Hwang Jung-min (황정민) began his career in musical theatre, making his acting debut in Line 1 in 1995. He then starred in various musicals and plays in Daehangno such as Jesus Christ Superstar and Cats. Despite a career on stage, Hwang had difficulty transitioning to film. He went through a long struggle for recognition, with people saying he didn’t have the right face for film. He even considered giving up his dream, but stuck to his conviction about walking the path of acting. Hwang said, After becoming interested about the stage and how it feels to be that person on stage, Ive never thought of anything else. That I never swayed -- that is one thing I can say with confidence. His big break came when he was cast in Waikiki Brothers, a 2001 film that was a sleeper hit in Korea. In his role as a hopeless drummer, Hwang left a strong impression and earned favorable reviews, with director Im Soon-rye calling him an uncut gemstone. It was in 2005 that Hwang became a household name, portraying a naive farmer in love with an AIDS-stricken prostitute in the hit melodrama You Are My Sunshine. Hwang explains that he was moved by the tale of the genuine love between two people. I agreed with the directors idea of showing it as pure love, like an uncut gem, without sloppily adding to it or embellishing it.