Those who give up cannot gain victory.” It’s not victory that is so important, but the fighting spirit. Even if you fail, I think even just the attitude of not giving up is beautiful in itself.
* Name: 이민호 / Lee Min Ho
* Profession: Actor
* Birthdate: 1987-Jun-22
* Height: 185cm
* Star sign: Cancer
* Blood type: A
* Boys Before Flowers as Gu Jun Pyo (KBS2, 2008)
* But I Don't Know too (나도 잘 모르지만) as Min Wook Gi (MBC, 2008)
* I'm Sam as Heo Mo Se (KBS2, 2007)
* Mackerel Run (달려라 고등어) as Cha Gong Chan (SBS, 2007)
* Secret Campus (비밀의 교정) as Park Doo Hyun (EBS, 2006)
* Love Hymn (MBC, 2005)
* Our School E.T (2008)
* Public Enemy Returns (2008)
* Humming (2007)
* Arang (2006)
* Ghost Lives (2004)
* Repechage (1997)
The 45th Baeksang Arts Awards: Best New Actor Boys Before Flowers (2009)
Lee MinHo Childhood Photos Walkthrough
As with his rapidly rising popularity,many fans are getting curious by the day how the childhood of the leading man from the popular KBS “Boys Before Flowers”, Lee Min Ho, is like. IS PLUS has exclusively got hold of some childhood photos of Lee Min Ho, along with descriptions of them. In addition, Lee Min Ho’s mother will be giving interesting narrations on Lee Min Ho’s childhood in a 5-part daily articles, beginning from the 16th.
Young Lee Min Ho (0 - 4 years old)
(From Lee Min Ho’s mom)
I had a dream when I was bearing Min Ho, the dream scene is a plateau of chilli ground. Although the hospital did not gave me the sex of my child, but since having that dream, I was confident that it should be a son. I don’t normally like to eat meat, but for some strange reasons, I liked it alot during my pregnancy period. I ate beef every four days and now Lee Min Ho’s favourite dish is chilli with beef.
Min Ho was 3.2kg when he was born, a little lighter than the average newborn babies. His health was toward the weaker side from young till his elementary school stage. His Bronchus had some problems, therefore he is prone to cold whenever the season changes. And also, no matter how much food he ate, he just couldn’t get fat. I’m of blood type A, his body and personalities are very similar to me.
He doesn’t eat alot, nutritional tonics were given to him almost every season. We gave him a lot of food just like what others did to their child but he just can’t grow fat. He was always very shy with strangers and very sensitive. Therefore, I always had to carry him around and coax him.
Min Ho is especially beautiful when young. His eyes were bigger than his elder sister, his nose was high as well. The earliest signs showing his talent of being an actor was during young, due of his eloquence. Although his sister is fluent in her speech, Min Ho had learned to talk much earlier. When he was still in his infancy stage, he could quickly detect moving objects. The very first time he called “mom” was also about 3 to 4 months faster than an average child.
One year old birthday
Lee Min Ho is only slightly taller than the average child when he was young. He isn’t really very tall. But as he grew up, he became much taller. His physique became better as well. This photo was taken at a banquet hall in Seoul. Young Min Ho who was only one year old at that time, was not interested in any of the food placed on the table. Instead, he wanted a mouthful of cola-flavoured ice-cream which his sister was eating that time.
Two years old, on the home bed
When he was young, we all called Min Ho “sudden blink”. The main reason was because due to his large eyes, it was very cute when his eyes blink continuously. Before Christmas, “little Min Ho” sat on the bed.
Five years old, waiting to eat the cake that his father had brought, with his sister
Min Ho had a very good relationship with his sister. The number of arguments they had were really countable. This day, they posed on the table with the cake that their father had bought.
Six years old, tour to Chung Pyung with family
As with his role in “Boys Before Flowers”, Lee Min Ho in real life doesn’t know how to swim either. He was very timid during young and everytime, the whole family has to encourage and coax him, before he will play in the water. Only after several assurance from his mom and sister did young Lee Min Ho decided to play in the water, but with his life-jacket and sunglasses on.
