Extra! Korea

April 14, 2010

Nearly 40% of actors have considered suicide

Filed under: actors/actresses, suicide — extrakorea @ 2:02 pm

Park Jin-hee (a really hot actress who became famous among expatriates due to a brouhaha surrounding some Nazi-themed cosmetics advertisements) is working on her Master’s degree at Yonsei University (so she’s smart as well as hot).  For her study on depression and suicidal tendencies among actors, she interviewed 260 actors, and found that 38.9% had suffered depression and had considered suicide.  About 20% had bought pills or other means through which they could potentially kill themselves.

Why did they think about harming themselves?

Park said most of these symptoms derive from their “unstable status” in life. They thought their employment status was too rocky and that their talents weren’t received well enough by the public and industry insiders.

The gap between the general public’s perception that entertainers “live flamboyant and happy lives” and their actual life being “not so glamorous” also caused them mental anguish.

They were often forced to hide their real characters or feelings from others to remain “likable” and some of them thought “having to stay young and blissful” was self-consuming.

Her conclusion:

“The numbers show that people, who seem to be in the middle of amiability, love and glamour, are some of the most lonesome and troubled,” Park said in the paper.


  1. I think a lot of Koreans, not just “talent”, but students, 9-5ers (should probably be 7-10ers), housewives and what not are just depressed and overly-stressed. A lot of this comes from the almost impossible expectations they place upon themselves or their families. I also think that it has become cliche in that it is expected in certain circumstances. We have all heard about the various executives in powerful companies – including the chebols, that have committed suicide because of financial ruin or scandal. A few days ago I was crossing the Yanghwajin Bridge and there were policemen all along the guardrail and boats below obviously looking for something. My guess – a jumper. Not too long ago one of the English newspapers did a piece on the most popular bridge for suicides.

    Note. – perhaps it is my computer but for some reason I can not see the entire text box so I am sure there are more than a few grammatical/spelling mistakes in this comment. Enjoy reading your blog
    Robert Neff

    Comment by robert neff — April 24, 2010 @ 4:03 pm

    • Enjoy reading your blog

      Why, thank you very much. I love your posts at the Marmot’s Hole.

      Comment by extrakorea — April 26, 2010 @ 12:54 am

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