Park So-dam, above, from "The Priests" and Han Ye-ri from "A Dramatic Night"
Actresses Park So-dam and Han Ye-ri have drawn public attentions after appearing in recent theater movies "The Priests" and "A Dramatic Night," respectively.
The attentions, however, didn't solely derive from the actresses' impressive performance in the movies: It was also accounted for by their mystical, non-chiseled-looking faces with a "single eyelid" that has mesmerized the public.
The fandom toward single-eyelid actresses is rather new in Korea. Korean women have long preferred double eyelid to single eyelid since as early as 1970s because double eyelid makes eyes look bigger, or, more western. Having double eyelid plastic surgery has been a popular beauty treatment for many Korean women.
A media report has interpreted the public's rave at single-eyelid stars as a sign that the nation's standard of beauty has begun to diversify. Some reports also said actresses with single eyelid tend to have more versatility in playing roles, from those with naivety to those with wiry charisma.
Park, 24, has ridden to stardom with the fantasy thriller "The Priests," in which she has been praised for her role as a possessed student who is helped by two priests in their bid to save her from evil. Park's appearance reportedly helped her portray both an innocent teenage student and a haunted girl.
Park has been building her career through performing supporting roles in movies and TV series since 2013.
Han, 30, who started acting in a movie in 2007, has grabbed a leading role in the romantic comedy "A Dramatic Night," where she plays a woman who agrees with a male stranger to have sex 10 times and part for good but considers becoming a couple with him.
Han recently said in an interview with a media outlet that having single eyelid helped her attract more sympathy from audiences because those with double eyelid are often so handsome or so beautiful that they appear "surreal" and fail to provoke sympathy from the audiences.