Jeon So Min caught attention when she joined as the new member of Running Man in 2017, which was previously run by a strong, tight group of cast members for at least 8 years.
In an interview, she revealed that she felt like there had been no dilemma between the acting and entertainment industries.
In fact, she considered Running Man as the program that gave her a break! She loved the idea that she can work hard on the program without any conflict with her image.
When asked why, she revealed quite a deeper appreciation for the program.
I was in a dark period before appearing on Running Man. I worked hard on the program and was able to show a variety of images. It was a breakthrough in terms of limitations of images. There were not many people who trusted me and gave me something to do.
— Jeon So Min
Her cheerful and quirky personality certainly did gain her a number of followers with her addition to cast helped the program achieve higher ratings and more positive reviews compared to before her appearance.