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This is a Korean name; the family name is Jang.

Jang Keun-suk (Hangul: 장근석; Hanja: 張根碩) is a South Koreanactor and singer. He is best known for starring in the Korean television dramasBeethoven Virus (2008), You're Beautiful (2009), Mary Stayed Out All Night (2010), Love Rain (2012), Pretty Man (2013) and The Royal Gambler (2016).[2]

Early life[edit]

Jang started working as a child model at the age of five after he was discovered by a talent agent. At that time, Jang's parents were selling their house and the agent, who was a prospective buyer, saw Jang. Seeing his potential, the agent advised Jang's parents to allow him to try a career in modeling.

In junior high school, Jang went to school in New Zealand, where he attended Nelson College in 2003, to learn English and Japanese.[3]

Film career[edit]


Jang made his acting debut in the 1997 HBS (now Channel CGV) sitcomSelling Happiness. He then continued to work in television as a child actor. Studying in New Zealand at the time, a role in the popular MBC sitcom Nonstop 4 brought him back to South Korea.

2005–2008: Beginnings[edit]

In 2005, Jang played the president's son in the SBS drama Lovers in Prague.

In 2006, Jang debuted on the big screen in the Japanese horror film One Missed Call: Final where he played the role of a deaf boy. He next played the first love of famous gisaengHwang Jini (played by Ha Ji-won) in the period drama Hwang Jini.

In 2007, Jang was cast in the rock music-themed film The Happy Life, directed by Lee Joon-ik.[4] Jang then co-hosted SBS's weekly live music show Inkigayo from February 25 to October 7, 2007.

In 2008, Jang would go on to act in two more music-inspired projects with the film Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do and the MBC drama Beethoven Virus opposite Kim Myung-min, in which he played a trumpet player in an orchestra.[5] He also starred in the KBS drama, Hong Gil-dong as the fictional brother of King Gwanghae who vies for Joseon's throne.[6][7] Afterwards, he starred opposite Moon Mason in the movie Baby and I.[8]

2009–2013: Overseas popularity[edit]

Jang gained more recognition after starring in You're Beautiful (2009), playing the leader of fictional K-pop band A.N.Jell, who falls in love with a fellow band member who is a girl pretending to be her twin brother (played by Park Shin-hye). The series gained a cult following,[9] and earned high ratings in Japan.[10][11]

The same year, he took on his first villain role in the thriller The Case of Itaewon Homicide, based on the real-life Itaewon murder case in which a young Korean-American was accused of stabbing a Korean student to death. Jang spoke his lines in English throughout the entire film, and Beyond Hollywood praised him as having "performed very well" in the role.[12]

In 2010, he starred opposite Moon Geun-young in the romantic comedy series Mary Stayed Out All Night.[13] This was followed by another rom-com You're My Pet, adapted from the Japanese mangaKimi wa Petto in which a younger man willingly becomes the "pet" of a career woman (played by Kim Ha-neul).[14][15][16] In 2011, Jang starred in the short film Budapest Diary, reportedly participated in the writing and location scouting for the film.[17]

Jang then worked with TV director Yoon Seok-ho on the melodrama series Love Rain, in which he and costar Im Yoon-ah played dual roles in the 1970s and 2012.[18][19] The drama garnered much positive overseas interest[20][21] and was sold to Japan for $10 million, the second highest price for a KBS drama at the time, partly due to Jang's popularity.[22]

In 2013, Jang starred in another series adapted from a manhwa, Pretty Man opposite IU.[23]

2015: Scandal and hiatus, Directorial debut[edit]

Jang filmed the reality showThree Meals a Day: Fishing Village with Cha Seung-won and Yoo Hae-jin, which was supposed to air in January 2015.[24] But a supposed tax evasion controversy in which a fine was paid of ₩10 billion (US$9.27 million) for his agency under-reporting taxes led to him dropping out of the program.[25] He had previously been involved in similar rumors in October 2014 as well (through the rumor was denied).[26][27][28] Though Jang was found not guilty as it was his agency's unintentional accounting mistake, he decided to leave the program and his scenes were edited out.[29][30] He went on a hiatus in Korea after that, and focused largely on overseas activities.[31]

