Park Min-young in June 2011.
March 4, 1986 |
Seoul, South Korea
|Other names||Rachel Park|
|Alma mater||Dongguk University - Theatre and Film|
|Revised Romanization||Bak Min-yeong|
Park Min-young made her entertainment debut in an SK Telecom commercial in 2005. She launched her acting career a year later in the hit sitcom Unstoppable High Kick! (2006). Her popularity rose in the next several years as she continued to appear in television dramas, in roles such as the only daughter of a notorious gangster in I Am Sam (2007), a gumiho (nine-tailed fox in Korean mythology) in an episode of horror-themed Hometown of Legends (2008), an adored but villainous princess in the period drama Ja Myung Go (2009), and a girl caught between two marathon runners in Running, Gu (2010).
But Park's breakthrough came with Sungkyunkwan Scandal, a coming-of-age drama in which her character, an intelligent and resourceful young woman, disguises herself as a boy in order to enter the most prestigious learning institution in Joseon, while growing close to three male classmates played by Park Yoochun, Yoo Ah-in and Song Joong-ki.
This was followed in 2011 by another success with City Hunter, based on the titular Japanese manga. Park starred opposite Lee Min-ho in a story about a vigilante out for revenge and justice, and the secret service agent he falls for. Later that year, she made her big screen debut in the horror film The Cat, about a woman who becomes consumed by fear after she adopts a cat found at the site of a mysterious death. Park next appeared in the melodrama Glory Jane, in the role of a nurse's aide who becomes involved with a former baseball player (played by Chun Jung-myung).
She starred in another manga screen adaptation in 2012; in Dr. Jin, a neurosurgeon (played by Song Seung-heon) travels back in time to 1860. Park played dual roles as the protagonist's girlfriend in the present-day (a comatose doctor), and her doppelgänger in the Joseon era (a sheltered noblewoman).
She next played an idealistic intern in the legal drama A New Leaf (2014), who clashes with her brilliant but cynical lawyer boss until he becomes an amnesiac (played by Kim Myung-min). Park has been cast in an upcoming series written by Song Ji-na, Healer opposite Yoo Ji-tae.
|2006||Unstoppable High Kick!||Kang Yoo-mi||MBC|
|2007||I Am Sam||Yoo Eun-byul||KBS2|
|2008||Hometown of Legends
"Gumiho (Nine-tailed Fox)"
|Lee Myung-ok (Gumiho)||KBS2|
|2009||Ja Myung Go||Princess Ra-hee||SBS|
|2010||Running, Gu||Moon Haeng-joo||MBC|
|Sungkyunkwan Scandal||Kim Yoon-hee / Kim Yoon-shik||KBS2|
|2011||City Hunter||Kim Na-na||SBS|
|Glory Jane||Yoon Jae-in||KBS2|
|2012||Dr. Jin||Yoo Mi-na / Hong Young-rae||MBC|
|2014||A New Leaf||Lee Ji-yoon||MBC|
|2008||"Haru Haru"||Big Bang|
|2009||"Love Story"||Gavy NJ|
Awards and nominations
|2007||MBC Entertainment Awards||Best New Actress in a Comedy/Sitcom||Unstoppable High Kick!||Won|
|KBS Drama Awards||Best New Actress||I Am Sam||Won|
|Asia Model Festival Awards||Model Award||N/A||Won|
|2008||KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Special/One Act Drama||Hometown of Legends: Gumiho||Won|
|2010||KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama||Sungkyunkwan Scandal||Won|
|Best Couple Award with Park Yoochun||Won|
|2011||Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress in a Television Series||Nominated|
|Seoul International Drama Awards||Outstanding Korean Actress||Nominated|
|Korea Drama Awards||Best Actress||Sungkyunkwan Scandal, City Hunter||Nominated|
|SBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special||City Hunter||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award with Lee Min-ho||Nominated|
|KBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress||Glory Jane||Nominated|
|Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama||Won|
|2012||China Music Awards||Fashion Artist Award||N/A||Won|
|2013||Dongguk University||Merit Award||N/A||Won|
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- Hong, Lucia (2 January 2012). "Shin Ha-kyun scores top prize at 2011 KBS Drama Awards". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-05-12.
- "Park Min-young Emerges as Asian Fashion Icon". The Chosun Ilbo. 17 April 2012. Retrieved 2013-05-12.
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