Seven years old, birthday at kindergarden
Min Ho is very shy, I had never dreamt of him becoming an actor one day. Even the song that he sang during his kindergarden birthday party was also after several practice at home with mom. Even though Min Ho was very shy when he was young, but he met plenty of friends when he progressed to middle school. He became more extrovert from then on.
Nine years old, grade 2, camping behind the school compound
During his elementary education, Min Ho learned soccer and started to like mountain climbing and playing around in the fields. During summer, he liked to catch insects.
Eighteen years old, high school graduation ceremony
Beginning from middle school stage, Min Ho is already very handsome and also enjoyed a high popularity among guy and girl friends. Even his sister’s friends called him “yun kyung’s ‘pretty boy’ brother”. He began his acting career when he was in his second year in high school. Although his looks is roughly the same as now, but he had pimples popping out as and when during that period.
Lee MinHo’s Childhood Story Part 2 - Nearly Became A Lost Child
This is a continuation to my previous article on Lee Min Ho’s childhood where his mother narrates on the interesting events and little details about Lee Min Ho when he was young. Pretty interesting I think. This second part will have the timeline set at 5 to 9 years old and also contained Min Ho’s missing act when he was five. And by the way, are you able to spot young Lee Min Ho from the photo above?
(Description from Lee Min Ho’s mom)
Lee Min Ho ( 5 to 9 years old)
Min Ho loved to read the newspaper. He first started learning Hangul from the colourful advertisements printed on the newspapers.
Min Ho who was enthusiastic towards reading newspaper, cultivated a habit to read the commentary articles on the children newspaper and daily papers when he entered elementary school. He could do addition and subtraction very fast and had a very good memory. Even the multiplication table and Hanja didn’t trouble him at all.
During his lower elementary school stage, he was shy child that didn’t like to stand in front of everyone. Despite this, he enjoyed a high popularity and had acquainted many friends. Since kindergarten, Min Ho has been very popular among girls.
Compared to other children of the same age, Min Ho was always half a head taller than them. Even when placed beside children with fair features, Min Ho’s appearance was still very prominent and stood out among them. Whenever the season changes, the little girls who played with Min Ho will also change accordingly. There were even fights among them because some girls wanted to gain exclusiveness to Min Ho.
After learning Taekwondo, his body became muscular. Nobody in the school dared to pick a fight with him. Min Ho once harbor the aim to be a famous soccer player. He had played four years of soccer under coach Cha Bum Kun’s Youth soccer team. With this as a basis, Min Ho who was previously weaker gradually became a sports athlete. He also met a lot of new friends, which eventually shaped his positive attitude personality.
When he was five, Min Ho nearly became a lost child. Even till now, discussions on “whether little Min Ho is scared at that time”, are still a common topic among the family members. It was only a short moment before Min Ho roamed around the playground and eventually went missing. Luckily, there was a little tag on his wrist that wrote his house address and his name. The citizens around that area sent him back home. Till now, the incident still sends a shiver down my spine whenever I thought of it.
Lee MinHo’s Childhood Story Part 3 - School Life
This is the third part of Lee Min Ho’s childhood story which focuses on his 10 to 15 years old period. It talks about Lee Min Ho’s elementary and middle school period and his eventual step into the entertainment circle.
(Description from Lee Min Ho’s mum)
Lee Min Ho (10 to 15 years old)
After Min Ho entered elementary school, videos and computer games were his only focus. If I did not reprimand him, he would be thinking of playing games all day long. Min Ho’s dad played the kind role, while I had no choice but to be the strict mum.
Min Ho is thrifty. Although our family was not wealthy, we tried our best not to disappoint our children and gave them about 100 thousand won as pocket money each time. Min Ho didn’t spend every single cent away. Instead, he deposited them into his savings account. Due to his inward personality, he would sometimes give carnations during Parents’ Day and disappear immediately after saying “Mom, please wear it”.
