In recent reports carried by The Korea Herald & WikiTree, it is revealed that actress Seo Yea Ji was paid far lesser than her Its Okay to lớn Not Be Okay co-star, Kim Soo Hyun. We decode the gender pay parity amongst South Korean actors.

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Recently, The Korea Herald và WikiTree carried out reports divulging the salaries of two of South Korea's top actors - Kim Soo Hyun và Seo Yea Ji! The talented actors starred opposite one another in one of the finest dramas of 2020, It's Okay to lớn Not Be Okay. A sensitive drama on family, identity and mental health, Seo Yea Ji portrayed the children's book tác giả Ko Moon Young who writes macabre fairy-tales, owing to lớn her traumatic childhood, & Kim Soo Hyun played the kind-hearted male nurse in a psychiatric ward, Moon Gang Tae, who is committed lớn taking care of his autistic older brother, Moon sang trọng Tae. The drama earned both critical reception & commercial success for its beautiful & heartfelt depiction of mental health.

The actors' performances were highlighted, especially Seo Yea Ji's sharp and steadfast performance as Ko Moon Young earned her rave nhận xét across the globe. However, months after the show has ended, the actors are in news again. No, this is unrelated to lớn the ongoing Kim Jung Hyun controversy, rather it is related lớn gender pay disparity. In recent reports carried out by The Korea Herald và WikiTree, it was revealed that Kim Soo Hyun took trang chủ the bigger pay package despite the equal weightage and star power both the actors bought to the show. The topic became a hot button issue amongst netizens & industry insiders and the difference in salaries between male và female actors has been critically discussed online.

It is reported that female actors are paid 100 million KRW per episode for a drama series production. This is much lower than the 200 million KRW male actors earn for the same amount of work. Gender pay parity has been a raging issue for a few years now. Hollywood star Jennifer Lawrence wrote an mở cửa letter titled, "Why vày I Make Less Than My Male Co‑Stars?" She stated that the pay difference between her & Robert Downey Jr (highest-paid male actor) is shocking và embarrassing. She also explained that when a female actor demands more pay she is made khổng lồ feel guilty và shameful for asking for more.

According khổng lồ the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), South Korea has the largest wage gap between males và females, with a 34.1% difference. This isn't the first time, because According lớn OECD, South Korea has secured the first place spot for the last 17 years since the organization began the data collection for this category back in 2002.

Industry insiders say that the reason for this is because male actors are more popular than their female counterparts & that audiences watch K-dramas for male actors than female actors! I find this claim utterly preposterous. On one hand, it is great lớn see such wonderful, flawed yet wholesome characters written for female actors, but it sad to lớn know that their salaries don't match their talent!

While we love Kim Soo Hyun và he deserves his success, we would lượt thích to see more female stars match up khổng lồ the likes of Lee Min Ho, Hyun Bin & Kim Soo Hyun. A few important ways we can record a change for our female actors to earn better & deserving pay packages.

1. Ask for it, ask for what you deserve, don't feel shy about it. You go, Girl.

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2. More women in the workforce. We need more women in the industry - as producers backing projects, as writers, as directors, as technicians. More women telling women stories.

3. More accepting of women of different ages - we need more working mothers & senior actresses. We need to be more welcoming of women who return to work post giving birth. Vanity cannot be restricted to lớn women in their 20s. Vanity must be fair for all women.

4. We need more roles written for women - Korean dramas are very inclusive of women, we still need better roles written for female actors. We need women beyond the glitz và glamour, in more real & flawed avatars.

Finally, women should uplift themselves and other fellow women. May our tribe increase.

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