Han Chae-young in September, 2009
September 13, 1980
Daegu, South Korea
|Other names||Rachel Kim|
|Alma mater||Dongguk University|
Choi Dong-joon (m. 2007)
|Revised Romanization||Han Chae-yeong|
|Revised Romanization||Gim Ji-yeong|
Kim Ji-young (born September 13, 1980), professionally known by the stage name Han Chae-young, is a South Korean actress. She first gained recognition as the antagonist in the television series Autumn in My Heart (2000) before gaining wider prominence as the titular character in Delightful Girl Choon-Hyang (2005). Her other roles include Only You (2005), Fireworks (2006), Boys Over Flowers (2009), A Man Called God (2010) and Pretty Man (2013).
Han Chae-young was born as Kim Ji-young in Daegu, South Korea, but her family soon immigrated to the United States and she spent her childhood years in a Chicago suburb, where she attended Glenbrook South High School. During one of her visits to Korea, she was reportedly discovered by a famed Korean comedian who suggested that she put her college plans on hold and try acting.
2000–2004: Early career
Taking on the stage name Han Chae-young, she made her acting debut in 2000 with the horror film The Record. Her role as the antagonist in the popular television melodrama Autumn in My Heart gave her more exposure, though she was criticized for her awkward acting skills.
She later gained the nickname "Barbie Doll of Korea," a reference to her tall, shapely proportions. Though this image would land her numerous commercial endorsements, her acting projects in the next few years saw Han typecast as an unapproachable beauty from a wealthy background.
In 2005, Han achieved success with the South Korean romantic comedy television series Delightful Girl Choon-Hyang, playing the titular role of a smart, lively high school girl who matured into a self-sufficient woman. A modern-day retelling of the famous folktale Chunhyangjeon, the series averaged 24.3% in viewsherip ratings, placing first in its slot for several episodes.
Her next two roles saw her playing a single mother with culinary dreams in the television series Only You (2005) and a jilted girl looking for employment in Exhibition of Fireworks (2006). Both series underperformed and she reverted to a glamorous character for the couple-swapping film Love Now (2007). In 2006, she signed an exclusive contract with BH Entertainment owned by Lee Byung-hun, and became one of the 1st talents of the newly found agency; BH Entertainment also manages many actors including Go Soo, Jin Goo, and Han Hyo-joo.
Han surprised fans by acting on stage for the first time in Jang Jin's play Clumsy People, which had a sell-out theater run from December 7, 2007 to March 2, 2008. Later that year she released her clothing line Rachel Han's (taken from her American name), produced in conjunction with online retailer G-Market.
2009–2012: International debut
In 2009 she made a special guest appearance in the smash hit drama Boys Over Flowers and starred in the films Good Morning President alongside Jang Dong-gun and Girlfriends. She later stated that her character in Girlfriend resembled her real self the most and was also the role she said she "had the most fun playing." The horror film Soul Mates, a Korea-New Zealand co-production, was supposed to have been Han's English-language international debut, but the project was later cancelled.
After a lengthy hiatus from the small screen (her 2009 fashion drama Magazine Allo did not push through due to plagiarism charges), Han was cast as a down-to-earth rookie journalist in 2010's manhwa adaptation A Man Called God. The ₩10 billion-budget action-romance series is based on the 1999 comic book of the same title by manhwa writer Park Bong-seong, and achieved higher than average ratings during its run.
She then played Lee Byung-hun's love interest in The Influence, an online mystery-fantasy movie about a love that transcends time and space. The English-speaking actress signed with agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA) that same year.
Considered a Korean Wave star due to the popularity of Choon-hyang, Han began expanding her career to the mainland Chinese market. She starred in the 2011 fantasy-comedy A Big Deal opposite Blue Lan, Leon Jay Williams, and Chapman To. She was also cast in a leading role in Chinese television drama Wu Xie Ke Ji Zhi Lan Se Meng Xiang (lit. "Dream in Blue") opposite Zhu Zi Xiao, which aired on Zhejiang TV in 2012.
After being under BH Entertainment for six years, Han left the talent management after the contract expiration in 2013, and signed with SM C & C; she was replaced by actress from SM C & C Han Ji-min.
