Lee Joon

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Lee Joon
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Background information
Birth name Lee Chang-sun (이창선)
Born (1988-02-07) February 7, 1988 (age 28)
Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-pop
Occupation(s) singer, actor, dancer, model
Years active 2009–present
Labels J. Tune Camp (2009-2014)
Prain TPC (2015-present) [1]
Associated acts MBLAQ, Dynamic Black
Birth name
Hangul 이창선
Revised Romanization I Chang-seon
McCune–Reischauer Yi Ch'angsŏn
Stage name
Hangul 이준
Hanja 李準
Revised Romanization I Jun
McCune–Reischauer Yi Chun

Lee Chang-sun (Hangul이창선; hanja李昌宣; born February 7, 1988[2]), better known by his stage name Lee Joon (Hangul이준; hanja李準)[3] is a South Korean idol singer, dancer, actor and model. He was a member of the South Korean male group MBLAQ until the end of November, 2014 when his contract with J. Tune Camp officially ended; on December 16, 2014 it was announced that he had departed from the group and for the time being he would focus on filming his then current TV series, MBC's Mr. Back.[4] Since early 2015 he has been signed to Prain TPC (a Prain Global company), which manages other actors such as Ryu Seung Ryong, Park Ji Young, Park Yong Woo, Yang Ik Joon, Moon Jung Hee and others.[1]


Before becoming a part of MBLAQ, Lee acted in CFs, had a small non-recurring role in the first episode of Korean sitcom That Person is Coming (그분이 오신다), which aired in 2008, and began and completed filming for the 2009 film, Ninja Assassin in which he portrayed the Teenage Raizo. Lee made his acting debut in a South Korean movie titled, “Rough Play”, which was produced by Kim Kiduk and which was unusually risque for a pop idol due to the numerous nude sex scenes he had to perform in the film.[5][6] His acting as "Oh Young" had earned the “Best Male Newcomer” award at the 1st Wild Flower Film Festival 2014. He was nominated for the same category at the 50th Baeksang Arts Awards.

Since his departure from MBLAQ, he has been actively working as an actor even though he had no agency at that time as he was offered a lead role in an upcoming drama from SBS, titled "I Heard It as a Rumour".[7] In which he plays the young son of a wealthy upper-class family who accidentally impregnates his lower class girlfriend. During promotion of the drama Lee stressed the importance of sex education among teenagers.[8]

MBLAQ (2009-2014)[edit]

Lee Joon on stage
Main article: MBLAQ

After training under Rain and J.Tune Entertainment, Lee became a member of South Korean quintet male group MBLAQ, serving as a vocalist and main dancer. The group debuted on October 9, 2009 at Rain's Legend of Rainism concert where they performed various songs from their then-unreleased single album Just BLAQ. Their performance was met with praise, with many concert spectators and fans considering them to be the next TVXQ.[9][10] MBLAQ's first single, "Oh Yeah", was released to the public through a music video on October 14, 2009 with their debut single album, Just BLAQ releasing on the same day.[11] MBLAQ made their broadcast debut with the song "Oh Yeah" on Mnet's M! Countdown.[12]

The group has starred in various South Korean variety shows as guests as well as in their own variety shows like Mnet's MBLAQ – The Art of Seduction, MBC's MBLAQ's Idol Army, Mnet's Sesame Player and KBS's Hello Baby Season 5.

MBLAQ made their Japanese debut on May 3, 2011 with an event held at the Kanagawa Lazona Kawasaki Plaza which gathered a reported 10, 000 fans. A day later, on May 4, they released their first Japanese album Your Luv which immediately reached first position of the Oricon Daily Charts, selling more that 11,000 copies.[13][14]

Since their debut, MBLAQ has released three single albums, three extended play albums and one studio album.

He is also one of the regular guests for SBS Running Man with him making an appearance on the show for 5 times. The episodes that he appeared on are namely: Episode 8, 95, 108, 129 and 162.[15]

His fanclub is named J+.

Other activities[edit]

In late 2009, after MBLAQ's debut, Lee was cast as a permanent cast member in the television shows Star Golden Bell Season 2 and Oh! My School (prev. 100 Points out of 100').

On February 26, 2010, it was announced that Lee and seven other artists from 2PM, 2AM and CN Blue would be MCs for Mnet's M! Countdown.[16]

In 2010, he was cast in two dramas, titled Jungle Fish 2, in which he plays opposite Jiyeon from T-ara,[17] and Housewife Kim Kwang Ja's Third Activity which aired on September 22, 2010.[18] He participated in the OST for Jungle Fish 2 by singing two songs: "슬픈예감 (Feeling Sad)" with Hong Jong Hyun and "슬픈예감 (Feeling Sad) (Farewell Version)" with Hong Jong Hyun, Han Jiwoo, Kim Bora and Shin Soyool.

In 2011 Lee supplied his voice for the Korean dub of the film Gnomeo & Juliet,[19] as well as making a cameo in the South Korean film version of Jungle Fish 2.

