Riya Choudhary, Delhi
Lee Min-ho is one of the most famous actors in South Korea whose popularity has transcended globally. He was born on June 22, 1987, in Heukseok-dong, Dongjak-gu, Seoul, and is signed under MYM Entertainment IMX Inc. He is known for his charismatic and charming personality as he achieved his major recognition for his portrayal of Gu Jun-pyo in the famous K-drama, Boys Over Flowers that made him a household name not only in South Korea but also in the world. After that, he went on to act in several other popular dramas such as The Heirs, City Hunter, Legend of the Blue Sea, and movies like Bounty Hunters and Gangnam Blues. Recently, he crossed 19.3 million followers on Instagram, becoming the most followed South Korean actor. Here, I am sharing 10 incredible reasons to love him and everything else you need to know about him.
Amazing Actor and Singer
Lee Min-ho is an incredible actor with great acting skills. He attended the Konkuk University in Seoul and has majored in Film and Art. As an actor, he is known for getting immensely involved in his characters, which makes his roles memorable among the audience. He not only reads his scripts attentively but also goes behind the cameras to monitor his scenes. But, that is not all, along with being a supremely talented actor, he is a soulful singer as well. He has released studio albums such as ‘My Everything’ in Korean and Japanese, and ‘Song for You’. He has also sung OSTs for his dramas such as ‘My Everything’ in Boys Over Flowers, and ‘Painful Love’ in The Heirs.
Courteous and Polite
Lee Min-ho is extremely courteous and respectful towards his staff. He is often goofy and playful around them. With silly smiles and laughter, he often brightens the environment of the set. With a humble and down-to-earth attitude, he cherishes working with his peers and staff members. He treats everyone around him with the utmost politeness and respect while creating an enjoyable environment for people working with him.
Love towards Minoz
He fondly calls his fans Minoz and has endless love towards them. In his fan meets, he greets them with a big smile on his face. With unbreakable eye contact, he says ‘thank you’ to all his fans for their endless love and support towards him. He is immensely kind and considerate towards his fans, and often finds out ways to chat with them. Even if he is shooting overseas, his fanservice is amazing as he agrees to give autographs to the fans he meets on the streets. Whatever be the situation, he always waves at his fans with a smile on his face. He calls his Minoz “a presence that’s like God.“
Lee Min-ho is a big foodie, but he likes eating his meals at a proper time. Whenever he gets free from his busy schedule, he gets extremely happy because he finally gets time to eat food. His love for kimchi stew is well known. He loves to eat snacks even on the sets, and according to him, eating is the most fun thing to do.
Different Sides of His Personality
Fans of Lee Min-ho are quite aware of the different sides of his personality. Warm Min-ho’s side of him shows his child-like nature whenever he smiles with dimples on his cheeks. Blank Min-ho’s side of him is famous and is shown when he gets zoned out in his thought, and it appears as if someone has pressed a pause button on him. Sluggish Min-ho side comes out often as he yawns in between the shoot. Sullen Min-ho is famous too as he has a habit of scrunching his face. Suit Min-ho is a craze among fans as he looks extremely attractive in formal attire. Stupid Min-ho is a side of his personality that appears when he makes funny faces. Wide-eyed Min-ho is altogether a different side of him whenever he discovers something that amuses him, and he looks at it with extreme curiosity. Jumping Min-ho is the side when he literally behaves like a 7-year-old kid and jumps around. Obsessed Min-ho is the side of his personality when he is extremely confident about his looks yet asks his production director how he looks several times.
Style Icon of South Korea
From playing the role of a high-school boy to the king of a kingdom, he has nailed all his looks with his impeccable style and fashion sense. Whether it is a plain white shirt or a grey sweater, he can rock everything. Even in his recent drama, The King: Eternal Monarch, he looks amazing with his historical style. He is regarded as a style icon in South Korea as he can nail every look, be it cool, glamorous, natural, chill, or outgoing.
Loving and Affectionate
He has a loving mother, father, and an elder sister. Although he does not consider himself to be as caring as his sister in terms of taking care of his mother, he shows his affection in many other ways. He gave his first earnings to his mother and bought a house for his family. He also has a loving pet named Choco, a mini pinscher. Even Choco is extremely popular among fans for being the recipient of countless gifts and clothes, that make him one of the luckiest dogs ever.
Lee Min-ho is not just an actor, but he is an inspiration to many due to his sheer hard work and perseverance. In an unfortunate car accident in 2006, he and his actor friend Jung Il-woo were severely injured. This accident left him bedridden for nearly a year, and Lee Min-ho incurred serious leg injuries. During that period, instead of being depressed, he thought about how he could become a better actor or artist in the future. Again in 2011, he suffered another car accident while filming for his drama, City Hunter, but he didn’t have any serious injuries at that time. Without wasting any time, he completed shooting for the drama successfully. Despite suffering all this pain, he emerged as a better artist and actor who is loved immensely. He also served his mandatory military service as a public servant. He is ambidextrous, which means he can write using both hands without any difficulty.
Charitable and Socially Conscious
Lee Min-ho has always been on the receiving end of immense love from the public, and he makes sure to give it back to society. In 2014, he created a charity platform, PROMIZ, to raise funds for the social and humanitarian causes. The word PROMIZ is a combination of the word, ‘promise’, his name and his official fan club name ‘MINOZ’. This donation platform has collaborated with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and has contributed to several causes towards the welfare of underprivileged children and preserving endangered species. Min-ho has also made a donation of 100 million won under his fan club’s name to UNICEF’s Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund in 2015. For his contribution to society, he received the ‘Sharing Happiness Award’ in 2016 from the Ministry of Health and Welfare of South Korea.
King of Ads/Commercials and Ambassadorship
Till now, he has had several commercials under his name as a brand ambassador. Some of the very known brands he has been associated with are LG, Eider, Etude House, Romanson, KIA Motors, Twosome Place, Semir, LOTTE Duty Free, Innisfree, BBQ Chicken, and Domino’s. He has also been appointed as the Honorary Ambassador for UNICEF, Konkuk University, and the 2018 Pyongyang Winter Olympics. Currently, he is an Honorary Ambassador of the King Sejong Institute Foundation.
These were my reasons why Lee Min-ho is incredible and amazing. You can watch his latest K-drama, The King: Eternal Monarch on Netflix. Watch its trailer here:
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