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November 16, 2012

Araneta Coliseum


Lee Min Ho Shows Immense Popularity in the Philippines

Actor Lee Min Ho showed his tremendous popularity during his three nights, four days trip in the Philippines.
According to his agency’s officials, Lee Min Ho arrived in Manila on November 15, and held a press conference with the local media. The next day he held a large scale event at the Araneta Coliseum. This event was sponsored by the clothing brand Bench, which Lee Min Ho is an exclusive model for. Ten of thousands of fans gathered outside of the venue but not all were able to get in.

After shooting a commercial on November 17, he held a fan signing at a local Bench store the next day. The large number of hopeful and adoring fans caused traffic delays in the area.

A Korean resident of the Philippines said, “Out of all the Korean celebrities to come to the Philippines, Lee Min Ho has received the most interest. We’ve played his famous dramas such as ‘Boys over Flowers’ and ‘City Hunter’, and we plan to continue with airing his latest drama, “Faith’.”

Lee Min Ho has received star treatment and attention from the local media from the minute he set foot in the country. He has dominated the news with headlines such as “Manila Falls in Love with Lee Min Ho” and “Lee Min Ho has Pushed the Typhoon Away with His Arrival.”

An organizer of the event said, “This has been the best day of my life thanks to Lee Min Ho. His modesty and warmth has touched the hearts of the Filipinos.”

After wrapping up his drama “Faith” Lee Min Ho promoted in China and next month he will have a fan meeting in Yokohama, Japan.

Lee Min Ho

UNPLANNED SHOT. The Korean star had to remember the moment and asked Suyen's Miguel Pastor to take this pic. Photo from architect Miguel Pastor's Facebook page

More than 30,000 fans gathered at the Araneta Coliseum to see Lee Min Ho in Person!

'MASARAB!' Lee Min Ho posted this photo of himself in his Facebook page, enjoying the Pinoy adobo

A Staple Dish in the Philippines, ADOBO!

SELF-PORTRAIT WITH BC. Lee Min Ho borrows Ben Chan's iPhone and flips the cam so he could take their photo together. Photo from Karen Jardenil's Facebook page

Exclusive Photo with the Owner of Bench, Mr. Ben Chan.



Lee Min Ho at SM North Edsa Skydome
November 2012

Lee Min Ho Leaving Korean Garden Restaurant,
Jupiter St., Makati City, The Philippines


 Lee Min Ho 이민호 Leaving Restaurant in Manila 05.07.13

ARACAMA , Filipino Cuisine


March 14, 2013

Lee Min Ho to Release Special Album and Go On World Tour in May

Lee Min Ho‘s agency announced on March 14, “We will release Lee Min Ho’s special album world-widely in May and he will be on a world live concert tour starting in Korea at the end of May.” Lee Min Ho has sung at fan meetings and other fan-related events previously, but this is his first time releasing an actual album.

However, the purpose of this album is not for Lee Min Ho to make his debut as a singer, but to thank is fans. Lee Min Ho’s domestic and international fans have been asking for this album and Lee Min Ho put two years of time and effort into this album in return. Moreover, a part of the profit made from this album’s sales will be donated to charitable organizations helping people in need. Until now, Lee Min Ho prepared a song for every fan meeting he’s hosted but never released the song officially or performed elsewhere.

Lee Min Ho’s live world tour concert series will visit at least 10 countries including Korea, China, Taiwan, Thailand, The Philippines, and so on. The tour will last until July and each concert will be in the hybrid format of a talk show and live music. Lee Min Ho commented on the release of his album, “My only goal is to become a great actor and singing is not my thing. I just prepared this to thank my fans and give something back to them after receiving so much love and support from them. I hope to make a come back with a good script sometime soon. I’m always thankful to have all of your love and support.”

A representative of Lee Min Ho’s agency stated, “Fans have been requesting us to make an album with several songs Lee Min Ho has performed at fan meetings for over two years now. Since this album is a special one-time thing, fans will only be able to hear Lee Min Ho singing live in person, never on a TV show or other programs.”

