Believe it or not, many of the popular actresses that you know and love dearly weren't so popular or even known back in the day.
Your favorites all started out from humble beginnings, starting out with minor, smaller, supporting roles for the small screen. Not every role these ladies took on was successful; there was bound to be failure along the way. Unless you're a big fan of the actress, 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 actresses 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 actresses who climbed their way up from the very bottom to the very top!
Kim So Yeon and Song Hye Kyo in 'Soonpoong Clinic'
This was a very popular sitcom back in the day with these two actresses just starting out, but they both failed to make a lasting impression through their respective roles. Rather, Kim So Yeon moved on to make her name well known as an antagonist, hitting big with 'All About Eve' and more recently 'Iris.' Since then she's shown off her versatility in various roles like a ditzy prosecutor in 'Prosecutor Princes' and a grieving mother in 'When One's Home is Happy.' Since then, Song Hye Kyo made it big by her heart-touching acting in melodramas like 'Autumn in My Heart' and 'All In.' You may also recognize Kim Rae Won!
Jun Ji Hyun in 'Steal My Heart' or 'Fascinate My Heart'
This was her debut drama and you can tell her good looks had not changed since. Not a strong debut drama to get her name known, she managed to stand out more in the realm of film through works like 'Il Mare' and, of course, 'My Sassy Girl' three years later. Since then, her immense stardom continues upward on a steady rise.
Lee Da Hae in 'Sweet 18'
While the drama was a super big hit at the time, a lot of the young K-Pop fans probably do not know this, and people who watched the drama before probably did not even realize that this actress was in it. Before Lee Da Hae hit it big-time with her adorable and quirky role in 'My Girl,' she played the secondary lead in this drama as the lead male's former girlfriend. You also can note Han Ji Hye and Lee Dong Gun as the leads.
Park Min Ji in '18 vs 29'
A lot of people now know Park Min Ji as the outspoken friend in 'Cheese in the Trap,' but she actually had her breakthrough with the very popular movie 'Jenny, Juno' about teenage pregnancy. However, before that, a lot of people seemed to have only remembered Siwon in the flashback scenes of '18 vs 29' and not the lady across him who played the younger version of the female protagonist. That's right, that was Park Min Ji - and she looks exactly the same and adorable!
Song Ji Hyo in 'Goong (Princess Hours)'
It's hard to tell if people forgot that she was in this drama because the drama itself was so popular and she was a second lead, but I do remember that her character was really disliked, and that rubbed off on her personally, too. This was her debut drama. She got really popular since, especially for her 'Running Man' appearances, though, so it seems as if people have forgotten she played the unlikable secondary lead in this popular manga-turned-drama (as you can tell from the YouTube comments, actually).
Kim Tae Hee in 'Last Present'
Kim Tae Hee may be one of the most adored actresses through her countless charming, 'damsel-in-distress' characters. But even a big name like her started off small. Before her role as an evil stepsister in 'Stairway to Heaven' which shot her to the edges of stardom, Kim Tae Hee kicked off her acting career with a relatively minor role in a film titled 'Last Present.' You can see her play the younger version of lead Lee Young Ae's character around the 0:16 mark above.
Moon Chae Won in 'Mackerel Run'
Moon Chae Won was little known to the public before her memorable roles in dramas such as 'Painter of the Wind' and 'Brilliant Legacy.' Her first major acting gig was through teen sitcom 'Mackerel Run,' for which she played one of the main leads right alongside Lee Min Ho! After she started gaining popularity, she landed more leads rather than supporting roles, showing off her talent in dramas like 'The Princess' Man,' 'Good Doctor,' and more recently,' 'Goodbye, Mr. Black.' Catch her at the 0:11 mark in the clip provided.