[CELEB] Lee Sung-kyoung is back on TV in a rom-com

A poster of the tvN drama series Sh**ting Stars, featuring series leads Lee Sung-kyoung, left, and Kim Young-Dae [ILGAN SPORTS]

Actor Lee Sung-kyoung returned to the small screen on Friday with a behind-the-scenes showbiz drama titled “Sh**ting Stars.”

The tvN series is Lee’s first in two years.

Sh**ting Stars is a rom-com set in Korea’s entertainment industry. The Korean title of the series “Byeoldongbyeol” means “shooting stars”. less heavenly description of the industry and the people in it.

Lee portrays Oh Han-byul, a public relations person who develops a love-hate relationship with Gong Tae-sung, her talent agency’s star actor, played by Kim Young-dae.

“When I first read the script for ‘Sh**ting Stars’ I thought it was very close to reality [of Korean show business]’ Lee said in an online press conference on Wednesday. “I would say the script is 95 percent similar. Being a celebrity myself, I could empathize with the events in the script.”

The drama is directed by Lee Soo-hyun, who is best known as the director of the MBC drama Find Me in Your Memory (2020), and written by Choi Yeon-soo, who actually worked at an entertainment agency before becoming a writer became .

Lee said he wasn’t initially aware that Choi had worked in the entertainment industry. “But after reading her script, I figured she must either have worked in the industry or have expertise in the field.”

Other actors in Sh**ting Stars include Yoon Jong-Hoon, who plays a talent agency team leader, Kim Yoon-Hye as a celebrity manager, and Sojin as an entertainment reporter.

The drama will also feature various cameos throughout its 16 episodes. Actors Park Jung-min, Yoon Byung-hee, Seo Yi-Sook, and Kim Seul-gi appeared in the first and second episodes.

These episodes of “Sh**ting Stars” received a local viewership rating of 1.8 percent, according to Nielson Korea on Sunday.

The series airs on Fridays and Sundays at 10:40 p.m. It is also available on the streaming platforms Tving and iQIYI.

Actor Lee Sung-kyoung [ILGAN SPORTS]

Actor Lee Sung-kyoung [ILGAN SPORTS]

Lee is also being considered for the female lead in an upcoming melodrama series I Call It Love, according to YG Entertainment Friday.

“The actor reviews the script positively,” the agency said in a statement.

This series is about a man and a woman who initially want revenge on each other, but later come to terms with each other and develop a romantic relationship.

Actor Kim Young-kwang is the male lead in the series, which is set to premiere in the first half of 2023.

Lee Sung-kyoung, 32, debuted as a model in 2008. She quit modeling after being cast in a supporting role on the SBS drama series It’s Okay It’s Love in 2014.

The following year she was cast in the lead role in MBC’s Flower of Queen and won the Rookie Actor Prize at the annual MBC Drama Awards.

Lee is also known for her roles in the dramas Cheese in the Trap (2016), Doctors (2016), Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo (2016), and Dr. Romantic 2” (2020) and films “Love+Sling” (2018) and “Miss & Mrs. Cops” (2019).

Lee is also a talented pianist. Before modeling, she spent about 10 years preparing to become a professional pianist. She showcased her musical skills on the tvN drama series About Time (2018), portraying an aspiring musical actor.

Lee Sung-kyoung

Date of birth: Aug. 10, 1990
Star sign: Lion
Place of birth: Goyang, Gyeonggi
Debut: 2011 Advertisement for SK Telecom’s service called Hoppin
Agency: YG entertainment

Lee Sung-kyoung started modeling in 2008 at the age of 18 after making the top 11 in the SBS Supermodel competition. Following her debut, Lee walked the runways for local fashion brands such as Steve J & Yoni P and beyond. She quit modeling in 2014 to pursue full-time acting. Her first job was a supporting role on the SBS drama series It’s Okay It’s Love in 2014. Lee was cast in the lead role in her next drama, MBC’s Flower of Queen (2015), for which she received the Rookie Actor Award during the annual MBC Drama Awards in 2015. Lee’s other credits include tvN’s Cheese in the Trap” (2016), MBC’s “Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo” (2016) and SBS’s “Dr. Romantic 2” (2020). She has also acted in the films Broker (2016), Love+Sling (2018) and Miss & Mrs. Cops (2019) and dubbed the Korean version of the 2017 animated film Trolls.

This information was confirmed by YG Entertainment on April 22, 2022.

Lee during a scene in MBC's drama series

Lee during a scene in MBC’s drama series Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo (2016) [MBC]

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