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The KOREA TIMES
December 05, 2005
By Park Chung-a
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Rise of Multiethnic TV Stars

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The prevalence of multi-ethnic stars is one of the dominant phenomena of this year’s entertainment field. In the spotlight are Daniel Henney, Dennis O and Kim Deanna. Born to Korean mothers and American fathers, they have risen to stardom in a short time with their clean-cut and exotic looks reflecting both the East and the West.

This summer, Daniel Henney rose to national heartthrob by starring as an angel-hearted Korean-American doctor in a mega-hit drama series ``My Lovely Sam-soon’’ which ended in July.

Following in Henney’s footsteps is Dennis O, who is starring as a mysterious millionaire in a popular drama series "Sweet Spy.’’ Before debuting as TV actors, both were already famous models in advertising and fashion. Born and raised in the United States, their English lines in the dramas accompany Korean subtitles.

Kim Deanna, who gained great popularity through the SBS TV program "Animal Farm,’’ which showed her at her family’s reptile farm, recently made her debut as a member of the hip-hop duo Azian Love, by teaming up with a super model Kang So-young. By making the most of their images as a super model and an exotic mixed-race star, the group is aiming at becoming a big name not only Korea but throughout Asia.

Experts say that the success of mixed-race entertainers means that Koreans have become much more open to multi-ethnic entertainers than before.

A few years ago, there was a male duo with one member being Korean-American of mixed heritage. But they failed to become popular since until that time, people’s prejudice against entertainers of mixed heritage was strong.

"However, Korean viewers’ attitudes have changed. They seem to have become more friendly to half-Korean entertainers these days,’’ said an official from an entertainment agency who claimed anonymity. "Even if people’s frenzy over mixed-race entertainers turns out to be only a temporary thing, the fact that people have given such support to them is something meaningful,’’ he said.

However, some point out that such enthusiasm towards half-Korean entertainers has not yet extended to most of the multi-ethnic people living in Korea.

"Their popularity does not necessarily mean that Korean people’s general attitudes towards mixed-race people have improved,’’ said Lee Ji-young, a social worker from Pearl S. Buck International (PSBI) in Seoul. The PSBI foundation was established by Nobel laureate Pearl S. Buck to assist children, such as mixed-blooded children and adoptees, suffering racial discrimination.

Lee said that while fans are thrilled with the new phenomenon of mixed-race stars, the reality of most of mixed-blooded people in Korea is not that bright. She said that many of them still face harsh discrimination.

She also said that the role of such stars in encouraging mixed-race children and increasing people’s awareness towards mixed-race people who suffer from discrimination is very much important.

In fact, Daniel Henney and Kim Deanna have been participating in activities of the foundation, including joining summer camps with half-Korean children, spending time with the children and giving speeches to them. The foundation invited them as they were idolized by the children. "What stars say is much more powerful and influential than what I say to children,’’ Lee said.

Kim Deanna said that through her group’s new hip-hop ballad song "You are born to be loved,’’ she hopes to help Korean people fully embrace mixed-race people.

"In my case, I was born in the United States and spent my childhood there. Thus I did not face much conflict regarding the matter of being mixed-race. However, after I came to Korea, there were several occasions in which I was somewhat stressed by people’s prejudice against mixed-race people,’’ she said.

Lee said that whether the popularity of half-Korean stars is another form of favoring white people or a result of people’s change in attitude towards mixed-race people remains to be seen.

"As this is such a new phenomenon, we will have to see and wait what this will ultimately come about,’’ she said.


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Excerpted from THE KOREA TIMES
New Faces of 2006

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Daniel Henney may have been "the man of 2005."’ Not only did he garner many lady fans but he also paved the way for other actors of mixed ethnicity. Before 2005, such actors’ presence was nearly non-existent.
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June 30, 2005

Daniel Henny: “I Like a Woman Who Is Proud of Being Herself”

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“Clean-cut features, killer body, innocent smile, a perfect combination of West and East, His name is Daniel Henny. I said he is the one.”

