In Lee Jung Eun’s Time of Need as a Struggling Actress, Three Generous Actors Lent Her a Large Sum of Money

When Lee Jung Eun was working part-time jobs to make ends meet, her three actor colleagues lent her nearly $50,000.

In light of Lee Jung Eun‘s recent win of the Best Supporting Actress Award for her role in Parasite, her past confession of three actors that helped her in a time of need resurfaced in online communities.

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Lee Jung Eun was a struggling actress until she was 40 years old, and worked all sorts of part-time jobs in order to make ends meet.

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In a recent interview, Lee Jung Eun revealed that when she barely made 200,000 won (~$170 USD) in a year, she called up a few of her fellow actors for help.

19 years ago, I didn’t have enough money, so I called Shin Ha Kyun, Woo Hyun, and Ji Jin Hee for help, and they generously lent me money. I borrowed 50 million won (~$43,000 USD) from them.

– Lee Jung Eun

Lee Jung Eun added that she thought she could pay them back quickly, but that it took her 13 years to do so.

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She even explained what she did so that she could express her gratitude to her fellow colleagues.

I wrote down their names on a piece of paper. Just in case I died away from home, I kept their names with me so that my mother or father could express my gratitude instead.

– Lee Jung Eun

Fans responded to this gesture in awe with comments such as “That’s a lot of money, so it’s impressive they lent it to her so willingly” and “It’s also impressive that Lee Jung Eun kept their names with her for such a long time“.

Source: Insight
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