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Stars in love: Choi Ji-woo and Lee Jin-wook
by | February 18, 2009 | 89 Comments

Choi Ji-woo and Lee Jin-wook promoting Air City in 2007

Whoa. This is unexpected.

News has just come out that Choi Ji-woo is dating Lee Jin-wook, with whom she starred in the 2007 airport action drama Air City.

This may turn into one of these developing/changing stories, because while Choi’s rep made the statement to a news source, apparently Lee Jin-wook’s side is having trouble contacting the actor, who is lying low as the story breaks.

The couple reportedly met on the set of Air City and have been dating quietly these past two years. The fact was revealed by Choi’s representative from entertainment company Olive Nine in an on-the-record interview.

Huh. I remember rooting for their romance in Air City, even though I LOVE Lee Jung-jae and thought she had good chemistry with him (I just preferred Lee Jin-wook’s character). But she always did seem like a big sister more than a love interest in the drama, emphasized by their six-year age difference. Still, if it’s true (and it looks like it is), good for them.

The 34-year-old Choi (Korean age; she was born in 1975) was most recently in SBS’s A Star’s Lover, while 28-year-old Lee is acting in the SBS weekend series City of Glass (or Glass Castle). He is expected to enlist for his mandatory army service in the coming year.

Via Star News


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89 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. GreenFreak

    I’m a little surprise.. seems a little odd..
    But, she is one lucky girl!!!

  2. grumpynomore

    whoa! my pretty cute little boy from Someday is now taken! I’m happy for him!

    I remember trying to watch Air City, but when I had the feeling that they weren’t going to end up together, i stopped!

  3. Jane

    Wow, really unexpected.

  4. jazz

    what a surprise !!! 6 years difference…..

  5. tiffy

    He seems like a decent guy. He’s always been casting good guy you see.. As long as they are happy, I’ll root for them!

    Cheers to romance!

  6. fizzle

    Whaaat? First Tablo & Kang Hye Jung… now this? Two odd/unexpected celebrity couples revealed in just one month are a little too much to handle.

    I must say though, they do look cute together. Noona + younger male pairings always make me go “Awww”.

  7. IheartBFF

    Seems odd to announce this from one side only. Is there is any indication as to why Choi’s reps felt the need to announce this? why after two years would one do that?

    Regardless, a BIG THUMBS up to older women and younger men dating. It always made sense to me (men die younger and also lose sexual potency younger while women mature sexually after 35 and live close to an average of 10 years longer), but we are seeing it only now because women are more empowered and gender roles are being redefined.

    I had no idea that Choi was so young (I thought she was in her 40s). Yay to gorgeous women dating gorgeous men. I hope they get married and have many babbiehz.

  8. deeta

    WHOA!!! This is surprising. I’m glad for them, they looked great in Air City.

  9. lavy


  10. 10 peachys2sleep

    I wonder if this is being reported on Japanese sites being that Choi Ji Woo is really popular there

  11. 11 Cheerios

    I am happy for both of them. They both look gorgeous together. It’s obvious that during the filming of Air City, Lee Jin Wook appeared to have crush on Ji Woo. 6 years younger is not an issue at all or should be an issue. They both are mature adults and have the right to date whomever they want. I feel sorry that they had to hide their relationship and dated in parking lots. Romantic eh.? I just hope that their relationship can get stronger now that the news is out in the open. Whether Ji Woo will wait for JW who will get enlist for two years …I hope so. We’ll see.
    One more beautiful Korean actress becomes unavailable…

  12. 12 belleza

    From Air City interviews, Lee Jin-wook was really, really starstruck by Choi Ji Woo. And at least to me, it doesn’t seem surprising that Ji Woo would prefer 20-something men. Good for them.

  13. 13 more

    go to soompi they pics of them together

  14. 14 tweety

    im wondering if there are no paparazzis in Korea? wow it took two years before the news came out . quite a shock really.

  15. 15 djes

    I kinda like Lee Jin Wook, and Choi Ji Woo for me is blegh.
    Well if they are happy together, good for them.

