Park Hae Jin at the 2020 MBC Drama Awards / Photo: MBC

Actor Park Hae Jin was honored with the Grand Prize at the 2020 MBC Drama Awards that took place on December 30. 


Park was widely praised this year for his varied and natural acting while portraying the character Ga Yeol Chan in Kkondae Intern. Ga Yeol Chan, who is the general manager of the Marketing and Sales Team at Joonsu Food, finds himself reunited with his former, overbearing boss, when his boss ends up joining Ga’s team as a senior intern.


This is the first Grand Prize win for Park Hae Jin since he made his debut 14 years ago in 2006. “This was my first time doing an MBC drama in 12 years, after winning the award for Best New Actor at MBC in 2008. Thank you so much for giving me such a big award. With dramas I did in the past, I would sometimes think about how exhausting it was and just want to get it over with quickly and efficiently. But with Kkondae Intern, I got excited about going to set every day,” Park said during his acceptance speech.


He also didn’t forget to thank fellow cast member Kim Eung Soo. “I dedicate this award to my forever senior intern, Kim Eung Soo,” Park said. He added, “I don’t know if I’ll be able to get this award again during my lifetime. It’s a priceless award that I may never receive again.” 


MBC’s Top Excellence Awards went to Shin Sung Rok of Kairos, Nam Ji Hyun of 365: Repeat the Year, Kim Eung Soo of Kkondae Intern, and Im Soo Hyang of When I Was the Most Beautiful


The Excellence Awards went to Lee Joon Hyuk of 365: Repeat the Year, Nam Gyu Ri of Kairos, Im Joo Hwan of The Game: Towards Zero and The Spies Who Loved Me, and Kim Seul Gi of Find Me in Your Memory


Other winners of the evening include: Golden Acting Award winner, Shim Yi Young of My Wonderful Life; Best Supporting Actor winner, Lee Sung Wook of 365: Repeat the Year; Best Supporting Actress winner, Kim Sun Young of Kkondae Intern; Best New Actor winner, Ahn Bo Hyun of Kairos; and Best New Actress winner, Kim Hye Joon of CHIP-IN


In addition to the three acting awards received by the cast of Kkondae Intern, the drama was also honored with the award for Drama of the Year.