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This is a Korean name; the family name is Jeon. In stage/pen name, the surname is Ha.
Ha Ji-won
Ha Ji-won.jpg
Ha Ji-won at the "As One" movie premiere screening in 2012
Born Jeon Hae-rim
(1978-06-28) 28 June 1978 (age 36)
Seoul, South Korea
Nationality South Korea
Ethnicity Korean
Education Bachelor of Film and Television
Alma mater Dankook University
Occupation Actress
Years active 1996 – present
Agent UTA (2013-)[1]
Haewadal Entertainment (2013–)
Wellmade STARM (2003–2013)[2]
Height 165 cm
Relatives Jun Tae-soo (brother)
Korean name
Revised Romanization Ha Ji-won
McCune–Reischauer Ha Chi-wŏn
Birth name
Revised Romanization Jeon Hae-rim
McCune–Reischauer Chǒn 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[3] for playing "Hwang Jini" in KBS's historical drama Hwang Jini, "Gil Ra-im" in SBS's romantic comedy Secret Garden, and "Empress Ki" in MBC's historical drama Empress Ki .[4] She starred in several films and television series, winning various awards and accolades along the way in both films and TV series.[5]

Ha Ji-won is one of South Korea’s most sought after actresses,[6][7] known for her versatility in pulling off roles in various genres such as action[8][9] (including martial arts),[10] comedy, drama[11] and sports.[12][13][14]

In 2013, Ha Ji Won set up her own agency, Haewadal Entertainment.[15] In the same year, she also signed with Hollywood agency, United Talent Agency (UTA). She is the first Korean actor to sign a contract with UTA.[16]


Career Beginnings[edit]

Jeon Hae-rim was scouted by an agency when she was still a senior in high school; she later matriculated as a theater and film studies student.[17]

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.[18]

Acting career[edit]

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 two Best New 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,[19] she starred in Sex is Zero, which eventually became the second highest grossing comedy film in South Korea in 2003,[20] avoiding being typecast.

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,[21] leading her to win the Netizen Popularity Award as well. Ha Ji-won has mentioned that Damo was her most cherished performance.[22]

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 and Best Actress (TV Series) award in the 40th Baeksang Arts Awards for What Happened in Bali. She received the Daesang (Grand Prize) for playing the titular character in Hwang Jini at the 2006 KBS Drama Awards, cementing her position as a top A-list star.[23] 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.[24]

In 2009, Ha Ji-won starred in the blockbuster disaster film Haeundae, which became the 5th Korean film to surpass 10 million viewers.[25] She won several Best Film Actress awards for her performance in the melodrama Closer to Heaven, notably in the 30th Blue Dragon Film Awards and the 44th Baeksang Arts Awards.[26]

After filming 'Sector 7', she had difficulty coming out of character. This prompted her to seek psychiatric therapy since she had to start filming for Secret Garden right after the completion of 'Sector 7'.[27][28]

Ha Ji-won starred in the 2010 Romantic hit drama Secret Garden, winning the Best Actress Award, Netizen award and Best Couple award in the 2010 SBS Drama Awards. Secret Garden was highly popular domestically and Internationally, and was later broadcast in 13 countries, establishing the drama's popularity overseas.[29]

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. She was highly praised for her portrayal in this drama.[30]

Ha Ji-Won is known for being willing to take on physically demanding roles.[31] 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.[8][32] During the shooting for The King 2 Hearts, she completed the martial arts stunts without a double.[9][33] In addition, she has learned several challenging sports for filming, such as sports aerobics in Sex is Zero, Sunmudo for Duelist,[34] boxing for Miracle on 1st Street,[13] and most recently, table tennis for As One.[12] Despite suffering several injuries in the process, Ha Ji-won managed to complete her filming.[35]

In end of 2013, Ha Ji Won won another Daesang (Grand Prize) for playing the titular character in Empress Ki at the 2013 MBC Drama Awards. Ha Ji Won is once again proved to be the 'Queen of Ratings', with Empress Ki gaining high viewership in Korea [36] and Taiwan.[37] Empress Ki is largely popular in Taiwan and is the highest rated foreign drama aired in Taiwan in terms of viewership ratings in the recent 5 years.[38]

In 2014, after finishing the filming of Empress Ki, she started filming South Korean movie Chronicle of a Blood Merchant which is a film adaption of the bestselling 1995 Chinese novel of the same title by Yu Hua.[39]

Music career[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.[40]

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.[41] She later performed the song on live music broadcast to help promote the movie.[42][43] Ha Ji-won has jokingly mentioned that she was tricked by the CEO of her agency CEO to perform on stage,[43][44] and that she felt bashful of the performances and disliked to be reminded of them.[18][40][43]

In 2004, Ha Ji-won recorded the OST for her movie Love, So Divine (여자를 내려주세요) with her co-actors, Kwon Sang-woo and Kim In-kwon.

