Han Ga-in

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Han Ga-in
In October 2012
Born Kim Hyun-joo
(1982-02-25) 25 February 1982 (age 35)
Seoul, South Korea
Nationality South Korean
Education Kyung Hee University
(Tourism Management)[1]
Agent BH Entertainment
Spouse(s) Yeon Jung-hoon (m. 2005)
Children 1
Korean name
Revised Romanization Han Ga-in
McCune–Reischauer Han Kain
Birth name
Revised Romanization Gim Hyeon-ju
McCune–Reischauer Kim Hyŏnju

Han Ga-in (born Kim Hyun-joo on February 25, 1982) is a South Korean actress. She starred in television series Yellow Handkerchief and Terms of Endearment early in her career, and became a sought-after model in commercials. Her projects in 2012 were hugely successful, with her period drama Moon Embracing the Sun topping the TV ratings chart, and her film Architecture 101 becoming a box office hit.


Han Ga-in attended Seoul Gusan Elementary School (서울구산초등학교), Sunjung Middle School (선정중학교) and Baehwa Girls' High School (배화여자고등학교). On 22 December, 2000, while attending high school, Han Ga-in participated in KBS1 "Challenge Golden Bell" and showed off her ability to go up to the 34th stage. It is the skill of a high school student who scored 384 points out of 400 points on CSAT.[2]


As a high school student, Han Ga-in appeared on KBS's TV show called GOLDENBELL (도전! 골든벨)[2][3] and was also captured in footage of interviews with other students. Entertainment bigwigs spotted her in the news clip and immediately went to her school to offer her a part.[4] She debuted in an Asiana Airlines commercial in 2002, and was cast in the KBS2 drama Sunshine Hunting. She subsequently appeared in Yellow Handkerchief and made her big-screen debut in Once Upon a Time in High School. In 2004, she took on the leading role in Terms of Endearment and won an Excellence award at the KBS Drama Awards.[5][6]

In 2005, Han acted in Super Rookie, a satire on Korea's corporate culture and unemployment among the country's younger generation. It drew solid viewership ratings in the 20% range, and won Han the Excellence Award at the MBC Drama Awards.[7] The drama was also reportedly well-received by Japanese viewers and contributed to Han's popularity in the country.[8] This was followed by leading roles in Dr. Kkang and Witch Yoo Hee.

After Witch Yoo Hee wrapped in 2007, Han publicly criticized the director and writers for the drama's poor quality. She went on a three-year hiatus afterwards, merely starring in advertisements. While she soon became one of the most sought-after faces in the TV commercial industry, Han struggled to overcome her image as strictly a pretty face rather than a serious actress. Over the past decade of drama appearances, the popular actress repeatedly played familiar characters and her performances failed to wow audiences.[5]

Mainly categorized as a "CF star," Han wanted to change that misconception with her comeback in 2010.[9] In Bad Guy, she attempted to transform her image as a pure and innocent girl to a materialistic woman who dreams of climbing the social ladder.[10][11]

2012 was the most successful year of Han's career yet. She first starred in period drama, Moon Embracing the Sun, in which she played the heroine, an amnesiac noblewoman-turned-shaman.[12] The drama not only ranked number one in its time slot throughout its run but achieved a peak recorded viewer rating of 42.2 percent,[13] thereby earning the "national drama" status.[14] This was followed up with a leading role in romantic film Architecture 101, which got rave reviews and set a new box-office record as the highest-grossing Korean melodrama.[5][15][16]

Han was managed by J. One Plus Entertainment from 2009 to 2011,[17][18][19] and when her contract expired, she signed with Lee Byung-hun's agency, BH Entertainment in December 2012.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Han married actor Yeon Jung-hoon on April 26, 2005; they previously starred together on the 2003 TV series Yellow Handkerchief.[21][22] After a miscarriage in 2014,[23][24][25][26] her agency confirmed in November 2015 that Han is 6 months pregnant.[27][28] On April 13, 2016, she gave birth to a girl, her first child.



