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"I am not the type for the entertainment industry"Weekend Date: Lee Yo-won Profile Name: 이요원 / Lee Yo Won / Park Yo Won Profession: Actress(여배우) Date of birth: 1980-Apr-09 Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea Hometown: Gyeonggido Seongnam(경기도 성남) Height: 173 cm. Weight: 48kg Star sign: Aries(양자리) Chinese zodiac sign: Monkey (원숭이띠) Blood type: B Family: Husband/professional golfer (박진우), 2 daughters and 1 son. Talent agency: Koo Management Hobbies: Watching movies(영화보기), Listenning to music(음악감상), Reading(독서) Education: - Department of Theatre and Film(연극영화과), Bachelor, Dankook University(단국대학교) - Sung-il Girl's High School/성일여자고등학교(Seongnam/성남) Biography Lee 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 Cat. In 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. In 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 industry. In 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. In 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. For MBC 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 made her quick comeback to drama land in SBS's "Empire of Gold", which revolves around a power struggle over a chaebol. She played the role of female lead Choi Seo-yoon - the “empire princess,” second daughter of the country’s biggest chaebol group who was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. And again, she never failed to amaze audience with her spectacular performance of a wise and icy girl in the battle with two beasts; and won the recognition from SBS with "Top 10 Stars" Award and "Top Excellence Award, Medium-Length Drama" Award. But they might not the most valuables awards for her with "Empire of Gold", because during the filming, she also picked up "gold" and got pregnant of the second baby. In July-25, her Management Agency made announcement that Lee Yo Won gave birth to her second daughter in May, 2014. One year later, it was relayed that on May 17, 2015 Lee Yo Won gave birth to a son. She is now a mother of three, with her two daughters and now a son.Congratulation!!! After long hiatus from Empire of Gold, in 2016, she made her come-back to JTBC's Ms. Temper and Nam Jung-gi. Her character is nicknamed Fire Da-jeong for her fiery temper and is the youngest team manager. In this project, she played the role of a badass and took off the innocent and elegant image she's had up to now. 2016 was a hectic year of Lee Yo Won, because right after Ms. Temper and Nam Jung-gi finished, she joined the production team of the warm family movie "Youngest" as the role of the second child of the family, who is a passionate reporter. "Youngest" was not her last project in 2016, she also joined MBC's drama named "Night light" as an elegant and perfect woman. In 2017, Lee Yo Won made a surprising comeback at a tvN's drama: "Buam-dong Revenge Social Club". In the past, she usually took a year off after one busy year, but 2017 was an exception and this exception was worthy. The drama is the adaptation of the same name webtoon "Buam-dong Revenge Social Club", telling the story of three women from very different walks of life - the privileged daughter of chaebol family, a widowed fish market seller, and the wife of college professor - who come together to enact revenge, but discover friendship in the process. Lee Yo Won played the role of Kim Jung-Hye, who is the chaebol daughter of a family running a big company. She appeares straightforward and arrogant, but she is actually naive and cute. The drama as well as Jung-Hye character were very well loved by not only Korean viewer (peak rating: 6.3%, which is very high number for a cable channel's program) but also international fan. 2018 had been a quiet year for Lee Yo Won and her fan until August 15, she was revealed to be the female lead of MBC's drama "Different dreams 이몽", which is being produced to mark the 100th anniversary of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea. She will play female lead Lee Young-Jin, a beautiful, bright, and confident surgeon who dreams of saving the lives of many, but becomes an agent for the provisional Korean government. The drama will start filming in October, 2108 and is expected to premiere in the first half of 2019 Credit to Ninimi@soompi.com and asianmediawiki.com Dramas 2022 JTBC - Green mothers Club 그린 마더스 클럽, as Eun-pyo 2019 OCN - The Running Mates: Human Rights, 달리는 조사관 as Han Yoon Seo 2019 MBC - Different Dreams 이몽 as Lee Young Jin 2017 TVN - Buam-dong Revenge Social Club 부암동 복수자 소셜클럽 as Kim Jung hye 2016 MBC - Night light as Seo Yi Kyung 2016 JTBC - Ms. Temper & Nam Jung Gi 욱씨남정기 as Ok Da Jung 2013 SBS - Empire of Gold / Golden Empire 황금의 제국 as Choi Seo-Yoon 2012 MBC - Horse Doctor/마의 as Kang Ji Nyung 