The American magazine's "annual Youth Impact Report profiles actors, digital content creators, musicians, and others who rocked showbiz in the last year, as well as a few pros behind those burgeoning careers." K-pop group TWICE, Kim Hwan Hee, and Park So Dam of South Korea made the list of talented youngsters.
Find out Variety's reasons why they were added to the 'Youth Impact Report' and at Variety's official website (TWICE, Park So Dam, Kim Hwan Hee)!
TWICE: Launched and managed by South Korea's entertainment major JYP Entertainment, the K-pop girl band debuted in October 2015. Their second mini-album, "Page Two," released in April, sold over 145,000 copies and hit No. 1 in all online daily and weekly charts in the country. With five Korean members (Na-yeon, Jeong-yeon, Ji-hyo, Da-hyun and Chae-young), three Japanese (Momo, Sana and Mina), and a Chinese performer (Tzuyu), the multinational band has swept the board at major Asian music awards in the past year.
Park So Dam: The 24-year-old actress was in some of 2015's biggest Korean films: "Veteran," "The Throne," and "The Priests." Park won multiple awards for her role in "Priests," which grossed $38 million from 5.44 million admissions. Now Park is back on the stage in a revival of the award-winning 1997 play "Closer." "I've always had my passion for stage plays, because I majored in theater acting at school," says Park. "I hope she becomes an actress who can appeal to the wider world," says Hwang Joo-hye, CEO of Park's management agency.
Kim Hwan Hee: The 14-year-old actress stunned audiences with her presence in Korean helmer Na Hong-jin's Cannes entry "The Wailing," which earned $50 million from 6.88 million admissions in the box office in South Korea. In the occult thriller, Kim played a disease-stricken girl, possessed by an evil spirit. Her signature line, "So what's important?," quickly became popular and popped up in numerous parodies. "I hope I win best new actress award," says Kim. "Best actress and best supporting actress awards may still be available sometime later, but best new actress is now or never." Kim's next project is KBS TV drama "The Way to the Airport."