28 June 1978
Seoul, South Korea
|Alma mater||Dankook University|
|Years active||1996 – present|
|Agent||Sun and Moon Entertainment (2013–)
Wellmade STARM (2003–2013)
|Relatives||Jun Tae-soo (brother)|
|Revised Romanization||Ha Ji-won|
|Revised Romanization||Jeon Hae-rim|
Jeon Hae-rim (Hangul: 전해림) (born 28 June 1978), better known by her stage name Ha Ji-won (Hangul: 하지원) is a South Korean actress. She is best known amongst international viewers for playing Gil Ra-im in SBS's romantic comedy Secret Garden. She starred in several films and television series, winning various awards and accolades along the way.
Ha Ji-won is one of South Korea’s most sought after actresses, known for her versatility in pulling off roles in various genres such as action (including martial arts), comedy, drama and sports.
Jeon Hae-rim candidly revealed that she adopted "Ha Ji-won" as her stage name as a favour for her previous manager as it was the name of his first love.
Ha Ji-won made her debut in 1996 with a small role in the teen drama Adults Don't Know. She continued to play supporting roles in dramas before making her film debut in Truth Game as a fan club president, winning 2 Best Actress Awards for her first film. She won the 21st Blue Dragon Film Awards’ Best Supporting Actress for her next film, Ditto.
After achieving wider public recognition as the "queen of horror" for her roles in a series of surprisingly successful horror movies, Nightmare and Phone, she starred in Sex is Zero, which eventually became the second highest grossing comedy film in South Korea in 2003, avoiding being typecasted.
Her popularity continued to rise with the period drama Damo. Playing the lead actress, she was lauded for the efforts and was crowned the Best Actress in the 2003 MBC Drama Awards. Damo proved to be hugely popular with the online Korean community, leading her to win the Netizen Popularity Award as well. Ha Ji-won has mentioned that Damo was her most cherished performance.
Ha Ji-won continued acting in several television series, winning awards for each effort. She won the Best Actress Award in the 2004 SBS Drama Awards for What Happened in Bali and the Daesang (Grand Prize) for playing the titular character in Hwang Jini during the 2006 KBS Drama Awards, cementing her position as a A-list star. Her standout performance in Hwang Jini allowed her to pick up the Best Actress Award at the Bulgaria’s Golden Chest Awards, marking her first international award.
In 2009, Ha Ji-won starred in the blockbuster disaster film Haeundae, which became the 5th Korean film to surpass 10 million viewers. She finally won the Best Actress in a Film with the melodrama Closer to Heaven.
After filming 'Sector 7', she had difficulty coming out of character which negatively influenced her performance in her next project, Secret Garden. This prompted her to seek psychiatric therapy.
Ha Ji-won starred alongside Hyun Bin in the 2010 Romantic hit drama Secret Garden, winning the Best Actress Award, Netizen award and Best Couple award with Hyun Bin in SBS Drama awards 2010. Secret Garden was highly popular domestically and Internationally, and was later broadcast in 13 countries, establishing the drama's popularity overseas.
Ha Ji-won played a North Korean Special Forces officer in The King 2 Hearts, set in an alternate universe in which South Korea is governed by a constitutional monarchy. Despite the drama’s falling viewer ratings, she was praised for her portrayal.
Ha Ji-Won is known for being willing to take on physically demanding roles. In the action film Sector 7, she performed the stunts herself, even attaining her motorcycle and scuba diving licenses for her role in the film. During the shooting for The King 2 Hearts, she completed the martial arts stunts without a double. In addition, she has learnt several challenging sports for filming, such as sports aerobics in Sex is Zero, Sunmudo for Duelist, boxing for Miracle on 1st Street, and most recently, table tennis for As One. Despite suffering several injuries in the process, Ha Ji-won managed to complete her filming.