On January 6, 2012 it was announced that Lee and After School's Lizzy would become a dance couple for the MBC Lunar New Year special Pit-a-Pat Shake!, and on January 24 the episode in which they performed their acrobatic dance routine was broadcast.[20][21]

Personal life[edit]

Lee Joon in 2013

Lee Joon was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. He has an older sister. He had stated that he was told by his teacher he had no talent in acting, his earlier dream, so he gave up and started dance. He in fact, before joining Seoul Arts High School had only danced for a month and won 2nd in a competition and a scholarship to Seoul Arts High School. He was not as flexible as the students who had studied dance for 10 years, but he was exceptional at choreography. He then was told once again he was not talented and was teased by other students. Lee did not give up and lived in school on week days. He went back home on weekends and practiced hard and very much. After his hard work and dedication was recognized, many more students began talking to him. He graduated from the Seoul Arts High School receiving a lot of attention. He majored in modern dance at the Korea National University of Arts and now attends Kyung Hee Cyber University.[22][23]

Before Lee's debut with MBLAQ, due to his good looks, he modeled for a variety of products such as wigs, home shopping and hangover drink ads.[22]

On November 6, 2010, during an interview, Lee revealed that he suffers from both insomnia and a severe bipolar disorder. He went on to say "[I had] suffered from insomnia before [my] debut", and that "It was fixed for a bit due to the fatigue after MBLAQ's debut, but it [had] come back recently. [He hadn't] slept for two days [that day]".[24] Furthermore, Lee Joon revealed that the mental and physical stress induced by his busy schedule and inability to sleep was what caused his bipolar disorder.[25]

On February 13, 2011 Lee was pulled out of filming MBLAQ's special stage for their song "Stay" at SBS's Inkigayo after he suddenly began vomiting. He was admitted to a hospital where he was diagnosed with a cochlea disorder, but it was determined that the condition was not severe. However, his activities were cancelled for a brief period of time in order for him to recover.[26]

Awards and recognition[edit]

For Rough Play, Lee Joon won Best New Actor at the 1st Wildflower Film Awards (where he also received a Best Actor nomination). He was also nominated for Best New Actor at the 50th Baeksang Arts Awards and the 23rd Buil Film Awards in 2014.

For Heard It Through the Grapevine, he was nominated for Best New Actor (TV) at the 51st Baeksang Arts Awards and Excellence Award, Actor at the 8th Korea Drama Awards in 2015.



Year Title Role Remarks Ref.
2009 Ninja Assassin Teenage Raizo
2011 Gnomeo & Juliet Gnomeo Korean dubbing
2013 Rough Play Oh Young He won the "Best New Actor or Actress" Award at the 1st Wildflower Film Awards in 2014. [27]
2015 The Piper Nam-soo As village chief's son
Seoul Station Voice

Television dramas[edit]

Year Network Title Role Remarks
2008 MBC Here He Comes Himself Cameo, prior to debut.
2010 Housewife Kim Kwang-ja's Third Activities Jin
KBS 1 Jungle Fish 2 Ahn Ba-woo
2012 SBS History of a Salaryman Yeo-chi's boyfriend Ep. 1 Cameo
KBS 2 Sent from Heaven Lee Joon Also known as I Need a Fairy
Channel A K-POP – The Ultimate Audition Members of the fictional band, M1 Cameo, also known as Strongest K-POP Star Survival.
2013 KBS 2 Iris II Yoon Shi-hyuk
MBC Every 1 The Dramatic Himself
2014 tvN Gap-dong Ryu Tae-oh
MBC Mr. Back[28][29][30] Choi Dae-han As Choi Go-bong's son.
2015 SBS Pinocchio Fama Ep. 19 Cameo
Heard It Through the Grapevine Han In-sang

Variety show[edit]

Year Network Title Role Remarks
2009 Mnet MBLAQ's Art of Seduction Himself
2009 - 2010 MBC Every 1 Idol Army Season 5
2010 SBS Shin PD's Variety World
Running Man Ep. 8
GOMTV Making the Artist
Mnet MBLAQ Goes To School
SBS Idol Maknae Rebellion
MTV Idol United
KBS Star Golden Bell
2011 100 Points Out of 100 Points Also known as (a.k.a.) Oh! My School
KBS 2 Birth of a Family
Mnet Sesame Player
SBS Star King
2012 KBS 2 MBLAQ's Hello Baby
Talk Show Do Dream
SBS 1000 Song Challenge
Running Man Ep. 95 (all members except Mir), 104 and 108
KBS World TV Immortal Songs 2
Mnet The Beatles Code
MBC Pit-a-Pat Shake! With After School's Lizzy
Idol Manager
Exploration of Gender
KBS 2 Invincible Youth
MBC Every 1 Weekly Idol
SBS Go Show
Strong Heart
Mnet MyDol
MBC We Got Married Season 4 Groom (with Oh Yeon-seo)[31]
KBS 2 Let's Go Dream Team Season 2 Himself
2013 KBS The Human Condition: The Conditions of a Vacation
tvN Saturday Night Live Korea (SNL Korea)
SBS Running Man Episodes 129 and 162
2014 Mnet Beatles Code 3D

Music Video Appearances[edit]

Year Song Title Artist Video
2010 "Going Crazy" Kan Mi Youn sourcemusictv
2011 "My Heart is Beating" K.Will starshipTV
"Can't Open Up My Lips K.Will starshipTV
"Bubble Pop!" Hyuna 4Minute 포미닛(Official YouTube Channel)
2013 "Singing Got Better" Ailee YMCent

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2014 1st Wildflower Film Awards Best Actor Rough Play Nominated
Best New Actor or Actress Won
7th Korea Drama Awards Best New Actor Gap-dong Nominated
50th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (Film) Rough Play Nominated
Most Popular Actor (Film) Nominated
23rd Buil Film Awards Best New Actor Nominated
MBC Drama Awards Best New Actor Mr. Back Nominated
2015 51st Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (TV) Heard It Through the Grapevine Nominated
Most Popular Actor (TV) Nominated
8th Korea Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor Won
4th APAN Star Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Won
SBS Drama Awards Best Couple Award with Go Ah-sung Nominated


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