Late Starter Lee Min-jung Is the Talk of the Town

Lee Min-jung, the 28-year-old star of new film "Cyrano Agency," is the talk of Korea's film industry.

Lee rose to prominence with the hit TV drama "Boys Over Flowers" in 2009, becoming instantly popular thanks to her looks and outstanding acting skills acquired on stage. But Lee says she was just an ordinary woman in her 20s who would agonize over what to do to make living and get jealous of other people.

"I chose to go to Sungkyunkwan University to study theatre because I thought I was into directing," she says. "Until I was in high school, I didn't think about becoming an actress. I didn't really like doing things in front of many people, nor was I very talented." But fate intervened and put her on stage. During the years of obscurity, she seriously thought about quitting, "but now I don't worry about that anymore."

In "Cyrano Agency," Lee is paired with actors Uhm Tae-woong and Choi Daniel. According to the Korean Film Council, "Cyrano Agency" had attracted 1.86 million viewers as of Tuesday. Since its release on Sept. 16, the film drew praise from critics and moviegoers and is still pulling some 50,000 viewers on weekdays and 100,000 people on weekends, so surpassing the 2 million mark seems to be well within reach.

englishnews@chosun.com / Oct. 09, 2010 08:18 KST