While it’s not always the thing I first look at in a drama (Sorry I am a shallow khottie crazed ahjumma), the leading lady is always important to the success of a show. So let’s take a glimpse at who stood out from the crowd and made my top leading actress list this year.
Classic Leading Lady
Park Min Young “Healer”
It is Chae Yeong Shin’s spunky and optimistic personality that makes this character come to life. But it is the sizzling chemistry with Ji Chang Wook that kicked her performance up a notch and added her onto my favorite of 2015 list. I hope Park Min Young’s new role in “Remember” is just as wonderful so I can put her on next year’s list as well.
Hwang Jung Eum “Kill Me Heal Me”
I can completely understand why Hwang Jung Eum’s acting style can drive some people crazy. To say she can be screechy and over the top is an understatement. Thankfully Oh Ri Jin became calmer as the drama went on and by the end, I have to admit she is one of the most memorable female characters of 2016.
Honey Lee “Shine or Go Crazy”
It’s a Twin Thing
Double the characters deserves double the memes right? It was obviously the year of the twin when it came to popular actresses playing more than one role per drama. To be honest, I had not realized how many twins themed dramas we had til I started compiling this list. So in no specific order, here are our leading ladies who pulled off the double roles.
Kim Hyun Joo “I Have A Lover”
I am shocked that I am enjoying this drama as much as I am. And it is all due to Kim Hyun Joo’s wonderful portrayal of Do Hae Gang. A wife who loses her child in death and eventually her husband due to grief and a young homewrecker. It just so happens that she also gets into an accident meant for her unknown twin sister and gets amnesia. So not only is Hyun Joo playing twins, but she is playing almost a third character when portraying the amnesiac Hae Gang who is being mistaken for her twin Yong Gi. Yes, I know that it sounds like a makjang mess, but that doesn’t make it any less fun to follow.
Park Bo Young ” Oh My Ghostess”
While not technically a twin, Park Bo Young does have to play two very different characters. First she plays shy, ghost-seeing, chef Bong Seon. But then she has to switch into aggressive, man crazy, Shin Sun Ae every time she is possessed. I was highly impressed on how seamless her transition between the two characters was. So let’s all give a pat on the back that her drama comeback was so successful and hope that she will return in 2016.
Jeon Ji Hyeon “Assassination”
The only movie on my list, “Assassination”, is a top-notch action film. This movie stars Jeon Ji Hyeon, as an assassin who is attempting to kill her own father (unknowingly) for the good of Korea. Freedom fighter Ahn Ok Yoon was lost to her affluent pro-Japanese father as an infant and grew up in Shanghai as part of the resistance. Chosen for her sniper skills, Ok Yoon comes back to Korea to assassinate known Japanese sympathizers and meets her unknown family (including her twin sister). I actually went to the theaters twice to see this show and each time was enthralled. I highly recommend this for anyone who loves, action, history, or Jeon Ji Hyeon.
Kim So Hyun “School 2015: Who Are You”
As many of you know, I spent a lot of time watching Chinese dramas this year. So it is only normal that some of the actresses made their way onto my top list. And while there were many great performances, these two found special places in my heart and are officially on my girl crush list.
Liu Tao “Nirvana in Fire”
By far one of the strongest female characters ever found in an Asian historical drama, Princess Ni Huang burst onto the scene with a kickass vibe that could not be ignored. A general in her own right, this princess was not the type to stay at home and let the men take the lead. Ni Huang stood equal to her soulmate Mei Chang Su and was confident enough to let him do what he had to do without whining and hand wringing. It was a nice change from your usual damsel in distress.
Zhao Zanilia “Journey of Flower”