Do you wonder who this beautiful woman is?
Well, if you’ve watched the korean movies Taegukgui (Brotherhood) or the korean remake of “Scarlet Letter”, then you sure know who I’m talking about.
It’s Lee Eun Ju.A woman who rose to fame really fast just to fall to death later.
You know, there is a reason why we call celebrities “stars”.They’re always shining, desired, beautiful and eventhough it seems like we can approach them anytime, we know they’re standing far away.
Looking at pictures of them smiling, we automatically assume that everything’s allright in their lives.We even envy them for leading “the perfect life” and secretly hate them a bit for being “a goddess”.Calling humans goddesses…how paradox is that?
Lee Eun Ju…was a flower, which blossomed too fast and died too early.Even she was aware of the danger of rising to fame too fast : “I’m called a new generation star, but I don’t want to be the kind of person who achieves instant fame and then is quickly forgotten. I want to learn step-by-step how to become a good actress, and gradually work my way up. A star achieves brilliance, but is soon forgotten; to become an actress takes more time.”
She does a good impression on you with these words, right? You think, that she’s indeed clever and really ambitious.That she’ll do really good if she keeps thinking like this.
But she didn’t.
The movie “Scarlet Letter” affected her a lot.But unfortunately not in a positive way.The nude scenes lead to her suicide.
On February 22 in the year 2005, after a few years of her graduation in a university, Lee commited suicide in her appartement.She cut her wrists and died in the age of 24.What she left behind was a letter to her parents.
She left a suicide note scrawled in blood, in which she wrote, “Mom, I am sorry and I love you.” A separate note said, “I wanted to do too much. Even though I live, I’m not really alive. I don’t want anyone to be disappointed. It’s nice having money… I wanted to make money.”
Her mother said, that her nude scenes in “Scarlet Letter” lead to insomnia.The whole korean nation was in a shock.
Lee Eun Ju’s story was really touching to me.Today it’s the 22th February 2014.The day she commited suicide was 10 years ago.If she would have lived untill today, she would be 34 years old and maybe a better hallyustar than most actresses we see.
I didn’t want to write this to celebrate her 10 year death anniversary. No, totally not.What I’m trying to say is : “Next time jealousy catches you while you’re seing a star, just remember that it’s not the perfect live they have. They have to sacrifice almost everything and eventhough they love us for our support, they kind of hate us too due to limited free time and always being stalked by fans or paparazzis.Furthermore, you can hide lots of things under a smile.”
Lee Eun Ju, rest in peace.
Source : wikipedia