Moon Chae-won

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Moon Chae-won
Moon Chae-won at the premiere for "Love Forecast", 17 January 2015 (cropped).jpg
In January 2015
Born (1986-11-13) November 13, 1986 (age 33)
Years active2007–present
Korean name
Revised RomanizationMun Chae-won
McCune–ReischauerMun Ch'aewŏn

Moon Chae-won (Korean문채원; born November 13, 1986) is a South Korean actress. Moon first attracted attention in 2008 in her supporting role as a gisaeng in Painter of the Wind. She was next cast in Brilliant Legacy, one of the top-rated Korean dramas of 2009. 2011 marked Moon's career breakthrough, with leading roles in the television period drama The Princess' Man and the action blockbuster War of the Arrows; both were critical and commercial hits. For her performance in the latter, Moon won Best New Actress at the Grand Bell Awards and the Blue Dragon Film Awards. Moon's other notable television series include the revenge melodrama The Innocent Man (2012) and the medical drama Good Doctor (2013).

Early life[edit]

Moon Chae-won was born in Daegu, South Korea. When she was in sixth grade, her family moved to Seoul.[3] She studied Western Painting at the Chugye University for the Arts, but dropped out in 2006 to pursue acting.[4]


2007–2010: Beginnings[edit]

Moon made her acting debut in 2007 in Mackerel Run, alongside fellow newcomer Lee Min-ho; they were among 60 actors who auditioned for the teen sitcom. Moon and Lee also appeared in the 2008 comedy film Our School's E.T..[5][6]

In 2008

Her breakthrough came in 2008 period drama Painter of the Wind. In the adaptation of Lee Jung-myung's historical fiction novel, she played a beautiful gisaeng who falls for Shin Yun-bok (played by Moon Geun-young), a female painter passing herself off as a man.[7] Their onscreen chemistry and the homoerotic subtext of their characters' relationship was received positively, and the couple subsequently received the most votes in the Best Couple poll at the 2008 SBS Drama Awards. It was the first time in Korean drama history that two actresses won the Best Couple Award, despite the sexual conservatism of Korean network television.[8]

Moon's further raised her profile with Brilliant Legacy, in which she played a privileged girl who alternately antagonizes and pities her stepsister.[9] Brilliant Legacy became one of the top-rated Korean dramas of 2009, with a peak viewership rating of 47.1%.[10] The success of the drama boosted Moon's popularity as an actress.[11] Another supporting role followed in My Fair Lady, where she played an upbeat shoe designer who lives next door to her crush, a butler.[12][13]

In October 2010, she signed with talent agency Barunson Entertainment (later renamed MSTeam). Afterwards, Moon landed her first leading role in It's Okay, Daddy's Girl, playing an immature daughter who transforms into a mature professional woman after a family tragedy.[14]

2011: Breakthrough[edit]

At a photo-shoot for The Princess' Man, 2011

In 2011, Moon was offered the sole female role in War of the Arrows, an action blockbuster set during the Second Manchu invasion of Korea. Along with her costars Park Hae-il and Ryu Seung-ryong, Moon underwent serious archery and horse riding lessons. War of the Arrows eventually went on to become the highest grossing Korean film of 2011, with 7.48 million admissions. Moon was praised for her portrayal of a feminine yet feisty woman abducted by a foreign army on her wedding day, yet who isn't a typical damsel in distress and instead survives by her wits and sheer will.[15] She later received Best New Actress recognition at the Grand Bell Awards and the Blue Dragon Film Awards for her performance.[16][17]

Moon returned to the small screen in the Joseon-era drama The Princess' Man, about a fictional forbidden romance between the daughter of Grand Prince Suyang and the son of Kim Jongseo (played by Park Si-hoo), whose fathers were real-life political enemies.[18][19] The Princess' Man was well-received critically and commercially, and though initially criticized for her acting, Moon won viewers over as the series went on, eventually winning a Top Excellence Award at the year-end KBS Drama Awards.[20][21] She also received a Best Dressed nod from the Korea Lifestyle Awards for giving a boost to the hanbok fashion industry via her two period projects, and was named Honorary Prosecutor by the Supreme Prosecutors' Office.[22]

2012–present: Acclaim[edit]

In 2012, Moon starred in the Lee Kyung-hee-penned melodrama The Innocent Man opposite Song Joong-ki. She drew praise for her performance as a cold, cynical woman groomed to take over her father's conglomerate, who later reverts to helpless innocence after losing her memory. Ratings for The Innocent Man topped its timeslot during its run, and led to Moon winning a Top Excellence Award at the KBS Drama Awards for the second year in a row.[23][24][25]

On the Red Carpet at the 19th annual BIFF

This was followed by the 2013 medical drama Good Doctor revolving around an autistic savant resident (played by Joo Won).[26] To prepare for her role as pediatric surgeon, Moon met with real-life doctors in a hospital setting, familiarizing herself with medical terms and observing surgeries first-hand.[27][28]