Meanwhile, Lee Min Ho is widely popular in Asia as well as in South America, Middle East, and Europe as “Boys over Flowers” and “City Hunter” garnered much attention and popularity in these parts of the world.


April  2013

Lee Min Ho is confirmed to be doing another romantic-drama entitled "HEIRS".  There was no leading lady yet at that time he had accepted the offer.   

Now, it has been revealed that Lee Min Ho will be working opposite Park Shin Hye (He's Beautiful). The actress also visited the Philippine recently and appeared in "It's Showtime", an afternoon entertainment show on ABS-CBN to invite Filipino and Korean Fans in the country to her fan meeting.

Both Lee Min Ho and Park Shin Hye have already worked together as endorsers for Etude House in 2009.

With dramas like ‘Boys Over Flowers’, ‘Personal Preference’, City Hunter’, and ‘Faith’, Lee Min Ho has swiftly won the hearts of fans all over the world, and become a top actor in the process. Screen writer Kim Eun Sook is famed for her well-written scripts that has led to dramas like ‘Secret Garden’, ‘A Gentleman’s Dignity’, and ‘Lovers in Paris’ to become instant hits with viewers and draw high television ratings along the way. With Kim Eun Sook’s ability to bring out the best in her male leads, fans are anticipating to see how Lee Min Ho will be written in the new drama.

Lee Min Ho said, “I have personally saw Kim Eun Sook’s productions, and have always wanted to collaborate with her at least once. I will finally get my wish fulfilled this time. It will be a meaningful experience to be able to work with a screen writer and director that I respect a lot.”

Screen writer Kim Eun Sook also lavished praise on Lee Min Ho and said she will be focusing all her energies into writing the script and create a role that’s tailor-made for Lee Min Ho.

‘Heirs’ will be a 20-episode drama and has already piqued the interest of fans with the reveal of its top-notch writer and director, Kim Eun Sook and Kang Shin Hyo PD, as well as its male lead Lee Min Ho. ‘Heirs’ will be a romantic comedy with a fusion of the hit drama ‘Boys Over Flowers‘ and the American hit TV series ‘Gossip Girl‘, raising the curiosity of fans about how this drama will unfold!

A representative revealed, “Writer Kim Eun Sook sent a love call to Park Shin Hye and also received the OK sign from the SBS drama department. Writer Kim had been keeping an eye on Park Shin Hye’s recent productions. Although girl group members were considered as candidates, she wanted to go with an actress instead for stable acting ability.”

If you thought love is in the air this spring, just wait until Fall because ‘Heirs’ will air sometime this coming October!




Good news for Lee Min Ho fans.
The Korean superstar, who came last year for a showcase of Bench which he’s endorsing, will be back not for another fashion show but for a concert, his first ever in Manila, set for July 6 at the Mall Of Asia (MOA) Arena.
Min Ho’s 10-day My Everything – World Tour 2013 will also include stops in Tokyo, Seoul, Bangkok, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, Osaka, Hong Kong and the US, coinciding with the recent release of his first album, My Everything.
”This is my way of thanking my fans around the world,” Min Ho was quoted as saying.
Min Ho is arguably one of the most sought-after and mosty popular Korean actors today. Still in his 20s, Min Ho has already claimed a comfortable spot in international stardom. Min Ho’s acting career began in 2005 with small roles in several dramas, but his first big break came when he took the lead role as Gu Jun Pyo in the Koreanovela Boys Over Flowers.
Despite pessimistic claims from critics that Min Ho’s massive popularity would die down after the Boys Over Flowers craze, the talented actor has proven to be a no one-hit wonder. He continued to star in several blockbuster dramas, including Personal Taste (renamed Perfect Match in the Philippines) and the action drama City Hunter.

