Cho Yeo-jeong

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Cho Yeo-jeong
Jo Yeo-jeong, 2011 (cropped).jpg
Cho in 2011
Born (1981-02-10) February 10, 1981 (age 38)
Other namesJo Yeo-jung
EducationDongguk University - Theater and Film
Dongguk University Graduate School - Master's degree in Performing Arts
AgentGreat Company
Korean name
Revised RomanizationJo Yeo-jeong
McCune–ReischauerCho Yŏjŏng

Cho Yeo-jeong (born February 10, 1981) is a South Korean actress. She is best known for her leading roles in the period films The Servant (2010) and The Concubine (2012) as well as starring in the television series I Need Romance (2011).


Cho Yeo-jeong 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.[1][2]

Then Jo rose to the spotlight in 2010 by starring as the ambitious Joseon woman of low caste in the erotic period drama The Servant.[3] 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 few actresses because it contained too many sex scenes. Jo, however, took advantage of the opportunity and it turned out to be a huge stepping stone in her career.[4][5] Upon the release of the film, Jo successfully escaped being "another pretty face" in Korea's entertainment scene.[1][2]

In 2011, Jo 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 requires full nudity, as doing so may stigmatize her in Korea's film industry ― where most young actresses still stay away from nude scenes as much as possible. Despite the collective concerns expressed by the local media outlets that she was "going nude too often," in 2012 the actress chose another period thriller with explicit sex scenes.[6] 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.[7] The film proved her fine taste in roles when, despite the hype, it was well-made and critically praised. In an interview for the film, Jo said that most of all, she wants to be seen as an adventurous and intriguing actress.[1][2][8]

In the 2012 romantic comedy series Haeundae Lovers, she played the bright and cheerful daughter of a Busan gangster, who falls in love with the amnesiac undercover prosecutor living with them.[9] A year later, Jo'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.[10]

In 2013, Jo 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.[11] The Corea Entertainment Management Association suggested that Jo avoid working with both agencies, and she joined Neos Entertainment in 2014.[12]

Jo 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.[13] She also played an abducted wife in The Target, a remake of French action-thriller Point Blank.[14][15]

In 2015, Jo starred in the sex comedy Casa Amor: Exclusive for Ladies, which 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."[16]



Year Title Role
2002 A Perfect Match Min-ah
2006 Vampire Cop Ricky Yeon-hee
2010 The Servant Chun-hyang
2012 The Concubine Shin Hwa-yeon
2014 The Target Jung Hee-joo
Obsessed Lee Sook-jin
2015 Casa Amor: Exclusive for Ladies Baek Bo-hee
2019 Parasite Mrs. Park

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
1999 How Am I? SBS
Last War MBC
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[17] Seo Eun-joo JTBC

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
1997 Ppo Ppo Ppo (Kiss Kiss Kiss)[18] MBC Host
2001 21st Century Committee KBS2 Cast member
Fairyland Ggumdongsan KBS2 Host
2003 Soulmates MBC 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

Musical theatre[edit]

Year Title Role
2005 Grease Sandy


Year Song title Artist Notes
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


Year Title Publisher ISBN
2013 Healing Beauty[19] Paper Book ISBN 9788997148295

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2009 KBS Drama Awards Best Actress in a One-Act Drama/Special Myo-jeong's Pearl Nominated
2010 14th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival Fantasia Award N/A Won
47th Grand Bell Awards Best Actress The Servant Nominated
31st Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actress Nominated
Popular Star Award Won
26th Korea Best Dresser Swan Awards Best Dressed, Movie Actress category N/A Won
2011 47th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress The Servant Nominated
4th Korea Drama Awards Special Award for Cable TV I Need Romance Nominated
4th Style Icon Awards SIA's Discovery N/A Won
2012 21st Buil Film Awards Best Actress The Concubine Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Haeundae Lovers Nominated
2013 SBS Entertainment Awards Popularity Award Law of the Jungle in Caribbean/Maya Jungle Won
2014 23rd Buil Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Obsessed Nominated
34th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Best Supporting Actress Won
51st Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
35th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2015 6th KOFRA Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Won
51st Baeksang Arts Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2016 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a One-act Drama Babysitter Won
2017 Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama Perfect Wife Won


  1. ^ a b c Lee, Claire (23 May 2012). "Actress returns in another racy period thriller". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  2. ^ a b c Lim, Ju-ri (30 May 2012). "Cho Yeo-jeong keeps it steamy in The Concubine". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  3. ^ "Jo Yeo-jeong Hits Box-Office Gold with Daring Part". The Chosun Ilbo. 12 June 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  4. ^ Ki, Sun-min (25 June 2010). "Director twists classic tale". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  5. ^ Elley, Derek (1 July 2010). "The Servant". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  6. ^ Lee, Jin-ho (3 November 2011). "Jo Yeo Jeong to Bare it All Again in New Film". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  7. ^ Jung, Hyun-mok (22 June 2012). "Director says Concubine sex scenes are complicated". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  8. ^ Paquet, Darcy (13 June 2012). "In Focus: The Concubine (Hu-gung: Je-wang-ui cheop)". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  9. ^ "Jo Yeo-jeong Says Acting Lets Her Explore Her Hidden Self". The Chosun Ilbo. 6 October 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  10. ^ "Jo Yeo-jeong Discloses Beauty Secrets in New Book". The Chosun Ilbo. 24 April 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-24.
  11. ^ Yoon, Hyo-jung (24 October 2013). "Jo Yeo Jung caught in the middle of double contract dispute". Korea Star Daily via Yahoo!. Archived from the original on 21 February 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-30.
  12. ^ "Jo Yeo-jeong works with new agency". The Korea Times. 27 January 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-27.
  13. ^ Tae, Sang-joon (24 September 2013). "KIM Dae-woo Prep Story of Forbidden Love during Vietnam War". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2014-01-30.
  14. ^ Kang, Jung-yeon (25 September 2013). "Cho Yeo-jeong Takes Part in Ryu Seung-ryong's Action Pic". TenAsia. Archived from the original on 2014-04-26. Retrieved 2014-01-30.
  15. ^ Lee, Sun-min (26 September 2013). "Jo Yeo-jung picked for two movies". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-01-30.
  16. ^ "Jo Yeo-jeong Keeps on Evolving with First Comedy". The Chosun Ilbo. 17 January 2015. Retrieved 2015-01-17.
  17. ^ "[공식] 박희순·추자현·오만석·조여정, '아름다운 세상' 캐스팅 확정". Naver (in Korean). Seoul Economy Daily. Retrieved January 7, 2019.
  18. ^ Im, Woo-jung (5 August 2013). "Popopo canceled after 32-year run". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-08-07.
  19. ^ "Jo Yeo-jeong gets published". Korea JoongAng Daily. 24 April 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-24.

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