"I am not the type for the entertainment industry"
이요원 / Lee Yo Won / Park Yo Won
Date of birth: 1980-Apr-09
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
Hometown: Gyeonggido Seongnam(경기도 성남)
Height: 173 cm.
Star sign: Aries(양자리)
Chinese zodiac sign: Monkey(원숭이띠)
Blood type: B
Family: Husband/professional golfer Park Jin Woo (박진우) and
one daughter, cousin/actor Lee Joong Moon(이중문)
Talent agency: Koo Management
Hobbies: Watching movies(영화보기),
Listenning to music(음악감상),
- Department of Theatre and Film(연극영화과),
Bachelor, Dankook University(단국대학교)
- Sung-il Girl's High School/성일여자고등학교(Seongnam/성남)
Yo-Won was born on April 9, 1980, in Seongnam
City, Gyeonggi Province, South
Korea. In 1997, during her sophomore
year in high school, Lee Yo-Won applied for a modeling contest and was picked
as the winner. After the contest she debuted in the monthly fashion
magazine "Figaro" (휘가로) for its November issue. In 1998, Lee Yo-Won made her
acting debut in the film "Scent of a Man". While acting for her
first movie, Lee Yo-Won sometimes tore up because staff members only applauded
the other actors for their work. Then some
staff members noticed her tears and mentioned she was good at tearing up.
That was the first time she heard positive words about her acting.
With her confidence building and gaining more attention from the staff
members, Lee Yo-Won realized she wanted to pursue acting as a profession.
For her second film,
Lee Yo-Won played gas station attendant Galchi in the hit movie “Attack the Gas
Station!” which sold 2.4 million tickets. Thanks to the popularity of
that film Lee Yo-Won started to gain recognition from the public. Lee
Yo-Won then acted in several television dramas.
In 2001, Lee Yo-Won's big breakthrough came in the KBS TV drama "Blue
Mist" (Pureun Angae). For the first time Lee Yo-Won played the lead
character in a TV drama and the series became a big hit. The drama itself
contained a controversial (for its time) storyline involving a woman in her
early 20's becoming involved romantically with a married man in his 40's.
In the same year, 2001, Lee Yo-Won acted as one of the three main characters in
the critically praised indie film "Take Care of My Cat" directed by
female director Jeong Jae-Eun. The film was chosen as one of the 5 best
films of 2001 by "Cine Seoul" magazine. Lee Yo-Won mentioned in
a 2009 interview with "Elle Korea" fashion magazine that
"Take Care of My Cat" was her most memorable work. Lee Yo Won
also got Baeksang Award for Best Newcomer Actress by the movie Take Care of my
2003, at the age of 22, Lee Yo-Won made the surprising announcement that she will
marry. On January 10, 2003, Lee Yo-Won married professional golfer &
businessman Park Jin-Woo. Lee Yo-Won temporarily put her acting career on
hold while she went to the U.S.
with her husband to study. Lee Yo Won accompanied her husband to get
Master degree in University of San Diego while Lee Yo Won also wanted to study
English in U.S.
December 2003, Lee Yo-Won had a daughter. In an interview with TV show
"Section TV - S Diary" on MBC, Lee Yo-Won mentioned that at the time
of her marriage she was tired of acting and the demands placed on her.
One week before her marriage, Lee Yo Won still had to complete her
filming schedule for drama “Daemang”, she was really at her peak and busy as an
actress at that time as she decided to get married.
In 2005, Lee Yo-Won made her acting comeback in the SBS drama series
"Fashion 70's". She chose the role for three reasons: because
it was a historical drama, that it was directed by Lee Jae-Kyu (who previously
directed popular female oriented detective drama "Damo: The Legendary
Police Woman") and that it dealt with a woman's career and success rather
than a pure love story. Actually she was afraid of her comeback that
people can’t accept her. She got some criticisms for her life in US that she on
purpose gave birth outside Korea.
She said because now she has a family, if she was mocked, her family will get
the impact too. But she got big support from her husband said that “don’t
really bother of what people say”.