The same year, Jang launched his directorial debut with the short film Camp, participating in the planning and directing stages in collaboration with director Yoon Hong-seung. Filmed in Jejudo Island, Camp captures events that occur during Jang’s attempts to film wild animals in the mountains as a documentary director. It topped the weekly film section of the Oricon Chart.[32]

Jang expressed his desire to be recognized as an actor in Korea again, saying that "You may be a hallyu star, but without a domestic base, it can feel empty". He announced that he will be selecting an "aggressive" range of movies and TV series to work on in 2016.[33][34]

2016-present: Comeback[edit]

Jang made a successful comeback in 2016 with Mnet's music survival show Produce 101, where 101 trainee girls competing against each other for their debut. He acts as the host and mentor of the show, making significant contributions in introducing the program to viewers and making the program more suspenseful.[35]

Jang then starred in historical drama The Royal Gambler where he played a gambler who rivals the King.[36] Though it had lower viewership ratings, the series marked a turning point in Jang's career and allowed him to overcome his fixed image as a "pretty boy" and expand his acting roles.[37][38] The same year, Jang directed the short film The Great Legacy, which centers on a man who is obsessed with finding the bankbook left by his unconscious father. The film was invited to screen at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival.[39]

In 2017, Jang was cast in Kim Ki-duk's film Human, Space, Time and Human, about a journey to get to the root of human beings while testing the limits of human emotions, morality and ethics.[40]

In 2018, Jang returned to the small screen with the drama Switch - Change the World, playing double roles as a prosecutor and a con artist.[41]

Music career[edit]

Jang's first single as a singer, "Let Me Cry," was released by Pony Canyon in Japan on April 27, 2011. "Let Me Cry" debuted at number 1 on Japan's Oricon single charts, selling 119,149 copies on its first week of release, making him the first non-Japanese act to have the debut single to debut at number 1 on the charts.[42] This won him Best New Artist in the 26th Japan Gold Disc Awards.[43]

In September 2011, Jang teamed up with Big Brother (known as Team H) and released their first Chinese album, an EP titled The Lounge H Vol.1 in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and throughout Southeast Asia.[44] The album eventually reached platinum sales. Team H later won Best Selling Album and Best Korean Album at the 2012 IFPI Hong Kong Record Sales Awards.[45]

In March 2012, Team H released their second extended play Lounge H (The First Impression) exclusively in Japan.[46] The album contained ten tracks of rock and electronic genre.[47]

In May 2012, Jang released his first full-length Japanese album, titled Just Crazy. It debuted at No. 1 on the Oricon daily singles chart with 53,000 copies sold, and again topped the weekly singles chart with 88,009 copies sold.[48][49] Jang became the first male artist to top the Oricon Weekly Chart with a debut album, and the first time in Oricon history for a foreign male artist to claim such a feat in Japan.[50] An eight-page advertisement promoting the album was awarded a prize by the Japanese Press Association.[51] Jang then embarked on his second Asia tour to promote the album.[52][53]

In February 2013, Team H released their third album titled I Just Wanna Have Fun in both Japan and China, which consists of 12 electronic tracks.[54] The duo held their first concert, 2013 Team H Party - I Just Wanna Have Fun in Japan;[55] and embarked on a series of concert throughout China, Thailand, Taiwan and America.[56][57]

In May 2013, Jang released his second Japanese album, Nature Boy, which consists of 11 tracks, including the promotional singles "Nature Boy" and "Indian Summer" as well as a self-written track titled "Love Letter".[58] The album debuted at the top of the Oricon Daily Chart, selling 43,000 copies.[59] From 2013 to 2014, Jang embarked on his first Zepp tour which traveled to different cities in Japan for a total of 14 concerts.[60]

In 2014, Jang project band, Team H, released its third full-length album titled Driving to the Highway consisting of fourteen tracks.[61] The duo then embarked on a concert tour in Japan titled "Raining on the dance floor", which traveled to four different cities for a total of eight concerts.[62]

