With over ten years' worth of acting credits under her belt, it's easy to fall into Jung So Min's orbit. Her body of work is filled with bubbly rom-com bits and other lighthearted portrayals, which probably made her role in Alchemy of Souls, a historical-fantasy K-drama currently streaming on Netflix, a pleasant surprise for many. In it, she plays Mu Deok-yi, a skilled fighter who's trapped in the body of a feeble commoner. Her performance on the show so far has had everyone's eyes glued on their screens; so much so, that there was immediate uproar when news broke out that she might be getting replaced come the second part of the drama.
Whether or not that will be the case, it's still worth looking into So Min's extensive on-screen repertoire. If you're looking for more titles where you can catch her do her thing, you came to the right place. Ahead, we run down the best K-dramas starring the seasoned actress.
7 K-Dramas to Watch Starring Jung So Min
1. Playful Kiss (2010)
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With his good looks and impeccable intelligence, Baek Seung-jo (Kim Hyun Joong) is every high schooler's dream boy. One lass who's absolutely smitten by him is Oh Ha-ni (So Min), who, one day, mustered up the courage to confess her feelings for him. The star student doesn't reciprocate the gesture though, and leaves her brokenhearted. As fate would have it, their families somehow end up living under one roof, and Seung-jo finds himself eventually warming up to Ha-ni.
Also starring: Lee Tae Sung, Lee Si Young
2. Big Man (2014)
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Kang Ji-hwan's (Kim Ji Hyuk) life turns around when he's tricked into believing that he's the long-lost son and heir of the Hyunsung Group. He's treated poorly after his "family" takes advantage of him, and he wants nothing more than to seek revenge somehow. Along the way, he encounters So Mi-ra (Lee Da Hee) and Kang Jin-ah (So Min), two women involved in the company who form a love triangle with him.
Also starring: Choi Daniel, Song Ok Sook, Jang Tae Sung
3. My Father Is Strange (2017)
Watch on: Netflix, Viki
Byun Han-su (Kim Yeong Cheol) and Na Young-sil (Kim Hae Sook) are an old married couple with three daughters—Hye-yeong (Lee Yoo Ri), Ra-yeong (Ryu Hwa Young), and Mi-yeong (So Min)—and one son, Joon-young (Min Ji Woong). Their everyday life is shaken when a K-pop idol named Ahn Joong-hee (Lee Joon) shows up at their doorsetp claiming to be a member of the family.
Also starring: Ahn Hyo Seop, Lee Mi Do, Park Hye Sook
4. Because This Is My First Life (2017)
Watch on: Netflix, Viki, Viu
Computer designer Nam Se-hee (Lee Min Ki) moves into a new home and hunts for a tenant to share rent with. He agrees to give the free room to Yoon Ji-ho (So Min), mistakenly thinking she was a guy. The two settle that they'll just have a landlord-and-tenant relationship, but things don't go according to plan after they start opening up to each other.
Also starring: Esom, Kim Ga Eun, Kim Min Kyu
5. The Smile Has Left Your Eyes (2018)
Watch on: iQiyi, Viki, Viu
While he seems mysterious and almost threatening at first, Kim Moo-young (Seo In Guk) is simply carrying the burden of a traumatizing childhood. He meets and falls in love with Yoon Jin-kang (So Min), who, unbeknown to him, actually shares similar experiences with his past.
Also starring: Park Sung Woong, Yoo Jae Myung, Seo Eun Soo
6. Soul Mechanic (2020)
Watch on: Viki, Viu
A psychiatrist who believes in "healing" and not "treating" his patients, Lee Shi-joon (Shin Ha Kyun) faces quite the challenge when he's tasked to help out Han Woo-joo (So Min), an up-and-coming musician with unruly anger management issues.
Also starring: Tae In Ho, Park Ye Jin
7. Monthly Magazine Home (2021)
Watch on: iQiyi, Viki
Despite being an editor for a magazine that spotlights homes, Na Young-won (So Min) just lives out of houses she rents every month. When Yoo Ja-sung (Kim Ji Suk), the CEO of the publication she works at, purchases the house she's currently renting, she does her best to finally get her own permanent place.
Also starring: Jung Gun Joo, Chae Jung An, Jung Gun Joo
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