Before taking "Fashion 70s," Lee Yo Won starred in a movie “When
Romance Meets Destiny” as supporting actress, she said she likes the character
and on purpose not to take as lead actress for her first comeback to
entertainment. After "Fashion 70's," Lee Yo-Won acted in
various drama and movies. She acted in medical drama "Surgeon Bong Dal
Hee" as the main character Bong Dal Hee who was a resident doctor,
struggling to be a surgeon even she herself had heart problem of her health.
The Drama again made a success in TV rating, Lee Yo Won won Three Awards for
this drama : Top Female Excellent, Best Couple (with Lee Bum Soo), and
Popularity Award in SBS Drama Award 2007.
Another hit was movie "May 18" which was from real story of Gwangju
incident in 1980, the movie attracted millions viewers on theatres and becomes
first local movie in that year which can successfully compete against Hollywood movie. The end of 2007 until half 2008,
Lee Yo Won acted in drama Bad Love (Cruel Love) with actor Kwon Sang Woo. This
drama was a mellow one about love, unfortunately the drama wasn’t good in TV
rating in Korea,
and it said that the genre wasn’t popular at that time in Korean drama
2009, Lee Yo-Won performed in another smash-hit television series, this time in
the MBC historical drama "The Great Queen Seon Deok". Lee
Yo-Won played main character Queen Seon Deok, who possessed extraordinary
intelligence and strength. In an interview with "Star News,"
Lee Yo-Won stated she was tired of playing woman who were fragile and weak and eagerly
took the role of Queen Seondeok because of this. At first, some people doubt about her acting as Queen Seon Deok because they
just recalled her acting as fragile and teary woman in Bad Love, but the PD and
director of "Queen Seon Deok" believed that Lee Yo Won deserved the role,
the "Bad Love" case wasn’t wrong with Lee Yo Won’s acting skill, she
was good at it, what ruined the drama was the storyline itself. And
right, Lee Yo Won successfully played the main role Queen Seon Deok, the drama
become drama of the year and national drama in 2009. She played opposite
Go Hyun Jung, even though some people always wanted to compare the two of them,
but Lee Yo Won humble said that Go Hyun Jung is her senior and really
appreciate her acting.
In 2010, Lee Yo-Won's next film "The Recipe" was released in late
October. She appeared at the world premiere for "The Recipe"
during the Pusan International Film Festival (in which AsianMediaWiki
attended). During the question and answer session Lee Yo-Won stated she
chose the film, because she wanted to work with another female director due to
her great experience with "Take Care of my Cat." Although she was
initially reluctant to take on another role of a "fragile woman," the
movie's producer Jang Jin and movie director Lee Seo-Goon convinced this would
be the right role for her.
2011, LYW came back the small-screen with SBS Drama “49 Days”, and once again demonstrated her true value
performing two unique roles: depressed Song Yi Kyung and cheerful Shin Ji Huyn.
She was one of the most important factors for the success of this drama and has
gained even more popularity after that.
2012 is a productive year with her when she took the
female leads in 2 movies: Suspect X and Legend Punch and joined MBC anniversary
drama: Horse Doctor. In Suspect X, she played Hwa-sun who kills
her abusive ex to protect her child and a brilliant mathematician decides to
cover her accidental murder; while in Legend Punch, her role is the head of a tough
production team and a strong career woman who has the 'legendary team' eating
out of her hands.
medical sageuk “Horse Doctor”, she took the role of Kang Ji Nyung, a very progressive woman in the Joseon era. She was the lover at the same time the helper of Baek Gwang
Huyn (Jo Seung-Woo) until he became the Royal Physician. Her presence in this
drama became the discussion, it was not because of her acting skills, but because
the development was too concentrated on the hero that somehow wasted her
talent. However, she still received
much loved from audience for showing an infinite variety of performance.
After Horse Doctor finished in early 2013, she makes
her quick comeback to drama land in a SBS's drama. She will play the main female lead Choi Seo-yoon, a wise woman
who is the second daughter of a wealthy family in “The Golden Empire".
This drama will start to air in July, 2013.
Credit to Ninimi@soompi.com and asianmediawiki.com