In February 2015, Jang released his third solo album ‘Monochrome’ to celebrate his fifth anniversary in Japan.[63]Monochrome placed third on both the ‘Oricon’ album daily and weekly chart.[64] He also launched the 2015 "Jang Keun Suk The Cri Show 3" around Japan. The tour, which began with the Osaka concert on March 14, has completely sold out tickets for the 12 hall concerts in six cities (Osaka, Niigata, Fukuoka, Okayama, Shizuika, Hokkaido) and four arena concerts in two cities (Kobe, Tokyo), for a total of 16 concerts.[65]

In September 2015, Jang held the "Jang Keun Suk Live in Seoul 2015" concert at the Changchun Stadium in Seoul. It was Jang's first solo concert in Korea in three years.[66] On October 24 Jang held a concert in Shanghai which was a comeback concert in China since 2013,[67] followed by 4 concerts in Japan in the end of November.

In August 2016, Jang released a new Japanese single titled "Darling, Darling".[68] Jang then kicked off his Asia tour "It's Show Time", performing in Seoul, Japan and China.[69][70] He went on to unveil two more singles, "Endless Summer" and "Dakishimetai" the same year.

In August 2017, Jang dropped his 4th full-length album Voyage with a total of 14 songs, including three singles released in 2016. The album took second place on the Oricon daily and weekly charts, selling over 21,000 copies the first day.[71]

In the media[edit]

Jang has been referred to as the "Prince of Asia" due to his overwhelming popularity in the region, particularly China and Japan.[72] In 2012, Jang became the first Hallyu star to be featured on a Japanese stamp.[73] In 2013, his followers on Chinese networking social site Weibo surpassed 10 million, the greatest number of followers on Weibo for a Korean celebrity.[74]

Social activities[edit]

In 2010, Jang became the youngest to be named PR Ambassador for Seoul.[75]

Jang was named promotional ambassador of the Nuclear Safety Summit in 2011.[76]

On 20 October 2015, Jang was appointed as one of the as the first domestic university "Sharing Professor" by Hanyang university. He held his first special lectures in December 2015.[77]

In 2016, Jang was appointed as a public ambassador for the media art exhibition “Van Gogh Inside: Festival of Music and Light".[78]

In 2017, Jang was named honorary ambassador for the PyeongChang Olympics.[79]


Jang often donates to charitable causes;[80][81][82][83] in 2011 he donated 10.1 million yen from his charity event for its earthquake and tsunami victims to the Japanese Red Cross;[84] in 2012 he donated an unprecedented sum of 1.2 billion won to his school;[85] in 2013 he donated 100 million won through UNICEF to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan that devastated the Philippines.[86] In 2017, it was revealed that he helped a Mongolian teenager get treatment for ovarian cancer in South Korea by helping to pay for the patient's trip and medical expenses.[87]

His fanclub also makes donations frequently,[88] such as to The Snail of Love, an organization that supports people with hearing impairments.[89] and to the Namsanwon orphanage. In 2015, Jang volunteered at the said orphanage together with his fans.[90]

In 2016, Jang stated that he wished to create a charity foundation to take his philanthropic activities a step further.[91]



Television series[edit]

Variety show[edit]


Main article: Jang Keun-suk discography


  • 2012: Jang Keun Suk Love Recipe[94]

