Jin Se-yeon is an award-winning South Korean actress. She has aligned her stars for a career in show business having finished a degree in Theatre and Film at Chung-Ang University. Whether you’re a K-drama fanatic or a newbie, it’s easy to say that her beautiful face is so recognizable. That is because she starred in quite a number of notable dramas!
If you want to see more of her body of work, specifically for TV, here are 7 K-dramas that are worth binging!
Born Again (2020)
Born Again is about an intriguing romance that was given the chance to blossom once again after being reincarnated. The story revolves around three individuals who are caught in a love triangle. Fate seems to bind them together, as they also get to meet each other in their next lives, but still in a similar circumstance. The story jumps between two timelines where we see the lives of these three individuals unfold in the 1980s and at present, entangled in unresolved love and heartbreaking loss.
Jin Se-yeon plays Jung Ha-eun who is a bookstore owner in her past life. She is diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, which is a congenital heart condition that could potentially put her life on the line at any minute. She reincarnates as Jung Sa-bin, who also happened to have a heart condition but was fortunate to have a heart transplant. She works as an archaeologist at a university, and she also examines bones for the National Forensics Service.
Cha Hyung-bin (Lee Soo-hyuk) is Ha-eun’s fiance who worked as a detective in his first life. He later reincarnated as Kim Soo-hyuk, a cold and hardened prosecutor who believes in the “criminal gene”.
Gong Ji-chul (Jang Ki-yong) is a man tortured physically and psychologically by his monster of a father. He has been so desperate for love that it drives him to kill. He has his heart set on Ha-eun, as she was the only person who has ever been kind to him. In the present, he returns as an elite medical student.
As much as the unconventional love story draws you in, the story also unfolds at an alarming speed from being a reincarnation romance to a heart-stopping crime thriller in minutes! To resolve their twisted fate, the present-day characters will have to come to terms with the horrors of the past.
Queen: Love and War (2019)
In the Joseon period, Kang Eun-gi became queen after she married King Lee Kyung, a handsome and idealist king. However, tragedy struck during their wedding parade when the newlyweds got ambushed and shot by assassins which resulted in their death. But for some unknown reason, the dead king resurrected, but the queen did not.
Queen: Love and War go on to tell the story of Kan Eun-bo (Jin Se Yeon) who sets out to become the new queen to bring her twin sister’s murder to justice. However, to uncover the mystery, she gets embroiled in an elaborate plot to fool the King (Kim Min-kyu) and compete against every eligible noblewoman in the selection process to be queen.
The King is a kind man who was also left devastated by the loss of Eun-bo’s sister. He has been trying to pin down the culprit, but little did he know that Eun-bo is plotting against him, thinking that he is also responsible. Interestingly enough, the assassination attempt also led the king to have some prophetic dreams which turned out to be very helpful as he tries to solve his wife’s murder and inevitably other problems in his kingdom.
In this mystery fantasy drama, Jin Se-yeon plays Shin So-young, who is a skilled criminal profiler. She works alongside Kang Gon (Ju Ji-hoon), a prosecutor who can’t stand injustice and has a penchant for investigating paranormal events. He is driven to dive deeper into investigating mysterious activities in an effort to save his cousin who was very dear to him.
Together the two jump into crime-solving sprees which involve mysterious items that had supernatural powers. The pair also faced individuals who are aware of the power and danger of these items. One of them is Jo Se-hwang (Kim Jang-woo), the vice-chairman of the Hwawon Group. On the surface, he appears to be a successful and progressive entrepreneur, but behind that facade, he is a sociopath who murders anyone who gets in his way. He wishes to use the powers of these dangerous items in carrying out his crimes.
With an influential man in a mad rush to acquire these powerful items, So-young and Kang Gon had to be steps ahead to prevent these from falling into the wrong hands. However, they also discovered painful truths along the way.
Grand Prince (2018)
This 2018 historical melodrama is TV Chosun’s fourth highest-rated series. It’s a tale about the sibling rivalry between two princes competing for the throne and the heart of a beautiful and elegant lady.
