Lee in March 2016
January 9, 1988 |
Sil-li (신리), Samsan-myeon, Haenam County, Jeollanam-do, South Korea
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Revised Romanization||I Yeon-hui|
Lee Yeon-hee (Hangul: 이연희; born January 9, 1988) is a South Korean actress. She is most known for her work in the television series East of Eden (2008), Phantom (2012), Miss Korea (2013), Reunited Worlds (2017); and in the films A Millionaire's First Love (2006), M (2007) and Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island (2015).
Lee was born in the Haenam County, South Korea and grew up in Bundang. In 2002, Lee successfully signed a contract with S.M. Entertainment after she won the category of "Best Feature" in the SM Entertainment Best Youth contest. For the contest, she acted out a monologue, singing to Dana The Grace's "Until the End of the World", and also did freestyle modeling poses. After she joined the company, she began intense training lessons on acting, singing, and dancing.
Soon after she joined SM Entertainment, Lee began her career by starring in music videos for SM artists, such as boy band TVXQ, Moon Heejun, KangTa, Shinhwa, and Fly to the Sky, overtaking SM artists Kim Bomi (of M.I.L.K.) and Lee Jiyeon (commonly known as LinA, of CSJH The Grace) as "The SM music video girl". In the span of two years, she starred in eight music videos.
Though Lee had relatively steady work between modelling in magazines, commercial ads and appearing in music videos, she did not officially debut until late 2004. In November 2004, she starred as the younger version of the main character in the hit historical drama Emperor of the Sea, and appeared in the latter episodes of the daily drama My Lovely Family. Lee had her first major role in television in MBC's mini-series One Fine Day (2006).
2007–2012: Rising popularity, acting criticism
In 2007, Lee starred in romance melodrama A Millionaire's First Love alongside Hyun Bin. She also made her singing debut for the film, singing "Do-Re-Mi" from The Sound of Music and Insa for the film's original soundtrack. Lee's innocent image in the film earned her the title of "Nation's First Love" in Korea. Lee followed this with moderately successful film, M alongside Kang Dong-won; and starred alongside So Ji-sub in the short film, U-Turn.
In 2008, she starred as one of the main cast in 47th MBC Anniversary Project East of Eden. Despite the drama's success, her acting in the series received overwhelming negative criticism about her vocalization, unexpressive facial expressions, and unnatural emotional expression as problems in portraying her character. Lee returned to film, starring in Hello, Schoolgirl opposite Yoo Ji-tae. The story is based off the manhwa Soonjeong Manwha by Kang Pool.
In 2011, Lee starred opposite Jang Dong-gun, Joe Odagiri and Fan Bing-bing in Kang Je-gyu's big budget film My Way, and in pre-produced drama series Paradise Ranch by SM Entertainment alongside label-mate Shim Chang-min of boy band TVXQ. In 2012, Lee reunited with U-Turn co-star So Ji-sub in the crime thriller Phantom. Both Lee and So were named promotional ambassadors for cyber crime prevention by the National Police Agency in 2012.
2013–present: Career resurgence
In 2013, Lee made a special appearance in the historical drama Gu Family Book, where she received compliments for her improvement in acting. She next starred in romantic comedy film Marriage Blue, which tells the story of an engaged couple who experience last-minute jitters and cold feet just a week before their wedding ceremony. Lee closed the year with television series Miss Korea to positive reviews, with many considering her role as her best performance to date.
Lee further challenged herself with a provocative role as the mysterious and seductive Japanese geisha Hisako in the historical comedy Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island in 2015. She then starred in MBC's 54th anniversary drama, Splendid Politics.
