Many of us grew up watching female leads that were demure and innocent. Fortunately, times are changing and more dramas feature storylines with strong-willed and independent women. In recent years, we’ve seen numerous fictional female characters with a tough persona. But are there actresses with a tough image in real-life too? Here are some Korean actresses defying social norms with their “strong woman” persona. 1. Lee Da-hee Lee Da-hee is famous for having a fiery personality in The Beauty Inside and Search: WWW. Although when she started her career, she thought that her strong and confident personality would lead to her downfall. After all, millennials like her grew up watching innocent and obedient heroines. The best roles of K-drama star Kim Go-eun, Goblin actress She explained to Soompi, “I feel like I’m now being recognised for many aspects of myself that I used to consider handicaps. Because of that, I’m also working hard to do my part.” 2. Park Shin-hye Park Shin-hye fighting gangsters in The Doctors is one of the most epic fight scenes we’ve seen to date. Her stunts may be attributed to her daily workouts and Pilates classes. Her friend, songwriter Songki, is even intimidated by her personality in real-life. He told Allkpop, “You don't want to mess with Park Shin-hye because of her aura. She has a very strong energy.” 3. Kim Hye-soo Many recall Kim Hye-soo through the hit drama Signal and the 2017 film Special Lady. It seems she’s no stranger to action stunts because she frequently portrays strong-willed characters. From Goblin to My Mister, 5 of the best Korean May-to-December romances This badass actress even arrested G-dragon in the television show, Infinite Challenge . In her latest Netflix drama titled Hyena , she represents a relentless lawyer doing whatever it takes to survive the dog-eat-dog world. 4. Krystal Jung Krystal Jung, also known as “the ice princess”, is famous for her tough and confident personality. Instead of an upbeat “idol” attitude, she’s bold, blunt and genuine. Best K-drama dads: 5 fictional ‘appas’ we’re celebrating for Father’s Day In the drama Player , she plays a getaway driver with intense stunts and car chase scenes. Thanks to her naturally cold demeanour and athleticism, it seems that she was born to play the role. 5. Ha Ji-won Before Crash Landing on You , Ha Ji-won was known as Korea’s Angelina Jolie for her action roles. In the hit drama Secret Garden , Ha starred as Gil Ra-im – a talented stuntwoman. While the actress had her own stunt double, she tried to do as much as she could on her own. 5 things to know about legendary Korean action star Ha Ji-won To prepare for her stunts in the 2011 film Section 7, she spent eight hours weightlifting and swimming. She even acquired a motorcycle license and scuba diving license to stay true to her character. In an interview with KpopStarz, the actress revealed that she wants to be an independent and charismatic woman. She confessed, “I want to keep doing action scenes like Angelina Jolie.” Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .