I think its harder for female actresses to attain A-list stardom than it is for men. The glass ceiling in every industry exists in entertainment, and in K-ent its especially hard for women because they need to have a pure good girl image for the ahjummas to want as daughter-in-laws, but then also subtly exude sexual charisma for the men to desire. Whereas guys just need to be hot and good looking, because its so much easier to win the hearts of the predominately female viewers of K-dramas and the like. With that said, its pretty amazing that Kim Tae Hee is one of the few top actresses in Korea that is more famous than her equally good looking younger brother Lee Wan. As an actor I actually think Lee Wan is much better than his noona, but she just wins all the hearts and endorsements while he has a rather low key image in the industry. Since finishing his military service last year, Lee Wan hasn’t been in the spotlight much. There were rumors he was going to be the second male lead in Missing You but that role ultimately went to Yoo Seung Ho. I think he dodged a bullet but it would have been nice to see him back in a melo. He’s probably best known for Tree of Heaven with Park Shin Hye, but he also held his own in Swallow the Sun with Ji Sung. Kim Tae Hee is prepping for Jang Ok Jung, Live in Love, but the siblings appeared together last week for an autograph signing session for housing developer PNS. It’s weird they are doing the endorsement together since PNS can’t exactly go with a lovers picking a home vibe since everyone knows they are siblings. And they look alike, to boot! How about go for younger rich brother buys noona a nice vacation condo concept? I hope Lee Wan picks a acting project soon since its been 3 years since he last acted and them acting skills are likely getting rusty from the non-use. Maybe he can do a cameo in Jang Ok Jung as Kim Tae Hee’s wastrel other brother who dies young. Okay, I made that up, historically there is no such person. Their real life parents must be so proud to have two successful and well-liked actors in the industry pursuing careers they love.
Kim Tae Hee and Lee Wan PNS Making of: