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Doona Bae

South Korean actress and photographer

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Doona Bae Biography

Bae Doona is a South Korean actress and photographer. Bae first became known outside Korea for her roles as the protagonist's political activist girlfriend Cha Young-mi in Park Chan-wook's "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance," as archer Park Nam-joo in Bong Joon-ho's "The Host," and as an inflatable sex doll-come-to-life in Hirokazu Koreeda's "Air Doll." She then had English-speaking roles in various works of The Wachowskis, including the films "Cloud Atlas" and "Jupiter Ascending," and the TV series "Sense8."

In 2000, director Bong Joon-ho cast her in the film "Barking Dogs Never Bite" for her willingness to do the part without makeup, something other South Korean actresses were unwilling to do. That same year she gave a risque performance (albeit with a body double for the more intense scenes) in "Plum Blossom," and slowly started getting more work on television. This was followed by two more critical successes, 2001's "Take Care of My Cat," directed by Jeong Jae-eun, and 2002's "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance," directed by Park Chan-wook.

During her hiatus from the big screen, Bae took up photography, much of which can be seen between her official blog and her published photo-essay books. She also continued to work on TV, starring in "Country Princess" and "Rosemary." Bae finally stepped onto a theater stage in 2004, for a production of "Sunday Seoul" (not to be confused with the South Korean movie of the same title), a play co-written by Park Chan-wook.

In 2005 Bae gave a memorable turn as an exchange student who joins a band in the Japanese film "Linda Linda Linda," then played a divorced woman in the experimental omnibus TV series "Beating Heart." She reunited with Bong Joon-ho in 2006's "The Host," which became the highest grossing film in South Korean box office history. For her role, she trained in archery for months that she was told if she really wanted, she had enough talent to make it at an amateur level. She then returned to television, through the series "Someday and How to Meet a Perfect Neighbor."

After winning accolades for "Air Doll," a 2009 film by Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda about an inflatable sex doll that develops a soul and falls in love, Bae made back-to-back TV series in 2010, playing a high school teacher in "Master of Study," and a night club singer in weekend drama "Gloria."

Her 2012 sports film "As One" was based on the true story of the world table tennis championship held in Chiba, Japan in 1991 where North Korean player Ri Bun-hui and South Korean player Hyun Jung-hwa overcame their difficulties and came together to defeat the unbeatable Chinese team. Bae and co-star Ha Ji-won were trained by Hyun herself, and Bae learned to play left-handed like Ri. Afterwards she made a brief appearance in the science fiction film "Doomsday Book."

Bae made her English-language, Hollywood debut in "Cloud Atlas," as Sonmi-451, a clone in dystopian Korea. She also played the minor roles of Tilda Ewing, the wife of an abolitionist in pre-Civil War America, and a Mexican woman who crosses paths with an assassin. Co-directed by The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer, the US$100 million adaptation of David Mitchell's novel premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival to divisive reviews, though Bae's performance was unanimously praised by critics.

Back in Korea, Bae next starred in the 2014 film "Dohee-ya" (released internationally as A Girl at My Door), directed by July Jung and produced by Lee Chang-dong. Playing a small-town police officer who tries to save a mysterious young girl she suspects is a victim of domestic violence. The film premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, and Bae later won Best Actress at the Asian Film Awards.

In 2015, she re-teamed with the Wachowskis for their space opera "Jupiter Ascending," in which she played a small supporting role as a bounty hunter. This was followed by "Sense8," an American science fiction series created by the Wachowskis (in Bae's third collaboration with them) and co-written by J. Michael Straczynski. It is about eight strangers from different cultures and parts of the world who share a violent psychic vision and suddenly find themselves telepathically connected. "Sense8" began streaming on Netflix in 2015.

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    Booking fees for Doona Bae, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Doona Bae, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
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    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Doona Bae for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Doona Bae for your next private or corporate function.
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Doona Bae Biography

Bae Doona is a South Korean actress and photographer. Bae first became known outside Korea for her roles as the protagonist's political activist girlfriend Cha Young-mi in Park Chan-wook's "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance," as archer Park Nam-joo in Bong Joon-ho's "The Host," and as an inflatable sex doll-come-to-life in Hirokazu Koreeda's "Air Doll." She then had English-speaking roles in various works of The Wachowskis, including the films "Cloud Atlas" and "Jupiter Ascending," and the TV series "Sense8."