  16. 16 Porcelain

    Noona love FTW!

    Hmm… Lee Jin Wook… he was so squishable in Alone in Love…

    I dunno, the pairing caught me by suprise maybe coz. I hadnt see Air City… but as long as they are happy… I am glad for them.

  17. 17 Wow

    During the filming of Air City, LJW actually called “Air City” as “Ji Woo City”. I remember seeing an interview where LJW being so playful to JW and made her so blushed. I guess all those playful acts were real then. As somebody already mentioned, LJW worships her. Hope the best for the couple.

  18. 18 stranger

    AWWWW…. I loved Lee Jin Wook in Powerful Opponents ….wow, drama becomes reality, how ironic?

  19. 19 DeCaf

    wow! that caught me off guard!! happy for them…at least this couple is one of the few out there who finally came out in the open. I wonder how they managed to hide it all this time….
    waaaah, LJW is taken!!! :( love CJW though…..

  20. 20 ed

    haha i knew it! just the way he stood next to her in some scenes, there was “tension”…hmm mm!
    so this makes for jin-wook ouji? 😀

  21. 21 Bolt

    Surprise! Surprise! Not so suprise!! ^_________^

    It is indeed an irony to be caught on camera with a covered face!! No smoke without fire? The sequel of Star’s Lover is just unfolding…..

    Let’s wait for the confirmation of the facts or denial of the rumours from them individually!! For the time being, let’s give them a bit of space and privacy. Good luck and be yourself CJW!

  22. 22 LJ

    Well, if they’re happy then I’m happy for them.

    I was rooting for them too in Air City, so this makes me smile.

  23. 23 lucky_kiss

    unexpected news & add to that the 6 years difference, she is lucky to fall in love with him..

  24. 24 kk

    Hmm…He hasn’t enlisted yet? I wonder if they’ll stay together? I remember rooting for their romance in Air City, but not really much else, that drama was very bleghhh…

  25. 25 SuMi

    FOR REAL..?!

    it’s kinda surprising though coz i thought she would have went for someone older…. but all the best to them if they’ve really hooked up :)

    she’s a lucky girl…. hehe

  26. 26 daffodil

    She did mentioned in an interview after air city that she is ready to settle down.

    so this was what she hinted to him ??.

  27. 27 Bolt

    Haha…kk…this is the first time I heard you giving not so positive comments about CJW’s dramas, BTW, I did remember you commenting only on her clothing in Air City. During then, I was a bit puzzle.

    Recalled that I did give various all round constructive criticisms on CJW when Air City was aired or immediately after the drama. Still remembered being bashed up quite badly by the rest of CJW’s fans!!

    So, I have learned my lessons i.e. to speak only the truth of not the truth, but yet only the truth!! Hahaha…. ^_________^

  28. 28 bspanda

    For all the love I have for Lee Jung Jae (and there is a lot, since Il Mare days) I did not/could not finish Air City (and I was soooo looking forward to it too!) But did note that CJW looked great with both LJJ and LJW. Lucky woman!

    Wow good for them – they make a very good looking couple. It’s actually refreshing how korean celebs are sudeenly open/honest about being in a relationship. First Tablo/Kang Hye Jung and now CJW and LJW. Cause hey love ain’t a crime!

    (Honestly it is a shame when so called fans go nuts when actors/actresses admit relationships. If you respect their work you should respect their choice)

    Hmm is it weird that Lee Jin-Wook’s mgt company can’t find him to comment? haha Is this Lee Jin-Wooks way of avoiding interferrring mgrs (‘Star Lovers’ plotline in real life? LOL)
    (BTW thanks Dramabeans for the recaps! Although I have yet to watch Star Lover’s, your recaps makes me seem like I already have. I can only handle one obsession, a bloody huge one aka Boys Before Flowers, at a time.

    Let’s hope the paparazzi will leave them alone…..but doubt it will happen. CJW would obviously know that, so perhaps there is further news to come.

