Ordinary Leading Lady

Probably most of us were introduced to Park So-dam through the Oscar-winning film “Parasite.” There she played the role of the cunning Kim Ki-jung a.k.a. Jessica, who poses as an art therapist to the Park couple’s son.

Park So-dam with Choi Woo-sik in “Parasite”
Park So-dam with Choi Woo-sik in “Parasite” (NEON + CJ Entertainment)

However, “Parasite” wasn’t Park So-dam’s first film. The 29-year-old actress actually has an impressive filmography, consisting mostly of independent films. She was even nicknamed “The Jewel of Indie Films.” There’s no surprise to that as she won best new actress from the Busan Film Critics Awards for her role in the 2015 mystery-thriller film “The Silenced.” She also took home a Baeksang for her performance in the 2015 film “The Priests.”

Park So-dam is often compared to Kim Go-eun because of some similarities in their facial features, as well as their beginnings in the independent cinema. Both are also graduates of the Korea National University of the Arts.

Going Mainstream

Park So-dam in “Cinderella and the Four Knights” (tvN)

When it comes to small screen roles, Park So-dam is a relative newcomer. Aside from “Record of Youth,” she only starred in four other TV dramas. The most notable one is the modern-day fairy tale “Cinderella and the Four Knights” in 2016. She stars as Eun Ha-won, who lives with billionaire cousins and heirs of the Kang family and gets caught up in a love quadrangle.

From ‘Parasite’ to ‘Record of Youth’

2020 is looking like Park So-dam’s year as she started off with back-to-back wins for “Parasite.” After winning the best acting ensemble at the Critics Choice Awards and Screen Actors Guild Awards, she also took home the best supporting actress nod at the Baeksang Arts Awards.

With the overwhelming success of “Parasite,” Park So-dam must have caught the eye of more producers as she was cast in tvN’s “Record of Youth” opposite Park Bo-gum.

With her career on the rise, it’s unimaginable now that she contemplated on quitting her acting career after so many rejections in the past. 

The actress, who appears to defy Korea’s typical beauty standards, is now charming her way into the hearts of many.

Myla writes news stories for a living and watches K-dramas for leisure. She enjoys doing both for Hallyudorama.

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