Thursday, January 15, 2009

Actor Lee Min-ho: "Past trials led me to drama role"



Main lead of the KBS 2TV drama "Boys over Flowers"

The latest heartthrob for Korean women is the young actor Lee Min-ho, the hero of the new hit KBS 2TV drama (airing Mon-Tues) "Boys over Flowers." His casting as the hero of this drama series, extremely popular across Asia, created a buzz from the start. Any handsome actor would covet the role of one of the members of the "F4," a group of rich and popular boys at a school where the story takes place.

The Korean cast for F4 was finally revealed and the casting of a complete novice actor, Lee (22), for the role of F4 leader "Gu Jun-pyo" was almost shocking.

The series has kicked off and Lee has literally become a star overnight, silencing doubts of how he would handle the heavyweight role. His name tops various Internet search-word lists and 100,000 fans visit his Internet homepage each day.

The "F4 craze" has hit Korea since the drama series was also made in Taiwan and Japan, and Lee is at the center of it all. But he had his share of trials thus far. He debuted in the 2006 EBS drama "The Secret Campus" but had to take a year off after a car accident. After his rehabilitation, he landed his first lead role in the SBS high teen drama "Mackerel Run!" but the series ran short.

Lee said, "If I didn't have the accident and continued acting I might not have been able to meet 'Jun-pyo.' I shiver at this thought. What I suffered led me to this breakthrough role. I worried about the role because I'm unknown to the public, but of course I was thrilled to be cast."

But the title role of the super popular Asian drama series is actually a heavy burden to shoulder.

Jun-pyo is the heir to Korea's number one conglomerate group and a typical spoiled and arrogant character. He is hot-tempered and rough, but also has childlike innocence. A polar opposite of his friend Ji-hu (played by Kim Hyeon-jung), Jun-pyo has his heart firmly set on Geum Jan-di (Gu Hye-seon), the daughter of a working class family who runs a dry cleaning store.

Women viewers empathize with the rich F4 boys doting on Jan-di. They also get to love Jun-pyo as more of his sides are shown and say he is attractive in many ways. Women want to take care of him and be embraced by him at the same time.

He is a high school student in the drama, but Lee is actually on leave from Konkuk Univ. where he majors in cinema/art. What is Lee really like? He said, "I think I'm somewhere between Jun-pyo and Jan-di. I have both sides of them. This cute handsome guy role is unfamiliar though. I can totally carry a pathetic role as well (laugh). But for now, I hope to be Jun-pyo and him alone."

source: KBS Global
http://english.kbs.co.kr/entertainment/news/1565237_28572.html

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17 comments:

Anonymous said...

hope you do end up withjandi your roles are meant for each other you are very good am in states and so far love you two in this show just hope it ends with the two of you.

Anonymous said...

i would like to see min ho and jandi as a truly couples!

dede said...

i really like the boys overs flower movie.

lora said...

hello.. I'm lora from the phillipines boys over flower is very big hit here in our country, hope to the f4 here in the phillipines, especialy lee min hu, i have a crush on you you are so cute,

Anonymous said...

hell there:

sarang hae yo...

i really love your movies...

hope to see you in korea if i visit there...

im a half korean and half filipino...

im living with my father here in the philippines and i often visit my mom in korea...sad to say,they were seaprated,...

you know what???

im also born in the month of yuk wol 22(june 22)

maybe were soulmates...heheheh

sarang hae yo lee min ho..♥♥♥

♥♥dianne♥♥

Anonymous said...

.hellow!
ur version of korean is the
best! many pilipinO!!wee admire you so much!!....

Anonymous said...

.HopE!!ur going here in the
pHilipines...
.i'm hannah i admired you so
much!!more pOwer to you...♥♥♥♥♥♀♀◘

Anonymous said...

hi jun pyo,

I am one of your avid fan, I hope you could drop by here in the philippines so that you can see how people are so warm to welcome you...

liza said...

hello "BOYS BEFORE FLOWERS"
i really love your movies ..
and hope you could drop in indonesia,because i want see jun pyo and jandi.

^_^hAmmIE^_^ said...

jun pyo i love you! ! ! !i wish you could visit here in the phillipines! ! ! !

moe said...

I love jun phyo ( lee min ho) a lot . U r a handsome boy for me

Himali said...

I'm Himali from India.Lee Minho, you are the first & last person in the world whom i've liked so much.i want to meet you.my friend are telling me this days that i've become mad after you & they've never seen me like this.

Anonymous said...

lee min ho as gu jun pyo is a complete definition of how man should be......its so breathtakin to watch da way he holds upon a gal he is in love....i simply loved yuh on screen...guess lee min ho is same offscreen......i neva get tierd of watchin boyzz over flowers!!
silenceroc

Kimque said...

please come by and visit this site:
Lee Min Ho Fansite

Anonymous said...

would u like to write about his new drama ?
Personal Preference ?
or u have been wrote it ?
can i know where ??

Anonymous said...

i am ans from panyam you are my most favourite jandi & leemin.

Anonymous said...

junpyo your so cute i cant help myself everytime i watch u in boys over flowers i have to scream i loooooovvvvveeee uuuuuuuuu...