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These Korean Actors and Actresses Have Been Cast in Hollywood Films

Meet Korea's Hallyu stars who have crossed over to Tinseltown!

Hallyu stars—longtime fans of Korean pop culture will know exactly what they are, but for the uninitiated, a Hallyu star is a Korean celebrity or K-Pop star, who has played a big part in the entertainment industry: Korean films and K-Dramas, music, fashion, and everything else in between.


Many of these stars have successfully crossed over from Korea to the rest of the world, and given the growing interest of Hollywood in the treasure trove that is the talent in Korean cinema and television, it comes to no surprise that the number of Hallyu stars has grown over the years! 


Most recently, Korean heartthrob Park Seo-joon was spotted leaving for Los Angeles to begin filming for the Marvel Studios film Captain Marvel 2: The Marvels, which stars American actress Brie Larson. Last September 3, his agency, Awesome ENT, released an official statement to confirm that he's been cast in the said film.



The statement read: "Hello, this is Park Seo Joon's agency Awesome ENT. It's true that Park Seo Joon departed for Los Angeles earlier this afternoon after confirming his casting in the new Marvel Studios film. First, we would like to sincerely thank those of you who have shown great interest in Park Seo Joon's new challenge. We know very well that you are all very curious about what production he will star in, what his character will be, where he will film, for how long, and more. However, we will not publicize more specific details until a later time. We now ask that you cheer on Park Seo Joon so that he can wrap up his filming successfully and return safely. Thank you."


Last year, Crash Landing on You superstar Son Ye-jin and My Mister lead actor Lee Sun-gyun were also reported to have been cast in the Hollywood movie Cross but the filming for it was delayed due to COVID-19.


Just last April, veteran Korean actress Youn Yuh-jung had a historic win, as she is the first Korean to win an Oscar at the 93rd Academy Awards where she was named Best Supporting Actress for the American drama film Minari. Joining her in the film's cast are American actor Steven Yeun (who was born in South Korea) and Korean actress Han Ye-ri



In celebration of the actors and actresses who have paved the way for the next generation of Hallyu stars to make it abroad, we put together a list just for them. 


Scroll through the gallery below:


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Other Korean-American actors have also made their marks on Hollywood, be it in film or TV. Though raised abroad, these actors have always been proud of their Korean heritage and have stayed in touch with their Korean roots by visiting South Korea and surrounding themselves with family who have kept Korean tradition alive.


That list includes:


Sandra Oh, who needs no introduction thanks to her work on Grey's Anatomy and Killing Eve



Steven Yeun, who The Walking Dead fans adore



Ken Jeong, a master of stand-up, doctor-turned-actor (true story), and breakout star of The Hangover franchise



Rick Yune, a.k.a. the bejeweled-faced baddie in James Bond film Die Another Day and Johnny Tran from Fast and Furious



Bobby Lee, who made people laugh with his antics in the Harold and Kumar series



John Cho, whose first taste of Hollywood came when he agreed to be Harold in Harold and Kumar



Ki Hong-lee, who's definitely a familiar face for the younger set who saw the Maze Runner trilogy big screen adaptation


With Korean cinema gaining international attention after Parasite's and Minari's big wins in the Hollywood awards circuit, more filmmakers from the west seem to be looking to cast stars from the East Asian country. 


Lead photos from Namoo Actors (Lee Joon-gi), Netflix (Jun Ji-hyun), and Calvin Klein (Park Seo-joon)