Park Bo-young

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Park.
Park Bo-young
Park Bo-young on December 11, 2012.jpg
Born (1990-02-12) February 12, 1990 (age 25)
Jeungpyeong, North Chungcheong Province, South Korea
Education Dankook University
Theater and Film
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present
Korean name
Revised Romanization Bak Bo-yeong
McCune–Reischauer Pak Po-yŏng

Park Bo-young (born February 12, 1990) is a South Korean actress. She is best known for the hit films Scandal Makers and A Werewolf Boy.


Park Bo-young made her acting debut in the 2006 high school TV series Secret Campus alongside fellow newcomer Lee Min-ho.[1] Among the notable projects during this early stage in her career are historical epic The King and I, Peabody Award-winning teen drama Jungle Fish,[2][3] and a short film directed by Lee Hyun-seung for human rights-themed omnibus If You Were Me 4.[4][5]

Park rose to fame after starring opposite Cha Tae-hyun in comedy Speedy Scandal (also known as Scandal Makers), which drew 8.3 million viewers to become the number one top grosser of 2008 and one of Korean cinema's biggest hits.[6] Described by Variety as "excellent" in her role as a spunky teenage mom,[7] Park's much-praised performance swept Best New Actress awards in 2009.[8]

However in 2010 she became involved in a series of legal disputes with her then-management agency and a film production company, causing the actress to be tied up in lawsuits and unable to work for the next few years.[9][10][11]

After she was designated the promotional ambassador (called "PiFan Lady") for the 2011 Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival,[12][13] Park finally ended her four-year absence from the limelight by headlining the 2012 horror thriller Don't Click.[14][15][16][17] Later that year, she played Song Joong-ki's leading lady in fantasy romance A Werewolf Boy,[18][19][20][21] which passed 7 million admissions to become one of the most successful Korean melodramas of all time.[22][23][24] The song her character sings in the film, My Prince, was released as a digital single and included in the movie soundtrack.[25]

In 2013, Park joined the cast of Law of the Jungle, a reality-documentary program featuring comedian Kim Byung-man and several celebrities as they explore and survive the New Zealand wilderness.[26]

In a departure from her previous sweet, innocent characters, in her next starring role, Park played the tough, potty-mouthed leader of her high school gang in Hot Young Bloods, a teen romantic comedy set in the 1980s.[27] Park, who was born in North Chungcheong Province, said she had fun swearing in southern dialect, though she found it difficult to master, being a mixture of Jeolla and Chungcheong dialects.[28][29][30]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Equal short film
2007 If You Were Me 4 Hee-soo segment "Relay"
2008 Our School's E.T. Han Song-yi
The ESP Couple Hyun-jin
Scandal Makers Hwang Jung-nam
2011 Rio Jewel
(voice, Korean dubbing)[31]
animated film
Don't Click Se-hee
2012 A Werewolf Boy Kim Sun-yi / Eun-joo
Snow Queen Gerda
(voice, Korean dubbing)[32]
animated film
2014 Hot Young Bloods Young-sook
2015 The Silenced Joo-ran
Talking About Things Like Passion Lee Ra-hee

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2006 Secret Campus Cha Ah-rang EBS
2007 Witch Yoo Hee young Ma Yoo-hee SBS
Mackerel Run Shim Chung-ah SBS
The King and I young Yoon So-hwa SBS
2008 Jungle Fish Lee Eun-soo KBS2
Mighty Chil-woo Woo-young, Chil-woo's sister (cameo) KBS2
Star's Lover young Lee Ma-ri (cameo) SBS

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2011 Running Man SBS Guest - episode 25
2012 Running Man SBS Guest - episode 118
2013 Law of the Jungle in New Zealand SBS Cast member
2014 Running Man SBS Guest - episode 181

Music video[edit]

Year Song title Artist
2007 "Couldn't Help It" Goo Jung-hyun
"Still Pretty Today" Fly to the Sky
2008 "가슴아 제발" Yuri
"Between Love and Friendship" Park Hye-kyung
2011 "The Story Only I Didn't Know" IU
"Fiction" Beast
2013 "That's My Fault" Speed feat. Kang Min-kyung
"It's Over" Speed feat. Park Bo-young


Year Song Title Artist Notes
2008 "Era of Freedom / Free Time" Park Bo-young from Scandal Makers OST
2012 "My Prince" Park Bo-young from A Werewolf Boy OST
2013 "It's Over" Speed feat. Park Bo-young from album Superior Speed
2014 "Boiling Youth" Park Bo-young from Hot Young Bloods OST

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2007 SBS Drama Awards Best Young Actress The King and I Won
2009 6th Max Movie Awards Best New Actress of the Year Scandal Makers Won
45th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress (Film) Won
Best New Actress Won
2nd Korea Junior Star Awards Grand Prize (Film category) Won
29th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Best New Actress Won
46th Grand Bell Awards Popularity Award Won
Best New Actress Nominated
17th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Best New Actress in a Film Won
5th University Film Festival of Korea Awards Best New Actress[33] Won
4th Andre Kim Best Star Awards Female Star Award Won
30th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actress[34][35][36] Won
32nd Golden Cinematography Awards Best New Actress Won
12th Director's Cut Awards Best New Actress[37][38][39] Won
2013 7th Mnet 20's Choice Awards 20's Movie Star - Female A Werewolf Boy Won
2014 16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival Best Young Actress Hot Young Bloods Nominated
22nd Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Film Won


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  2. ^ 박보영ㆍ김수현 주연 '정글피쉬' 특별개봉 [Special re-edit of Park Bo-young and Kim Soo-hyun’s Jungle Fish]. Yonhap (in Korean). 16 September 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-24. 
  3. ^ Han, Sang-hee (26 September 2010). "Realism essential for local teen dramas". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  4. ^ "If You Were Me 4". IndieStory. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
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  21. ^ Lee, Claire (5 November 2012). "Director scores debut hit with coming-of-age beast tale". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  22. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (19 November 2012). "Werewolf Boy the top melodrama". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
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  26. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (10 January 2013). "Law of the Jungle cast to travel way down south". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
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  32. ^ Hea, Jung-min; Lee, Nancy (21 January 2013). "Park Bo Young Saves the Day in Snow Queen". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-01-23. 
  33. ^ Garcia, Cathy Rose A. (1 December 2009). "Ha Ji-won Wins 1st Best Actress Award". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  34. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (3 December 2009). "Closer to Heaven Couple Win Best Acting Nods". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
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  37. ^ Kim, Lynn (17 December 2009). "Winners of Director's CUT Awards announced". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  38. ^ Cho, Jae-hyon (17 December 2009). "Park Chan-wook Picked Best Director". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
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