She started 2014 film - Blood Mercenit is based on Chinese novel 
Ha Ji-won 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. She later performed the song on live music broadcast to help promote the movie. Ha Ji-won has jokingly mentioned that she was tricked by the CEO of her agency CEO to perform on stage, and that she felt bashful of the performances and disliked to be reminded of them.
Ha Ji-won has 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. Ha Ji-won 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.
Ha Ji-won also donated the proceeds from her first book, This Moment, to charity. The recipients of the book earnings, children’s aid group Choi Kyung Joo Foundation and Yonsei University Hospital, have announced their decision to set up a scholarship for prospective arts students and to subsidize treatment for deaf and blind children respectively.
Along with fellow actor Song Joong-ki, she attended the '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.
Ha Ji-won has held a number of ambassadorial positions throughout her career.
She received a presidential commendation in March 2014 and was appointed to serve as a promotional ambassador for the National Tax Service for a year. 
|2000||Truth Game||Han Da-hye|
|Sex Is Zero||Eun-hyo|
|2003||Reversal of Fortune||Han Ji-yeong|
|2004||100 Days with Mr. Arrogant||Kang Ha-yeong|
|Love, So Divine||Yang Bong-hie|
|2005||All for Love||Cameo|
|2007||Miracle on 1st Street||Myung-ran|
|Sex Is Zero 2||Eun-hyo (Cameo)|
|His Last Gift||Hye-yeong (Cameo)|
|2009||Tidal Wave||Kang Yeon-hee|
|Closer to Heaven||Lee Ji-soo|
|2011||Sector 7||Cha Hae-joon|
|2012||As One||Hyun Jung-hwa|
|2014||Chronicle of a Blood Merchant|
|1996||Adults Don't Know||a student||KBS2|
|School 2||Jang Se-jin|
|2001||Life is Beautiful||Ryu Hee-jung||KBS2|
|2002||Sunshine Hunting||Park Tae-kyong|
|2004||What Happened in Bali||Lee Soo-jung||SBS|
|2006||Hwang Jini||Hwang Jin-yi||KBS|
|2010||Secret Garden||Gil Ra-im||SBS|
|2012||The King 2 Hearts||Kim Hang-ah||MBC|
|2013||Empress Ki||Empress Gi||MBC|
|2004||"A Black and White Picture"||KCM|
|2002 - 2003||Midnight TV Entertainment||SBS|||
|2009||Family Outing||Guest, ep 68||SBS|
|2012||Running Man||Guest, ep 86||SBS|
Awards and nominations
|2013||MBC Drama Awards||Daesang/Grand Award||Empress Ki||Won|
|Actor Award (chosen by PDs)||Won|
|Best Couple (with Joo Jin-mo)||Nominated|
|Best Couple (with Ji Chang-wook)||Nominated|
|Baeksang Arts Awards (49th)||Best Actress in a Film||As One||Nominated|
|Most Popular Actress in a Television Series||The King 2 Hearts||Nominated|
|2012||MBC Drama Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Netizen Popularity Award||Nominated|
|Best Couple (with Lee Seung-gi)||Nominated|
|2012||Seoul International Drama Awards||Best Actress (International)||Nominated|
|Best Actress (Korean Drama)||Nominated|
|2012||Mnet 20's Choice Awards||20's Drama Star (Female)||Nominated|
|2011||Baeksang Arts Awards (47th)||Best Actress in a Television Series||Secret Garden||Nominated|
|Most Popular Actress in a Television Series||Nominated|
|2011||Grimae Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|2011||Korean Drama Festival Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2010||Baeksang Arts Awards (46th)||Best Actress in a Film||Closer to Heaven||Won|
|2010||SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Drama Special, Actress||Secret Garden||Won|
|Netizen Popularity Award||Won|
|Top Ten Stars||Won|
