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Park Bo-young (박보영)

Don't be deceived by the petite frame and girl-next-door look; after a few minutes of watching Park Bo-young you'll quickly realize the enormity of her talent. From her debut to her breakthrough roles and the awards that followed, Park Bo-young's interesting career is a testament to her range and skills as an actress.

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Born on February 12, 1990, in Jeungpyeong, North Chungcheong Province, South Korea, Park Bo-young always had an affinity for acting. She made her acting debut in 2006 with the short film "Equal," but it wasn't until her role in "Scandal Makers" (2008) that she really made a splash on the big screen.

Scandal Makers (2008)

Directed by Kang Hyeong-cheol, the film was a massive box-office hit in South Korea and served as a launchpad for Park Bo-young's career. She plays Hwang Jung-nam, a teenager who shows up unexpectedly at the doorstep of her long-lost father, Hwang Hyun-soo (Cha Tae-hyun), a former pop idol who now hosts a radio show. Jung-nam not only brings along the news that Hyun-soo is a father but also brings her own young son, effectively making him a grandfather. Her portrayal of Hwang Jung-nam was an instant hit and garnered significant attention from audiences and critics alike. This comedy-drama film catapulted her into the limelight, earning her numerous awards, including the Grand Bell Awards' Best New Actress.

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Oh My Ghostess (2015)

In this hilarious K-drama, naive and reserved Na Bong-Sun (brilliantly brought to life by Park Bo-Young) struggles with self-doubt and social anxiety. She works as a quiet sous chef and nurses a hidden crush on her boss, the charismatic star chef Kang Sun-Woo (Jo Jung-Seok). But little does anyone know that Bong-Sun possesses a remarkable ability to communicate with the spirit world, including the mischievous virgin seductress ghost Shin Soon-Ae.

As Soon-Ae takes possession of Bong-Sun, her once shy demeanor transforms into a bold and confident alter ego. Suddenly, she begins to interest Kang Sun-Woo. But can he see past Soon-Ae's mischief and finally recognize Bong-Sun for who she is?

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Strong Woman Do Bong-soon (2017)

However, the role that truly cemented her status as an A-lister was her hilarious turn in "Strong Woman Do Bong Soon" (2017). Park Bo-young played the titular character, a woman born with superhuman strength, who becomes a bodyguard for a finicky CEO, played by Park Hyung-sik The series was a massive hit both domestically and internationally, further showcasing her comedic range and incredible chemistry with her co-star.

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On Your Wedding Day (2018)

In this movie about love lost and found, Park plays Hwan Seung-hee, the object of affection of Woo Yoon (Kim Young-kwang). After a series of events forces them to pretend to date, Yoon realizes that he has fallen for Hwan, and their friendship turns into a real romance. However, life has other plans, and as the pair grow up, they also grow apart.

Now as mature adults, Yoon realizes he wants Hwan back in his life. However, Hwan has moved on and is getting ready to marry someone else. Will Yoon be able to convince Hwan to give their love another chance? Or is one's first love doomed to be merely that?

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Doom at Your Service (2021)

In this fantasy series, Park plays Tak Dong-kyung, who, after being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, wishes for her world to end. Her wish summons Myul Mang, a messenger between humans and gods, played by Seo In-guk. What ensues is a complex and emotional story that explores themes of life, death, and the human will.

Park takes on a more somber and contemplative persona in this series, and her Dong-kyung is introspective, complicated, and, at times, weighed down by the cruel hand fate has dealt her.

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Daily Dose of Sunshine (2023)

Park Bo-young returns to the small screen in Netflix's new healing drama, "Daily Dose of Sunshine." Here, she plays Jang Da-eun, a nurse who's been transferred to a psychiatric ward. The series will depict the peculiar lives and struggles of her patients in the ward.

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