Park Bo Gum Pays Park So Dam A Surprise Visit In “Record Of

There's no shortage of shows about young people who live and work in cities full of magic và missed opportunity; who chase their dreams khổng lồ the point of physical and mental exhaustion; và who, against the odds, fall in love. But Netflix's Record of Youth combines the nuance of a slice-of-life story with the lãng mạn whimsy of a Korean drama, & the over result is a reflection on youth that somehow feels both timely and timeless.

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Starring internet boyfriend Park Bo-gum & Parasite star Park So-dam, Record of Youth follows a group of young adults as they try to make it in the entertainment industry. Sa Hye-jun (Bo-gum) is a hard-working fashion model from working-class roots who dreams of a future on the big screen, while his best friend và career rival Won Hae-hyo (Byeon Woo-seok) struggles to prove himself as a model and actor who can land gigs by his own merit without his overbearing mother's money & help. And they eventually both get pulled into the orbit of sensible makeup artist & successful fangirl An Jeong-ha (So-dam), whose dream is to lớn work hard và live a stable life.

This is a drama that has a bit of everything: romance, comedy, tears (Park Bo-gum is a beautiful crier), fashion, family screaming matches, incendiary chemistry between the leads, and astute commentary on privilege and celebrity. Oh, and BTS.

Below, get to know the cast và characters of Record of Youth, which has new episodes airing on Mondays & Tuesdays on Netflix.

Park Bo-gum as Sa Hye-jun

Known as the "Nation's Son-in-Law" in South Korea, 27-year-old heartthrob Park Bo-gum brings his signature charm & empathy khổng lồ the leading role of Sa Hye-jun.

Hye-jun is a scrappy, young twenty-something & semi Insta-famous model who dreams of becoming a successful actor. It's easier said than done. Balancing part-time jobs slinging deli meats & soju bottles with low-paying modeling gigs và relentless ambition, Hye-jun struggles lớn make ends meet while pursuing the big screen. This puts him at odds with his exasperated father, who wants his son to get his head out of the clouds và get serious about his future. But Hye-jun is nothing if not determined. & he does have a few allies in his corner: his well-meaning mother, an enthusiastic new manager, his best friend và handsome industry rival, Hae-hyo, và his playful grandfather/roommate, who likes lớn remind him that he was born to lớn be a star. Of course, he already shines in the eyes of Jeong-ha, a witty makeup artist he meets in the pilot episode who also happens to be his biggest fan.

He ultimately gives himself one last shot khổng lồ turn his dreams into reality before he has to lớn fulfil his compulsory military service. (In a twist of art imitating life, Bo-gum enlisted in the South Korean navy on August 31 of this year.) For the actor, Hye-jun's struggles are relatable to his own experience in the entertainment field. "I hope that my peers, who are also working toward their dreams, can relate to him," he told Soompi.

Perhaps best known for his breakout role in Reply 1988, which is also available to lớn stream on Netflix, & the popular fantasy period drama, Love in the Moonlight, Bo-gum is so captivating on screen that the phrase "Park Bo-gum magic" is widely used among fans. Equally as enchanting is his voice. The actor and entertainer graduated with a degree in musical theater from Myongji University — because perfection does exist in the human khung of Park Bo-gum.

Park So-dam as An Jeong-ha

Record of Youth is Park So-dam's first onscreen role since her breakthrough performance in Bong Joon-ho's Oscar-winning Parasite, which earned her & the cast a Screen Actors Guild Award and the adoration of Hollywood and film Twitter alike. But Parasite fans should prepare to lớn see a new side lớn So-dam as An Jeong-ha, a newbie makeup artist by day & hard-working beauty và lifestyle YouTuber by night. When it comes to Jeong-ha, patience is life's most important virtue. (Her name sounds similar to the Korean word for "stable," and her YouTube channel is even called "I like Stability.")

Jeong-ha is passionate about three things: her work, her trang chủ (which she bought on a 30-year loan), & fashion model Sa Hye-jun. Described as a "diligent fangirl" by her best friend, Jeong-ha's love for Hye-jun imbues her with a sense of motivation. "Fangirling over you is what keeps me going," she says to lớn a photo of Hye-jun on her phone. (She has an entire folder full of his runway photos, proving that she's the show's most relatable character.) In Hye-jun, she finds someone who's just as diligent as she is, & the pair dance around each other while riding the highs & lows of following their dreams. For Jeong-ha, that means living a happy life of stability, without the vulnerability & unpredictability that comes with falling in love. Clearly, her blossoming friendship with Hye-jun will challenge some of those views.

“I think that youth is constantly taking on new challenges and growing as a person," So-dam told Soompi about the drama's coming-of-age themes.

