28 June 1978
Seoul, South Korea
|Education||Bachelor of Film and Television|
|Alma mater||Dankook University|
|Height||165 cm (5 ft. 6 in.)|
|Relatives||Jun Tae-soo (brother)|
|Revised Romanization||Ha Ji-won|
|Revised Romanization||Jeon Hae-rim|
Jeon Hae-rim (Hangul: 전해림; born 28 June, 1978), better known by her stage name Ha Ji-won (Hangul: 하지원) is a South Korean actress. She is best known amongst international viewers for historical drama Hwang Jini, romantic comedy Secret Garden, and historical drama Empress Ki . She starred in several films and television series, winning various awards and accolades along the way in both films and TV series.
Ha Ji-won is one of South Korea’s most sought after actresses, known for her versatility in pulling off roles in various genres such as action (including martial arts), comedy, drama, and sports.
- 1 Life and career
- 2 Filmography
- 3 Discography
- 4 Books
- 5 Awards and nominations
- 6 Other Awards
- 7 Charity Work
- 8 Ambassadorial Roles
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Life and career
Early career beginnings
Jeon Hae-rim was scouted by an agency when she was a senior high school student. She later graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Film and Television (BFTV) in Dankook University. “Ever since I was a little kid, I dreamed of becoming an actress. When I was a senior in high school, an agency contacted me after seeing my picture at a photography studio.” In 2012, the actress revealed that she had failed over 100 auditions before her debut. “I passed my college entrance and written exams and was accepted to the department of theater and film. Before my debut, I auditioned for 100 or so projects but didn’t get the roles.”
Jeon candidly revealed that she adopted “Ha Ji-won” as her stage name as a favor for her previous manager as it was the name of his first love. “When I was about to debut, the first love of my manager’s name was Ha Ji-won. I think he wanted to at least use the name of his love that was not fulfilled. The first time I heard the name Ha Ji-won, I thought it was pretty and also bold.”
Ha Ji-won made her TV debut in the 1996 teen drama, New Generation Report: Adults Don’t Understand Us. She continued playing supporting roles in dramas, Dragon’s Tears and Dangerous Lullaby, in 1998 and 1999 respectively. But it was through the 1999 popular drama, School 2, where she played the role of a troubled teen named Jang Se-jin, when she was recognized as actress Ha Ji-won.
In 2000, Ha made her movie debut in the thriller movie, Truth Game, alongside Ahn Sung-ki, where she portrayed a bipolar character was awarded Best Rookie Actress both at the 37th Grand Bell Awards and at the 1st Busan Film Critics Awards. In the same year, she won the Best Supporting Actress Award at the 21st Blue Dragon Film Awards for the movie, Ditto, where she played a supporting role with main leads Kim Ha-neul and Yoo Ji-tae. Also in year 2000, she starred in Ahn Byeong-ki’s horror movie, Nightmare. Later that year, Ha reunited with Kim Ha-neul in the drama, Secret, landing her an antagonist role. The drama earned her Best Rookie Actress Award at the 2000 MBC Drama Awards and Best Rookie TV Actress Award at the 37th Baeksang Arts Awards in year 2001.
The following year, in 2002, Ha had another lead role in the drama, Days in the Sun, where she acted as a hotel chambermaid, opposite Ji Sung. In the second half of the same year, she starred in another Ahn Byeong-ki’s horror movie, Phone, officially dubbing her as “Asia’s Horror Princess”. Following Phone in the same year was Yoon Je-kyoon’s American Pie-inspired movie, Sex Is Zero, co-starring Im Chang-jung. The movie was the 3rd most popular Korean movie in 2002 and ranked 5th among all films released in that year. Ha was given a Photogenic Award at the 3rd Korea Visual Arts Festival, and she also won the Popularity Award at the 39th Baeksang Arts Awards in 2003 for the movie.
