Meet All of Us Are Dead's Park Solomon: breakout star of Netflix's zombie K-drama, taught by Song Joong-ki's acting coach, and up next in Disney+'s Third Person Revenge

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After its huge success with Korean content in 2021, Netflix is ramping up to deliver more K-goodies this year. First up is the much-anticipated zombie outbreak series All of Us Are Dead, set for release on January 28. Set in a high school and adapted from the 29-part webtoon Now At Our School, the eight-part series will also present a slew of young and up-and-coming actors, including the charming Park Solomon who will be playing Lee Soo-hyuk. So, what do we know about this newcomer to international screens and will he become a global name in 2022?

1. He didn’t come from nowhere

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Up-and-coming actor Park Solomon. Photo: @lomon991111/Instagram

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You might not know him yet, but Solomon is no stranger to the screen. The 22-year-old made his debut in two 2014 K-dramas, Bride of the Century and 4 Legendary Witches. After several other roles, he caught fans’ attention playing Ji-hoon in the high school drama Sweet Revenge (2017) opposite Kim Hyang-gi and Ji Gun-woo. Solomon also appeared in the final part of the trilogy Horror Stories 3 (2016).

2. He is swoon-worthy and super athletic

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Actor Park Solomon in the gym. Photo: @lomon991111/Instagram

It’s not hard to guess why Solomon was cast in a post-apocalyptic Netflix show. Apart from his chiselled good looks, the young star also takes care of his physique. With over 237,000 followers on Instagram (at the time of writing), the 1.83-metre Solomon often shares workout regimens that range from swimming to weightlifting at the gym.

The playful actor also likes to post #throwback pictures of his childhood. In 2020, he shared an adorable picture of a young Solomon on his birthday, and another picture of him in a uniform, writing, “I was once a baby … now an adult #responsibility”.

3. He even starred in a Chinese drama

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Park Solomon in Lookism. Photo: WeTV

It’s not uncommon for a South Korean star to be in a Chinese show or adverts. In 2019, Solomon starred opposite Chinese actor Zhang Dada in an mainland adaptation of a Korean webtoon called Lookism. The well-received show tells a classic body-swap tale between two high school students. During an interview with WeTV, Solomon shared that he had to learn Chinese for the role and had to eat a locust for one of the final scenes. He was quick to say “it didn’t taste good” afterwards. In the same interview, he also said that his biggest goal in life is “to become a good actor”. We think he got there already, so what next?

4. His high school is in South Korea’s “Beverly Hills”

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Actor Park Solomon went to school in an area of Seoul that has produced many other Korean stars. Photo: @lomon991111/Instagram

Solomon completed his studies at the Apgujeong High School, in Seoul’s Gangnam-gu neighbourhood, a school district considered the most affluent in the city and sometimes referred to as the “Beverly Hills of Korea”. His school also has notable K-pop alumni, such as Kwon Hyun-bin, Twice’s Nayeon and SF9’s Zuho, according to KPopMap. He learned to act from Ahn Hyuk-mo, the director of Sidus HQ’s acting academy, and who was also acting coach to Girls’ Generation, singer Siwon and Song Joong-ki, among others.

5. He will next be seen on Disney+

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Park Solomon, soon to appear on Disney+. Photo: @lomon991111/Instagram

While we can’t wait to see Lomon (his nickname) on Netflix’s highly anticipated new show, the handsome actor has already booked another gig … on a rival platform. According to Pinkvilla, he has been selected to star in Third Person Revenge opposite Shin Ye-eun. The site says the upcoming series tells “the story of a young and determined girl as she goes to school to find her twin brother’s killer”.

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