Nam Da-reum Appearance In K-Drama Series Has Made Him A Popular Name
He has appeared in A Piece of Your Mind, The King in Love. When You Were Dreaming, sharing roles with Lee Jong-suk and Jung Hae-in, and he’s only 18.
Start-Netflix Up’s series has only been out for a month. But in the midst of the bubbling K-drama crossover craze, it has already made its own mark.
According to the Korea Times, one of the most awaited Korean series of the year, alongside Record of Teens. Start-Up premiered on October 17 with a respectable 4.5 percent domestic viewership rating. Partly because of the powerful performance of actor Nam Da-reum, who plays a younger version of Han Ji-pyeong, the second male lead. The first episode of the series (distributed internationally by Netflix) wowed viewers
As the 18-year-old already has more than 30 projects under his belt since debuting as a child actor. How many of these K-dramas do you recall when you saw him now?
Pinocchio(2014) And While You Were Sleeping(2017)
The younger version of the protagonist was played by Nam in the Pinocchio romantic comedy TV series. However this protagonist has a dual identity. He starts out as an ordinary child, Ki Ha-myung. But then takes on the name of Choi Dal-po after his family is killed in a tragic series of events. The fisherman Choi Gong-pil is rescued and adopted. Nam and actor Lee Jong-suk, who played the character’s older version, were very much in harmony. The audience resonated well with their performances.
In the fantasy legal procedural series When You Were Sleeping in 2017, where younger and older versions of leading man Jung Jae-chan were played, the two were reunited. Nam sported blonde hair to personify the devil of Jung may care, the bad picture of a child.
A Piece Of Your Mind(2020)
This March, Nam played Moon Ha-won, the younger version of the romantic comedy series lead, A Piece of Your Mind. With Jung Hae-in, who played the older version of the character, he shared the role of the kind-hearted artificial programmer. The two actors bear a striking similarity, fans have noted. Jung once identified Moon as calm and close to Esquire Korea; someone who, due to years of experiencing unrequited love, does not show emotion. In the flashbacks he appeared in, Nam embodied this description perfectly.
Where Stars Land(2018)
This romantic K-drama follows two ordinary employees who work at Incheon International Airport in the passenger services department. Nam plays Lee Soo-yeon, the younger version of the male protagonist, who is distant and hides a dark secret. Lee Je-hoon plays the older version of the role.
Nam managed to pull off the story behind the accident of the character here quite a feat for his young age.
The King In Love(2017)
The story of Wang Won, the Crown Prince, and his relationships with his childhood friend Wang Rin and a beautiful woman named San is revealed in this historical drama. The younger Won is a good friend but self-centered, and a glimpse of the man Wang Won grows up to be portrayed by Im Si-wan is offered by Nam’s brash depiction.
Come And Hug Me(2018)
A rookie detective and an aspiring actress are each other’s first love as children in Come and Hug Me, but their burgeoning romance ends in tragedy when the father of the former, a serial killer, murders the latter’s parents.
In playing the younger and older versions of Detective Chae Do-jin, a character who appears to be strong and courageous but who secretly struggles in silence, Nam and Jang Ki-yong played their roles.
Hotel Del Luna (2019) And Guardian: The Lonely And Great God(2016)
In these K-dramas, Nam only had cameos, playing a water spirit protecting a well in Hotel Del Luna village and a young boy who meets the protagonist, played by Gong Yoo, in Guardian: The Great and Lonely God.