From the bustling streets of Seoul to the glittering lights of Hollywood, a wave of Korean actors and actresses has begun to profoundly impact Western cinema. Showcasing an impressive range of talent and versatility, these stars have successfully bridged the gap between East and West, bringing a refreshing dimension to Hollywood films. Here are 10 Korean actors and actresses from South Korea who have navigated their way into Hollywood, enchanting global audiences with their remarkable performances.
10 Korean Actors and Actresses Making Waves in Hollywood
Lee Byung Hun
He is probably one of the most recognizable Korean actors in Hollywood. He’s best known for roles such as Storm Shadow in the “G.I. Joe” series as Storm Shadow and a Terminator in “Terminator Genisys.” Some other projects Lee Byung Hun was in are “Misconduct,” “The Magnificent Seven,” “The Fortress,” “Keys to the Heart” and “RED 2.”
Ma Dong Seok
Known for his role in the critically acclaimed movie “Train to Busan,” Ma Dong Seok (also known as Don Lee) was cast in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film “The Eternals” as the rough Gilgamesh.
Han Hyo Joo
The gorgeous and talented South Korean actress, Han Hyo Joo, made her Hollywood debut in a Jason Bourne spin-off American action drama television series, “Treadstone.” Her natural charm and English fluency have enchanted many hearts of movie lovers.
Jung Ji Hoon (Rain’s real name) is known internationally for his music, singing talent, and acting. He is one of Korean actors who is fluent in English and has made way to Hollywood. Rain has starred in several famous films like “Speed Racer,” “Ninja Assassin,” “The Prince,” and more.
Choi Min Sik
Famous for his role in “Oldboy,” Choi Min Sik has also appeared in the Hollywood film “Lucy,” starring alongside Scarlett Johansson.
Park Seo Joon
Park Seo Joon is one of Korean actors who decided to venture into Hollywood. Although he is a new face on the Hollywood scene, he received a warm welcome upon announcing his involvement with the Marvel Universe in “Captain Marvel.”
Born in Germany and fluent in several languages, Yoo Teo has had the opportunity to expand his acting horizons. He has been in several American films and is most recently starring in the already critically-acclaimed film “Past Lives,” which was released at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.
She has achieved international recognition for her work in both film and television. She starred in the Wachowskis’ Netflix series “Sense8” and their film “Cloud Atlas.”
Son Suk Ku
The Korean actor was in the American sci-fi series “Sense8” alongside Bae Doona. Although he isn’t currently slated to have taken on any Hollywood roles, it is great to see that he has many opportunities out there!
Park Chan Wook
Although not an actor, director Park Chan Wook has influenced Hollywood with films like “Oldboy.” He also bagged the Best Director Awards at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival for his Korean project, “Decision to Leave.” Hopefully, we’ll see more Park Chan Wook’s works in Hollywood series and films.
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