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[K-Star’s Best Character] Kim Dami, Who Went from Being a ‘Rising Star’ to a ‘Trusted Actress’ with ‘Itaewon Class’

Edited by Hwang Hong Sun

Translated by Kim Hoyeun

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Kim Dami, who boasts tall height and babyface, has dreamed of becoming an actor since her childhood as she was strongly attracted to the fact that she could express various emotions of various characters. While working as a fitting model for several clothing brands after entering college, she started her acting career with film Marionette and an independent short film.

Then in 2018, Kim Dami rose to stardom with her movie The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion. The movie revolves around a girl who faces unexpected situations when mysterious people appear in her life. She won the role of protagonist Goo Ja Yoon after beating 1,500 hopefuls in an audition, and quickly emerged as a rising star that year by sweeping the Rookie of the Year award at various film festivals.

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When many paid keen attention to her next project, Kim Dami broke a two-year hiatus and made her TV series debut with Itaewon Class in 2020. Based on the webtoon of the same name, Itaewon Class tells the story of Park Sae Roy, who opens his bar-restaurant DanBam and strives towards success while battling against a food conglomerate.

In the drama, Kim Dami played the role of  Jo Yi Seo, a multi-talented and intelligent girl who cannot sympathize with other people’s feelings. Her callous behavior has many people believe she is a sociopath, but she falls in love with Park Sae Roy and grows as a person.

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In the beginning, some pointed out that Kim Dami does not resemble the original character of Jo Yi Seo in the webtoon, but rather than being swayed by the controversy, she captured viewers’ hearts by flawlessly portraying the role in her own style. When the drama was over, those who criticized her changed their position and stated they can no longer imagine Jo Yi Seo as other actresses. 

After the success of the drama, Kim Dami is returning to the big screen. In the film Soulmate (working title), which depicts friendship and love between the two friends, she will work with Jeon So Nee. I am looking forward to Kim Dami, who is growing beyond the expectations for the rising star, and her new projects. 

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