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Han Ye-seul
Han Ye-seul
(Hangul: 한예슬; born Leslie Kim on September 18, 1981) is an American-born South Korean actress. She made her acting debut in the sitcom Nonstop 4 (2003), and has since played leading roles in television dramas such as Couple or Trouble
Couple or Trouble
(2006), Tazza (2008), and Birth of a Beauty
Birth of a Beauty
(2014), as well as the films Miss Gold Digger
Miss Gold Digger
(2007) and Penny Pinchers
Penny Pinchers
(2011).

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Acting debut 2.2 Breakthrough 2.3 Spy Myung-wol
Spy Myung-wol
controversy 2.4 Comeback

3 Personal life 4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television series 4.3 Show appearances 4.4 Music video appearances

5 Discography 6 Awards and nominations 7 References 8 External links

Early life[edit] Leslie Kim was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.[3] She attended Cerritos High School
Cerritos High School
and graduated from Cerritos College
Cerritos College
with an associate degree in Computer Graphics.[4] She is fluent in both English and Korean.[3][5] Career[edit] Acting debut[edit] She began her modeling career in South Korea
South Korea
after winning the SBS Supermodel Contest in 2001.[6] Under the stage name Han Ye-seul, she made her acting debut in the popular sitcom Nonstop 4 in 2003.[7] Han quickly rose to fame, and she renounced her U.S. citizenship in 2004 and became a naturalized South Korean citizen to continue establishing herself in Korean entertainment.[8] Her performances in Forbidden Love (2004) and That Summer's Typhoon (2005) received poor reviews, with critics dismissing her as primarily a commercial model and not a real actress.[9] Breakthrough[edit] Han proved her detractors wrong with Couple or Trouble
Couple or Trouble
(also known as Fantasy Couple, 2006), a remake of Overboard written by the Hong sisters. Playing a spoiled heiress who becomes an amnesiac after a yacht accident, Han was praised for her comic timing and the series was a hit.[3][10] She further embraced the screwball comedy genre with her first film Miss Gold Digger
Miss Gold Digger
(2007).[11] Despite the film's lackluster box office, Han's portrayal of an advertising executive who juggles four different men in order to catch the ideal husband won her several Best New Actress
Actress
accolades from local award-giving bodies, including the prestigious Grand Bell Awards
Grand Bell Awards
and Blue Dragon Film Awards.[12][13][14][15][16] Han next starred in Tazza (2008), a TV adaptation of Huh Young-man's manhwa of the same name about gamblers and card sharps.[17] This was followed up with the Lee Kyung-hee-penned Will It Snow for Christmas?, a melodrama about childhood sweethearts who reunite as adults in 2009.[18][19] Spy Myung-wol
Spy Myung-wol
controversy[edit] In 2011, Han was cast as the titular character in Spy Myung-wol, as a North Korean agent on a mission to kidnap a top South Korean Hallyu star, who ends up falling for him.[20][21][22] The series gained notoriety when Han failed to show up for her scheduled filming on August 14–15 and instead flew to Los Angeles
Los Angeles
on August 16; it was the first instance of a leading actor abruptly leaving in the middle of a Korean drama
Korean drama
shoot.[23] Her then-agency SidusHQ
SidusHQ
cited conflicts with television director Hwang In-hyuk over her hectic working conditions, and that exhaustion had compromised her judgment.[24][25] Han's absence effectively halted production, and the KBS network lambasted her actions as "unilateral, irresponsible and will not be tolerated," while Lee Kim Productions threatened legal action.[25][26] After extensive press coverage, Han returned to Korea and continued filming Spy Myung-wol
Spy Myung-wol
on August 18.[27] Upon arrival at Incheon International Airport, she apologized but maintained that her demands had been legitimate, stating "I want to believe that I did the right thing."[28] Han drew harsh criticism from TV industry professionals and viewers, but some fans defended her, saying the stressful Korean drama live-shoot system was at fault.[23][29] Romantic comedy film Penny Pinchers
Penny Pinchers
was released two months after Spy Myung-wol finished airing. In it, Han shed her glamorous image to play an extremely frugal woman who considers love a frivolous expense and teaches an unemployed playboy the art of penny pinching.[30][31] Comeback[edit] After the Spy Myung-wol
Spy Myung-wol
fiasco, public backlash forced Han to go on a three-year hiatus from acting.[32][33][34] In late 2014, she made a successful comeback in Birth of a Beauty, where Han played a warm-hearted ajumma who overcomes her husband's infidelity by undergoing a head-to-toe makeover involving plastic surgery and weight loss.[35][36][37] This was followed with leading roles in romantic comedies Madame Antoine: The Love Therapist (2016) where she plays a fake fortune teller,[38] and 20th Century Boy and Girl (2017).[39] Personal life[edit] On 2 May, 2011, Han hit a man surnamed Do on the hip with the wing mirror of her Porsche
Porsche
while driving into the parking lot of her home in an apartment building in Samseong-dong. Do sustained minor injuries and Han's lawyers offered him ₩5 million in compensation, but Do claimed that she had fled the scene.[40] Her then-agency SidusHQ denied this, saying she had apologized and checked if he was okay, but did not step out of her vehicle.[41] After an investigation, police cleared Han of the hit-and-run allegations.[42][43] Han had been dating YG Entertainment
YG Entertainment
record producer Teddy Park since May 2013.[37][44][45] The two were reported to have broken up on October 24, 2016.[46] In January 2015, the FSS included Han in a list of people who were found to have violated the foreign currency-related law by failing to report their asset acquisition, such as real estate overseas, to relevant authorities.[47] This referred to a commercial building in Koreatown, Los Angeles
Los Angeles
that Han had bought in 2011, but her agency KeyEast issued a statement that the omission had been a technical mistake, because Han had transferred the building's ownership to a company in which she was the major shareholder and was unaware that she should report it.[48] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role

