Four Rising Stars Discovered in Netflix’s ‘Extracurricular’

The performances of rookie actors who took Netflix as their stage are brilliant. Kim Dong Hee, Park Joo Hyun, Jung Da Bin, and Nam Yoon Soo are at the center of the sensation. Their names might still be unfamiliar to the public, but they became the talk of the town with their acting prowess. Extracurricular, starring the four, topped Netflix’s “Korea’s Top 10 Content” within a week of its release, quickly becoming one of the hottest works in the first half of this year.

Extracurricular depicts the process of a group of high school students who commit crimes to earn money and the unpredictable dangers they face as a result. Although it is not a work that you can enjoy pleasantly, director Kim Jin Man’s delicate directing and harmony of the new actors have been well received. In particular, the passionate performances of the rookie actors, who were all selected after the auditions, have flawlessly captured the dark reality of our society, bolstering the story.


Kim Dong Hee

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Kim Dong Hee, who played the two-faced model student Ki Soo, stands out the most. He made his debut through web-drama A-Teen and made hits with every work he appeared on, including SKY Castle and Itaewon Class, coming to fame. In Extracurricular, the actor took on the role of Ji Soo, who dive into organized crimes for money, and captured the raging emotions using his whole body, leading the story. Kim Dong Hee recently said in an interview that he intends to participate in season 2, if it gets produced.


Park Joo Hyun

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Park Joo Hyun, who starred in the drama as Gyu Ri, Ji Soo’s dangerous partner, is also a rookie actor. Having shown lyrical performances in tvN’s A Piece of Your Mind recently, she triumphantly proved herself to be an actor who can sufficiently play the lead role through Extracurricular. She successfully portrayed a dual aspect of Gyu Ri, an ideal student at school but rebelliousness toward her parents, drawing favorable reviews. With her popularity, OurR’s music video in which she appeared in the past, is drawing keen attention.


Nam Yoon Soo

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Actor Nam Yoon Soo, who played the role of Gi Tae, is also worth paying attention to. He previously starred in MBC every1’s 4 Kinds of House and several web-dramas, including I Am Not a Robot, Want More 19, and The Temperature Of Language: Our Nineteen. In Extracurricular, he perfectly played Gi Tae, a boy with ambivalent attitudes, leading the startling tension. The rookie actor already confirmed his next work with tvN’s new Monday-Tuesday drama Postpartum Care Center to take on the role of a kind delivery man.


Jung Da Bin

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Jung Da Bin, who made her face known at the age of 3 in 2003, is an actor who reached her 17th year since her debut. With Extracurricular, she attempted the most significant transformation of her image in her entire career by playing the role of Min Hee, who is at the center of the crime. After undergoing thorough research and character analysis, she was able to describe complex and sensitive Min Hee in detail. Now that she has been able to break away her “Ice Cream Girl” image and take a step further as an actor, expectations are high for her future moves.

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