Han Chae-young

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim. In the stage name or pen-name, the surname is Han.
Han Chae-young
Han Chae-Young from acrofan.jpg
Born Kim Ji-young
(1980-09-13) September 13, 1980 (age 36)
Daegu, South Korea
Other names Rachel Han
Alma mater Dongguk University Bachelor's degree – Theater and Film
Years active 2000 – present
Agent Hanyang E&M
Spouse(s) Choi Dong-joon (m. 2007)
Korean name
Hangul 한채영
Hanja 韓彩英
Revised Romanization Han Chae-yeong
McCune–Reischauer Han Ch'aeyŏng
Birth name
Hangul 김지영
Hanja 金志英
Revised Romanization Gim Ji-yeong
McCune–Reischauer Kim Chiyŏng

Han Chae-young (born Kim Ji-young on September 13, 1980), is a South Korean actress. She is known for her notable roles in several Korean dramas such as Autumn in My Heart, Delightful Girl Choon-Hyang, Only You, Fireworks, Boys Over Flowers, A Man Called God and Pretty Man.

Early life[edit]

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.[1][2]


2000–2004: Early career[edit]

Taking on the stage name Han Chae-young, she made her acting debut in 2000 through horror film The Record without any trainee period. She then played the antagonist in popular TV melodrama Autumn in My Heart. But due to her lack of acting experience, she was criticized for her awkward acting skills.

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.[3]

2005–2008: Breakthrough[edit]

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.[4] 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[edit]

Han Chae-young in September 2009

In 2009 she made a special guest appearance in the smash hit drama Boys Over Flowers[5] and starred in the film Good Morning President alongside top Korean actor Jang Dong-gun.[6][7]

Han said her cheerful character in the film Girlfriends resembled her real self the most and was also the role she said she "had the most fun playing."[8]

Horror film Soul Mates, a Korea-New Zealand co-production, was supposed to have been Han's English-language international debut,[9][10] but the project was cancelled.[11]

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.[12]

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.[13][14] Hoping for a Hollywood crossover, the English-speaking actress signed with agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA) that same year.[15]

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.[1][16][17][18] 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.


She returned to Korean television in 2013 in the series Ad Genius Lee Tae-baek and Pretty Man.[19] 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.[20] 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.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Han married Korean-American businessman Choi Dong-joon on June 2, 2007 at Hotel Shilla in Seoul.[22][23][24] She gave birth to a son on August 28, 2013.[25]


Television drama[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2000 Autumn in My Heart Choi/Yoon Shin-ae KBS2
2002 Affection Yoo Hae-mi SBS
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
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 My Love from the Star SBS Guest appearance
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
2016 The Rebirth of a Celebrity Superstar Tencent TV Chinese television drama


Year Title Role Notes
2000 The Record Eun-mi
2002 Bet on My Disco Bong-ja
2003 Wild Card Kang Na-na
2007 Love Now So-yeo
2009 Good Morning President Kim Yi-yeon
Girlfriends Jin
2010 The Influence J Online film
2011 A Big Deal Chinese film
2016 The Guest Chinese film[26]

Variety Show[edit]

Year Title Role Network Note
2017 "Sister's Slam Dunk" Herself KBS2


Year Title Role
2007-2008 Clumsy People Yoo Hwa-yi

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
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[27] Best Online Popularity Won


  1. ^ a b Hong, Lucia (23 December 2010). "Han Chae-young in China to film new movie". 10Asia. 
  2. ^ Chaeyoung retold the story on Sister's Slam Dunk 2
  3. ^ Yoon, Hee-seong (9 March 2010). "Han Chae-young's Song Picks". 10Asia. 
  4. ^ Cho, Chung-un (17 December 2007). "Jang Jin's robbery-romance farce takes the Daehangno stage". The Korea Herald via Hancinema. 
  5. ^ "Actress Han Chae-young Cast in Boys over Flowers". KBS Global. 27 October 2008. 
  6. ^ Garcia, Cathy Rose A. (9 March 2009). "Han Chae-young Cast in Good Morning, President". The Korea Times. 
  7. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (22 September 2009). "Actor Jang Dong-kun Returns as President". The Korea Times. 
  8. ^ Lee, Ji-hye (18 December 2009). "Press Conference - Movie Girlfriends". 10Asia. 
  9. ^ "Actress Han Chae-young Cast in NZ Horror Flick". KBS Global. 2 October 2008. 
  10. ^ "Han Chae-young and Kiwi Director Become Cinematic Soul Mates". The Chosun Ilbo. 15 October 2008. 
  11. ^ "Han Chae-Young to debut in Hollywood". The Korea Times. 22 June 2010. 
  12. ^ Han, Sang-hee (8 February 2010). "Top Actresses Heading Toward Small Screen". The Korea Times. 
  13. ^ Oxenbridge, David (12 March 2012). "Online Mystery Movie The Influence Debuts". Korean Film Biz Zone. 
  14. ^ Hong, Lucia (21 January 2010). "Han Chae-young to join Lee Byung-hun for Influence". 10Asia. 
  15. ^ Kim, Jessica (11 August 2010). "Han Chae-young signs with U.S. agency CAA". 10Asia. 
  16. ^ Kim, Heidi (3 November 2010). "Han Chae-young cast as heroine in Chinese film Big Deal". 10Asia. 
  17. ^ "Han Chae-young to Make Chinese Film Debut". The Chosun Ilbo. 6 November 2010. 
  18. ^ "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.
  19. ^ Ho, Stewart (17 January 2013). "Advertisement Genius Lee Tae Baek Actors Shoot Drama Poster". enewsWorld. 
  20. ^ Sung, So-young (10 November 2015). "Barbie Doll actress to host beauty TV show". Korea JoongAng Daily. 
  21. ^ "Han Chae-young stars in Chinese drama". The Korea Times. November 17, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Korean 'Barbie Doll' To Take Her Vows". Korea JoongAng Daily. 20 March 2007. 
  23. ^ "Korean Actress Han Chae-Young Got Married". Anhui Daily Press Group. 4 June 2007. 
  24. ^ "Actress Han Chae-Young got married". China Daily. 4 June 2007. 
  25. ^ "Han Chae-young Has a Baby Boy". The Chosun Ilbo. 30 August 2013. 
  26. ^ 《不速之客》曝终极预告及海报 黎明耿乐爱恨缠斗 危机四伏
  27. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (28 December 2011). "Actress Han Chae-young awarded in China". Korea JoongAng Daily. 

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