In 2003, Ha proceeded to her next movie, Reversal of Fortune, alongside Kim Seung-woo. Afterwards, the actress’ popularity skyrocketed through the 14-episode period drama, Damo, directed by Lee Jae-kyoo. In her first lead role in a period drama as Jang Chae-ok, together with Lee Seo-jin and Kim Min-joon, Ha was highly praised for her efforts and was given the Top Excellence Award in a Miniseries at the 2003 MBC Drama Awards as well as the Netizen Popularity Award and Best Couple Award with Lee Seo-jin. Damo was highly popular, and this can be attested by the huge popularity it enjoyed online, causing MBC to earn an estimated ₩10 million a day through Internet residual fees.
Ha continued playing lead roles in dramas and won awards for each effort. In 2004, she starred in the heavy melodrama, What Happened in Bali, where she played the role of Lee Soo-jung, who was stuck in a complicated love square with Jo In-sung, So Ji-sub, and Park Ye-jin. She then won the Best TV Actress Award at the 40th Baeksang Arts Awards and Top Ten Stars Award and Top Excellence Award in a Drama Special at the 2004 SBS Drama Awards. What Happened in Bali was a huge success, with its final episode reaching a peak rating of 39.7%, and remains Ha’s drama with the highest viewership rating up to date. The actress also made her way to the big screens with two movies, 100 Days with Mr. Arrogant and Love, So Divine. Ha starred opposite Kim Jae-won in an internet fiction themed movie 100 Days with Mr. Arrogant, while opposite Kwon Sang-woo in Love, So Divine. Both, however, were not as successful with audiences.
Afterwards, in 2005, Ha took a break from dramas and returned with two movies. She played the role of the female protagonist in Daddy-Long-Legs, which was inspired by the novel of the same title written by Jean Webster, alongside Yeon Jung-hoon. She then starred in Lee Myung-se’s martial arts film, Duelist, where she portrayed the character of a detective named Namsoon, opposite Kang Dong-won. The movie also had her reunited with Korea’s National Actor, Ahn Sung-ki, whom she had previously worked with in Truth Game. The actress also won the Popularity Award at the 26th Blue Dragon Film Awards. Ha later quoted Director Lee’s line, “An actor never stops learning,” which she said she had always been applying in her life as an actress. Also in the same year, Ha made a cameo appearance in the movie, All For Love.
In 2006, Ha starred in the award-winning period drama, Hwang Jin Yi. She played the titular character Hwang Jin Yi, who lived in 16th-century Joseon and is considered the most famous gisaeng in the Korean history. Jang Keun-suk’s and Kim Jae-won’s characters are among others who vied for the heart of Ha’s Hwang Jin Yi. The drama was critically acclaimed, and lead actress Ha bagged a total of 5 awards for her performance including the Netizen Popularity Award, Best Couple Award with Jang Keun-suk, and Daesang (Grand Prize) at the 2006 KBS Drama Awards as well as Best Actress Award each from the 34th Korean Broadcasting Awards and BNT 32nd Golden Chest International TV Festival, both in year 2007.
In 2007, Ha reunited with Director Yoon Je-kyoon and Im Chang-jung, whom she had worked with in Sex Is Zero, in the movie, Miracle on 1st Street, and challenged herself as she played the role of a female boxer. Coming from the team behind Sex Is Zero, the movie ended up as the 5th most popular movie in that year. Later that year, Ha made a cameo appearance in Sex Is Zero 2, sequel of Sex Is Zero, reprising her role in the movie.
Ha continued taking lead roles in numerous movies in 2008. She played the role of a pianist in the movie, Miracle of Giving Fool, which was based on a popular webcomic, alongside Cha Tae-hyun and won the Popularity Award at the 44th Baeksang Arts Awards. She also had a cameo appearance in Shin Hyun-joon’s movie, His Last Gift.
