Top Korean stars who made it to Hollywood


Top Korean actors who also worked in Hollywood movies

The announcement that one of South Korea’s hottest actors, Park Seo Joon, would join the Marvel Cinematic Universe exploded up the internet last week. We’re all aware of how the Hallyu Wave helped put Korean culture on the map. However, did you know that Seo Joon’s alleged project isn’t the first time a well-known South Korean actor has starred in a Hollywood film?

We’ve compiled a list of some well-known actors who have also appeared in some of your favourite western films.

Bae Doona

This veteran actress made her Hollywood debut in 2012 with the sci-fi picture Cloud Atlas, with Tom Hanks and Halle Berry, before becoming Seo-bi in Netflix’s Kingdom (2019). Bae Doona’s career soared as a result of this, and she was even appointed as a Louis Vuitton ambassador. She’s since starred in a number of critically praised shows and films, including Jupiter Ascending (2015), Sense8 (2015), and others.

Claudia Kim

Claudia Kim has established herself as a figure to watch in the industry after starring in multiple Hollywood blockbusters. You may recognise her as Dr. Helen Cho, the scientist charged with assisting the Avengers in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). Apart from that, she also played Nagini in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018).


You may know Rain as a K-Pop sensation, but he’s also had several acting gigs that eventually got him his Hollywood debut! Back in 2008, he was cast for his first Hollywood action film, playing rookie racer Taejo Togokahn in Speed Racer. The following year, he landed the lead role of Raizen in Ninja Assassin (2009).

Lee Byung Hun

Lee Byung Hun is a multi-faceted actor who rose to prominence for his portrayal of Storm Shadow in the GI Joe film franchise. Prior to this, the actor had gained acclaim for his appearances in The Good, the Bad, and the Weird (2008) and Red 2 (2009). (2013).

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