Sunday February 10, 2013
The charmed ones
By Lee Hye-ji
Ever wondered how many South Korean celebrities were born in the year of the snake?
The year 2012 with its dragon has gone and 2013, the year of the snake is upon us.
Since ancient times in Korea and several countries in the East Asian region, people have celebrated the new year with one of the 12 animals representing the year.
A person who matches his or her relevant animal’s year, something which happens every 12 years considered to have good luck for the duration of the whoe year in health, job, money, and love.
Here is the list of South Korean celebrities who were born in the year of the snake and who, therefore, will have good luck in the coming year.
Born in 1941 (72 years old)
> Actress Kim Hye-ja, Korea’s all-time mother figure.
Kim Hye-ja is considered Korea’s all-time mother figure after starring in a smash-hit TV commercial and a 22-year-long-running TV series. She also played a leading role in acclaimed director Bong Joon-ho’s Mother in 2009.
> Actress Nah Moon-hee, the helplessly cute mother in the MBC series High Kick.
Nah Moon-hee is well-known for her countless mother roles in Korean TV series My Lovely Sam-soon, High Kick and Padam Padam.
Born in 1953 (60 years old)
> Actor Kim Yeong-cheol, the hot-blooded CEO in Song Joong-ki’s The Innocent Man.
Veteran actor Kim Yeong-cheol, who started acting in 1971, is notable for playing a gangster boss in Lee Byung-hun’s noir film A Bittersweet Life (2005) and an NIS deputy director in the KBS hit series IRIS (2009).
Born in 1965 (48 years old)
> Actor Kim Sang-joong, the cold-blooded bodyguard Steve Lee in Lee Min-ho’s City Hunter.
Kim Sang-joong, well-known for his distinctively low-toned voice, kicked off his long acting career in the theater circles in 1990. He received achievement award at the 2012 SBS Drama Awards for his role in SBS series The Chaser as an ambitious presidential candidate Gang Dong-yoon.
Born in 1977 (36 years old)
> Actor Won Bin, the cool killer of 2010 hit movie The Man From Nowhere.
Won Bin made his debut in the KBS series Propose in 1998, and shot to stardom after appearing in 2000 hit melodrama Autumn Tale, which brought him international fame in Japan, Vietnam and even some European countries.
After that, Won has focused on starring in big screen projects such as Guns and Talk, (2001) My Brother, (2004) Mother, (2009) and most recently, The Man From Nowhere. (2010)
> Pop sensation PSY (pic), the singer of Gangnam Style.
PSY, born Park Jae-sang, made his local debut with the first album Psy From The Psycho World in 2001. He is well known for his hit songs Bird, Champion and Celebrity. His newest tune, Gangnam Style, became a huge syndrome after its comic music video went viral while hitting over 11 billion views, being nicknamed as “the second Macarena.”
> Actress Kim Hee-seon, the off-the- wall doctor from modern times in Lee Min-ho’s The Faith.
Kim, the Beauty queen in the 1990s, debuted in 1993 and appeared in over a dozen Korean TV series and films, grabbing attention from many Asian countries.
She was considered one of the most popular actresses in the country before she got married in 2007. The actress made an official comeback to the small screen in six years with the SBS series The Faith.
Born in 1989 (23 years old)
> Yoon Du-jun, Jang Hyun-seung and Yong Jun-hyung of BEAST, the Artiste Of The Year at the 2012 Melon Music Awards.
BEAST broke into the music scene with the debut album Beast Is the B2ST in 2009 and has produced a number of hit songs such as Shock, Mystery, Beautiful, Fiction and most recently, Beautiful Night. The six-member group nabbed the Artiste Of The Year award at the 2012 Melon Music Awards.
> Jessica, Yuri, Sunny, Tiffany, Hyoyeon and Taeyeon of Girls’ Generation, K-pop queens who just dropped the fourth studio album I Got A Boy.
Girls’ Generation – composed of Taeyeon, Tiffany, Hyoyeon, Sunny, Jessica, Seohyun, Yoona, Sooyoung and Yuri – made their debut in 2007 and became one of the handful of K-pop girl groups that have achieved noticeable popularity both in and out of Korea.
> CNBLUE’s frontman Jung Young-hwa, the all-around entertainer talented in songwriting, singing, acting and even emceeing.
Jung, the leader and main vocalist of Korean idol band CNBLUE, made their debut in Korea with the mini-album Bluetory in 2010. Jung had garnered much attention from overseas countries by appearing in the hit TV series You’re Beautiful and Heartstrings.
His popularity not only stayed in the Asian region but even stretched to South American countries.
> INFINITE leader Kim Sung-kyu, who kicked off the group’s first solo singing career with rocking tune 60 Sec.
Sung-kyu, the leader of seven-member idol band INFINITE, has been receiving a broad popularity in Korea, Japan and some European countries since their debut in 2010 with the first mini-album First Invasion.
Sung-kyu is the first member who kicked off the solo singing career with his first mini-album Another Me in Nov 2012.
> Young diva, Ailee, one of the most beloved rookie singers in 2012.
Ailee, a budding K-pop artiste who made her debut with Heaven early 2012 and kept up with the first mini-album Invitation last October, is one of the promising singers in the music scene known for her strong voice.
She even gained the nickname “Korea’s Beyonce” through her strong performance skills shown in the KBS variety show Immortal Songs 2. – Reuters
Snaking into song