It is part of “the song in praise of Daniel” which is gaining popularity on the internet. Daniel Henny (27) is the one in the song which is adapted from a song in praise of Gi Pa Rang called “Chan Gi Pa Rang Ga” (Gi Pa Rang is a member of youth elite group of Shilla dynasty). In the MBC drama “My Name is Samsoon Kim,” he plays Henry Kim, a radiology doctor who shows dedicated love for Hee-jin (starring Jung Ryeo-won), who came to the U.S for cancer treatments.

An increasing number of female fans are using “DanielLove” and “MyLoveHenny” as their nicknames in the cyberspace. The “Daniel Effect,” a new phrase, has been coined as well.

Female fans say there are three effects constituting the “Daniel Effect”: his exotic and sexy appearance which you can find only in models for prestigious foreign fashion magazines (Shock effect), his innocent smile which neutralizes negative feelings people might have for his too-perfect appearance (Neutralization effect) and his devotion to one woman even though he is such a perfect guy (Synergy effect).

Dong-A Ilbo sat down with him, a new face to many readers, at Cheongdam-dong, Seoul on June 28.

From an Ordinary College Student to a Promising Fashion Model-

Daniel Henny can’t speak Korean. The first question for him was the one his countless fans want us to ask him.

-“Do you have a girlfriend?”

-“I’m very satisfied as things are now. I’m too busy. So I don’t think that I would make a good boyfriend. I like things as they are now.”

He also said, “I like a woman who is proud of being herself. I like someone who can make her presence felt by others.”

His mother is a Korean adoptee as in the drama. His mother, Christy Henny (48), was adopted to the U.S. from an orphanage in Busan before her first birthday. His father is a British American engineer, Philip Henny (58).

“My mother always keeps a traditional Korean bridal doll wearing rainbow-striped clothes. I don’t know where she got that. She told me to visit Busan when I go to Korea.”

It was his friend who brought this dramatic change to his life as an ordinary college student.

“I was in the car at a parking lot, waiting for my friend to come out of his model audition. Then an agent approached and asked me ‘Why don’t you make some money and buy a new car?’ Everything began right there.”

He worked as a model not only in the U.S. but also in Taiwan and Hong Kong in 2002. And in 2003 he became successful, participating in the Paris and Milan Fashion Collections show.

From Fashion Model to Henry Kim-

After making appearances in several commercials such as Digital Camera Olympus (with Jeon Ji-hyeon) and Air Conditioner Klasse (with Kim Tae-hee), his name became known to Kim Yun-cheol, the producer of “My name is Samsoon Kim”. Kim made a call to him. At that moment, Daniel was at the airport going back to the U.S.

“After being offered the job, I went to the U.S and sent my video tape showing my performance. I took acting classes at the Deena Levy Studio, an acting school in New York, whenever I could despite my busy schedule as a model. I even performed in off-Broad way plays several times.”

The dramatic casting story created a dramatic character. Can he love just like Henry Kim, not selfishly, but sacrificing love in real life?

(Firmly) “I can, Love is trust. And based on the trust, you can have love.”

He answered in earnest. I asked what the future holds for the actor Daniel Henny.

“I want to play a psychotic bad guy. I want to become an actor who earns recognition not for his appearance but for his performance just like Brad Pitt. First, I will focus on learning Korean so that I can make Korea an indispensable part of my life.”
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Excerpted from THE KOREA TIMES
A Time to Be Smart, Not Gentle
By Choe Yong-shik
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12-19-2005
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The on-going TV commercial for the Gentra features the latest heartthrob sensation Daniel Henney, who is enormously popular as a model among the young female population in Korea. The theme of the ads is “good manners” and “chivalry.” In a nearly-full parking lot, Henney in his Gentra yields the last remaining spot to a young lady in another car in a show of chivalry. The caption reads, “Are you gentle?” implying that well-mannered and indeed gentlemanly drivers choose Gentra.
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Carson City’s Henney wins awards in Korea
By Elisabeth Waldon - Gazette editor

CARSON CITY — Last month, a Carson City man got to say the words heard so often at awards shows: “I want to thank...”

Daniel Henney, 26, won the Best Dressed award at the MBC Comedy Awards show Dec. 29 and the Best Newcomer award at the MBC Drama Awards show Dec. 30, both in South Korea. He also presented the Program Director’s Choice award winner.