|2006||A Millionaire's First Love||Choi Eun-hwan||Lotte Entertainment|
|Hello, Schoolgirl||Han Soo-young||CJ Entertainment|
|2011||My Way||Kim Eun-soo|
|2015||Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island||Hisako||Showbox / Mediaplex|
|2004||Emperor of the Sea||young Jung-hwa||KBS2|
|My Lovely Family||Yeon-ji||KBS1|
|2006||One Fine Day||Goo Hyo-joo||MBC|
|2008||East of Eden||Gook Young-ran/Grace|
|2011||Paradise Ranch||Lee Da-ji||SBS|
|2013||Gu Family Book||Yoon Seo-hwa||MBC|
|Miss Korea||Oh Ji-young|
|2015||Splendid Politics||Princess Jeongmyeong|
|2017||Reunited Worlds||Jung Jung-Won||SBS|
|The Package||Yoon So-so||jTBC|
Music video appearances
|"Our Story"||Moon Hee-joon feat. Oh Sang-eun|
|2002||"Condition of My Heart"||Fly to the Sky|
|2003||"Habit"||Fly to the Sky|
|2004||"My Little Princess"||TVXQ|
|"The Way U Are"|
|2006||"Timeless"||Zhang Liyin feat. Xia|
|2008||"Star Wish (I Will)"||Zhang Liyin|
|"The Left Shore of Happiness"|
|"M-net Love Song 2008"|
|2009||"Wizard Of Oz"||Clazziquai|
|2010||"Miss You"||S.M. The Ballad|
|2009||"Club No.1"||Track 9 from Super Junior's album Sorry, Sorry|
Awards and nominations
|2001||2nd SM Best Youth Contest||Grand Prize||N/A||Won|
|2006||5th Korean Film Awards||Best New Actress||A Millionaire's First Love||Nominated|
|2007||6th Korean Film Awards||M||Nominated|
|2008||5th Max Movie Awards||Won|
|44th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actress (Film)||Nominated|
|31st Golden Cinematography Awards||Best New Actress||Won|
|MBC Drama Awards||Best Couple Award with Song Seung-heon||East of Eden||Won|
|Popularity Award, Actress||Won|
|Best New Actress||Won|
|2009||45th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actress (TV)||Nominated|
|2012||7th Asia Model Festival Awards||Fashionista Award||N/A||Won|
|SBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special||Phantom||Nominated|
|2013||MBC Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Gu Family Book||Nominated|
|2014||Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Miss Korea||Nominated|
|2015||Korean Film Actors' Guild Awards||Popularity Award||Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island||Won|
|MBC Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Project Drama||Splendid Politics||Nominated|
- "해신 '정화'가 해남 출신이라니". hnews.co.kr (in Korean).
- "Lee Yeon-hee Poised to Make 2005 'Her Year'". KBS Global. 2 February 2005.
- "LEE Yeon-hee". Korean Film Council.
- "MBC's New Mini-series "One Fine Day"". MBC Global Media.
- "'A Millionaire's First Love' offers melodrama for Valentine's Day couples". Hancinema. The Korea Herald.
- "Korean stars dubbed 'Nation's first love'". K-POP Herald.
- ""M" is mystery in style and beauty"". Hancinema. Korean Film Council.
- "So Ji-sub, Lee Yeon-hee act as lovers in short film". Hancinema.
- "이연희 "연기력 논란, 애정어린 채찍질은 약이 돼요"". Joins (in Korean). 13 November 2008.
- "Lee Yeon Hee Discusses Criticisms about Her "Bad Acting"". Soompi.
- "YOO Ji-tae and LEE Yeon-hee in romantic film". Korean Film Council.
- "Lee Yeon-hee shoots "My way", Jang Dong-gun's sister role, "It's an honor"". Hancinema.
- "Lee Yeon-hee - Changmin, brushes away acting dispute and transforms". Hancinema. Nate.
- "Actress Lee to open charity photo exhibition". The Korea Times.
- "Lee Yeon Hee Goes Back to High School for 'Ghost'". enewsWorld.
- "'Ghost' Drama Posters Featuring So Ji Sub, Lee Yeon Hee Released". enewsWorld.
- "Lee Yeon-hee, So Ji-sub Promote Fight Against Cyber Crime". The Chosun Ilbo. 10 August 2012.
- "Lee Yeon Hee to Reappear in ′Gu Family Book′". enewsWorld.
- ""Marriage Blue" stars talk proposals". Korea JoongAng Daily.
- "Lee Yeon-hee gets audacious". Korea JoongAng Daily.
- "Lee Yeon-hee addresses criticism of acting skills". The JoongAng Ilbo.
- "Gwanghaegun returns in 'factional' drama". The Korea Times. 7 April 2015.
- "Lee Yeon-hee to star in SBS "Reunited Worlds"". Hancinema.
- "Jung Yong-hwa and Lee Yeon-hee sign on for JTBC's 'The Package'". Korea JoongAng Daily.
- "Choi Ji-woo, Kara win 'Asia Star' at 2012 Asia Model Awards". The Korea Herald. 19 January 2012.