Normally an actor or actress moves agencies is not really worth writing about but the recent moves of three Korean actresses merits a mention since it might have a big impact on their acting careers in the new year with a look back at their recent career trajectory. First up is Lee Da Hae (My Girl, Chuno, IRIS 2) who has just moved from her old agency Forestar Entertainment to FNC Entertainment which reps CN Blue and Lee Dong Gun among others. Forestar is currently in a heated fight with Jung Seok Won who is trying to break his contract with them so who knows what’s going on over there. Lee Da Hae had a terrible month of December considering she was also one of the handful of ladies alleged by netizens as part of the actress prostitution ring which was cleared up by prosecutors as all false attribution. FNC has a much bigger representation of musical talent but with the addition of Lee Da Hae in addition to signing Lee Dong Gun earlier this year it’s setting up a nice solid acting contingent. It’s also worth noting they worked together before in Sweet 18 though Lee Da Hae played the clingy second female lead and maybe being in the same agency they can work together again. Her star has been decidedly muted in Korea in the last few years and far from her high during the My Girl days. I think she needs to lay off anymore fixes to her face and just let her natural acting talent shine through. She’s really one good role and project away from reclaiming my good graces. King Kong Entertainment also recently lost two of its leading ladies – Park Min Young (who hasn’t acted in all of 2013 and in 2012 she did Dr. Jin) bolted in two months ago and recently signed with Culture Depot which is the agency that reps Jeon Ji Hyun, and Kim Sun Ah left this week after her contract expired but doesn’t have a new agency yet.
It’s a new year and I’m all for the ladies switching agencies since it might reinvigorate their acting careers. Is been years since each had a major hit under their belt – Kim Sun Ah is still best known for My Name is Kim Sam Soon and her City Hall was well-received but underrated, Park Min Young had a great leading lady start with Sungkyunkwan Scandal and City Hunter and its been a plateau since then, and Lee Da Hae gets controversy wherever she goes and needs a bona fide memorable role like she was in My Girl. I actually like all three actresses very much, and oddly my favorite Park Min Young role and performance was in the wackadoodle makjang Man of Honor with Chun Jung Myung. I think they’ve had very poor project choices in the last few years and it’s time a new agency helps steer them in a better direction.