2007 Miss Gold Digger Shin Mi-soo

2009 Monsters vs. Aliens Susan Murphy/Ginormica (voice, Korean dubbed)

2011 Penny Pinchers Gu Hong-sil

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network

2003 Nonstop 4 Han Ye-seul MBC

2004 Forbidden Love Chae-yi KBS2

Nonstop 5 Han Ye-seul
Han Ye-seul
(cameo) MBC

2005 That Summer's Typhoon Han Eun-bi

2006 Couple or Trouble Anna Jo / Na Sang-shil

2008 Tazza Lee Nan-sook / Mi-na SBS

2009 Will It Snow for Christmas? Han Ji-wan

2011 Spy Myung-wol Han Myung-wol KBS2

2014 Birth of a Beauty Sara / Sa Geum-ran SBS

2016 Madame Antoine: The Love Therapist Go Hye-rim JTBC

2017 20th Century Boy and Girl Sa Jin-jin MBC

Show appearances[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes

2004 MBC Gayo Daejejeon MBC Host

2004-2005 Section TV

Inkigayo (Popular Music) SBS

2006 MBC Drama Awards MBC

2007 She's Olive: Han Ye-seul
Han Ye-seul
in L.A. O'live Herself

2008 SBS Drama Awards SBS Host

2009 46th Grand Bell Awards

2010 4th Asian Film Awards N/A

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song Title Artist

2003 "With Me" Wheesung

2010 "Love Song"[49] Rain

Discography[edit]

Year Title Artist Notes

2004 "You Are Different" Han Ye-seul Track 6 on Nonstop 4 OST

"Say It" Shinhwa
Shinhwa
feat. Han Ye-seul Track 11 on Winter Story 2004–2005

2005 "Memory" Han Ye-seul Track 2 on That Summer's Typhoon OST

2007 "Make Me Shine" Han Ye-seul Track 1 on Miss Gold Digger
Miss Gold Digger
OST

2009 "Love Class" Mighty Mouth
Mighty Mouth
feat. Han Ye-seul Track 2 on Love Class EP

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result

2001 SBS Supermodel Contest Juliet Award N/A Won

2004 6th Mnet Asian Music Awards Best OST "You Are Different" - Nonstop 4 Nominated

MBC Entertainment Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress
Actress
in a Sitcom/Comedy Nonstop 4 Won

2006 MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress Couple or Trouble Won

Popularity Award, Actress Won

Best Couple Award with Oh Ji-ho Won

2007 43rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress
Actress
(TV) Nominated

Most Popular Actress
Actress
(TV) Won

2008 3rd Asia Model Festival Awards[50] Model Star Award N/A Won

44th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress
Actress
(Film) Miss Gold Digger Won

45th Grand Bell Awards[14] Best New Actress Won

BMW
BMW
Popularity Award, Actress Won

29th Blue Dragon Film Awards[15] Best New Actress Won

31st Golden Cinematography Awards[51] Best New Actress Won

7th Korean Film Awards Best New Actress Nominated

SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress
Actress
in a Special
Special
Planning Drama Tazza Won

