Parasite star Park So-dam diagnosed with thyroid cancer

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Photo credit: Han Myung-Gu - Getty Images
Photo credit: Han Myung-Gu - Getty Images

Parasite star Park So-dam has been diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer.

The South Korean actress played one of the leads in Bong Joon-ho's Oscar-winning drama, the first film not in the English language to be awarded with Best Picture in the Academy's history.

According to a statement released by Park's agency, Artist Company, she had been diagnosed with cancer after a regular health check and has undergone surgery.

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Photo credit: Lars Niki - Getty Images

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The agency also confirmed that Park is likely to skip the promotional tour for her upcoming film, Special Cargo, due to the time of recovery.

Written and directed by Park Dae-min, the action film features Park as Eun-ha, a skilled delivery driver tasked with an unusual delivery that might affect her 100% success rate.

Park is also currently working on another movie, Lee Hae-young's Ghost. However, the statement didn't address whether production will be delayed following the actress' surgery.

She rose to international fame after playing the role of Kim Ki-jung in Parasite. In the 2019 thriller, a Seoul family struggling to make ends meet lies their way into the lives of the wealthy Park family.

Photo credit: NEON
Photo credit: NEON

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Kim Ki-jung poses as Jessica, pretending to be a qualified art therapist and having studied in Chicago. She is hired to look after the Parks' young son, who is supposedly artistically gifted.

In order to memorise her fake background story before the interview, Kim Ki-jung and her brother Kim Ki-woo (Choi Woo-shik) sing a catchy jingle – known as Jessica Jingle – that is among the most popular scenes in the film. Parasite also stars Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Jo Yeo-jeong, Chang Hyae-jin and Jang Hye-jin.

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