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResultRef.
2006Mnet Top 100Charming Guys Who are SingleN/AWon
Adorable MalesN/ARank #29
KBS Drama AwardsBest Couple Award (with Ha Ji-won)Hwang JiniWon[95]
Best New ActorNominated
2007Mnet Top 100Must Have MalesN/ARank #3
10th Director's Cut AwardsBest New ActorThe Happy LifeWon
28thBlue Dragon Film AwardsBest New ActorNominated
6th Korean Film AwardsBest New ActorNominated
200844thBaeksang Arts AwardsBest New Actor (Film)Won
17thBuil Film AwardsBest New ActorNominated
45thGrand Bell AwardsBest New ActorNominated
2ndKorea Drama AwardsExcellence Award, ActorBeethoven VirusNominated
MBC Drama AwardsBest New ActorWon
KBS Drama AwardsExcellence Award, Actor in a MiniseriesHong Gil-dongNominated
Popularity Award, ActorWon
200946thGrand Bell AwardsBest Supporting ActorThe Case of Itaewon HomicideNominated
SBS Drama AwardsExcellence Award, Actor in a Drama SpecialYou're BeautifulNominated
Netizen Popularity AwardWon[96]
Top 10 StarsWon
201046thBaeksang Arts AwardsMost Popular Actor (Film)The Case of Itaewon HomicideWon[97]
Yahoo! Asia Buzz AwardsTop Buzz Male Korea StarN/AWon[98]
Top Buzz Male Asia StarN/AWon
KBS Drama AwardsExcellence Award, Actor in a MiniseriesMary Stayed Out All NightNominated
Netizen Award, ActorWon[99]
Best Couple Award (with Moon Geun-young)Won
201115th Global Chinese Music AwardsMost Popular Korean ArtistN/AWon[100]
Korean Popular Culture and Arts AwardsCommendation from the Ministry of Culture and FinanceN/AWon
19th Korean Culture and Entertainment AwardsHallyu Grand PrizeN/AWon
Yahoo! Asia Buzz AwardsTaiwan Top Searched Single Korean ArtistN/AWon[101]
201226th Japan Gold Disc AwardsBest 3 New Artists (with 2PM and B2ST)N/AWon
10th IFPI Hong Kong Record Sales AwardsBest Selling Album (with Big Brother)The Lounge H Vol. 1Won
Best Korean Album (with Big Brother)Won
48thBaeksang Arts AwardsMost Popular Actor (Film)You're My PetWon[102]
Huading AwardsTop 100 Asian CelebritiesN/ARank #3
KBS Drama AwardsExcellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length DramaLove RainNominated
201327th Japan Gold Disc AwardsBest 3 AlbumsJust CrazyWon[103]
KBS Drama AwardsExcellence Award, Actor in a MiniseriesPretty ManNominated
Best Couple Award (with IU)Nominated
20165th APAN Star AwardsBest Actor in a Serial Drama (excellence award)The Royal GamblerNominated
SBS Drama AwardsGrand Prize (Daesang)Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial DramaWon
Top 10 Stars AwardWon


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This is a Korean name; the family name is Jeon. In the stage name or pen-name, the surname is Ha.

Jeon Hae-rim (Hangul: 전해림; born 28 June 1978), better known by her stage name Ha Ji-won (Hangul: 하지원) is a South Koreanactress. She is best known for the historical dramasDamo (2003), Hwang Jini (2006), Empress Ki (2013), as well as the melodramaSomething Happened in Bali (2004), the romantic comedy series Secret Garden (2010) and the medical romantic series Hospital Ship (2017).

Ha has starred in several films and television series, and is one of South Korea's most sought after and critically acclaimed actresses,[1][2][3] particularly known for her versatility in pulling off roles in various genres such as action, comedy, horror, drama, and sports.[4][5][6][7][8][9]

Early life and education[edit]

Jeon Hae-rim was scouted by an agency when she was a senior high school student. The actress stated, "Ever since I was a little kid, I dreamed of becoming an actress. When I was a senior in high school, an agency contacted me after seeing my picture at a photography studio." She later graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Film and Television (BFTV) in Dankook University. In 2012, the actress revealed that she had failed over 100 auditions before her debut, "I passed my college entrance and written exams and was accepted to the department of theater and film. Before my debut, I auditioned for 100 or so projects but didn’t get the roles."[10]

Jeon candidly revealed that she adopted "Ha Ji-won" as her stage name as a favor for her previous manager as it was the name of his first love. "When I was about to debut, the first love of my manager's name was Ha Ji-won. I think he wanted to at least use the name of his love that was not fulfilled. The first time I heard the name Ha Ji-won, I thought it was pretty and also bold."[11]


1996–2002: Beginnings and rising popularity[edit]

Ha Ji-won made her TV debut in the 1996 teen drama, New Generation Report: Adults Don’t Understand Us. She continued playing supporting roles in dramas, Dragon's Tears and Dangerous Lullaby in 1998 and 1999 respectively. But it was through the popular high school drama School 2, in which she played the role of a troubled teen, that she started to gain fame as an actress.[12][13]

