Get to Know More About ‘Sunny’ Actress Yoo Ho-jeong

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Learn More About Yong Ho-jeong

Yoo Ho-jeong (born January 24, 1969) is a South Korean actress. She made her acting debut in 1991 and has been starring in television and film since. Her roles include a divorcee whose husband lives next door in the daily drama Definitely Neighbors (2010), and the grown-up protagonist in the box-office hit Sunny (2011).

Profile of Yong Ho-jeong

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Yoo Ho-jeong
Born January 24, 1969 (age 49)
Seoul, South Korea
Education Seoul Art College – Film Studies
Occupation Actress
Years active 1991-present
Agent S.M. Entertainment
Spouse(s) Lee Jae-ryong (m. 1995)
Children 1 son, 1 daughter
  • In 2013, Yoo Ho-jeong  became the host of her first-ever variety show, the healthy food and lifestyle program Olive Show on the cable channel O’live TV.
  • A source in the entertainment industry revealed to news outlet TV Report, “Yoo Ho-jeong will be leaving her position as the narrator of ‘Superman Returns.’ Her last recording will soon be held.” She has since confirmed the news.  Yoo Ho-jeong has been the voice of the popular reality show since August 24, when she was selected as the new narrator following the departure of Shin Ae Ra. Viewers of the show have loved the actress for her warm and gentle voice that fits with the show’s family theme.

Yoo Ho-jeong’s Husband and Family

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Lee Jae-ryeong married the South Korean actress Yoo Ho-jeong in 1995. Despite the fact that they already have a son, both of them have remained active in Korean entertainment. Yoo Ho-jeong and  her husband have become a role model for family in Korea.

Yoo Ho-jeong’s List of Movies, Dramas and Awards

SBS “Heard It Through the Grapevine”

Television series

Year Title Role Network
1991 Humble Men Seo Chan-kyung MBC
Our Paradise Jae-eun MBC
Keep Your Voice Down Ok-yi SBS
1992 Yesterday’s Green Grass Da-hye KBS2
1993 To Live Eun-pyo SBS
Marriage Na Chae-young SBS
1994 MBC Best Theater “Two Women” MBC
Farewell Kang Yoo-rim SBS
From June to August Yoon Hae-yeon MBC
1995 Even If the Wind Blows Kyung-joo KBS2
1996 Milky Way Young-hee KBS1
The Scent of Apple Blossoms Seo Young-ae MBC
Drama Game “Deep Sea” Passenger waiting for
the airplane (cameo)
KBS2
1997 Drama City “Still Time to Love” Lee Jung-woo KBS2
Into the Storm Hae-joo KBS2
Light in the Field Park Soo-jin KBS1
The Woman Next Door Lee Jung-in SBS
1998 Lie Jung Eun-soo KBS2
Angel’s Kiss Han Seol-hwa KBS2
1999 Trap of Youth Noh Young-joo SBS
Rising Sun, Rising Moon Park Young-joo KBS1
2002 Man of the Sun, Lee Je-ma Woon-young KBS2
2003 Women Next Door Yoon Mi-yeon MBC
Rosemary Lee Jung-yeon KBS2
2006 Thank You, My Life Han Yeon-kyung KBS2
Outrageous Women Song Mi-joo MBC
2007 Kimcheed Radish Cubes Yoo Eun-ho MBC
2009 Can Anyone Love Oh Seol-ran SBS
2010 Definitely Neighbors Yoon Ji-young SBS
2011 The Garden of Heaven Jung Jae-in Channel A
2013 Give Love Away Jung Yoo-jin MBC
2015 Heard It Through the Grapevine Choi Yeon-hee SBS

Films

Year Title Role
1998 First Kiss Jajangmyeon actress (cameo)
2000 Promenade Young-hoon’s first love (cameo)
2002 Chihwaseon Mae-hyang
2006 I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK Il-soon’s mother
2011 Sunny Im Na-mi
2014 Awaiting (short film) Sa-ra
2017 Your Name is Rose Hong Jang-mi

Variety shows

Year Title Network Notes
2013 Olive Show O’live TV Host
2014 The Return of Superman KBS2 Narration

Bibliography

Year Title Publisher
2000 The Story of Yoo Ho-jeong’s Happy Home Seoul Media Group

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1993 29th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (TV) Yesterday’s Green Grass Won
2002 15th Grimae Awards Best Actress Man of the Sun, Lee Je-ma Won
2003 KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Rosemary Won
Best Couple Award with Kim Seung-woo Won
2009 8th Korea National Council on Social Welfare Commendation from
the Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Family Affairs
N/A Won
2010 SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Weekend/Daily Drama Definitely Neighbors Won
2015 4th APAN Star Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama Heard It Through the Grapevine Nominated

Yoo Ho-jeong in Sunny

Sunny is a 2011 South Korean dramedy. The film is about a middle-aged woman who tries to fulfill her friend’s dying wish of reuniting their group of high school friends. The film alternates between two timelines: the present day, where the women are middle-aged, and the 1980s, when they were in high school.

Yoo Ho-jeong played a lead role as Im Na-mi, a wealthy housewife and mother, who does her daily routine. While things look perfect on the outside (wonderful home, generous husband, beautiful daughter), she is depressed about her life. One day after visiting her mother, Na-mi passes a patient’s room with the sign “Ha Chun-hwa,” and thinks about her high school life. She asks her chauffeur to take her to the all-girls high school she attended in Seoul.

They are ecstatic to see each other, but Na-Mi receives a phone call and has to leave. On her way out she asks Chun-Hwa if there is anything she can do for her. Chun-Hwa says no, at first, but after a moment of reflection, she makes a simple request to Na-Mi. Chun-Hwa asks Na-Mi to find the other members of “Sunny,” their high school best friends,  so she can see them one more time.

Released on May 4, 2011, Sunny was the first film of that year to sell five million tickets in South Korea, and became the second-highest grossing Korean film by year’s end. As of September 20, 2012, it is the all-time 13th best-selling movie in South Korean history. Kang Hyeong-cheol and Nam Na-yeong won Best Director and Best Editing, respectively, at the Grand Bell Awards.

On July 28, 2011, a Director’s Cut version of “Sunny” was released in theaters in South Korea. The director’s cut contains 10 minutes of extra footage that was removed from the original theatrical version to obtain a general audience movie rating. A large portion of the added 10 minutes contains violence or profanity.

In 2018, this movie is being remade in Japan with title Sunny: Our Hearts Beat Together or Sunny: Tsuyoi Kimochi Tsuyoi Ai in Japanese.