March 29, 1979
Busan, South Korea
|Spouse(s)||Park Sang-hun (m. 2011)|
|Revised Romanization||Bak Si-yeon|
|Revised Romanization||Bak Mi-seon|
Park Si-yeon (born Park Mi-seon on March 29, 1979) is a South Korean actress. She joined the Miss Korea pageant in 2000, and using that as a springboard to an acting career, she made her acting debut in China in 2004, appearing in minor roles in several CCTV dramas. In 2005 Park was cast in her first starring role in the Korean drama My Girl, though at the time she was more known for dating actor-singer Eric Mun. As she built her filmography in the following years, Park overcame early criticism of her acting skills and eventually gained respect as an actress in TV series such as La Dolce Vita, Coffee House and The Innocent Man, as well as the films The Fox Family, A Love, and The Scent.
Park Mi-seon was born in Busan, South Korea. As a child, Park displayed a talent for singing, saying, "When I was young, I used to be so shy that I cried when I was told to sing in front of my dad on the Lunar New Year. My mom ended up sending me to a singing academy, hoping it would help me get over my shyness, but the strange thing is that I couldn't sing in front of my mom but I wasn't nervous at all on stage." In 1990, the fifth grader won the top prize in a children's music contest on KBS.
Park began attending college in the United States in 1998, majoring in journalism at Long Island University. In 2000, she took a leave of absence from school and entered in the regional Miss Seoul beauty pageant, placing third, followed by the Miss Korea pageant.
Though her parents initially opposed her pursuing acting, Park took profile pictures of herself and went to various talent agencies. Her profile photos were eventually handed over to a Chinese agency, and several auditions later, this led to Park making her acting debut in China. Using the stage name Park Si-yeon, she appeared in small roles in three CCTV dramas, and also landed an advertising contract with cosmetics company Enprani.
In 2005, Park made her acting debut in her native country of South Korea with the SBS TV drama My Girl, for which she received unanimously bad reviews. But Park continued to work, appearing in more dramas and making her film debut in the 2006 quirky comedy-horror-musical The Fox Family; gradually her acting showed marked improvement. At first constantly struggling to memorize her lines, Park has admitted that she became more relaxed in her approach to acting, and is able to "feel" her characters better. She became known for playing women who drove men to their destruction and misfortune: In the gangster film A Love, the lover of Park's character goes to prison after defending her, in the MBC drama La Dolce Vita, she was a gold-digging mistress with a lonely soul, in spy film parody Dachimawa Lee, she was a sexy agent, and in the KBS drama The Slingshot, she sacrifices herself and becomes the enemy's possession in exchange for her boyfriend's freedom. Park smilingly said, "I personally don't like femme fatales. Men should be happy because of women, not unhappy."
For the revival of Drama Special, Park played a bookstore employee who falls in love with a married man in Red Candy. Despite the difficulty of taking part in a one-act drama, Park took it on with her devoted trust in screenwriter Noh Hee-kyung, of whom she is a big fan. "I felt that I had to be in whatever she writes."
In 2009, she joined the variety/reality show Family Outing, which features comedians and entertainers dealing with various aspects of rural life. But Park had to leave after six months due to a recurring injury she sustained while filming a previous project.
The series Coffee House was a welcome change for her; after having mainly taken on serious or dark characters, Park said she had been "dying to be in a romantic comedy." Describing Park as "extremely kind," director Pyo Min-soo said he incorporated her real-life personality in writing her character: a bright, cheerful, and caring career woman who at the same time is hardworking, frank and confident. Park said, "Honestly, this is the first time working has been this fun."
In 2010, U.S.-based Korean fashion company Moeim Style announced that Park would be the creative director for U.S. fashion brand TOUCH. As creative director, she oversaw the entire planning process, from design to distribution to production, of the brand's celebrity fashion line. The "celeb line" that she handled included the brands Tulle, Line & Dot, 213 and MK2K.
For Christmas 2011, eight actors and actresses from Park's agency Didim531 (then known as Eyagi Entertainment) - including herself, Park Si-hoo, Jo Yeo-jeong and Nam Gyu-ri - recorded a song with no help from professional singers. The track, titled "Winter Story," is a cheerful tune based on the emotions that arise before a love confession, which is made against a winter backdrop. The song was released for sale online on December 5, 2011, and all profits from the song's sales went to charity.
