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With her stunning looks and impressive acting skills, Lee Sung-Kyung is becoming a household name in South Korea.
Today, the 26-year-old celebrity has 5.6 million followers on Instagram, or more than 10% of the country’s population. According to W Magazine, that puts her proportionally on par with model Gigi Hadid’s following in America.
Lee started her acting career after being discovered by director Kim Kyu-tae in 2014. At the time, she was a model, while Kim was looking for a fresh face to cast in his SBS TV drama “It’s Okay That’s Love”.
As it turned out, Kim’s daughter was following Lee on Instagram, and when she showed Lee’s profile to her father, the director knew what he had to do.
After playing as a rebellious high school dropout in “It’s Okay That’s Love”, Lee then appeared in “Cheese in the Trap”, “Doctor Crush” and “Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo”, where she snagged her first lead role.
She received two MBC Drama Awards for her acting in the sports drama — an arguably rare feat for someone who had only a few credits under her belt.
But aside from being a model-turned-actress and a social media staple like Hadid, Lee is also under a prying public. Apparently, there are rumors that she chooses to spend more time indoors and swears by trusty disguises when going out.
She told W Magazine, “If I just walk around with friends it escalates into scandal and rumors, so I’m more cautious about what I do now.”
Rumors constantly link her to several men, to which she responded:
“There have been so many rumors associating me with certain male models and other relationships I’ve never been in, that I feel as though I’ve been through those relationships already, so I don’t have to go through them again. I feel like I’ve dated around a hundred people by now; it’s exhausting.”
Lee is currently on a visit to the U.S.