Film experts say there is common ground among Korean talents who have appeared in American films and series: the ability to speak English fluently. Like many tackling a new language, these celebrities too had their fair share of struggles learning the language. Here are five K-drama veterans who committed themselves to study English. Gang Dong-won Gang Dong-won showcased his acting chops in Temptation of Wolves . He then starred in successful commercial films like Maundy Thursday , Voice of a Murderer , The Priests , Master , and A Violent Prosecutor . With extensive acting credentials, he landed a role in Simon West’s Tsunami LA . Since he would be working with an international cast, he admitted that learning English would be difficult but he was determined to persevere. Why does Crash Landing star Hyun Bin love the Philippines? Lee Byung-hun “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”, well-known actor Lee Byung Hun performed terrifically the role of Storm Shadow. By its inspiration, our proficient designers have geared up this fabulous Lee Byung Hun Retaliation movie coat for treasured men buyers globally. https://t.co/un6CseEI6Z pic.twitter.com/1pXzpTW4zS — Samish leather (@samishleather1) January 17, 2019 When Lee Byung-hun made his Hollywood debut in G.I. Joe: Retaliation , he opened up about the difficulties of acting in a foreign language in a press conference. He noted that “speaking and acting in English” are two different tasks. He practised hard so that he could say his lines. Lee Byung-hun attended a language centre in Seoul for two years when he was 18. Having English-speaking relatives in Los Angeles and Seattle also helped him to learn. Before his debut, he had won acclaim for his work in multiple films such as A Bittersweet Life and I Saw the Devil . Bae Doona View this post on Instagram A post shared by Doona Bae 배두나 (@doonabae) on Mar 9, 2020 at 9:31pm PDT Bae Doona’s roles in Sense8 , Kingdom , Cloud Atlas , and Jupiter Ascending catapulted her to international stardom. She admitted she had to leave her comfort zone when acting in English. To learn, she immersed herself in English-speaking environments. She went to the United Kingdom to be acquainted with the language, reported The Korea Herald . 5 things to know about the K-pop star, CEO and Hollywood actor Rain Rain View this post on Instagram A post shared by RAIN♥ (@rain_oppa) on Jun 7, 2020 at 7:04pm PDT Rain learned English from Lee Bum-soo’s wife, Lee Yoon-jin, a professional Korean-English interpreter. Lee told The Korea Times she only had 100 days to teach Rain so she focused on how to deliver “key messages”. As a result, Rain did well and spoke fluent English in his press interviews for Ninja Assassin . Choi Woo-shik View this post on Instagram A post shared by 이젠 대놓고 홍보하는 숲블리의 숲스타그램 (@management_soop) on Apr 23, 2020 at 4:42am PDT Viewers were in awe when Choi Woo-shik spoke English well in The Witch . The actor credits his formative years in Canada where he spent 10 years studying abroad. But he had to learn it the hard way. “I basically had no idea about English and had no idea about making foreigner friends because of cultural differences,” he said. The actor appeared in Okja and made waves in Parasite . He’s set to star in an American independent romance film Past Lives. Born lucky: 5 K-pop idols who came from money … big money Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .