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Lee Yeon Hee April 21, 2009

Posted by gtoproject in Korean Actress, Profile.


Lee Yeon-hee (born January 9, 1988) is a South Korean actress and model under record label and talent agency, SM Entertainment. She made her first appearance in Moon Heejun’s music video, “ALONE” in 2001 and officially debuted in the Korean television drama, Sea God as young Junghwa in 2004.

Early life

Lee was born in the Bundang district of Seongnam, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. In the summer of 2001, thirteen-year-old Lee successfully signed a contract with SM 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 she began to star in music videos for SM artists, such as those for Moon Heejun, Kangta, Shinhwa, and Fly to the Sky, achieving over SM artist Kim Bomi (of M.I.L.K.) as “The SM music video girl”. In the span of one year, she already starred in eight music videos versus Bomi’s five in two years. Though Lee had relatively steady work between modeling in magazines, commercial ads, and appearing in music videos, she did not officially debut until late 2004. In November, she had a role in the popular historical drama Sea God. A few months later, she landed a role in the latter episodes of the daily drama My Precious Child. A role in Rebirth brought the number of dramas under her belt to three. Lee kept busy throughout the rest of 2005 by filming many commercials and modeling for various magazines.

Lee’s big break came in the form of the movie Millionaire’s First Love playing the lead opposite popular actor Hyun Bin. Lee resolves to “act as hard as she can with all that she’s learned” for her movie debut. Through the movie, she also makes her singing debut, singing “Do Re Mi” from The Sound of Music in the movie and “Insa” on the original sound track.

Lee’s name as “music video girl” became more apparent after labelmate Zhang Liyin’s 2006 “Timeless” music video, where she starred alongside Super Junior’s Han Geng and Choi Siwon. Two years later, the trio reunited for Zhang’s “I WILL” and “The Left Shore of Happiness”, which were released in early 2008 in China and weeks later, Korea. Together, netizens commonly termed the trio as “The Timeless Cast”.

In 2007, soon after the debut of labelmates Girls’ Generation, she revealed that if she had not decided to continue her career as an actress, she would become a member of Girls’ Generation as they have trained together when they were still trainees.

Year Title Role
2006 A Millionaire’s First Love – Eun-whan
2007 M
2007 My Love
2008 Hello Schoolgirl – Soo-yeong

Television series
Year Network Title Role
2004 KBS Sea God (해신) young Jung-hwa
2005 KBS Resurrection (부활) Kang Shin-young
2006 MBC One Fine Day (어느 멋진 날) Goo Hyo-ju
2008 KBS My Precious Child (내사랑 금지옥엽)
OCN U-Turn
MBC East of Eden (에덴의 동쪽) Gook Young-ran

Music video appearances

* 2001: “ALONE” – Moon Hee Jun
* 2001: “Our Story” – Moon Heejun (Ft. Oh Sang Eun)
* 2002: “Pine Tree” – Kangta
* 2002: “Thanks God” – Kangta
* 2002: “Love Vs. Memories” – Kangta
* 2002: “Condition of My Heart” – Fly to the Sky
* 2002: “HERO” – Shinhwa
* 2002: “Proposing” – Kangta
* 2003: “Habit” – Fly to the Sky
* 2004: “My Little Princess” – TVXQ
* 2004: “The Way U Are” – TVXQ
* 2005: “Persona” – Kangta
* 2006: “Timeless – Zhang Liyin (Ft. Xiah of TVXQ)
* 2008: “Star Wish (I Will)” – Zhang Liyin
* 2008: “The Left Shore of Happiness” – Zhang Liyin


* 2009: “Club No.1” in Sorry, Sorry – Super Junior

Source: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



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