At a young age Prince Jin Yang (Joo Sang-wook) was sent out of the palace because apparently, his presence threatened the health of the crown prince. So for a long time, he was sidelined which only left him embittered by the unfair treatment. Fanning the flames of the hatred he carried in his heart was his uncle and his malicious tongue. His prodding was driven by a desire to groom the palace outcast into becoming the next king. He was successful in eventually bringing up a scheming and ambitious grand prince who is hungry for power.
Meanwhile, the younger Prince Eun Sung (Yoon Shi-yoon) grew up sheltered in the palace. He has been doted on by the queen with a penchant for the arts. When he was sent out into the battlefield, it was all his brother Jin Yang’s doing, as he aimed for him to die there.
As if the sibling rivalry that brewed from childhood was not enough, they both fell for Sung Ja-hyun (Jin Se-yeon). She is the daughter of a prestigious government official who is loved by all. She’s known for her beauty which drew prospective suitors all over the country. However, her heart belongs to the young crown prince. But will that be enough to steer away from a jealous and driven rival who has always lost to his brother?
The Flower in Prison (2016)
Jin Se-yeon stars in another sageuk with The Flower in Prison. She plays Ok-nyeo, a precocious child who was born in a prison where she encounters many extraordinary and highly-educated people. Despite the circumstance she is in, she learns a wealth of knowledge. She is gifted with the ability to recall any article from common law, which she voraciously studied. Her impressive grasp of the legal system amazed judges and prison guards.
Ok-nyeo dreams of becoming a Damo official at the royal police administration. This was also her way of knowing her mother’s past before she died while giving birth to Ok-nyeo in prison. But her fate is altered after she meets Park Tae-su (Jun Kwang-ryul), Yun Tae-won (Go Soo) and Seong Ji-heon (Choi Tae-joon). Their stories drove her to become an advocate for the poor and unfairly accused through the Waeji-bu, which is the private litigation system in place during the Joseon era.
High-End Crush (2015)
In this South Korean-Chinese web drama, Jin Se-yeon plays the timid and innocent country girl Yoo Yi-ryung. Despite her shy demeanor, she caught the eye of a spoiled man who was hesitant about his feelings, and yet, does everything he can to keep her around.
Choi Se-hoon (Jung Il-woo) is the head of G.Choi, a chart-topping K-pop entertainment agency with a top-billing roster of star acts. Many think he is blessed with the Midas touch, and he too believes he can make a star out of just about anyone he chooses to. He is rich and successful – but also aloof, arrogant, and conceited. When he came across Lee Yi-ryung, he was smitten by how she was his total opposite—shy, humble, and gentle.
He decides to make her into H.Choi’s latest star, but he was disappointed to learn that she had no interest in becoming a K-pop singer. When Se-hoon realized that he has fallen hard for her, he learned that winning her heart is way more challenging than creating the next K-pop superstar. But if he changes his ways, will he be able to win her heart?
Doctor Stranger (2014)
This 2014 SBS medical drama is one of the most successful ones to date. Here, Jin Se-yeon stars alongside Hallyu heartthrob Lee Jong-suk.
The story starts when Park Hoon (Lee Jong-suk) and his dad Park Cheol (Kim Sang-joong) uprooted all the way to North Korea. They were tricked into going there and were eventually denied access to go back home.
While trapped in the north, Hoon went to medical school and was trained by his father who is also a famous doctor. Eventually, Hoon became a brilliant cardiothoracic surgeon. Life even became sweeter when he fell in love with Song Jae-hee (Jin Se-yeon). After his father’s death, he planned to flee back to South Korea with the love of his life. Unfortunately, they lost contact and Park was left to cross the border alone.
Hoon starts a new life now that he’s back home. He became a practicing doctor at Myungwoo University Hospital. It was there that he came across Dr Han Seung-hee who bears a striking resemblance to Jae-hee. When he approaches her, she doesn’t seem to recognize him, but could she be hiding a secret?