In 2000, Ha made her film debut in the thriller, Truth Game, alongside Ahn Sung-ki, where she was chosen for the role from a pool of 1,500 prospective candidates.[14][15] For her portrayal of a bipolar character, Ha was awarded Best New Actress at the 37th Grand Bell Awards and 1st Busan Film Critics Awards. The same year, she starred in Ahn Byeong-ki's horror movie Nightmare, and sci-fi romance film Ditto, which won her the Best Supporting Actress award at the 21st Blue Dragon Film Awards.[16] Later, Ha reunited with Ditto co-star Kim Ha-neul in the drama, Secret, playing an antagonist role.[17] The drama earned her Best Rookie Actress recognition at the MBC Drama Awards and 37th Baeksang Arts Awards[18]

In 2001, Ha had her first leading role in Beautiful Life, where she played the role of a chaebol hotelier's daughter, opposite Kim Rae-won.[19] This was followed by another starring role in Days in the Sun opposite Ji Sung.[20]

The following year, in 2002, Ha reunited with director Ahn Byeong-ki in horror movie, Phone. The film was a huge success in Korea and was also a hit in Italy,[21] officially dubbing her as "Asia's Horror Princess".[13][9] Following Phone in the same year was Yoon Je-kyoon's American Pie-inspired movie, Sex Is Zero, co-starring Im Chang-jung. The movie was the 3rd most popular Korean movie in 2002 and ranked 5th among all films released in that year,[22] winning Ha the Popularity Award at the 39th Baeksang Arts Awards.

2003–2005: Mainstream success[edit]

In 2003, Ha starred in her first historical drama, Damo.[23]Damo was highly popular among viewers in their 20s and 30s and turned into a cultural phenomenon.[24] Ha's performance as a lowly police detective was highly praised and she was given the Top Excellence award at the MBC Drama Awards.

In 2004, she starred in the heavy melodrama, What Happened in Bali, alongside Jo In-sung and So Ji-sub. What Happened in Bali was a huge success, with its final episode reaching a peak rating of 39.7%,[25] and won Ha the coveted Best Actress recognition at the 40th Baeksang Arts Awards. Ha also appeared in two films, internet fiction themed movie, 100 Days with Mr. Arrogant opposite Kim Jae-won[26] and romantic comedy, Love, So Divine with Kwon Sang-woo.[23][27] However, both films were not as successful with audiences.[28]

Ha then played the role of the female protagonist in Daddy-Long-Legs, which was inspired by the novel of the same title written by Jean Webster.[23] She also starred in Lee Myung-se's martial arts film, Duelist, opposite Kang Dong-won.[29] The movie also had her reunited with Korea's National Actor, Ahn Sung-ki, whom she had previously worked with in Truth Game. At the 26th Blue Dragon Awards where Ha won the Popularity Award, she quoted Director Lee's line, "An actor never stops learning." which she said she had always been applying in her life as an actress.

2006–2009: Critical acclaim[edit]

In 2006, Ha starred in Hwang Jini, a period drama based on the real-life history of the character of Hwang Jini, who lived in 16th-century Joseon and is considered the most famous gisaeng in the Korean history.[30][31] The series was a huge ratings success,[32] giving rise to a boom in gisaeng-themed entertainment—musicals, TV dramas, films, even cartoons.[33][34] Ha's performance won her the Grand Prize (Daesang) at the 2006 KBS Drama Awards.[35]

In 2007, Ha challenged herself in the role of a female boxer in the comedy film, Miracle on 1st Street.[36] Coming from the team behind Sex Is Zero, the movie ended up as the 5th most popular movie in that year.[37] She then took on the role of a pianist in Miracle of a Giving Fool, which was based on a popular webcomic and won her the Popularity Award at the 44th Baeksang Arts Awards.[38]