"I saw for myself how down-to-earth Min Ho was during his pictorial for Bench in Seoul last year. His fashion sense perfectly jibes with our Bench line,” said Bench boss Ben Chan who flew to Seoul for the pictorial.
During his MOA concert, Min Ho will serenade his fans with songs from his new album, answer questions and celebrate the night with his well-loved fans.
(Note: Tickets to Lee Min Ho’s My Everything – World Tour 2013 in Manila are available at all SM Ticket outlets. For more information, visit www.smtickets.com. For VIP tickets and further inquiries, call Wilbros Live at 374-9999. Or follow Facebook.com/WilbrosLive and Twitter @WilbrosLive).

Lee Min Ho feels comfortable in the Bench clothes that he’s endorsing.

May 25, 2013

Hallyu star Lee Min-ho has released his debut album "My Everything," a seven-song collection that included the carrier track "Love Motion."

The digital version was released online on May 22 while the physical album was released on May 24.
"My Everything" is a combo that contains a CD, a DVD and a 70-page photobook intended as a gift to his fans around the world.

Lee Min-ho prepared the album for two years.  Apart of the album sales will be donated to charity.

He will perform the songs in the album at his fan meeting in Korea scheduled today, May 25, at the Kyung Hee University Grand Peace Palace in Seoul.

To promote the album, Lee Min-ho will hold his first "My Everything-World Tour 2013" in Asia, which will see him visit the Philippines, China, Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia and Thailand.

"Fans in Manila will be able to see Lee Min Ho perform live for the first time, as he will be singing songs from his new album, 'My Everything,"' Glenn Llamas of Wilbros Live told Bulletin Entertainment.

The "Lee Min-ho Live in Manila: My Everything-World Tour 2013" will be held on July 6 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

As a local clothing brand endorser, Lee Min-ho visited the Philippines last November for his fan meeting and mall tour.

"So this time, fans can expect more - see Lee Min-ho perform live and interact with him as well," said Llamas.
According to Korean media, the actor's world tour will combine a talk show and live concert format.

He would like to thank his Filipino fans for all the love and support, and because of that, he is dedicating this concert for them. He is excited to be back and be with his Filipino fans again," added Llamas.

Lee Min-ho rose to stardom through the 2009 hit Korean drama "Boys Over Flowers." His other TV dramas include "Personal Taste," "City Hunter" and "Faith." He is set to star in the new drama "The Heirs."
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Concert promoter Wilbros Live tweeted the news on Tuesday, May 21. "Surprise! Korean superstar LEE MINHO is coming to Manila for his first-ever concert tour on July 6 at the MOA (MALL OF ASIA) Arena!


For those who want to see the Korean star, the ticket prices are as follows: VIP (P7500), Patron (P5400), Lower Box A (P5400), Lower Box B (P3675), Upper Box (P1575) and General Admission (P525).  AVAILABLE AT SM TICKET OUTLETS, IN ALL SM MALLS
I think by that time, his TV Series FAITH will be aired on ABS-CBN in July.


July 05 & 06, 2013


Leaving Korea for Manila, July 05 2013

A casual Lee Min Ho arrived In Manila:

Lee Minho (이민호) arrives in Manila. 

MANILA, Philippines - Korean star Lee Min Ho is back in the country for a one-night concert at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on July 6 (Saturday).

The event is presented by the local clothing brand Bench, which has Lee as one of its celebrity endorsers.

Lee’s concert in Manila is part of his “My Everything” tour. The Korean star is best known in the Philippines for his role as Gu Jun-pyo in the hit series “Boys Over Flowers.”

He first visited Manila in November 2012 for a “meet-and-greet” event organized by Bench.

A Casual Lee Min Ho Arriving Manila, July 05 2013


Lee Min Ho and owner Ben Chan at the Bench Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the Bench Tower Project at The Fort Bonifacio Global City with first local endorser, Filipino actor Richard Gomez with wife Lucy Torres-Gomez

An Interview with Boy Abunda for BANDILA

An Interview for MYX, ABS CBN Music Station Channel on TV

An Interview with Entertainment Reporter at TV Patrol, Gretchen Fullido.

