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The lie most frequently told by entertainers…

Woo Hee Jin isn’t one of the highest-profile actors around, despite having worked steadily over the span of her career, which is pretty long given that she’s been around more than fifteen years and she’s only thirty-two.

She appeared on the variety-talk program Yashimmanman on the 29th and talked a bit about her career and her relationship with fellow actor Lee Sung Yong, whom she met while working on a morning drama together.

She’s been pretty forthcoming about their relationship, which is generally not the case for most celebrity couples, although she admits they weren’t quite so open in their early days of dating. She revealed that she’d found herself telling “the lie that celebrities say the most.”

That, then, would be the answer given to the perpetual question, “Are you dating?” The “most-told lie” uttered in response was, naturally: “Oh, we’re just friends.” (More specifically, “We’re just close in an oppa-dongsaeng way.”)

Heh. We always figured that was the case, but nobody ever honestly admitted it. Donghae* lovers, fantasize away. (Although I think Bikyo** fans are really reaching.)

* That would be shippers of Lee Dong Wook and Lee Da Hae, leads of the drama My Girl,
** and shippers of Bi (Rain) and Song Hye Gyo, from their romantic pairing in Full House.

 

All I know is, Woo Hee Jin sure has aged well. Granted, at thirty-two she’s still in her prime, but it seems like forever ago that she was young Yuri in one of my favorite early kdramas, Feeling — one of the original trendy dramas that aired in 1994 and starred a very young and hot new actor, Lee Jung Jae. (FYI, With S2 subbed this drama as a special side project, which I’ve written about here.)

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SONG(s) OF THE DAY

Shinhwa – “Soulmate” & “Missing You.” I figured I’d post a Shinhwa song for all y’all who didn’t know much about them in the Minwoo post below. Like I said, I go back and forth on whether I like Shinhwa’s music or not. Some of their songs are okay (I tend to like their ballads), while most of the other stuff I find overprocessed. (Particularly the old stuff, which was a lot lighter and jokier — “eusha eusha” anyone?) I definitely agree that their appeal comes only partly from their music, and partly from the personalities and interactions of the members, which is something they’ve made remarkably good use of — marketing themselves as personalities above and beyond the “Shinhwa” brand. I don’t know that any other band has been able to do so with anywhere near that level of success. Certainly not the current boy- and girl-banders, which have a few popular leads and some others forgotten on the sidelines. Anyway, I have two favorite Shinhwa songs, and rather than decide which to post, I’m throwing ’em both up here. Both are from their sixth album (of eight, not including all those solo/side projects), which is also the one I like best.
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She looks differently now. Back then, in Feeling she looked so naive and innocent ( I would say so). Look at her latest picture I couldnt recognize...
I like only one of Shinhwa songs which I just heard for their music first time is "Once in a lifetime" ( a ballad song as well).

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i love shinhwa's 6th album as well. i definitely agree with you though, shinhwa is much more than just a boyband, they all have their own distinct personalities and no member really outshines another.
also a hardcore donghae shipper, would love it if they truly were going out :)

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Totally agree with you on everything you said about Shinhwa. Honestly, not all of their music appeals to me, I do have a favorite here and there that will really pick me up on a bad day though. But the reason why I really enjoy the band is how hard they work on marketing themselves, and doing that well, and also demonstrating a pretty unique level of comraderie despite embarking now as competing solo artistes. Regardless of if its all marketing or not, it seems like they do it all to keep their fans happy, and they work at it, which is admirable. Also I think the Shinhwa Changjo themselves are an impressive fan group, and don't seem as vicious and crazy/immature as other k-pop fan groups (won't name names ;))

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speaking of old dramas, did you ever watch 1.5 (like the generation)? i don't remember the drama being that memorable, but I wanted to hear a song that some character sang and I don't know how to find it.

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you bet Donghae lovers are fantasizing away... this one included. hehe.
that stock answer is a lie, just like we've always known. Good luck to Woo Hee Jin and Lee Sung Yong.

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Yeah, whatever happened to Lee Jung Jae? I kid. Loved him in Air City (I know Ms Javabeans didn't) but he was a pretty good actor even back then, his movies were
BTW the Shinwa "missing you" time warps me straight back to the early backstreet boys era. Ah the 90's.

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You had me smiling after reading your write up..
Yeah Dong Hae lovers are crazy..but we strive to protect our couple. Someday..someday they will come out and reveal their relationship.. (HAHA, someone going over the borders fantasising already..:P)

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wonder how often couples are "just close in an oppa-dongsaeng way"...

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Javabeans, how do you feel about Shinhwa in their solo roles? I know that you've mentioned DongWan's and Eric's acting before. I was really impressed with Eric's acting in Que Sera Sera and Invincible Parachute Agent. I also have enjoyed the solo albums of the three members recently. I agree that the new groups cannot compare in terms of charisma and talent. Maybe, it's my age, but I only enjoy Shinhwa.