In 2009, Ha worked with Director Yoon Je-kyoon for the third time in the blockbuster disaster filmHaeundae. The movie was funded by CJ Entertainment with a budget estimated at US$10–15 million, one of the largest for a Korean production.[39]Haeundae was met with both critical and commercial success. It was the 4th highest-grossing film in South Korea then, giving Ha the honor of "The 10 Million Movie Actress" for bringing the glory of more than 10 million audiences.[40] She then starred in Park Jin-pyo's melodramaCloser to Heaven.[41] Ha's heartfelt performance in the film won her the Best Actress Award at the 30th Blue Dragon Film Awards and 46th Baeksang Arts Awards.[42][43]

2010–2016: International popularity[edit]

After taking a 4-year break from dramas, Ha made a very successful comeback through the 2010 hit drama, Secret Garden, written by famous writer Kim Eun-sook.[44] She played the role of a stunt woman, who magically switches bodies with a wealthy CEO character (played by Hyun Bin). Proven to be a commercial success, the drama series brought in high domestic ratings and garnered much interest regarding its fashion, catchphrases and music.[45][46] Ha was awarded the prestige Best Actress at the Grimae Awards.

Ha then starred in science fiction3D movie, Sector 7. Although the film failed to do well in South Korea, it was a hit in China, garnering over 20 million yuan in China after just one week, beating previous records set by 200 Pounds Beauty at 16 million yuan.[47] Ha had spent eight hours a day swimming and training with weights to get in shape for the role, obtained a scuba diving certificate and motor license in a week to "immerse" herself in character.[48]

In 2012, Ha starred in alternate history drama The King 2 Hearts opposite Lee Seung-gi, playing the role of a North Korean Special Forces Officer who married a South Korean crown prince as a political strategy.[49] It was also revealed that Ha had studied the North Korean dialect to make her portrayal of the character more realistic and genuine.[50] Ha then acted in sports film As One, playing the role of a South Korean table tennis player.[51] It was reported that Hyun Jung-hwa, whom Ha portrayed in the film, picked her as the first choice to portray the role.[52] As Ha had simultaneously portrayed a North and South Korean character on the small and big screen,[53] she was dubbed as "The Flower of Reunification" for crossing boundaries of the two nation.[54][55]

In 2013, Ha was awarded her second Daesang award for her performance in the hit historical drama Empress Ki.[56][57] The drama achieved high viewership ratings throughout its run on MBC,[58] and was also well-received overseas; particularly in Taiwan, where the drama reached a peak rating of 5.35%, making it the second Korean drama to surpass the 5 percent mark in ratings.[59] Ha, together with Kang Ye-won and Son Ga-in of Brown Eyed Girls, then starred in the Charlie's Angels-inspired action fusion saeguk, The Huntresses.[60][61]

In 2015, Ha was cast by Ha Jung-woo to play his character's wife in his self-directed movie, Chronicle of a Blood Merchant, a film adaption of the bestselling 1995 Chinese novel of the same title written by Yu Hua.[62] Following that, Ha, alongside actor Lee Jin-wook starred in the Korean remake of the 2011 hit Taiwanese dramaIn Time with You, titled The Time We Were Not in Love.[63] She reportedly earned a salary of 50 million won or approximately US$43,000 per episode of the drama, making her one of the highest paid actresses in South Korean television.[64] However, in contrast to her previous dramas, The Time We Were Not in Love received low ratings and Ha's performance was called into question.[65][66]

In 2016, Ha starred in the South Korea-China co-production film, Life Risking Romance, alongside Taiwanese actor Chen Bolin.[67][68]

2017–present: TV comeback and Manhunt[edit]

After her overseas productions and two years after her last television appearance in South Korea, Ha returned to the small screen with MBC's medical drama Hospital Ship, which started airing in August 2017.[69] She also starred in Manhunt, an international co-production by Hong Kong director John Woo.[70][71]

Other activities[edit]


Ha Ji-won made an appearance in the music video of Wax's debut song, Mother's Diary in 2000. Soon after, she performed Wax's song, Oppa on stage.[72]

Ha released her debut album Home Run in 2003. The eponymous single from the album Home Run, featuring singer Psy, was later used as the OST for her movie Reversal of Fortune.[73]

After an eight-year hiatus on stage, Ha performed with her labelmates AA for their debut at the K-pop Super Concert in 2011.[74]