Bench Tower Project(Bonifacio Global City).


Lee Min Ho coming back for concert



Korean actor Lee Min-ho excited some 15,000 fans in the Philippines over the weekend.

Lee held the Philippines leg of his Asia tour, dubbed “2013, My Everything Tour in Manila,” at Manila’s Mall of Asia Arena last Saturday, according to his agency Starhaus Entertainment’s press release Tuesday.

Donning a cream-colored suit, the actor-and-singer kicked off the concert, filled up to the fourth floor, with his new tune “My Everything” and “You & I,” and closed the door to the first part of the show with his favorite tune from the first album, “Pieces of Love.”

The second part was also full of excitement and thrills especially when Lee sang “LOVE MOTION” and “My Little Princess,” both of which are also listed in the newly-released record.

His Filipino Fans sang the “Happy Birthday” song in Korean to celebrate the 26-year-old star’s birthday which was in late June, and in response, Lee sang “My Little Princess” passionately and without accompaniment to thank his fans’ for their enthusiastic support.

The Hallyu star’s on-going Asia tour will now head to Taipei’s NTU Sports Centre in Taiwan on July 21, Shanghai Grand Stage in China on July 28, Hanoi’s Quan Ngua Sport Palace in Vietnam on August 3 and Beijing Exhibition Centre in China on August 10.

Reporter. Lee Hye Ji 
Editor. Jessica Kim

Courtesy of Starhaus Entertainment


Lee Min Ho's Manila Concert at Mall of Asia Arena, July 06, 2013

Without You

Love in Motion



The Manila Bulletin

Korean Superstar Lee Min Ho likens his Filipino fans to the beautiful islands of their motherland. 

"First, they are passionate (Filipino)... Mabe there are many beautiful islands (here that) reflect my fans," Lee Min Ho said at the recent press conference for his "My Everyting
World Tour 2013" concert. 

When I look at at he Filipinos, they (look) very innocent, he equipped. 

Asked what sets Philippines apart from other countries he has visited, Lee Min Ho cited its "sea, beach and sand."

Aside from the beautiful islands, he sees "femininity and romanticism" in the Philippines. 

The actor has already visited Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo to promote his "My Everything" album which was released last May.  

He said that the recording  is "a gift to the fans," all of whom  he counts as his " everything," from being a lover and a friend to being family. 

"My Everything" is a seven-song collection that includes "Love Motion" (the promotional song), "Pieces of Love," "My Everything," "My Little Princess," among others.

Acting VS. Singing

In serenading his fans in different countries, Lee Min HO has realized the similarity and difference between singing and acting.

"(In singing and acting," I always put myself on a scene...(But) when acting, it's usually on TV and it takes a lot of time and I can't watch my fans, (while) in singing, (I'm) onstage in front of the fans..."

Note that the Hallyu star divulged in a previous interview that he has never imagined himself singing in front of someone because he was "shy," and only got used to it now. 

He related that the good thing about singing onstage is the immediate response he gets from fans, adding that the "happiness is extraordinary... It's really something."

He revealed that although he can sing and act, dancing is not really his thing. 

Lee Min Ho shot to fame in 2009 through his lead role on the hit Korean drama series "Boys Over Flowers," where he played the arrogant F4 leader Gu Jun Pyo. 

Lee Min Ho feels "honored to be attached to a global brand, "Bench" which he is endorsing. 

The press conference ended with him saying, " Mahal Ko Kayo."

His 10 city concert tour also includes Bangkok, Shanghai, Osaka, Hong Kong, and in the US. 


Why Filipinos love Lee Min Ho (and vice versa)


After his short but sweet meet-and-greet event for Bench last November, hallyu heartthrob Lee Min Ho finds himself back on Pinoy soil (and traffic) a mere eight months later, and his loyal Minoz couldn’t be happier.