In 2009, Ha worked with Director Yoon Je-kyoon for the third time through the blockbuster disaster film Haeundae with A-list actors Sol Kyung-gu, Park Joong-hoon, and Uhm Jung-hwa. The movie was funded by CJ Entertainment with a budget estimated at US$10–15 million, one of the largest for a Korean production. Haeundae was both critically acclaimed and a commercial success. It received a total of 11,301,649 admissions in South Korean theaters, making Ha “The 10 Million Movie Actress” for bringing the glory of more than 10 million audiences, also causing the movie to be the 4th highest-grossing film in South Korea that time but was later outperformed by The Thieves, Masquerade, Miracle in Cell No. 7, The Admiral: Roaring Currents and Ode to My Father. In addition to that, distribution rights for the movie have been sold to 15 countries. Ha won the HOT Movie Star Award at the 2009 Mnet 20's Choice Awards, Best Actress Award at the 5th Korean University Films Festival, and Popularity Award at the 30th Blue Dragon Film Awards for her performance in the blockbuster movie. Furthermore, also in 2009, the actress starred in Park Jin-pyo’s Closer to Heaven, a melodrama movie about a man who has been battling Lou Gehrig's disease, played by Kim Myung-min, and his loving wife, who works as a funeral director, played by Ha. Her heartfelt performance earned her Best Actress Award at the 30th Blue Dragon Film Awards in 2009 and Best Movie Actress Award at the 46th Baeksang Arts Awards in 2010, officially taking her spot as an A-list movie actress.
After taking a 4-year break from dramas, Ha made a very successful comeback through the romance, comedy, fantasy, action drama, Secret Garden, opposite Hyun Bin. She played the role of a stunt woman Gil Ra-im, who magically switches bodies with Hyun Bin’s wealthy CEO character. Proven to be a commercial success, it was reported that Secret Garden had been sold abroad before its premiere in South Korea. The drama had high ratings, and Ha received the following awards for recognition: Best Couple Award with Hyun Bin, Top Ten Stars Award, Netizen Popularity Award, and Top Excellence Award in a Drama Special at the 2010 SBS Drama Awards, and Best Actress Award at the 2011 Grimae Awards.
Once again, Ha worked with Director Yoon Je-kyoon and Ahn Sung-ki through the science fiction, action 3D movie, Sector 7, alongside Oh Ji-ho. Although the 14 billion-won project had a disappointing 2.2 million in admissions in South Korea, it garnered over 20 million yuan in China after just one week, beating previous records set by 200 Pounds Beauty at 16 million yuan and The Host at 14 million yuan. The actress later revealed that she had had received psychiatric treatment after filming Sector 7. “After filming Sector 7 I received psychiatric help. I could not break away from my character. In the movie Sector 7 the monster dies, and all the people I love die and I am the only one left alive and for some reason I could not break away from the pain of that character for quite some time. After the conclusion of Sector 7 I needed to go in for the script reading for Secret Garden, but I could not break away from my character on Sector 7 so the entire script reading was a mess. I knew I could not do it alone so I sought out professional help.”
In 2012, Ha surprised everyone for playing the role of a North Korean Special Forces Officer named Kim Hang-ah in The King 2 Hearts, an alternate history drama in which South Korea is a constitutional monarchy, and Lee Seung-gi’s South Korean King character and Ha’s North Korean Special Forces Officer character join in wedlock as a political strategy. The drama also reunited the actress with Director Lee Jae-kyoo, who had directed Damo before. Despite the drama’s decreasing viewership ratings, Ha and Lee were both praised for their performance. It was also revealed that Ha had had studied the North Korean dialect to make her portrayal more realistic. The actress was also nominated in Best Actress International Category at the 2012 Seoul International Drama Awards for her performance and was the only Korean actress to have done so in that year. Her next movie was As One, a cinematic retelling of the first ever post-war Unified Korea sports team which won the gold at the 1991 World Table Tennis Championships in Chiba, Japan. Ha played the role of South Korean table tennis player Hyun Jung-hwa, alongside actress Bae Doona, who played the role of North Korean table tennis player Lee Bun Hui. The real Hyun Jung-hwa said that Ha was her first choice to play her role. “I requested that Ha Ji Won play my role. It was difficult to make the actresses into table tennis players within 3 months. The actresses were very passionate and picked up table tennis very quickly.” Ha kept up with highly intensive training as she enjoyed the physical challenges of learning the sport with a goal to retell a true story. She also observed Hyun Jung-hwa’s speech and body language carefully during training, striving to embody all of Hyun's playing habits and techniques. The actress was said to be crossing boundaries by appearing as a North Korean on the small screen and a South Korean on the big screen. When asked how she felt for being dubbed as “The Flower of Reunification,” Ha said, “Before the drama, I had finished filming with As One and after that I felt something deep in my heart. I think that is the reason why I chose to appear in The King 2 Hearts. I did not choose the drama because I was thinking about reunification between North and South Korea. I didn’t do that on purpose but people gave me the nickname ‘Flower of Reunification.’ Because I kept going back and forth between the North and South (in terms of acting), I felt a lot of things I had not felt before.” Also, when promoting the movie, As One, in Los Angeles, she expressed, “In the end, even with North and South Korea being so different, we are really the same people just under very different circumstances.”
