June 29, 1984
Gwangju, South Korea
|Revised Romanization||Han Ji-hye|
|Revised Romanization||I Ji-hye|
Han Ji-hye (born Lee Ji-hye on June 29, 1984) is a South Korean actress.
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. Han then displayed newfound maturity and great improvement in her acting in the 2008 epic drama East of Eden.
In 2008, Han along with Leon Jay Williams sang the Korean and Chinese versions of Olympic theme song "Friends." 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." 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 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, fabric art, and more.
Director Lee Joon-ik cast Han in his 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.
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, and a visually impaired teacher in the 2-part Chuseok special The Great Gift.
Han played the protagonist in the 2012 drama May Queen, the success story of a woman in the shipbuilding industry during Korea’s modernization. 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.
- Great Luck Family (SBS, 2002–2003)
- Scent of a Man (MBC, 2003)
- Summer Scent (KBS2, 2003)
- Open Drama Man and Woman "One More Step Than Love" (SBS, 2003)
- The Bean Chaff of My Life (MBC, 2003)
- Sweet 18 (KBS2, 2004)
- Island Village Teacher (SBS, 2004)
- Banjun Drama (SBS, 2004–2005)
- "Meet Princess Good-For-Nothing"
- "Since That Day"
- "I Will Love You"
- "Love Thief"
- "My Beloved Bodyguard"
- "Second Love"
- "His Double Life"
- "Bad Cop"
- "For Her Sake"
- "Something to Tell You"
- "Cute Hostage"
- "종손 길들이기"
- Secret Lovers (MBC, 2005)
- Cloud Stairs (KBS2, 2006)
- Likeable or Not (KBS1, 2007–2008)
- East of Eden (MBC, 2008–2009)
- Heavenly Embroidery (天堂绣, CCTV, 2010)
- Drama Special "Pianist" (KBS2, 2010)
- The Duo (MBC, 2011)
- The Great Gift (SBS, 2011)
- May Queen (MBC, 2012)
- Pots of Gold (MBC, 2013)
- Saving My Hubby (2002)
- Singles (2003)
- My Boyfriend Is Type B (2005)
- Humming (2008)
- Blades of Blood (2010)
- "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)
- "Love You Forever" (2 duet tracks from Humming OST, 2008)
- "Friends" (Beijing Olympics swimming theme song, 2008)
- "Luv Luv" (digital single featuring Soul Tronik, 2009)
- "상사몽" (track from Blades of Blood OST, 2010)
- My Fair Lady (essays, 2010)
- H by Jinny Kim (2009)
- 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)
- "Likable or Not Reach Highest Drama Ratings since 2000". KBS Global. April 25, 2008.
- "Actress Han Ji-hye feels destined for Eden". Korea JoongAng Daily. November 26, 2008.
- "Han Ji-hye Sings Beijing Olympics Theme Song". KBS Global. August 14, 2008.
- "Han Ji-hye selected to promote Design Korea 2009". 10Asia. November 12, 2009.
- "한지혜, 작가됐다...27살 싱글의 삶 책으로". Herald Biz (in Korean). June 3, 2010.
- "Traces of Lee Jun-ik's work in Blades of Blood". 10Asia. April 20, 2010.
- "INTERVIEW: Actress Han Ji-hye". 10Asia. November 18, 2010.
- "Han Ji-hye cast as female lead in upcoming SBS two-part series". 10Asia. August 11, 2011.
- "May Queen's Han Ji-hye comes back to TV". MBC Global Media. August 16, 2012.
- "Gold Appear Takes On Money, Love And Marriage". KDramaStars. March 25, 2013.
- "The comic perils of dating a type-B". Korea JoongAng Daily. February 2, 2005.
- "Announcers Gaffe Most Searched". The Korea Times. January 13, 2008.
- "Han Ji-hye to Marry in Hawaii Next Month". The Chosun Ilbo. August 6, 2010.
- "Actress Han to tie knot in Hawaii". The Korea Times. August 6, 2010.
- "Han Ji Hye to Open Up on Her Life in Chicago". enewsWorld. April 18, 2012.