If last year’s fan-meet were any indication, one would do almost anything just to share the same breathing space as one of South Korea’s hottest leading men to date.

Dubbed “My Everything World Tour,” Minho’s debut concert takes him to 10 cities in Asia, after which he starts filming for his latest TV project, “Heirs,” opposite recent Manila visitor Park Shin Hye (“You’re Beautiful,” “Heartstrings”).

DANCING may not be his forte, but for his fans,Minho will do anything. PHOTO COURTESY OF WILBROS LIVE
Korean Benchsetter

The 26-year-old actor belongs to the roster of Korean Benchsetters, which includes K-pop idols Siwon and Donghae from Super Junior and Nichkhun from 2PM. Despite the tight schedule and even tighter security, he had a ready smile and wave for the fans who had doggedly stalked him from airport to hotel—and everywhere in between, for that matter.

For his preconcert itinerary, Minho joined Suyen Corporation execs at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Bench Tower in Bonifacio Global City, then headed inside for his press conference with Sam Oh reprising her role as host/interpreter.

AT THE presscon with SamOh as host/interpreter. STEPHANIE UY
At face value, it wasn’t hard to see why a lot of females (and females at heart) have pegged him as the star of their most fervent Koreanovela fantasies. Sporting a patterned button-down Bench polo and dark blue jeans, short hair artfully tousled, the 6’1” tall Minho was as handsome as ever, and considerably leaner than he had been last year.
He fondly remembers the warm welcome he had received during his first trip to the country, which is why he’s been so excited and happy to come back. Although still unable to converse in English, his quiet charm and easygoing demeanor spoke volumes about his universal appeal. His disarming megawatt smile, and the odd little chortle he’d let out on occasion, instantly endeared him to everyone, be it hardened journalist or swooning young writer.

MINHO and Sam Oh raffle off gift bags containing LINE dolls and Bench items, plus the polo shirt he’d worn the previous day. PHOTO COURTESY OF WILBROS LIVE
Thank-you gift

Rather than a full venture into singing, the six-track album “My Everything” was intended as a thank-you gift for his staunch supporters in celebration of his seventh anniversary in show business. He earnestly considers his fans as “my friend, my lover, my family, my everything,” which elicited barely stifled squeals from the audience.

Unlike in filming TV shows, where the fans’ response to his work is usually delayed, he gets a rush out of the real-time reactions when he’s singing onstage. “The happiness I get from that is extraordinary,” he said. He also treats the album as another way for him to improve his vocal abilities which, until recently, had been limited to singing difficult songs in the shower and the occasional fan service during past events.

What to look forward to at the concert? “My butt-dancing,” he quipped cheekily, and the audience burst into shocked laughter. Definitely something you never thought you’d hear from the wholesome leading man, but it certainly piqued everyone’s curiosity.

Different side

When he said he was excited to show Filipinos a different side of himself at his SM MOA Arena concert, Minho wasn’t just referring to his backside (which was amply covered, just so we’re clear). Although he admitted he wasn’t a professional singer, he certainly gave his all into each performance, and even indulged the crowd with a few choreographed moves, despite the fact that dancing isn’t his forte.

LEE MIN Ho joins the Bench family for the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Bench Tower in BGC. PHOTO COURTESY OF WILBROS LIVE
Against a background of softly twinkling lights, the hallyu superstar started off with the title track, a ballad well known to “Boys over Flowers” fans. This was followed by a mix of upbeat and bittersweet tracks from his album: his personal favorite, “Pieces of Love,” “My Little Princess,” “Love Motion,” “Without You” and “You and I,” plus a new song called “Say Yes” for his encore performance.

In between songs, the concert included Q&A segments with Sam Oh, an intermission set from Korean guest group MonsterZ, and a meet-and-greet bit where Minho raffled off gift bags containing LINE plush dolls and Bench merchandise.

