Kim Da Mi made a splash in her rookie years when she starred in a number of successful titles that earned her over 20 acting nominations, including Itaewon Class and The Witch Part 1. As she moves on from being the prodigious new girl to establishing herself as one of Korea’s most-promising leading ladies, we look into both her past projects and her ongoing ones that show just why she’s indeed a rising star to keep on your radar.
6 K-dramas and movies starring Kim Da Mi:
Romans 8:37 (2017)
A testament to her remarkable skills, Da Mi landed a movie role straight out of college. She portrayed an assistant administrator in Romans 8:37, a two-hour drama about Gi-seop, a preacher who joins a church community at the request of a reverend he’s always idolized. However, when he starts to hear unsightly rumors about him, Gi-seop’s faith starts to waiver as he finds himself investigating the potentially corrupt church.
Also starring: Lee Hyun Ho, Seo Dong Gab, Choi Hong Il
A high school girl is left scarred and traumatized after she’s sexually asssaulted by a group of boys. To make matters worse, the video of the incident, taken by her boyfriend, goes viral online and lands her in an invasive media frenzy. Years later, she changes her identity to forget what happened, only to be confronted with her past once again when an extortionist threatens her young students with revealing photos they don’t remember taking. Da Mi plays the lead character, Han Seo-rin, during her high school years.
Also starring: Kim Hee Won, Lee Yoo Young, Lee Hak Joo
The Witch Part 1. The Subversion (2018)
Watch on: iQiyi
When a young girl, Goo Ja-yoon, escapes a mysterious facility, she’s adopted by an old couple despite not knowing her identity. She grows into a smart high school student who joins a national TV show to help her parents make ends meet. It backfires on her, however, when her appearance exposes her to her past captors who had assumed she was already dead. Following her mistake, she starts crossing paths with strange individuals threatening to upend her quiet life.
Also starring: Jo Min Soo, Choi Woo Shik, Park Hee Soon, Go Min Si
Hello, My Soulmate (Coming Soon)
Da Mi was confirmed to lead the coming-of-age film Hello, My Soulmate back in 2020. A remake of the Chinese film titled Soulmate, it follows the 14-year friendship of two girls who first meet at 13. As they grow up with each other, they navigate through the turbulent years of their relationship, dealing with feelings of “love, respect, and jealousy” along the way. Starring opposite Da Mi is When My Love Blooms actress Jeon So Nee.
Also starring: Byeon Woo Seok, Nam Yoon Su, Kim Soo Hyung
Itaewon Class (2020)
Watch on: Netflix
Da Mi entered the TV scene with a bang with Itaewon Class, her first foray into the small screen and now her most popular project to date. The critically acclaimed drama follows the calm but driven Park Saeroyi who ends up in jail after violently reacting to the tragic and calculated death of his father. Years later, he's released from his sentence and vows to establish the best pub in Itaewon to best Jangga Co. and Jang Da Hee, the man responsible for ruining his life.
Da Mi plays Jo Yi-seo in the series, a feisty student who uses her social media know-how to help promote Saeroyi’s pub. A callous yet brilliant girl, she ends up becoming DanBam’s manager while navigating her growing affection for Saeroyi. Da Mi received multiple nominations for her performance, including a win as Best New TV Actress at the prestigious Baeksang Arts Awards.
Also starring: Park Seo Joon, Yoo Jae Myung, Kwon Nara
Our Beloved Summer (2021)
Watch on: Netflix
Da Mi followed up Itaewon Class with yet another Netflix-streamed show. Our Beloved Summer chronicles the complex relationship between Choi Woong and Gook Yeon-soo. Once high school classmates and past lovers, they eventually parted ways following a bitter breakup. Later on in their lives, they’re forced to reunite after a viral documentary they filmed 10 years ago lands in the hands of a producer who wants to do a sequel to it. Complications arise and past feelings resurface as they re-shoot the film and meet new people who could potentially get in the way of their sudden reunion.
Da Mi takes the lead in the series as Gook Yeon-soo, a book-smart girl who was always at the top of her class in high school. Her true abilities are tested when she starts working and is faced with the harsh realities of living as an adult. Our Beloved Summer marks Da Mi’s reunion project with her co-star and leading man Choi Woo Shik after the two appeared together in The Witch Part 1. The Subversion.
Also starring: Kim Sung Cheol, Roh Jeung Eui
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