Lee Min-jung

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Lee Min-jung
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Lee Min-jung at the Days of Wrath premiere, on October 24, 2013
Born (1982-02-16) February 16, 1982 (age 32)
Seoul, South Korea
Nationality South Korean
Education Sungkyunkwan University - Theater
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004-present
Agent MS Team Entertainment
(2008-present)
Spouse(s) Lee Byung-hun (m. 2013)
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization I Min-jeong
McCune–Reischauer I Minjŏng

Lee Min-jung (Hangul: 이민정; born February 16, 1982) is a South Korean actress. She began her career in Jang Jin's stage plays, and for a few years appeared in supporting roles on film and television, such as Boys Over Flowers. Lee rose to fame in 2009 with a leading role in popular family drama Smile, You, followed by the hit romantic comedy film Cyrano Agency (2010).

Career[edit]

Lee Min-jung was a late starter in the world of Korean entertainment. Whereas most starlets launch their careers as teenagers, she debuted at 25 after graduating from Sungkyunkwan University with a degree in Theater.[1][2]

Lee began her career in playwright/filmmaker Jang Jin's stage plays, then appeared in the Christian-themed indie Pruning the Grapevine,[3] while doing minor roles on film and television. She became a household name in 2009 through her supporting role in the popular high school series Boys Over Flowers, which then landed her first leading role in the weekend drama Smile, You.[4][5] Her romantic comedy Cyrano Agency was the sleeper hit of 2010, and became the breakout film for Lee, who grabbed five best new actress awards in Korea and rose to stardom.[6][7][8][9][10]

Commercials and endorsements flooded in, and Lee gained a "goddess" label in the press.[11] One of the challenges of her next film Wonderful Radio was to strip her of that image.[2] She successfully carried the film, with one review praising her as "expertly swinging from girly ditz, through self-centered pop diva (with memorable temper tantrums), to serious singer-songwriter."[1][12] Co-star Lee Jung-jin said her actual personality is similar to the character's -- "really upbeat and outgoing."[2]

After playing a disillusioned fiancee to an ambitious fund manager in Midas,[13] Lee returned to the romantic comedy genre in the body-swapping TV series Big written by the Hong Sisters.[14] In 2013 she starred in another rom-com series All About My Romance, about a secret relationship between two politicians of rival parties.[15] This was followed by Cunning Single Lady in 2014, in which she played the titular character who schemes to win her ex-husband back now that he's rich and successful.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Her maternal grandfather was renowned painter Park No-soo, an important figure in Korean art history, who led the first generation of modernized traditional Korean ink painters who emerged after the country's liberation from the Japanese rule. Park passed away on February 25, 2013 at the age of 86.[17]

Lee married actor Lee Byung-hun on August 10, 2013 at the Grand Hyatt Seoul.[18][19][20][21] The couple had briefly dated in 2006, then resumed their relationship in 2012.[22][23][24][25][26][27][28][29][30][31]

Filmography[edit]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2005 Love and Sympathy Kim Young-joo SBS
2006 Love Me When You Can Ha Jung-hwa MBC
2007 Kimcheed Radish Cubes Lee Min-do MBC
2008 Who Are You? Yang Ji-sook MBC
2009 Boys Over Flowers Ha Jae-kyung KBS2
Smile, You Seo Jung-in SBS
2010 Sunday Drama Theater "Lunch Box" Hee-young MBC
2011 Midas Lee Jung-yeon SBS
2012 Big Gil Da-ran KBS2
2013 All About My Romance Noh Min-young SBS
2014 Cunning Single Lady Na Ae-ra MBC

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
1996 The Gate of Destiny Icarus member
2003 Wishing Stairs Jin-sung's ballet dance double
2004 Someone Special Yi-yeon's friend
2005 Wet Dreams 2 Second year student #3
2006 Moodori Yoon-hee
2007 Pruning the Grapevine Yoon Soo-ah / Helena
2009 Searching for the Elephant Soo-yeon
White Night Lee Si-yeong
2010 Cyrano Agency Kim Hee-joong
2012 Wonderful Radio Shin Jin-ah

Music video appearance[edit]

Year Song title Artist Co-star
2005 "널 지켜줄게" Player
2006 "Like a Man" Fly to the Sky
2008 "Violin + Miss You" Zia Jung Kyung-ho
"Doll + A Man's Love"
2009 "Girls Like Bad Boys" December Kim Seung-woo

Theater[edit]

Year Title Role
2004 Taxi Driver Hwa-yi
Clumsy People Yoo Hwa-yi
2007 The Game of Love and Chance Silvia

Discography[edit]

Year Artist Song title From the Album
2010 Lee Min-jung and Park Shin-hye "It Was You" Cyrano Agency OST
2012 Lee Min-jung "Again" Wonderful Radio OST
Lee Min-jung "Write the Truth"
Lee Min-jung, Seo Young and Ahn Mi-na "You're My Angel"

Endorsements[edit]