    (just realised that Lee Jin-Wook was in another one of my fav kdramas – Alone in Love!)

  29. 29 jastinel

    Wow, they look good together. Age really doesn`t matter as long two people in love are happy and the relationship is going strong.
    I`m not a fan of CJW, so I don`t have any update on her. She got married one or two yrs ago, right? What happen?

  30. 30 6927HollywoodBlvd.

    I wish all the happiness on the couple. May their relationship stay strong now that it is out in the open. they worked hard to date quietly for the past two years and may they continue to stay in love…

  31. 31 Melvoyance


    That’s my expression when reading this, I thought she’s dating an older guy lol
    But I’m happy for them, 2 years of secret relationship. I hope their love would last until he finish his mandatory service. I heard that when a guy enter mandatory service their relationship will a bit shaky, I remember when Park Sol Mi break up with Ji Sung when he was still in the military service.
    I’m happy for the new couple, it’s about time she start dating ^ ^

  32. 32 anon

    “This may turn into one of these developing/changing stories, because while Choi’s rep made the statement to a news source, apparently Lee Jin-wook’s side is having trouble contacting the actor, who is lying low as the story breaks.”

    Got a little confused here, isn’t it Choi and Lee under the same management which is Olive9?

  33. 33 gracias

    My support for the couple. They look good together and I was rooting for them also in AirCity. Hope the relationship will last.

  34. 34 Rose

    Why do korean guys like to date older women lately.? I have an issue over women that dates younger guys, i dont know why, but i just think it feels awkward.

  35. 35 Jill

    JiWoo was always rumoured to be linked to her co-stars ..I read about the speculations between JiWoo and JiTae (Star’s Lovers) too. It’s so hard to be her..but i hope she has finally found her right man now..I’m happy if she’s dating JinWook. He’s young and hot!. Lucky gal! BTW who’s black Porsche were they driving there??..

  36. 36 Friends

    Bae Yong Joon when will we know your happy news?.

  37. 37 vis

    Oh, wow! That’s cool 😀 Had no idea~ I also rooted for this couple in Air City back then ^_____^ As long as they’re happy together it’s all good!

  38. 38 jinju

    I always like Li & Choi — i think age doesn’t matter as long as they’re truly in love & it’s high time I guess for Choi to go on dating. I’m very happy for them & wish them all the best!

  39. 39 clarice

    WOw surprise! anyway congratulation

  40. 40 chajjye

    #28: yeah, now is STAR’S LOVER for real.

    interesting how this surfaced after Star’s Lover finished. If irony has its way, the 5 year marriage broke up and Lee Mari’s got a new man. Then we will have Star’s Lover 2! Haha.

    Sorry, talking nonsense here. 😛 must be the BOF alcohol.

  41. 41 sunox888

    yey!!!! hope this is a happy ending for both of them….they both seem really sweet…

  42. 42 coco

    I hope they are happy and the press etc. will leave them alone.
    There’s nothing wrong in a 6yr age gap! My husband was 6 yrs my junior and if I’d let other peoples opinions get in the way I would now be looking back with regret. He died of cancer at age 29! You never know what may happen down the road.

  43. 43 ic3cream

    Wow really time to find out who that guy is hahha, why the sudden announcement though ?

  44. 44 sonam

    I am happy for any sister who finds Love! The age difference is not that much.

  45. 45 anonymous

    LOL @ iheartBFF

    But I agree, before, I thought she was in her 40s.

    But goodluck to them.

  46. 46 hmmmm

    she looks kinda old for 33yr old, even with the botox and all. It’s like aunt and nephew standing side by side.

  47. 47 alleyesonme

    i do agree that she looks much older than 33. i can’t even bear to watch ‘star’s lover’ because her botox face is just a bit too much for me to take in. there’s just something so unnatural going on there. hahaha

  48. 48 Anonymous

    If she got Botox, shouldn’t she look like in her 20’s. The fact that u said that she is much older than 33 indicates that she didn’t get botox? why do surgery or/and botox if they don’t make u look younger?