|Best Couple (with Hyun Bin)||Won|
|2009||Korean University Films Festival (5th)||Best Actress||Haeundae||Won|
|2009||Mnet 20's Choice Awards||HOT Movie Star (Female)||Won|
|2009||Blue Dragon Film Awards (30th)||Best Actress||Closer to Heaven||Won|
|Popularity Award||Closer to Heaven, Haeundae||Won|
|2008||Baeksang Arts Awards (44th)||Most Popular Actress in a Film||BA:BO||Won|
|2007||Baeksang Arts Awards (43rd)||Best Actress in a Television Series||Hwang Jini||Nominated|
|Most Popular Actress in a Television Series||Nominated|
|Most Popular Actress in a Film||Miracle on 1st Street||Nominated|
|2007||BNT Golden Chest International TV Festival (32nd)||Best Actress||Hwang Jini||Won|
|2007||Korean Broadcasting Awards (34th)||Best Actress||Won|
|2006||KBS Drama Awards||Daesang (Grand Prize)||Won|
|Netizen Popularity Award||Won|
|Best Couple (with Jang Geun-suk)||Won|
|2005||Blue Dragon Film Awards (26th)||Popularity Awards||Duelist||Won|
|2004||Baeksang Arts Awards (40th)||Best Actress in a Television Series||What Happened in Bali||Won|
|2004||SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Drama Special, Actress||Won|
|Top Ten Stars||Won|
|2003||Baeksang Arts Awards (39th)||Most Popular Actress in a Film||Sex is Zero||Won|
|2003||MBC Drama Awards||Best Actress||Damo||Won|
|Netizen Popularity Award||Won|
|Best Couple (with Lee Seo-jin)||Won|
|2001||Baeksang Arts Awards (37th)||Best Newcomer (Actress) in a Television Series||Secret||Won|
|2001||Golden Cinematography Awards (24th)||Popularity Award||Truth Game||Won|
|2000||MBC Drama Awards||Best Newcomer (Actress)||Secret||Won|
|2000||Busan Film Critics Awards (1st)||Best Newcomer (Actress)||Truth Game||Won|
|2000||Grand Bell Awards (37th)||Best Newcomer (Actress)||Won|
|2000||Blue Dragon Film Awards (21st)||Best Supporting Actress||Ditto||Won|
|2013||Medical Korea 2013||Minister for Health and Welfare appreciation plaque|
|2012||Samsung Sparking Night||Lady 9 Award (Shining Lady of 2012)|
|2012||Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (16th)||Producer's Choice|
|2011||Korea Savings Day (48th)||Prime Minister's Award for Savings|
|2009||Style Icon Awards||Actress of the Year|
|Fun Fearless Female|
|2008||Korean Popular Culture & Arts Award||Prime Minister’s Award|
|2008||Ministry of Health, Welfare and Family Affairs - Family Month Event||Prime Minister's Award|
|2007||Asian Model Festival Awards||Popular Star Award|
|2002||Korea Visual Arts Festival (3rd)||Photogenic Award (for Sex is Zero)|
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- Sunwoo, Carla (12 March 2012). "‘Secret Garden’ voted best Hallyu drama, Hyun Bin most-wanted actor". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
- "Secret Garden: Filming Location Tours". visitkorea.or.kr. Korea Tourism Organization. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
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- Lee, Woo-in (6 April 2013). "Special 1 - Lee Byung-hun and Ha Ji-won, 'Top' actors that PDs hope to cast into dramas". tvreport.co.kr (in Korean). Retrieved 14 April 2013.
- "Ha Jung-woo, Ha Ji-won Voted Most Popular Movie Stars". The Chosun Ilbo. 21 May 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
- Lee, Hyo-won (8 August 2011). "Interview: Ha Ji-won and Korea's first 3D IMAX movie". CNN Travel. CNN. Retrieved 15 April 2013. "Following her much-beloved role as a stuntwoman in drama "Secret Garden", Ha's "Sector 7" role has cemented her status as Korea's biggest action star."
