|Other names||Jo Yeo-jeong |
|Revised Romanization||Jo Yeo-jeong|
Cho Yeo-jeong (born February 10, 1981) is a South Korean actress. She is best known internationally for her role in the film Parasite (2019), which won four Academy Awards and became the first non-English language film to win the award for Best Picture.
Cho is also known for her roles in the films The Servant (2010), The Concubine (2012), and Obsessed (2014), as well as the television series I Need Romance (2011), Lovers of Haeundae (2012), Divorce Lawyer in Love (2015), Woman of 9.9 Billion (2019–2020), and Cheat on Me If You Can (2020–2021).
Life and career
Cho Yeo-jeong was born in Seoul, South Korea. She debuted as a CeCi Magazine cover girl at the age of 16 in 1997, and began actively acting in 1999. Despite appearing in drama series, music videos, and TV commercials afterwards, she remained obscure. During this period, she was also unhappy with the limited roles being offered to her.
Then Cho rose to the spotlight in 2010 by starring as the ambitious Joseon woman of lower class in the erotic period drama The Servant. The R-rated movie, which was a newly adapted and tragic version of Korea's famous folktale The Story of Chunhyang, had been turned down by a number of actresses because it contained too many sex scenes. Cho, however, took advantage of the opportunity and it turned out to be a huge stepping stone in her career. Upon the release of the film, Cho successfully escaped being "another pretty face" in Korea's entertainment scene.
In 2011, Cho starred in hit cable series I Need Romance, a sexually frank and funny comedy about a group of single thirty-something girlfriends navigating the dating scene in Seoul, which boasted stylish and slick production values.
Few would have expected her to star in another period drama that required full nudity, as doing so may have stigmatized her in Korea's film industry. Despite the collective concerns expressed by local media that she was "going nude too often," in 2012 the actress chose another period thriller with explicit sex scenes. She had admired the work of director Kim Dae-seung and wanted to work with him, so after reading his latest script, she pursued being cast as the complex titular character of The Concubine. Despite the hype, the film was critically praised. In an interview for the film, Cho said that most of all, she wants to be seen as an adventurous and intriguing actress.
In the 2012 romantic comedy series Haeundae Lovers, Cho played the bright and cheerful daughter of a Busan gangster, who falls in love with the amnesiac undercover prosecutor living with them. A year later, Cho's book Healing Beauty was published, containing tips and advice on health and beauty, based on the know-how she's amassed as an actress over her 16-year career.
In 2013, Cho became involved in a publicized contract dispute when she signed a new contract with Bom Entertainment while her contract with Didim531 was still in effect. The Korea Entertainment Management Association suggested that Cho avoid working with both agencies, and she joined Neos Entertainment in 2014.
Cho starred in two movies in 2014. She reunited with director Kim Dae-woo (The Servant) in another erotic period film, this time set during the Vietnam War, titled Obsessed. She also played an abducted wife in The Target, a remake of French action-thriller Point Blank.
In 2015, Cho starred in the sex comedy Casa Amor: Exclusive for Ladies, which she said made her realize "how gratifying it is to see people laughing because of me." She said further, "Casa Amor: Exclusive for Ladies is the first film I've done in a long time whose story focuses on women. I hope that, building on the success of this film, more films featuring women's voices and experiences are made."
