Claudia Kim, Cha Min Geun / Photos: 10 Asia DB

With news being confirmed regarding actor Claudia Kim’s (34) upcoming nuptials in December, attention is being turned to groom-to-be Cha Min Geun (also known as Matthew Shampine, 37), the general manager of WeWork Korea. 

According to Claudia’s management agency, Culture Depot, “Claudia will be getting married at the Shilla Hotel on December 14 to the man she is currently seeing” and “she will continue to do her best as an actor after getting married.” 

Prior to the wedding announcement, Kim officially confirmed her relationship with Cha in August of this year. The couple met through an acquaintance two years ago and started dating at the beginning of 2019. The two recently announced their wedding plans to close friends and have gotten the blessing of the parents of both families. 

Cha is a Korean adoptee, who was adopted by a family in New Jersey, and is three years older than Claudia. He majored in computer science at The College of New Jersey and worked as a programmer for Mercedes-Benz USA after graduating from college. Cha currently works as the general manager of the Korean branch of WeWork, which is a co-working space firm that started in New York. 

WeWork, which launched in 2010, is popular with startups for offering various office services and as much office space as you want to borrow. They are currently operating more than 430 branches in over 100 cities in 27 countries, and are planning on listing with the New York Stock Exchange at the end of this year or early next year.  

Cha is well-known as a startup cultivation specialist. He joined WeWork when it was established in 2010 and was put in charge of operating WeWork Labs, which act as a business incubator and startup accelerator. Cha is also on the board of directors for KSE (Korean Startups & Entrepreneurs), a non-profit organization for Korean-American entrepreneurs. 

Claudia Kim first came on to the scene in 2006 with the television drama Queen of the Game, and she has been working actively on both the big and small screen since her debut. She has also been getting more attention globally by starring in Hollywood films such as Avengers: Age of Ultron,  The Dark Tower, and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.