Lee Min-jung at the LG Tromm Love Hands Talk Concert, on July 19, 2012

Awards and nominations[edit]

Lee Min-jung at the 2010 Director's Cut Awards
Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2009 SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Smile, You Won
2010 Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (TV) Smile, You Nominated
Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Best New Actress White Night Won
Grand Bell Awards Best New Actress Cyrano Agency Won
Popularity Award, Actress Won
Style Icon Awards Style Icon - Movie Actress Cyrano Agency Won
Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actress Cyrano Agency Won
Korea Jewelry Awards Ruby Award N/A Won
University Film Festival of Korea Best New Actress Cyrano Agency Won
Korea Lifestyle Awards Best Dressed Woman of the Year N/A Won
Director's Cut Awards Best New Actress Cyrano Agency Won
2011 Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress Cyrano Agency Nominated
InStyle Fashionista Award N/A Won
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Planning Drama Midas Nominated
2012 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Big Nominated
2013 Seoul International Drama Awards Outstanding Korean Actress Big Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Lee Min-jung Expands Her Acting Repertoire with 'Wonderful Radio'". The Chosun Ilbo. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  2. ^ a b c Lee, Hyo-won (12 August 2011). "Director aims to ’de-deify’ Lee Min-jung". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  3. ^ Kim, Kyu Hyun. "Pruning the Grapevine". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2012-08-20. 
  4. ^ Oh, Jean (25 September 2009). "New SBS series enters ratings race". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-03-27. 
  5. ^ Choi, Ji-eun (25 February 2010). "Smile, You shoots outdoor wedding scene in the cold". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-03-27. 
  6. ^ "Lee Min Jung: 'I Want to Become Actress whom People Can Trust'". KBS Global. 10 September 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  7. ^ Wee, Geun-woo (29 September 2010). "INTERVIEW: Actress Lee Min-jung - Part 1". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  8. ^ Wee, Geun-woo (29 September 2010). "INTERVIEW: Actress Lee Min-jung - Part 2". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  9. ^ Wee, Geun-woo (29 September 2010). "INTERVIEW: Actress Lee Min-jung - Part 3". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  10. ^ "Late Starter Lee Min-jung Is the Talk of the Town". The Chosun Ilbo. 9 October 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  11. ^ Lee, Jin-ho (14 December 2011). "Interview: The Goddess Lee Min Jung". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  12. ^ Elley, Derek (5 March 2012). "Love On-Air". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  13. ^ Oh, Jean (21 February 2011). "Will Jang score another success with Midas?". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  14. ^ Oh, Jean (29 May 2012). "Lee Min-jung says Gong Yoo is a riot in new drama". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  15. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (19 February 2013). "Lee Min-jung to replace Han Hye-jin". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  16. ^ Lee, Cory (7 January 2014). "Joo Sang-wook, Rhee Min-jung to Pair Up in New TV Romcom". 10Asia. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  17. ^ Moon, So-young (27 February 2013). "Lee Min-jung's grandfather dies at 86". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-02-27. 
  18. ^ Lee, Eun-ah (10 August 2013). "Lee Byung-hun, Rhee Min-jung Walk Down the Aisle Today". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  19. ^ Park, Si-soo (11 August 2013). "Movie star Lee Byung-hun is now taken!". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  20. ^ Moon, Gwang-lip (12 August 2013). "Lee Byung-hun, Lee Min-jung wed". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  21. ^ "Lee Byung-hun, Lee Min-jung to Honeymoon in Maldives". The Chosun Ilbo. 12 August 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  22. ^ Cho Chung-un, Lee Woo-young (19 August 2012). "Top actors say they are dating". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  23. ^ Hong, Lucia (20 August 2012). "Lee Byung-hun, Lee Min-jung admit romantic relationship". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  24. ^ "Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung Admit They're Going Steady". The Chosun Ilbo. 20 August 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  25. ^ Moon, Gwang-lip (20 August 2012). "Lee Min-jung confirms dating rumor". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  26. ^ Lee, Sun-min (6 June 2013). "Lee Byung-hun will marry Lee Min-jung". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-06-06. 
  27. ^ Suh, Hye-rim (5 June 2013). "Wedding of Lee Byung-hun, Lee Min-jung set for August". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-06-07. 
  28. ^ Kang, Jung-yeon (5 June 2013). "Lee Byung-hun, Rhee Min-jung to Marry August 10". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-06-05. 
  29. ^ "Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung to Wed in August". The Chosun Ilbo. 5 June 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-05. 
  30. ^ Cho, Suyoun (5 June 2013). "K-wave stars Lee Byung hun-Lee Min jung announce wedding in August". BNTNews. Retrieved 2013-06-05. 
  31. ^ "Lee Byung-hun, Lee Min-jung Unveil Pre-Wedding Pics". The Chosun Ilbo. 31 July 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-31. 
  32. ^ Kung, Jung yeon (11 September 2011). "Lee Min jung wear skinfood's Mood look". BNT News. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 

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