After the year of imin, the new year of 2023 has come. Gye (癸) is black, and Myo (卯) is a rabbit, which means ‘the year of the black rabbit’.
The black rabbit has positive and hopeful meanings such as deep wisdom, cleverness, longevity, and abundance. People born in 1975, 1987, 1999, and 2011 belong to the year of the rabbit. Recently, Money S has gathered the stars of the year of the rabbit who are expected to be active in the year of the black rabbit.
Born in 1999 – Choi Yena, Park Jihoon, Kim Yoo-jung… “Expecting a mature look”
Stars born in the Year of the Rabbit in 1999 include Red Velvet’s Yeri, The Boyz’s Ju Haknyeon, actress Jin Ji-hee, Twice’s Chaeyoung and Tzuyu, Akdong Musician’s Lee Su-hyeon, Wanna One’s Park Ji-hoon, NCT’s Mark, actress Kim Yoo-jung, Oh My Girl’s Arin, and LOONA’s Chuu.
Solo singer Choi Yena from girl group IZ*ONE is also a star born in 1999 in the year of the rabbit. Choi Ye-na opened her rabbit year with the release of her first single album ‘Love War’ on the 16th. She sold 43,786,000 copies on the first day of release, ranking first on the real-time album chart of Hanteo Chart. The title song ‘Love War (Feat. BE’O)’ also entered the Bugs, Genie real-time charts and Melon’s TOP100 chart. The music video has surpassed 1 million views on YouTube. Choi Ye-na, who is celebrating her solo debut anniversary this year, is a rising star in the year of the rabbit.
Actor and singer Park Ji-hoon, a former member of the group Wanna One, is also considered one of the stars who will be active in the Year of the Rabbit. Park Ji-hoon was recently recognized for his acting skills in the wave drama ‘Weak Hero Class 1’ and rose to the ranks of box office actors in their 20s. ‘Weak Hero’, which was released in November last year, took first place in the contribution of paid subscribers to Wave 2022 within two months of its release. In addition, it gained explosive popularity, such as being ranked first in today’s Top 20, the content ranking in Wave, and ranking first in OTT topic. Season 2 of ‘Weak Hero’ is also in preparation. Following the decision to join the movie ‘Audrey’, Park Ji-hoon is also considering appearing in the thriller drama ‘My Child’ based on the popular webtoon of the same name.
“National younger sister” actress Kim Yoo-jung is also a star who is expected to be active this year. Kim Yoo-jung, who has shown her solid acting skills since her childhood as a child actress and won the title of an actress to be trusted, recently announced her debut on the stage of a play. She will challenge her first play in her life through ‘Shakespeare in Love’, which will open on the stage of the Seoul Arts Center on the 28th. She played the role of ‘Viola de Lesseps’. As for Kim Yoo-jung, this year marks the 20th anniversary of her debut, so her new challenge is getting more attention.
Born in 1987 – Kim Ok-bin, Kim Young-kwang, Park Jae-bum
Stars born in the Year of the Rabbit in 1987 include singer Hyuna, actor Chun Woo-hee, actor Park Ha-sun, singer Lee Seung-gi, actor Ji Chang-wook, actor Jung Il-woo, comedian Kim Hae-nae, model Song Hae-na, singer Kim Kyu-jong, actor Yoon Kyun-sang, actor Kwang-soo, actor Moon Geun-young, actor Oh Yeon-seo, singer Jay Park, etc.
Actress Kim Ok Bin, who has been showing a steady performance with her excellent acting skills, was also born in 1987, the Year of the Rabbit. Kim Ok Bin will appear in Netflix’s “Love to Hate You”, which will be released on February 10th. In the trailer for “Love to Hate You” released on January 13th, Kim Ok Bin shows a conflicting romance with Yoo Tae Oh, raising expectations for the work.
Another 1987-born star is actor Kim Young Kwang, who is steadily gaining popularity for his tall physique, handsome appearance, and warm aura. He is set to star alongside Lee Sung Kyung in Disney+’s original series “Call It Love”, which will be released on February 22nd. In the drama, Kim Young Kwang plays Han Dong Jin, a lonely character, different from the image Kim Young Kwang has shown on screen so far, so attention is focused on his transformation.
Jay Park, CEO of the hip-hop label AMONG, is also a famous celebrity born in 1987. Jay Park has also achieved great success in the liquor business and is expected to be on the roll this year as well. He hosted the new late-night music talk show “The Seasons – Jay Park’s Drive”, which is being launched by KBS this year. Viewers are looking forward to Jay Park’s new charm as an MC.
Born in 1975 – Kim Jun Ho, Lee Sun Kyun, Ra Mi Ran… “No modifier needed”
Comedian Kim Jun Ho, who has been active in various entertainment programs such as “Dolsing Fourmen” and “My Little Old Boy”, had a meaningful year by winning the Daesang at the 2022 SBS Entertainment Awards last year. It is expected that he will continue to play an active role in variety shows this year as well. In particular, Kim Jun Ho has received even more love as he admitted to being in a relationship with comedian Kim Ji Min in April of last year.
On KBS 2TV’s entertainment program “Year-round Plus”, which aired on January 5th, fortunes were predicted for celebrities born in the Year of the Rabbit, and Kim Jun Ho was selected as a star who would have good news in 2023. A fortune teller said, “If Kim Jun Ho is planning to get married, it can be done from October this year,” so attention is focused on whether news of his marriage will be reported this year.
Actor Lee Sun Kyun, who is showing great acting in SBS’s drama “Payback”, which first aired on January 9th, is expected to gain more success in the Year of the Rabbit. “Payback” started off with a high viewer rating of 8.7% from the first episode with its intense revenge and breathtaking action. Episode 4, which aired on January 14th, recorded its highest viewership rating of 9.5% nationwide according to Nielsen Korea. Lee Sun Kyun’s future performance in “Payback” is expected to be more exciting as the drama’s tension rises.
Actress Ra Mi Ran, who took over the silver screen by starring in last year’s films “Honest Candidate 2”, “Comeback Home” and “Highway Family”, is also a star born in the Year of the Rabbit who will continue to be active this year. Ra Mi Ran made headlines when confirming to lead JTBC’s new Wednesday-Thursday drama “The Good Bad Mother” scheduled to air in the first half of this year. In “The Good Bad Mother”, Ra Mi Ran plays a mother with earnest motherly love and is expected to touch viewers’ hearts with her acting.