Actress(es) That Proved You Wrong About Their Acting Abilities
I raved about Achiara’s Secret in more general terms elsewhere, so this time I’m focusing on Ms Lee’s performance. This Drama came just four months after DLiL, but was worlds away in tone from it. No fragile clingy high school crush here, nor a matter-of-fact young office worker. She was back playing a high schooler, but this one was a bully and a scheming manipulator who made a concerted play for someone who turned out to be very much off limits. Her character was not “nice” by any means, but she was definitely a victim. Despite the magnitude of her sins, she turned out to be very much more sinned against. As the clip above shows, she thought she was a big bad wolf, but was nearer to being Little Red Riding Hood. I thought Ms Lee handled the challenge of portraying the differing yet closely connected facets of the character well.
After Achiara, Ms. Lee secured her first lead, as the young version of the lead character in Monster. Fifty episode revenge melos are really not for me, so I didn’t watch it, but it’s an important part of the reason I chose her for Day 3 of the challenge. She is a very hard-working young actor. While both DLiL and Achiara were airing, she had a small part in a KBS daily, Save The Family, and she maintains a very astutely thought out and ruthlessly managed presence on Instagram, helping to maintain and grow her public profile. She is in short, a young lady who is clearly serious about her chosen profession and works hard to grow her skills and challenge herself by taking on a variety of different roles. In a world where more famous faces get cast as leads on debut despite reservations about their talent, it really is a pleasant surprise to see an actor “doing her time” as it were, working her way up by diligent practice in honing her craft. I look forward to seeing her in other roles and will not be at all surprised if she becomes a big name in the future.
Addendum: Two others I considered strong candidates for this category were Dasom for her work in Shut Up Family and Eccentric Daughter-in-Law and Minah for her great performance in Beautiful Gong Shim