  49. 49 Nordelm

    Jastinel, Ji Woo was never married. I think you saw the pictures of Choi Ji Woo & Lee Jin Wook in wedding attires in the 2007 Andre Kim’s fashion show.
    Anon, Ji Woo & Jin Wook don’t have the same management agency. Rose, wake up, it’s the modern times. 6 years is not a big gap at all. Look at Demi Moore & Ashton Kutcher, American actors, there’s 15 years gap & they are still married happily to this day. After all, statistically women live longer than men. So, to be married to younger men is perfect because they will live together longer. I’m very happy for Ji Woo & Jin Wook. Ji Woo looks very young. People please just be happy for them & stop given ugly comments. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Ji Woo is very pretty, elegant, sophisticated & talented. As Jin Wook stated before, Ji Woo is very pretty & elegant quite a few times. It’s love at first sight. Let’s just wish them happiness & I hope people & the media will leave them alone. They have the right to love just like anybody else. CONGRATULATIONS & GOD BLESS JI WOO & JIN WOOK.

  50. 50 le

    really shocking. i don’t get why they would make it public, especially since ot has been a secret for so long, well maybe cause they want to see each other freely, anyways good luck to them.

    its kind of funny in most of the dramas Lee Jin Wook’s character doesn’t get the girl, but in real life he does.

  51. 51 cecee

    Lots of jealous haters. CJW has been in the business for a long time. Thats why people think she is alot older. Why can’t people have some happiness. There is never enough or too much love in this world. They look good. The End. Period.

  52. 52 Anonymous

    wow…what a surprise.

    is this choi ji woo’s first publicized romance?

  53. 53 nanci

    great news

  54. 54 mcjayjay

    im always happy to see a failed relationship on screen work out off screen!! =)

  55. 55 Nina

    what the hell!?!?!?

    no no no! Choi Ji Woo? She looks like his mother! xD

    why?????????? :'(

    but he’s in love …. what a sad news =/

  56. 56 Anonymous

    Both better make the best of their relationship while it lasts…not too sure it can last that long with LJW going for 2 yrs army stint. lol

  57. 57 Anonymous

    i kind of wonder how some people are so ridicoule by comment how old CJW is and how sad that he choose her.
    did they prettier than Jiwoo ? if they did, then they should be the one choosen.
    i believe LJW didnt pick her for her beauty only because in that case, most of the actress, with botox or not, surgery or not would be pretty.
    get a life and dont be always negative thinking…

    and CJW and LJW…congartulations

  58. 58 purple teddy bear

    Although this breaks my wittle heart (sobbing here*) because I am so infatuated with him, I’m happy for HER. She is so pretty and seemed down to earth any guy would be so lucky to have her as a girlfriend. I actually giggled with the fact that she is older. Because it is a little bit more exciting perhaps?

  59. 59 Ano

    She has wealth, fame, status,beauty, and kind personality. He has charisma, good looks, uprising career, and caring personality. They both are fortunate to have each other. Congrats!

  60. 60 White Star

    to Nina, post #55

    I don’t think that was appropriate. shallow much?

    I’m glad they found each other and the relationship is going strong.

  61. 61 hanneebuff

    wee! i’m just happy that some rumors were not true. hahaha!

  62. 62 anna

    6 years difference between them is barely noticeable since they’re both matured adult. Good for them.

  63. 63 Kellie

    I’m so happy for Ji Woo & Jin Wook (THE 2 JWs), They look great together. You should watch them in the Andre Kim Fashion Show of Nov. 2007 in You Tube. They looked like real bride & groom. Perfect match. They both have the same thoughts, same lifestyle & same religious beliefs. Ji Woo is not that old & she looks young. People think she’s old because she has been in the entertainment business for 14 years, but what they don’t know is that she started at a very young age. I read that she was the youngest contestant selected in the MBC 23rd Open audition. I just hope & pray that they continue their relationship. Don’t worry about the media & the envious anti fans. Love conquers all. God bless you both always.

