Moon Geun-young in 2010
May 6, 1987 |
Gwangju, South Korea
|Revised Romanization||Mun Geun-yeong|
Moon Geun-young (Hangul: 문근영; born May 6, 1987) is a South Korean actress. Affectionately called "the nation's little sister," Moon began modeling at the age of 10, then made her acting debut in 1999 as a child actress. She first rose to stardom through her role as the young Eun-suh in the hugely popular television drama series Autumn in My Heart (2000), followed by a well-received turn in Kim Jee-woon's critically acclaimed horror film A Tale of Two Sisters (2003). Moon solidified her star status by headlining the box-office hits My Little Bride in 2004 and Innocent Steps in 2005. In 2008, she became the youngest recipient of a Grand Prize ("Daesang") which she won for the period drama Painter of the Wind. 
- 1 Career
- 2 Personal life
- 3 Charity
- 4 Filmography
- 5 Theater
- 6 Commercials/Goodwill ambassador
- 7 Awards and nominations
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Before her acting debut on a television drama series, Moon filmed several commercials and modeled for various magazines. She started modeling at the age of 12, and first appeared onscreen on the 1999 documentary drama On the Road directed by Choi Jae-eun. In 2000, Moon became the biggest teen star in the country at the age of 13 when she played a school girl in sentimental TV drama Autumn in My Heart. It was a hit in Korea and won over viewers in other parts of Asia. She won the Best Young Actor/Actress award at the 2000 KBS Drama Awards for her role, together with costar Choi Woo-hyuk.
Following her early success, she returned to the screen in 2001 as the young Empress Myeongseong (Lee Mi-yeon played the adult version) on the popular historical drama Empress Myeongseong. During that year, she also made a guest appearance in the SBS medical drama Medical Center.
She was launched as a major star with her role in Kim Jee-woon's critically acclaimed horror film A Tale of Two Sisters (2003), in which she played the younger sister Su-yeon. A Tale of Two Sisters ranks among the highest-grossing Korean horror films and was the first to be screened in American theaters.
In 2004, Moon headlined the romantic comedy film My Little Bride. It was the second most popular Korean film of the year, behind the blockbuster hit Taegukgi. In the film, Seo Bo-eun is an ordinary high school girl who worries about grades and has a crush on her school's baseball team ace, Jung-woo, until she has to marry Sang-min (Kim Rae-won) because of a pact her grandfather had made with Sang-min's grandfather during the Korean War.
Following the release of My Little Bride, the press gave her the title "the nation's little sister" (Gukmin yeo-dong-saeng), brought on by her cute, girlish younger-than-her-age looks, sweet and innocent image, quality acting, exemplary school record, and charitable deeds.
In 2005, Moon starred in her subsequent film Innocent Steps where she played the role of Jang Chae-rin, an ethnic Korean living in China, who finds herself to be a complete fish out of water after moving to South Korea. Innocent Steps was a hit, and its success along with My Little Bride established Moon as a genuine box office draw. In 2005, Moon ranked first on the star power list among actresses in the Korean film industry, who can mobilize the greatest number of fans, and sell tickets on the sole basis of the actor's name alone. Moon and actor Jo Seung-woo also received the 2005 Good Model Award from the Korea Advertisers Association; 200 members voted for the winners based on how much they contributed to boosting the sales of products and enhancing the image of advertisers.
In 2006, Moon starred in the movie Love Me Not, a Korean big-screen remake of popular Japanese TV drama Ai nante iranee yo, natsu ("I Don't Need Love, Summer"), where she played the character of Ryu Min, a cold-hearted blind heiress. Min slowly opens up herself to Julian (played by Kim Joo-hyuk), a con artist pretending to be her long-lost brother, as he, too, falls for her. However, Julian owes his creditor millions of won in debt and Min's illness that took her eyesight as a child relapses, threatening her life. Later that year, Moon and veteran actor Ahn Sung-ki hosted the 2006 Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF), the biggest international film festival in South Korea.
