Edited by Seo Hayne
Translated by Kim Hoyeun
This year, actors who debuted as child actors are showing awesome performances in historical dramas. Park Eun Bin has also joined the list, following Kim So Hyun from River Where the Moon Rises and Kim Yoo Jung from Lovers of the Red Sky. Park, who debuted in 1997 in the MBC series Love and Separation, is a diligent actress who has been working nonstop for 24 years. She played her first lead role in the 2013 remake of the historical series Hur Jun, the Original Story as Hur Jun’s wife, Lady Da Hee. The following year, she played Lady Hye Kyung in the mystery historical drama Secret Door (2014).
Having gradually solidified her position as an “adult” actress while playing someone else’s child roles, she frequently appeared in the historical genre. But soon, Park met JTBC’s Age of Youth (2016), which paints out the daily life of modern-day youth, and played the role of a lifetime as Song Ji Won. Park turned into a mood-maker of the sharehouse, where female college students live, and plays a cheerful youth who enjoys drinking/singing as well as working as a reporter for the college newspaper.
Then in Hot Stove League (2019-2020), which dealt with the fierce world behind the field, the actress played Lee Se Young, the only female manager in the league. Originally a baseball fan, Lee Se Young is a person who has an undying passion for her team “Dreams,” a cellar-dwelling team. At the same time, she is the kind of person who always makes cool-headed decisions for her team. Especially, the scene where she yells, “You’re insane. You crossed the line first!” in episode 7 when she got agitated during the player’s salary negotiation became the hottest topic. From office looks to her unique expressions and tone, Park showcased her own version of girl crush charms.
Soon after, she starred in SBS’s Do You Like Brahms?, a romance drama based on classical music, as violinist Chae Song Ah. Chae Song Ah, who used to attend a prestigious college, transferred to the music department after four tries, but even then, she is not so certain about her choice. Park portrays the hesitant and worried youth with her delicate acting while playing the violin playing scene herself. Do You Like Brahms? remains a masterpiece that has resonated with not only classical lovers but also viewers who are contemplating their dreams and talents.
Currently, Park has turned into Lee Hwi, the unlucky king who has no choice but to hide her identity as a woman, for KBS’s romantic historical series The King’s Affection, released worldwide via Netflix. Though the series has only just begun, Park, who is making her own destiny while living the life of her twin brother, is already receiving good responses.
I will root for Park Eun Bin, who continues to impress us with her best performance.
Editor Seo Hayne: I like actors as they faithfully lead through their long running-time. I also like idols who accomplish everything on stage within 3 minutes.
Translator Kim Hoyeun: If you are a fan of K-drama, K-movie, and K-pop, I am your guy. I will continue to provide you with up-to-date K-entertainment news.