K-ent Discusses Kim Soo Hyun’s 500 Million Won Per Episode Salary for K-drama One Ordinary Day as the Highest Paid Actor

K-actor Kim Soo Hyun has been getting the highest per episode salary for a K-drama for years now, even before he left for military service in 2017. With that said, it is still shocking to see the actual amount keep going up, and it’s going up for many top actors and actresses as well so call it salary inflation. K-ent is reporting that his salary for Coupang Play streaming drama One Ordinary Day is 500 million won per episode, which is about $430,000 USD per episode. That’s insane. It’s also frustrating that the current co-highest paid K-actresses (Lee Young Ae, Jeon Ji Hyun, and Song Hye Kyo) are currently only at 200 million won per episode so he’s more than doubled them. He got paid 200 million won per episode for It’s Okay to Not be Okay back in 2019 and back then those three K-actresses were still the highest paid and only got 100 million won per episode. So the actor side increase is exponentially out pacing the ladies. The second highest paid actor salary for a 2021 drama this year is Lee Jung Jae who got 300 million won per episode for Squid Game. In terms of ROI, I think he more than paid for himself and then some for Netflix. K-netizens are mixed feelings on Kim Soo Hyun’s sky high salary, worrying it will hurt him since the expectations will remain sky high that he delivers ratings/return and also that it’s not good for the industry that salaries keep going up and up.

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Coupang Legal Thriller Drama One Ordinary Day with Kim Soo Hyun and Cha Seung Won Off to Positive Critic and Audience Reviews

I may have beloved baes among K-actors and K-actresses but even then I have to be in the mood for their projects whether it’s genres I like or not. Kim Soo Hyun is back to start December with his thriller … Continue reading

Kim Soo Hyun Teams Up with Cha Seung Won for His Last Chance in Tense Legal Thriller One Ordinary Day

Online streaming platform Coupang Play hasn’t been a player yet but it’s clear it’s investing in the streaming K-drama market and the biggest offer to date will be next month’s legal drama One Ordinary Day (original title That Night). This … Continue reading

Lee Jung Jae in The Face Reader Tops K-netizens Most Impressive Entrance in a Movie Followed by Kang Dong Won in Temptation of Wolves and Jo Ji Woong in A Hard Day

It’s funny to see Western media write about Netflix K-drama Squid Game and lead Lee Jung Jae as if it’s his first foray with blockbuster fame. In a worldwide level for sure, but he’s been a top movie star in … Continue reading

Kim Soo Hyun and Cha Seung Won Lead the Script Reading Stills for Coupang Play Legal Murder Mystery Drama One Ordinary Day

The promos are increasing for upcoming Coupang Play high profile thriller drama One Ordinary Day (formerly That Night), a K-remake of the BBC series Criminal Justice. The first poster came out last week with leads Kim Soo Hyun and Cha … Continue reading

K-variety Program Discusses the Highest Net Worth Korean Celebrities with Jeon Ji Hyun, Kim Soo Hyun, and Yoo Jae Suk Ranked Top Three

Well this is a way for fraudsters to know who to target, lol. K-ent program Entertainment Company Live this weekend had a segment discussing the highest net worth individuals in the industry. This comes from a combination of salary for … Continue reading

K-ent Industry Focus on the Return of the Big Three Young Actors Kim Soo Hyun, Lee Jong Seok, and Lee Min Ho in Late 2021/Early 2022 K-dramas

The summer wave is over and now K-ent is turning its eyes to a trio of stalwart buzz makers. Whether each brings in actual ratings is only part of the picture, each also generates copious media coverage, online fan buzz, … Continue reading

Park Seo Joon Lead the Industry Insider Casting Number 1 Choice of Male Lead, Followed by Gong Yoo and then Hyun Bin

The competition to be the most sought after K-actor in casting calls is intense and this week K-ent industry insiders shared their view in an article on which actors are currently the most coveted among industry casting agents. Casting agents … Continue reading