In the recent episode OBS’s “Unique Entertainment News,” Lee Min Ho’s childhood and early acting days were covered.
Lee Min Ho is said to have played hard during his school days. But at the same time, he wasn’t just a teenager living a carefree life. He was a student who had been agonizing over his career since high school. According to the transcript, he chose a computer programmer as his dream, following his parents’ wishes, when he was a sophomore. This changed to an office worker in junior year, and finally to an actor in his senior year.
Thanks to his outstanding visuals, he regularly received offers from large agencies, and was cast on the streets countless times, but always refused. But at the end of the road, he finally dreams of becoming an actor.
Later, Lee Min Ho met with the head of his agency and started learning acting in earnest. However, the door to success didn’t open that easily. Lee frequently participated in various auditions, but always had to drink a bitter cup.
Having steadily gained acting experience through minor roles in works like Sharp 1, Nonstop 5, and Love Hymn, he finally made his official debut with Park Bo Young through EBS drama Secret Campus in 2006.
It’s not well known, but he used a stage name at the time. For about two years, he went by the name of “Lee Min,” thinking that Lee Min Ho seemed too common. However, whenever he would search his name, only information about immigration (which is “Lee Min” in Korean) would appear, and he even suffered a horrific traffic accident, making him change his name back to Lee Min Ho.