On June 13, 2014, Ha released a digital single, Now In This Place, for the fans who had been supportive of her drama Empress Ki. The lyrics of the song was written by the scriptwriter of Empress Ki, Jung Kyung Soon; and composed and produced by popular music producer Jae Chong (also known as Jung Jae-yoon).[75]

In June 2015, Ha released a self-written song, You Are Zoe, featuring ZE:A's Heechul. She personally wrote the song while working on OnStyle's Go Go with Sister in Grasse, France. The track was composed by singer The Film.[76]

Fashion, books and film[edit]

In 2012, Ha gave a lecture on movie production in China as part of CJ CGV’s cultural exchange program Toto’s Workroom.[77] As part of her contract with fashion label Crocodile Lady, Ha launched her own "Secret Jeans" line and designed a handbag for the brand which was sold for 179,200 won ($157).[78] The same year, she published her first book “This Moment”.[79]


In 2013, Ha was reported to be leaving Wellmade STARM, her agency for 10 years. She declined all the calls sent by other agencies with giant contracts and decided to establish her own one-person agency Haewadal Entertainment (lit. Sun and Moon Entertainment) instead.[80] Also in the same year, Ha signed with United Talent Agency, one of the largest talent agencies in the world, for her Hollywood venture.[81][82]

After establishing her own agency, Haewadal Entertainment, Ha simultaneously signed a contract with BM+ Entertainment to manage her activities abroad.[83] In the same year, Ha signed with Invincible Plan to manage her Chinese ventures.[84]


Main article: Ha Ji-won filmography



Digital singles[edit]

YearSong TitleRef.
2014Now In This Place
2015You Are Zoe
(Ha Ji Won Feat. Heechul Of ZE:A)


Awards and nominations[edit]

200037th Grand Bell AwardsBest New ActressTruth GameWon
1st Busan Film Critics AwardsWon
21st Blue Dragon Film AwardsBest Supporting ActressDittoWon[16]
2000 MBC Drama AwardsBest New ActressSecretWon
200137th Baeksang Arts AwardsBest New Actress (TV)Won[18]
24th Golden Cinematography AwardsPopularity AwardTruth GameWon
20023rd Korea Visual Arts FestivalPhotogenic AwardSex Is ZeroWon
200339th Baeksang Arts AwardsMost Popular Actress (Film)Won
2003 MBC Drama AwardsTop Excellence Award, ActressDamoWon
Popularity AwardWon
Best Couple Award (with Lee Seo-jin)Won
200440th Baeksang Arts AwardsBest Actress (TV)What Happened in BaliWon
2004 SBS Drama AwardsTop Excellence Award, ActressWon
Top 10 StarsWon
200526th Blue Dragon Film AwardsPopularity AwardDuelistWon[86]
20062006 KBS Drama AwardsGrand Prize (Daesang)Hwang JiniWon[35]
Top Excellence Award, ActressNominated
Netizen Popularity AwardWon[87]
Best Couple Award (with Jang Keun-suk)Won
200734th Korean Broadcasting AwardsBest ActressWon
BNT 32nd Golden Chest International TV FestivalWon
43rd Paeksang Arts AwardsBest Actress (TV)Nominated
200844th Baeksang Arts AwardsMost Popular Actress (Film)Miracle of a Giving FoolWon
3rd Asia Model Festival AwardsPopular Star AwardN/AWon
20092nd Style Icon AsiaActress of the YearN/AWon[88]
Fun Fearless FemaleN/AWon
3rd Mnet 20's Choice AwardsHOT Movie Star (Female)HaeundaeWon
5th Korean University Films FestivalBest ActressWon[89]
30th Blue Dragon Film AwardsBest ActressCloser to HeavenWon[90][42]
Popularity AwardWon
201046th Baeksang Arts AwardsBest Actress (Film)Won[43]
2010 SBS Drama AwardsTop Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama SpecialSecret GardenWon[91]
Top 10 StarsWon
Netizen Popularity AwardWon
Best Couple Award (with Hyun Bin)Won
201147th Baeksang Arts AwardsBest Actress (TV)Nominated
6th Seoul International Drama AwardsOutstanding Korean ActressNominated
4th Korea Drama AwardsBest ActressNominated
24th Grimae AwardsBest ActressWon
201216th Bucheon International Fantastic Film FestivalProducer's ChoiceN/AWon[92]
6th Mnet 20's Choice Awards20's Drama ActressThe King 2 HeartsNominated
7th Seoul International Drama AwardsBest Actress[93]Nominated
Outstanding Korean ActressNominated
1st K-Drama Star AwardsTop Excellence Award, ActressNominated
2012 MBC Drama AwardsTop Excellence Award, Actress in a MiniseriesNominated
Best Couple Award (with Lee Seung-gi)Nominated
201349th Baeksang Arts AwardsBest Actress (Film)As OneNominated
2013 MBC Drama AwardsGrand Prize (Daesang)Empress KiWon[57]
Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Project DramaNominated
PD AwardWon[94]
Popularity Award, ActressWon
20149th Seoul International Drama AwardsBest ActressNominated
20152015 SBS Drama AwardsTop Excellence Award, Actress in a MiniseriesThe Time We Were Not in LoveNominated
Netizen Popularity AwardNominated
Best Couple Award (with Lee Jin-wook)Nominated
20168th Style Icon AsiaStyle IconN/AWon[95]
20172017 MBC Drama AwardsGrand Prize (Daesang)Hospital ShipNominated
Top Excellence Award, Actress in a MiniseriesWon[96]
Popularity Award, ActressNominated

