Meet The Youthful Actress Park Bo-young and Her Handsome Co-stars
Park Bo-young, famously dubbed as the Nation’s Litter Sister, is a highly popular Korean actress. Her youthful look, bright character and excellent acting skills have earned the love and attention of fans. The actress debuted in 2006 after appearing in the TV series Secret Campus. She starred in the drama series alongside Lee Min-ho.
She rose to stardom after her appearance as a sassy young mother in the 2008 comedy movie Scandal Makers, starring alongside actor Cha Tae-hyun. The movie was a massive hit, with an audience of 8.3 million, and become top blockbuster movie. Her performance as a young mother trying to find her father and husband while caring for her son earned her praise and Best New Actress Awards in 2009.
Every movie and drama she’s starred in was a huge success. She got the chance to act alongside young and handsome male actors, from Lee Min-ho to Song Joong-ki and Jo Jung-suk, to name a few. In this article, Channel-Korea will explain about Park Bo-young and her co-stars. So stay tuned!
Park Bo-young and Lee Min-ho
Both Park Bo-young and Lee Min-ho were newcomers during the shooting of EBS’s 2006 Secret Campus. Secret Campus portrayed stories about the daily life of Korean teenagers, each with their own problems. Park Bo-young played Cha A-rang, a pure and innocent girl, who fell in love with Park Do-hyun, a cool and athletic boy, played by Lee Min-ho. A-rang fell for Do-hyun after he helped her get rid of a petty criminal who asked young girls for money.
The character Cha A-rang pretty much represents every character from Park Bo-young’s movies and dramas: innocent, talkative, and witty. Park Do-hyun’s character, the cool and confident boy, is also embedded in Lee Min-ho’s ensuing drama roles.
Cha A-rang followed Park Do-hyun everywhere he went and with everything he did, even as far as going to the men’s restroom. Do-hyun was expelled from soccer club, his only interest in school, and had zero interest in A-rang. The scenes where she was actively following him were very cute and fun to watch.
Park Bo-young and Song Joong-ki
Park Bo-young ended a lengthy hiatus, which started in 2009, by appearing in the 2012 horror movie Don’t Click and the fantasy-romance A Werewolf Boy. A Werewolf Boy premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and managed to attract more than 7 million in domestic theatres. She won a 20’s Movie Star Female award at the 7th Mnet 20’s Choice Awards.
In this film, she played young Sun-yi, a beautiful teenage girl who was sent to the countryside because of her health. She found a feral boy, Chul-soo, played by Song Joong-ki, then civilized and befriended him.
At first, Sun-yi hated Chul-soo because of his animal instinct, eating carelessly when given food and causing havoc every time they ate together. Later, she found him helpful and found company in his presence. She taught Chul-soo table manners and, to her family surprise, Chul-soo followed her directions politely. She complimented Chul-soo and caressed his hair when he did as he was supposed to.
In a scene in their living room, Sun-yi and Chul-soo found an unused guitar. She played the guitar and sang for Chul-soo. Surprisingly, he listened and enjoyed her singing, and caressed her hair as if saying “good job”. Sun-yi felt happy in his company.
Park Bo-young and Ji Chang-wook
Park Bo-young and Ji Chang-ok appeared in SPEED’s music video for Sad Promise. The video was set during the Gwangju Democratization Movement. Ji Chang-ok fell in love with Park Bo-young, a young girl whom he saved from soldiers during an accident. He brings her back to her house, only to meet with his rival, Seok-jin, who happened to be Park Bo-Young’s older brother. Later, Ji Chang-ok and Seok Jin teamed up to rescue Na-eun, Seok-Jin’s girl friend.
Park Bo-young and Ji Chang-ok met for the first time on a bus. Mesmerized by her beauty, he followed her home. She also seemed to be interested in Ji Chang-ok. He rescued her from soldiers and helped her escape. Back in their rooms, both of them were reminiscing about the earlier accident, when he hold her hand and treated her wound. At the end of the MV, both Ji Chang-ok and Seok-jin died when confronting soldiers.
Park Bo-young and Lee Jong-suk
In Hot Young Bloods, a teen romantic comedy movie, Park Bo-young played Young–sook, a high school female gang leader. Strong on the outside, she was fragile inside, especially at home. She had a crush on her school Casanova, Joong-gil, played by Lee Jong-suk. Joong-gil was well known as the school playboy, able to win girls’ hearts with a single wink. Even though blessed with handsome face, Joong-gil was both a bit timid and struggling in school.
Among all girls in school, Joong-gil never approached Young-sok. Young-sook, herself, wondered why Joong-gil approached other girls instead of her. It turned out that Joong-gil knew that his rival, Gwang-sik, was interested in her.
Young-sook approached Joong-gil relentlessly, asking him out to eat. She asked directly why he didn’t make a move to her. She even bought him the trendiest shoes to win his heart. Initially, Joong-gil wanted to return the shoes, but when he found out shoes were in fashion, he kept them. Aside from chasing after him, she also encouraged him to study more and convinced him that he was a smart boy.