Haewadal Entertainment and United Talent Agency (Hollywood)
The following year, in 2013, Ha was reported to be leaving Wellmade STARM, her agency for 10 years. She declined all the love calls sent by other agencies with giant contracts and decided to establish her own one-person agency Haewadal Entertainment (lit. Sun and Moon Entertainment) instead. “Ha Ji-won came up with the name for the agency herself. She said it expressed her wishes to become an actress who shines bright like the sun and the moon.” Also in the same year, Ha signed with United Talent Agency, one of the largest talent agencies in the world, for her Hollywood venture. Haewadal Entertainment released a statement saying, “Ha Ji Won became the first female Korean star to sign with one of Hollywood’s largest agencies UTA and plan to kick off her advancement overseas in full-swing.”
Also in 2013, after 7 years since the period drama Hwang Jin Yi, Ha returned to the world of sageuk (historical/period dramas) through Empress Ki, where she was stuck in a love triangle between Joo Jin-mo and Ji Chang-wook. The 51-episode drama is a fictional account about the love and struggles of a Goryeo born woman named Ki Seung-nyang and her long journey to becoming Yuan dynasty’s Empress Ki. The drama was a winner in terms of viewership ratings during its entire run that lasted for 6 months. The actress, who played the titular character, won the Actor of the Year Award, Popularity Award, and another Daesang (Grand Prize) at the 2013 MBC Drama Awards. Along with Kim Hee-ae, Ha was again nominated in Best Actress International Category at the 2013 Seoul International Drama Awards, where the drama, Empress Ki, was awarded Best Series Drama (Golden Bird Prize). Particularly in Taiwan, the drama reached a peak rating of 5.35%, making it the second Korean drama that had surpassed the 5 percent mark in the ratings, next to Dae Jang Geum’s 6.22% in 2004.
In 2014, Ha, together with Kang Ye-won and Son Ga-in of Brown Eyed Girls, played lead roles in the Charlie's Angels-inspired action, adventure, fusion sageuk (period dramas with a modern touch, have all the elements needed to attract national and international viewers alike: captivating plots, mesmerizing characters, fascinating costumes and sweet romance) The Huntresses.
After establishing her own agency, Haewadal Entertainment, Ha simultaneously signed a contract with BM+ Entertainment, which would manage her activities abroad. BM+ Entertainment stated, “We have a contract with Ha Ji Won for her television, movie, cf, and function activities in South Korea and abroad.”
In 2015, Ha was cast by Ha Jung-woo to play his character’s wife in his self-directed movie, Chronicle of a Blood Merchant, a film adaption of the bestselling 1995 Chinese novel of the same title written by Yu Hua. Following that, Ha, alongside actor Lee Jin-wook starred in the Korean remake of the 2011 hit Taiwanese drama In Time with You titled The Time We Were Not in Love. She reportedly earned a salary of 50 million won or approximately US$43,000 per episode of the drama, around US$688,000 for a total 16 episodes. However, in contrast to her previous dramas The Time We Were Not in Love received low ratings, scoring viewing figures in the 6% to 7% range. Nevertheless, Ha commented she was happy with the drama, enjoyed filming, and stated that she considered her character Oh Ha-na the closest to her real life personality.