Thousands of eager Minoz line up outside SM MOA Arena for the concert. PHOTO COURTESY OF WILBROS LIVE
The fans with the winning seat numbers all came from the VIP and Patron areas, presumably as one of the perks of paying good money for the best seats in the house. Each girl had her onstage moment with the heartthrob, receiving a hug and, in a rare, candid moment, an “I love you, too” from the star himself, which made everyone squeal with envy.

Best birthday gift

Saving the best for last, Minho also raffled off the polo shirt he’d worn the previous day, complete with autograph. It went to a very young (and very shell-shocked) fan who was incidentally celebrating her birthday as well. She scampered off the stage with what was presumably the best birthday gift ever securely wrapped around her tiny shoulders.

MINHO greets his Pinoy fans with messages and shares photos of his favorite “karekare” and mango juice via LINE Messenger. STEPHANIE UY
Minho’s much-anticipated “butt-dancing” came during the upbeat track “Love Motion,” where he swayed his hips along with his dancers, and during the “Say Yes” encore where he turned his back and shook his behind for about five seconds. While he can carry a tune, the man unfortunately can’t dance, but he gets plus points for being such a good sport about it.

Admittedly, there were a few awkward moments due to the language barrier, including an attempt at a “gwiyomi” demo (the Korean craze on making pa-cute faces) that was cut short because the fans were unable to chant along with him. But the overwhelming love and encouragement that poured out, from the pit all the way to the bleachers, definitely wasn’t lost on Minho as he waved and blew kisses to the screaming crowd, then exited the stage with an ear-to-ear grin.

Lovable, on- and off-cam

MINHO teaches Bench VP for Finance Nenita Lim some “gwiyomi” poses during his farewell dinner. PHOTO BY MIGUEL PASTOR
  Away from the cameras, Minho has a lot more   reasons for people to love him. Bench honcho   Ben Chan says he truly enjoyed working with     the actor and his team. “He was so easy to      get  along with, grounded and wasn’t afraid to  make fun of himself,” Chan said.

 Also, Minho’s playful onstage persona  apparently wasn’t just for show. During his last  dinner in Manila, he gamely taught the Bench  family how to do “gwiyomi” poses, photos of  which are now making the rounds on the  Internet. “He directed every gwiyomi action in  the photos that came out on Instagram,” added architect Miguel Pastor. Cute.

MINHO teaches Ben Chan some “gwiyomi” poses during his farewell dinner. PHOTO BY MIGUEL PASTOR.

The secret to the hallyu phenomenon’s global appeal lies in being able to cut through language and geographical barriers and win people over, onscreen and off-screen. As far as his legions of fans are concerned, Minho’s got that ability down pat, and they love him dearly for it.

“Thank you very much. Mahal ko kayo!” he said with flawless diction amid deafening cheers. With ears ringing and hearts singing, we can now say that the feeling is definitely mutual.
“Lee Min Ho: My Everything Global Tour in Manila” was presented by Bench and Wilbros Live, in cooperation with Globe Prepaid, LINE, Bench Fix and Oishi.



Confirmed cast and character descriptions:

Empire High School students:

Lee Min-ho as Kim Tan

The heir of the Empire Group. He is arrogant and self-centered however he is overshadowed by his older half-brother, Kim Won. He falls in love with Cha Eun-sang despite her poor background.

Park Shin-hye as Cha Eun-sang
'The heiress of the poor' and the daughter of the Empire Group's housekeeper. She grew up with Chan Young and is caught in a love triangle with two privileged men, Kim Tan and Choi Young-do

Kim Woo-bin as Choi Young-do
The heir to a luxury resort. He has an IQ of 150, but uses his wit to put down and harass his friends rather than to excel in his studies.

Kang Min-hyuk as Yoon Chan-young
Son of the Empire Group's secretary. Cha Eun-sang's best friend who falls in love with Kim Tan's ex-girlfriend, Lee Bo Na.

Kang Ha-neul as Lee Hyo-shin
Son of the Chief of Police. He is the student body president, and has a crush on his teacher, Jeon Hyun-joo.