Top 10 Stars Won

2009 45th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress
Actress
(TV) Nominated

2014 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress
Actress
in a Drama Special Birth of a Beauty Won

Top 10 Stars Won

Best Couple Award with Joo Sang-wook[52] Won

2015 15th Huading Awards[53] Best Global Actress
Actress
in a TV series Won

2016 9th Korea Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Madame Antoine: The Love Therapist Nominated

References[edit]

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Han Ye-seul
continues working with Keyeast". Kpop Herald. 21 September 2016.  ^ a b c Yang, Sung-jin (12 December 2007). "Herald Interview: Han Ye-seul, a bilingual beauty, eyes foreign entertainment markets". The Korea Herald via Hancinema. Retrieved 18 June 2015.  ^ " Han Ye-seul
Han Ye-seul
(한예슬)". Korea Tourism Organization. Retrieved 17 May 2015.  ^ "An Eclipse for Han Ye-seul?". Korea JoongAng Daily. 8 December 2009. Retrieved 17 May 2015.  ^ Lee, In-kyung (13 January 2012). "Han Ye Seul to Rejoin Her Former Manager's Agency". enewsWorld. Retrieved 17 May 2015.  ^ "Actors/Actresses Who Debuted from Sitcoms". Hancinema.  ^ " Actress
Actress
Han Ye-Seul's New Sexy Looks". The Seoul Times.  ^ "When Stars Bank on Advertising Only". The Chosun Ilbo. 5 September 2009. Retrieved 17 May 2015.  ^ "Han Ye Seul Wins Over Detractors as Amnesiac Heiress". The Chosun Ilbo. 28 October 2006. Retrieved 17 May 2015.  ^ Yang, Sung-jin (18 December 2007). "Movie Review: Gold Digger buffs Han's charm, but misses". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 17 May 2015.  ^ Yang, Sung-jin (26 December 2007). "Christmas blues besiege three Korean actresses". The Korea Herald
The Korea Herald
via Hancinema. Retrieved 18 June 2015.  ^ Lee, Hyo-won (29 June 2008). "Daejong Film Fest Showcases Trends". The Korea Times. Retrieved 17 May 2015.  ^ a b D'Sa, Nigel (1 July 2008). "The Chaser Top Winner at Grand Bell Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 17 May 2015.  ^ a b "Blue Dragon Award Goes to Sports Drama". The Chosun Ilbo. 21 November 2008. Retrieved 17 May 2015.  ^ D'Sa, Nigel (26 November 2008). "Forever Wins Korea's Top Blue Dragon". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 17 May 2015.  ^ Han, Sang-hee (8 July 2008). "Movie-Based Dramas to Fill TV Screens". The Korea Times. Retrieved 17 May 2015.  ^ "SBS drama Will It Snow On Christmas? is all about love". 10Asia. 27 November 2009. Retrieved 17 May 2015.  ^ Han, Sang-hee (1 December 2009). "New Drama to Bring Warmth This Christmas". The Korea Times. Retrieved 17 May 2015.  ^ Oh, Jean (5 July 2011). "Eric comes back with TV rom-com". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 17 May 2015.  ^ Hwang, Hyo-jin (7 July 2011). "Preview: KBS TV series Spy Myung-Wol". 10Asia. Retrieved 17 May 2015.  ^ Kwon, Mee-yoo (10 July 2011). "Drama explores inter-Korean love story". The Korea Times. Retrieved 17 May 2015.  ^ a b " Han Ye-seul
Han Ye-seul
Walks Away from Soap Opera Flop". The Chosun Ilbo. 16 August 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2015.  ^ "AWOL Actress
Actress
Willing to Return to Set". The Chosun Ilbo. 17 August 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2015.  ^ a b Kim, Yoon-mi (16 August 2011). " Actress
Actress
Han under fire for abandoning role". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 17 May 2015.  ^ Do, Je-hae (16 August 2011). " Actress
Actress
Han Ye-seul
Han Ye-seul
returns from LA". The Korea Times. Retrieved 17 May 2015.  ^ Chung, Ah-young (16 August 2011). "After much ado, actress Han to return to drama". The Korea Times. Retrieved 17 May 2015.  ^ "AWOL Soap Actress
Actress
Returns". The Chosun Ilbo. 18 August 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2015.  ^ Choung, Hyuk-min (19 August 2011). "Han mends fences with KBS, not crew". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 17 May 2015.  ^ Lee, Jin-ho (19 October 2011). "Han Ye Seul at Love and Cash Press Conference". enewsWorld. Retrieved 17 May 2015.  ^ Lee, Jin-ho (2 November 2011). "Love and Cash Director Praises Han Ye Seul". enewsWorld. Retrieved 17 May 2015.  ^ Sunwoo, Carla (20 November 2012). " Han Ye-seul
Han Ye-seul
talks about her off-year". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 17 May 2015.  ^ Yun, Chloe (2 October 2013). "Han Ye Seoul gets on the stage as BEDNI creative director". BNTNews. Retrieved 17 May 2015.  ^ Lee, Min-ji (30 October 2014). "Han Ye Seul Had a Tough Time Returning After Three Years". enewsWorld. Retrieved 17 May 2015.  ^ Lee, Sung-eun (1 October 2014). " Han Ye-seul
Han Ye-seul
makes comeback". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 17 May 2015.  ^ " Han Ye-seul
Han Ye-seul
returns to acting". Korea JoongAng Daily. 1 November 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2015.  ^ a b Lee, Min-ji (18 January 2015). "Interview: Han Ye Seul Shares Boyfriend Teddy's Reaction to Her Acceptance Speech". enewsWorld. Retrieved 17 May 2015.  ^ "Han Ye-seul, Sung Joon in new JTBC
JTBC
drama". The Korea Times.  ^ " Han Ye-seul
Han Ye-seul
and Kim Ji-seok to star in "Boy and Girl from the 20th Century"". Hancinema.  ^ " Actress
Actress
Charged in Hit-and-Run Accident". The Chosun Ilbo. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2015.  ^ Kim, Jessica (6 May 2011). " Han Ye-seul
Han Ye-seul
to be questioned for hit-and-run charge". 10Asia. Retrieved 17 May 2015.  ^ Kim, Rahn (20 May 2011). " Actress
Actress
Han cleared of hit-and-run allegations". The Korea Times. Retrieved 17 May 2015.  ^ Kim, Jessica (20 May 2011). " Actress
Actress
Han Ye-seul
Han Ye-seul
cleared of hit-and-run charges". 10Asia. Retrieved 17 May 2015.  ^ Im, Woo-jung (25 November 2013). " Han Ye-seul
Han Ye-seul
and Teddy in a relationship". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 17 May 2015.  ^ Lee, Sun-min (26 November 2013). "Teddy, Han Ye-seul
Han Ye-seul
admit to dating". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 17 May 2015.  ^ "New couples emerge, others break up in 2016 celebrity dating scene". Yonhap.  ^ Bae, Hyun-jung (13 January 2015). "FSS detects celebrities' illicit overseas asset deals". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 17 May 2015.  ^ Kim, Jae-won (13 January 2015). "Chaebol scions, SM chief and actress in W130 bil. illegal FX deals". The Korea Times. Retrieved 17 May 2015.  ^ "Rain's Love Story music video to be released today". 10Asia. 2 April 2010. Retrieved 17 May 2015.  ^ "2008 Asia Model Awards Model Star Award (Korea) Joo Ji Hun & Han Ye Seul". AMFOC.  ^ "Filmmakers Honored at Golden Cinematography Awards". Hancinema. KBS World. 23 December 2008.  ^ Kim, Min-jin (1 January 2015). "Four couples win best couple prize in SBS Drama Awards". K-pop Herald. Retrieved 17 May 2015.  ^ Sung, So-young (20 January 2015). "Kim, Han take awards at Hwajeong". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 