In the same year, Ha signed with Invincible Plan to manage her Chinese ventures.
Most recently, Ha Ji-won has completed filming her upcoming Korea-China co-production film, Risking Life For Love, costarring Taiwanese actor Bolin Chen and fellow Korean actor Chun Jung-myung. Lee Jin-wook, Ha's previous costar in The Time We Were Not in Love, was originally offered to play Chun Jung-myung's role, which would have made the movie In Time with You crossover since Chen had starred in the original, while Ha and Lee in the remake, but Lee ultimately passed, citing schedule conflict. Risking Life For Love is scheduled to be released in the first half of 2016.
Ha released her debut album Home Run in 2003. The eponymous single from the album Home Run, featuring singer Psy, was later used as the OST for her movie Reversal of Fortune. She later performed the song on Inkigayo to help promote the movie. She has jokingly mentioned that she was tricked by the CEO of her agency to perform on stage. and that she felt bashful of the performances and disliked to be reminded of them.
On June 13, 2014, Ha released a digital single, Now In This Place, for the fans who had been so supportive of her drama Empress Ki. The lyrics of the song was written by the scriptwriter of Empress Ki, Jung Kyung Soon. The song was composed and produced by popular music producer Jae Chong (also known as Jung Jae Yoon).
In June 2015, Ha released a self-written song, You Are Zoe, featuring ZE:A's Heechul. She personally wrote the song while working on OnStyle's Go Go with Sister in Grasse, France. The track was composed by singer The Film.
|2000||Truth Game||Han Da-hye|
|Nightmare||Eun-joo / Kyung-ah|
|Sex Is Zero||Eun-hyo|
|2003||Reversal of Fortune||Han Ji-young|
|2004||100 Days with Mr. Arrogant||Kang Ha-young|
|Love, So Divine||Yang Bong-hie|
|2005||All for Love||Cameo|
|2007||Miracle on 1st Street||Myung-ran|
|Sex Is Zero 2||Eun-hyo (Cameo)|
|His Last Gift||Hye-young (Cameo)|
|2009||Tidal Wave||Kang Yeon-hee|
|Closer to Heaven||Lee Ji-soo|
|2011||Sector 7||Cha Hae-joon|
|2012||As One||Hyun Jung-hwa|
|2015||Chronicle of a Blood Merchant||Heo Ok-ran|
|2016||Life Risking Romance||Jane Han|
|1996||New Generation Report: Adults Don't Understand Us||a student||KBS2|
|School 2||Jang Se-jin|
|2001||Life is Beautiful||Yoo Hee-jung||KBS2|
|2002||Sunshine Hunting||Park Tae-kyong|
|2003||Damo||Jang Chae-ok (Jang Jae-hee)||MBC|
|2004||What Happened in Bali||Lee Soo-jung||SBS|
|2006||Hwang Jini||Hwang Jin-yi||KBS2|
|2010||Secret Garden||Gil Ra-im||SBS|
|2012||The King 2 Hearts||Kim Hang-ah||MBC|
|2013-2014||Empress Ki||Empress Ki/Ki Seung-nyang||MBC|
|2015||The Time We Were Not in Love||Oh Ha-na||SBS|
|2002 - 2003||TV Entertainment Tonight||SBS|||
Variety / Entertainment Shows
|2002||Happy Together||Guest, Episode 16||KBS2|
|2004||Yashimmanman||Guest (with Kwon Sang-woo), Episode 71||SBS|
|Real Romance Love Letter Season 1||Guest, Episode 7||SBS|
|2009||Golden Fishery – Knee Drop Guru||Guest||MBC|
|Family Outing||Guest, Episodes 68-69||SBS|
|2012||Running Man||Guest, Episode 86||SBS|
|Happy Together||Guest, Episode 245||KBS2|
|Win Win||Guest, Episode 108||KBS2|
|2013||Thank You||Guest, Episodes 9-10||SBS|
|2015||Invisible Man||First Guest, Episode 1||KBS2|
|Go Go with Sister||Host||OnStyle|
|Stargram||First Guest, Episode 1||SBS|
|2014||Now In This Place|||
|2015||You Are Zoe
(Ha Ji Won Feat. Heechul Of ZE:A)
|2004||A Black and White Picture||KCM|
|2012||At This Moment||Memoir|||
|2015||Ha Ji-won's Secret||Photo Book|||
Awards and nominations
|2000||37th Grand Bell Awards||Best New Actress||Truth Game||Won|
|1st Busan Film Critics Awards||Won|
|21st Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Ditto||Won|
|MBC Drama Awards||Best New Actress||Secret||Won|
|2001||24th Golden Cinematography Awards||Popularity Award||Truth Game||Won|