Other recognition[edit]

2008Korean Popular Culture & Arts AwardPrime Minister's Award
Ministry of Health, Welfare and Family Affairs - Family Month Event
201148th Korea Savings DayPrime Minister's Award for Savings[97]
2012Samsung Sparking NightLady 9 Award (Shining Lady of 2012)

Social activities[edit]


  • Ha Ji-won is the first Asian woman and second Asian after Jackie Chan to be named promotional ambassador for Operation Smile.[109]


Ha does charity work with her fans on a regular basis.[110] such as delivering coal to Bangbae-dong,[111]

Although organ donation was not common in South Korea at that time in January 2005, Ha Ji-won made the pledge to donate her cornea through the Organ Donation Center of Love. The actress shared, "When I was in crisis of becoming blind in May of 2004 because of damaged cornea in my left eye while filming, but one prisoner sent me a letter expressing his willing to donate his own cornea to me, I was very thankful and greatly touched. I want to be of help to the visually impaired. It's shocking and pitiful that we import cornea from other countries."[112]

Ha has also played an active role in helping underprivileged and disabled children, running a donation project named Smile Again Foundation with Gangnam-gu Family Welfare Center. The project was supplemented by Ha Ji-won's fan club members while she went the extra mile to ensure the sustainability of the project.[113] Ha was conferred the Prime Minister's Award for the '2008 Family Month Event', in recognition of her consistent and active hard work in contributing to programs for poor and handicapped families.[114]

In 2012, Ha donated the proceeds from her first book, At This Moment, to charity. The recipients of the book earnings, children's aid group Choi Kyung Joo Foundation and Yonsei University Hospital, announced their decision to set up a scholarship for prospective arts students and to subsidize treatment for deaf and blind children respectively. Sponsored by Ha, the organization has set up a "Hartist" (Ha + artist) scholarship to sponsor students who dream of careers in art.[115]

Together with fellow actor Song Joong-ki, Ha attended Medical Korea 2013 Sharing Medical Treatment Commemorative Event, an event hosted by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, promoting greater international co-operation for medical technology and positive medical tourism. During the event, both actors spent time with recovering children and received an award for their previous efforts in promoting the sharing of medical services.[116]

In 2015, Ha, fashion icon Ko So-young, and figure skaterYuna Kim designed bags in cooperation with the Italian luxury brand Fendi. The bags were offered via Seoul Peekaboo Project auction to raise funds for the charity. As Operation Smile's Ambassador, Ha decided to donate the proceeds from the bag she designed to Operation Smile, a NGO that performs cleft lip and cleft palate surgery and delivers postoperative and ongoing medical therapies to children in low and middle income countries.[117]

In 2016, Ha donated W100 million (US$W1,039) to help victims of ferry disaster.[118]


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