Park Hyung-sik as Jo Myung-soo
Son of the CEO of a car import company. Quick to think on his feet, he's a slacker who doesn't want to inherit the family business.

Krystal Jung as Lee Bo-na
She lives a fabulous lifestyle being the daughter of the man in charge of the entertainment world. Her first love and ex-boyfriend, Kim Tan never loved her. Chan-young heals her heartbreak.

Kim Ji-won as Rachel Yoo
A haughty and chic heiress of a major hotel group, she is a girl who wants for nothing in the world.


Choi Jin-hyuk as Kim Won
Kim Tan's "perfect" older half-brother, an accomplished and capable young executive who runs his family's giant conglomerate, Empire Group.

Im Joo-eun as Jeon Hyun-joo
A teacher at Empire High School, she looks cool and collected on the outside, while being slightly awkward in real life. Hyun-joo gets Kim Won's attention for her sharp intelligence, although studying is the only thing she knows how to do.


SBS is scouting for the right location shoot in California -- LA and San Francisco.

Heirs – First Script Reading 2013.07.17


Lee Min Ho
Park Shin Hye
Kang Min Hyuk
Kim Sung Ryeong
Kim Woo Bin
Kim Soo Jin (Not sure who is this?)
Park Hyung Sik
Kang Ha Neul
Choi Jin Hyuk ‘s name is there but he did not attend. Next script reading is on July 31, 2013.

70% of the scene will be played in school uniform and episode 1, 2 & 3 script has been done. Director, Production Team representative after reading the script said its awesome!


Officials Complain That ′The Heirs′ 
Has Swept Up All the Actors

Many drama officials have been complaining about Kim Eun Sook′s actor sweep-up for her upcoming piece.

The upcoming Kim Eun Sook drama, SBS′ The One Trying to Wear the Crown, Withstand the Weight - The Heirs, is set to air in October, but it′s already confirmed its star-studded cast, leaving virtually no one behind for other dramas.

One official said, "We understand how she got Lee Min Ho and Park Shin Hye, but we didn′t expect such rising stars as Choi Jin Hyuk, Choi Won Young, Kim Sung Ryeong, Kim Woo Bin, [ZE:A′s] Park Hyung Sik, [f(x)′s] Krystal, Kang Ha Neul and [CN Blue′s] Kang Min Hyuk to all join them in The Heirs. We recently offered them roles in another drama but they turned them down, saying they′ll be ′joining Kim Eun Sook′s drama.′"

The official added, "It′s very impressive how a drama that will air in October started casting actors since the beginning of the year up until recently. Even dramas that are set to air in September haven′t been able to finish casting yet, but this drama, which will air in October, is already finished putting together its main cast. We didn′t know actors were so bent on joining The Heirs even if it meant they would have to wait 10 months."

It has become known that some actors even asked Kim Eun Sook to cast them regardless of how much they′ll be paid. It seems the success of Jang Dong Gun of A Gentleman′s Dignity and Hyun Bin of Secret Garden prompted them to think of her dramas as an opportunity to launch themselves not only into the mainstream drama scene, but also advertising.

Kim Eun Sook pours so much detail into her supporting characters that actors wish to act even in those roles if they can′t get a main role.The Heirs has finished casting, and will start shooting in September.

This drama, which will be about rich high school students, will establish Lee Min Ho, Kim Woo Bin, Kang Ha Neul and Park Hyung Sik as a rich boy gang, while their partners Park Shin Hye and Krystal will appear as rich girls and string together love triangles.




Kdrama fans that live in the Los Angeles area should be on the lookout for signs of Lee Min Ho. The actor and his "The Heirs" co-stars Park Shin Hye and f (x)'s Krystal are on their way to the U.S. West Coast to film some of the drama's scenes.

The SBS drama, "The Heirs," will film in California for about three weeks, shooting scenes in Los Angeles and in Malibu to illustrate the luxurious lifestyle of the drama's rich young characters. Lee Min Ho has been practicing surfing for this role, so a good place to spot him might be riding the waves on Malibu's beaches.  