|37th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actress (TV)||Secret||Won|
|2002||3rd Korea Visual Arts Festival||Photogenic Award||Sex is Zero||Won|
|2003||39th Baeksang Arts Awards||Most Popular Actress (Film)||Won|
|2003 MBC Drama Awards||Popularity Award||Damo||Won|
|Best Couple Award (with Lee Seo-jin)||Won|
|Top Excellence Award, Actress||Won|
|2004||40th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (TV)||What Happened in Bali||Won|
|2004 SBS Drama Awards||Top 10 Stars||Won|
|Top Excellence Award, Actress||Won|
|2005||26th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Popularity Award||Duelist||Won|
|2006||2006 KBS Drama Awards||Netizen Popularity Award||Hwang Jin Yi||Won|
|Best Couple Award (with Jang Keun-suk)||Won|
|Top Excellence Award, Actress||Nominated|
|Grand Prize (Daesang)||Won|
|2007||34th Korean Broadcasting Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|BNT 32nd Golden Chest International TV Festival||Won|
|43rd Baeksang Arts Awards||Most Popular Actress (TV)||Nominated|
|Best Actress (TV)||Nominated|
|Most Popular Actress (Film)||Miracle on 1st Street||Nominated|
|2008||44th Baeksang Arts Awards||Most Popular Actress (Film)||BA:BO||Won|
|3rd Asia Model Festival Awards||Popular Star Award||N/A||Won|
|2009||3rd Mnet 20's Choice Awards||HOT Movie Star (Female)||Haeundae||Won|
|5th Korean University Films Festival||Best Actress||Won|
|30th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Popularity Award||Won|
|Best Actress||Closer to Heaven||Won|
|2nd Style Icon Asia||Actress of the Year||N/A||Won|
|Fun Fearless Female||N/A||Won|
|2010||46th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (Film)||Closer to Heaven||Won|
|2010 SBS Drama Awards||Best Couple Award (with Hyun Bin)||Secret Garden||Won|
|Top 10 Stars||Won|
|Netizen Popularity Award||Won|
|Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special||Won|
|2011||47th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (TV)||Nominated|
|Most Popular Actress (TV)||Nominated|
|2011||47th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (TV)||Nominated|
|Most Popular Actress (TV)||Nominated|
|4th Korea Drama Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Grimae Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|2012||16th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival||Producer's Choice||N/A||Won|
|6th Mnet 20's Choice Awards||20's Drama Star||The King 2 Hearts||Nominated|
|7th Seoul International Drama Awards||Best Korean Actress||Nominated|
|Best International Actress||Nominated|
|2012 MBC Drama Awards||Popularity Award||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award (with Lee Seung-gi)||Nominated|
|Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Nominated|
|2013||49th Baeksang Arts Awards||Most Popular Actress (TV)||Nominated|
|Most Popular Actress (Film)||As One||Nominated|
|2013 MBC Drama Awards||PD Award (Actor/Actress of the Year chosen by PDs of MBC, KBS, SBS)||Empress Ki||Won|
|Best Couple Award (with Joo Jin-mo)||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award (with Ji Chang-wook)||Nominated|
|Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Project Drama||Nominated|
|Grand Prize (Daesang)||Won|
|2014||50th Baeksang Arts Awards||Most Popular Actress (TV)||Nominated|
|7th Korea Drama Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang)||Nominated|
|3rd APAN Star Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama||Nominated|
|2015||2015 SBS Drama Awards||Best Couple Award (with Lee Jin-wook)||The Time We Were Not in Love||Nominated|
|Netizen Popularity Award||Nominated|
|Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Nominated|
|2016||8th Style Icon Asia||Style Icon||N/A||Won|
|2008||Korean Popular Culture & Arts Award||Prime Minister's Award|
