Park Ju-hyun wins “Best New Actress” at 57th Baeksang Awards


The “Best New Actress” award category at the 57th Baeksang Awards had stiff competition, and 2 out of 5 actresses starred in dramas that were also tipped for the “Best Drama” award. Ultimately, Park Ju-hyun, who starred in Extracurricular, was named the “Best New Actress” at the 57th Baeksang Awards.

The award ceremony was hosted by actress Bae Suzy and comedian Shin Dong-yup, and broadcasted live on JTBC, a Korean cable channel.

Here’s the complete list of winners for the TV and Film categories. 


Nominated for her role in Extracurricular


57th Baeksang Awards Best New Actress - Park Ju-hyunImage credit: Netflix

Park Ju-hyun was nominated for her role in Extracurricular, a Netflix series that revolves around a top student who runs a prostitution business, and a rich girl who finds out about the former’s side hustle.

Park Ju-hyun starred as Bae Gyu-ri, who comes from a wealthy family. She finds out about the illegal prostitution ring run by her classmate, Oh Ji-soo, and wants a slice of the pie.


Strong competition for the “Best New Actress” award 


57th baeksang awards winners - best new actress 1(L-R) Park Gyu-young, Choi Sung-eun, Park Ju-hyun, Kim Hyun-soo, and Lee Joo-young.
Images adapted from Netflix, JTBC, Netflix, SBS, and OCN

Park Ju-hyun was up against strong competition for the “Best New Actress” award. The nominees were as follows:

  • Park Gyu-young in Sweet Home
  • Choi Sung-eun in Beyond Evil
  • Park Ju-hyun in Extracurricular
  • Kim Hyun-soo in The Penthouse: War in Life
  • Lee Joo-young in Times

57th Baeksang Awards Best New Actress - Park Gyu-young
Image credit: Netflix

Park Gyu-young was nominated for her role in Sweet Home, a post-apocalyptic horror drama. The story revolves around a group of survivors trapped in Green Home, a run-down residential building, as deadly monsters try to get in. Sweet Home is based on a webtoon by Kim Kan-bi and Hwang Young-chan, and it was released exclusively on Netflix.

Park Gyu-young took on the role of Yoon Ji-soo, a bassist who moves into the building after her boyfriend’s suicide.

57th Baeksang Awards Best New Actress - Choi Sung-eunImage credit: JTBC

Choi Sung-eun was nominated for her role in Beyond Evil, a thriller drama that’s centred on a pair of detectives in the rural town of Manyang. One’s a man who was falsely accused of his sister’s murder 20 years ago, while the other is hellbent on nabbing the serial killer who has been terrorising the town for the past 2 decades.

Choi Sung-eun played the role of Yoo Jae-yi, a young woman who runs a butcher shop. Jae-yi’s mother went missing years ago, and she’s been stuck in Manyang, waiting for her mother’s return ever since.

57th Baeksang Awards Best New Actress - Kim Hyun-soo
Image credit: SBS

Kim Hyun-soo was nominated for her role in The Penthouse: War in Life, a melodrama revolving around a group of uber-rich folks, conspiracies, murder, and classical singing.

Kim Hyun-soo played the role of Bae Ro-na, a gifted singer who comes from a poor single-parent family. Her mother, who was a talented soprano herself, had her dreams crushed when she had her throat slit by a classmate. Like her mother, Bae Ro-na found herself discriminated against, and someone even made an attempt on her life.

57th Baeksang Awards Best New Actress - Lee Joo-YoungImage credit: OCN

Lee Joo-young was nominated for her role in Times, a thriller drama. The plot involves 2 passionate reporters, communication from the future, and the death of the South Korean president.

Lee Joo-young played Seo Jung-in, a reporter in the year 2020. She’s the daughter of the South Korean president, and in order to prevent the death of her father, she reaches out to Lee Jin-woo, a reporter in the year 2015.


Park Ju-hyun nabs “Best New Actress” award at 57th Baeksang Awards


Congratulations to Park Ju-hyun, the winner of the “Best New Actress” award at the 57th Baeksang Arts Awards. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for her in the future, and what projects she’ll tackle next.

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Cover image adapted from: Netflix

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