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September 13, 1980
Daegu, South Korea
|Other names||Rachel Han|
|Alma mater||Dongguk University Bachelor's degree - Theater and Film|
|Years active||2000 – present|
|Agent||S.M. Culture & Contents|
|Religion||Roman Catholicism[clarification needed]|
|Spouse(s)||Choi Dong-joon (m. 2007)|
|Revised Romanization||Han Chae-yeong|
|Revised Romanization||Gim Ji-yeong|
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.
The press dubbed her "Barbie Doll of Korea" — for 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.
But she made her breakthrough in 2005's Delightful Girl Choon-Hyang, a modern-day, romantic comedy retelling of the famous folktale Chunhyangjeon. Playing the titular role of a smart, lively high school girl who matures into a self-sufficient woman, Han shot to stardom throughout Asia with the success of the TV series.
After playing a single mother with culinary dreams in 2005's Only You and a jilted girl looking for employment in 2006's Exhibition of Fireworks, she reverted to a glamorous character in 2007 couple-swapping film Love Now.
She 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.
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.
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. Hoping for a Hollywood crossover, 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 has begun 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.
|2000||Autumn Fairy Tale||Choi/Yoon Shin-ae||KBS2|
|2004||Beijing My Love||Jung Yeon-seok||KBS2|
|2005||Delightful Girl Choon-Hyang||Sung Chun-hyang||KBS2|
|Only You||Cha Eun-jae||SBS|
|2006||My Girl||Choi Han-na||SBS||Cameo appearance, episode 16|
|Exhibition of Fireworks||Shin Na-ra||MBC|
|2009||Boys Over Flowers||Min Seo-hyun||KBS2||Guest appearance|
|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||KBS2|
|2015||1931 Love Story||尚婉婷||LeTV||Chinese television drama|
|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||Chinese film|
|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|
- "Actress Han Chae-young Signs with SM C&C to Join Jang Dong-geun". KBS Global. 27 September 2013.
- Hong, Lucia (23 December 2010). "Han Chae-young in China to film new movie". 10Asia.
- Yoon, Hee-seong (9 March 2010). "Han Chae-young's Song Picks". 10Asia.
- Cho, Chung-un (17 December 2007). "Jang Jin's robbery-romance farce takes the Daehangno stage". The Korea Herald via Hancinema.
- "Actress Han Chae-young Cast in Boys over Flowers". KBS Global. 27 October 2008.
- Garcia, Cathy Rose A. (9 March 2009). "Han Chae-young Cast in Good Morning, President". The Korea Times.
- Lee, Hyo-won (22 September 2009). "Actor Jang Dong-kun Returns as President". The Korea Times.
- Lee, Ji-hye (18 December 2009). "Press Conference - Movie Girlfriends". 10Asia.
- "Actress Han Chae-young Cast in NZ Horror Flick". KBS Global. 2 October 2008.
- "Han Chae-young and Kiwi Director Become Cinematic Soul Mates". The Chosun Ilbo. 15 October 2008.
- "Han Chae-Young to debut in Hollywood". The Korea Times. 22 June 2010.
- Han, Sang-hee (8 February 2010). "Top Actresses Heading Toward Small Screen". The Korea Times.
- Oxenbridge, David (12 March 2012). "Online Mystery Movie The Influence Debuts". Korean Film Biz Zone.
- Hong, Lucia (21 January 2010). "Han Chae-young to join Lee Byung-hun for Influence". 10Asia.
- Kim, Jessica (11 August 2010). "Han Chae-young signs with U.S. agency CAA". 10Asia.
- Kim, Heidi (3 November 2010). "Han Chae-young cast as heroine in Chinese film Big Deal". 10Asia.
- "Han Chae-young to Make Chinese Film Debut". The Chosun Ilbo. 6 November 2010.
- "巨額交易》終極預告發布 定檔期12月2日上映" (in Chinese). Sina.com. 17 November 2011.
- Ho, Stewart (17 January 2013). "Advertisement Genius Lee Tae Baek Actors Shoot Drama Poster". enewsWorld.
- "Korean 'Barbie Doll' To Take Her Vows". Korea JoongAng Daily. 20 March 2007.
- "Korean Actress Han Chae-Young Got Married". Anhui Daily Press Group. 4 June 2007.
- "Actress Han Chae-Young got married". China Daily. 4 June 2007.
- "Han Chae-young Has a Baby Boy". The Chosun Ilbo. 30 August 2013.
- Sunwoo, Carla (28 December 2011). "Actress Han Chae-young awarded in China". Korea JoongAng Daily.
- Han Chae-young on Twitter (Korean)
- Han Chae-young on Sina Weibo (Chinese)
- Han Chae-young at S.M. Culture & Contents (Korean)
- Han Chae-young at HanCinema
- Han Chae-young at the Internet Movie Database