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There is speculation in the Korean press whether the two co-stars in the movie Cloud Atlas are dating or not.

Whether these recent paparazzi shots of 배두나 (Doona Bae) and Jim Sturgess (and there are several more) mean anything more than friendship, we have yet to see, but they are relatively new to the Hollywood game (though have built solid domestic careers respectively, and in the case of Bae, a brilliant Korean/Japanese career) and may still be genuine and three-dimensional enough to feel happy with each other.

Here are some photos of them playing dress-ups for Harpers Bazaar Korea.

I am not a PDA kind of person either (except to my dog) so those paparazzi shots would definitely be filed under dating/or in the process of mutual attraction developing into something else in my book.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    She’s so unattractive, I’m lost for words (appropriate on this blog) to describe just how revolting she is. Looks like a 50 year old ajumma, and that’s being kind. What’s with the crazy eyes on this walking stick?

  • Bob Bobbs
  • Madar

    How dare they show Sturgess smoking in the street! I’m outraged, I tell you, outraged! As long as it was late enough at night I could watch him killing someone, or having soft core sex with someone, with no ill effects, but smoking….. My God, I feel the absolute need to smoke on the street in Gangnam and then drink a bottle of Soju in a random park in Seoul. Why o’why didn’t the emergent Korean nanny state save me from this evil!!!

  • ChuckRamone

    He’s wearing a blind skateboards hoodie. Does that company still exist?

  • gumiho

    Wow! unattractive,huh? You’re a lucky guy-your wife must be scorching hot.

  • wangkon936
  • wangkon936

    I think it would be fair to say that she isn’t what many would typically consider “celebrity level” attractive.

  • yuna_at_marmotshole

    It’s futile arguing about the appeal or non-appeal of somebody like Bae. For me the appeal comes from the fact that she does not annoy me nearly as much as most Korean TV women with the same-old personality and non-fashion sense stuck in an inward-looking mainstream entertainment world, devoid of a smidgen of imagination or originality.

  • wangkon936

    I think Seth says what a lot of people think, but don’t repeat in polite company. If you look at his Family Guy comedy, it’s the same jokes, it just don’t have animated characters act out of speak what the lines are. The animation diffuses the offensive nature of the jokes. Take out the animation and you just have a guy who’s in this 30′s making a lot of insensitive comments.

  • bumfromkorea

    I like her. I saw her on 무릎팍 and she sounded like a really, really cool person.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    Forget celebrity-level, she isn’t even anonymous-girl-on-the-street attractive

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    I don’t get the uproar over the “we saw your boobs” thing. I haven’t watched any of these awards shows in a decade but I know what went on. Men wore tuxes, women went as naked as they could get away with. If they are choosing to objectify themselves then they are open game to this sort of ridicule. Typical women “I will dress as slutty as possible, objectify myself as much as possible, become a set of walking boobs or a swinging ass BUT YOU MUST RESPECT ME.”

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    She dresses and does what people tell her to do. She is not original.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    Ive met her, she seemed stuck up and arrogant. As always very unattractive.

  • dlbarch

    I hear Seth MacFarlane has been asked to return next year, this time with a new number dedicated to all the fat and aging Hollywood producer types, entitled “We Saw Your Man-Boobs.”

    DLB

    P.S. Oh, and yes, “Family Guy” is one of the best shows on television. Dammit!

  • keyinjpop

    I saw Bae in the links and she reminds me of that character from the MAD TV show played by Bobby Lee. Weird.

  • weiguk

    There is no real “celebrity level” attractive in Korea. With plastic surgery and beauty being such a high priority here, and the girls actually succeeding at it compared to the west, you can find plenty of non-celebrity girls just riding the train who would rival the girls on TV and in the movies.

  • http://twitter.com/TheRealTruth6 The Real Truth

    Someone needs to notify Korean Sentry to report that flagrant case of white-man-stealing-Korean-woman. She may not be a super-model, but remember, she is acting outside of Korea, in countries (Japan, US, UK) where plastic surgery isn’t as high on the list of priorities as say, actual acting ability, or something like that. I thought she did quite well in the movie. Those Korean TV starlets who all get the same v-line jaw surgery, big fake eyes, and ridiculously upturned fake noses are quite boring on all levels other than being curiosities in a freak-show kind of way.