Record of Youth is the 29-year-old actor's first television drama in four years, having focused on film projects in recent years. Those looking to add two international titles lớn their movie queues should check out historical thriller The Silenced & supernatural drama The Priests, two titles that showcase So-dam's scene-stealing abilities in supporting roles. But following the runaway success of Parasite, a major leading role could be in her future. She's a favorite among Marvel fans lớn land the coveted role of Korean-American superhero Cindy Moon in Marvel's Silk television series.

Byeon Woo-seok as Won Hae-hyo

Model & actor Byeon Woo-seok completes this inevitable love triangle as warm-hearted Won Hae-hyo, Hye-jun's best friend since childhood and his biggest competition in the industry.

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Despite their shared dream lớn parlay their modeling careers into movie stardom, Hae-hyo and Hye-jun couldn't be more different. They're like fire và ice: Hae-hyo with his soft, full features, & Hye-jun with his striking angles & steely gaze. There's also the fact that Hae-hyo was born into money, while Hye-jun is the housekeeper's son. Still, they both have something to lớn prove, và they don't let their ambition and ego come between their friendship. The thought of succeeding at the other's expense is an uncomfortable one, especially for Hae-hyo, who uses his privilege và growing influence as a đứng đầu model-turned-actor khổng lồ help his friend. Though, unbeknownst to lớn him, his cunning mother — who will vì chưng anything lớn see her son become a star, even if it means buying his Instagram followers — is secretly pulling the strings of his budding career.

“Won Hae-hyo is a character who can’t stand being given an advantage because of his so-called ‘golden spoon,'" Woo-seok told Soompi. "He seems lượt thích someone who has no worries & should be happy, but he has a lot of inner pain and works hard." It's this inner turmoil, led by his desire lớn be taken seriously on his own merit, that makes Hae-hyo such a compelling second male lead. And with his swoopy hair and endearing smile, he's easy to root for.

Since making his screen debut in 2016, 28-year-old Woo-seok has been in a handful of dramas, but his breakthrough came with last year's historical rom-com Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency. He's also an incredible follow on Instagram.

Kwon Soo-hyun as Kim Jin-u

Actor Kwon Soo-hyun steps into the role of moppy-haired Jin-u, Hye-jun và Hae-hyo's bumbling best friend & their lovable third musketeer.

As a supporting character, it's Jin-u's job to lớn bring the vibes — và he fulfills his duty with an electric mix of humor và heart. As the comic relief in the group's outings, Jin-u is a nice counterbalance to lớn Hye-jun and Hae-hyo's push và pull dynamic, & he makes friends easily, as evidenced by his swift kinship with Jeong-ha. But don't be fooled by his bright demeanor; he's no less ambitious than his peers. He's a photographer's assistant with dreams of creating his own spotlight one day. (And he's also the only one in his inner circle with a sizzling love life; he's entwined in a secret romance with Hae-hyo's sister, proving that Jin-u's got game even if it's not always visible.)

If you're looking for something a bit different from Soo-hyun, kiểm tra out the mystery sci-fi drama Abyss, also on Netflix.

Park Se-hyun as Choi Su-bin

Newcomer và 1998 liner Park Se-hyun may not have very many credits to lớn her name (yet), but she's making the most of her screen time in Record of Youth as Jeong-ha's easily excitable best friend Su-bin.

An employee at Victory Hair & Makeup, Su-bin is always there lớn comfort Jeong-ha after she gets scolded by senior makeup artist Jin-ju (Jo Ji-seung) — và to give her a necessary dose of reality. In one of the first episode's most scarily relatable scenes, she tells Jeong-ha, who's swooning over Hye-jun's kind heart, "the most pathetic thing a fangirl can vị is complimenting a celebrity's personality. How bởi you know he's kind in real life?" Su-bin is… not wrong! to lớn be honest, we could all use a friend lượt thích her.

Shin Dong-mi as Lee Min-jae

As Hye-jun's novice manager Min-jae, actor Shin Dong-mi flexes her comedic chops. Despite her inexperience, Min-jae is passionate about turning Hye-jun into a star. Her tactics might be a bit eccentric, but her belief in Hye-jun & his dream is unwavering. Và their unlikely partnership is a reminder lớn all that having a tư vấn system is not only crucial lớn achieving a goal but also khổng lồ living a happy, successful life.

Theater actor Dong-mi has been gracing screens since 2002 và some of her most well-known television projects include 2017's Avengers Social Club and 2020's Hi Bye, Mama! But it's her humorous performance in the 2014 indie dramedy A Matter of Interpretation that earned her recognition from critics và cinephiles.

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