Han Ye-seul

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Han.
Han Ye-seul
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Born Kim Ye Seul Yi
(1981-09-18) 18 September 1981 (age 33)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality South Korean
Other names Leslie Kim
Occupation Actress, model, singer
Years active 2001–present
Agent KeyEast
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Korean name
Hangul 한예슬
Revised Romanization Han Ye-seul
McCune–Reischauer Han Yesŭl
Birth name
Hangul 김예슬이
Hanja None
Revised Romanization Gim Yeseuri
McCune–Reischauer Kim Yesŭri

Han Ye-seul (born 18 September 1981) is a Korean actress, singer and model.


Han was born as Kim Ye-Seul-Yi, while her English name is Leslie Kim.[1] She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, before moving to South Korea to pursue acting/modeling. She attended Cerritos High School and graduated from Cerritos College with an AA degree in computer graphics and is fluent in both English and Korean.[2]


Han renounced her U.S. citizenship in 2004 for South Korean citizenship to establish herself there as a Korean actress.[3][4]


Han debuted as a model after winning a super model competition in 2001.[5]

She appeared in a variety of commercials in Korea ranging from health drinks to beauty products to Venus women's apparel to Pizza Hut TV spots, Samsung ads and commercials for Motorola phones. She is also the voice for the character Susan Murphy in the Korean-language version of the DreamWorks Animation film Monsters vs. Aliens (2009). She appeared in Rain's music video for "Love Song".[citation needed]

On September 2014, Han has signed an exclusive contract with her new management agency KeyEast.[6][7]

Personal life[edit]

She was involved in a dispute with Korea Broadcasting System (KBS) for failing to show up to the filming of Myung Wol the Spy on 14 August 2011.[8] Her agency cited conflicts with her PD over her working conditions, although it earlier explained that her absence was the result of poor health.[9][10] It was reported that she had worked several extra hours and had had little sleep for several weeks. She received an injection for fatigue. She unexpectedly left South Korea to return to Los Angeles on that date.[11] At a meeting on the 15th, Kim agreed to return to filming on August 16.

She returned to Korea on the 18th, bringing her mother back with her for support. She was reported to have given a press conference at the airport apologizing on her sudden absence citing difficulties and hardships she had. She remarked that she firmly believes what she did was right despite criticism from the public and other media sources which pointed out her unexpected sudden absence from shooting.[12]

On November 25, 2013, her agency and YG Entertainment's reps both confirmed that she and 1TYM's Teddy are dating.[13][14]


TV Drama[edit]


Music Videos[edit]

  • 2010, RainLove Song , Female Lead

Variety Show[edit]



  1. ^ "Korean Actor(Actress) Han Ye-Seul, Biography and Photos". Korea Tourism Organization. Archived from the original on 2007-10-11. Retrieved 2012-07-07. 
  2. ^ "한예슬 나이관련 발언 와전돼 '오해'". Money Today. 25 November 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  3. ^ '왕싸가지' 한예슬, 미국서 더 큰 인기. Sports Seoul (in Korean). 9 November 2006. Retrieved 2012-07-07. 
  4. ^ "한예슬 '미국 국적 포기하겠다'". Korea Daily. 17 March 2004. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Han Ye Seul Wins Over Detractors as Amnesiac Heiress". Chosun Ilbo. 28 October 2006. Retrieved 12 November 2007. 
  6. ^ "'Han Ye Seul joins Key East Entertainment'". Allkpop. September 17, 2014. 
  7. ^ http://www.soompi.com/2014/09/17/actress-han-ye-seul-preparing-for-her-return-currently-in-talks-for-new-sbs-drama/
  8. ^ ‘스파이명월’ 촬영거부 한예슬, 이젠 현명하게 처신할 때. Nate (in Korean). 15 August 2011. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "드라마 촬영 거부 한예슬, PD 교체 요구…에릭은 날벼락". Donga News (in Korean). 15 August 2011. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  10. ^ 한예슬 촬영거부 왜? "한예슬 몸상태 안좋아" 해명. 뉴스 (in Korean). 14 August 2011. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  11. ^ '출국'한예슬, '스파이명월' 여주인공 교체 '누구?'. 저작권자 (in Korean). 16 August 2011. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  12. ^ "한예슬 귀국". etoday.co.kr. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  13. ^ "'Han Ye-seul Admits to Dating YG’s Producer Teddy". tenasia. November 25, 2013. 
  14. ^ YG’s Composer Teddy and Han Ye Seul Confirmed to be Dating!

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