An actress will reportedly be absent from the 2023 SBS Drama Awards, and many perceive it to be related to actor Lee Sun Kyun and his drug controversy.
On December 7, Star News reported that actress Moon Chae Won would not be attending the event, which was scheduled to take place on December 29.
This year, Moon Chae Won was in the hit SBS K-Drama Payback. She played the role of Park Joon Kyung, an intelligent military judicial officer. It was her first time returning to the small screen after about two years since her last K-Drama, Flower of Evil.
Payback was successful, with a high viewership rating of 11.4% and recording the third-highest performance among SBS K-Dramas in 2023. Because of this, many presumed that she would attend the 2023 SBS Drama Awards to celebrate.
Her decision not to attend the award ceremony is presumed to be related to Lee Sun Kyun, who played Eun Yong, the lead role in the story.
After Lee Sun Kyun’s drug controversy broke out in October, Moon Chae Won has been relatively quiet without any news of her next project. However, since she is a lead actress in Payback, netizens believe she may not be attending the event to avoid getting entangled in the drug scandal.
The SBS Drama Awards is an event that acknowledges the hard work of actors and staff throughout the year. Actors who were in SBS K-Dramas this year, such as Lee Je Hoon, Pyo Ye Jin, Ahn Hyo Seop, Song Kang, Park Sung Woong, Kim Tae Ri, and more, are in discussions of attending.
Although it is presumed that Lee Sun Kyun will not attend the event to celebrate Payback due to his scandal, it appears that Moon Chae Won will do the same.