10 roles to watch out for before his possible Marvel debut


Park Seo-Joon is one of the latest actors reportedly added to the MCU in Wonders. While being a great actor in South Korea, viewers in the United States may only know him for his small role in the Best Picture winner, Parasite. Prior to that, Park had already had a slew of TV roles in South Korea worth checking out ahead of his MCU debut.

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His roles range from a hopeless romantic, to a small bar owner with a mission, and even a part-time worker who doesn’t have clear life goals. While his new role is unlikely to do much of Park comedy, MCU fans can get a feel for his acting skills and charisma, which are essential for any successful MCU actor.

ten Itaewon class

Sae-ro-yi and Yi-sei in Itaewon class episode 14

In Itaewon class, Park Seo-Joon plays Park Sae-ro-yi, a troubled young man who runs a bar after being released from prison. Park’s character grapples with a difficult past, the tragedy of losing his father, and finding the woman he loved to work for a company he hates. Viewers can watch Park Seo-Joon’s character develop through the series’ time jumps.

At the heart of the series, Park’s character tries to prove that he can do whatever he thinks about. Running a successful bar and taking down the aforementioned hated company are his two main goals. There are also romantic and comedic moments throughout the series to lighten up the heavier topics and themes. Having won the award for Best Drama Series at the 25th Asian Television Awards, it is a highly regarded drama known to captivate its viewers.

9 What’s wrong with Secretary Kim?

Park Seo-joon as Jealous Young-John in Whats Wrong With Secretary Kim

What’s wrong with Secretary Kim? tells the story of narcissistic Vice President Lee Young-Joon (Park Seo-Joon) who fights to keep Kim Mi-so, his secretary for nine years, from resigning. This show follows a classic k-drama trope where two people who hate each other end up falling in love.

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Park Seo-Joon doesn’t play too many such egotistical characters, so seeing him in this series was a pleasant surprise for his fans. It’s light and fun with some serious moments dotted around.

8 Fight for my way

Park Seo-joon as Dong-man in Fight My Way kdrama

Fight for my way follows a group of young adults who happen to be the underdogs in the careers they pursue. Park Seo-Joon’s character, Ko Dong-man, is a mixed martial arts instructor who was once famous for taekwondo. Basically, the show is about a group of twenty-something people trying to figure out what they’re going to do with a living.

His character is tough and brash at times but eventually finds love and happiness over the course of the series’ 16 episodes. Throughout the series, fans also see some of Park Seo-Joon’s fighting skills that are essential to being a part of the MCU.

7 Hwarang: the youth warrior poet

Park Seo-joon as Moo-Myung juggling a dice

Period dramas are an extremely popular genre in South Korean entertainment. It’s no surprise that Park Seo-Joon also has a role like this under his belt. Park plays Moo-Myung, a member of the lower class of society who progresses to be a highly respected Hwarang warrior.

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The show takes place between 57 BC and 935 AD, but the stories and characters are just as relevant if they take place in our day. Park Seo-Joon was nominated for the “Top Excellence Award, Actor” at the 31st KBS Drama Awards for his performance in the series.

6 Youth record

A group photo of the Record of Youth cast

Youth record is about three adults who are trying to be successful in the fashion industry. Park Seo-Joon only has a small appearance in Youth file, but fans were happy to see him on the show.

Park has a cameo appearance as a famous actor in the series and befriends one of the protagonists at an awards ceremony. This is probably one of Park Seo-Joon’s roles that most closely resembles him as an actor. He is a highly respected actor on the show, just like he is in real life.

5 She was beautiful

Park Seo-Joon as Ji Sung-Joon Talking to Someone

She was beautiful is an adorable comedy whose main message is that there is more to someone than the way they look. Park Seo-Joon plays Ji Sung-Joon, an arrogant but sympathetic editor of a fashion magazine, who suddenly falls in love with Kim Hye-Jin, a clumsy and messy woman in his office.

Both have a classic “enemies of lovers” storyline that is packed with heartwarming and hilarious moments. Over the course of the series, audiences can see Park Seo-Joon’s character lighten up and fall in love with Kim Hye-Jin.

4 Kill me, heal me

Park Seo-Joon as Oh Ri We're talking to someone

Kill me, heal me was a critical success and to fans in South Korea. It covers topics such as dissociative identity disorder and child abuse. Park Seo-Joon plays Oh Ri On, a writer determined to unlock the secrets of celebrities, especially those of Cha Do Hyun who developed dissociative identity disorder.

The show balances comedy and more serious subjects. Park Seo-Joon’s performance has been praised and won several awards for his work on the series.

3 Love of a witch

Dong-ha and Ji-yeon posing together and smiling

Love of a witch has similar themes to previous seasons of TV Land’s Younger, since the main relation is between personages with an important age difference. It’s a story centered around the cynical Ban Ji-yeon, whose attitude has led her colleagues to call her a witch to work with. Ban Ji-yeon and Park Seo-Joon character Yoon Dong-ha meet and have an immediate connection. Ban Ji-yeon is put off after finding out about the 16-year age difference between her and Yoon Dong-ha.

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Despite the ups and downs of their relationship, they end up falling in love and Park Seo-Joon perfectly embodies a young man in love. The show is weird and fun with larger themes that most viewers will be able to relate to and enjoy.

2 I call on you, gold!

A couple sitting together, looking in distress

I invoke you, or!, also known as Pots of gold, is the story of a woman who merges with a wealthy member of an elite family. She has to navigate the politics of a wealthy family while coming from a lower middle class background. Park Seo-Joon plays a younger, more innocent character in this series.

His character Park Hyun-Tae is the youngest brother in an upper-class family who receives special treatment from his father and older siblings. It’s a change from Park’s other roles since he’s not the drama’s primary love interest.

1 Family

Three school children looking at something with surprised expressions

Family, also known as Shut up family, was Park Seo-Joon’s first television role. It’s a sitcom that centers on two very different families having to live under the same roof when the divorced mother of one family and the widowed father of another fall in love.

Park Seo-Joon plays Cha Seo Joon, a lovable and silly cafe worker. It’s a minor role, but sometimes it’s the characters that steal scenes. It’s a great show to experience and see where Park Seo-Joon started out.

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