The charming and petite Korean actress has won over her fair share of fans locally and abroad. She has starred in quite a number of work both in small and big screen. She is much known for her “cute girl” image which allowed her to win the hearts of those who follow her work. If you have seen one of her popular films such as Scandal Makers or A Werewolf Boy, why not get more of her in several episodes?
Here’s a look at her list of dramas throughout her career.
1. Strong Woman Do Bong Soon (2017)
Do Bong Soon (Park Bo Young) is a woman born with superhuman strength which is a gift that has been passed along to all the women in her family. She has always tried to control her strength which always seems to run out of her control. When Ahn Min Hyuk (Park Hyung Sik), the CEO of Ainsoft, a gaming company witnessed her strength, he hired her as a personal bodyguard. This decision from Min Hyuk came after all the threats and stalking he received. However, this was also a perfect opportunity for Bong Soon since it has always been her dream to create a video game with herself as the main character.
When a series of kidnapping was haunting the citizens in Dobong-dong, the district where Bong Soon lives, she is determined to catch the culprit. Things become even more personal for her when her best friend becomes one of the targets. With the help and training from Min Hyuk, she was able to manage her strength and use it only for good.
As they spend more time together, Min Hyuk and Bong Soon have grown much closer. Their professional relationship has evolved to be something more, especially as they faced the various dangers while in pursuit of Min Hyuk’s stalker and the kidnapper.
This rom-com is riddled with mystery, thrill, and loads of comedic fare. It’s a good series to watch if this is your first time foraying into Korean dramas.
2. Oh My Ghost (2015)
Na Bong Sun (Park Bo Young) is an extremely timid young woman with a low self-esteem, often to her disadvantage. She is an assistant chef at the Sun Restaurant, who often gets reprimanded because she is not as sharp and quick as she should be. One day, her personality gets an overhaul when she gets possessed by the ghost of a lust virgin named Shin Soon Ae (Kim Seul Gi).
Soon Ae believed that to make up for the lack of romance in her short life, she has to find a host through which she must lose her virginity as a way to settle her “unresolved business”. She is determined to seduce as many men as she can by possessing different women. After jumping from one woman to another, she eventually finds a perfect vessel in Bong Sun.
Bong Sun has a crush on her boss and star chef, Kang Sun Woo (Jo Jung Suk). But Sun Woo, on the other hand, hasn’t dated anyone since he got his heart broken by his college friend, Lee So Hyung (Park Jung Ah). But when Bong Sun turns into a confident and assertive woman, Sun Woo starts to take notice. Meanwhile, mystery still surrounds the truth behind Soon Ae’s death, which may involve Sun Woo’s brother-in-law, a kind police officer, and Choi Sung Jae.
This drama is a chillingly hilarious and heartwarming rom-com drama that has caught all the rage domestically and abroad. It even sold broadcasting rights to countries like the US, Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan even before the drama was over. It also inspired a Thai remake in 2018.
3. Star’s Lover (2008)
Fancy watching Park Bo Young act when younger? The story starts out with two children who grew fond of each other. A young Lee Ma Ri (Park Bo Young) had to be separated from her best friend, Kim Chul Soo (Kang Yi Seok) due to family problems and tragedies. Later on in life, their paths crossed again but they failed to recognize each other.
Lee Ma Ri (Choi Ji Woo) is now a famous star in South Korea and across Asia. To transform her image, Ma Ri’s management hires a ghostwriter to create a travel essay in her name. This was a perfect opportunity for Chul Soo (Yoo Ji Tae) to earn some cash, as he was struggling with his finances as a university lecturer. He takes the job, so he can also repay his ex-girlfriend who paid for his college tuition.
When Lee Ma-ri had a chance meeting with Jung Woo Jin (Lee Ki Woo), who happens to have the same name as her first boyfriend (Choi Phillip), she feels her heart flutter for the first time since her former boyfriend, who was this guy’s namesake, suddenly vanished from her life. Ma Ri finds out that Jung Woo Jin became interested in her after reading her travel essay, which was actually ghostwritten. So she tries to brush up her knowledge about it by contacting Chul Soo for private lessons—and this is how the two meet again.
However, things went for an unexpected turn when Chul Soo and Ma Ri started to catch feelings for each other while they were in Japan. But when the travel essay, entitled ‘Lovers in Asuka’, turned out to be a bestseller Ma-ri gets caught up in a controversy which involved ghost writing.
If you find this story strikingly familiar, director Boo Sung Chul revealed that the series was inspired by the 1999 film Notting Hill.
4. Strongest Chil Woo (2008)
Kang Chil Woo (Eric Mun) was a lowly police officer during the Joseon era. He was a negligent officer during the daytime, but turns into a charismatic leader of five assassins at night. They stand up against brutality and injustice commited by the wicked.