Park made her comeback to the big screen after a two-year hiatus (her last film had been Marine Boy) in 2012's The Scent. She played a seductive woman who is the sole witness to the deaths of her husband and his mistress, whom the detective suspects is the killer yet is drawn to her mystique. Mesmerized while reading the script for the movie, Park said, "I am really excited that I get to play a character that is cool on the outside but is hurt and sad on the inside."
She then starred in the melodrama The Innocent Man, playing a woman who betrays her lover to serve her own ambition and puts him on the path to destructive revenge. Critics have credited Park's mature performance, saying she mastered the character's complicated nature in a way that heightened the tension of the story, and was not overshadowed by leading actors Song Joong-ki and Moon Chae-won.
After giving birth and being indicted for propofol use in 2013, Park returned to television with the 2014 cable drama The Greatest Marriage, in which her character struggles to balance single motherhood and a successful career as an anchorwoman.
In 2015, she made her Hollywood debut in Last Knights, an action film set in medieval times about a band of warriors who seek revenge on a corrupt emperor. She starred alongside Clive Owen, Morgan Freeman, and Korean veteran actor Ahn Sung-ki. With Japanese director Kazuaki Kiriya at the helm, filming took place in the Czech Republic.
Park first became known to the Korean public not through her acting roles, but as the girlfriend of popular singer-actor Eric Mun (from K-pop boy band Shinhwa), whom she began dating in 2004. Her relationship with Mun overshadowed her acting career during her early years, with the public commonly identifying her as "Eric's girlfriend". In an interview with The Korea Herald, Park said it took about 10 different roles before the tag of "Eric's girlfriend" vanished from the public's perception of her, adding that the only positive of the tag was that she loved him. The couple broke up in 2007.
In an August 2010 interview with Cosmopolitan, Park said, "These days the thing I most think about is, ‘Have I lived well?’ I’m happy when I film dramas or movies, but in this kind of life you should turn back and take stock of your life at least once, and I think that time has come. I want to love. I want to marry soon and live boisterously."
On November 19, 2011 at the Seoul Hyatt Hotel, Park married Park Sang-hun, an office worker at a small company. She gave birth to their first child, a daughter, on September 24, 2013.
In early 2013, Park was among the celebrities investigated then indicted for illegal use of propofol; Park's agency denied the allegations, saying she took the drug for medical reasons after she injured her back doing action scenes for the films Marine Boy and Dachimawa Lee. During the trial, her doctor testified that she had been taking the drug to treat avascular necrosis at the head of her femur. In October 2013, the Seoul Central District Court found Park guilty of taking propofol 400-500 times over four-and-a-half years (or 8.2 times a month), and she was sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for two years.
|2004||凤求凰 Feng Qiu Huang||CCTV|
|2005||汗血宝马 Han Xue Bao Ma||Gui Shou||CCTV|
|宝莲灯 Lotus Lantern||San Sheng Mu||CCTV|
|My Girl||Kim Se-hyun||SBS|
|2006||Please Come Back, Soon-ae||flight attendant on last airplane||SBS|
|Yeon Gaesomun||Cheon Gwan-nyeo||SBS|
|2007||When Spring Comes||Oh Yeong-joo||KBS2|
|2008||On Air||Herself (cameo, episode 3)||SBS|
|La Dolce Vita||Hong Da-ae||MBC|
|2009||The Slingshot||Seo Kyung-ah||KBS2|
|2010||Drama Special "Red Candy"||Yoo-hee||KBS2|
|Coffee House||Seo Eun-young||SBS|
|2011||The Greatest Love||Kim Hee-jin (cameo, episodes 3-4)||MBC|