|2002||A Perfect Match||Min-ah|
|2006||Vampire Cop Ricky||Yeon-hee|
|2012||The Concubine||Shin Hwa-yeon|
|2014||The Target||Jung Hee-joo|
|2015||Casa Amor: Exclusive for Ladies||Baek Bo-hee|
|2019||Parasite||Choi Yeon-gyo/Mrs. Park|
|1999||How Am I?||SBS|
|You Don't Know My Mind||Yang Mi-ri||MBC|
|2000||Roll of Thunder||KBS1|
|2002||The Rustic Period||Ae-ran||SBS|
|Jang Hee-bin||Kim Yeong-bin||KBS2|
|2003||South of the Sun||Noh Hye-in||SBS|
|A Problem at My Younger Brother's House||Oh Dan-bi||SBS|
|2004||Terms of Endearment||Na Ae-ri||KBS2|
|I'm From Chosun||Lee Han-sol||MBC|
|2006||So In Love||Lee Sun-joo||MBC|
|2008||War of Money: The Original||Choi Ji-in||tvN|
|2009||The Road Home||Jang Mi-ryung||KBS1|
|Hometown Legends "Myo-jeong's Pearl"||So-won||KBS2|
|2011||I Need Romance||Sunwoo In-young||tvN|||
|2012||Lovers of Haeundae||Go So-ra||KBS2|||
|2015||Divorce Lawyer in Love||Go Cheok-hee||SBS|
|2016||Baby Sitter||Lee Sang-won's wife||KBS2|
|Love in the Moonlight||(Cameo)|
|2017||Ms. Perfect||Lee Eun-hee|||
|2019||Beautiful World||Seo Eun-joo||JTBC|||
|Woman of 9.9 Billion||Jeong Seo-yeon||KBS2|||
|2020–21||Cheat on Me If You Can||Kang Yeo-ju novel writer|||
|2021||High Class||Song Yeo-uol||tvN|||
|1997||Ppo Ppo Ppo (Kiss Kiss Kiss)||MBC||Host|||
|2001||21st Century Committee||KBS2||Cast member|
|2008||We Got Married - Season 1||MBC||paired with Lee Hwi-jae|
|2010||Girls on Top - Season 2||MTV Korea||Host|
|Fox's Butler||MBC||Cast member|
|2011||O'live Beauty On-Air||O'live||Host|
|2013||Law of the Jungle in Caribbean/Maya Jungle||SBS||Cast member|
|2019||Surfing House||JTBC||Cast member|||
|2011||"Even Now" ( 난 좋아)||Sung Si-kyung||Lead Actress|
|2019||"Fever"||J. Y. Park feat. Superbee & BIBI||Main Actress|
|2011||"Aegyo (Charm)"||Jo Yeo-jeong and Kim Jeong-hoon||Track from |
I Need Romance OST
|"Winter Story"||Jo Yeo-jeong, Park Si-hoo,
Park Si-yeon, Nam Gyu-ri,
Jo Dal-hwan, Ryohei Otani,
Choi Sung-joon and Jung Woo-jin
|Eyagi Entertainment |
Christmas 2011 single
|2013||Healing Beauty||Paper Book||ISBN 9788997148295|
Awards and nominations
|2010||Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival||Fantasia Award||N/A||Won|
|Grand Bell Awards||Best Actress||The Servant||Nominated|
|Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best New Actress||Nominated|
|Popular Star Award||Won|
|Korea Best Dresser Swan Awards||Best Dressed, Movie Actress category||N/A||Won|
|2011||Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (Film)||The Servant||Nominated|
|Korea Drama Awards||Special Award for Cable TV||I Need Romance||Nominated|
|Style Icon Awards||SIA's Discovery||N/A||Won|
|2012||Buil Film Awards||Best Actress||The Concubine||Nominated|
|KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Haeundae Lovers||Nominated|
|Netizen Award, Actress||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award with Kim Kang-woo||Nominated|
|2013||SBS Entertainment Awards||Popularity Award||Law of the Jungle in Caribbean/Maya Jungle||Won|
|2014||Buil Film Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Obsessed||Nominated|
|Korean Association of Film Critics Awards||Won|
|Grand Bell Awards||Nominated|
|Blue Dragon Film Awards||Nominated|
|2015||KOFRA Film Awards||Won|
|Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|SBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Divorce Lawyer in Love||Nominated|
|2016||KBS Drama Awards||Best Actress in a One-Act/Special/Short Drama||Babysitter||Won|
|2017||KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama||Perfect Wife||Won|
|Netizen Award, Actress||Nominated|
|2019||KBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress||Woman of 9.9 Billion||Won|||
|Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Nominated|
|Netizen Award, Actress||Nominated|
|Chunsa Film Art Awards||Best Actress||Parasite||Won|||
|Blue Dragon Film Awards||Won|||
|Buil Film Awards||Nominated|||
|New Mexico Film Critics||Best Supporting Actress||Won|||
|IndieWire Critics Poll||15th place|||
|Chicago Film Critics Association Awards||Nominated|||
|2020||Critics Choice Awards||Best Acting Ensemble||Nominated|||
|Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||Won|||
|Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (Film)||Nominated|||
|KBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress||Cheat on Me If You Can||Nominated|
|Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Won|
|Netizen Award, Actress||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award with Go Jun||Won|
|2021||APAN Star Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Woman of 9.9 Billion||Nominated|
|Forbes||2020||Korea Power Celebrity||30th|||
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