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Donghae....!! I hate myself for this but I'm fantasizing...hehe

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me me, Donghae shipper! i still cant help wishing them together! like ripgal! we love our Donghae couple and cant help wishing..ahhhh those are my fave Shinhwa songs too.. from the latter days..(eusha eusha was fun even if it was overly processed, IMO) i like their eigth album a lot.smooth, nice beats and rhythyms.. i still think they are cool despite the new boy/gurl bands.. they have this mix of everything for me, they are one of the few i really love.. and my choices for boybands i really like are limited.. Dongwan's good at acting, Eric too. Andy's hosting style i like, Minwoo is a great composer/producer/dancer, Hyesung is great at ballads.. Junjin is a good singer too, dancer. So yeah they rock.

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infiniti512, let's see... In terms of music, Minwoo is definitely my favorite. I don't like all of his songs, but I enjoy most of them, and I think he's probably the most all-around musical talent in the group. That's to say, he might not be the best voice (that's Shin Hye Sung) or the best actor (Eric?) but he's got the strongest all-around skill set when it comes to writing songs, singing, dancing, producing. Shin Hye Sung has a smooth, lovely voice but I don't really like his solo music -- it's kinda weak and blah for my tastes. Kim Dong Wan's solo stuff is kinda in the middle -- he's got a few bland ballads but a few tracks I like (written by Minwoo, not coincidentally). He is, however, a pretty decent actor. But I only saw bits and pieces of The Person I Love so I don't have enough of an opinion on his acting to make a definitive statement. Y'all know how much I dug Que Sera Sera and Eric was a large part of that. He still has a ways to go as an actor but I think he's improved so much and may be a better actor than he is a boybander/rapper.

Andy seems to have a nice, friendly, approachable personality -- while it's not strong enough for a genuine acting career like Eric or Dong Wan, it'll serve him well for MC'ing shows, and I think he does better in a group context. I think he's got his niche in the group but he's not the one with the most pop and flair. And Jun Jin... I was actually surprised to hear a single he'd sung because I barely recognized his voice from Shinhwa songs, which makes me wonder if he was underused in the group. But it could just be that he wasn't intended to be a leader but the guys each broke out with their own personalities in a way that they can now stand on their own, even their "baby" Jun Jin. I haven't seen Gumiho (9-tailed fox) so I can't comment on his acting; he has the serious, reserved image down pat so that can only work in his favor if he decides to pursue acting further.

Phew. I can't believe I know that much about Shinhwa, given that I've never gone off searching for info on them. But I suppose that's how ubiquitous they are in the k-pop-culture landscape; if you're into korean entertainment and pop culture, you're gonna run into Shinhwa in one form or another, sooner or later.

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You are so right that eventually you would run into them. When I started watching Kdramas, I had heard about Eric, Dongwan, Minwoo and Junjin separately and later found out about the group. I have been a fan ever since. I prefer their later albums as a group but out of the 3, I prefer Minwoo's cd because I am not so much a fan of ballads. He is a very talented little guy! I do, however, adore Hyesung's voice. I too was amazed at Junjin's voice. With him being my favorite, mostly because of looks haha, I didn't know that he actually had that kind of talent in him.
I like how each member of Shinhwa has their own strengths that will allow them to continue to be successful even after their boyband days are over. I can't say the same about the other groups currently out. I do think Andy would make a great host and I hope Junjin will get a good role as an actor. I think he did well in Gumiho but seemed awkward in his other drama. I saw a few episodes of Person I Love and I guess Dongwan did pretty well. It was hard for me to see him play such a character and disassociate his real personality.

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what does shippers mean?

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ermm. your post here make me want to know more about them.. In previous when I heard about Shinwa I thought that there as as the typical korean pop band. But after done some googling I have found there are talented and have their own solo project which is good for them. I will says a very mature groups.

Or did they have separated?

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@ anastassia:
no they didn't separate nor will they separate.. shinhwa is the only group who i believe will never break up.. they have come to a state where they do shinhwa because they love to, not as their main career.. as minwoo once said, shinhwa would have separated already if they're doing it for money.. seriously, eric earns MUCH more money as an actor than as a member of a 6-member boyband..

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funny thing is, in most cases, we know they're lying. and these celebrities know that we know. but we ask, anyway. and so they lie, anyway.

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Ok, I know this is an old post but I'm just watching Miss Mermaid right now and wanted to find out more about the actors. I must have missed this post the first time you wrote it :)

I'm surprised that both Woo Hee Jin and Jang Seo Hee (the Miss Mermaid star) aren't more popular. They're both really pretty and act really well!

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