K-ent Deems Gong Hyo Jin the Most Reliable K-drama Goddess Who in 22-years Brings in Ratings, Buzz, or Critical Acclaim, Great Chemistry with Every Male Lead, and Has Never Had a Scandal

I don’t think I would argue with this assessment even if it’s possible to make alternative arguments. But by and large it really has been an epic run for K-actress Gong Hyo Jin in her 22-year long career on South Korean television. Her movie resume is actually longer but for I-audiences it’s really the world of K-dramas where one first encounters her as either a quirky, cool, aloof, or reserved character. She gets type cast in a few personalities but as someone who has watched every single one of her dramas it’s amazing to see her range and breadth. From Ruler of Your Own World to When the Camellia Blooms, she delivers time and again with either ratings, buzz, or critical acclaim and ofttimes with all three. My rawest Gong Hyo Jin drama is one of her first with Sang Doo, Let’s Go to School opposite Rain and my forever re-watchable gem remains It’s Okay, It’s Love with Jo In Sung. I’m sure plenty love just as much Best Love, The Master’s Sun, Incarnation of Jealousy and many more. That I was most disconnected from her most recent drama When the Camellia Blooms merely speaks to her character more than performance, at her age I think she should do stronger roles going forward.

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Top Stars Kim Hee Ae, Hyun Bin, Gong Hyo Jin, and Kang Ha Neul Receive Commendations at the 2020 Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards

The 2020 Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards took place this week in Seoul with an actual ceremony though very understated as it’s a government sponsored function. It’s organized by the government’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the … Continue reading

When the Camellia Blooms and Crash Landing on You Cast Takes Home Prizes at 2020 Seoul International Drama Awards

The 2020 Seoul International Drama Awards will take place remotely this year due to travel limitations. It’s the 14th year for this ceremony and it awards both Korean dramas and shows around the world. Focusing on the Korean drama winners, … Continue reading

Song Hye Kyo and Gong Hyo Jin Post on SNS in Support of Good Friend Yoo Ah In’s Upcoming Zombie Thriller Movie #Alive with Park Shin Hye

Awwww, long live friendships in K-ent and I feel like Yoo Ah In has really nestled himself in tight with so many top stars and maintained that friendship through the years. Both Song Hye Kyo and Gong Hyo Jin are … Continue reading

2020 Baeksang Award Nominations Out and Popular Dramas Crash Landing on You, The World of the Married, and When the Camellia Blooms Lead Drama Side

The 2020 Baeksang Awards held on June 5, 2020 will take place without an audience for the first time in its history but at least it will take place and be broadcast. The nominations were released today on May 8th … Continue reading

Gong Hyo Jin Hangs Out with Best Love Costar Cha Seung Won as First Guest on 4th Season of Three Meals a Day: Fishing Village

Woo hoo, a great new variety show season to look forward to and an even better first guest star. K-actress Gong Hyo Jin will be the first guest on the upcoming new season 4 of Three Meals a Day: Fishing … Continue reading

Kim Soo Hyun Tops the Sports Chosun 30th Anniversary Poll of K-ent Industry Experts on Top K-drama Actors and Actresses

Consider me perpetually impressed with Kim Soo Hyun‘s popularity and staying power. This week Sports Chosun celebrated its 30th anniversary by conducting various polls of Korean industry insiders including agency heads, network presidents, PDs, screenwriters, and with over 100 votes … Continue reading