January 21, 1981 |
Seoul, South Korea
|Other names||Yoana Jung|
|Education||Korea University - Journalism|
|Revised Romanization||Jeong Ryeo-won|
Jung Ryeo-won (born January 21, 1981) is a Korean-Australian actress. She began her entertainment career as a singer in the now-defunct girl group Chakra, and first rose to fame in the hit television series My Name Is Kim Sam-soon. She is also known for her roles in Two Faces of My Girlfriend, Castaway on the Moon, and History of a Salaryman.
The second of three children, Jung Ryeo-won was born in Seoul, but emigrated to Brisbane, Australia in 1991 with her family. She encountered discrimination in grade school, which made her determined to become fluent in English. By junior high school, she had adapted to the Australian way of life. After graduating from MacGregor State High School, she entered Griffith University as an international business major.
While vacationing in Korea in the summer of 1999, Jung was discovered on the streets of Apgujeong by an agent, thereby changing her life and career path. She was placed in the K-pop girl group Chakra, along with Eeni, Eun and Hwangbo; their first album was released in 2000. But Jung's morale was at a low in 2002, saying she sometimes felt alienated from her fellow Koreans, and was uncomfortable with the sexy clothes she was made to wear as a singer.
Chakra disbanded in 2004, and Jung pursued acting full-time. After undergoing 11 unsuccessful auditions that year, she said she began doubting her decision to become an actress. But in 2005 she gained recognition in the cult vampire sitcom Hello Franceska, then made her breakthrough in the romantic comedy My Name Is Kim Sam-soon. The series was a massive success with average ratings of over 37%, and 50.5% for the finale. Jung was praised for her portrayal of a fragile but good-natured character who fights for the hero's love, and she eventually became one of the few successful singer-turned-actresses in the country.
Her follow-up series Autumn Shower received low ratings, but she rebounded with Which Star Are You From?, in which she played a country bumpkin living in the mountains of Gangwon Province. She was cast in her first movie leading role as a girl with multiple personality disorder in 2007's Two Faces of My Girlfriend, and though it was not a box office hit, she won Best New Actress at the Blue Dragon Film Awards.
As the titular character in 2009's Princess Jamyung, Jung starred in her first ever period drama. She then played a hikikomori in Castaway on the Moon, arguably her most notable film yet.
Both her 2011 big screen projects had elements of romance. She played a teacher in a small South Korean village who meets a North Korean officer in the war comedy/drama In Love and War, and in Kwak Kyung-taek's melodrama Pained, she played a hemophiliac who falls for her opposite, a man with analgesia, the inability to sense physical pain.
Jung began 2012 by starring as the heroine in quirky series History of a Salaryman. Playing one of the most unusual female characters in Korean drama history, she delivered a fun, no-holds-barred performance as a red-haired, constantly swearing, selfish, reckless rich snob, but injected heart and raw emotion into a character that could've otherwise been very unlikable. Critics and audiences were impressed with her performance, and her series nabbed the top spot on the Monday and Tuesday primetime ratings lineup while she later won a Top Excellence Award at the SBS Drama Awards.
She then starred in Never Ending Story, a romantic comedy about two people diagnosed with terminal illness who decide to spend their remaining time together preparing for death. In June 2012, Jung's contract with Won Entertainment expired and she signed with Bae Yong-joon's agency KeyEast. Later that year, she played an idealistic screenwriter in The King of Dramas.
In January 2013, Jung unveiled her official website (aboutyoana.com), through which she hopes to connect with her fans. Messages from the actress are uploaded in the "From rw" section. She then reunited with Pained costar Kwon Sang-woo in the medical drama Medical Top Team, playing a charismatic and ambitious thoracic surgeon.
She published Ryeowon's Sketchbook in 2007, which contained her drawings and writings about her Christian faith. Though she hasn't received formal instruction in fine arts, Jung likes to express herself through drawing in her spare time. Two of her artwork pieces were sold at a charity auction in 2012.
|2002||Saxophone and Chapssaltteok||Park Ja-nam||KBS2|
|2003||Drama City "수영장에서 만난 그녀"||Hee-jin||KBS2|
|Do the Right Thing||Ryeo-won||SBS|
|2004||Father of the Sea||Joo-hong||MBC|
|Banjun Drama "Exclusive Love"||SBS|
|2005||Hello Franceska (seasons 1-2)||Elizabeth||MBC|
|Banjun Drama "Get That Girl"||SBS|
|Banjun Drama "To Go Bungee Jump"||SBS|
|MBC Best Theater "Magic Power of Alcohol"||MBC|
|My Name Is Kim Sam-soon||Yoo Hee-jin||MBC|
|Autumn Shower||Park Yeon-seo||MBC|
|2006||Which Star Are You From?||Kim Bok-shil/
|2009||Princess Jamyung||Princess Jamyung||SBS|
|2012||History of a Salaryman||Baek Yeo-chi||SBS|
|The King of Dramas||Lee Go-eun||SBS|
|2013||Medical Top Team||Seo Joo-young||MBC|
|2015||Bubble Gum||Kim Haeng-ah||tvN|
|2002||Emergency Act 19||Chakra as themselves (cameo)|
|2005||My Boyfriend Is Type B||Bu-young|
|2007||Two Faces of My Girlfriend||A-ni/Ha-ni/Yu-ri|
|2009||Castaway on the Moon||Kim Jung-yeon|
|2011||In Love and War||Seol-hee|
|2012||Never Ending Story||Oh Song-kyung|
|2010||"As a Man"||Gummy|
|2011||"Can't Be Crazy"||Alex Chu|
|2015||"Lost in Perspective"||Nell (band)|
|2012||"Wedding Song"||Duet with Uhm Tae-woong; track from Never Ending Story OST|
|2007||Ryeowon's Sketchbook||Duranno Publishing||ISBN 9788953109209|
Awards and nominations
|2005||MBC Entertainment Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Variety Show||Section TV||Won|||
|MBC Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress||My Name Is Kim Sam-soon||Won|||
|2006||MBC Drama Awards||PD Award||Which Star Are You From?||Won|||
|2007||28th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best New Actress||Two Faces of My Girlfriend||Won|||
|2008||1st Style Icon Awards||Fashionista Award||N/A||Won|||
|44th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actress||Two Faces of My Girlfriend||Nominated|
|4th Premiere Rising Star Asian Awards||Best New Actress||Won|||
|2009||SBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama||Princess Jamyung||Nominated|
|2012||48th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress||Pained||Nominated|||
|5th Korea Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress||History of a Salaryman||Nominated|
|SBS Drama Awards||Top 10 Stars||History of a Salaryman,
The King of Dramas
|Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Won|||
|2013||MBC Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Medical Top Team||Nominated|
|2nd KOPA & NIKON Press Photo Awards||Most Photogenic Actress||N/A||Won|
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