BY MARIANNE ALVAREZ
They have the beauty, skills, and fame. Now their bank accounts are most likely full, too. Here are some of South Korea’s highest paid female actresses.
- Lee Young-ae
If you haven’t seen her act as the leading lady Seo Jang-Geum in the hit tv series Jewel in the Palace back in 2003, you’re surely missing out on something. This Queen of the ancient kitchens presently has an estimated total earnings of $18 million with a fee of $83,000 per episode, giving her the top spot as the highest earning Kdrama actress of all time!
- Choi Ji-woo
The lead actress of the most popular Kdrama back in 2002, Winter Sonata, has an estimated total earnings of $17 million with a fee of $42,000 per episode. She recently did a cameo as herself in the very popular Kdrama Crash Landing on You. We wonder how much she got for that cute role.
- Song Hye-kyo
Dubbed as one of the most beautiful and ageless faces in Kdramas, this award-winning actress now enjoys an estimated total earnings of $11 million. With a fee of $42,000 per episode, this Queen’s impressive acting performances are absolutely worth it. She became popular all over the world with her leading roles in several hit series like Autumn in My Heart (2000), Full House (2004), That Winter, the Wind Blows (2013), Descendants of the Sun (2016) and Encounter (2018).
- Jun Ji-hyun
Having made some noteworthy Kdramas such as My Love from the Star in 2013 and Legend of The Blue Sea in 2016, this Queen currently earns an estimate of $10,000 with a fee of $84,000 per episode. Though she hasn’t been doing much Kdrama lately, her role in a Korean thriller drama Cliffhanger, which will air this year, is definitely something to look forward to.
- Gong Hyo-jin
Dubbed as the “Queen of Romantic Comedies” for her effective portrayals of her roles in several hit series like Sang Doo! Let’s Go to School (2003), Hello My Teacher (2005), Pasta (2010), It’s Okay, That’s Love (2014), When the Camellia Blooms (2019), Gong Hyo-jin has an estimated total earnings of $8.5 million with a fee of $33,000 per episode.