Jung Ryeo-won

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Jung.
Jung Ryeo-won
Jung Ryeo-won.jpg
Born (1981-01-21) January 21, 1981 (age 33)
Seoul, South Korea
Nationality Australia
Other names Yoana Jung
Education Korea University - Journalism[1]
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 2000–present
Agent KeyEast
Korean name
Hangul 정려원
Hanja
Revised Romanization Jeong Ryeo-won
McCune–Reischauer Chŏng Ryŏwŏn
Website
http://aboutyoana.com/

Jung Ryeo-won (born January 21, 1981) is a Korean-Australian actress. She began her entertainment career as a singer in the now-defunct girl group Chakra, and first rose to fame in the hit television series My Name Is Kim Sam-soon. She is also known for her roles in Two Faces of My Girlfriend, Castaway on the Moon, and History of a Salaryman.

Early life[edit]

The second of three children, Jung Ryeo-won was born in Seoul, but emigrated to Brisbane, Australia in 1991 with her family. She encountered discrimination in grade school, which made her determined to become fluent in English. By junior high school, she had adapted to the Australian way of life. After graduating from MacGregor State High School, she entered Griffith University as an international business major.[2]

Career[edit]

But while vacationing in Korea in the summer of 1999, Jung was discovered on the streets of Apgujeong by an agent, thereby changing her life and career path. She was placed in the K-pop girl group Chakra, along with Eeni, Eun and Hwangbo; their first album was released in 2000. But Jung's morale was at a low in 2002, saying she sometimes felt alienated from her fellow Koreans, and was uncomfortable with the sexy clothes she was made to wear as a singer.[2][3]

Chakra disbanded in 2004, and Jung pursued acting full-time. After undergoing 11 unsuccessful auditions that year, she said she began doubting her decision to become an actress. But in 2005 she gained recognition in the cult vampire sitcom Hello Franceska, then made her breakthrough in the romantic comedy My Name Is Kim Sam-soon. The series was a massive success with average ratings of over 37%, and 50.5% for the finale.[4][5] Jung was praised for her portrayal of a fragile but good-natured character who fights for the hero's love,[3] and she eventually became one of the few successful singer-turned-actresses in the country.[6]

Her follow-up series Autumn Shower received low ratings, but she rebounded with Which Star Are You From?, in which she played a country bumpkin living in the mountains of Gangwon Province.[7][8] She was cast in her first movie leading role as a girl with multiple personality disorder in 2007's Two Faces of My Girlfriend,[9][10] and though it was not a box office hit, she won Best New Actress at the Blue Dragon Film Awards.[11][12][13]

As the titular character in 2009's Princess Jamyung, Jung starred in her first ever period drama.[14][15] She then played a hikikomori in Castaway on the Moon, arguably her most notable film yet.[16][17]

Both her 2011 big screen projects had elements of romance. She played a teacher in a small South Korean village who meets a North Korean officer in the war comedy/drama In Love and War,[18][19] and in Kwak Kyung-taek's melodrama Pained, she played a hemophiliac who falls for her opposite, a man with analgesia, the inability to sense physical pain.[20]

Jung began 2012 by starring as the heroine in quirky series History of a Salaryman.[21][22] Essaying one of the most unusual female characters in Korean drama history, she delivered a fun, no-holds-barred performance as a red-haired, constantly swearing, selfish, reckless rich snob, but injected heart and raw emotion into a character that could've otherwise been very unlikable. Critics and audiences were impressed with her performance, and her series nabbed the top spot on the Monday and Tuesday primetime ratings lineup while she later won a Top Excellence Award at the SBS Drama Awards.[23][24][25]

She then starred in Never Ending Story, a romantic comedy about two people diagnosed with terminal illness who decide to spend their remaining time together preparing for death.[26][27] In June 2012, Jung's contract with Won Entertainment expired and she signed with Bae Yong-joon's agency KeyEast.[28][29] Later that year, she played an idealistic screenwriter in The King of Dramas.[30][31]

In January 2013, Jung unveiled her official website (aboutyoana.com), through which she hopes to connect with her fans. Messages from the actress are uploaded in the "From rw" section.[32] She then reunited with Pained costar Kwon Sang-woo in the medical drama Medical Top Team, playing a charismatic and ambitious thoracic surgeon.[33]

Other activities[edit]

She published Ryeowon's Sketchbook in 2007, which contained her drawings and writings about her Christian faith.[34] Though she hasn't received formal instruction in fine arts, Jung likes to express herself through drawing in her spare time. Two of her artwork pieces were sold at a charity auction in 2012.[35]

In March 2014, Jung began hosting Art Star Korea on cable channel StoryOn, an audition program/reality show featuring contemporary artists.[36][37]

Filmography[edit]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2002 Saxophone and Chapssaltteok Park Ja-nam KBS2
2003 Drama City "수영장에서 만난 그녀"[38] Hee-jin KBS2
Do the Right Thing Ryeo-won SBS
Argon Kwon Soo-hyun MBC
2004 Father of the Sea Joo-hong MBC
Banjun Drama "사랑의 득종" SBS
2005 Hello Franceska (seasons 1-2) Elizabeth MBC
Banjun Drama "Get That Girl" SBS
Banjun Drama "To Go Bungee Jump" SBS
MBC Best Theater
"Magic Power of Alcohol"
MBC
My Name Is Kim Sam-soon Yoo Hee-jin MBC
Autumn Shower Park Yeon-seo MBC
2006 Which Star Are You From? Kim Bok-shil/Lee Hye-soo/Lee Hae-rim MBC
2009 Princess Jamyung Princess Jamyung SBS
2012 History of a Salaryman Baek Yeo-chi SBS
The King of Dramas Lee Go-eun SBS
2013 Medical Top Team Seo Joo-young MBC

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
2002 Emergency Act 19 Chakra as themselves (cameo)
2005 My Boyfriend Is Type B Bu-young
2007 Two Faces of My Girlfriend A-ni/Ha-ni/Yu-ri
2009 Castaway on the Moon Kim Jung-yeon
2011 In Love and War Seol-hee
Pained Dong-hyun
2012 Never Ending Story Oh Song-kyung

Music video[edit]

Year Song Title Artist
2008 "One" Epik High
2010 "As a Man" Gummy
2011 "Can't Be Crazy" Alex Chu

Discography[edit]

For Jung Ryeo-won's work with Chakra, see Chakra (band).
Year Song Title Notes
2012 "Wedding Song" Duet with Uhm Tae-woong; track from Never Ending Story OST

Book[edit]

Year Title Publisher ISBN
2007 Ryeowon's Sketchbook[39] Duranno Publishing ISBN 9788953109209

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2005 MBC Entertainment Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Variety Show Section TV Won [40]
MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress My Name Is Kim Sam-soon Won [41]
2006 MBC Drama Awards PD Award Which Star Are You From? Won [42]
2007 Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actress Two Faces of My Girlfriend Won [11]
2008 Style Icon Awards Fashionista Award N/A Won [43]
Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress Two Faces of My Girlfriend Nominated
Premiere Rising Star Asian Awards Best New Actress Won [44]
2009 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama Princess Jamyung Nominated
2012 Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress Pained Nominated [45]
SBS Drama Awards Top 10 Stars History of a Salaryman, The King of Dramas Won [46]
Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Won [47]
2013 MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Medical Top Team Nominated

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