  64. 64 Ruthlene

    Nina, let’s not put judgment on people.. Only God can judge us.. Ji Woo is not that old. She just has been in entertainment business for a long time. She started very young. Let’s just congratulate them. Be nice to people & they’ll be nice to you. Lee Jin Wook adores Ji Woo since Air City. She’s not only beautiful outside, but she very beautiful inside (a quality she’s known for because she ‘s kind, humble, charitable & religious), I wish them all the happiness in the world.
    God bless both of them.

  65. 65 Junebaby

    Good Luck to CJW and LJW .
    I think some comments here are unnecessarily cruel. CJW looks like his mother?!! ? She’s botoxed ? C’mon !
    Cjw’s a terrific actress and she has made me one of her biggest fans. Forever. Period. But to me, she’s not even that beautiful and she, like many others, has that kind of delicate skin and bone structure that does not stand the test of time.
    Plus, she’s too thin. Also, she ‘s made to cry, cry and cry. I think that makes her look haggard- thus the ‘old’ look. And haven’t you read how merciless the camera and lights are to actors’ faces ? (of course that does not make her less of a good actress-I’d still love her and her acting)
    Give CJW a break.

  66. 66 Junebaby

    would this news an effort o upgrade the low rating of SiL??

  67. 67 alleyesonme


    so you think that’s a natural face? really?

    tried watching ‘star lover’ again last night. couldn’t do it. nope. that face was just too much for me to stand.

    and #65.

    wow. you’re a fan? you rag on those who diss her and then turn around and diss her yourself? i don’t get it …..

  68. 68 purple

    I think it will do just the opposite. One of the reasons (if not the only )viewers love SL is attributed to the emotional connection between the lead actors. They were so convincing that viewers had problems distinguishing acting from reality. The recent news abt LJW and CJW, which came out a week after SL ended, will dampen the fantasy of many SL viewers and future viewers. Btw, LJW and CJW haven’t been dating for two years. In her recent interview, she claimed that they have just been going out recently. I don’t know ..the timing of this news broke sounds fishy to me.

  69. 69 nanci

    Choi Ji Woo is a beautiful, talented, charismatic actress. It is due to her that I was introduced to Kdrama. I have been watching Kdramas for the last year, i have not seen one actress able to act as naturally or as beautifully as her. She connects with the audience. Unlike many other Korean actresses, she does not overact (my opinion). I have seen most of her dramas, i can’t find the older ones. As a fan, i can say that she is the only actress that makes me wait for her next drama simply because she has not disappointed me in her selection.

    This recent news of her dating is great. I think it will not affect the rating of SL. She was so convincing in her role that many of her fans believed that there is something going on with the lead actor. The sizzling chemistry had me also convinced that they were attracted to each other. However, i watched SL because of her, the actor and the story, and not for the assumption that the lead actors have feelings for each other. The drama, SL, was one of the most enjoyable, entertainting, charistmatic that i have seen in recent times.

    Thanks to her, i am a fan of korean dramas. Koreans should be proud to have someone like her, in introducing Korea to non-Koreans.

  70. 70 Luvit08

    Congrate to them if they are really on dating now. actually i’m so suprise read recently the new about her and LJW are dating. before this I guess CJW will date with men more mature than her. however I will support her…I’m your big fans, hope god bless you forever and happy alwayz…..hope LJW really loves her…caused sometime i feels some men tend to used other women to get fame and so on…

  71. 71 belleza

    Actually I’m MUCH more weirded out about Choi Jun Won and Baek Sung Hyun possibly dating. I’m all for noona love and yes a full trip around Saturn makes you itching to try new relationships, but uhhh he was 19-year old like THREE WEEKS AGO. Whoa.

    “What would you like to drink Choi Jung Won my dear?”
    “A Long Island Ice Tea would be great. ”
    “Me too . . . uhh, do they have that in the soda machine?”
    ” . . . .”

