Get To Know Son Ye-Jin, Hit K-Drama 'Crash Landing On You's' Leading Lady!
She's nicknamed the "Queen of Melodrama," an avid traveler, and big on art—an overall cool girl on and off screen!
For those hoping to get in on the Crash Landing on You craze, worry not! No spoilers here, just more reasons to dive into the hit K-Drama and make your weekend available for some serious binge watching—beginning with why we think the series' leading lady, Son Ye-jin, is a star worth your attention.
Born on January 11, 1982, this Korean actress has been in the industry since her adolescent years and has slowly but surely carved her mark as a talent to be taken seriously.
She's bagged several best actress awards throughout the years—most, if not all, of which were for roles that became her signature: Tons of romance with even heavier doses of drama paired unbelievable plot twists on Korean series could pull off—and with Crash Landing on You, has received well-deserved international attention.
In the series that's been picked up by Netflix, Ye-jin plays the role of Yoon Se-ri who, in a paragliding accident, crashes into North Korean territory and encounters Ri Jeong-hyuk, a respected military man played by Hyun Bin. An electric romance soon ensues—but not without its share of tension, lip action, and... well, we'll leave you to discover the rest.
In the show, she puts her dramatic chops to the test—and boy does she deliver.
Crash Landing on You is currently the fifth highest grossing Korean series, and as for Yi-jen, her illustrious career is sure to continue, if not only to get bigger and brighter.
Get to know the actress better below in this capsule presentation of 10 reasons that prove why she's so amazing on and off screen!
Get to know Son Ye-jin from "crash landing on you"
- Get to know Son Ye-jin from "crash landing on you"
Our girl's all about authenticity
She's not as successful as she is just because she's a pretty face; she's got the dedication to back it up. One of the ways she makes sure she stays true to her craft is being authentic on-set, depending on what a scene asks for. If she needs to be bare-faced, eating (and enjoying it!), or just getting out of bed with tangled hair, she'll do it.
Traveling is her thing
Seeing the beauty the world has to offer is one of her favorite things to do in her free time. She's a natural explorer; from mountain peaks to sunny beaches, snowy white landscapes to urban escapes, she'll visit them all.
Minimal is best
Her on-set glam team for 'Crash Landing on You' said that they've gone without blush, lip color, eye shadow, and an eye curler for Ye-jin! That's how amazingly even her skintone and supple her complexion are. Even her eyebrows, on occasion, have been left undone.
Food is love!
We know she loves the industry she's in, but if there's anything that matches that feeling, it's her love of food! One look at her Instagram feed will reveal that Ye-jin has a deep appreciation for great food. She often posts about all the yummy things she's tried, all of which look like well-balanced meals (lots of veggies and lean protein look like they could be behind her slim figure and youthful looks!).
Ye-jin won't sugarcoat—not even when it comes to dating, marriage, and motherhood. As she nears 40, she admits that getting into meaningful, romantic relationships can be a bigger challenge because of changing priorities and life goals. But she's cool with that. She's more than okay with where she's at, enjoying singlehood or otherwise.
In it for the long term
Relationships and friendships in the entertainment industry can be fleeting for many, but not for this actress. Everyone who plays a pertinent role in her professional life has been with her for years and years (her talent agency friends, for at least two decades!), and she wouldn't have it any other way. She values the effort placed into caring for these relationships.
Queen of Melodrama
Filipinos are no stranger to nicknames bestowed on some of their favorite local celebs, and for Ye-jin, hers happens to represent many of the roles that catapulted her to international fame. She's best known for playing romantic roles and bringing to life characters that undergo challenging, dramatic turn points—something she's mastered thanks to the films and shows she's helmed in the past.
Artist at heart
Ye-jin actually majored in film as a university student. Having studied the ins and outs of filmmaking, she actually has a much deeper appreciation for the art form and has cultivated her interest in other creative pursuits. In fact, when she travels, she often includes museums and other artistic hubs in her itinerary.
She might be considered relatively low-key in terms of her sense of style and fashion choices, but when Ye-jin gets dolled up for special occasions, she's mind-blowingly beautiful! It's amazing how she can rock pretty much anything; we've seen her in ball gowns with romantic, feminine hairstyles, in Sunday dresses and loose locks, haute couture with a blunt bob, and even in a super casual beach getup with barely there makeup—she looked great in every single ensemble.
She has a pretty big body of work she can be proud of, but Ye-Jin's fans will point out these titles as some of her best: ‘The Classic,’ ‘Summer Scent,’ ‘A Moment to Remember,’ ‘April Snow,’ and most recently, ‘Crash Landing on You.’
Images from @yejinhand