Looks like the upcoming epic sageuk Empress Ki (formerly known as Hwatu but got its named changed to avoid confusion with the same-name Korean card game) may be the last time we get to see Ha Ji Won in a K-drama for the near future. She recently left her long time agency Wellmade STARM, which I totally support since it was that lame agency which made her star in the terrible sageuk movie The Huntresses (Joseon’s Three Beauties) because it was producing it. She formed her own agency called Sun and Moon Entertainment, with the name courtesy of Ha Ji Won herself based on her dream of becoming an actress who shines as bright as the sun and moon. I thought that would be it for her recent behind-the-scenes activity but the lady isn’t done cleaning house and making new strategic decisions on her career. Ha Ji Won just signed an exclusive international contract with Hollywood agency UTA (United Talent Agency) as she takes her first step towards an acting career beyond Asia. UTA has a huge list of actors under its umbrella including mega A-listers like Johnny Depp, Harrison Ford, Anthony Hopkins, Gwyneth Paltrow, etc. Only a handful of Korean entertainers have signed with Hollywood agencies so this is a big break for Ha Ji Won. Some notables include Rain who is signed with William Morris Endeavor while Lee Byung Hun has his own agency in Korea but is signed with CAA (Creative Artists Agency) overseas. Ha Ji Won is undoubtedly one of the top actresses in Korea but she has yet to step foot overseas whether with a movie that has gained international recognition or working in a Hollywood flick. I hope UTA finds her the right roles and she gets her English good enough to really go for it overseas. If she succeeds in crossing over, she’ll join a few of her fellow K-actresses who have some international name recognition such as Jeon Do Yeon, Jeon Ji Hyun, and Bae Do Na. Since Hwatu is a 50-episode sageuk that won’t finish airing until Spring of 2014, I see Ha Ji Won’s next project after that an international one since why sign with UTA and then not do anything with them.