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Kim Min-sun’s new name and new drama

Actress Kim Min-sun was already a decade into her career when she decided to change her name last year — not just a stage name, but her actual real one. Her next project will be the first where she acts under her new name, Kim Gyu-ri.

The reason for her change? Kim explains that Kim Min-sun is her legal name, and it’s also the name she is credited under in projects like ero-sageuk Portrait of a Beauty and drama series Loveholic. However, her family has always called her by the name Gyu-ri. Kim is a fourth daughter, and at the time of her birth her parents wanted a son, so they entered the name Min-sun into the official registry. However, they’ve always called her Gyu-ri, so this change is to make it official.

The funny thing is, there’s already another actress with the name Kim Gyu-ri, who happens to be the same age as this one. (She’s pictured below, at left. You may recognize “the original Kim Gyu-ri,” as some have taken to calling her to avoid confusion, from dramas like I Can’t Stop and Lovers. It must chafe the first Kim Gyu-ri to suddenly be thrust into the backseat, since Kim Min-sun is the more famous actor.)

Making things even funnier, Kim Gyu-ri is actually a stage name for the other actress — whose real name is Kim Moon-sun. HAHA.


The two Kim Gyu-ris

This is hardly the only case of two actors sharing names, although usually there are ways to differentiate the two. For instance, there’s an 11-year age gap between the Lee Hye-young of Queen of Housewives and the mom from Boys Before Flowers. And 27 years separate the Lee Hyun-woo of Oh! My Lady and the dancer kiddo from God of Study. (Jung Yumi, however, is another case where it can get tricky.)

There are a lot of reasons a star might change his or her name, but it’s unusual to do so this late into a career. Kim Nam-gil did it, albeit for different reasons, and he made the change right before he got his big break. He was steered into debuting under a stage name, Lee Han, but as he continued acting under a different name he felt the compulsion to revert to his own. (Stage names are common, and are adopted for a few reasons. A star might have an old-fashioned name and want to get famous with a sexier or more modern styling. Or there might already be a star with the same name, so a switch could be made to avoid confusion.)

On to the drama:

Kim will be returning to television for the first time in five years with a one-act MBC drama called I’ll Teach You Love. Her last drama role was in MBC’s Young-jae’s Golden Days in 2005, after which she stuck to film work.

The drama is a romantic comedy that centers around a woman who’s unskilled at dating who seeks advice from a dating consultant. Comic scenes unfold as she is advised by the man she loves. (Seems like Cyrano Dating Agency reversed and with a little twist, doesn’t it?) It also stars Yang Jin-woo (Seven Days) and Ki Tae-young (Creating Destiny).

I’ll Teach You Love began filming last week and will air in mid-September.

Via Hankook Ilbo, News Hankuk

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HAHAHAHAHAHHAHA - the original Kim Gyu Ri should really revert to her original name then... hahaha..!

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Yikes! Actor's nightmare...same name. Guess there's no SAG or AFTRA in Korea to prevent these situations.

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Kim Min Sun's explanation for the name change sounds not so credible to me. I mean, she might be telling the truth (I can't think of a reason for her to lie), but it still doesn't make sense. She could have chosen to change her name legally, while keeping her original name (Min Sun) as her stage name because she's used it for so many years. Professionally, the name change is detrimental so late in her career.

Personally, when I first heard about Kim Min Sun's name change and not heard of the reason, I thought this was just another case of "ooh, a psychic told me that my name is unlucky and I should change it to one that will bring me greater fortune." Especially since Kim Min Sun's career has been pretty stagnant for quite a while now. Oh well, I guess I was wrong.

Gosh, I did not realize that Kim Gyu Ri's (errg, the original one) real name was Moon Sun. It even sounds similar to Min Sun! Oh the drama.

@kaedejun, it seems like the reason the original Kim Gyu Ri chose to use Gyu Ri as her stage name is because "Moon Sun" can be considered a rather old-fashioned name. Despite sounding similar, "Min Sun" does not. Another reason why Kim Min Sun could have just kept it as her stage name.

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this is not what I HEARD
when I first heard that she changed her name the reason was something else she was involved in some kind of a scandle in korea cause she she sAId something against american beef !!!! ppl were very mad and they attacked her !! so she had to changer her name to make a new start or something like that

it is very silly story but it is more believable

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I don't know if this is true, but I wouldn't be surprised. After the whole mad-cow thing here in the US, a lot of people in Korea said negative things against american beef imports. If I remember correctly, there were even candle light vigils to protest US Beef being sold in Korea, and it was only recently (within the last year, I believe) that Korea has begun to accept American imports of beef again, lol.

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But I liked her old name... Hmph.
I still remember her from Ballad of Han River, and I was totally shipping her with Choi Min-soo's character. Sigh.
It's been a while. Will be nice to see her in a new show.

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"Making things even funnier, Kim Gyu-ri is actually a stage name for the other actress — whose real name is Kim Moon-sun. HAHA."

ahahha lmfo :D:D

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gosh, how come all these actresses look so gorgeous.
Anyway, sounds like a fun drama. Will check it out.

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I probably would have also been skeptical had I not known someone in a similar situation. I was always confused because EVERYONE calls my mother by one name, while legally her name is something else. I asked about this and was told that she was registered under her legal name because of some weird incident when she was younger. Yeah, I know, it seems like a flimsy excuse to me, too. Hey, mom, witness protection program?? Lol.....

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LOL I believe the beef explanation.

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Wow, they're the same age? I would have thought the original Kim Gyuri was much older, because I remember her as being really popular during the 90s. She was really pretty then, and I guess looked mature for her age.

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does anyone know the meaning of their names?

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Who. Cares?

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So Kim Moon-Sun's stage name is Kim Gyu-ri and Kim Min-Sun's new name is also Kim Gyu-ri... oi.

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i think this will be confusing for her fans or other ppl who were used to her screen name!

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i love her and her old name is nice too. it suits her.
i am glad she's back with a new project. loved all her projects.

Hwaiting!!!!

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yeah i heard the same thing, and this all happened last year too. i heard that she was involve in a scandal regarding u.s. beef recall, and that the u.s. company had gone after her and tried to sue her because her actions were way overboard. there's nothing wrong with changing one's name, i think as a human being we all have that right. but if she's going around telling a different story, then that's very sad of her :(

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Kim Min Sun or Kim Kyu Ri...I'll support you what ever you like. =) Well, just to give praise to this actress with her gutsy and outstanding performance in PORTRAIT OF A BEAUTY with Appa Kim Nam Gil...I hope to see you more in KDrama soon! Aja-aja! Fighting!!

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