Who is Jeon Jong Seo – The hot beauty in the “Money Heist” Korean version?

Who is Jeon Jong Seo – The hot beauty in the “Money Heist” Korean version? Check out the details about her below!

Jeon Jong Seo is known as a rising star of Korean cinema with an illustrious and admirable career that she built in a short time.

“Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area” was released to the audience and quickly caused a fever. It climbed to #2 on the daily global chart for TV series on Netflix, just 4 days after its release.

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Jeon Jong Seo as “Tokyo” in the Korean version of “Money Heist”

Not only attracted by the new content compared to the Spanish version but “Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area” is also marked by the acting of the cult cast including Park Hae Soo, Yoo Ji Tae, Yunjin Kim,… In particular, the role of “Tokyo” played by 27-year-old actress Jeon Jong Seo (also known as Rachel Jun) left many impressions. Jeon Jong Seo is known as a rising star of Korean cinema with an illustrious and admirable career that she built in a short time.

Dropped out of college

While most Korean stars study acting at universities, Jeon Jong Seo chose a different path. The actress was born in Seoul, grew up in Canada, and spent most of her childhood in the country of maple leaves. She returned to Korea to complete her high school program at the prestigious Anyang Art High School.

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After that, Jong Seo attended Sejong University, majoring in film first, but she decided to drop out and choose to hone her acting skills through private classes. Jong Seo once shared her decision to stop after a year of studying because she was not interested in the types of lectures offered there.

The first film premiered at Cannes

After joining her first agency, she auditioned in 2017 for the movie “Burning” (2018). “Burning” is the highly anticipated work of director Lee Chang Dong with the participation of veteran actors Yoo Ah In and Steven Yeun. After months of auditioning, Jeon Jong Seo beat out over 2000 actresses and got the free-spirited Haemi.

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Jeon Jong Seo with Yoo Ah In and Steven Yeun

Sharing with Hollywood Reporter, director Lee explained why he chose an inexperienced actor to play the lead role in the film: “When I saw her, she seemed to have a childlike innocence, but at the same time, she also feels as if something much bigger is on the other side of that innocence.”

The film premiered at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival and became the first Korean film to be shortlisted for nine short films competing for the “Best Foreign Language Film” award at the Oscars. Jeon received instant acclaim after debuting and made the Hollywood Reporter’s list of 15 International Breakthrough Talents of 2018.

Play with the big names in Hollywood

After starring in Netflix’s hit horror film “The Call” (2020) as Young Sook (a role that brought her best actress at the 57th Baeksang Arts Awards), Jeon landed her first Hollywood role with Ana Lily Amirpour’s “Mona Lisa” and “Blood Moon”. Jeon Jong Seo had the opportunity to work with Zac Efron and Kate Hudson. The film also entered the Venice Film Festival in 2021.

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Recently, she returned to the Korean big screen with the 2021 romantic comedy “Nothing Serious” with Son Seok Koo.

Dating the director of “The Call”

Jeon Jong Seo is currently dating “The Call” director Lee Choong Hyun since 2021. The two fell in love while filming the hit horror movie. Jeon’s management company, My Company, confirmed this information in December 2021. Specifically, the company said “the two have good feelings and recently started a romantic relationship”.

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The actress’s boyfriend is director Lee Choong Hyun

Director Lee Choong Hyun is also quite open about this relationship. He shared, “While filming The Call, we naturally fell in love, and we started dating recently. Most of the people around me knew we were dating.”

Jeon Jong Seo and her boyfriend are both highly regarded and are currently one of the most desirable talented couples in Korean cinema.

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