Here are some trivia about Kim Tae Ri, who plays Na Hee Do in “Twenty Five Twenty One.”
1.) Kim Tae Ri was born on April 24, 1990.
2.) She plays 18-year-old Na Hee Do in “Twenty Five Twenty One” despite turning 32 years old this year. Hence, she is actually the oldest in the “Twenty Five Twenty One Squad.” (The power of having a baby face + excellent acting skills!)
3.) She started acting at the age of 26, her debut film is “The Handmaiden”, which has historical girl love themes.
4.) She was able to beat 1,500 auditionees for “The Handmaiden.”
5.) “The Handmaiden” is directed by Park Chan Wook, who also directed “Entourage,” Kim Tae Ri’s debut series where she appeared in episode 1.
6.) She only starred in two series, both as a lead: “Mr. Sunshine” (2018) and “Twenty Five, “Twenty One.”
7.) She starred in several films namely “Moon Young” (2017), “1987: When The Day Comes” (2017), “Little Forest” (2018), and “Space Sweepers” (2021).
8.) She will star in the upcoming film “Alien” with Kim Woo Bin and Ryu Jun Yeol.
9.) She won several Best New Actress Awards and Best Actress, including her portrayals in “The Handmaiden,” “The Little Forest,” and “Mr. Sunshine.”
10.) She sang several OST songs for her projects: “The Handmaiden,” “1987: When The Day Comes,” and “Twenty Five Twenty One.”
11.) Before starring in TV and film, she worked as part of a theater crew and was able to act on stage later on.
12.) She initially wanted to do painting, but decided that it was not the path for her. She then dreamed of becoming an announcer, hence, she became a Journalism and Communication graduate from Kyung Hee University.
13.) She was rejected multiple times before rising to stardom.
14.) Nam Joo Hyuk and Kim Tae Ri already worked on a commercial together, prior to their roles in “Twenty Five Twenty One.”
15.) She is under Management MMM, which also houses “Vincenzo” actress Jeon Yeo Been.
16.) She is a fan of BTS!
17.) She has cats for pets. Whenever she’s asked what she’s currently doing or her plans, she never forgets to mention playing with and feeding her cats.
18.) When talking about her projects, she tries her best to “let it go” of any pressure stating “because feeling overwhelmed or anxious doesn’t help when acting.”
19.) She went to the United Kingdom to learn English for 2 months back in 2019.
20.) Kim Tae Ri (together with Bona, who plays Yu Rim) took fencing lessons for three months to prepare for their roles. She said, “It’s really, really such a fun exercise. I learned really enjoyably, to the point where if I was born again, I’d want to do fencing.”
21.) She is the new nation’s first love!