10 life lessons to learn from Jun Ji-hyun, Lifestyle News


For many of us, our earliest and perhaps most memorable memory of South Korean actress Gianna Jun Ji-hyun is her role in the 2001 romantic comedy My Sassy Girl. His career, which spans more than 20 years, has been marked by numerous summits and acting awards.

For those who miss her onscreen, Gianna has returned to the small screen after five years, starring Kingdom’s Ju Ji-hoon in tvN’s mystery thriller Jirisan.

In the show, she plays Seo Yi-kang, an expert ranger known for his knowledge. Jirisan can be streamed on iQiyi.

As one of Korea’s top stars, Gianna maintains a relatively clean image and a favorable reputation – all thanks to the good shots she’s made. We take a look at how Gianna has inspired us to become better versions of ourselves, at work and in life.

Be flexible and adaptable to change


Although we know her as Jun Ji-hyun, Gianna did not have that name until she started her acting career. Before that, she had her first name Wang Ji-hyun.

The name change was suggested by producer Oh Jong Rok who chose Gianna in the 1998 drama Steal My Heart because her name was not as fluid as the other actresses.

His last name, Wang, is said to be rare in Korea and belonged to the Gaeseong Wang clan from the Goryeo dynasty.

Also, did you know acting wasn’t always in the pipeline for Gianna?

When she was younger, Gianna wanted to be a flight attendant until she experienced a particularly hectic flight. Later, at the age of 16, a friend introduced Gianna to a photographer and she made her debut as a model for a magazine in 1997 through the fashion publication School.

It proves that you will never know what you are meant to do unless you try.

Do not give up


Gianna made her television and film debuts with Fascinate My Heart and White Valentine in 1998 and 1999 respectively. She rose to fame across Asia with her 2001 role in My Sassy Girl.

Her hard work and persistence paid off when she made her Hollywood debut in 2009 with the lead role in Blood: The Last Vampire.

Stay true to your values


Gianna fans would realize that she doesn’t appear on our screens often.

In fact, before her cameo in Kingdom (2021) and her lead role in Jirisan (2021), Gianna’s last role was in My Legend of the Blue Sea (2016-17).

As such, it can be said that Gianna not only accepts any role that is offered to her, but rather chooses what resonates with her.

We love that the characters she plays are all self-sufficient, independent women, able to act according to their will.

Take, for example, her role as top ranger Seo Yi-kang in Jirisan, brave Ashin in Kingdom, or unabashedly famous actress Cheong Song-yi in My Love from the Star (2013-14).

Now, these are strong characters that we admire.

Prioritize your health


In a 2020 interview with W Korea, Gianna revealed that her secret to maintaining her slim and toned figure is consistency in her workout routine.

She wakes up every day between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. to exercise, does Pilates three times a week and cardio an hour before. Despite her busy schedule, Gianna takes care of it to take the time to exercise.

The bottom line: health always comes first, and like many other successful people, Gianna knows this.

Learn from the best


Throughout her career spanning more than two decades, Gianna has worked alongside big stars.

These include Cha Tae-hyun in My Sassy Girl, Jung Woo-sung in Daisy (2006), Li Bingbing in Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2011), Kim Hye-soo and Lee Jung-jae in The Thieves (2012), Kim Soo-hyun in My Love from the Star (2013-14), Lee Min-ho in Legend of the Blue Sea (2016-17) and more recently, Ju Ji-hoon in Jirisan (2021).

There is no doubt that Gianna acquired different skills while working with these stars, which helped her to perfect her craft and become the beautiful actress that she is today.

Hard work pays off


With numerous chart-topping productions under her belt, it’s no surprise that Gianna is one of Korea’s highest-paid actresses. Tatler Asia estimates that she orders at least $ 120,000 per episode.

Moreover, Gianna is also one of the best celebrities. She has worked with brands such as Samsung and Lotte Duty Free, and is currently the first Korean Ambassador for Alexander McQueen, earning over millions of dollars just from ads.

Have conviction in what you do


Another testament to Gianna’s star power is her ability to sell things. Whatever Gianna uses or approves of quickly becomes a hot topic and flies off the shelves.

In 2014, it was rumored that Gianna was wearing YSL Rouge Pur Couture lipstick in shade # 52, Rosy Coral. And although this has been debunked, the lipstick has reportedly been sold in Korea and some countries around the world.

It shows how much fans trust Gianna’s tastes and preferences that have been built on her reputation and good reputation.

Be humble and involved


In 2008, Gianna partnered with luxury jeans label True Religion to launch a line called Gianna by True Religion.

What impressed us was how Gianna would have been involved in every step of production, from design and washing to fit and accessories.

This level of engagement is certainly admirable.

Diversify your income to grow your wealth


Over the years, Gianna has gradually diversified her sources of income by investing in real estate.

She is said to own $ 91 million worth of properties in Korea, especially the affluent neighborhoods of Samseong-dong and Nonhyeon-dong.

In June 2021, it was also reported that Gianna made a profit of US $ 12.5 million (S $ 16.9 million) after selling a building in Nonhyeon-dong.

She certainly knows the meaning of a good investment.

Give back


Despite her fame and success, Gianna does not forget to give back to those in need.

In 2015, she donated nearly half a million US dollars to children of single mothers through fashion label She’s Miss.

She also donated 500 lunch boxes to poor families the same year after Assassination’s success.

Most recently, Gianna donated US $ 84,000 to support patients with Covid-19.

It’s a timely reminder to contribute to the less fortunate as we can, especially at times like these.

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This article first appeared in Her online world.


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