In one scene, in a warehouse, Park Bo-young was looking everywhere for Joong-gil. She found him inside, being beaten by Gwangsik. Without hesitation, she kicked one of Gwangsik friends and threatened Gwangsik and other boys with acid to release Joong-gil. Joong-gil was helpless in front of Young-sook.
Hot Young Blood showed the life of high school students in a rural town of Chungcheong Province in 1982. The dialect used by people from Chungcheong Province is unique and very fun to watch. Park Bo-young said that she had a hard time learning the dialect.
Park Bo-young and Jo Jung-suk
Park Bo-young and Jo Jung-suk partnered in the tvN hit TV series Oh My Ghost. She played the role of Na Bong-sun, a timid character with low confidence. She was an introverted girl with no friends, who worked as a chef’s assistant at Sun Restaurant. Jo Jung-suk played as the confident and arrogant star chef, Kang Sun-woo, who owned and operated the Sun Restaurant.
Na Bong-sun was possessed by the lascivious ghost Shin Soon-ae, played by Kim Seul-gi. The ghost died young, without having a chance to lose her virginity. When possessed with Shin Soon-ae’s ghost, Na Bong-sun became a confident and attractive woman. In the end, Na Bong-sun won the love of the arrogant star chef and they developed a romantic relationship.
On Episode 8, late at night, Na Bong-sun stole into Kang Sun-woo’s room. Quietly, she hugged and cuddled his sleeping body. He woke up and dragged her back into her room. While he was dragging her, they fell onto a couch and hugged accidentally. She got angry at him for refusing to sleep with her. She said that if a woman seduces a man like she did, the man should seize the moment and sleep with her. Park Bo-young’s acting was like a cute kitten, and the scene was very funny.
On episode 16, Na Bong-sun returned from studying overseas and visited Sun Restaurant. One of the restaurant employees hugged her upon seeing her face. She looked around and went into the restaurant. Kang sun-woo looked at her and was standing nervously in the front door. He was amazed by the beautiful lady in front of him. Na Bong-sun looked amazing with her long hair, white shirt, and pastel blue skirt. They spoke for a while and talked about how they miss each other very much. Kang sun-soo hugged her and lifted her high. He missed her very much and kissed her affectionately. The kissing scene was a very memorable scene.
Park Bo-young and Park Hyung-sik
Park Bo-young and Park Hyung-sik paired up in the romantic-comedy TV series Strong Girl Do Bong-soon. This drama was aired on JTBC and was recorded as one of the most-watched dramas shown on cable television. Park Bo-young played a young girl with superhuman strength, named Do Bong-soon. Although she was unnaturally strong, she wanted to be a graceful woman, of the type of girl her crush liked. She got a job as a bodyguard to a spoiled rich heir, Ahn Min-hyuk, played by Park Hyung-sik. Ahn Min-hyuk was a spoiled heir who hid his fragile personality by being arrogant and rude toward his employees.
On episode 11, Ahn Min-hyuk and Do Bong-sun met at a café for what seemed like a very important conversation. Do Bong-soon had a fond look in her eye, and spoke softly. Ahn Min Hyuk looked back at her and said “Please like me”. They both stared at each other lovingly and hugged. At first it was a simple hug, but Ahn Min-hyuk hugged her even tighter. It was official, they both had feelings toward each other.
On Episode 15, Ahn Min-hyuk was alone in his house. Suddenly, Do Bong-soon went to his house to see him. She said three words, “I miss you”, and waited for his response. Ahn Min-hyuk kissed her passionately then lifted her on top of the piano. They both kissed again affectionately. It was a very romantic evening. The following day, they went to the office together and held hands on the way, just like a couple in a new relationship. Inside the lift, the couple showed affection and ignored other worker. It seemed like they spent the previous night together and had a wonderful evening.
Park Bo-young and Kim Young-kwang
Park Bo-young and Kim Young-kwang reunited after four years, in the romantic film On Your Wedding Day. They had previous worked together on Hot Young Bloods, which showed a rural high school student’s love story, in the eighties. In August, 2018, both Park Bo-young and Kim Young-kwang showed up during the press conference in Seoul. She performed as Seung-hee, who believes in destiny, and Kim Young-kwang played Wooyeon, who loves only a single woman, Seung-hee. Seung-hee was a smart and attentive young girl in high school and grew up to be an ordinary young woman. Woo-yeon was a goofy young boy during his high school days, but grew up to be a handsome and athletic young man. He loved Seung-hee from the moment he saw her for the first time in school. Due to his perseverance, Woo-yeon was able to date Seung-hee during high school. The movie pictured the couple’s love story in four different parts, high school, college, after graduation, and as young adults in society.
Woo-yeon was so in love with Seung-hee, he went after her everywhere. He set his phone’s passcode with Seung-hee’s birth date. He even enrolled to the same university with Seung-hee. One day, Seung-hee was angry at him for spending money recklessly instead of saving for their future. He said that even though he spent money recklessly, he used the money to buy her a present. While arguing, he said that he wanted to kiss her. Woo-yeon grabbed and hugged her to his bed, and they stopped arguing.
However, he has heartbroken when he found out that she was dating someone else. Just like Park Bo–Young’s character had chosen another man in their first movie, Hot Young Bloods, Kim Young-kwang also failed to get his happy ending with her in On Your Wedding Day.