Most of the main characters in the "Gossip Girl" style drama are the high-school-age heirs of wealthy and powerful families. Lee Min Ho, whose last drama was "Faith: The Great Doctor," plays Kim Tan, a student at an exclusive upscale high school, while Park Shin Hye, who was last seen in "Flower Boys Next Door," plays Eun Sang, the daughter of a deaf housekeeper. And yet they meet and wind up at the same high school. Cinderella story, anyone?

"The Heirs" is one of the year's most anticipated dramas for two reasons. Writer Kim Eun Sook is the writer responsible for the hit dramas, "Secret Garden," "Lovers in Paris" and "A Gentleman's Dignity." And the show has acquired such an appealing cast of up and coming actors.

Choi Jin Hyuk, who was recently seen as the mountain spirit Wol Ryung in the hit drama "Gu Family Book" will play Lee Min Ho's older brother. The drama's cast also includes Choi Won Young, Kim Woo Bin, ZE:A's Park Hyung Sik, Kang Ha Neul and CNBlue's Kang Min Hyuk.
Choi Won Young last appeared in "Dating Agency: Cyrano," Kim Woo Bin became popular after "School 2013," and Park Hyung Sik did a great job acting in "Nine: Nine Time Travels." Kang Na Heul appeared in "Two Weeks," "Monstar," and "To The Beautiful You." Kang Min Hyuk last appeared as a playboy in "My Husband Got A Family."

The drama began casting early in the year and has snagged so many desirable actors that some drama officials complained there was no one left to cast in other dramas. It was also said that some of the actors now in the cast asked writer Kim Eun Sook if they could appear in "The Heirs" because the supporting roles in her dramas are so well developed.

"The Heirs" will air in October.


Lee Min Ho’s New Year’s Resolution: Improving His Body

BY Joan MacDonald | Jan 03, 2014 10:26 AM EST

Lee Min Ho
Lee Min Ho recently won his third excellence in acting award for his role in "The Heirs" but that does not mean he has given up on perfecting his skills. Or that he has given up on perfecting his appearance.
If you saw Lee Min Ho surfing in the early episodes of "The Heirs," you might wonder why he would need to work on his appearance, but the actor recently said that he is about to start a new fitness regimen.
Having just earned a few awards for his role as Kim Tan, he is not planning to rest. He wants to get in shape for his new action film "Gangnam Blues."
"I think I am going to work out like crazy," said Lee Min Ho. "I think I will lose even more weight."
He often works out before a drama to keep his energy up. Acting can be exhausting. He began working out shortly before taking the role of an assassin in "City Hunter." The character in the Japanese comic, "City Hunter'" was very muscular because he had spent his life in training.
Lee Min Ho also lost weight while training for and acting out his role as the sword-fighting bodyguard in "Faith: The Great Doctor." For "The Heirs" he learned to surf. And he doesn't just work out for the sake of maintaining stamina. Occasionally, as in "City Hunter," "Boys Over Flowers" and "The Heirs," he has to take his shirt off and impress viewers.
But, he says, fans have not seen anything yet.
"For this film, I will transform my body into one no one has ever seen before," he said.
He may need to bulk up. Yoo Ha, who will direct "Gangnam Blues," is known for his action scenes.
"Gangnam Blues" is set in what became Seoul's wealthy Gangnam neighborhood. The neighborhood became known worldwide after its standard of living was parodied by Psy's hit record "Gangnam Style." But it was not always filled with dazzling skyscrapers, upscale eateries and boutiques. Until the 1980s it was the least developed part of Seoul. Gaining control of valuable tracts of that neighborhood's real estate involved political corruption and some coercion.
Getting ready for his role in the film noir is not Lee Min Ho's only New Year's resolution. He also wants to fall in love.
" I want to fall in love at first sight," he said. "If someone like that appears, I think that just like Kim Tan I will know it is true love."


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