She next starred in Awaiting, a short film directed by Kang Je-gyu.[29] Moon played a woman separated from her husband (played by Go Soo) for sixty years by the division of North and South Korea.[30] Awaiting was one of the four short films comprising Beautiful 2014, an omnibus project that premiered at the 38th Hong Kong International Film Festival.[31]

Moon returned to the big screen in a 2015 romantic comedy directed by Park Jin-pyo, which reunited her with previous Brilliant Legacy costar Lee Seung-gi.[32] In Love Forecast, she played a weather forecaster whose pretty face belies the glib-talking, hard-drinking personality underneath.[33][34][35] The film passed the break-even point with 1.89 million viewers and Moon won the Producer's Choice Award at Bucheon International Film Festival.[36] She then starred opposite Yoo Yeon-seok in Mood of the Day, in which they play two strangers who meet on the KTX and spend 24 hours together in the unfamiliar city of Busan.[37]

Moon then took on the leading female role in MBC's thriller Goodbye Mr. Black, her first television series in three years.[38][39] The same year, Moon left her former agency MS Team Entertainment and signed with Namoo Actors.[40]

In 2017, Moon was cast in the Korean adaption of the American crime drama Criminal Minds.[41][42] The same year, Moon was cast in the period film Feng Shui, the third installment of the "divining art trilogy" by Han Jae-rim.[43]

In 2018, Moon starred in the romantic fantasy drama Tale of Fairy.[44][45]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2008 Our School's E.T. Lee Eun-shil [46]
2011 War of the Arrows Choi Ja-in [15]
2014 Awaiting Yeon-hee short film from Beautiful 2014 [30]
2015 Love Forecast Kim Hyun-woo [33]
2016 Mood of the Day Bae Soo-jung [37]
2018 Fengshui Cho-sun [43]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref.
2007 Reconstruction of Love young Hwang Hyo-eun Dramax episode 2:
"살까지 뺐는데!"
Mackerel Run Min Yoon-seo SBS [5]
2008 Painter of the Wind Jung-hyang [47]
2009 Brilliant Legacy Yoo Seung-mi [48]
My Fair Lady Yeo Eui-joo KBS2 [49]
2010 Road No. 1 Min Young-jin MBC cameo, episode 20 [50]
It's Okay, Daddy's Girl Eun Chae-ryung SBS [14]
2011 The Princess' Man Lee Se-ryung KBS2 [18]
2012 The Innocent Man Seo Eun-gi [23]
2013 Good Doctor Cha Yoon-seo [26]
2016 Goodbye Mr. Black Swan MBC [38]
2017 Criminal Minds Ha Seon-woo tvN [41]
2018 Tale of Fairy Sun Ok-nam [44]

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song title Artist Ref.
2008 "Parting Once Again" Sung Si-kyung [51]


Year Song title Notes
2011 "Clementine" Track from It's Okay, Daddy's Girl OST

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2008 16th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Best New Actress (TV) Painter of the Wind Won [52]
SBS Drama Awards Best Couple Award with Moon Geun-young Won [53]
New Star Award Won
2009 45th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (TV) Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Best New Actress My Fair Lady Nominated
2010 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Planning Drama It's Okay, Daddy's Girl Nominated
2011 48th Grand Bell Awards Best New Actress War of the Arrows Won [16]
32nd Blue Dragon Film Awards Won [17]
9th Korea Lifestyle Awards Best Dressed of the Year N/A Won [54]
3rd Asian Jewelry Awards Diamond Award, Actress category N/A Won [55]
27th Korea Best Dressed Swan Awards Best Dressed, TV Actress category N/A Won [56]
19th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Excellence Award, Actress (Film) War of the Arrows Won [57]
Top Excellence Award, Actress (TV) The Princess' Man Won
KBS Drama Awards Best Couple Award with Park Si-hoo Won [58]
Popularity Award, Actress Won
Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actress Won
2012 48th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress (TV) Nominated
7th Seoul International Drama Awards Outstanding Korean Actress Nominated
1st K-Drama Star Awards Excellence Award, Actress The Innocent Man Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Best Couple Award with Song Joong-ki Won [59]
Netizen's Award Won [60]
Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actress Won [61]
2013 53rd Monte-Carlo Television Festival Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series The Princess' Man Nominated
8th Seoul International Drama Awards Outstanding Korean Actress The Innocent Man Nominated
21st Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress (TV) Good Doctor Nominated
6th Korea Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Nominated
2nd APAN Star Awards Excellence Award, Actress Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Best Couple Award with Joo Won Won [62]
Popularity Award, Actress Won
Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama Won
Top Excellence Award, Actress Nominated
2014 9th Seoul International Drama Awards Outstanding Korean Actress Nominated
2015 19th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival Producers' Choice Award Love Forecast Won [36]
2016 MBC Drama Awards Top Excellent Actress in Mini-series Goodbye Mr. Black Nominated


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