Han Ji-hye

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Lee. In stage/pen name, the surname is Han.
Han Ji-hye
Han Ji-hye on March 8, 2011 (2).jpg
Born Lee Ji-hye
(1984-06-29) June 29, 1984 (age 30)
Gwangju, South Korea
Education Sejong University - Film Arts
Years active 2001–present
Agent Wayz Company
Spouse(s) Jung Hyuk-joon (m. 2010)
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 made her entertainment debut 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 period drama 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 public prosecutor Jung Hyuk-joon in a private ceremony in Hawaii.[13][14][15]

Filmography[edit]

Television drama[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2002 Great Luck Family SBS
2003 The Bean Chaff of My Life Shin Hee-jung MBC
Scent of a Man Ha Soo-min MBC
Summer Scent Park Jung-ah KBS2
Open Drama Man and Woman
"One More Step Than Love"
SBS
2004 Sweet 18 Yoon Jung-sook KBS2
Island Village Teacher Hong Eun-soo SBS
Banjun Drama[16] SBS
2005 The Secret Lovers Seo Young-ji MBC
2006 Cloud Stairs Yoon Jung-won KBS2
2007 Likeable or Not Na Dan-poong KBS1
2008 East of Eden Kim Ji-hyun MBC
2010 Drama Special "Pianist" Yoon In-sa KBS2
2011 The Duo Dong-nyeo MBC
Heavenly Embroidery (天堂绣) Quan Cai Xi  CCTV
The Great Gift Kim Ha-yeon SBS
2012 May Queen Chun Hae-joo MBC
2013 Pots of Gold Jung Mong-hee/Son Yoo-na MBC
2014 The Full Sun Han Young-won KBS2
Legendary Witches Moon Soo-in MBC

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
2002 Saving My Hubby Convenience store clerk
2003 Singles Ji-hye, Jeong-joon's new girlfriend
2005 My Boyfriend Is Type B Ha-mi
2008 Humming Mi-yeon
2010 Blades of Blood Baek-ji

Music video[edit]

Year Song Title Artist
2002 "그댄 행복에 살텐데"
Leeds
2003 "잊을 수 있을까요?"
2004 [Part 1] "Whistle to Me (Hwilili)"
Lee Soo-young
[Part 2] "Andante"
2005 "Forever You"
"Gwanghwamun Love Song"

Discography[edit]

Year Song Title Notes
2008 "Love You Forever" duet with Lee Chun-hee; 2 tracks from Humming OST
"Friends" Beijing Olympics swimming theme song
2009 "Luv Luv" digital single feat. Soul Tronik
2010 "Sangsamong" track from Blades of Blood OST

Book[edit]

Year Title ISBN
2010 My Fair Lady ISBN 978-89-963339-4-4

Shoe line[edit]

Year Brand Notes
2009 H by Jinny Kim

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2001 Supermodel Contest Dodo Makeup Award N/A Won
2003 KBS Drama Awards Best New Actress Summer Scent Won
2004 40th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (TV) Sweet 18 Won
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress Nominated
MBC Entertainment Awards Best Female Newcomer in a Variety Show Won
2005 42nd Grand Bell Awards Best New Actress My Boyfriend Is Type B Nominated
26th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actress Nominated
MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress The Secret Lovers Nominated
2006 Korea Best Dresser Swan Awards Best Dressed, TV Actress category N/A Won
2007 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Daily Drama Likeable or Not Won
2008 2nd Korea Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress Won
MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress East of Eden Won
2009 4th Asia Model Festival Awards Model Star Award N/A Won
Korea Cadastral Survey Corporation Plaque of Appreciation N/A Won
45th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress (TV) East of Eden Nominated
2010 Korea International Jewelry & Watch Fair Best Jewelry Lady N/A Won
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a One-Act/Special/Short Drama Pianist Nominated
2012 20th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama May Queen Won
MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama Won
2013 2nd APAN Star Awards Excellence Award, Actress Pots of Gold Nominated
MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Likable or Not Reach Highest Drama Ratings since 2000". KBS Global. April 25, 2008.
  2. ^ "Actress Han Ji-hye feels destined for Eden". Korea JoongAng Daily. November 26, 2008.
  3. ^ "Han Ji-hye Sings Beijing Olympics Theme Song". KBS Global. August 14, 2008.
  4. ^ "Han Ji-hye selected to promote Design Korea 2009". 10Asia. November 12, 2009. 
  5. ^ 한지혜, 작가됐다...27살 싱글의 삶 책으로. Herald Biz (in Korean). June 3, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Traces of Lee Jun-ik's work in Blades of Blood". 10Asia. April 20, 2010.
  7. ^ "INTERVIEW: Actress Han Ji-hye". 10Asia. November 18, 2010.
  8. ^ "Han Ji-hye cast as female lead in upcoming SBS two-part series". 10Asia. August 11, 2011.
  9. ^ "May Queen's Han Ji-hye comes back to TV". MBC Global Media. August 16, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Gold Appear Takes On Money, Love And Marriage". KDramaStars. March 25, 2013. 
  11. ^ "The comic perils of dating a type-B". Korea JoongAng Daily. February 2, 2005.
  12. ^ "Announcers Gaffe Most Searched". The Korea Times. January 13, 2008. 
  13. ^ "Han Ji-hye to Marry in Hawaii Next Month". The Chosun Ilbo. August 6, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Actress Han to tie knot in Hawaii". The Korea Times. August 6, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Han Ji Hye to Open Up on Her Life in Chicago". enewsWorld. April 18, 2012. 
  16. ^ The Banjun Drama episodes Han appeared in are:
    • "Meet Princess Good-For-Nothing"
    • "Since That Day"
    • "I Will Love You"
    • "Love Thief"
    • "My Beloved Bodyguard"
    • "Second Love"
    • "Rival"
    • "His Double Life"
    • "Bad Cop"
    • "For Her Sake"
    • "Something to Tell You"
    • "Cute Hostage"
    • "종손 길들이기"

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