Han Ji-hye

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Han Ji-hye
Han Ji-hye on March 8, 2011.jpg
Born Lee Ji-hye
(1984-06-29) June 29, 1984 (age 29)
Gwangju, South Korea
Years active 2001–present
Agent Yedang Entertainment
Korean name
Hangul 한지혜
Hanja 韓智慧
Revised Romanization Han Ji-hye
McCune–Reischauer Han Chihye
Birth name
Hangul 이지혜
Hanja 李智慧
Revised Romanization I Ji-hye
McCune–Reischauer I Chihye

Han Ji-hye (born Lee Ji-hye on June 29, 1984) is a South Korean actress.

Career[edit]

Born Lee Ji-hye, she used the stage name "Han Ji-hye" upon learning that her real name would cause confusion among fans since an older actress, Lena Lee, also has the same Korean name.

Han debuted as a model, then started acting in supporting roles in TV dramas such as Summer Scent. She landed her first leading role in Sweet 18. The next couple of years saw Han starring in low-rating dramas, but her 2007 daily drama Likeable or Not became very popular, topping the ratings chart during its run and recording the highest rating for a daily drama since 2000.[1] Han then displayed newfound maturity and great improvement in her acting in the 2008 epic drama East of Eden.[2]

In 2008, Han along with Leon Jay Williams sang the Korean and Chinese versions of Olympic theme song "Friends."[3] She was brought to the project via a proposal from the Chinese Olympic committee to sing "Friends" as the official swimming theme of the Beijing National Aquatics Centre at the Beijing Olympics. Less than a year later, she again recorded a digital single, an upbeat electro-pop song titled "Luv Luv."

After studying the craft of shoemaking and design in Florence, Italy, Han collaborated with existing shoe brand Jinny Kim to design and produce her own line, called "H by Jinny Kim."[4] This was documented on Han Ji-hye: Shoes! My Dream! which aired on cable channel O'live TV. The Fall/Winter 2009 collection were sold in major department stores in Seoul and the surrounding metro areas, as well as in a well-known department store in Singapore and various online shopping malls.

Han then published My Fair Lady, a collection of autobiographical lifestyle essays. The volume focused on Han's hobbies and daily life rather than on her onscreen work and contained Han's writings about her experiences as a twentysomething single woman, as well as her reflections on her life. It also touched on the various projects she has undertaken such as designing shoes, studying tea ceremony, learning about ceramics, DIY furniture making, and fabric art.[5]

Director Lee Joon-ik cast Han in his 2010 period action film Blades of Blood without auditioning her — not for her talents, but for her Asian-looking eyes. Aside from finding her single eyelid unique and difficult to find in recent years, Lee liked that she related to him in a natural manner. Han said that Lee scolded her a lot in the beginning of the shoot for not acting well, so she used the pain in her heart to portray her character such that she improved towards the middle of the filming and learned a lot from him. She also sang on the soundtrack, having played a gisaeng in the film.[6]

After starring in her first historical series in 2011's The Duo, she played a woman who helps a young man achieve his dreams in the single-episode drama Pianist,[7] and a visually impaired teacher in the 2-part Chuseok special The Great Gift.[8]

Han played the protagonist in the 2012 drama May Queen, the success story of a woman in the shipbuilding industry during Korea’s modernization.[9] In 2013, she portrayed dual roles in Pots of Gold (also known as I Summon You, Gold! or Gold, Appear!), a family comedy that explores money, love and marriage.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Han was in a four-year relationship with Sweet 18 and My Boyfriend Is Type B leading man Lee Dong-gun.[11] The couple had a highly publicized breakup in early 2008.[12]

On September 21, 2010, Han married her boyfriend, a public prosecutor, in a private ceremony in Hawaii.[13][14][15]

Filmography[edit]

Television drama[edit]

Film[edit]

Music video[edit]

  • "그댄 행복에 살텐데" (Leeds, 2002)
  • "잊을 수 있을까요?" (Leeds, 2003)
  • <Part 1> "Whistle to Me (Hwilili)" <Part 2> "Andante" (Lee Soo-young, 2004)
  • "Forever You" (Lee Soo-young, 2005)
  • "Gwanghwamun Love Song" (Lee Soo-young, 2005)

Discography[edit]

Books[edit]

  • My Fair Lady (essays, 2010)

Shoe line[edit]

  • H by Jinny Kim (2009)

Awards[edit]

  • 2001: Korea Supermodel Contest - Special Prize
  • 2003: KBS Drama Awards - Best New Actress (Summer Scent)
  • 2004: Baeksang Arts Awards - Best New Actress (Sweet 18)
  • 2004: MBC Entertainment Awards - Best Newcomer in Show/Variety
  • 2006: Korea Best Dresser Swan Awards - Best Dressed, TV Actress category
  • 2007: KBS Drama Awards - Excellence Award, Actress in a Daily Drama (Likeable or Not)
  • 2008: Korea Drama Festival - Excellence Award, Actress (Likeable or Not)
  • 2008: MBC Drama Awards - Excellence Award, Actress (East of Eden)
  • 2009: Asia Model Festival Awards - Model Star Award
  • 2009: Korea Cadastral Survey Corporation - Plaque of Appreciation
  • 2010: Korea International Jewelry & Watch Fair - Best Jewelry Lady
  • 2012: Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards - Top Excellence Award, Actress (May Queen)
  • 2012: MBC Drama Awards - Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama (May Queen)
  • 2013: MBC Drama Awards - Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama (Pots of Gold)

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