Star's Lover

Star's Lover (Korean스타의 연인; RRSeutaui Yeonin; also known as Celebrity's Sweetheart) is a 2008 South Korean television series starring Choi Ji-woo and Yoo Ji-tae that aired on SBS. A love story between a star actress and an ordinary man, director Boo Sung-chul said the series was inspired by the 1999 film Notting Hill.[1][2]

Star's Lover
Promotional poster
Also known asCelebrity's Sweetheart
GenreRomance, Drama
Written byOh Soo-yeon
Directed byBoo Sung-chul
StarringChoi Ji-woo
Yoo Ji-tae
Country of originSouth Korea
Original languageKorean
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes20
Production locationsSouth Korea, Japan
Running timeWednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 (KST)
Original networkSeoul Broadcasting System
Original release10 December 2008 (2008-12-10) –
12 February 2009 (2009-02-12)
Preceded byPainter of the Wind
Followed byCain and Abel
Star's Lover
Revised RomanizationSeutaui Yeonin
McCune–ReischauerSŭt‘a ŭi Yŏnin


Lee Ma-ri (Choi Ji-woo) is a top star in South Korea and throughout Asia. The head of her management agency, Seo Tae-suk (Sung Ji-ru), hires a ghostwriter to help transform Ma-ri's image. Poverty-stricken university lecturer Kim Chul-soo (Yoo Ji-tae) takes the job in order to earn money to repay his ex-girl friend, who paid for his college tuition. Whilst they are in Japan he falls in love with Ma-ri. However, when the travel essay book Lovers in Asuka, written by Chul-soo on Ma-ri's behalf, becomes a bestseller, Ma-ri gets caught up in the controversy generated by the ghost writing. The two lovers try to continue their relationship away from media attention, but obstacles abound: eligible young executive Jung Woo-jin (Lee Ki-woo), who pursues Ma-ri; Ma-ri's first love Kang Woo-jin (Choi Phillip), who suddenly vanished from her life; Chul-soo's ex-girlfriend Choi Eun-young (Cha Ye-ryun); and the manipulative Seo Tae-suk, who seeks to control everything in Ma-ri's life.


Main charactersEdit

Supporting charactersEdit


Date Episode Nationwide Seoul
2008-12-10 1 9.5% (17th) 9.8% (14th)
2008-12-11 2 8.8% (17th) 9.3% (16th)
2008-12-17 3 6.8% 8.7%
2008-12-18 4 7.0% 8.5%
2008-12-24 5 5.9% 8.0%
2008-12-25 6 7.6% 9.8%
2009-01-01 7 9.1% 10.1%
2009-01-01 8 7.8% 10.1%
2009-01-07 9 7.9% 9.1%
2009-01-08 10 7.5% 8.5%
2008-01-14 11 7.4% 8.9%
2009-01-15 12 6.2% 8.5%
2009-01-21 13 7.6% 8.4%
2009-01-22 14 7.3% 8.5
2009-01-28 15 8.2% 9.0% (19th)
2009-01-29 16 9.2% 8.8% (19th)
2009-02-04 17 8.3% 8.4%
2009-02-05 18 9.0% 8.8
2009-02-11 19 5.3% 8.3%
2009-02-12 20 7.2% 8.5%
Average 7.6% 8.9%

Source: TNS Media Korea


As of the twelfth episode Choi was reported to have worn 147 outfits, thus averaging 12 ensembles per episode, with episode two alone featuring 25 different outfits. The sheer volume of clothing and range of styles is in line with her character as a top actress.[3]

Many of the scenes were filmed on location in Seoul and Busan.[4]

  • Episode 20: Ilsan Lake Park, Janghang-dong, Ilsan district, Goyang city, Gyeonggi Province.
  • Episode 8 and 19: Il Mare, an Italian restaurant, located in front of Ilsan Lake Park.
  • Seoul National University: the university of Chul-soo's employment, his lectures and Ma-ri's visit to the school were filmed at the gallery, Gyujanggak, and museum roads. This is the first time the university allowed its campus to be used as a filming location.
  • Haeundae Beach and Dongbaek Island, Busan: The scene where Ma-ri confesses her love for Chul-soo and the couple takes a walk on the beach.

International broadcastEdit

It first aired in Japan on satellite channel WOWOW beginning May 1, 2009.[5] Reruns followed on terrestrial network TBS from September 27 to October 22, 2010,[6] and on cable channel KNTV from November 9 to December 4, 2009.[7]

In Thailand it first aired on Modernine TV in 2011.[8]


  1. ^ Oh, Jean (1 December 2008). "Mega drama duo signals hot winter". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2012-05-30.
  2. ^ Han, Sang-hee (2 December 2008). "Celebrity's Sweetheart Knocks on Viewers Hearts". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-05-30.
  3. ^ "Choi Ji-woo in Costume Change Marathon". The Chosun Ilbo. 14 February 2009. Retrieved 2012-05-30.
  4. ^ "A Star's Lover". Korea Tourism Organization. Archived from the original on 2015-05-18. Retrieved 2012-05-30.
  5. ^ "Choi Ji-woo Explains Dating Rumors in Japan". KBS Global. 16 March 2009. Retrieved 2013-09-13.
  6. ^ "韓流セレクトのトップページへ".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-24. Retrieved 2014-10-20.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ ก้าวสู่ปีที่ 4 เอสทีจี มัลติมีเดีย ส่งซีรี่ส์สุดอลังการ ลงช่องโมเดิร์นไนน์ ใน โมเดิร์นไนน์ซีรี่ส์ 2 ช่วงเวลา. (in Thai). 29 August 2011. Retrieved 13 October 2015.

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