Lim Ji-yeon of ‘The Glory’: Where Have You Seen Her Before?
Feb 1, 2023   •   Meryl Medel
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Feb 1, 2023   •   Meryl Medel
Since its release, The Glory has been the talk of the town. Viewers are captivated by the show’s gripping revenge plot, well-paced storytelling, and the cast’s superb acting. Everyone can’t help but gush over the stellar performance of veteran actress Song Hye-kyo, who plays the lead role of the bullied-turned-revenge-seeker Moon Dong-eun. But another actress the audience constantly praised is Lim Ji-yeon, who plays Park Yeon-jin, Dong-eun’s high school bully who eventually became a popular weather forecaster. But before she shot to global stardom with The Glory, the actress has already been making a splash in various films and TV dramas. Check out the shows and movies where you have seen Lim Ji-yeon before:
The plot: A criminal mastermind known simply as “The Professor” recruits an unlikely group of personalities to pull off the most ambitious heist of all time — taking over the mint of a reunified Korea to print four billion won. Similar to the original Spanish series, this Korean adaptation has each thief select a city name as their code name during the heist, such as Tokyo and Berlin.
Her role: Lim Ji-yeon plays Seoul, the leader of the mercenaries working outside the mint. She works directly under Berlin, whom she followed all over the world from North Korea to Russia to the now-reunified Korea. Her character is an original created exclusively for the Korean adaptation.
The plot: Jang Yoon-ha (Uee) seems like a simple lady on the outside, working a part-time job at a food market and living an ordinary life. In reality, she is the youngest daughter of a chaebol family arranged to marry another chaebol heir. But what she really wants to do is find a man who’ll love her for who she is.
Her role: She plays Lee Ji-yi, the best friend of Jang Yoon-ha. Ji-yi meets Yoon-ha’s fiance Yoo Chang-soo (Park Hyung-sik), who falls for her as she overlooked his wealth and status. Lim Ji-yeon won several Best New Actress awards for her performance in this series.
The plot: Lee Jae-sang (Rain) is a top lawyer, working at one of the biggest firms in the country. But it comes at the cost of sacrificing his personal life and even his love. After getting caught in a mysterious car accident, he gets drawn into a parallel world, where he lives a vastly different life.
Her role: Lim Ji-yeon plays Ra Si-on, Jae-sang’s ex-girlfriend in his original world and his faithful wife in the parallel world. She won a Top Excellence Award for her role in this series.
The plot: After defecting from North Korea, Kim Mi-poong finds herself entangled in a conflict over family inheritances in South Korea.
Her role: She plays Kim Mi-poong, a bright and easygoing girl who studies dancing. Lim Ji-yeon won an Excellence Award for her lead role here.
The plot: After being forced to live as a commoner, former prince and gambling genius Dae-gil (Jang Geun-suk) dedicates his life to taking revenge on the king. Dae-gil enters a bet against King Yeongjo (Yeo Jin-goo). The stakes are high, with Dae-gil betting his life and the king betting his kingdom.
Her role: Lim Ji-yeon plays Dam-seo, a woman bent on taking revenge against the king.
The plot: Also known as Rose Mansion, the mystery thriller series follows Song Ji-na, a simple hotel employee leading a normal life. But when she learns of her sister’s mysterious disappearance, she decides to find out the truth at Rose Mansion Apartment. However, the more she digs, the more secrets are revealed and the more she grows suspicious of each and every neighbor at the apartment.
Her role: She plays the lead role of Song Ji-na, a simple contract employee at a hotel who gets dragged into a series of suspicious events in her efforts to find her missing sister.
The plot: After getting caught in a car crash, secret agent Kang I-an (Yoon Kye-sang) wakes up unable to remember anything about his life and with a new mysterious condition. Every 12 hours, he finds himself in a new body. He needs to figure out who he is all while evading all the people coming after him.
Her role: She plays Moon Jin-ah, one of Kang I-an’s former gun-toting colleagues. Jin-ah has been looking for I-an, but she is unable to recognize him due to his changing bodies.
The plot: With a commander for a father-in-law and a beautiful wife, decorated war hero Colonel Kim Jin-pyong becomes the subject of envy and jealousy among his colleagues. But after returning home from the Vietnam War, he continuously suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. His nightmarish daily life changes when he meets Jong Ga-heun, a subordinate’s wife, with whom he falls madly in love. Thus begins a stifling obsessive affair.
Her role: Lim Ji-yeon plays Jong Ga-heun, the wife of Colonel Kim Jin-pyong’s subordinate. After being saved by the colonel, she begins an affair with him, but things quickly spiral out of control. Lim Ji-yeon received several nominations and awards for her performance in this movie.
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