|2012||The Innocent Man||Han Jae-hee||KBS2|
|2014||The Greatest Marriage||Cha Gi-young||TV Chosun|
|2006||The Fox Family||Fox daughter #1|
|Marine Boy||Choi Yu-ri|
|2012||The Scent||Kim Soo-jin|
|2006||"Untouchable" [Part 1]||Big 4 (SG Wannabe, Kim Jong-kook, M to M)|
|"Gone With the Wind" [Part 2]|
|2007||"My Heart Cannot Go On Like This Any Longer"||MC the Max|
|2009||"After Love"||Park Hyo-shin|
|2011||"Amazed"||K.Will feat. Supreme Team's Simon D
and SiSTAR's Hyorin
|"No More Perfume on You"||Teen Top|
- Bobbi Brown Cosmetics
- Playboy Golf
- Max Beer
- Miss Sixty
- Buckaroo Jeans
- Biotherm Cosmetics
- Levi's 'Lady Style'
- Cass Beer
- KFC Chicken Salad
- Mise En Scene 'Pearl Shining Shampoo'
- Lotte Chilsung '2% 부족할 때'
- Nate Drive
Awards and nominations
|2000||Miss Seoul Pageant||Third place||N/A||Won|
|2006||27th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best New Actress||The Fox Family||Nominated|
|SBS Drama Awards||New Star Award||My Girl||Won|
|2007||43rd Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actress||The Fox Family||Won|
|28th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Supporting Actress||A Love||Nominated|
|27th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards||Best New Actress||Won|
|2008||29th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Dachimawa Lee||Nominated|
|2009||KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama||The Slingshot||Nominated|
|2010||SBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Planning Drama||Coffee House||Nominated|
|KBS Drama Awards||Best Actress in a One-Act Drama/Special||Red Candy||Nominated|
|2012||KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama||The Innocent Man||Nominated|
- Choi, Ji-eun (2010-08-05). "Actress Park Si-yeon's Song Picks". 10Asia.
- "2000 Miss Korea profile - Park Mi-seon". Hankook Ilbo (in Korean). Retrieved 2013-06-03.
- Shin, Hae-in (2005-12-13). ""Eric's girl" Park Si-yeon makes a leap to acting". The Korea Herald.
- "Star Focus: Park Si-yeon". Arirang. 2008-07-16.
- Lee, Hoo-nam (2007-07-19). "Gangsters in love and actors who diet create a comeback". Korea JoongAng Daily.
- "K-DRAMA REVIEWS: 달콤한 인생 (La Dolce Vita)". Twitch Film. 2008-07-23.
- Choi, Ji-eun (2010-05-17). "PREVIEW: KBS' Drama Special Lollipops". 10Asia.
- Jin, Young-ju (2010-05-19). "Rebirth of One-Act Play with KBS Drama Special Red Candy". KBS Global.
- "Park Si-yeon to Quit Family Outing". The Korea Times. 2009-11-27.
- Hong, Lucia (2010-05-11). "Kang Ji-hwan wants "to break Mon-Tues TV ratings record"". 10Asia.
- Wee, Geun-woo (2010-06-01). "Kang Ji-hwan says Coffee House is adventure". 10Asia.
- Kim, Lynn (2010-05-11). "Pyo says Coffee House is "in between sitcom and drama"". 10Asia.
- Han, Sang-hee (2010-05-16). "New drama to bring more than coffee". The Korea Times.
- 행복을 전하는 커피하우스의 박시연, 표민수 [Elle's Interview with Coffee House team] (in Korean). Elle Korea. 2010-06-03.
- Kim, Lynn (2010-08-06). "Park Si-yeon turns creative director for U.S. fashion brand". 10Asia.
- Sunwoo, Carla (2011-12-05). "Actors team up to make song that will help the needy". Korea JoongAng Daily.
- "Marine Boy hooked on diving for drugs". Korea JoongAng Daily. 2009-01-28.
- Hong, Lucia (2011-07-28). "Park Si-yeon to make comeback to big screen". 10Asia.
- Suk, Monica (2012-02-23). "Park Si-yeon, Park Hee-soon's film to premiere in April". 10Asia.
- "Man Waiting for Adultery Park Siyeon mentioned about the bed scene". StarN News. 2012-04-04.
- Elley, Derek (2012-08-24). "The Scent". Film Business Asia.
- Hong, Lucia (2012-06-07). "Park Si-yeon signs up to play Song Joong-ki's lover in upcoming TV series". 10Asia.
- Lee, Tae-ho (2012-08-07). "Song Joong-ki, Park Si-yeon reveals sneak peak of Good Man". 10Asia.