After learning soccer from coach Cha Bum Kun, Min Ho’s physique improved all of a sudden. His sports (lesson) was often an “A”. His mathematics was also kept consistently above 90 marks. During his first and second year in the middle school, his height increased at an astounding rate. In fact, he isn’t much taller now compared to then.
During his elementary education, the thought of becoming an actor one day didn’t even crossed his mind but after he was promoted to the middle school, he was often approached by star scouts. Those managers would often say: “Please come to find me if you wish to be an artiste.” As such, Min Ho received a lot of name cards. In the beginning, we shrugged the idea off as we thought he did not have the qualities to be one.
However, as the number of such occurrences increased, Min Ho also started to go for auditions and meet some managers. When he returned home, he would put it simply: “Mom, I went for an audition today. It was very interesting.” His began to harbor the dream of becoming an actor.
During his middle and high school, he liked Sol Kyung Gu and Kim Soo Roh respectively and often mentioned that he wanted to become actors like them.
According to rumours, Kim Soo Roh gave his mother an apple crate full of 10000 won notes after he became famous. Min Ho then often said to us: “If I’m able to rise in popularity in the entertainment circle, I will give dad and mom an even more precious gift.”
Lee Min Ho is stressed
The life of an in-demand celebrity (and Lee Min Ho is arguably one of the hottest commodities in the K-pop scene) must be really tough, rushing from filming your #1 drama with a demanding schedule and a semi-curse causing cast members to get into accidents, to a photo shoot for a clothes brand, to a photo shoot for other advertisements, to filming a CF...(man, I was amazed at how many links I could put into this sentence. Proves how popular he is right now!)
All the pressure must be getting to our Goo Jun Pyo, because pictures of the star smoking during a break in a photo shoot have surfaced on the Internet. Netizen reactions are the usual (from "My Lee Min Ho looks hot no matter what he does" to the "How dare he, he's portraying a high school student and he shouldn't be photographed smoking", etc.) He must be really stressed, but smoking isn't the way to go! It's going to ruin your lungs and do about ten billion other bad things to your body. Maybe some of you die-hard Lee Min Ho fans can send him a "How to Quit Smoking" packet.
Lee Min-Ho's Interview
In his interview with ISplus (reporter Lee Dong Hyun) published on March 15, Lee Min Ho reveals his sleeping habits, favourite food, and ideal woman.
ISplus (IS): The “Crash Min Ho” scene at the PaekSang Arts Awards was a hot topic.
Lee Min Ho (LMH): I was embarrassed and humiliated. However, fans warmly cheered me on. I could verify my fans’ love.
IS: What is your life motto?
LMH: “Those who give up cannot gain victory.” It’s not victory that is so important, but the fighting spirit. Even if you fail, I think even just the attitude of not giving up is beautiful in itself.
IS: Have you had a crisis in life that was difficult to endure?
LMH: The car accident I experienced in 2006. During the six months I had to stay at the hospital, I worried a lot about what I would do if I could no longer act. At first, I broke down thinking I may not even be able to walk again.
IS: What method do you use to relieve extreme stress?
LMH: I simply sleep. If I feel like the stress is still there when I wake up, I go back to sleep until the stress goes away. There was a time in the past when I slept for 24 hours straight.
IS: Which negative comment had the biggest impression on you?
LMH: It wasn’t an internet comment; it was a malicious remark that was broadcast. When Gag Concert character Wang Bi Ho (Yoon Hyung Bin) said, “Lee Min Ho, what are you going to do when Boys Over Flowers finishes?” (negative connotation – “What the heck is going to happen to you after BOF finishes?), my chest felt a chill. Figure out how to make a transition from the Gu Jun Pyo character is a big homework project for me.
IS: What do you consider the most when looking at women?
LMH: Her overall style and feeling is most important. Even if she is not beautiful, my heart can be pulled by a strong feeling that comes to me.
IS: When/Where/Who was your first kiss?
LMH: It was in my first year of high school (grade 10) with my girlfriend in front of her house.
