As expected from one of the biggest stars of 2014!
On the first broadcast of Channel A's "Dominant 7," actress Jun Ji Hyun's income was featured, showing that the top star has earned more than 20 billion won (~$20 million) from advertisements alone since the conclusion of her drama "Man From The Stars."
Jun Ji Hyun advertises a variety of items, from cosmetics and home appliances, to food products and clothing, showing her dominance in the field of entertainment.
In addition to her popularity in Korea, she is also considered a top actress in China, with her drama "Man From The Stars," and films "The Thieves" and "The Berlin File," gaining massive attention from fans.
Even with controversies surrounding the actress, like modelling for a water brand in China that caused backlash from Korean netizens, and starring in an advertisement that was rumoured to be plagiarized, her status as the advertisement queen is unparalleled.
Advertising professionals state that Jun Ji Hyun is popular among young women because she is looked up to as a role model, and popular among those in their thirties because she pulls off the balance between having a personal life and a professional life.
Currently, Jun Ji Hyun is taking her time resting while filming for commercials every now and then, and it's only a matter of time before she shows her fans another unforgettable performance.
Jul 22 2014
Heartthrob actor Jo In-sung, 32, will star with actress Kong Hyo-jin, 34, in SBS TV's upcoming romantic comedy drama, "It's Okay, That's Love," which will go on air from next Wednesday.
As Jo reunited with star director Kim Kyu-tae and renonwed drama writer Noh Hee-kyung, who also worked together in last year's slipper hit romance "That Winter, The Wind Blows," there have been tremendous expectations for "It's Okay" from drama fans.
The 16-part drama is a love story between a mystery writer and radio DJ Jang Jae-yeol (Jo) with obsessive-compulsive disorder and a psychiatrist Ji Hae-su (Kong). It will be the fourth drama of the Kim-Noh combo.
Jo said he chose this drama just because he wanted to work with Kim and Noh pair again, following "That Winter."
"When I was offered this role, and I feel lucky that I can show a different side of me through this drama," Jo said to reporters at a hotel in Nonhyeon-dong, southern Seoul, Tuesday.
"The relationship between Jang and Ji is as real as an actual couple in your everyday life," Kong said.
The writer of "It's Okay" said she wanted to counter prejudice against mentally psychiatric patients.
"Breaking such prejudice will be the main theme of the drama," Noh said.
For supporting characters, Do Kyung-soo of popular pop boy band EXO will feature as a high school student, who dreams to be a novelist, actor Lee Kwang-soo plays Park Soo-kwang, who suffers from neurological disorder and veteran actor Sung Dong-il stars as a Ji's first love.
The Wednesday-Thursday drama, "It's Okay. That's Love" airs at 10 p.m. from July 23rd.
Jul 22 2014
Actor Park Seo-joon, of the tvN drama “A Witch’s Love,” and actress Baek Jin-hee, who currently stars in the MBC sitcom “High Kick,” are not in a romantic relationship, the stars’ agencies said yesterday, refuting local reports that the two were linked.
“It is true that they have become good friends, as they filmed [the miniseries ‘Pots of Gold’] together for some time,” said Keyeast, an agency for Park.
“Since Park is currently abroad with a local shooting schedule, it might take a little time to confirm.”
After rumors broke out, Baek’s agency, Snow Ball Entertainment, said yesterday that the 24-year-old actress confirmed that she and Park were, in fact, “not dating.”
Last September, the pair appeared as a married couple on the 50-episode MBC weekend drama series “Pots of Gold.”
The local monthly magazine “Woman Sense” reportedly published an article in its August edition stating that the stars had been dating over the year. That story quickly spread, going viral across the Internet.
At a group interview Monday at a CJ E&M studio in Ilsan, Gyeonggi, singer-actor Seo In-guk, who stars as Min-seok in the tvN drama “High School King of Savvy,” explained that his character was charming both in his “candidness and boldness.”
The show, which currently airs Monday to Tuesday, traces the life of a varsity ice hockey player who is one day forced to join a circle of high-ranking executives at his father’s company by impersonating his older brother, who is nine years his senior.
“When I first read the script, I couldn’t figure out the exact intention behind the character,” Seo said. “However, now, I think that showing viewers Min-seok’s way of handling embarrassing or uncomfortable moments at work - which is not being afraid to face problems directly without giving excuses - was his purpose.”
When asked about the chemistry with his on-screen love interest Soo-young, played by actress Lee Ha-na, Seo answered that it feels “natural” to act with her.
“Even when the camera is off, we treat each other as if we are still in character,” he added.