2011 SBS - 49 Days/ 49일 as Song Yi Kyung 2009 MBC - Queen Seondeok/선덕여왕 as Deokman Princess/ Queen Seondeok 2007 KBS - Bad love/Cruel love/못된 사랑 as Na In Jung 2007 SBS - Surgeon Bong Dal Hee/외과의사 봉달희 as Bong Dal Hee 2005 SBS - Fashion 70's/패션 70's as Han Duh Mi (born Ko Joon Hee) 2002 SBS - Daemang/The Great Ambition/大望 as Yoon Yeo Jin. 2000 KBS - Tough Guy's Love /Kkok Ji /꼭지 as Huh Ji Hye 2001 KBS - Pure Heart/ Soonjeong/순정 as Han Se-jin/ Kang Hyun-joo. (credit to Nikachan2008@soompi.com) 2001 KBS - Blue Mist as Yi Shin Woo School 2 as Kim Yeon-Jin 1998 MBC - 5 sisters images Movies 2017 Youngest as Oh Soo-Kyung 2013 Legend of Fist | Jeonseolui Joomeok as main PD of real figting TV show. 2012 Perfect Number | Wonjeonhan Sarang as Hwa-sun. 2010 Recipe/Doenjang/Miso/된장 as Jang Hye Jin 2007 May 18/ Splendid Holiday as Park Shin-ae 2005 Gwang-tae, Gwang-shik’s Brother/ When Romance Meets Destiny 광식이 동생 광태 as Ko Yun-kyung 2002 Surprise Party/서프라이즈 as Ha-young 2002 A.F.R.I.K.A./ 아프리카 as Ji-won. 2001 Take Care of My Cat/ 고양이를 부탁해 as Shin Hae-joo 1999 Attack the Gas Station/ 주유소 습격사건 as Ggal-chi 1998 Scent of a Man/남자의 향기 Music videos 2012 "Love is all the same" by Yangpa & Davichi & HANNA, with Baek Sung Hyun2009 "Sad story" by Lee Yo Won (Queen Seon-doek's OST) 2009 "Fool for love" by Shin Seung Hun 2007 "Love Greeting" by Seeya, with Jo Huyn Jae 2007 "Ice Doll" by Seeya, with Jo Huyn Jae 2006 "Vibe" 2002 "Makes me want to cry" by Ji Seo Ryun 2001 "Why". with Ryu Shi Won, Gong Yoo, Kwon Sang Woo2000 "I love you" by Position 1999 "To love her" by K21998 "Wayo wayo" by O.P.P.A1998 "Forgive me" by A4 Endorsements Full List 2014 Prelin apparels 2013 JDX apparels 2013 Sisley cosmetics 2012 JDX Collection 2012 Landcome cosmetics 2012 Sisley cosmetics 2011 Oakley eyewear 2011 Clinique cosmetics 2010 O hui cosmetics 2010 Celine eyewear 2010 Ragello apparels 2010 Huyndai life insurance 2009 Huyndai 2009 Huyndai Hicar insurance 2009 Olympus camera 2009 Familie one housing properties 2008 NongShim mineral water 2008 Dongwha wooden floorings 2008 Familie one housing properties 2007 New East Asia Familie real estate 2006 FriSunSat, with Joo Jin Mo 2006 CC Club apparels 2006 Sisley Cosmetics 2005 Haustor housing properties 2002 K-Swiss apparels 2002 YSB apparels 2001 LG Double Rich hair dye Ad1 Ad2 2001 LG CYON telecommunications Ad1 Ad2 Ad3 Ad4 2001 YSB apparels 2001 IZ jeans 2001 CD covers 2000 French cafe with Won Bin 2000 ORION’s chocolates2000 KTF N016 telecommunications 2000 Litmus apparels 2000 Wedding gowns 2000 CROWN foods 1999 SAMSUNG MOBILE telecommunications, with Park Ji Yoon 1999 healthy drinks1999 P&G health supplies 1999 CLEAN&CLEAR Johnson & Johnson cosmetics 1999 YSB apparels 1999 Subi apparels 1998 book voucher1997 CLEAN&CLEAR Johnson & Johnson cosmetics 1998 Crown foods 1998 TBJ jeans 1998 YSB apparels Charity activities 2011 SBS Charity Show (as speaker) 2008 TVN's Love Charity Program Awards 2013 SBS Drama Awards : Best Actress ("Empire of Gold") 2013 SBS Drama Awards : Ten Star Award ("Empire of Gold") 2011 SBS Drama Awards : Best Actress for Producer's Choice Award - (49 Days) 2011 SBS Drama Awards : Top Ten Star Award - (49 Days) 2010 Indosiar Mania Awards: Most Favorite Asian Actress - (Queen Seon Deok) 2010 Asia Model Festival Awards: Special Award for Asian Drama - ( Queen Seon Deok) 2009 10th Korean Media Ceremony: Photogenic Award - (Queen Seon Deok) 2009 Grime Awards: Best Actress Award - (Queen Seon Deok) 2009 MBC Drama Awards: Best Couple Award (with Kim Nam Gil - Queen Seon Deok) 2009 MBC Drama Awards: Top Excellence Award Actress -(Queen Seon Deok) 2007 SBS Drama Awards: Top Excellence Award - Actress - (Surgeon Bong Dal Hee) 2007 SBS Drama Awards: Best Couple Award (with Lee Bum Soo - (Surgeon Bong Dal Hee) 2007 SBS Drama Awards: Popularity Award - (Surgeon Bong Dal Hee) 2007 SBS Drama Awards: Netizens' Choice Award - (Surgeon Bong Dal Hee) 2007 SBS Drama Awards: Top Ten Stars Award - (Surgeon Bong Dal Hee) 2005 SBS Drama Awards: Excellence Award, Special Planning Drama - Actress- (Fashion 70's) 2005 SBS Drama Awards: Top Ten Stars Award (Fashion 70's) 2002 SBS Drama Awards: New Star Award (Daemang) 2001 22nd Blue Dragon Awards: Best New Actress Award -("Take Care of My Cat") 2001 9th Spring History Film Festival: Best Actress Award - ("Take Care of My Cat") 2001 37th Baeksang Arts Awards: Best New Actress Award - ("Take Care of My Cat") 2001 KBS Drama Awards: Popularity Award Links Lee Yo Won Intenational Fansite (credit to QSD @ soompi) YoWonVN http://cafe.daum.net/yowonlove http://gall.dcinside.com/list.php?page=1&id=yowon Special thanks to Lee Yo Won’s International Fansite, Baidu Lee Yo Won, YoWonVN and LYWers for information, videos, images… ...to be updated...