After an eight year hiatus on stage, Ha Ji-won performed with her labelmates AA for their debut at the K-pop Super Concert in 2011.[45]

On June 13, 2014, Ha Ji Won released a digital single 나 지금 이자리에 "Now In This Place" for the fans who have been so supportive of her drama Empress Ki. The lyrics of the song was written by the scriptwriter of Empress Ki, Jung Kyung Soon. The song was composed and produced by popular music producer Jae Chong (also known as Jung Jae Yoon).[46]

Charity Work[edit]

Ha Ji-won does charity work with her fans on a regular basis,[47] such as delivering coal to Bangbae-dong,[48] a rural village not covered under government subsidies.[49]

Ha Ji-won has played an active role in helping underprivileged and disabled children, running a donation project named "Smile Again Foundation"[50] 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.[51] 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.[52]

Ha Ji-won also donated the proceeds from her first book, This Moment, to charity.[53] 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.[54]

Along with fellow actor Song Joong-ki, she attended the 'Medical Korea 2013 Sharing Medical Treatment Commemorative Event',[55] an event hosted by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, promoting greater international co-operation for medical technology and positive medical tourism.[56] 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.[57]

Although organ donation was not common in South Korea at the time,[58] in January 2005, Ha Ji-won pledged to donate her cornea after death.[59]

Ambassadorial Roles[edit]

Ha Ji-won has held a number of ambassadorial positions throughout her career.

Ha Ji-won was appointed as an honorary coach for young athletes until the 2012 London Olympics to promote exercise and to help develop young athletes.[60]

As New Zealand’s Cultural Ambassador to Korea, Ha Ji-won has contributed to the New Zealand-South Korea bilateral relations.[61]

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.[62]

In November 2014, Ha Ji-won is chosen as Smile International Ambassador of NGO Operation Smile .This organisation is give attention and help for treatment of deformities in children surgery. She is the first Asian woman and second Asian after Jackie Chan to be named promotional ambassador for NGO.[63]



Year Title Role
2000 Truth Game Han Da-hye
Nightmare Eun-ju / Kyung-ah
Ditto Seo Hyeon-ji
2002 Phone Ji-Won
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
Daddy-Long-Legs Cha Young-mi
Duelist Detective Namsoon
2007 Miracle on 1st Street Myung-ran
Sex Is Zero 2 Eun-hyo (Cameo)
2008 BA:BO Ji-ho
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 The Huntresses Jin-ok
2015 Chronicle of a Blood Merchant Heo Ok-ran

Television drama[edit]

Year Title Role Network
1996 Adults Don't Know a student KBS2
1998 Dragon's Tears Na-in
1999 Dangerous Lullaby Young-eun
School 2 Jang Se-jin
2000 Secret Lee Ji-eun MBC
2001 Life is Beautiful Ryu Hee-jung KBS2
2002 Sunshine Hunting Park Tae-kyong
2003 Damo Jang Chae-ok MBC
2004 What Happened in Bali Lee Soo-jung SBS
2005 Fashion 70's Cameo
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 Ki MBC

Music video[edit]

Year Song Title Artist
2000 "Mother's Diary" Wax
2000 "Fast Mover"
2001 "Tears" Luey
2003 "Oppa" Wax
2004 "A Black and White Picture" KCM
2005 "Flower" Lee Soo-young
2008 "Love Story" Rain

Television hosting[edit]

Year Title Network Ref.
2002 - 2003 Midnight TV Entertainment SBS [64]

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2009 Family Outing Guest, ep 68 SBS
2012 Running Man Guest, ep 86 SBS
2013 Thank you Guest SBS
2015 Invisible Man First Guest, ep 01 KBS


Year Title Type Ref.
2012 This Moment memoir [65]
2015 Ha Jiwon's Secret photo book [66]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2014 APAN Star Awards (3rd) Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama Empress Ki Nominated
Korea Drama Awards (7th) Grand Prize (Daesang) Nominated
Baeksang Arts Awards (50th)[67] Most Popular Actress (TV) Nominated
2013 MBC Drama Awards[68] Daesang/Grand Award Won
Popularity Award Won
Actor Award (chosen by PDs) Won
Best Couple (with Joo Jin-mo) Nominated
Best Couple (with Ji Chang-wook) Nominated
Best Actress 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 Korea Drama Awards (4th) Best Actress Nominated
2010 SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Drama Special, Actress Won
Netizen Popularity Award Won
Top Ten Stars Won
Best Couple (with Hyun Bin) Won
2010 Baeksang Arts Awards (46th) Best Actress in a Film Closer to Heaven Won
2009 Korean University Films Festival (5th) Best Actress Haeundae Won
2009 Mnet 20's Choice Awards HOT Movie Star (Female) Closer to Heaven Won
2009 30th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actress Closer to Heaven Won
2009 30th Blue Dragon Film Awards Popularity Award Closer to Heaven Won
2009 30th Blue Dragon Film Awards Popularity Award Haeundae Won
2008 Baeksang Arts Awards (44th) Most Popular Actress in a Film BA:BO Won
2007 Baeksang Arts Awards (43rd) Most Popular Actress in a Film Miracle on 1st Street Nominated
Best Actress in a Television Series Hwang Jini Nominated
Most Popular Actress in a Television Series Nominated
BNT Golden Chest International TV Festival (32nd) Best Actress Won
Korean Broadcasting Awards (34th) Best Actress Won
2006 KBS Drama Awards Daesang (Grand Prize) Won
Netizen Popularity Award Won
Best Couple (with Jang Keun-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 Blue Dragon Film Awards (21st) Best Supporting Actress Ditto Won
2000 Busan Film Critics Awards (1st) Best Newcomer (Actress) Truth Game Won
2000 Grand Bell Awards (37th) Best Newcomer (Actress) Won

Other Awards[edit]

Year Award Category
2014 Annual 25th OBS site award Hot Icon
2014 Medical Korea 2014[69] Minister for Health and Welfare Appreciation Plaque
2014 Taxpayers' Day (48th)[70][70][71] Presidential Citation
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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