Highly rated, The Penthouse: War in Life received a lot of attention from the netizens. The cast of this suspense drama series became a conversation in the virtual world, including Lee Ji Ah.
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The owner of kim sang eun’s real name received praise from the penoton for his performance. She played the character of Shim Su Ryeon, a graceful and elegant upper-class woman.
Who would have thought, in real life he is a descendant of the South Korean conglomerate. Not only that, here are the facts about Lee Ji Ah’s personal life that are again the subject of discussion.
Lee Ji Ah Profile
- Name:Lee Ji Ah (이지아)
- Birth Name: Kim Sang Eun (김상은)
- Date of Birth: February 2, 1978
- Profession: Actress, Model
- Notable Works: The Penthouse: War in Life, Thrice Married Woman, Beethoven Virus, Athena: Goddess of War, and more.
- Education: Major in Graphic Design from Pasadena Art Center College of Design
- Career: Started as a model, made acting debut in 2007, and won several awards.
- Personal Life: Married and divorced Seo Taiji, dated Jung Woo Sung.
- Trivia: Lived in the U.S. for 10 years during childhood, despite studying graphic design, gained fame as an actress.
Born to a Respected Family
Not many people know, this beautiful actress was born on February 2, 1978 under the name Kim Sang Eun. In 2005, he legally changed his name to Kim Ji Ah, and used the stage name Lee Ji Ah.
The 45-year-old is a descendant of the conglomerate, the granddaughter of Kim Soon Heung, a teacher and founder of Seoul Arts High School. His grandfather made a considerable contribution to South Korean education. Reportedly, he also served as director of Kyung Gi High School.
According to a statement from Key East Entertainment, the former agency that houses Lee Ji Ah, Kim Soon Heung donated land to establish the Art College in Seoul. While his father was a businessman, this made his family close to politicians.
One of the lawmakers, who is associated with Lee Ji Ah’s family, said the artist’s extended family had been wealthy since Japanese colonial times. They have two houses in the So Dae Moon area, one with the residence of former South Korean President Yoon Bon Sun.
Management representative Lee Ji Ah reports that Kim Soon Heung’s wealth comes from the fast-growing silk business. Before finally deciding to retire, and chose to focus on the South Korean education system.
Lee Ji Ah Studied in Design Department
Always captivating the audience with his extraordinary acting skills, it turns out that Lee Ji Ah did not pursue a role art education. This always young-looking woman majored in graphic design at the Pasadena Art Center Collage of Designe.
However, Lee Ji Ah’s acting abilities are unable to be erred. Proven from the awards won such as 44th Baeksang Awards: Best New Actress, MBC Drama Awards 2007: Best New Actress Awards, MBC Drama Awards 2007: Best Couple Awards together with Yong Jun Bae, and MBC Drama Awards 2007: Popularity Awards.
Starting His Career as a Television Advertising Model
Lee Ji Ah reportedly lived in America for 10 years, his family moved abroad when he was in the sixth grade of elementary school. First came to South Korea for a visit in 2004. Then, in 2005 early back to the country of his birth to start a career as an advertising model.
In 2007, Lee Ji Ah made his acting debut through the drama The Legend (2007), and he received numerous offers to star in popular films and dramas.
During his career in entertainment, he often switched agencies. Lee Ji Ah first joined Key East Entertainment, and ended his contract on December 31, 2011.
Furthermore, in March 2012 he signed with Will Entertainment. Within two years, he joined the new agency HB Entertainment.
In May 2016, Lee Ji Ah left HB Entertainment, then signed a contract with BH Entertainment until now. The agency also houses Kim Go Eun, Park Bo Young, Jin Goo, Han Ga In, and many more.
Movies and Dramas Starring Lee Ji Ah
Not only The Penthouse: War in Life, Lee Ji Ah also starred in popular dramas including Thrice Married Woman (2013), Beethoven Virus (2008), Style (2009), Athena: Goddess of War (2010), Me Too, Flower! (2011), Snow Lotus Flower (2015), My Mister (2018), and The Ghost Detective (2018).
In addition, he also starred on the big screen such as The Relation of Face, Mind, and Love (2009), Athena: The Movie (2011), and Musudan (2016). Lee Ji Ah participated in a music video model for Vibe, titled Please Come Back to Me which was released in 2010.
Widowed Since 2006
She is known as a very reclusive South Korean celebrity, especially regarding her personal life. As is known, he managed to hide his marriage and divorce with musician Seo Taiji.
The marriage of these two public figures took place before Lee Ji Ah debuted as an artist. The two first met while attending a concert in Los Angeles, where they met through a relative. He admitted that previously the legendary Korean rocker was his idol.
The marriage took place in 1997 in America, their household lasting 9 years. Seo Taiji and Lee Ji Ah officially divorced in 2006.
In 2011, she was caught dating her Athena: Goddes of War (2010) co-star Jung Woo Sung. The two stunned Dispacth while on holiday together in Paris.
At the same time, Lee Ji Ah’s status as Seo Taiji’s ex-wife is revealed. Still in the same year, he ends his relationship with Jung Woo Sung.