IS: If you get a girlfriend, what kind of present would you most want to receive from her?
LMH: I just wish I had a girlfriend. A girlfriend in herself is the present what I want most.
IS: Approximately when did you date your last girlfriend? How long ago was it, what age and what occupation does she have?
LMH: I haven’t had a girlfriend since I dated a fellow university student when I was 20 (Korean age).
IS: If you get a girlfriend, what endearing nickname would you want to call her?
LMH: It would be different depending on her style.
IS: It must have been perplexing when photos of you with some female colleagues were publicized on the internet a while ago.
LMH: It was a little exasperating. They are pictures that could hurt me. Even though they weren’t my girlfriend, people misconstrued them to be. I felt so sorry toward the other people in the photos due to the malicious gossip that was spread.
IS: What will you do if your parents oppose your marriage like Boys Over Flowers’ Gu Jun Pyo?
LMH: I would run away with her. Even if we have to elope (”flight by night”), I would marry her.
IS: Which actress would you like to star opposite?
LMH: I would like to work with my ideal type, Song Hye Kyo sunbae (senior). Although she has an elegant and classic style, her charisma is also strong and her acting talent is outstanding. If we act together, I think I could learn a lot from her. But I’d probably tremble (be nervous) a lot .
IS: Who is the person you want to meet most?
LMH: I would like to meet Hollywood actor, Edward Norton. The way he gives off a comfortable vibe while oozing out charisma is so impressive. If I meet him, I’d request, “I’d like you to be my master (teacher)”. First, I think I need to diligently learn English.
IS: Which athlete do you like the most?
LMH: Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo. On top of having extraordinary talent, he is also good looking. I also dreamt of being a soccer player when I was in elementary school. If I was able to continue playing soccer, maybe I would have been an athlete like Cristiano Ronaldo by now.
IS: What kind of food do you like and is there anything you’re good at cooking?
LMH: I like all meats and am good at cooking all meats. Cooking method? I just grill/roast it. I have a secret grilling method. Beef, pork, chicken, etc. – there’s a different grilling method for each meat. Even if it’s the same meat product, you will marvel if you taste the meat I grill.
IS: Which song is your specialty at karaoke?
LMH: Toy’s “That I was Once By Your Side” (”내가 잠시 너의 곁에 살았다는 걸”). Although Boys Over Flowers‘ Jun Pyo has a rough and defiant image, I’m a sweet romantic. Although I don’t have a talent in singing, I sing because people tell me I do it coolly.
IS: What are some objects that you always carry around in your bag?
LMH: I make sure to pack cologne because I want to be a fragrant guy all the time.
IS: What is your drinking capacity? Which alcohol do you like, where do you drink and with whom?
LMH: I can’t really drink much. It’s difficult to drink past three shots of soju. The alcohol I like are western liquors, although I can’t drink past one or two glasses. I’m not picky about the location. I can adapt to any environment and enjoy myself. However, I want to drink with people I’m confortable with and who don’t pressure me to drink alcohol.
IS: Do you have any jinxes, superstitions or customs?
LMH: I get injured during every film or movie project. Even if I’m careful, I get injured due to unforeseen circumstances.
IS: Do you have any sleeping habits?
LMH: They say I grind my teeth and talk gibberish. When we go on vacation, my friends try to avoid sleeping with me.
IS: Which three objects would you take with you if you had to be stuck on a deserted island?
LMH: A bed, a lighter, and a cellular phone. I’ll need to take a good bed in order to sleep well. Even if I’m on a deserted island, I’ll need to cook the food in order to eat it. Especially for someone like me who loves meat, a lighter is a mandatory requirement. Even if I’m stuck on the deserted island, I’d need to talk with people on the phone so that I don’t get bored. Plus, I have a lot of games downloaded on my cellphone.
IS: Name a characteristic that you’re jealous of from each F4 member.
LMH: Kim Beom’s small face, Kim Joon hyung’s big eyes, and Kim Hyun Joong’s white (pale) face. Still, overall, I’m the most……..