It has only been revealed recently that actress Kim Hye-eun and screenwriter Lee Min-jin are family members.
Actress Kim Hye-eun plays Yang Chan-mi, the fencing coach of the main characters Na Hee-do and Ko Yu-rim in tvN’s drama “Twenty-five Twenty-one”, which received keen attention recently. Kim Hye-eun was loved for playing a true coach who doesn’t hesitate to use the carrot-and-stick method to train her students.
It is a well-known fact that Kim Hye-eun graduated from Seoul National University majoring in the Department of Vocal Music. She even went to the Juilliard School but while training there, she realized the limitations of her skills. Kim Hye-eun then gave up her career as a musician and returned to Korea with the new dream of becoming an announcer.
Kim Hye-eun took the challenge at MBC’s announcer open recruitment in 1997 but unfortunately, she ranked No.3 while MBC only accepted 2 candidates. The No.1 and No.2 were announcers Kim Joo-ha and Bang Hyun-joo. Therefore, Kim Hye-eun was first admitted as an announcer at a local affiliate of MBC in Cheongju. She later moved to Seoul and worked as a weathercaster for 8 years.
While being a weathercaster, she appeared briefly in the sitcom “Nonstop 3” and the drama “The Woman Who Wants to Marry”. Taking a 3-year break after resigning from MBC, Kim Hye-eun began acting in earnest by taking on the role of the daughter-in-law Shin Sook-young, who graduated from the vocal music department, in MBC’s daily drama “Ahyeon-dong Madam”.
Kim Hye-eun, who has been active as an actress since then, rose to stardom in 2012 after playing the charismatic Miss Yeo and working alongside famous actors, such as Choi Min-sik, Ha Jung-woo, Cho Jin-woong, etc., in her debut film “Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time”.
Kim Hye-eun’s unexpected relationship has been revealed. She is the cousin of screenwriter Lee Min-jin, the original author of the drama “Pachinko”, which has attracted keen attention. Commenting under a review about the drama “Twenty-five Twenty-one” by a reporter, Lee Min-jin introduced Kim Hye-eun as her cousin and “a gifted singer”.
The writer wrote, “The fencing coach is my cousin. My mother’s younger brother’s daughter”.
In response, the reporter said he already knew Kim Hye-eun had been working as an announcer after graduating from Seoul National University but the fact that such talented people are relatives of each other amazed him a lot. Another reporter also praised Kim Hye-eun’s outstanding acting performance. Lee Min-jin said, “I will deliver these words to Kim Hye-eun”, creating a warm atmosphere.