Chil Woo lived a hard life. His parents were killed in a raid and his main goal was to stay under the radar to survive. However, when his innocent sister, Woo Yeong (Park Bo Young) was killed, his outlook on life was forever changed. In seeking revenge, he turned into an assassin and began to mete out justice to criminals.
While Bo Young may have played a minor role in this drama, the series offered swashbuckling action scenes which highlighted Eric Mun’s rousing swordplay and theatrical martial arts. It leaves viewers on a thrilling ride unmasking a conspiracy and mystery that surrounds Chil Woo’s assassin group.
5. King and I (2007)
This story goes way back to the Joseon period where the kingdom was shaken by political turmoil. Kim Cheo Sun (Oh Man Seok) was born as a posthumous child and was separated from his mother immediately. He was raised by people who ran a eunuch school, which turned out to be very important in his upbringing.
When he meets the young Yoon So Hwa (Park Bo Young), the daughter of a powerful noble, he falls in love with her immediately. But, he could never confess his love for her because of their differences in social class.
When she came of age, So Hwa (Ku Hye Sun) was betrothed to King Seongjong (Yoo Seung Ho). She will later go on to become Queen Jeheon. Heartbroken, Cheo Sun castrates himself and volunteers to become a eunuch so he can be close to her and protect her. He is eventually assigned to work for Cho Chi Gyeon, a senior eunuch.
Little did they know that she becomes a pawn in the intense strife among warring political factions. She is later stripped of her title and cast out of the palance in disgrace. Cheo Sun attempts to help her, but this didn’t stop her from being sentenced to death. He had to carry out the difficult task of handing the woman he loved a bowlful of poison, and watch her die before his eyes. After her death, he took it upon himself to look after her son, Prince Yeonsan (Jung Tae Woo).
This drama is far different from that of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s hit. Rather it tells a story of a love so genuine and giving that it is willing to bend even if it doesn’t receive anything in return. If the whopping 63 episodes doesn’t intimidate you, then it should be worth a try!
6. Abyss (2019)
“Abyss” is a fantasy drama about a magical marble that reincarnates the souls of the dead, but as entirely different people.
Go Se Yeon (Park Bo Young) is a tough and accomplished prosecutor, who is also gifted with unrivaled beauty. Meanwhile, her friend Cha Min (Ahn Hyo Seop) is a rich heir to a cosmetics empire who has always been insecure about his looks thinking that he’s unattractive.
Unfortunately, both of them in two separate incidents. However, due to the magical mysterious marble—Abyss—Se Yeon and Cha Min are revived, but now with totally different appearances.
What’s so interesting is that the way they look now is based on how “good” their spirits were in their previous life. Se Yeon wakes up average-looking, while Cha Min turns into a very attractive young man.
Se Yeon still works as a lawyer, while Cha Min becomes the administrator of a private law firm. They come together to investigate the magical incident, and the reason for Se Yeon’s murder. But, along the way, romance blooms between them as they also start to accept their fate.
While many critics think that the storyline may be easy to poke holes into, Park Bo Young and her co-stars delivered a very good performance despite the material they were given.
7. Mackerel Run (2007)
Thanks to his soccer skills, Cha Gong Chan (Lee Min Ho) was able to enter a top private high school in the affluent Gangnam District. But when he decides to quit the sport, he finds himself an outcast and starts cutting class.
One day a beautiful new girl transfers to their school and catches Gong Chan’s attention. He finally found a reason to be enthusiastic about going to school. But the administrator informs him that if he misses one more day of class, he will get expelled. With renewed determination, Gong Chan vows that he won’t give up on either school and his newfound love interest.
Even though Park Bo Young played a very minor role in this show, it started getting her name on the radar. This drama was meant to run for 24 episodes, but due to low viewership ratings, they cut it down to 8. However, reruns of the show helped co-stars, Park Bo Young, Lee Min Ho, Moon Chae Won shoot to fame. Later on, the three of them came together to work on a 2008 comedy film entitled “Our School’s E.T.”. They were specifically chosen by director Park Kwang Chun because he reportedly enjoyed their performance in Mackerel Run.
8. Secret Campus (2006) – Park Bo-Young’s Debut!
In this high school drama, a high school student named Moon Seung Jae (Seung Hyun) suddenly passed away due to a traffic accident. At the time, he was dating Oh Soo Ah (Lee Do Hyun), who is a fellow student. After a year, she started receiving letters which contained secrets surrounding Seung Jae.
It turns out that Seung Jae was cheating on her at that time with Park Doo Hyun’s (Lee Min Ho) sister, Park Eun Ho (Bae Yoo Mi). Things become even more suspicious when Jang Dong Cheol (Shin Hyun Ho) quit attending his extracurricular activities after Seung Jae’s death, eventually quiting school. With the mails received, Soo Ah’s secret starts getting revealed one by one.
While she may have played a minor role as Cha Ah Rang, who is also a student in the same school, Park Bo Young made her official acting debut in this TV series alongside fellow newcomer Lee Min Ho.