Bae Doo-na in the American Television Series Sense8
Not many people might know that Bae Doo-na is the star of one of the hottest recent television series, Sense8, an American science fiction series which is broadcast on Netflix. Unlike typical Asian actors or actresses, who only get to act in supporting roles in worldwide-scale acting projects, Bae Doo-na is considered to be one of the lead cast members on Sense8. She plays Sun Bak, alongside other multinational actors and actresses such as Aml Ameen, Tina Desai, Tuppence Middleton, Miguel Angel Silvestre, Jamie Clayton, Max Riemelt, and Brian J. Smith.
On how she decided to accept the offer to star in Sense8, Bae Doo-na opened up and said that she was actually scared to act in Sense8 because American television series usually run for a long time and for numerous seasons. What scared Bae Doo-na the most was that she would have to perform extreme action scenes for ten years or more, by which time she would be 45 years old, and possibly married with children. However, the director of Sense8 reassured Bae Doo-na by saying that she should not worry because if she got pregnant, he would kill off Sun Bak (Bae Doo-na’s character). Well, Bae Doo-na joining Sense8 is God’s work, don’t you think, dear readers?
Bae Doo-na’s Martial Arts Showcase
As has been explained in the previous section, Bae Doo-na starred on Sense8 as Sun Bak, a sensate who becomes an enforcer in her area. This role demands that Bae Doo-na shoot a lot of martial arts action scenes, often intense ones. Bae Doo-na, who was not very physical, admits that her role as Sun Bak challenges her to be a stronger person in controlling her physicality, so she trained with her personal trainer every day, in morning and evening. In addition, Bae Doo-na also does three hours of stunt rehearsals with the stunt team when filming Sense8. Although it seems tiring, Bae Doo-na was honest and says that she feels great that she gets paid for acting and working out at the same time.
Bae Doo-na’s martial arts skills are also applauded by her fellow Sense8 cast member, Miguel Angel Silvestre: “She is one of my favorites. When I see how subtle and sophisticated Doo-na is and how she tries to reveal nothing, nothing, nothing and suddenly puff, she breaks your heart”. We’ve got to agree with Silvestre because Bae Doo-na is a one of a kind woman-fighter indeed!
Bae Doo-na the Louis Vuitton Model
In the beginning of 2016, Bae Doo-na was chosen as the first Korean model for international fashion brand, Louis Vuitton. This position is certainly not to be shrugged off, since the all the previous Louis Vuitton ambassadors have been public figures who are more famous than a trending new starlet, such as Jennifer Connelly and Alicia Vikander. This proves Bae Doo-na’s high value, as Louis Vuitton’s representatives have stated that they picked Bae Doo-na as the brand’s muse global campaign for ‘Series 4’ because of her striking individuality. In addition, the designer and artistic director of Louis Vuitton, Nicholas Ghesquiere, has also expressed his adoration for Bae Doo-na by spamming his social media account with Bae Doo-na’s pictures, saying “So inspiring Doona Bae”, “love dooonabae”.
As the muse of Louis Vuitton, it is to be expected that Bae Doo-na attends Louis Vuitton’s fashion shows, allowing Bae Doo-na to meet other international stars at events like Paris Fashion Week and Louis Vuitton 2018 in Kyoto, Japan. Moreover, Bae Doo-na is also being captured in worldwide magazines while wearing Louis Vuitton’s newest collection.
Bae Doo-na’s Boyfriend Jim Sturgess’ Dating Scandal
We cannot deny that one of the most interesting aspects of celebrities are their love lives because really, who has never fallen in love? Well, count Bae Doo-na in this category since her relationship with Jim Sturgess, which gained so much public interest. In 2013, the rumors about Bae Doo-na being the girlfriend of British actor Jim Sturgess spread like a wildfire as they were seen together numerous times, walking arm-in-arm after lunch on Abbot Kinney in Venice Beach, California, and in a bakery and at city hall during the election in Bae Doo-na’s hometown, Seoul. Both of them starred in Cloud Atlas in 2012, playing lovers whose relationship endured through time and various reincarnations.
Despite the legitimate pieces of evidence showing that they are more than close friends and colleagues, Bae Doo-na has never confirmed nor denied her relationship with Sturgess. She said that the public interest in her relationship is an inconvenience and makes her uncomfortable, so it would be better if people only focused on her acting and modeling career instead of her private life.
Despite this, Bae Doo-na at last confirmed her relationship with Jim Sturgess, referring to him as her boyfriend during the Cannes International Film Festival in 2014. At that time, Jim had gone to support Bae Doo-na, who was invited because of her role as the police officer in A Girl At My Door. Bae Doo-na and Jim Sturgess’ relationship was happily welcomed and supported by both Korean and international fans as they looked well-matched and adorable.
Unfortunately, Bae Doo-na’s relationship with Jim Sturgess had to come to an end in March 2015, which was confirmed by Bae Doo-na’s agency, Saetbyul Entertainment. “Bae Doo-na and her significant other, Jim Sturgess, recently broke up. The couple’s reasons are private.”
Well hopefully both Bae Doo-na and Jim Sturgess will find great people with whom they will spend their lives, or even better…maybe they will date each other again? Who knows!