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Lee Young-ae goes for her doctorate

Lee Young-ae is one of those A-list stars whose next project is highly anticipated, but fans will have to wait a bit longer for her comeback, because she has announced that she is going back to school for her doctorate.

Lee Young-ae graduated from Hanyang University with a degree in German, then attended graduate school at Joongang University and earned her master’s in theater and film. She will be starting her program at Hanyang’s graduate school of theater in film for the latter semester this year.

Lee’s management explained that she isn’t going for her doctorate with the specific goal of becoming a professor: “She merely has a strong interest in studying, and after she earned her master’s degree she wanted to keep going with school. She won’t stop working because of her doctorate course.” She plans to begin her studies in early June.

The 38-year-old actress has been selective with her projects and hasn’t acted much in recent years after her hugely successful drama series Dae Jang Geum in 2004 and the film Sympathy for Lady Vengeance in 2005. No doubt her return project, whatever it ends up being, will be met with a great amount of interest.

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good for her!! I completely understand the drive to continue learning, and the thought of finishing up my master's program scares me quite a bit... must ...find... something else... to ...major in.... >gasps<

anyway, loved her in Lady Vengeance, so I hope she doesn't stay away for too much longer...

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I think people will always associate her with Dae Jang Geum. Watching the series right now and I am enjoying it very much. All the actors are great to watch. Looking forward to her next project. She will probably choose wisely since she don't want a disappointment.

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me too i like watching that drama

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Good for her. Some people (her) loves to study whereas (me) just like to have fun. I wish the best of luck and keep it up.

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Good luck to her, as for me? I can't even think beyond getting my bachelors.

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an education will never grow old, become obsolete, lose popularity or be taken away! all you who are still getting an education -- good luck!

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i truly admire her! She's a pretty lady and a great actress.

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wow.. she's got it all huh? :p

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She's beautiful, talented and smart.
World can be unfair like that! :D

She looks very young, and I always like her works.. Good luck for your study, Ms.Lee!

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Good for her and got brain too. One of my former colleagues told me before he retired that his wife met her in Vienna, and they have tested her out and were very impressed with her command of German language.

When I am seeing her face, it just makes me thinking of food and accupunture!! Er....feeling very hungry...better go to bed...good night....

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I admire her for her interest to continue studying. Education is a good thing, and she's a good example ^^

But I also wish to see her in dramas/film soon ^^

It seems like once a star makes a big hit drama/movie, they go off far far... far...away.

I always thought if someone would make a hit film, they would try to make more films/movies while their popularity is still high. But they always disapear.

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Wow, I never knew she has a major in German. I truly admire all of the actors/actresses who continue to pursue education even with their already successful careers in showbiz.

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Does she have a husband?

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I don't think her heart is in the acting profession, at least not in the public part of it. Who really believes anymore that she's ever going to "make a comeback"?

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Jeez...smart, talented and beautiful...*sigh*...some people have it all! :)

Good for her for keeping education as an important part of her life!

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Wow! I didn't know she was so young!

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It's nice to have money saved enough and not have to work.

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whenever i think about her, the image of a lotus is on my mind..

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German, whoa!!! I like it when celebs study things other than film and theater! and going for a doctorate- you've got to be really committed to go through that. I commend her!

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I like how she tastefully picks her projects. Makes her seem more elegant, and more of a thoughtful person than those other actors who jump from project to project. Good for fan service I guess, but building up into a forte is better than being monotonous.

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I'm so glad she's not one of those actors that capitalizes on their fame and tries to make a lot of money from it.

I admire her goal of higher education and focusing on her own self growth as a person.

I'm sure her next project, if she so chooses, will be tasteful, thoughtful and intelligent, just like her.

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goodluck to you Lee Young-ae.
aja fighting :D

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She's truly a role model for not only for Korean women, but for every woman in the world. With such a strong study ethic, she'll no doubt earn that doctorate!

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Oh my, I'm going to miss her so much more... ;(

She's one of the greatest actress in the world who only acts because of passion & dedication.... hmmmm, I guess I have to wear my patience cap again *sigh nth times* ^^

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Wish Lee Young-ae all the best in her study; I am sure she will enjoy every moment. Please return with more interesting projects!!

This came to my mind: Lee Young-ae & Park Shin-yang in the next drama - the timing may be right.

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German? Interesting.

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Yeah out of all the languages, German seems to be one of the hard one to learn by. So props to her for pursuing greater education! :)

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German is quite difficult language indeed! Go for it while you have a good time to study Ms LYA! It will take a few years to finish the PhD and no need for her to make a total stop from acting. Best of luck for your further studies.

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It's a good news for me...I support her to continue her study! :-)
Go go go Young Ae eonni!! keep fighting,,

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Is it mean that when Dae Jang Geum II (the sequel, which is still in planning) will be aired she won't be in that drama ? I love her in that drama. Dae Jang Geum II won't be the same without her."sigh". Oh well I guess I have to wait till she finish her doctorate to see her act again. BTW, how many years she will be studying (how long it will take to pursue a doctorate in Korea) ?

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Aja-aja!!
Studying is good~

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I am totally impressed with an actress who is interested in something other than making loads of money. Education is a great thing and the fact that she majored in German, I am doubly impressed.

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i am a huge fan of hers, loved every drama./movie she's ever been in and on top of that i think she's one of the rare beauties around. She's a great role model for other actors/actresses and i really admire that she's continuing to learn and further her education on film/theatre even though she's already mastered it.

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Lee Young Ae is so inspiring! What a classy lady. I secretly wish that she and Jang Dong Gun will marry each other.* tee hee*

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This makes me love her more! Lee Young Ae is beautiful inside and out and has the natural curiosity to learn. I loved her in Dae Jang Geum! One of my all time fave Kdramas. Definitely one drama that got me to stop watching Chinese Dramas and start watching Korean dramas.

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Very good actor, I like her in One Fine Spring Day with Yoo Ji Tae and Last Present with Lee Jung Jae. Of course, Dae Jang Geum is all time the best!

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what??????????????/

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hi: ^_^ my love lee young ae i looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooove you so match and i like yore aktires and korea too (: baaaaaaaaaaaaay

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You are so beautiful in Dae Jang Geum. I have no word to express my feeling to you. You do a great job for people, for me. Whenever I think of you that makes me love people alot because I wish everyone on this world have true love to you and each other. Wish you all the best in your education and future. Yours.

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