- Kim, Eun-kyu (24 April 2012). "`더킹 투하츠` 하지원, 신개념 액션여왕 등극!". Sports Korea (in Korean). Retrieved 15 April 2013. , translated to English at "Ha Ji Won is an action queen on ‘The King 2 Hearts’". Korea.com. 24 April 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
- "Actress Ha Ji-won Praised in France as "Pearl of Asia"". KBS. 17 March 2006. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
- Lee, Hyo-won (3 December 2009). "Closer to Heaven Couple Win Best Acting Nods". The Korea Times. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
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- "Ha Ji Won Failed over 100 Auditions Before her Debut". Kpop music, celebrity news, and drama coverage. Soompi. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
- Hosted by Kang Ho-dong, Yoo Se-yoon, The Band Boy (09 September 2009). "Guest: Ha Ji-won". The Knee-Drop Guru. 11:38/19:33 minutes in. MBC.
- "Ha Ji-won". People Directory: Actress. koreanfilm.or.kr. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
- "Korean Movie Reviews for 2002: Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oasis, Chihwaseon, The Way Home, Resurrection of the Little Match Girl, and more.". koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
- Kwon, Mi-ri (1 October 2003). "Damo Pyeins Launch Drama To Digital Culture Heights". Ewha Womans University English Newspaper. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
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- "Drama Awards’ past Daesang winners". belectricground.com. 27 December 2010. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
- "Ha Honored as Best Actress at Golden Chest". Hancinema. 6 November 2007. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
- Oxenbridge, David. Korean Film Biz Zone., reposted at "Korean Box Office has its Highest Earning Third Quarter Ever". Hancinema. 9 October 2009. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
- Park, Sun-young (3 December 2009). "'Closer to Heaven' actors win Blue Dragon awards". Korea Joongang Daily. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
- "'땡큐' 하지원 "영화 '7광구' 이후 심리치료" 눈물".
- "Ha Ji Won received psychiatric treatment after filming Sector 7".
- Hong, Lucia (19 January 2011). "Korean drama "Secret Garden" sold to 13 countries". Asiae News. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
- Park, Mi-ae (25 May 2012). "`더킹` 하지원·이승기, 마지막까지 `반짝반짝`". Edaily. Retrieved 22 April 2013., translated to English at "[Spoiler] "The King" Ha Ji-won and Lee Seung-gi shine until the end". Hancinema. 2012-05-24. Retrieved 2013-04-22.
- "All That Star". Showbiz Korea > K-Star. Arirang. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
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- Pyo, Jae-min (14 March 2012). "하지원 여자 맞아? 격투 액션 7시간 ‘끝장’". OSEN. Retrieved 22 April 2013., translated to English at "Ha Ji Won Does Fighting Stunts Without a Double". Soompi. 14 March 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2012., and "Ha Ji Won’s Fighting Scene on "The King 2Hearts"". Korean Drama Choa. 15 March 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
- Dong, Yong-min (2 June 2005). "I Have Chi Coming Out of My Fingertips Now". The Dong-A Ilbo. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
- Lee, Jae-ha (9 March 2011). "라임이 뭐하나 했더니 안양 탁구장 출근도장 찍는 중". Newsen. Retrieved 22 April 2013., translated by RAINLUVER012 at "What Is Ra Im Doing Now? Going to the Table Tennis Stadium in Anyang". Soompi Forums. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
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- Kwon, Soo-bin (4 March 2011). "하지원, 과거 가수 시절 싸이 곡 ‘홈런’ 활동 ‘숨겨진 인연 발각’". Newsen (in Korean). Retrieved 6 May 2013. Translated into English at "Ha Ji Won’s thoughts on her song ‘Home Run’". breaking k-pop news and celebrity gossip!. Allkpop. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
- "030601 Inkigayo". Inkigayo. 01 June 2003. SBS.
- Hosted by Kim Seung-woo, Lee Soo-geun, Kikwang, Tak Jae-hoon (3 April 2012). "Episode 108: Ha Ji-won". Win Win. 56:01 minutes in. KBS.
