Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Who's That Actor? The "Other" Lee Min Ho

For our second round of "Who's That Actor?" I'm going to take a reader recommendation and highlight Lee Min Ho.

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Wait, nope, sorry--wrong Lee Min Ho there. Here's the one we're going to talk about today:

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That's right. There is more than one Lee Min Ho. *head explodes*


Because I feel bad that he's consistently known as "the other Lee Min Ho" or "Lee Min Ho born in 1993," I figured this guy deserved a moment on his own in the spotlight. I mean, in spite of being younger, this guy made his acting debut a full eight years before the other other Lee Min Ho (The more famous Lee Min Ho? This is getting complicated.), so you can imagine how he must have banged his head against a wall when Boys over Flowers and City Hunter happened and suddenly he was getting hate mail over his own freaking name. You've got to give the guy some credit for not caving and picking a stage name. Anti-fans are scary, scary people.

So props to you, Lee Min Ho!

Where you might have seen him:
His biggest role as a "child" actor was in The Moon the Embraces the Sun as the younger version of Jung Il Woo's character. He was also part of the Joseon entourage in Rooftop Prince, the helpful reporter buddy in The Prime Minister and I, and, although it rarely shows up on his credits, he was also the schoolyard thief kid in Sungkyunkwan Scandal.
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My favorite role: I'm an unashamed sucker for buddy comedies, so it would have to be the genius scholar Song Man Bo in Rooftop Prince for me. Nerdery always wins brownie points over here!

Fun facts: After his child actor years (where, coincidentally, he worked alongside Yoo Seung Ho), he decided that he didn't want his parents to force him into acting anymore, and he focused on soccer instead. Apparently, he was a prodigy soccer player headed for the pros before he rediscovered acting in high school and decided he liked it for himself. That story makes me like him even more, and I kind of wish he would challenge the older Lee Min Ho to a celebrity soccer match to the death. THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE! (Kind of like Highlander--minus the head chopping parts.)

So the next time you're scrolling through a cast list and think, "I didn't know Lee Min Ho was in that," you don't have to be confused! Just remember our dear friend, the other Lee Min Ho.

7 comments:

  1. He is SO one of my favorites. I search for this handsome, sweet face whenever I can. Love me some "other Lee Min Ho"!!

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  2. He was also quite delightful in the recently concluded LBS/ Yoona Drama, "Once Was a Romcom" as one of her Scandal News colleagues.

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  3. So sad, that he has to continually struggle for his name "Lee Min Ho" with the more famous "Lee Min Ho", especially as he debuted eight years earlier. But for the sake of growth, it might be better for him to do something about his name. Maybe just drop his family name to distinguish himself. It's quite confusing trying to do an online search for him and get a plethora of non-relevant answers only to remember to put his birth year beside his name!

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  4. Yay!!!!! Lee Min Ho is so great. I can't wait to see him in more dramas in the future.

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  5. Actor's Equity here in the States (not sure if Equity is in the UK, but whatever the actor's union there is does it as well) has the right idea: one name per actor. The stage name you want is already being used? You'll have to use a different one.

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  6. Thank you for highlighting this actor. He deserves more recognition for his work.

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  7. this comment is past overdue, I actually had to search through your posts to find one where I could leave this comment. Why does Lee min Ho look so yummy everytime he does a kissing scene? Seriously, He.Looks.Yummy! Do I sound like a pervert? I don't care! He really does. look yummy.

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