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Bae Doona

Birthday: October 11, 1979


Bae Doona (배두나) is a Korean actress and photographer. As a child, she followed around her mother, a stage actress. Doona said herself that experience much of the industry as a child deterred her from wanting to become an actress. She attended Hanyang University in Seoul, where she studied Theater and Film. She began her career as a model in 1999 when she was scouted by an agency while walking down the street. This interaction jump-started her career as a clothing model for clothing label COOLDOG and others.

Her first movies were Ring (1999) and Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000). Her role in Barking Dogs Never Bite is notable because she agreed to do the role without wearing makeup, something most other actresses at the time would not do. She is most known for her role in the first part of "The Vengeance" trilogy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002), where she plays a political activist. That same year, she also headlined the action-comedy Saving My Hubby.

From 2003-2005, Doona took a break from making feature length films. In the meantime, she took up photography. Her work can be seen on her website and her published photo-essay books. Despite taking a break from making movies, she continued to appear in content for television. She also was in the stage production of "Sunday Seoul" in 2004.

In 2005, she returned to the screen in the Japanese film Linda Linda Linda. She starred in the 2006 movie The Host, which became the highest grossing film of all time in Korea. To prepare for this film, Doona trained in archery for months. She was told that if she wanted to, she had enough talent to pursue archery at the amateur level.

Doona made her English-language film debut in the Wachowski brothers' production of Cloud Atlas in 2012. While the movie itself received polarizing reviews, Doona's performance was unanimously praised. She also starred in A Girl at My Door, which premiered at Cannes in 2014. She won "Best Actress" at the Asian Film Awards for this role. Doona also made an appearance in the Wachowski brothers' space opera Jupiter Ascending. She was also cast in the American science fiction series called  Sense8. Sense8 began streaming in Netflix in 2015 and ran for two seasons. In 2016, she returned to Korean screens with the suspense-thriller Tunnel.

Basically, what can't she do?

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