Park So-dam

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Park So-dam
Park in June 2019
Born (1991-09-08) September 8, 1991 (age 30)
EducationKorea National University of Arts
Years active2013–present
AgentArtist Company
Korean name
Revised RomanizationBak So-dam
McCune–ReischauerPak Sotam

Park So-dam (born September 8, 1991) is a South Korean actress. She came into popular recognition in the 2015 film The Priests and the TV series' Cinderella with Four Knights (2016) and Record of Youth (2020).[1] She achieved international fame for her role in the 2019 critically acclaimed Korean comedy thriller film Parasite, which won the Palme d'Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and the Academy Award for Best Picture.[2]


When Park was in high school, she watched the musical Grease and developed an interest in acting. While in university, Park started her career by turning to independent films after being rejected from around seventeen auditions.[3][4] Known as a prolific performer in independent cinema, Park starred in the Korean Academy of Film Arts feature Ingtoogi: Battle of the Internet Trolls and the indie Steel Cold Winter, the latter of which drew notice when it premiered at the Busan International Film Festival. Park also took small parts in mainstream titles Scarlet Innocence and The Royal Tailor.[5]

She broke into the mainstream in 2015 after making a strong impression with her performance in The Silenced, which nabbed her a win for Best Supporting Actress from the Busan Film Critics Awards.[4][6] She then featured in box office hits Veteran and The Throne, which led to her casting in the critically acclaimed mystery thriller The Priests.[7][8] Her role as an evil possessed high school student won her multiple Best New Actress nods.[9][10]

Park also extended her filmography to television. In 2016, she took the lead role in KBS2's medical drama A Beautiful Mind[11] and tvN's romantic comedy series Cinderella with Four Knights.[12]

In 2019, Park starred in Bong Joon-ho's black comedy, Parasite.[13] The film received international critical acclaim and was a box office success in South Korea.[14] She gained recognition for her role as a crafty, whipsmart younger sister of the family, and became known for her "Jessica Jingle".[15] In the same year, Park joined the variety show Three Meals a Day: Mountain Village along with Yum Jung-ah and Yoon Se-ah.

In 2020, Park was cast in the youth drama Record of Youth as an aspiring makeup artist.[16] In the same year, Park participated in the variety show Gamsung Camping which is a camping variety show with Park Na-rae, Ahn Young-mi, Son Na-eun, Solar.[17] Later, Park made her comeback in the stage play The Student and Mr. Henri, a stage play she performed in 2017.

In 2021, Park was cast in Lee Hae-Young's next film Ghost, which began filming in January 2021.[18] In 2022, Park will appear in the film Special Cargo, her return to the big screen in three years.

Personal life[edit]

On December 13, 2021, it was revealed that Park So-dam had been diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer during a regular health checkup, and has undergone surgery according to the opinion of the medical staff. Park will focus on recovering her health.[19] On February 7, 2022, Park's agency confirmed that Park has just recovered from COVID-19.[20]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2013 No More No Less Schoolgirl short film
Steel Cold Winter Ji-yeon
Most Ordinary Existence Su-jin short film
Ingtoogi: The Battle of Internet Trolls Yeon-hee
Death Theatre Schoolgirl short film
2014 The Legacy Eun-seon
One on One Coffee delivery girl
Scarlet Innocence Chung-yi's friend at the club
The Youth Yeon-joo Segment: Play Girl
Suzi Suzi short film
Inevitable Lee Mi-young
The Royal Tailor Yoo-wol
2015 C'est Si Bon Schoolgirl 1
The Silenced Hong Yeon-deok
Veteran The Youngest
The Throne Lady Moon
The Priests Lee Young-shin
The Vampire Lives Next Door Na-mi short film; from omnibus Color of Asia – Masters
Blue Monday's Woman So-dam short film
2016 Take Off 2 / Gukgadaepyo 2 Lee Ji-hye Cameo
Snow Paths Maria [21]
2017 Man of Will Han Yeong-hee Special appearance
2018 Ode to the Goose Innkeeper's daughter [22]
The Underdog Bamyi voice [23]
2019 Parasite Kim Ki-jung / Jessica (alias) [24]
2020 Fukuoka So-dam [25]
2022 Special Cargo Eun-ha [26]
TBA Phantom Yuriko Post production [18]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2015 Drama Special – Red Moon Princess Hwawan Drama Special [27]
My First Time Han Song-yi [28]
2016 A Beautiful Mind Gye Jin-sung
Cinderella with Four Knights Eun Ha-won
2020 Record of Youth Ahn Jung-ha [16]

Television shows[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2019 Three Meals a Day: Mountain Village Cast Member with Yum Jung-ah, Yoon Se-ah [29]
2020 Gamsung Camping with Park Na-rae, Ahn Young-mi, Son Na-eun, Solar [17]


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2020 34th Golden Disc Awards Host (2nd day) with Lee Seung-gi [30]
2021 35th Golden Disc Awards Host (1st day) [31]
26th Busan International Film Festival Host Opening ceremony with Song Joong-ki [32]


Year English title Korean title Role Ref.
2016 Let Me In 렛미인 Eli [33]
Closer 클로저 Alice
2017 The Student and Mr. Henri 앙리 할아버지와 나 Constance
2020–2021 Constance [34]



Title Year Album
"Our Feeling"
(Lee Yoon Chan feat. Kim Min-jae, Park So-dam & Lee Yi-kyung)
2015 My First Time OST


  • Honorary Ambassador for Efficient Tourism in Korea (2021)[35]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Name of the award ceremony, year presented, category, nominee of the award, and the result of the nomination
Award ceremony Year Category Nominee / Work Result Ref.
APAN Star Awards 2016 Best New Actress Cinderella with Four Knights Nominated
2021 Popular Star Award, Actress Record of Youth Nominated [36]
Asia Artist Awards 2020 Popularity Award (Actress) Park So-dam Nominated [37]
Asian Film Awards 2016 Best Supporting Actress The Priests Nominated
Baeksang Arts Awards 2016 Best New Actress – Television My First Time Nominated
Best New Actress – Film The Priests Won [38]
2020 Best Supporting Actress – Film Parasite Nominated [39]
2022 Best Actress – Film Special Delivery Nominated [40] [41]
Blue Dragon Film Awards 2015 Best New Actress The Silenced Nominated
2016 Best Supporting Actress The Priests Won [42]
2019 Parasite Nominated [43]
Buil Film Awards 2015 Best New Actress The Silenced Nominated
2016 The Priests Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Won [44]
Busan Film Critics Awards 2015 Best New Actress The Silenced Nominated
Chunsa Film Art Awards 2016 Best New Actress The Priests Won [45]
Critics' Choice Awards 2020 Best Acting Ensemble Parasite Nominated [46]
Grand Bell Awards 2015 Best New Actress The Silenced Nominated
IndieWire Critics Poll 2019 Best Supporting Actress Parasite 10th place [47]
JTBC 2020 Best Chemistry Award Park So-dam with Solar
Gamsung Camping
Won [48]
KBS Drama Awards 2016 Best New Actress A Beautiful Mind Nominated
KOFRA Film Awards 2016 Best New Actress The Priests Won [49]
Korea Film Actors Association Awards 2015 Popular Movie Star Won [50]
Korean Film Producers Association Awards 2016 Best Supporting Actress Won [51]
Max Movie Awards 2016 Best New Actress Won [52]
Rising Star Award Park So-dam Won [53]
Screen Actors Guild Awards 2020 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Motion Picture Parasite Won [54]
Women in Film Korea Awards 2015 Best New Actress The Priests Won [55]


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