  • http://www.rjkoehler.com Robert Koehler

    Remind me, why do you have such a hate-on for Bae Doona?

  • felddog13

    @Salaryman: Stuck up and arrogant? Well, she’s been successful pretty much from age 19, her dad I think is an executive and her mom was a successful theater actress and theater professor. So there you go. Plus, judging from the charm you exhibit on this website, I wouldn’t be surprised if many women you meet react to you in a way you that you interpret as arrogant/stuck-up.

  • felddog13

    Die, Jim Sturgess, die.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    Why do you keep pushing this 3/10?

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    LOL successful:) 3rd tier actress in Korea, one “big” Hollywood movie. Tell me how she’s been “successful.” The Hollywood movie was a horrible mishmash of some of the sloppiest “philosophy” slop found in fortune cookies. In other words, she’s a nobody, with a face to match.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    I’m married so I don’t approach women. But I’m, a) 6’2 b) 175lbs c) have been swimming, running and cycling since high-school d) have a pretty good job. I’ve never had to try and impress women, its usually been the other way around. I’m simply stating my opinion of Bae: I find her unattractive in every facet of her being, from her looks to her personality to her acting “skills.”

  • http://www.rjkoehler.com Robert Koehler

    Don’t hold back on our account, Salaryman—tell us how you REALLY feel about Bae Doona.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    I already did. I respect the forum to keep it civil enough. Simply put, I find this woman unattractive in every sense, in every facet, in all she does, in all she is. To me, she is like the antichrist.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    Looks like someone who is sedentary does not like the fact that I’m not.

  • felddog13

    Well, she’s been in a ton of very successful TV dramas, had a big role in one of the most successful Korean movies of all time (The Host / 괴물), is generally a go-to fashion model, has been in many well-respected indie-type films both here and in Japan, and recently had a main role in a Hollywood epic (mediocre as it may have been). I don’t know what your definition of “3rd-tier” is, but Bae Doona in Korea is most definitely an A-list celeb.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    Haha it was NOT a big role, she was a supporting actress in 괴물, which, was like 8 years ago. Indie movies are like indie music, all fine and good, but a star they do not one make. Being a fashion model these days has lost any meaning it ever had, what with the proliferation of some of the weirdest looking and (intentionally?) unattractive women as models – one need only watch America’s Next Top Model where half the women look like welfare recipients/crack addicts.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    Looks like Medusa’s powers are waning..don’t worry, Sturgess will die soon enough having to gaze at that face.

  • Cloudfive
  • SalarymaninSeoul

    Not everything, but cats – definitely

  • bumfromkorea

    So I guess that one ping pong movie just slipped by your attention, as well as that one show about studying.

  • bumfromkorea

    To be fair, you’re talking to someone who identifies himself as a misanthrope. Discussing celebrities is like the last thing you want to do with someone like that, not to mention politics and social- oh…

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    This is a fair point.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    Well God forbid I miss a movie about studying! I don’t watch ping pong why would I watch a movie about ping pong?

  • bumfromkorea

    Cat’s not grumpy enough to portray SMS.

  • bumfromkorea

    Really? When and where (and how?!)? I really am very envious.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    I met her at a function several years ago. I don’t think getting specific is appropriate here.

  • bumfromkorea

    Who cares about what you want to watch? You made a statement about how Bae Doona is not a A-list celebrity because she was in a movie 8 years ago and are only famous in indie scenes. When making a statement like that, a very basic understanding of Korean pop culture is necessary. Otherwise, you’re just babbling about things that you have no understanding of.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    Well, these movies were so big you forgot their titles. I wouldn’t say Harrison Ford was in the movie about the archaeologist, or Mel Gibson was in the movie about the borderline crazy cop..No, I would state the titles.

  • bumfromkorea

    아니 도대체 배두나가 뭐라고 했길래 거만하고 싸가지가 없다고 하는건지 참 궁금하네요. 설마 자신은 영어로 얘기하고 그쪽에서 제대로 대답하지 못해서 그런 말을 하는건 아닐테고… 뭐 그런다고 해도 별로 놀랍지는 않겠지만.

    그리고 무엇보다도, 배두나를 ‘적그리스도’라고 이미 생각하는 사람이 배두나를 만나면, 참 좋게도 대하겠네. 자기 자신을 되돌아보는게 우선인듯…

  • bumfromkorea

    I guess sarcasm was lost on you as well. Great showing though.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    I’m curious why the switch to Korean. I never aid I spoke to her, did I?