- "Ha Ji Won: "My Career as Onstage Performer was a Publicity Stunt"". Kpop music, celebrity news, and drama coverage. Soompi. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
- Song, Hyo-jin (28 October 2011). "[T포토] 더블에이 우상 '하지원과 손 꼭 잡고'". tvreport.co.kr (in Korean). Retrieved 3 July 2013. , translated to English at "Ha Ji Won is coming back on stage after 8 years". amazingyeoja. 29 October 2011. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
- "Ha Ji Won celebrates her 34th birthday with her fans". allkpop. Retrieved 27 April 2013. "Ha Ji Won and her fans have always stepped away from the run-of-the-mill fan meets and have done a variety of activities together like athletic competitions and charity work."
- Bae, Jung-hyun (24 October 2011). "숯검댕’ 하지원, 그래도 행복한 얼굴…이유는?". JoongAng Ilbo (in Korean). Retrieved 27 April 2013.
- Choi, Na-young (24 October 2011). "하지원, 팬들과 연탄배달 봉사 '검댕이 묻어도 빛나'". OSEN (in Korean). Retrieved 27 April 2013. Translated into English at "Ha Ji Won Delivering the Coal for Villagers". Korean Drama Choa. kdramachoa.com. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
- "All That Star". Showbiz Korea > K-Star. Arirang. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
- Han, Sang-hee (5 December 2007). "Actress Helps Poor, Handicapped Kids". The Korea Times. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
- Lee, Hye-rin (19 May 2008). "하지원, 보건복지가족부 국무총리표창 수상". Asiae News (in Korean). Retrieved 25 April 2013., translated into English at "Ha Ji-won, Prime Minister Award for Ministry for Health, Welfare, and Family Affairs". Hancinema. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
- Lee, Mi-ji (10 January 2013). "Ha Ji Won donates benefits from her essay collection". STAR N News. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
- Sunwoo, Carla (11 January 2013). "Ha Ji-won donates all book proceeds". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
- Kim, Han-joon (4 April 2013). "하지원-송중기 '선행에 앞장서는 선남선녀' - 2013 나눔의료 기념행사". TV Daily. Retrieved 27 April 2013. Translated into English at "Song Joong Ki and Ha Ji Won meet with children at the ‘Medical Korea 2013 Sharing Medical Treatment Commemorative Event’". breaking k-pop celebrity news and gossip!. allkpop. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
- Kim, Ji-yeon (10 April 2013). "Medical Korea 2013 conference kicks off". Arirang. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
- "Medical Korea 2013, the biggest international gathering in Asia on medical tourism, to be held". Ministry of Health & Welfare: Archived Information. Ministry of Health & Welfare. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
- Cho, Jae-eun (22 March 2010). "Korea stays behind in organ donation". JoongAng Ilbo. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
- "하지원 사후 각막기증 서약 뒤늦게 밝혀져". Sports Dong-A (in Korean). 9 April 2012. Retrieved 27 April 2013. Translated into English at "Ha Ji Won Commits To Cornea Donation "Such a Pure Heart"". The 1# US Kpop Site. kpopstarz.com. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
- Nam, Hye-yeon (26 August 2011). "하지원, 육상 꿈나무 명예코치 됐다". Sports Seoul (in Korean). Retrieved 25 April 2013. Translated into English at "Ha Ji Won is a special guest coach for young athletes". Korea.com. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
- "Ambassador Rata meets with Ha Ji-won, New Zealand’s Cultural Ambassador to Korea". New Zealand Embassy. New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
- "Actors Commended for Serving as Exemplary Taxpayers". The Chosun Ilbo (English). 3 March 2014.
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- Sunwoo, Carla (16 November 2012). "Ha Ji-won thrills fans with first book". Korea JoongAng Daily.
- "[Live Updates] Winners of the 2013 MBC Drama Awards". Soompi. 30 December 2013.
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