Kim Dong-hwi-I, Park Jihoon, Bae In-hyuk and Choi Hyun-wook, Bigger and Better in 2023
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This year was a spectacular year with the performance of mid-sized actors and the remarkable growth of new actors.
In 2022, with less than a week left, we pointed out four rookies who are expected to gain even higher popularity in 2023.
Kim Dong-hwi-I (28)
Kim Dong-hwi-I made his debut in a feature-length commercial film in March, starring in the movie "In Our Prime". In the film, he played Han Ji-woo, a student who gives up math, signaling endless possibilities as a rookie. He has appeared in short films earlier, but this was the first commercial film this year.
Kim Dong-hwi-I won the 43rd Blue Dragon Film Award and the 27th Chunsa International Film Festival, respectively, for the movie "In Our Prime".
Kim Dong-hwi-I was also cast in "Christmas Carol" this month, directed by Kim Seong-soo, who created the movie "Running Wild" (2006).
Debuting with the popular 2020 series "Secret Forest 2", he is currently appearing in the drama "Missing: The Other Side - Season 2".
Park Jihoon (24)
You may wonder when Park Jihoon, a former member of boy group Wanna One, started acting so well, but he was a child actor who started with acting. Starting with "Jumong" in 2006, he gained early acting experience by appearing in "Kimchi Cheese Smile", "King and I" (2007), and "Iljimae" (2008).
Since then, he has been selected as the final member of Wanna One in the 2017 Mnet idol audition entertainment show "Produce 101 Season 2", capturing female fans' hearts as the lead dancer, sub-vocalist and rapper.
After resuming his career as a singer, Park Jihoon appeared in dramas such as "Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency" (2019) and "At a Distance, Spring is Green" (2021), and this year, he gained a lifetime work through "Weak Hero Class 1".
Bae In-hyuk (25)
Bae In-hyuk, who made his debut with the web movie "Love Birds" in 2019, began to make his face known in earnest through the MBC dramas "Kiss Goblin" (2020) and "XX" (2020), and the MBC dramas "The Spies Who Loved Me" and tvN "My Roommate Is a Gumiho" (2021).
Last year, he attempted to transform his character into "At a Distance, Spring is Green" (2021), and this year, he was loved for his stable acting and warm visual, starring as the first male lead in "Cheer Up" following "Why Her?".
He also made his screen debut with the movie "Ditto 2022" and became a next-generation star. Expectations are high on what kind of face he will show next year.
Choi Hyun-wook (21)
Many people have similar eyes. There are many people who recalled Park Seo-joon's energetic childhood while watching "Weak Hero Class 1" in which Choi Hyun-wook starred in.
This is because Choi Hyun-wook, who stars as loyal Ahn Soo-ho, is an actor who constantly ponders and thinks about what a unique actor is.
Choi Hyun-wook, who debuted in 2019 with the web drama "Real: Time: Love" series, played the role of hip-hop king Na Woo-chan in the drama "Racket Boys" (2021) last year, showing off his solid tenacity that is not like a rookie.
This spring, he gained high popularity with the drama "Twenty Five Twenty One" (2021), drawing attention as a rising star, and in winter, he hit two consecutive hits with "Weak Hero Class 1".