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    Your brand of lunacy is lost on me. Jesus Christ, she is an actress who doesn’t even know you’re alive, yet you are defending her as if she were your sister. Imaginary girlfriend, much?

  • bumfromkorea

    다시 말하자면, 본적은 있는데 직접 대화 한적은 없다. 근데 보기에는 거만하고 싸가지가 없다.

    Very reliable source, the judge of character from a self-declared misanthrope.

  • bumfromkorea

    Nice. Right into ad hominem – a laughably childish one at that.

    I’m a big fan. Last I checked, don’t need her to be my imaginary girlfriend to appreciate her works. I’m a big fan of JJ Abrams as well; maybe I’m gay for JJ Abrams and wish he was my boyfriend?

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    A misanthrope can have his own judgement of others. My encounter with Bae left me cold to her personality. Granted, I may be wrong about what she is like. About the other things like physical attractiveness, her A-list status, etc I am on the mark.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    See, there’s your downfall for being ANYONE’s fan. Except mine. You may continue to be my fan with a good conscience.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    And I think your English isnt up to scratch. I have never called her any rude names (antichrist is not a rude word). I simply said that from what I saw of her in real life, as brief as that was, I had the impression she was stuck up. You are such an obsessed fan you blew things out of proportion. This is my opinion of her based on my personal observation of her behavior. It may be wrong, but it may be right. YOU don’t know, having only seen her in movies and set up situations. The rest of it, her looks and her acting skills, this is subjective, but for me she is a 3 out of 10, at best, and a bad actress

  • Cloudfive

    Her interview on “Taxi” was better. You might be able to find the full show online.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHWw7GoxFyY

  • LuketheDrifter

    Never heard of her, but after looking her up, have to agree she is not that hot.

  • felddog13

    Why, yes, she IS my imaginary girlfriend, actually. Every since that scene of her riding Shin Ha-kyun in Sympathy for Mr. Vengence (복수는 나의것)–probably my favorite of Park Chan-Wook’s films. You should watch it, Salaryman. Since you hate her so much, you’ll love the scene where Song Gang-ho ties her up and electric-shocks her to death and she pees herself as she’s dying.

  • Bob Bobbs

    You’ve been in Asia for a long time, haven’t you?

  • hardyandtiny

    Bae Doona is very sexy.

  • wangkon936

    I like Salaryman. He’s kinda like Sperwer, but from the other spectrum and without all the philosophical terminology hocus pocus.

    Although some of that hocus pocus might be helpful to mask your true level of misanthropy.

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  • Horace Jeffery Hodges

    Eh? I thought you liked Nietzsche . . .

    Jeffery Hodges

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  • Horace Jeffery Hodges

    Contrary to SalarymaninSeoul and other nay-sayers, Bae Doona isn’t as ugly as she looks.

    Jeffery Hodges

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  • One for all

    LOL! Toot your imaginary horn much?

  • Baek, In-je

    Salarymen never have good jobs.
    She is cute without being aanoying about it like Moon Geum Young.
    Plus she looks great naked.
    Plus she has done several Korean movie that I enjoyed.
    An actress who was stuck up? I find that rather hard to believe.
    Baek, In-je of the baekinjeshow.blogspot.kr/

  • Baek, In-je

    Salarymen never have good jobs.
    She is cute without being aanoying about it like Moon Geum Young.
    Plus she looks great naked.
    Plus she has done several Korean movie that I enjoyed.
    An actress who was stuck up? I find that rather hard to believe.
    Baek, In-je of the baekinjeshow blogspot.kr/

  • Anonymous_Joe

    You can say that again.

  • yangachibastardo

    I’m undecided here, when she appears all fashioned up she seems to be hotter than hell, when she goes for the indie hipster persona, she makes me wanna go to my fridge and grab something strong to forget what i just saw

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  • http://www.facebook.com/coud.atlas.3 Claudia Atlason

    I know people who have met her and they say she is a nice person, a bit shy and not fake, like many other actresses are. She is genuine and real. And I can’t take you seriously as you say she is unattractive. Dumbass.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    Are you a lesbian? My taste is my taste and she’s ugly, to me. Now, talk about an obsessed fan digging up old posts about your object of infatuation.