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Daniel's mother, Christine, mentioned above his latest commercial shoot with Gywneth Paltrow for Bean Pole International.

I just received this message from her for those who would like to pick up the copy of US Weekly. class blockquote We just wanted to tell you that Gwyneth Paltrow and Daniel are in this week's, here in the States ... "US Weekly." The magazine is dated for Aug.7th. Issue # 599. Page 31. It isn't real big, but it is really cool. At least we think so. Dan emailed us about it. He was excited also. It is the one with Tori Spelling and her Mom, Carrie on the front. Thought you might want to pick one up.
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Hi, I'm a member of this forum but I just lurking around the threads only. The thing is one day this I read a Hollywood gossip blog and imagine my surprise when the owner wrote on Gwyneth Paltrow and Daniel Henney. Well I didn't watch "My Name Is Kim Sam Soon" but I know he's in it. So, I'm gonna share with you what the blog reported on Gwyneth and Daniel:

When Gwyneth Met Daniel: Take Two

    Take his Korean-American mother's eyes and skin tone, mix those with his British-American father's height and cheekbones, and you have Daniel Henney -- the current "it" man of Asian modeling and television. According to a Bean here Pole official, Paltrow's elegant and intellectual image combines with Henney's exotic features to provide an excellent representation of Bean Pole's premium Collection Line... Daniel graduated at University of Illinois in Chicago with a business major.

It looks like Gwyneth Paltrow and Daniel Henney are teaming up for another round of ads for Bean Pole International, a Korean fashion brand and affiliate of Samsung. Gwyneth, 33, and Daniel, 26, teamed up late 2005 for their first Bean Pole advertising campaign (watch their commercial below). Earlier on today, Gwyneth and Daniel were spotted filming another ad campaign in Mayfair, London. In between takes, Gwyneth spent time with her four-month-old son Moses.

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Original post with lots more pictures is here

Hope this help your Daniel Henney daily fix!
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nice to know that he is very loyal to Korea.. keep it up...~~!!
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For all Daniel Henney fans, here are some photos his mother kindly shared with us on the release of Daniel's new movie, Seducing Mr. Robin. Daniel plays the lead role.

Mrs. Christine Henney's comment: class blockquote Just wanted to send you these pictures of Dan's Movie... Starring Role in "Seducing Mr. Robin." This is a fifty foot marquee on top of the biggest theaters in Seoul. It is going to premiere on Dec. 2nd. Dan is so proud of this and wanted us to see these. The pictures were taken since he has returned to Korea after his visit home three weeks ago. Image

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Way to go, Daniel! We're all happy and proud of you, too! Much continued success! (Thanks, Christine, for sharing. emoticon)
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The Daily News
October 7, 2006
By Elisabeth Waldon - Daily News staff writer


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Paltrow recently reunited in Mayfair,
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CARSON CITY — Touring South Korea with Kobe Bryant, modeling in London with Gwyneth Paltrow, learning to speak Japanese for a romantic comedy and preparing to film a father-son drama...

Just another day in the life of Daniel Henney.

The 26-year-old Carson City native has been staying busy since he rose to fame thanks to an international modeling career and a starring role in a South Korean dramatic miniseries last year. He is the son of Phillip and Christine Henney of Carson City and was a standout basketball player before graduating from Carson City-Crystal High School in 1998.

Henney spoke with The Daily News recently while vacationing in Bali, Indonesia.

“Modern-day romantic comedy”

Henney had to learn Japanese for his latest role in the Korean film, “Seducing Mr. Robin,” which he describes as a “modern-day romantic comedy.”

The movie is about an out-of-luck secretary who finds love with Henney’s accomplished character.

“There was actually quite a bit of Japanese dialogue in the film and it was extremely difficult,” he said. “However through the help of my language coach I was able to pull it off.

“Japanese is similar in ways to Korean,” said Henney. “Since I am basically learning Korean every day, that helped me to a certain extent to absorb the Japanese script.”

“Highly anticipated” drama


Henney will start filming his next movie in mid-November.

Titled “My Father,” the film is based on a true story about a Korean man who was adopted by an American family living in Colorado during the 1970s. The young man enlists in the U.S. Army with hopes of discovering his birth parents and ends up being stationed in Korea.

There, he finds his father — on death row.

“It’s a story about the bond between father and son, despite physical or cultural roadblocks,” Henney said. “It’s being quite highly anticipated here in Korea and we’re hoping to take it to the Sundance Film Festival.”