  72. 72 Junebaby

    # 67
    i was merely being realistic about CJW’s looks on screen
    the point is she’s loved not for her looks(to me, she’s sweet looking – not Kim Tae Hee gorgeous) but more for her acting-But she certainly don’t look like LJW’s mom or botoxed!

    oh well

  73. 73 jenny lee

    wow ! unbelievable ! my oppa is in love ?! with CJW ?!
    well , although i’m not a fan of her & doesn’t like her at all , but God bless Lee Jin Wook & may he be happy ~

  74. 74 Anni

    Super Happy to hear this news. They’re cute couple. I totally support both of you Jiwoo + Jinwook fighting. This is their life and their happiness !!!!! We’re fans and the thing we can do are supporting them !!!…

  75. 75 dorita

    wow me parece fantactico que aya encontrado el amor wow qq linda es choi ji woo aun qq el chino esta e algo pues ajajaaj bueno le deseo lo mejor bibraciones positivas es mi mejor actris la adoro

  76. 76 Norde

    Wow, so glad for Ji Woo & Jin Wook. I hope the bad media & jealous (envious) neitzens don’t ruin their relationship. They have the same right like everybody else to go on dates & be in love. Let’s just wish them the best. I also hope that Jin Wook’s absence when he goes to military won’t be on the way in their relationship. God bless this lovely couple. They look great together. Ji Woo & Jin Wook fighting……

  77. 77 kate09

    she has a thing for younger men ha?? why only now? her career’s not doing soo well lately?? this news is really fishy!!!

  78. 78 Di Di

    i wanna say No to them. I like Lee Jin Wook but if they are happy together it is good for them but
    for me is No

  79. 79 vineloppe

    Wow, great news (how ever it’s too late for comment)..I really hope the best thing for the couple..I support them!!

  80. 80 Kallie

    Those Lee Jin Wook’s fans who are very envious & broken hearted, just keep in mind that you’re his fans, but no way he will date you because he personally don’t know you ( sorry, just stating a fact). If you’re really his fans like I am, just be happy for him. Jin Wook admitted his relationship with Ji Woo before Ji Woo was interviewed, so you must all know that he’s very much in love with this woman. Let’s just be happy for them & continue to support them. CONGRATULATIONS JIN WOOK & JI WOO (2 JWs). DO NOT LET ANYBODY CONTROL OR MANIPULATE YOU. BE HAPPY, LIFE IS SHORT.

  81. 81 liezl

    # 80


    For as long as they’re both happy and devoted to each other, then LOVE prevails.

    To CJW & LJW, we are very happy to hear the news and that u both finally found that person who will make ur lives more meaningful, someone to walk with and share secrets, someone to laugh with and dream dreams and for sure when u hear each of ur names, IT BRINGS SMILE On UR LIPS….Continue to be a BLESSING for EACH OTHER.

    wow…..LOVE MOVES!!

  82. 82 Chris Sik

    What is 6 yrs? They look good together. I wish them happiness. They are both my favorite actor and actress. CONGRATS!!! I am so happy for both of you.

  83. 83 jo

    i love vhoi ji woo.shes my fav korean actress.im happy for her.age doesn’t matter.shes pretty.bagay cla.

  84. 84 babytalk

    So are they still together or not? JW has just been enlisted to the army? Did JW visit him like any girlfriend should?

  85. 85 Julie Sandar

    no way!!!!!!!!!!she is too OLD!!!UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  86. 86 debbie

    They are lovely couple. Congratulate to both of you ! Choi Ji woo is very beautiful girl.

  87. 87 Abbie

    I’m glad that they are in love, age is just a number as long as they love each other, I’m happy. Congratulation! Choi Ji woo i’m one of your fans

  88. 88 Anonymous

    This’s not true!
    Who is the right man?

  89. 89 samansa

    yep!!!he issss handsome,so he can get the girl!and specially I love his eyes!!^^
    they both are 2 of the bests!!!wish them luck!fighting!


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