An increasing number of Korean dramas are giving actors the roles of two or more characters instead of one.
The “1 actor 2 roles” trend is vastly becoming popular in the industry, but it can be a double-edged sword for the actors.
On the positive side, actors can show off their brilliant acting skills by portraying different personalities in one drama.
On a negative side, they have to overcome the challenging obstacle of persuading the viewers that they’re truly two different people who happen to have the same face and voice.
But actors such as Yang Se Jong had successfully benefited from the 1 actor 2 roles trend.
He played 2 roles in SBS’s Saimdang, Light’s Diary as a prince from the past and an artist in the current life.
One month after Saimdang, Light’s Diary ended, he appeared in OCN’s Dual as three different roles: a good twin, evil twin, and a person from the past.
He skyrocketed to fame by successfully acting out these different roles so well despite his relatively new career as an actor.
Um Ki Joon also confirmed his well known acting kills by playing two roles as contrasting in SBS’s Defendant.
Song Chang Eui is also smoothly transitioning in KBS’s The Secrets of My Love as a poor person and a rich person.
Famous heartthrob Song Seung Hun also showcases his talents as a police investigator and the Grim Reaper in OCN’s Black.
He laid any doubts about his acting skills to rest thanks to his natural flow of portraying two different characters.
More actors like Shin Se Kyung, Seo Kang Joon, and Park Hae Jin are also set to play more than one role in upcoming dramas.
Netizens are excited to see more and more actors take on this dangerous but attractive double-edged sword of the ‘1 actor 2 roles’ trend.
Source: Yonhap News