It’s true that many of us are too busy obsessing over our K-drama men that we rarely give much attention to our ladies. I admit it – I’m guilty as charged! I mean, I’ve dedicated three posts to a series called “Blue’s men edition” and have not thought of doing the same for the women. But inspired by Thundie’s forum dedicated to the actresses, I thought it was only fair that I at least dedicate one post to “Blue’s women edition,” right? Wait no more. It’s finally here – a list of my past and present she-crushes, actresses I like, and those I find beautiful, pretty, or cute.
SHE-CRUSHES: PAST AND PRESENT
JEON IN HWA – I first saw Jeon In Hwa in Queen Inhyeon, the 8th installment of MBC’s 500 Years of Joseon Dynasty series, broadcast in 1988. Jeon played Jang Heebin in that drama, and if you know anything about that character, you’d know that Jang Heebin is considered one of the greatest femme fatales in Korean history.
But despite so, I was so mesmerized by Jeon In Hwa’s beauty that I ended up rooting for Jang Heebin’s character, much to the chagrin of my parents who worried about their young daughter’s poor judgment (ummm, and questionable morals). I was a young kid then, but I still remember watching Queen Inhyeon and just repeating, “Oh my gosh, she’s sooo, sooo, soo beautiful.” Jeon In Hwa is probably my first official she-crush.
LEE MI YEON – Around the same time as Queen Inhyeon, the KBS drama Tree Blooming with Love (사랑이 꽃피는 나무) was causing quite a sensation as Korea’s first teen drama. My older cousins used to watch it, and I happened to catch an episode one day just as Lee Mi Yeon appeared on screen. I exclaimed, “Wow, that unni is so pretty!”
Ever since then, I’ve always like Lee Mi Yeon as an actress. Not only is she gorgeous (and a natural beauty at that!), she’s actually a very strong actress as well. She hasn’t had any good projects in recent years, but I really hope she makes a strong comeback soon and find her holding as a top actress just as her friend, Go Hyun Jung, did.
SHIM EUN HA – As soon as I saw Shim Eun Ha in the MBC horror drama M (1994), I knew a star was born. Recent fans of K-dramas/films may not be familiar with her, but Shim Eun Ha was hands down one of the most popular, highest paid, most sought after, critically acclaimed actresses of the 90s.
Not only was she one of the most beautiful women ever, she was a very versatile actress and could pretty much pull off any role. She retired from showbiz after her marriage, but even now, you often hear rumors of movie productions offering some unprecedented amount to lure her back into acting. Even as recently as September 2011, you could see media writing articles with titles such as “Song Hye Kyo, hoping to be the next Shim Eun Ha.” But let’s get this clear. There’s only one Shim Eun Ha, okay?
Will Shim Eun Ha ever come back? Pretty, please!
SHIN EUN KYUNG – Whereas it can be argued that the other actresses listed in this she-crush category are just women who I envied for their beauty, talent, or both, I was a real legitimate “fan” of Shin Eun Kyung for her role in General Hospital (MBC, 1994-1995).
I loved the tomboy resident doctor character she played and Shin’s portrayal of that role, and that carried over to other aspects of her career. Since this was pre-internet, I couldn’t easily join a fan club to support her. But back then, the Korean newspaper published a top 10 list of the most popular actors and actresses for that week. I used to check that section every week to see how Shin Eun Kyung ranked, and rejoiced whenever her rank went up and sighed (at other people’s poor taste) when her rank fell. From what I observe, that seems to be what those
obsessive fan club members of idol groups do nowadays, right?
SOO AE – She doesn’t have a perfect face (whatever that means), but Soo Ae has my favorite look of any Korean celebrities. When I first saw her in Love Letter (MBC, 2003), I remember being taken aback by her husky voice; it just didn’t match her face. Neither did I think she was particularly pretty. But Soo Ae has a face that the more you look at it, the more you realize what a beauty she truly is. And I love that she has such an unique, distinctive voice.
GONG HYO JIN – All other actresses listed so far are my past she-crushes. Gong Hyo Jin is the only actress I currently adore. First, she’s gorgeous. Second, I love her sense of style and that no matter what quirky things she wears, she always manages to pull it off. And third, and most importantly, she’s such a delight to watch on-screen. She’s a natural actress who brings her charm to whatever role she takes on.
I first saw Gong Hyo Jin in Splendid Days (SBS, 2001-2002), acting opposite her current boyfriend, Ryu Seung Bum. Even though Ji Sung and Park Sun Young were the leads, it was the great chemistry between Ryu Seung Bum and Gong Hyo Jin that kept me watching the series until the end.