She returned to the small screen with the 2013 television series Ad Genius Lee Tae-baek, which is loosely based on internationally renowned advertising designer and social activist Jeseok Yi (a.k.a. Jeski), who wrote the 2010 book Ad Genius Lee Je-seok. The series also reunited Han with Jo Hyun-jae who previously worked together in the 2005 TV series Only You. Her next series was Pretty Man, playing the glamorous, successful woman that the main character (played by Jang Keun-suk) pines after. In 2015, Han began hosting her first variety show, Take Care of My Dressing Table, where professionals in the beauty industry such as makeup artists and hairdressers share their styling tips. But her career remained primarily in China, where Han filmed the web series Beauty Master, followed by the TV adaptation of Chinese novel The Rebirth of a Celebrity Superstar.
Since 2017, she has been a cast member of KBS2's Sister's Slam Dunk, and made her singing debut as member of a temporary group called Unnies. In September, 2017 Han returned to big screen with the comedy film The Star Next Door, playing a star actress who has a teenage daughter (portrayed by Jin Ji-hee) that is kept a secret from the public.
In 2018, Han was cast in the MBC weekend drama A Promise with the Gods. This marks Han's first Korean drama appearance in four years.
|2000||Autumn in My Heart||Choi/Yoon Shin-ae||KBS2|
|2004||Beijing My Love||Jung Yeon-seok||KBS2|
|2005||Delightful Girl Choon-Hyang||Sung Chun-hyang|
|Only You||Cha Eun-jae||SBS|
|2006||My Girl||Choi Han-na||Cameo appearance, episode 16|
|Exhibition of Fireworks||Shin Na-ra||MBC|
|2009||Boys Over Flowers||Min Seo-hyun||KBS2|
|2010||A Man Called God||Jin Bo-bae||MBC|
|Haru: An Unforgettable Day in Korea||Tourism mini-movie|
|2012||Dream in Blue||Lin Wei Wei||ZJTV||Chinese television drama|
|2013||Ad Genius Lee Tae-baek||Go Ah-ri||KBS2|
|Pretty Man||Hong Yoo-ra|
|My Love from the Star||SBS||Guest appearance|
|2015||1931 Love Story||Shang Wanting||LeTV||Chinese television drama|
|2016||The Rebirth of a Celebrity Superstar||Tencent|
|2018||A Pledge to God||Seo Ji-young||MBC|
|2002||Bet on My Disco||Bong-ja|
|2003||Wild Card||Kang Na-na|
|2009||Good Morning President||Kim Yi-yeon|
|2010||The Influence||J||Online film|
|2011||A Big Deal||Zhou Yun||Chinese film|
|2016||The Guest||Chinese film|
|2017||The Star Next Door||Hye-mi|
|2005||Love Letter||Herself||SBS||Episodes 21 & 22|
|2017||Sister's Slam Dunk||Herself||KBS2|
|2017–2018||Wizard of Nowhere||Cast member (episode 6–present)||MBC|
|2018||Secret Unnie||Herself||JTBC||With Yeri (Red Velvet)|
|2007-2008||Clumsy People||Yoo Hwa-yi|
Awards and nominations
|2005||KBS Drama Awards||Best Couple Award with Jae Hee||Delightful Girl Choon-Hyang||Won|
|Popularity Award, Actress||Won|
|2007||Korea Best Dresser of the Year Awards||Recipient||N/A||Won|
|2008||Asia Model Festival Awards||Model Star Award||N/A||Won|
|Grand Bell Awards||Best New Actress||Love Now||Nominated|
|2009||Andre Kim Best Star Awards||Female Star Award||N/A||Won|
|2010||Asia Model Festival Awards||Model Star Award||N/A||Won|
|2011||CETV Awards||Top 10 Asian Stars||Won|
|Cosmopolitan Beauty Awards||2011's Most Stylish Actress||N/A||Won|
|China Trend Awards||Shining Artist||N/A||Won|
|TV Drama Awards Made in China||Best Online Popularity||Won|
|2017||MBC Entertainment Awards||Rookie Awards in Variety||Wizard of Nowhere||Won|
|2018||MBC Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Weekend Special Project||A Pledge to God||Nominated|
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