TV alongside Kobe

A passionate fan and basketball player all his life, Henney was thrilled to meet one of the sport’s great athletes.

Bryant, a star with the Los Angeles Lakers, recently launched his new Nike Zoom basketball shoe in Seoul, South Korea, where he and Henney hosted a television talk show special together.

“Working with Kobe was a wonderful experience for me,” Henney recalled. “I find myself disbelieving my life 90 percent of the time these days. Kobe is a great guy and he’s so down to earth. He gave me a signed jersey and a signed pair of his new sneakers. For me as a basketball fan that was unbelievable.”

Modeling with Gwyneth Paltrow

Henney recently reunited with Paltrow in Mayfair, England, to reprise their roles as models for Bean Pole International.

He said working with the actress is always a pleasure.

“She’s definitely someone that I really respect in this industry and always look forward to working with,” Henney said. “She’s someone that I have really learned a lot from. She’s wonderful at giving advice on acting and life and she also has a wonderful sense of humor so we joke around a lot as well.

“In the beginning I was nervous, considering the fact that she is an award-winning actress,” he said. “However, after meeting her she quickly made me feel comfortable and that only proves what a real professional she really is.”

“Incredibly busy”

Henney said he misses the small-town pace of Carson City sometimes, now that he’s “always incredibly busy.”

Aside from acting and modeling, he remains actively involved with a charity called Compassion — an education-based organization that focuses on raising poor children until age 18 so that they can fend for themselves as adults.

“In many areas of this world people are so terribly poor that they can’t afford to feed themselves, let alone send their child to school,” Henney said. “So that’s where Compassion comes in and sort of assists the child’s education.”

As far as plans to visit his hometown in the near future?

“Of course,” Henney said. “I love Carson and I always miss it. I’m going to try to come back to catch the Eagles’ last home football game.”

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Photos from the 5th Korea Film Awards sponsored by MBC
November 19, 2006

Daniel arriving with Uhm Jung Hwa.

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For those wondering about Daniel's new short hair style, his Mom shared this with us: class blockquote Christine writes:

Daniel's short hair is to get him prepared for his next movie. When he came home, his hair was the first thing I noticed. We hadn't seen it this short since he was about 3 years old. He always wanted his cut like the popular styles, but never almost off. His new movie coming up, "My Father," is based on an American/Korean soldier looking for his biological father. In the motive, he is in the US Army stationed in Korea, so he has to have his hair short. It isn't too bad, once we got used to it.
I was surprised to see his new haircut, but I really like it. Looks great! And does he ever look the model he is in the Awards photos. He and his co-star actress look very beautiful together. They seem to have good chemistry as actors in the interviews I've watched. I'm looking forward to seeing their movie, Seducing Mr. Robin.

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Some other photos I've picked up along the way.

Loving and loved by children and young people...

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Chosun Ilbo
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November 25, 2006



Heartthrob Daniel Henney Confesses Early Sins

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With short hair and jeans instead of a suit, Daniel Henney looks relaxed and approachable. The man who in just two dramas -- “My Name is Kim Sam-soon” and “Spring Waltz” -- captured the hearts of millions of Korean women is now promoting his first feature film, “Seducing Mr. Robin,” which is released on Dec.7. The Chosun Ilbo spoke to the 28-year old.

Don’t you think that you are playing on women’s fantasies a little too much? In this movie, your character is a Harvard graduate and CEO of a foreign company.

“It’s a misunderstanding. Having read the screenplay, I thought he was such an ass. Too cold and stubborn. Later in the movie, a little human touch is added to the character, but the part is different than my previous roles, which were more warm-hearted.”

Your fans praise your gentleness and sweetness, best represented in your smile.

“Like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, everybody has two sides: good and bad. I showed my true self through Henry in ‘My Name is Kim Sam-soon’, but I showed only my good side.”

What kind of guy is the rest of you?

“When I played basketball in college, I used to be a greedy player. I only thought about winning. I didn’t go so far as to take steroids, but I went on a protein diet to build up muscle, and got all the way up to 220 pounds (around 110 kg). When I was a high school student, I threw eggs at school buses for no reason. I was the captain of my basketball team, but I ended up getting a seven-game suspension. It was a time when I was full of dissatisfaction and greed.”

