‘Parasite’ star Park So Dam reveals she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer


South Korean actress Park So Dam, who starred in the Oscar-winning movie “Parasite,” has been diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer.

The 30-year-old Park was diagnosed during a regular health check-up and has undergone surgery, her agency, ArtistCompany, said in a statement. Park’s illness has disrupted plans to promote her next movie, “Special Delivery,” leaving her “very disappointed,” according to ArtistCompany’s statement, which added: “The company would like to once again thank all the people for showing support for ‘Special Delivery’ and actress Park So Dam, as well as the actors and crew of ‘Special Delivery’ overcoming this difficult time together. Actor Park So Dam will focus on her recovery so that she can see you all healthy in the future, and ArtistCompany will also do our best to help the actor recover her health.”

Park appeared in a number of South Korean movies and TV series, including “The Priests” (2015) and “The Silenced” (2015), before her breakout performance in the 2019 global hit “Parasite.” Directed by Bong Joon Ho, the movie became both the first non-English-language film and the first South Korean film to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards in February 2020. Park portrayed Kim Ki Jung, a young woman from a poor family who pretends to be an art therapist in order to get a job teaching the children of a wealthy family.

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