Ever since, I don’t think I’ve ever not liked Gong Hyo Jin’s performance in anything, whether it be movies like Conduct Zero and Crush and Blush, or dramas like Snowman, Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy, Thank You, Pasta, and most recently, Best Love. Talent, beauty, and charm all rolled into one… (not to mention having a very talented and charismatic boyfriend), Gong Hyo Jin is my ultimate she-crush!
I honestly don’t like that many actresses. It’s not that I don’t not like them, but I’m just indifferent towards most of them. (*ducks*) Deliver a good performance and give me some good entertainment, I’ll bow and thank them, then move on. If not, I’ll just whine and complain… probably on this blog.
I’m not exactly sure what distinguishes the following group of actresses from my past and present she-crushes. I guess these are the actresses when they are associated with a project, it automatically gets my attention. They have earned my respect.
ACTRESSES I LIKE
CHOI KANG HEE – This is an interesting case in which I like her for who she is outside of acting. She is a DJ for her own radio show, Choi Kang Hee’s Raise the Volume, and I used to listen to it every once in a while. Even though everyone knows that what the DJs say in radio shows is scripted, I still found her personality charming. I was reaffirmed of what a cool person she is after watching her “reality TV” segment on O’live TV, Kang Hee’s Six Addictions.
Unlike Gong Hyo Jin, I have not always liked the projects that Choi Kang Hee took on, but I do love the quirkiness and the energy that she brings to the characters she plays.
KIM SO YEON – In contrast to others, I used to not be impressed by her acting in the past. She had this habit of making this certain expression (I call it “Kim So Yeon’s expression”) that bugged me. Interestingly, it was not until her role in Prosecutor Princess that I became her fan because it was so different from what I found to be so predictable about her.
I grew to like her even more after she appeared as a guest on the talk variety show, Win Win. She has a lot of aegyo in real life that even a fellow female would admit to be cute. But I especially love how she acknowledged it herself that she couldn’t stand to watch her past acting because she could see clearly how she was trying to look pretty in front of the camera, instead of acting. (That’s exactly what I meant by Kim So Yeon’s expression. I mean, she’s a beautiful woman. She doesn’t need to try to act it too!) I have mad respect for actors who can admit their flaws and seek to improve on them, which is exactly what Kim So Yeon did.
MOON GEUN YOUNG – Another talented actress, although I never really particularly liked many of her past projects.
Everyone knows that there are many dirty dealings going on in showbiz, whatever the country. I often encounter many rumors about so and so actors. What I respect and admire about Moon Geun Young is that despite having been in the business since a young age, I’ve never encountered any negative (insider) rumors about her. Even when the infamous X-file that exposed all the dirt on Korean celebrities were released a few years back, Moon Geun Young was one of the few actors who came out of it untarnished. By all insider accounts, Moon Geun Young is truly that respectful, truly that hard-working, and truly a great girl all-around.
Not only is she talented and intelligent, but when you find someone who quietly does her thing (and well at that) while keeping herself clean from all the temptations thrown at her in the show business… well, it seems only right that we cheer her on in whatever she does.
HA JI WON – Ha Ji Won is another talented actress who always does justice to whatever role she takes on. That alone is enough reason for me to like an actress. But despite being at the top, by all accounts by her fellow actors, production crew, and anyone who has worked with her, they always seem to have only good things to say about Ha Ji Won – that she’s humble, hardworking, respectful, etc. When she’s that much loved by people she works with, there really must be some truth to it that she really is as awesome of a person as she is portrayed to be on TV.
Here is a list of…
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL
KOREAN WOMEN ON TV
KIM SUNG RYUNG - SO. BEAUTIFUL.
KIM HYE RI – SO. BEAUTIFUL.
LEE MI SOOK – SO. BEAUTIFUL.
I AGREE. YES, THEY’RE PRETTY.
Here is a list of women whom many consider to be the best looking actresses today. There are others who make me question, “Really? I just don’t see what’s so special about her!” But I agree that the three actresses below are really as pretty as everyone says they are. It’s just that… well, perhaps they’re too pretty… for I sometimes find their incredible beauty a tad boring.
KIM TAE HEE
SON YE JIN
HAN GA IN
I AGREE. YES, THEY’RE CUTE.
PARK SHIN HYE
PARK BO YOUNG
So, do you agree with me? Disagree? Share about your she-crushes, actresses you like, find beautiful, pretty, or cute!