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The Hottest K-Drama Breakout Stars Of 2014: Actresses

BY Adrienne Stanley | Dec 12, 2014 01:46 PM EST

Lee Sung Kyung, the feisty teenager of "It’s Okay, That’s Love"’ and Kyung Soo Jin of "Plus Nine Boys" are actresses who were breakout stars of 2014.

2014 was a year for strong female characters in Korean drama. Shows like “My Lovely Girl” included close friendships between women while “Hi! School Love On” looked at the dynamics of teenage bullying. While she is known for her film roles, Kim Sae Ron carried her first K-Drama in 2014. Rookie actress Lee Sung Kyung struck gold as a flawed teen in “It’s Okay, That’s Love.”

Lee Sung Kyung debuted in the SBS drama “It’s Okay, That’s Love.” The YG Entertainment actress previously worked as a model and has appeared in music videos including Kang Seung Yoon’s “Wild and Young.” Her portrayal of Oh So Nyeo, a girl who appeared to be tough-as-nails but was a total softie, was a major highlight within “It’s Okay, That’s Love.”

Lee Cho Hee acted in very interesting roles throughout the year. One of her most memorable characters was Yoon Se Na’s best friend in “My Lovely Girl.” In “Wonderful Days,” she portrayed Seo Jung Ah, the former love interest of Kang Dong Hee (2PM’s Taecyeon). Lee Cho Hee was busy throughout the year with roles in “Inspiring Generation,” “Wonderful Days,” and “Flower Boys Investigation Unit.” She also has a supporting role in the new drama, “Maids.”

Kyung Soo Jin was delightful as Ma Se Young in the tvN drama “Plus Nine Boys.” She has held previous roles in drama including “Secret Love Affair” and “That Winter, The Wind Blows.” However, her portrayal of Ma Se Young was one of the reasons to watch “Plus Nine Boys.”

Kim Sae Ron will always be remembered for her iconic role as So Mi in the 2010 film “The Man from Nowhere.” With her foot firmly placed with movies, she has acted in numerous Korean drama roles. However, “Hi! School Love On” provided the opportunity for Kim Se Ron to have a starring role in television. She was the perfect pick for Lee Seul Bi, an angel who is struggling the perils of teen life in Korea.

Which actress do you consider to be a breakout star of 2014?
Which rookie or actress who may have previously been underrated made the strongest impact in 2014? If they are not included in the poll, comment below.

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