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Kim Hae-Sook From "Start-Up" And Her K-Drama Daughters And Sons

This halmeoni from "Start-Up" is a favorite eomma in K-dramaland too!

Okay, some would jokingly say that Kim Hae-sook's character, Choi Won-deok, in trending K-drama Start-Up is the root of deception in this story. Despite her good intentions, the letters she started for her granddaughter later caused a huge misunderstanding between the lead trio: Seo Dal-mi (Bae Suzy), Nam Do-san (Nam Joo-hyuk), and Han Ji-pyeong (Kim Seon-ho). Still, there's also no denying that viewers love how loving, caring, and hardworking this halmeoni (grandmother) is. 


The scenes with Choi Won-deok always tug at the heartstrings, and the character was heartwarmingly brought to life by Kim Hae-sook, a veteran Korean actress who has more than 100 television series in her filmography. The 64-year-old award-winning actress has been a part of the entertainment industry since 1975, and has been a favorite for mother (eomma) roles, and for good reason. 


Kim Hae-sook in K-drama "Start-Up"
Kim Hae-sook in K-drama "Start-Up" | Photo from tvN, courtesy of Netflix
Kim Hae-sook with Bae Suzy in "Start-Up"
Kim Hae-sook with Bae Suzy in "Start-Up" | Photo from tvN, courtesy of Netflix
Kim Hae-sook with Kim Seon-ho in "Start-Up"
Kim Hae-sook with Kim Seon-ho in "Start-Up" | Photos from tvN, courtesy of Netflix


In the gallery below, we take a look back at Kim Hae-sook's illustrious career through her K-drama daughters and sons: 


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Start-Up is available on Netflix, with new episodes every Saturday and Sunday.


Lead photos from tvN via Netflix (Kim Hae-sook), Golden Dew (Choi Ji-woo), Sulwhasoo (Song Hye-kyo), King Kong by Starship (Song Seung-heon and Lee Dong-wook), and background photo by Stanislav Kondratiev from Pexels