Born in the U.S. state of Michigan, Henney dreamed of playing in the NBA when he was a boy. He was talented enough to be scouted to the University of Illinois at Chicago. But he says the talent others envied was not enough to reach the “top level,” and he was at odds with the team’s coach, whom he accuses of prejudice against him -- the sole player with Asian heritage -- so he finally changed his course. After that, he worked as a model and took acting classes, and debuted in “My Name is Kim Sam-soon” where he became widely known.

An uncomfortable question. You said the coach at UIC had a racial bias. But don’t you think that the fact that you are of mixed race worked in your favor in Korea?

“First of all, I don’t think that being of mixed race helped me get cast in ‘Kim Sam-soon.’ Actually, I didn’t learn about biases in Korea until well after I became famous. I’ve realized that even among people of mixed race, there is ‘class.’ But what’s clear is that Korea, unlike in the U.S., isn’t a country where racism is shown openly, and the younger generation has a more open mind than the older generation. I’m fretting about what kind of help I can be.”

Would it be rude if I ask whether your activities in Korea are a springboard for something else, like Hollywood?

A springboard? No way. The only good thing about working in Hollywood would be the fact that my parents could see the movies I’m in more easily. Whether it’s Hollywood or Korea isn’t important to me. The script, and what kind of a project it is, are what I consider most important. This work isn’t a stepping stone -- it’s my life.

What virtues must women have to seduce Daniel Henney, rather than Mr. Robin?

First of all, a non-enhanced natural beauty. And what I like the most is the natural sound of laughter. Age changes appearance and body shape, but the laughter is unchanged when they turn 90, and even when they sit in a wheelchair.

That is some smooth talk. But, how should I put this, it sounds like a canned response.

(Blushes) Well, of course I can’t ignore the impression and feeling that I get from a woman when I meet her first.

This is an English translation of an interview with Daniel Henney that appeared in the print version of the Chosun Ilbo.

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The Korea Herald
Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Daniel Henney as 'Mr. Perfect'

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If you want to capture the heart of Daniel Henney (one of the hottest Korean-American actors who sets most female hearts aflutter in Korea), please laugh a lot. For Henney says he loves a woman when she laughs.

Another crucial tip to seduce the heartthrob: please learn some wrestling. Henney thinks a woman doing who can wrestle is "sexy."

The two tips are drawn from Henney's silver screen debut, "Seducing Mr. Perfect" (Mr. Robin Kkoshigi), a typical chick movie in which he is being seduced by Um Jung-hwa at a highly upscale M&A firm.

Henney plays Robin, an M&A specialist who graduated from Harvard Law School and also has an MBA under his belt. He is appointed as the head of the M&A firm in Seoul, and one of his (sexy) employees is none other than June played by Um Jung-hwa.

Neither of them knows the identity of each other, at least when they first encounter through a fender-bender. June pretends to have no knowledge of English when she is confronted by the fluent English of this gorgeous-looking Mr. Perfect who drives a luxurious Volvo sedan. But Robin is no fool; he takes a picture of June with his cell phone camera and snatches her phone to dial his own number to get her telephone number in a couple of seconds - thanks to the caller ID system.

It turns out that Robin is adept at snatching everything - a company as a merger wizard, and a woman's heart as a relationship expert. When they meet again in the office, June finally notices a new reality: she is the assistant of a Hollywood actor-like handsome boss who throws about snappy, pretentious remarks as if he's the smartest guy in the world.

June wants to get some advice from this wise boss. She has long been stuck with messy relationships. She tries to be kind and gentle, but her former boyfriends have dumped her because of her extremely nice character.

Robin offers a challenging game to her: seducing him and by doing so, learning a lesson or two about what men really want.

Of course, if it were a typical Hollywood film, his overly cartoonish offer might be taken as serious sexual harassment involving all sorts of lawsuits. But the film is certainly a Korean one, and characters do not care about such needless political correctness at all, even though "Seducing Mr. Perfect" is the first ever Korean movie whose lines are mostly in English (most foreign viewers will be able to understand the plot thanks to plenty of English conversations).

The film does not have any surprises as a romantic comedy. A predictable plot, all-too-familiar developments that produce a trite ending. But it does have some bonus scenes for female viewers. For instance, at a press preview on Monday, when Robin opens his hotel room door topless, many female reporters sighed out of pleasant surprise.