- Hong, Grace Danbi (2012-08-14). "Park Si Yeon Transforms into a Cold and Serious Reporter". enewsWorld.
- "Park Si-yeon Exudes Charm as Femme Fatale on TV Soap". The Chosun Ilbo. 2012-10-18.
- Lee, Sun-min (2014-07-08). "Park Si-yeon to star in new TV drama". Korea JoongAng Daily.
- "Park Si-yeon to Return to TV After Giving Birth". The Chosun Ilbo. 2014-08-16.
- "Stars Wrestle with Tough Parental Choices in New Soap". The Chosun Ilbo. 2014-09-27.
- Lee, Hye-ji (2012-11-19). "Park Si-yeon, Ahn Seong-gi to Work with Morgan Freeman in Korea-funded Hollywood Pic". 10Asia.
- "Ahn Sung-ki, Park Si-yeon Join Korea-Hollywood Joint Project". The Chosun Ilbo. 2012-11-19.
- Sunwoo, Carla (2012-11-20). "Park Si-yeon heading to Hollywood". Korea JoongAng Daily.
- "Park Si-yeon Excited to Work with Morgan Freeman on The Last Knights". The Chosun Ilbo. 2012-12-01.
- "Eric Moon Confesses His Feelings for Park Shi-yeon". KBS Global. 2005-05-16.
- "Star Couple Eric – Park Si-Yeon Broke Up a Month Ago". Korea Tourism Organization. 2007-05-02.
- 박시연 "결혼해서 시끌벅적하게 살고 싶다" [Park Shi-yeon also in Cosmopolitan magazine] (in Korean). BNT News. 2010-07-19.
- Kim, Jessica (2011-09-27). "Park Si-yeon to marry in November". 10Asia.
- Cho, Jae-eun (2011-09-28). "Park Si-yeon to tie knot in November". Korea JoongAng Daily.
- "Actress Park Si-yeon to Wed Stock Broker". The Chosun Ilbo. 2011-09-28.
- "Two Parks tie the knot". Korea JoongAng Daily. 2011-11-21.
- "Park Si-yeon Says Her Vows at Weekend". The Chosun Ilbo. 2011-11-21.
- Kim, Ji-yi (2013-06-03). "Park Si Yeon in 6th month of her pregnancy". StarN News.
- Lee, Hye-ji (2013-09-24). "Park Si-yeon Gives Birth to Daughter". 10Asia.
- "Actress Park Si-yeon Happy to Focus on Being a Mom". The Chosun Ilbo. 2013-09-25.
- Lee, Sun-min (2013-09-25). "Baby girl for Park Si-yeon". Korea JoongAng Daily.
- Lee, Jin-ho (2013-02-13). "Park Si Yeon Asserts She Only Used Propofol for Medical Reasons". enewsWorld.
- Jung, Min-ho (2013-02-14). "Top stars questioned over sedative Propofol abuse". The Korea Times.
- "Hyeun Young, Park Si-yeon charged". Korea JoongAng Daily. 2013-02-14.
- "4 Celebrities Charged with Using Michael Jackson Killer Drug". The Chosun Ilbo. 2013-03-14.
- Park, Hyun-min; Jeon, Su-mi (2013-03-13). "Lee Seung Yeon, Park Si Yeon and Jang Mi In Ae to be Indicted for Propofol Abuse". enewsWorld.
- Park, Eun-jee; Kim, Ki-hwan (2013-03-26). "Celebs charged with propofol abuse are tried". Korea JoongAng Daily.
- Lee, Kyung-min (2013-05-20). "Propofol scandal might not be true". The Korea Times.
- An, So-hyoun (2013-05-20). "Doctor States Park Si Yeon was Treated with Propofol Due to a Rare Disease". enewsWorld.
- Lee, Cory (2013-10-29). "Park Si-yeon, Lee Seung-yeon, Jang Mi In Ae Sentenced Imprisonment for Propofol Misuse". 10Asia.
- "Actresses Given Suspended Sentences in Propofol Scandal". The Chosun Ilbo. 2013-11-26.
- "TV actresses get suspended jail terms for drug abuse". Yonhap. 2013-11-25.
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