In 2000, director Bong Joon-ho cast her in the film "Barking Dogs Never Bite" for her willingness to do the part without makeup, something other South Korean actresses were unwilling to do. That same year she gave a risque performance (albeit with a body double for the more intense scenes) in "Plum Blossom," and slowly started getting more work on television. This was followed by two more critical successes, 2001's "Take Care of My Cat," directed by Jeong Jae-eun, and 2002's "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance," directed by Park Chan-wook.

During her hiatus from the big screen, Bae took up photography, much of which can be seen between her official blog and her published photo-essay books. She also continued to work on TV, starring in "Country Princess" and "Rosemary." Bae finally stepped onto a theater stage in 2004, for a production of "Sunday Seoul" (not to be confused with the South Korean movie of the same title), a play co-written by Park Chan-wook.

In 2005 Bae gave a memorable turn as an exchange student who joins a band in the Japanese film "Linda Linda Linda," then played a divorced woman in the experimental omnibus TV series "Beating Heart." She reunited with Bong Joon-ho in 2006's "The Host," which became the highest grossing film in South Korean box office history. For her role, she trained in archery for months that she was told if she really wanted, she had enough talent to make it at an amateur level. She then returned to television, through the series "Someday and How to Meet a Perfect Neighbor."

After winning accolades for "Air Doll," a 2009 film by Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda about an inflatable sex doll that develops a soul and falls in love, Bae made back-to-back TV series in 2010, playing a high school teacher in "Master of Study," and a night club singer in weekend drama "Gloria."

Her 2012 sports film "As One" was based on the true story of the world table tennis championship held in Chiba, Japan in 1991 where North Korean player Ri Bun-hui and South Korean player Hyun Jung-hwa overcame their difficulties and came together to defeat the unbeatable Chinese team. Bae and co-star Ha Ji-won were trained by Hyun herself, and Bae learned to play left-handed like Ri. Afterwards she made a brief appearance in the science fiction film "Doomsday Book."

Bae made her English-language, Hollywood debut in "Cloud Atlas," as Sonmi-451, a clone in dystopian Korea. She also played the minor roles of Tilda Ewing, the wife of an abolitionist in pre-Civil War America, and a Mexican woman who crosses paths with an assassin. Co-directed by The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer, the US$100 million adaptation of David Mitchell's novel premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival to divisive reviews, though Bae's performance was unanimously praised by critics.

Back in Korea, Bae next starred in the 2014 film "Dohee-ya" (released internationally as A Girl at My Door), directed by July Jung and produced by Lee Chang-dong. Playing a small-town police officer who tries to save a mysterious young girl she suspects is a victim of domestic violence. The film premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, and Bae later won Best Actress at the Asian Film Awards.

In 2015, she re-teamed with the Wachowskis for their space opera "Jupiter Ascending," in which she played a small supporting role as a bounty hunter. This was followed by "Sense8," an American science fiction series created by the Wachowskis (in Bae's third collaboration with them) and co-written by J. Michael Straczynski. It is about eight strangers from different cultures and parts of the world who share a violent psychic vision and suddenly find themselves telepathically connected. "Sense8" began streaming on Netflix in 2015.

Doona Bae Videos

  • Doona Bae & Jim Sturgess Access Hollywood Interview #1 - YouTube
  • Jim Sturgess Doona Bae interview by Monsieur Hollywood - YouTube

FAQs on booking Doona Bae

  • How to book Doona Bae?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Doona Bae for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Doona Bae, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Doona Bae or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Doona Bae?

    Booking fees for Doona Bae, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Doona Bae, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Doona Bae?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Doona Bae for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Doona Bae for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Doona Bae or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Doona Bae or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Doona Bae is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Doona Bae for your event is available upon request. Doona Bae generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Kelly Marie Tran, Hong Chau, Olivia Rodrigo, Courtney Dietz and Rochelle Aytes. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Doona Bae for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Doona Bae Speaker Videos

  • Doona Bae & Jim Sturgess Access Hollywood Interview #1 - YouTube
    Jim Sturgess Doona Bae interview by Monsieur Hollywood - YouTube

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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