Being a Korean actor is a tough job, as a lot of them are constantly booked with schedules, and usually don’t have any privacy. This has caused some Korean actors to leave the entertainment industry to live as a non-celebrity. Here’s a list of a few of these actors.
1. Seo Min Jung
Seo Min Jung debuted as an actress in 2000, and was quite successful, as she gained massive popularity in 2006 after her role in the sitcom Unstoppable High Kick.
In 2007, Seo Min Jung got married to a Korean-American dentist and decided to retire from the entertainment industry and move to New York with her husband.
2. Shim Eun Ha
Shim Eun Ha debuted as an actress in 1993 and was involved in many famous Korean dramas and films, such as the film Art Museum by the Zoo.
However, in 2001, she decided to retire as an actress during the height of her popularity. Shim Eun Ha stated that she simply wanted to live life as a non-celebrity.
3. Lee Tae Im
Lee Tae Im debuted as an actress in 2007 and was involved in many acting projects until her sudden retirement in 2018.
In 2018, Lee Tae Im removed her profile from portal sites and gave a final message to her fans on her now-deleted Instagram account.
This is Tae Im.
It’s been a long time. I’ve been going through a difficult time with various thoughts and hardships.
I’ve decided to live an ordinary life from hereon. I will not forget those who loved and supported me.
— Lee Tae Im
4. Bae Yong Joon
Bae Yong Joon debuted as an actor in 1994 and was incredibly successful. One of his most famous projects was his role in the K-Drama Winter Sonata.
However, Bae Yong Joon decided to retire from the acting industry in 2007.