Korean actress Kim Tae Hee has been dubbed “Korea’s most beautiful woman,” and with the increasing success of Korean TV dramas in Japan, has become one of the pin-ups of the “hallyu wave” of Korean culture sweeping the nation.
Starting October 23, 2011, she becomes the first Korean to play a lead role in a Japanese TV drama, alongside Hidetoshi Nishijima, in “99 Days with a Star”. In the show, Kim Tae Hee plays Han Yoo-Na, a character seemingly based on herself. The romantic comedy on Fuji TV sees Yoo-Na, a beautiful and success actress from Korea, fall in love with her bodyguard from Japan as her career takes off in the country. Associated Press met with the lead co-stars to discuss how close to true life the possibility of such an affair could be.