Year Title Role
2004 Once Upon a Time in High School Eun-joo
2012 Architecture 101 Yang Seo-yeon (present)

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2002 Sunshine Hunting Joo-Young KBS2
2003 Yellow Handkerchief Jo Sun-joo KBS1
2004 Terms of Endearment Kang Eun-pah KBS2
2005 Super Rookie Lee Mi-ok MBC
2006 Dr. Kkang Kim Yoo-na MBC
2007 Witch Yoo Hee Ma Yoo-hee SBS
2010 Bad Guy Moon Jae-in SBS
2012 Moon Embracing the Sun Heo Yeon-woo/Wol MBC

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2003 Comedy Town SBS
Entertainment Weekly KBS2 Host

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song Title Artist
2005 "Only Wind, Only Wind" SG Wannabe
2012 "Yeosu Night Sea" Busker Busker

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2003 KBS Drama Awards Best New Actress Yellow Handkerchief Won
2004 40th Baeksang Arts Awards[29] Most Popular Actress (Film) Once Upon a Time in High School Won
25th Blue Dragon Film Awards[30] Best New Actress Nominated
3rd Korean Film Awards Best New Actress Nominated
KBS Drama Awards[6] Excellence Award, Actress Terms of Endearment Won
Best Couple Award with Song Il-gook Won
2005 MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress Super Rookie Won
2012 7th Seoul International Drama Awards Outstanding Korean Actress Moon Embracing the Sun Nominated
1st K-Drama Star Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Nominated
MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Won


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  2. ^ a b "한가인 골든벨 출연모습 "범접할 수 없는 우등생포스"". Zum News. 19 Nov 2012. Retrieved 2017-06-30. 
  3. ^ "한가인 여신 샷 "12년 전 골든벨 출연 때부터 인증된 미모"". OBS News. 5 January 2013. Retrieved 2017-06-30. 
  4. ^ "History Attests to Korean Stars' All-Natural Looks". The Chosun Ilbo. 6 June 2006. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  5. ^ a b c "Han Ga-in struggles to overcome innocent image" Archived 2012-05-06 at the Wayback Machine.. Korea Joongang Daily. 4 April 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  6. ^ a b "Winners at the 2004 KBS DRAMA AWARDS". Korea Tourism Organization. 6 January 2005. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  7. ^ "Rookie Employees Talk About the New Hit Show “Super Rookie". The Donga Ilbo.  C1 control character in |title= at position 46 (help)
  8. ^ "Is it all over already? Gloomy signs overshadow rosy statistics of 'Hallyu'". Hancinema. 
  9. ^ "Top Actresses Heading Toward Small Screen". The Korea Times. 8 February 2010. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  10. ^ "Will Kim, Han create magic thru Bad Boy". The Korea Times. 25 May 2010. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  11. ^ "INTERVIEW: Bad Boy actresses Han Ga-in and Oh Yun-soo". 10Asia. 16 June 2010. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  12. ^ Lee, In-kyung (14 December 2011). "Han Ga In Shows Off Her Elegant Beauty". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. 
  13. ^ "Hit drama ends with record ratings". Korea JoongAng Daily. 
  14. ^ "'The Moon That Embraces The Sun' breaks 40%, but will not be extended". Allkpop. 
  15. ^ "Han Ga-in and other Introduction to Architecture stars talk about their first loves" Archived 2012-07-16 at Archive.is. Korea Joongang Daily. 15 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  16. ^ "Han Ga-in Still Wrestling with Innocent Image". The Chosun Ilbo. 31 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  17. ^ "Han Ga-in signs with Kim Ha-neul's agency". 10Asia. 29 October 2009. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  18. ^ "Official Han Ga-in website open today". 10Asia. 27 May 2010. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  19. ^ "Han Ga-in renews contract with J.One+ Entertainment". 10Asia. 15 September 2011. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  20. ^ "Han Ga-in Joins Lee Byung-hun's Agency". 10Asia. 23 December 2012. Archived from the original on 12 May 2014. Retrieved 2012-12-27. 
  21. ^ "Yeon Jung-hoon and Han Ka-in Register Their Marriage". KBS Global. 26 April 2005. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  22. ^ "Han Ga-in says she wants a son like Yeon Jung-hoon". Korea JoongAng Daily. 15 November 2012. Archived from the original on 20 November 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  23. ^ "Actress Han Ga-in pregnant with first child". The Korea Herald. 22 April 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-24. 
  24. ^ "1st baby for celebrity couple". Korea JoongAng Daily. 23 April 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-23. 
  25. ^ "Actor Couple Have Baby on Way After Nearly a Decade". The Chosun Ilbo. 23 April 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-23. 
  26. ^ "Han Ga-in miscarried: agency". Korea JoongAng Daily. 25 September 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-12. 
  27. ^ "Actress Han Ga-in to be mother". The Korea Times. 23 November 2015. Retrieved 2015-12-08. 
  28. ^ "Han Ga-in, Youn Jung-hoon are expecting". Korea JoongAng Daily. 24 November 2015. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 
  29. ^ "40th Baeksang Arts Awards". Baeksang Arts Awards (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2013-01-03. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  30. ^ "25th Blue Dragon Film Awards". Blue Dragon Film Awards (in Korean). Retrieved 2012-11-13. 

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