2018 was one of the first years where we all would say that many of the female roles were better than the mens. Join us as we share our favorite actresses and the roles that made us sit up and take notice. Did your favorite make our list?
Karie the Maknae
Chae Soo Bin
I loved her friendly, independent vibe in both I Am Not a Robot and Where Stars Land. I’m not sure of her range yet, despite having seen Sassy Go Go, but I always enjoy watching her.
I just want to second everything Drama Geek says below. I also watched her in the movie Fatal Countdown: Reset recently, and her depiction of three distinct characters was so awe-inspiring that I enjoyed an otherwise tepid movie.
Jin Ki Joo
Clkytta: Hands down, I loved Come and Hug Me so much and her role as Nak Won made me fall for her. I loved that she was able to to be vulnerable and cry, but she would fight back. It takes some talent to show that much love and hate in your eyes. That character was one of my favorites this year too.
Kim Hae Sook & Kim Hee Seon
My favorites are the two female leads from Room No. 9,Kim Hae Sook and Kim Hee Seon. Between them they are killing it! (Does anyone besides me have trouble with all these similar names?)
Are you ready for a huge list? Sorry, this year was filled with amazing actress performances and I cannot leave anyone out.
Kim Nam Joo
In Misty her leading men were almost props compared to her. She did not play the sweet, perfect character. She had so many layers, I wasn’t sure we’d ever get to her core. Every scene she was in, you had to give her your rapt attention, she just didn’t allow anything less. She owned that show, and so did her pantsuits. I hope she does more of this type of drama in the future.
Park Min Young
She has been one of my favorite actresses for a while, but this year her performance as Secretary Kim (I also watched Seven Day Queen right after that) really shot her to near the top of my bias list. She has a way of making you fall in love with both her and whatever couple she’s involved in. And she can really pull off the steamy scenes with her costars.
Oh, my strong beautiful Yang Mi from Legend of Fu Yao. She really does it all. She manages to bring across such a strong character that is also smirky and playful (equal to her costar, which is a feat in its own
I 100% support the shout outs for all of the actresses above. There were so many amazing leading ladies this year. Park Min Young and Yang Mi are two of my all time favorite actresses, so I would definitely have included them on my list. So, I will add a couple more:
Ni Ni caught my eye in every scene of Rise of Phoenixes. It did not matter if she was playing a male or female role. She just jumped off the screen and held me captive. I loved her as the intelligent and thoughtful scholar. I look forward to her future roles.
Seo Hyun Jin
I am disappointed that the DramaFever demise disrupted the viewing of Beauty Inside for so many viewers. Seo Hyun Jin was fantastic in this show. She made me laugh at times and also ache with pain with her portrayal of an actress who inhabits different bodies every month. She has the ability to seem completely polished in one scene and a hot mess in another. I love her flexibility as an actress.
Won Jin Ah
I tried to look up the filmography of Won Jin Ah as I watched Just Between Lovers because she seemed so comfortable in front of the camera. I was shocked to discover she was fairly inexperienced. Her performance in Just Between Lovers seemed like she was a very seasoned actress.
Shin Hye Sun
This is an actress with range. She played the whimsical and charming Seo Ri in Still 17 and then she made me catch my breath as the soprano Yoon Sim Deok in Hymn of Death alongside Lee Jong Suk. I loved her in both roles!
Kim Tae Ri
I, sadly, procrastinated and once I was finally able to comment, everyone else had snagged all my favorite performances. Rather than just repeat what my kbesties have already said, I will add my one pick that was different then those mentioned.
Kim Tae Ri is a truly talented actress and I was very excited to watch her in this years big hit Mr Sunshine. While I have not finished it, my life is insane busy right now, I think she deserves to get some mention. Kim Tae Ri’s powerful performance is what hooked my interest and is also why I will return to finish the show. I anticipate her long and successful career in drama and film in the years to come.
There you have it. Our picks for outstanding actresses of 2018. Did your favorite make our list? Let us know in the comments and be sure to follow us as we release our end of the year lists over the next several weeks.
Til next time,