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Actors you may not recognize in their minor roles before stardom

By jubilantj   Tuesday, May 24, 2016   146,886   11,192   51
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Believe it or not, many of the popular actors that you know and love dearly weren't so popular or even known back in the day.


Your favorites like Song Joong Ki and Lee Min Ho all started out from humble beginnings, starting out with minor, smaller, supporting roles for the small screen. Not every role these guys took on was successful; there was bound to be failure along the way. Unless you're a big fan of the actor, you may not even recognize some of these 'obscure' roles!


But you already know the deal--their hard work and talent eventually paid off and these actors moved onto bigger and better things, making their grand breakthrough with memorable, impressive characters that we will all love for a long time!


Take a look at some of these actors who climbed their way up from the very bottom to the very top! 


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Song Joong Ki

Before he was in 'Descendants of the Sun' and other breakthrough roles, Song Joong Ki had tried to make a name of himself as an extra in dramas like 'Get Karl! Oh Soo-jung.' In 'Get Karl!' Song Joong Ki only appeared briefly as a reporter. Then he became more widely known through 'Sungkyunkwan Scandal,' making all the ladies' hearts flutter as the handsome scholar Goo Yong Ha! 


Park Seo Joon

This flower boy (man?) started his acting career in Bang Yong Guk's MV for "I Remember". Since then, he turned popular as one of the main characters for 'Dream High 2' and his recent breakthrough as the slightly apathetic Chief Editor of 'The Most' on 'She Was Pretty.' 


Kim Soo Hyun

Remember the chic, cold alien Do Min Joon on 'You Who Came From the Stars'? Of course you do! It was probably Kim Soo Hyun's biggest role in his over decade long career. But before Do Min Joon, there was the Kim Soo Hyun of 'Kimchi Cheese Smile'...and a couple of roles in musical theater.

Lee Min Ho

Lee Min Ho had begun with a very insignificant role in coming-of-age drama called 'Sharp.' He wasn't recognized until his leading character in 'Boys Over Flowers' as the petulant, immature Goo Jun Pyo. I guess girls really like those types?


Park Bo Gum

Park Bo Gum actually started off in film and then moved onto dramas. He played a supporting role as Kim Ha Neul's brother in 'Blind.' His big break came in 'Reply 1988,' the hit series which made fans love him even more and people jump on the Park Bo Gum bandwagon.

Ryu Joon Yeol

You may not have know who Ryu Joon Yeol was when he played a rookie producer in the popular drama 'Producer.' It's not his smallest or most minor role, but few people really knew who he was back then. It was only until his role in 'Reply 1988' as Kim Jung Hwan that he started garnering attention. Viewers couldn't help fall for those stoic charms! 


Seo Kang Jun


Seo Kang Jun only cameoed in dramas such as 'To the Beautiful You' before he started taking on lead roles. His popularity started gaining traction with notable roles as the tormented Baek In Ho in 'Cheese In the Trap,' and as Gook Seung Hyun in 'Cunning Single Lady.'


Lee Jong Suk


Before you knew Lee Jong Suk through his roles in 'Secret Garden' and 'I Can Hear Your Voice,' you might have seen him in 'Prosecutor Princess.'  He doesn't have a big role in that one, just a worker at the prosecution office, but he hit it big pretty soon after!



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    shyloone Wednesday, May 25, 2016

    Song Joong Ki was actually on a movie in 2008 called frozen flower wasnt a main but it was one of my favourite movies with Jo In sung Joo Jin Mo and Song Ji Hyo, but there were alot of actors other than Son Joong Ki on this movie who made some of their first starts into acting, like No Min Woo and Yeo Jin Goo, but I think his acting on werewolf boy and innocent man really shot him too stardom

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    seesaw4ever Wednesday, May 25, 2016

    These days people are acting as if Song Joong Ki gained his popularity only thanks to DOTS when he already was super popular even before this drama. I guess his 2-years in military made everyone forgot about him :/

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    davidcoghlan897 (Banned) Wednesday, May 25, 2016

    This comment has been removed due to violation of our TOS. (Reason: spammer)

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    elfexotic27 Wednesday, May 25, 2016

    OMG I feel so shocked O . O Seojun was on TTBY !?? And even more shocking, Ryu Junyeol was on Producer !!!!???? Like seriously, I can't believe I've seen him before Reply1988, I had no idea !!For PBG his breakthrough role was Hello Monster I think, I discovered him there, fell in love with him, watched Reply1988 beacuse of him, and was soooo happy that he is the husband : D Same for PSJ, people first loved him on KMHM, had second lead syndrome, and when he was the lead in SWP, people wanted Siwon xD

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    elfexotic27 Thursday, May 26, 2016

    Hum... @gzd132 can I know what I said wrong that made you dislike my comment?

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    luissjang Wednesday, May 25, 2016

    "His big break came in 'Reply 1988" mmhh I don't think so? People already knew Park Bogum thanks to the drama "Hello Monster" which was a big hit cause afterwards he became super popular :)

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    qonqonight Wednesday, May 25, 2016

    What they still looks the same is it just my eyes

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    sirip Wednesday, May 25, 2016

    Lee Min Ho looks like a completely different person.

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    aquamarine14 Wednesday, May 25, 2016

    Park bo gum in BLIND was great...a small role with a huge impact, at least for me.. I watched it because of Yoo seung ho but fall for him instead..haha

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    SUJUshinee4ever Wednesday, May 25, 2016

    park seo joon's break through was more via Kill me Heal me tbh. he was well loved for his role in that drama. seems like people have forgotten how they all had second lead syndrome, and wanted hwang jung eum to end up with siwon..lol

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    emilyloveskpop SUJUshinee4ever Wednesday, May 25, 2016

    he was also in Witch's Romance

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    SUJUshinee4ever emilyloveskpop Thursday, May 26, 2016

    i havent watched witch's romance. is it good?

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    emilyloveskpop SUJUshinee4ever Thursday, May 26, 2016

    oommg it's SOO CUUTE! he is such a sweetheart in that drama, literaly one of my fave dramas to watch when im bored. He's sweet, funny, handsome, and when the female lead felt uneasy about being in a relationship with him, he wasnt pushy about it at all. I 10/10 reccomend

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    SUJUshinee4ever emilyloveskpop Friday, May 27, 2016

    ok!!!!!! then i will definitely watch it! thnx for recommending

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    INFNTBYUL Wednesday, May 25, 2016

    I think I can recognize all of them despite the big change of style they still have the same face!

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