Clara in 2013
15 January 1985
|Alma mater||El Camino College|
Korea: Koreana ClaraInternational: East West Artists (EWA)
|Parent(s)||Lee Seung-kyu (father)|
|Revised Romanization||I Seong-min|
Clara (born Lee Sung-Min，李成敏) made her entertainment debut under her birth name in 2005 and starred in her first film in 2009, Five Senses of Eros. In January 2012, she adopted Clara as her stage name, which was announced at a press conference for the drama series, Take Care of Us, Captain. Reasons given for the name change included the fact that her birth name, Sung-min, was "male-sounding" and that her English name had always been Clara.
In May 2013, Clara became an overnight sensation online after throwing a ceremonial first pitch in a professional baseball game dressed in form-fitting leggings. She has since been hailed as an up-and-coming star and a sex symbol. In September 2013, Clara drew criticism from South Korean netizens for apparently contradicting herself on television by saying she liked to eat chicken and drink beer in one program and stating the contrary in another. Consequently, she closed down her Twitter and Facebook accounts. Afterwards, she again played supporting roles in the television series Goddess of Marriage (2013) and Emergency Couple (2014), followed by a leading role in the sex comedy film Casa Amor: Exclusive for Ladies (2015).
In December 2014, she filed a lawsuit against her agency Polaris Entertainment to nullify her contract on the grounds of being sexually harassed by its president Lee Kyu-tae; Polaris denied those allegations and countered that Clara had been blackmailing the agency to end her contract which is due to expire in 2018. In July 2015, prosecutors cleared Clara of the blackmail allegations and indicted Lee for making threats against her that implied physical violence.
On 18 September 2015 Clara dropped her suit against Polaris Entertainment, bringing their legal battle to an end.
|2009||Five Senses of Eros||Lee Yoon-jung (segment "Believe in the Moment")|
|2013||Ask This of Rikyu||Joseon noblewoman|
|2015||Casa Amor: Exclusive for Ladies||Oh Nan-hee|
|2016||Some Like It Hot||Yoyo (korean actress)|
|2017||The Jade Pendant||Chinese immigrant's wife|
|2006||Invisible Man, Choi Jang-soo||Cha Hye-jin||KBS2|
|2006-2007||High Kick!||Kim Yoon-joo (ep.64)||MBC|
|2009||Hilarious housewives||Lee Sung-min||MBC|
|Creating Destiny||Shin Jin-hee||MBC|
|2010||A Good Day for the Wind to Blow||Choi Mi-ran||KBS1|
|2011||Baby Faced Beauty||Chae Seul-ah||KBS2|
|2012||Take Care of Us, Captain||Hong Mi-joo||SBS|
|Tasty Life||Min Young-woo||SBS|
|2013||Goddess of Marriage||Cynthia Jung||SBS|
|Reckless Family - Season 3||Clara Park||MBC Every 1|
|Love For Ten - Generation of Youth||Kim Yang||Mobile drama|
|2014||Emergency Couple||Han Ah-reum||tvN|
|Fated to Love You||Hye-jin (ep.1)||MBC|
|America's Next Top Model||Herself (season 21 ep.14)||The CW|
|2017||Strong Woman Do Bong-soon||Lee Bong Soon/Dental Hygienist (ep.16)||JTBC|
||We Got Married - Season 2||MBC||Guest (episode 28-29)|
|2010–2011||Star King||SBS||Regular guest|
|2012–2013||Singles Trend Maker||MBC Every 1||Regular guest|
||Singles - Season 2||MBC Every 1||Regular guest|
|Saturday Night Live Korea - Season 4||tvN||Cast (episode 20-38)|
|Star Diving Show: Splash||MBC||Regular guest|
||Fashion King Korea - Season 2||SBS||Cast|
|Kangxi Lai Le||CTi Variety||Guest (episode 2670)|
|I Am a Man||KBS2||Guest (episode 18)|
|2009||"Empty Bet"||Kim Joon|
|2010||"Nothing to Lose"||Juno|
|"Shout to the World"||December|
|2014||"Gwiyomi Song 2"||Clara|
Awards and nominations
|2004||1st Foce Digital Ulzzang Photo Contest||N/A||N/A||Won|
|2013||Men's Health Cool Guy Contest||Vital Woman Award||N/A||Won|
|6th Style Icon Awards||Chevrolet Find New Star Award||N/A||Won|
|6th Korea Drama Awards||Hot Star Award||Goddess of Marriage||Won|
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- 클라라, 개명이유 "본명 이성민, 남자가 너무 많아". My Daily (in Korean). January 3, 2012. Retrieved September 15, 2013.
- "Pororo Beats Psy and Other Celebrities in Google Search Results". The Chosun Ilbo. July 2, 2013. Retrieved September 15, 2013.
- Ahn, Joo-hee (July 5, 2013). "Clara shows off her bikini body for High Cut". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved September 15, 2013.
- "Clara Makes Generous Pledge to Breast Cancer Patients". The Chosun Ilbo. September 13, 2013. Retrieved September 15, 2013.
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- Lee, Sun-min (September 12, 2013). "Clara uses Internet to quit Internet". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved September 15, 2013.
- Bae, Sun-young (June 25, 2013). "PREVIEW: SBS weekend drama Goddess of Marriage". TenAsia. Retrieved September 15, 2013.
- Lee, Sun-min (August 16, 2013). "Clara ranks baby-daddies". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved September 15, 2013.
- Oh, Jean (January 21, 2014). "Clara to show her true self". The Korea Herald. Retrieved January 24, 2014.
- "Clara Speaks Out About Enduring Harsh Criticism". The Chosun Ilbo. January 23, 2015. Retrieved January 23, 2015.
- Kim, Se-jeong (January 15, 2015). "Clara claims sexually harassment by agency owner". The Korea Times. Retrieved January 23, 2015.
- Choi, Hee-suk (July 15, 2015). "Prosecution clears Clara of blackmailing, indicts Polaris chief". The Korea Herald. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
- "Ilgwang group chairman accused of threatening actress". The Korea Times. July 15, 2015. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
- Jin, Min-ji (July 16, 2015). "Court sides with Clara in lawsuit". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
- "Actress Cleared of Blackmail". The Chosun Ilbo. July 16, 2015. Retrieved July 22, 2015.
- "Clara drops her suit against Polaris Entertainment". Allkpop. September 21, 2015.
- Park, Si-soo (March 7, 2014). "Stars and outstanding parents". The Korea Times. Retrieved March 11, 2014.
- Frater, Patrick (May 18, 2017). "Cannes: China’s ‘Jade Pendant’ Set for North American Release (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety.com. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
- Kang, Jung-yeon (August 19, 2013). "INFINITE Sung Yeol, 4minute Jihyun to Pair Up in Drama". TenAsia. Retrieved September 15, 2013.
- Ahn, Joo-hee (July 2, 2013). "Clara wins awards, reps games". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved September 15, 2013.