There’s been a lot of buzz ever since it was revealed that T-ara’s Jiyeon was playing a lesbian in the new Korean drama, “Miss Ripley.” We all know that Korea is particularly strict when it comes to anything along the lines of homosexuality. However, we’ve seen a number of characters in well-known dramas that are homosexual.
Let’s take a look at a handful of actors and actresses that have stepped out of their comfort zone to play a gay character:
Ok. Let’s start with Lee Min Ho. After acting in “Boys Over Flowers“, his popularity literally skyrocketed across the world. Once the drama concluded, many were left wondering what role he would take on next. Lee Min Ho accepted a role in the drama “Personal Taste” in 2010, but the real shocker to most was that he would be playing a gay character. Alright, fine. He was playing a character pretending to be gay. Regardless, the fact that the subject of homosexuality was brought up raised many eyebrows.
Another actor that had his fame shoot up to the stars was Lee Jong Suk. He acted in the ridiculously, immensely, awesome drama “Secret Garden” which people are still obsessing over today *COUGHCOUGHMECOUGH*. He played the role of Sun, who was a handsome young lad that had a genius talent for music. Although throughout most of the episodes it was vague about who Sun really was, in the end he was revealed to have been a gay guy. He got to stay with Oska because “he looked so miserable” but in the end, there were no sparks between the two. I guess you could say that Sun was the other “little mermaid that turned into bubbles and disappeared”. Just saying, during that mermaid scene, I was balling my eyes out. Like legit.
In 2010, a drama called “Life is Beautiful” started airing and told the story of a family living on Jeju Island. It started the handsome Song Chang Ui playing a courteous and gentle doctor of internal medicine. There’s one catch for the ladies out there: he’s gay. Although I myself have not watched the drama yet, Song commented on the homosexual aspect and said, “As I shared strong relationships with friends, I started to understand love for a person that goes beyond gender. I hope that Life Is Beautiful will help disperse some of those uncomfortable thoughts about homosexual love. Everyone has a right to happiness, don’t they?” PREACH IT DUDE.
Alright, you caught me. Antique isn’t a drama, but rather a film. A very good film as a matter of fact. Come on, it has Kim Jae Wook in it, how can I not include this hunk? Kim Jae Wook plays Min Seon Woo who was hired by his former crush, Kim Jin Hyeok to work at his cake shop. Most scenes are absolutely hilarious between the two characters, but kind of awkward at the same time…The flashbacks are what really makes your heart sob, like this one scene where Seon Woo confesses, he gets his home-made cake shoved in his face. Heart.Breaking.
How could you do that to someone so adorable like that?! (Kim Jae Wook is the one on the right.)
As of late, it seems that more and more people are able to accept and allow gay roles on TV. But I find it to be pretty hypocritical of the public since most people don’t accept those that are gay or lesbian in real life. If you love somebody, regardless if they are the same sex or not, shouldn’t you be allowed to be with them and find happiness? It just bothers me how people can have two completely different opinions about this issue. It’s not just in Korea too. You see news about gay rights all over the place here in the United States and while there may be the title of ‘gay rights’, it’s not recognized by the federal government.
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