IU is one of the most famous people in the entertainment industry in South Korea. She is an actress, singer and songwriter. You may wonder how she got her name. The South Korean actress derived it from I and You, a phrase she commonly uses with the belief that we can be unified through music.
Lee Ji-eun is known for her songs and her incredible performances in movies and television shows. At 26, the musician's popularity has spread across South Korea and beyond. She is indeed a role model to many people of her age.
IU profile summary
- IU real name: Lee Ji-eun
- IU fandom name: IU, The nation's younger sister
- IU birthday: May 16th, 1993
- IU age: 26 years
- Zodiac sign: Taurus
- Gender: Female
- Blood group type: A
- Place of birth: Gwangjin District, Seoul, South Korea
- Nationality: South Korean
- Profession: Actress, songwriter, singer
- Marital status: Not married
- Religion: Christianity
- IU height: 1.62 m or 5 feet 3 inch
- Weight: 50 kg
IU early life
Lee Ji-eun was born on May 16th, 1993 in Gwangjin District, Seoul in South Korea. She got an interest in pursuing a career in entertainment when she was very young and began attending classes. Immediately after her elementary years, the financial situation of her family deteriorated, prompting them to move to Uijeongbu.
IU brother, together with the actress lived away from their parents. They resided in a studio room together with their grandmother and cousins for over a year in despicable conditions.
She found her passion for singing while in middle school after being applauded for an incredible performance she gave during her school's sports competition. As a move to kick off her singing career, Lee Ji-eun attended twenty auditions but passed none. Fake entertainment companies also scammed her.
She attended Dongduk Girls' High School and graduated in 2001. Her studies were significantly affected by her growing career. It was because the career required much time and as a result of her class attendance decreased. After graduating, she decided against joining tertiary education, but instead pursue her singing career.
The celebrity has so far had a fantastic and successful career. She is a songwriter, singer and actress. Discover some of her projects below.
Before she officially joined LEON Entertainment in 2007, the singer trained at Good Entertainment along with Yubin, Jun Hyoseong, Uee, and Heo Ga-yoon. She then moved to Bangbae, Seoul after joining LEON Entertainment. To her surprise, she received ten months training before her debut single in 2008.
On September 18th, 2008, IU performed her first single on the music show tagged M! Countdown. This was her first performance as a professional singer. On 24th, of the same month, she released an album titled Lost and Found with her lead song being Lost Child. Because of this fantastic project, Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism awarded her the Rookie of the Month in November the same year.
In the following year April 23rd, the star launched her debut studio collection dubbed Growing Up. She used Boo as a lead promotional number for this project. The song was selected as a number-one contender on Ingikayo, a great music program. As 2009 came to an end, she dropped her second song, IU...IM. The performance of her promoting single Marshmallow was well received.
Other than the release of music albums, in 2009, IU also took part in releasing the first soundtrack through Queen Seondeok and Strike Love, two dramas on MBC television. She also made collaborations with other top talents such as 'The Three Views' and 'Mighty Mouth' on their songs. Additionally, Lee became a television presenter hosting a music chart program on Gom TV weekly.
Lee produced another album Last Fantasy in 2011, and in 2013 and 2017, she released Modern Times and Palette respectively.
A summary of IU's albums:
- Growing Up (2009)
- Last Fantasy (2011)
- Modern Times (2013)
- Palette (2017)
As her popularity rose, she joined the characters of Heroes, a variety show. The show aired between July 18th, 2010 to May 1st, 2011. Shortly after becoming a cast in Heroes, she got another opportunity as a cast in Dream High, a teen drama. It aired between December 2010 to February 2011.
In 2013, IU took her first role as a lead actor in You're the Best where she acted as Lee Soon-shin. The 50 episodes of the television series ran from March 9th to August 25th of the same year. She earned praise from fellow actors and producers for her exemplary performance.
In 2015, she appeared in The Producers alongside Cha Tae-hyun, Kim Soo-hyun, and Gong Hyo-jin. The series was named the most anticipated television series of the year in South Korea. In the following years, she starred the lead of Hae Soo in Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo which is a Korean adaptation of Bu Bu Jing Xin, a Chinese novel. Here is a summary of IU movies and TV shows
- A Turtle's Tale 2: Sammy's Escape from Paradise (2012)
- Real (2017)
- Inkigayo (2011-2013): Host
- Hyori's Home Stay
- Dream High 1&2 (2011-2012)
- Welcome to the Show (2011)
- Salamander Guru and The Shadows (2012)
- You Are the Best (2013)
- Bel Ami (2013)
- The Producers (2015)
- Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (2016)
- My Mister (2018)
IU awards and achievements
Her music and acting career have not only earned her fame but also bagged numerous awards as well. Below are some of her awards and recognition.
- In 2008, she was awarded Rookie of the Month by South Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports and for November.
- In 2010, she won Mutizen award for her song Nagging on Inkigayo.
- At the 2014 KBS Drama Awards, she received Best New Actress for her exemplary performance in You're the Best.
- In 2017, She won three out of six nominations. The awards included Album of the Year, the Best Songwriter Award and Top 10 Artists.
- During the 7th Gaon Chart Music Awards, she won, Lyricist of the Year and Producer of the Year for her album Palette.
- At the 15th Korean Music Awards, she won The Best Pop Album for her album Palette.
- At the 2018 Golden Disc Awards, she won Song of the Year for her hit Through the Night.
IU net worth
Lee Ji-eun is one of the wealthiest entertainers in South Korea. She boasts of numerous songs in her albums together with exemplary acting roles. Her albums and songs rank top in South Korea, and sells thousands and thousands of copies.
Additionally, she has bagged endorsement deals that have earned her vast amounts of money. According to Celebrity Net Worth, her net worth is estimated to be a whopping $15 million.
IU social media platforms
Being a celebrity, Lee Ji-eun has used social media to reach out to many of her fans. You can, therefore, find her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
IU is, without a doubt, one of the most celebrated and successful artists in South Korea. Her music and acting talent have not only earned her fame but also a considerable amount of wealth. She has become a voice to reckon across the world.