Jul 22 2014
Cable channel tvN’s Mon-Tues drama “High School King of Savvy” confirmed yesterday that it will add another two episode to the original 16-episode series, according to local media yesterday.
The 17th episode will be an add-on to the original drama and the 18th one will be a special episode that summarizes the whole drama series, which aired its first episode on June 16.
“High School King of Savvy,” starring Korea’s up-and-coming actors like Seo In-guk, Lee Ha-na and Lee Soo-hyuk traces the story of Min-seok played by Seo who leads a double life as a popular varsity ice hockey player and an executive at his father’s company impersonating his older brother nine years his senior.
The last episode will air on August 12.
Jul 22 2014
Sunny of Girls’ Generation has injured one of her eyes over the weekend, according to local media reports yesterday.
She hit her left eye with a car door by accident, an official at her agency SM Entertainment reported said.
She received medical treatment at a hospital. The agency said she doesn’t need to cancel any of her arrangements, although she has a red eye and was recommended to wear a patch. Yesterday, she came to record MBC entertainment show “Star Gazing.”
The singer of the girl group is currently the host of her own radio show “Sunny’s FM Date” on MBC and also has been performing in the licensed musical “Singing In the Rain,” which ends its almost two-month run on Aug. 3
Jul 22 2014
Popular Boy group Exo performed in Shanghai over the weekend and is now gearing up for its next concert on Saturday in Changsha, China.
The Shanghai concert was part of a tour during which the group has also performed in Seoul, Hong Kong, Taiwan and elsewhere in China including Chengdu, Chongqing and Wuhan.
On Friday and Saturday, the group entertained an audience of about 20,000 fans with a two-hour long set. In the show “Exo From Exoplanet #1 -- The Lost Planet,” the members performed 31 songs.
They opened the concert with their debut single “Mama” and then continued with other hits including “Overdose,” “Growl,” “Lucky,” and “Love Love Love.”
Besides performing as a group, some Exo members also sang individually to better connect with fans.
Prior to the concert on Friday, Exo held a press conference in Shanghai to talk about its role as an honorary ambassador Samsung Electronics’ campaign sponsoring the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympics.
Jul 22 2014
Gong Hyo-jin, who is currently filming for the upcoming SBS drama “It’s Okay, That’s Love” expressed gratitude to her Chinese fans on her Weibo account yesterday after they sent food to her and the show’s crew.
Chinese fans sent a truck to the set in Daegu last week filled with food for 120 staff and actors to show love for their favorite actress during filming.
“Thank you, it was a very delicious meal,” she wrote on her online account. She also posted a photo of herself taken in front of the food truck.
The drama is set to air on Wednesday. In the show, Gong plays a psychiatrist named Ji Hae-su, who has a warm heart but comes across as strong and ill-tempered.
Since Gong has played more romantic roles in her previous work including MBC drama “The Greatest Love” in 2011, fans are waiting to see whether her new chic character will suit her.
Jul 22 2014
K-pop superstar Rain was baptized into the Catholic faith earlier this month, apparently encouraged by his devout girlfriend, the actress Kim Tae-hee.
Rain's conversion has fuelled speculation that they are about to get married.
The star's agency Cube DC said Rain was baptized on July 10 in a cathedral at the Namhansan Fortress Catholic martyrs' site in Gwangju, Gyeonggi Province.
Kim, her mother and actor Ahn Sung-ki were among those present. Rain was baptized alone rather than, as is customary, with a group of other converts.
Rain and Kim's relationship has been common knowledge since January last year, when Rain caused a scandal by bunking off his military duties to be with her. He was discharged in July.
Jul 14 2014
Park Bom, from the girl group 2NE1, will tentatively not attend shooting for the SBS reality show “Roommate,” on which she is a regular cast member, according to local reports yesterday.
Park didn’t show up on Saturday at scheduled “Roommate” filming sites, and many industry insiders say that she will leave the program for good. The 30-year-old singer was embroiled in a drug scandal early this month for allegedly smuggling 80 amphetamine pills - a drug that is illegal in Korea - four years ago from the United States into Korea.
It is said that her mother and grandmother were sending her the drugs, which are legal via prescription in the United States.
Right after the news broke, Yang Hyun-seok, the head of Park’s agency YG Entertainment, strongly refuted the rumor, saying that Park didn’t know at the time that amphetamines were illegal in Korea and that no parent would deliver drugs to their children. However, suspicions still remain.
Park is currently in Japan for 2NE1’s concerts there, but will not meet up with the members of “Roommate,” who also left for Japan on Saturday to shoot the program.