Many of the details capturing Robin's life - the designer suits, residential hotel rooms, jogging in a wet sports T-shirt in a park and much more - are designed to entertain female moviegoers who buy movie tickets to watch today's new "Mr. Perfect," known as Daniel Henney.

So, it's a bad idea if a couple watches this film together. The woman will love it, often oohing and aaing whenever Henney gives a cool pose or shows of his well built body. But the man is likely to get annoyed when he feels he's constantly compared to this guy with extremely good looks and an easy smile.

Director Kim Sang-woo said at a press conference that he wanted to tell a typical story in a typical way. But what about not-so-typical Mr. Perfect? On his first ever acting for a feature film, Henney said, "I'm not perfect. It was difficult to act, and difficult at times, but it came out OK."

In the film, Robin seems extremely cold in his talk and manner, and Henney said he modeled the character after his former high school basketball coach who always ranted in a stern manner. He also added that he found Um's wrestling scene quite "sexy."

So, if you are determined to conform to Mr. Perfect's ideal woman, please learn some wrestling (details are clearly demonstrated in the film) and also laugh a lot.


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Yonhap News
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November 29, 2006



Daniel Henney speaks of troubled past on eve of big-screen debut

By Kim Hyun
SEOUL, Nov. 29 (Yonhap) -- Actor Daniel Henney had a tough childhood growing up as a mixed-race child in a remote U.S. town, but says the knocks and bruises were character building.


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The Korean-American heartthrob with an honest, caring and intelligent persona says his life was once rough and rowdy.

"I had a lot of problems, had fights with other children, maybe two times every week," Henney, who turned 27 this week, said in an interview with Yonhap News Agency on Wednesday while promoting his debut film, the romantic comedy "Seducing Mr. Perfect."

"Kids, they couldn't understand me because my mom was Korean and my father was American-British. They would always make fun of me and tease me. So I was always fighting, but it was not my fault. I couldn't help it," he said.

The boy from Carson City, Michigan, is now a phenomenon in South Korea after appearing in hit dramas like "My Name Is Kim Sam Soon" and commercials with starlets like Gwyneth Paltrow. His screen debut has him in the starring role of fund manager Robin, a character who's coldness clashes with Henney the man and the icon.

"In the beginning, when I first saw the script with the director, I said, 'There're some things I might not be able to do here because he's too cold.' He's too arrogant, too cocky. That's not me, that's not Daniel. So I worried a little bit in the beginning.

"But see, that's why I'm satisfied, because Robin is completely different from Daniel. Everything from meanness, to being materialistic, to the way he acts to women... Some say that was the perfect role for me, and I'm very excited because I feel I did well because I made it look like me."

The film, also starring singer-actress Uhm Jung-hwa, pivots around the relationship between a hard-edged boss and his female assistant at a chic office building in Seoul.

Despite some glaring plot holes, the comedy works as does the on-screen chemistry. The filmmakers have glossed over details such as Robin's painful past, but Henney's legion of female Korean fans are unlikely to be deterred.

"With romantic comedies you have to understand that. You either have to choose between a lot of fun, joking, laughing, loving scenes, or background story scenes," he said.

The model-turned-actor, who dreamed of becoming a basketball player until he was picked up by an agent, has found being a Korean-American star in the country a double-edged sword. While his cross-cultural appeal, dashing good looks and education are a big plus (he also holds a business degree), the language barrier often sidelines him to minor roles despite his working knowledge of Korean.

"It's very difficult. Because no matter how confident you are as a person, how strong - I consider myself quite a strong person - language is one thing that can bring you down, that can stop you," he said.

"I have no problem speaking Korean with my friends on the phone, there's no problems, but when it comes to interviews or films... People always ask me, 'Why don't you speak Korean on television or interviews?' Because when I speak Korean, the entire nation, all of Korea, is like 'Whoa!' watching and listening so intently. It makes me very nervous," he said.

What separates Henney from a horde of other emerging celebrities is his humility and approachability. He doesn't hesiste to share his troubled past despite the risk of tainting his perfect image.

"I think that it's a longevity thing. I think that people can see through fake people. If you are a bad person, people can see that. If you are a liar, if you bring something different to the table, people can see that. Fans can see through that. Everybody who watches you can see that," he said.

"My mom has always told me to do anything I want. There was a time when I had trouble sometimes with basketball, with studying. My mom always would say, 'It's okay, just be yourself and I'm very proud of you'."
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