When it comes to K-pop idols, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t know who Suzy Bae is. Better known as just “Suzy”, the singer-actress is known for her versatility in both the K-pop industry (as a member of popular girl group Miss A) and the K-drama and K-movie scene.
In honour of her birthday, we take a look at her five career-defining performances in movies and TV dramas.
‘Dream High’ (TV drama, 2011)
This drama series, broadcast on KBS, chronicled the ups and downs of students attending Kirin High School, a school known for producing K-pop singers and idols. Suzy played Go Hye-mi, a talented girl with an icy exterior and proud demeanour that sometimes worked against her – especially at the beginning of the series.
The 16-part drama series also starred other real-life K-pop stars, including Ok Taec-yeon and Jang Woo-young from the boy band 2PM, Eun-jung from girl group T-ara, and IU.
She later received Best New Actress award and Best Couple award (alongside on-screen love interest played by Kim Soo-hyun) at the KBS Drama Awards.
‘Gu Family Book’ (TV drama, 2013)
A couple of years after the success of Dream High, Suzy was cast in a historical fantasy drama, Gu Family Book. In the 24-part series she played Dam Yeo-wool, a tomboy skilled in archery and martial arts. She starred alongside singer-turned-actor Lee Seung-gi, who played Choi Kang-chi, a half-gumiho (a mythological nine-tailed fox) and half-human fighting for justice. Suzy later received the Top Excellence Actress award for miniseries category at the MBC Drama Awards.
‘The Sound of a Flower’ (Film, 2015)
This historical period drama film was based on the real life of Jin Chae-seon, who made history as Korea’s first female pansori singer in 1867 during the Joseon dynasty. Pansori, a genre of musical storytelling by a singer accompanied by a drummer, was traditionally a field exclusive to men.
To prepare for the role, Suzy studied pansori for a year, showing her dedication. The story focused on the close relationship between Jin and her pansori teacher, Shin Jae-hyo. Later in the film, Shin composed a song, Dorihwaga, to express his feelings for Jin. Dorihwaga, which translates to “The Song of Peaches and Plums”, was also the original Korean title of the film.
‘Uncontrollably Fond’ (TV drama, 2016)
Starring Suzy and Kim Woo-bin, the 20-episode KBS TV drama series focused on the love story between the Shin Joon-young (played by Kim) and Noh Eul (played by Suzy). The two main characters reunite years after being separated during their teenage years, Shin now a successful singer-actor, while Noh is a documentary producer tasked to film him. Despite a few hiccups after their initial reunion, the two find themselves entering an intense relationship.
‘While You Were Sleeping’ (TV drama, 2017)
This 32-episode fantasy drama series focused on the intertwining lives of three young adults – a field reporter, rookie prosecutor and a police officer – who were able to dream about the future. These unsettling dreams that foresee future accidents forced the three strangers to join forces to figure out if and how they could stop the foreseen events from unfurling.
In the drama, Suzy played Shin Yi-joon, a field reporter working for SBC. Jung Jae-chan, the rookie prosecutor, is played by actor Lee Jong-suk. Han Woo-tak, the police officer, is played by Jung Hae-in.