When we first laid eyes on Lee Sung Kyung in It's Okay, That's Love back in 2014, we thought the acting gig was a one-time thing. Little did we know that the Korean model would soon become one of the country's most sought after actresses and bag her first lead role in a TV drama in less than two years. Her role in Weighlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo is truly one of her biggest breaks, since she's quickly gaining popularity from Hallyu fans around the globe.
And in lieu of the show's finale episode, a tribute is definitely in order. Keep scrolling for a quick fact sheet about our current K-style muse!
1. She started off as a model.
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Even before she became an actress, Sung Kyung was a mainstay in Seoul Fashion Week and Korean fashion magazines. Her boyish, off-duty style also never fails to sweep us off our feet.
2. She's signed under YGK-Plus and YG entertainment.
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Yes, the same company as K-pop groups Big Bang and 2NE1. Her Weightlifting Fairy co-star, Nam Joo Hyuk, is also under YG!
3. She debuted as an actress in the drama It's Okay, That's Love.
Sung Kyung played Oh So Nyeo, a cheeky highschooler who charmed the lead's housemate, Park Soo Kwang.
4. She plays the piano.
This model-actress is talented in the music department as well. It was also said that she planned to become a pianist before her modeling career took off.
5. She can sing, too!
Our favorite performance of hers is this one from King of Masked Singer, and the audience had no idea it was her on the mic.
6. She's close with Park Shin Hye!
The two acted alongside each other in the show Doctors. The two weren't really best friends on the drama, but the behind-the-scenes photos on Sung Kyung's Instagram say otherwise about their friendship off-cam.
7. She's one of the faces of Laneige.
Song Hye Kyo isn't the only stunning face behind the popular K-beauty brand. You'll see Sung Kyung in their Two-Tone Lip Bar ads, too!
8. Weighlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo is her first lead role.
Sung Kyung had supporting roles in Cheese in the Trap, Doctors, and Flowers of the Queen before she landed a lead role. Baby steps.
9. She had to gain weight to play Kim Bok Joo.
Many were against Sung Kyung having the lead in the drama because of her physique. But to prove that she was committed to the role, she gained 5 kilos!
10. She likes taking the lead in relationships.
A bonus personal fact for all of you. She shared this in an interview with Radio Star, in which she also revealed that she had her first boyfriend at 21.