Common K-Drama tropes include an average-looking female protagonist who somehow catches the attention of the desirable male hero. Oftentimes, however, the actresses who play these characters are gorgeous in real life. Here are a few whose glasses and makeup can’t hide their true beauty!

1. Suzy

Suzy starred in the drama Uncontrollably Fond where she played an average-looking PD.

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2. Kim Sun Ah

Kim Sun Ah played an old maid who is loud, brash, and insecure about her weight in My Name Is Kim Samsoon. The drama is touted as the “Korean Bridget Jones’s Diary.” Kim Sun Ah even gained 15 pounds for the role.

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3. Jang Na Ra

Jang Nara was a plain-looking secretary in You Are My Destiny. She earned the nickname ‘post-it’ for her inability to say no to her colleagues when they would dump work on her.

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4. Han Hyo Joo

Han Hyo Joo acted as the daughter of the resident surgeon in W where she was known to not care about her appearance.

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5. Park Ha Sun

Drinking Solo‘s Park Ha Sun was a rookie lecturer whom no one found romantically attractive.

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6. Park Bo Young

Park Bo Young played both a beautiful and plain role in her character of Go Se Yeon in Abyss. She was originally a stunning prosecution lawyer who was revived into a plainer appearance using the Abyss.

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7. Lee Sung Kyung

Lee Sung Kyung may be a model in real life but she played a different role in Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo. She was a weightlifter who was looked down upon for gaining weight, being more tomboyish than girly.

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8. Seo Hyun Jin

Another Miss Oh showed the struggle of sharing names with different people. Seo Hyun Jin played the average Oh Ha Young who went through many struggles for having the same name as the bride of Park Do Kyung.

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9. Minah

Last but not the least, Girl’s Day‘s Minah was the insecure Gong Shim in Beautiful Gong-Shim who always felt overshadowed by her older sister.

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