In October 2012
25 February 1982
Seoul, South Korea
|Education||Kyung Hee University
|Spouse(s)||Yeon Jung-hoon (m. 2005)|
|Revised Romanization||Han Ga-in|
|Revised Romanization||Gim Hyeon-ju|
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.
As a high school student, Han Ga-in appeared on KBS's TV show called GOLDENBELL (도전! 골든벨) 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. 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.
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. The drama was also reportedly well-received by Japanese viewers and contributed to Han's popularity in the country. 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.
Mainly categorized as a "CF star," Han wanted to change that misconception with her comeback in 2010. 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.
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. 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, thereby earning the "national drama" status. 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.
Han married actor Yeon Jung-hoon on April 26, 2005; they previously starred together on the 2003 TV series Yellow Handkerchief. After a miscarriage in 2014, her agency confirmed in November 2015 that Han is 6 months pregnant. On April 13, 2016, she gave birth to a girl, her first child.
|2004||Once Upon a Time in High School||Eun-joo|
|2012||Architecture 101||Yang Seo-yeon (present)|
|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|
|2007||Witch Yoo Hee||Ma Yoo-hee||SBS|
|2010||Bad Guy||Moon Jae-in|
|2012||Moon Embracing the Sun||Heo Yeon-woo/Wol||MBC|
Music video appearances
|2005||"Only Wind, Only Wind"||SG Wannabe|
|2012||"Yeosu Night Sea"||Busker Busker|
Awards and nominations
|2003||KBS Drama Awards||Best New Actress||Yellow Handkerchief||Won|
|2004||40th Baeksang Arts Awards||Most Popular Actress (Film)||Once Upon a Time in High School||Won|
|25th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best New Actress||Nominated|
|3rd Korean Film Awards||Best New Actress||Nominated|
|KBS Drama Awards||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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