External links[edit]

Han Ye-seul
Han Ye-seul
on Cyworld
Cyworld
(in Korean) Han Ye-seul
Han Ye-seul
at HanCinema
HanCinema
Han Ye-seul
Han Ye-seul
on IMDb

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Choi Jin-sil
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Oh Yeon-soo
(1992) Oh Jeong-hae (1993) Jung Sun-kyung (1994) Lee Ji-eun (1995) Lee Jung-hyun
Lee Jung-hyun
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(1997) Kim Yeo-jin
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(2003) Soo Ae
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(2004) Kim Ji-soo (2005) Go Ah-sung
Go Ah-sung
(2006) Jung Ryeo-won
Jung Ryeo-won
(2007) Han Ye-seul
Han Ye-seul
(2008) Park Bo-young
Park Bo-young
and Kim Kkot-bi
Kim Kkot-bi
(2009) Lee Min-jung
Lee Min-jung
(2010) Moon Chae-won
Moon Chae-won
(2011) Kim Go-eun
Kim Go-eun
(2012) Park Ji-soo (2013) Kim Sae-ron
Kim Sae-ron
(2014) Lee Yoo-young
Lee Yoo-young
(2015) Kim Tae-ri
Kim Tae-ri
(2016) Choi Hee-seo (2017)

