Content warning: The following text contains mention of depression.
With the two-year anniversary of Jeon Tae-soo's death lingering in the news, some confusion has set in among readers about how Ha Ji-won and Jeon Tae-soo are related. Though Jeon Tae-soo is known as Ha Ji-won's younger brother, they have different surnames.
The answer is that Ha Ji-won is not in fact the real name of the actress. This is her performing name, with her actual name being Jeon Hae-rim. Jeon Tae-soo is the real name of her brother, however. Their family contains three sisters and one brother. Ha Ji-won is the second sister, while Jeon Tae-soo was the baby of the family.
Jeon Tae-soo was known to be suffering from depression in the time leading up to his death. However, he had been thought to be in recovery and Haewadal Entertainment, the same agency that represents Ha Ji-won, had been preparing for his comeback. Though Jeon Tae-soo never achieved the fame of his sister he did have notable moments in his career, with major supporting roles in "It's Okay, Daddy" and "The Daughter of the Emperor".
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Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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