Why year 2017 belongs to superhero Park Bo-gum

According to Park's agency Blossom, the actor is getting more requests than before to make appearances in dramas.

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The fame of actor Park Bo-Gum reached sky-high after the stupendous success of 'Reply 1988' and 'Moonlight Drawn by Clouds.' Not just nationally but also on a global scale, his reputation was so high that he went on to become the most-searched entertainer in Korea in 2016.

'Moonlight Drawn by Clouds' is a historical romance that portrayed the story of a young and playful Joseon era prince. The plot revolves around his transformation from a prince to a thoughtful ruler, and of course the scintillating chemistry between Bo-gum and his leading lady, played by Kim Yoo-jung. The series was such a big hit that fans in Korea dubbed it as 'Moonlight Syndrome' and 'Bo-gum magic.'

However, during a recent interview with Soompi, Park revealed that he realized the soaring popularity of Moonlight Drawn by Clouds only after meeting his fans. "I didn't feel it while the drama was airing, but it hit me during fan meetings afterward. I was surprised to see more people than I expected. I greeted them because I was so thankful, but it became even more crowded. What I realized then was that other people could be harmed due to my actions and words," he was quoted.

According to a survey by SK Telecom, Park generated 792,560 mentions in 2016. He has also won a number of awards this year including Most Mentioned from SBS' "Cultwo Show" Awards, Star of the Year from OSEN Awards, Best New Actor from the 5th APAN Star Awards, Asia Star Award, Best Star Award, Asia Popular Artist Award, KBS' Top Excellence Award, Best Couple Award, and the Best Kiss Award.

All eyes are now on his next venture, which he is yet to finalize. According to Park's management agency Blossom Entertainment, the actor is getting more requests than before to make appearances in dramas. Currently, he is busy doing a slew of commercials including VProve, Domino's Pizza, and, most recently, Line Pay.

According to Inquisitr, "the actor has been offered a role in the upcoming movie Seobok. However, there has been no confirmation yet as to whether the actor has accepted the role. It looks like 2017 has a lot to offer for the young Hallyu star."

This article was first published on January 10, 2017