Baeksang Arts Award for Best New Actress
Actress
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1960s

- (1965) - (1966) Moon Hee
Moon Hee
and Nam Jeong-im (1967) Yoon Jeong-hee (1968) Jeon Yang-ja (1969)

1970s

kim Ji-soo (1970) Kim Yun-jeong (1971) Na O-mi (1972) Park Ji-yeong and Choi Chong-min (1973) Jin Do-hee and Myeong Hui (1974) Mun Suk and Yang Jeong-hwa (1975) Kim Hyeong-ja (1976) Myeong Hyeon-suk and Yu Mi-na (1977) Jung Hee (1978) Lee In-ok (1979)

1980s

Won Mi-kyung (1980) Kim Min-hee and Lee Mi-sook
Lee Mi-sook
(1981) Ahn So-young and Na Young-hee (1982) Park Seon-hui (1983) Lee Bo-hee
Lee Bo-hee
(1984) Cho Yong-won (1985) Lee Hye-young (1986) Kim Hye-soo
Kim Hye-soo
(1987) Ha Hee-ra and Shin Hye-soo (1988) Jin Yeong-mi (1989)

1990s

Lee Mi-yeon (1990) Kim Sung-ryung and Ji Gyeong-won (1991) Lee Ah-ro (1992) Oh Yeon-soo
Oh Yeon-soo
(1993) Ji Su-won and Ryu Keum-sin (1994) Jung Sun-kyung (1995) Kim Sun-jae (1996) Lee Eun-jung (1997) Choi Ji-woo
Choi Ji-woo
(1998) Jun Ji-hyun
Jun Ji-hyun
(1999)

2000s

Kim Gyu-ri, Park Ye-jin
Park Ye-jin
and Lee Young-jin (2000) Suh Jung
Suh Jung
(2001) Lee Yo-won
Lee Yo-won
(2002) Son Ye-jin
Son Ye-jin
(2003) Yoon Jin-seo
Yoon Jin-seo
(2004) Soo Ae
Soo Ae
(2005) Jung Yu-mi (2006) Park Si-yeon
Park Si-yeon
(2007) Han Ye-seul
Han Ye-seul
(2008) Park Bo-young
Park Bo-young
(2009)

2010s

Jo An (2010) Shin Hyun-bin
Shin Hyun-bin
(2011) Bae Suzy
Bae Suzy
(2012) Han Ye-ri
Han Ye-ri
(2013) Kim Hyang-gi
Kim Hyang-gi
(2014) Chun Woo-hee
Chun Woo-hee
(2015) Park So-dam
Park So-dam
(2016) Lee Sang-hee (2017)

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Actress
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1980s

Cha Hwa-yeon
Cha Hwa-yeon
(1987)

1990s

Jo Min-su
Jo Min-su
and Lee Hye-sook (1990) Hwang Shin-hye (1991) Kim Young-ok (1992) Jung Hye-sun (1993) Ha Yoo-mi (1995) Lee Mi-sook
Lee Mi-sook
(1998) Kwon Eun-ah and Song Yun-ah
Song Yun-ah
(1999)

2000s

Kim Hee-sun
Kim Hee-sun
(2000) Song Hye-kyo
Song Hye-kyo
and Jeon In-hwa
Jeon In-hwa
(2001) So Yoo-jin
So Yoo-jin
and Choi Ji-woo
Choi Ji-woo
(2002) Kim Won-hee (2003) Yang Mi-kyung and Choi Ji-woo
Choi Ji-woo
(2004) Kim Tae-hee
Kim Tae-hee
(2005) Hyun Young (2006) Han Ye-seul
Han Ye-seul
(2007) Sung Yu-ri
Sung Yu-ri
(2008) Im Yoon-ah
Im Yoon-ah
(2009)

2010s

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Im Yoon-ah
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Moon Geun-young
(2011) Park Shin-hye
Park Shin-hye
(2012) Kwon Yu-ri
Kwon Yu-ri
(2013) Park Shin-hye
Park Shin-hye
(2014) Krystal Jung
Krystal Jung
(2015) Song Hye-kyo
Song Hye-kyo
(2016) Kim Yoo-jung
Kim Yoo-jung
(2017)

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