|Ministry of Health, Welfare and Family Affairs - Family Month Event|
|2011||48th Korea Savings Day||Prime Minister's Award for Savings|
|2012||Samsung Sparking Night||Lady 9 Award (Shining Lady of 2012)|
|2013||Medical Korea 2013||Minister for Health and Welfare Appreciation Plaque|
|2014||Medical Korea 2014|
|48th Taxpayers' Day||Presidential Citation|
Although organ donation was not common in South Korea at that time in January 2005, Ha Ji-won made the pledge to donate her cornea through the Organ Donation Center of Love. The actress shared, “When I was in crisis of becoming blind in May of 2004 because of damaged cornea in my left eye while filming, but one prisoner sent me a letter expressing his willing to donate his own cornea to me, I was very thankful and greatly touched. I want to be of help to the visually impaired. It's shocking and pitiful that we import cornea from other countries.”
Ha has also played an active role in helping underprivileged and disabled children, running a donation project named Smile Again Foundation with Gangnam-gu Family Welfare Center. The project was supplemented by Ha Ji-won's fan club members while she went the extra mile to ensure the sustainability of the project. Ha was conferred the Prime Minister's Award for the '2008 Family Month Event', in recognition of her consistent and active hard work in contributing to programs for poor and handicapped families.
In 2012, Ha donated the proceeds from her first book, At This Moment, to charity. The recipients of the book earnings, children's aid group Choi Kyung Joo Foundation and Yonsei University Hospital, announced their decision to set up a scholarship for prospective arts students and to subsidize treatment for deaf and blind children respectively. Sponsored by Ha, the organization has set up a “Hartist” (Ha + artist) scholarship to sponsor students who dream of careers in art.
Together with fellow actor Song Joong-ki, Ha attended Medical Korea 2013 Sharing Medical Treatment Commemorative Event, an event hosted by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, promoting greater international co-operation for medical technology and positive medical tourism. During the event, both actors spent time with recovering children and received an award for their previous efforts in promoting the sharing of medical services.
In 2015, Ha, fashion icon Ko So-young, and figure skating Kim Yuna designed bags in cooperation with the Italian luxury brand Fendi. The bags were offered via Seoul Peekaboo Project auction to raise funds for the charity. As Operation Smile's Ambassador, Ha decided to donate the proceeds from the bag she designed to Operation Smile, a NGO that performs cleft lip and cleft palate surgery and delivers postoperative and ongoing medical therapies to children in low and middle income countries.
|2008–present||New Zealand's Cultural Ambassador to Korea|
|2012||2012 London Olympics||Honorary Coach||South Korea|
|2014||National Tax Service||Promotional Ambassador (with Gong Yoo)||South Korea|
|2014||Cartier Muse||South Korea, Taiwan|
|2014–present||Operation Smile||Smile International Ambassador||Worldwide|
|2015–present||Hanbok Day||Hanbok Ambassador||South Korea|
|2015–present||Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards||Piaget Altiplano Ambassador||Taiwan|
|2016–present||Korea Brand & Entertainment Expo 2016||Honorary Ambassador (with WINNER)||South Korea, China|
- Ha Ji-won is the first Asian woman and second Asian after Jackie Chan to be named promotional ambassador for Operation Smile.
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Following her much-beloved role as a stuntwoman in drama "Secret Garden", Ha's "Sector 7" role has cemented her status as Korea's biggest action star.
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