Henney started his newcomer’s award acceptance speech by saying, “I want to thank my mom and dad.” He ended with “Thank you, Korea.”

Henney is the son of Phillip and Christine Henney of Carson City and grandson of Grace Henney of Crystal and Bruce Spoon of Perrinton. He was a former star basketball player before graduating from Carson City-Crystal High School in 1998. Henney quickly rose to fame thanks to an international modeling career and a starring role as a doctor in love with his patient in last year’s South Korean television dramatic miniseries, “My Name Is Kim Sam-soon.”

He also was chosen as 2005’s Best Actor during a recent South Korean poll of 38,314 teenagers on the Web site puppyred.com.

Henney is now shooting a starring role in “Spring Waltz,” a dramatic miniseries directed by Yoon Suk-ho. The drama will be the last of the director’s television dramas named after the four seasons, which also included “Summer Scent,” “Autumn Fairy Tale” and “Winter Sonata” — three tragic love stories set in their respective seasons.

This drama will revolve around a boy and a girl who fall in love, are forced to break up because of an accident, then meet again when they become adults. The miniseries will cost $4 million to $6 million in American dollars and will air on South Korean television in March.

Christine Henney said her son is shooting the miniseries in Austria right now. She said he surprised the couple by coming home unannounced for three days during Christmas.

“Being named Best Newcomer was quite an honor for him,” his mother said. “Winning the Best Newcomer award is quite a dream come true. He calls it surreal. We’re extremely proud of him.”

As for winning the Best Dressed award, “He looks good in anything,” she laughed.

“I don’t see him slowing down in the future,” Christine added.

Neither do recent South Korean newspaper articles, which roundly praised Henney’s success.

The Korea Times declared, “Daniel Henney may have been the man of 2005. As a Korean actor carrying an exotic aura of the West, Henney has emerged as Korea’s new heartthrob, grabbing hearts of female viewers.”

The Korea Herald noted, “Henney managed to pin down his name as one of the main promising actors, playing the role of a handsome Korean-American doctor in the popular drama.

“But because the public’s interest in Henney so far is not due to his qualities as a good actor, but rather to his appealing mask, he has a task ahead for 2006: To overcome the language barrier and broaden his acting territory,” the newspaper added.

Editor Elisabeth Waldon can be reached at ewaldon@staffordgroup.com
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nchristi this is all super stuff! Appreciate all the updates. His family must be so proud of their new star. Must say, he photographs well.



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Just stumble upon this message board as i surf thr net. Really hooked on Korean shows these past few months. On the process of watching the lovely samsoon. Still a long way to go i think cos it only show once a week here in Singapore. Well, Daniel Henney just start showing up in the last episode i watch and he is really quite a hunk! Haha.

Well, to Mr and Mrs Henney, congrats on your son's success! Really shock me when i realise both of u r also posting on this board. Say hi for me to your son also!
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WELCOME, cuterabbit!

Thanks for joining our forum! We hope you'll also join in our other discussion topics. emoticon

If you have any pictures or articles about Daniel and his new drama or anything else, please feel free to post them here. Since I speak only English, I know I'm missing a lot of websites and info that others find with news on Daniel.
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KBS TV's Monday-Tuesday miniseries "Spring Waltz" directed by Yun Seok-ho has been sold in eight countries before it airs in Korea. This drama is the last installment of Yun's "four-season drama series."

In a press interview held on the afternoon of Feb. 20, Park In-taek, president of Yoons Color, the production agency of "Spring Waltz," said, "We have signed export contracts with eight regions, such as Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines. We are also conducting negotiations with the United States, Austria, China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar."

Park also said, "Holding the full copyrights, the production agency is in charge of the domestic and overseas sales of 'Spring Waltz.' Earnings from the copyright will be shared with KBS. We have already secured the production costs, amounting to nearly 5 billion won, through pre-sales of the drama."

"Spring Waltz" starring Han Hyo-joo, Suh Do-young, Daniel Henney and Lee So-youn will air starting from Mar. 6.

KBS Global/2-21-06
 
 
 
 
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