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Lee Ji-eun aka IU is a South Korean actress, singer, songwriter, and record producer. She's been active in the entertainment industry since 2008 and she's one of my ultimate favorite actresses.
I'm always drawn to celebrities with real success stories and IU is one of them. Her family struggled financially when she was young, and she and her younger brother had to live with their grandmother and cousin for more than a year. She has endured a life of poverty. Her experiences at such a young age made her determined to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. Despite failing auditions then being scammed by fake entertainment companies, she never faltered and instead, got up every time she fell into a trap. I admire her so much for never giving up, and for being a great example of what a true successful artist is.
Here are the top 3 best IU K-Dramas you shouldn’t miss:
1. Hotel Del Luna (2019)
Hotel Del Luna is a dark fantasy and romantic comedy starring Lee Ji-eun and Yeo Jin-goo. The series was released on tVN on July 13, 2019 and ended on September 1, 2019 with 16 episodes. It is considered as one of the highest-rated K-Dramas in cable television history, and the most viewed drama on tvN in 2019. Currently, it is also one of the popular K-Drama series that is available for streaming on Netflix.
The story centers around a hotel that is unlike any other. It is only visible to ghosts, and humans can only enter the hotel under special circumstances. The hotel staff who are also ghosts, as well Jang Man-wol (IU), the hotel owner, provide the needs of the dead by helping them solve their unfinished business so they can cross over. Gu Chan-sung (Yeo Jin-goo) is the only human who can enter the hotel. He was forced to be the hotel's new general manager to fulfill the deal that his father made 20 years ago in exchange for his life.
2. My Mister (2018)
My Mister is a critically-acclaimed drama starring Lee Sun-kyun and Lee Ji-eun. The series premiered on March 21, 2018 and ended on May 17, 2018 with 16 episodes. It is currently available on Netflix, iQIYI, and VIU.
Lee Ji-eun plays the role of Lee Ji-an, a 21-year-old woman who is trying to endure the many hardships in life, like taking care of her deaf grandmother, and bearing the obligation to pay her mother's debts. In the past, she was convicted of murdering a loan shark, and in the present time, the son of the man she murdered continues to make her life harder. When the boss of her company orders her to spy on Park Dong-hoon, Lee Ji-an's colleague, Ji-an ends up falling in love with him instead.
6th APAN Star Awards
Top Excellence Award (Actress in a Miniseries)
2nd The Seoul Awards
Grand Prize (Drama)
55th Baeksang Arts Awards
3. Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (2016)
Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo is a historical romance, time travel, fantasy, and melodrama starring Lee Joon-gi, Lee Ji-eun, and Kang Ha-neul. The series premiered on August 29, 2016 and ended on November 1, 2016 with 20 episodes.
Lee Ji-eun plays the role of Go Ha-jin, a 25-year-old woman in the 21st century who is transported back in time during a total solar eclipse. She wakes up inside the body of Hae Soo in the year 941, and has no idea how to go back to her time. She has no choice but to live as Hae Soo who is surrounded by the princes of the Wang family during the reign of King Taejo. At first, she falls in love with Prince Wang Wook, but realizes later on that she has developed feelings for Wang So, the fearsome 4th Prince who hides himself behind a mask. Later on, she finds herself in the middle of a rivalry amongst the princes of the ruling Wang family.
Korea Brand Awards
Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo
SBS Drama Awards
Best Couple Award
Lee Joon-gi and Lee Ji-eun
SBS Drama Awards
Idol Academy Award (Best "Drudge")
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