The family background of Lee Seo Jin, the Korean actor who was “ignored” at the Oscars: Born in a noble family and his viral moment with David Beckham

Actor Lee Seo Jin was a true chaebol of the Korean showbiz.

Recently, netizens were furious with a moment at Oscars 2022 when Korean actor Lee Seo Jin was mistaken to be a jockey by actress Jaime Lee Curtis and had to carry a bag for her.

Actor Lee Seo Jin accompanied actress Youn Yuh Jung to the Oscars award ceremony in Los Angeles, California as her temporary manager. The trip of the two was summarized in “Unexpected Journey”. In the May 29 broadcast of the show, the moment Lee Seo Jin held a bag for actor Jamie Lee Curtis was aired.

Lee Seo Jin

The controversy broke out when after taking her photos, actress Jamie Lee Curtis walked toward Lee Seo Jin and took her bag from him. In the subtitles, the word “Thank you” appeared. However, in the video, many people believed that the actress did not say or show any gratitude to Lee Seo Jin. Many netizens commented that her action was very disrespectful and even racist.

After the controversy became a hot topic on SNS, many netizens were surprised when the family background of actor Lee Seo Jin was also dug up. It is known that the actor was born with a “golden spoon” when his family was of royal lineage and possessed a huge fortune.

A family of royal lineage

Born in 1971, Lee Seo Jin is known to many viewers through his hit works such as: “Lovers”, “Lee San”, “Gye Baek”, “Trap”… and reality shows “Three Meals a Day”, “Grandpas Over Flowers”…

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Lee Seo Jin in the blockbuster “Lee San”.

In addition to his impressive career, Lee Seo Jin is also famous for his noble family background. KBS TV station once made a program about Lee Seo Jin’s glorious family and received a very high rating for it. Lee Seo Jin is a descendant of the Lee family from the Andong region, belonging to the Joseon Royal Family.

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Lee Seo Jin has a significant family background related to the Joseon Royal Family.

It is known that the great-grandfather of the actor is Lee Sang Ryung. Lee Sang Ryung used to be the leader of the independence movement and held the highest position in the Provisional State Government of Korea – the predecessor of today’s Republic of Korea (the position is equivalent to the current President of Korea).

As for Lee Seo Jin’s father, Mr. Lee Jae Eung used to be the head of Anheung Mutual Credit Bank in Seoul. After resigning, Lee Seo Jin’s father founded a private financial group. He passed away in 2005. The actor’s mother also came from a rich family and was the daughter of a huge enterprise in Korea. Lee Seo Jin’s aunt-in-law is the daughter of LG Group. Thanks to this relationship, the actor has become the face of LG for life.

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Lee Seo Jin

Lee Seo Jin’s family once donated a row of old houses in Andong (Gyeongsang province) – which is considered the cradle of Korean culture to the government of this country.  This row of houses was once chosen as a filming location for the famous drama “Family Honor”.

Besides, Lee Seo Jin is also known as a star with excellent education.  He graduated with a degree in Business Administration from New York University, USA.  After graduating, the actor was invited to stay in New York to work, but he refused and immediately returned to Korea.

Lee Seo Jin

Currently, in addition to being a famous actor, Lee Seo Jin also holds the position of CEO of Ask Veritas Assets Management – a famous real estate and financial management company.  According to many sources, Lee Seo Jin owns a fortune of over 60 billion Won.

In 2015, Lee Seo Jin once attracted attention when being in the same frame with David Beckham.  Although standing next to the most attractive player in the world, Lee Seo Jin’s appearance was also considered to be not inferior.

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Lee Seo Jin
The moment Lee Seo Jin in the same frame with David Beckham caused a stir.

Ruin his good-man image after dumping his girlfriend by text message

Rich and famous, but until now at the age of 51, Lee Seo Jin is still single, it seems that the actor has no intention of getting married.

During her entire career, Lee Seo Jin has only publicly dated the “Paris Love Story” actress – Kim Jung Eun.  However, it was this love affair that ruined Lee Seo Jin’s good-man image in the public eye.  The reason comes from the not-so-good breakup story of the couple.

Lee Seo Jin

Lee Seo Jin and Kim Jung Eun fell in love after their collaboration in “Lovers” in 2006. At that time, Lee Seo Jin made Kim Jung Eun fall in love because he always took care of her during filming.

Right after the filming ended, Lee Seo Jin called Kim Jung Eun and asked, “Can we date?”.  The actor even went to the talk show studio to sing for his girlfriend the soundtrack of “Lovers”.  Kim Jung Eun also cooked and brought food for her boyfriend.  Thought this love story would have a good ending, but everything changed after 2 years.

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Lee Seo Jin once publicly sang for his girlfriend on a TV show.
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Lee Seo Jin
The couple had a happy time.

In November 2008, Kim Jung Eun shocked everyone by announcing that she and Lee Seo Jin had broken up.  The “Paris Love Story” actress burst into tears and said: “He texted me and talked about breaking up.  Before that, we didn’t even have an argument.” The actress said that everything happened suddenly, causing her great pain.

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Kim Jung Eun tearfully announced the painful breakup.

After his girlfriend’s statement, Lee Seo Jin didn’t even give his stance, but quickly flew to Hong Kong.  Many people have said that the actor wanted to hide from public opinion and left his girlfriend alone facing the media.  The fact that Lee Seo Jin said goodbye to his girlfriend by text message and evaded public opinion disappointed the public completely.

After that, some rumors suggested that Lee Seo Jin broke up with Kim Jung Eun due to his family.  A source revealed that Lee Seo Jin’s mother did not like Kim Jung Eun, saying that the two were not “on the same level”.  In addition, during the dating period, the fact that Lee Seo Jin’s reputation was said to be inferior to Kim Jung Eun also made the actor’s mother uncomfortable.

Lee Seo Jin

After a long time, Lee Seo Jin revealed the reason for his silence.  “I think keeping silent is what a man should do. If I wanted to, I could have revealed the reason then, but I decided to keep it a secret forever,” Lee Seo Jin said.

The actor also said that he rushed to Hong Kong after breaking up because he was afraid that he would lose his temper and would cause harm to his family and his ex.  After the painful love affair with Lee Seo Jin, Kim Jung Eun found her soulmate and got married in 2016.

Lee Seo Jin
Lee Seo Jin
Lee Seo Jin is still living a single life, while his ex-girlfriend now has a happy marriage

As for Lee Seo Jin, after his ex-girlfriend had a happy marriage with her Korean-American husband, the actor still lives alone.  Up to now, despite being 51 years old, Lee Seo Jin has not publicly dated anyone or intends to get married.

Source: K14

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