In 2008, Moon returned to television in the period epic Painter of the Wind, in which she played the lead role of Shin Yun-bok, a painter who disguises herself as a man and becomes mentored by the master Kim Hong-do (played by Park Shin-yang). Shin was a real-life historical figure, a painter who lived during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) and was known for his realistic and delicate depictions of daily life. Moon won acting acclaim for her performance, including Best Actress at the 2008 Grimae Awards (presented by the Korean Broadcasting Directors Association), Best TV Actress at the 45th Baeksang Arts Awards, and the Daesang ("Grand Prize") at the 2008 SBS Drama Awards, making her the youngest recipient of a Daesang in the drama awards history of all three networks.
In 2010, Moon played a young woman running a makgeolli brewery in Cinderella's Sister, a modern fairy tale retelling of the contentious relationship between two stepsisters (opposite Seo Woo). Later in the year, she starred in the romantic comedy Mary Stayed Out All Night (also known as Marry Me, Mary!), in which she played Wi Mae-ri, a girl who enters into a fake marriage contract with a Hongdae indie rocker (played by Jang Keun-suk).
2010 also marked the year she made her theater debut, in the Korean staging of Patrick Marber's play Closer. She caused a stir as the strip dancing, promiscuous Alice, opposite Um Ki-joon's Dan.
She then played a struggling young designer who decides that success will more easily be attained if she seduces a second-generation chaebol (played by Park Si-hoo) into marriage, in the TV drama Cheongdam-dong Alice (2012).
In 2013, Moon starred in Goddess of Fire, in which she played Yoo Jung, a character based on Baek Pa-sun, the first female potter and porcelain artist of the Joseon Dynasty. This was her second time to do a historical drama (or sageuk), five years after Painter of the Wind.
Moon made her long-awaited return to the big screen in Lee Joon-ik's period film The Throne, in which she played Lady Hyegyeong, the wife of Crown Prince Sado. This will be followed by the mystery TV series The Village: Achiara's Secret, set in a quiet, supposedly peaceful village where a buried corpse is discovered.
Moon's grandfather is Ryu Nak-jin, a teacher-turned-political prisoner. Ryu was a pro-North Korea guerrilla fighter operating around Gwangju, a traditional progressive stronghold, before he was jailed at the end of the Korean War. He was released but imprisoned again on charges of spying for North Korea in 1971 when then authoritarian government of Park Chung-hee apprehended more than 150 such suspected spies. He was released on a special amnesty in 1999, and died of old age in 2005.
Moon graduated from Gwangju Gukje High School in February 2006. In March 2006, she entered Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul. Moon was known for being a diligent student and has a solid attendance record, a rarity among Korean celebrities in college. She studied Korean Language and Literature.
Their agencies confirmed that Moon dated her Goddess of Fire co-star Kim Bum for seven months, from October 2013 to April 2014. Not long after agencies of both actors confirmed the news stating: "They did break up not too long ago but have decided to remain good friends and supportive colleagues".
Moon donated close to ₩100 million to Morning Reading, a non-profit organization that promotes reading books. She gave ₩4.3 million in 2005, ₩4 million in 2006 and ₩70 million in 2007. Moon made the contributions secretly through her mother, Ryu Seon-young, but her good deeds became known when Morning Reading revealed its 2007 account information online.
Haenam Children's Center
Moon donated about ₩300 million in 2006 to a learning center for poor children in Haenam County, South Jeolla Province, near her hometown of Gwangju. Bae Yo-seop opened an after-school study room for children from poor or single-parent families to study there for free in 2002. The program was facing closure in October 2006 when the landlord told Bae that the house would be sold. A new building, equipped with library, computer room, bathhouse and dining room was built on the land. The ₩200 million expense was also covered by Moon. Moon also paid an unannounced visit to their classrooms.
Community Chest of Korea
Moon donated more than ₩850 million over the last ten years to the Community Chest of Korea, a nationwide network of 16 nonprofit fundraising organizations, becoming the biggest individual donor. Moon had wanted to remain an anonymous donor, but the organization was pressured by a media frenzy to identify her. Her donations were used to build children's libraries and subsidize hospital costs for children suffering from leukemia or cancer. Apart from the Community Chest of Korea, Moon has also given several hundred millions of won to scholarship foundations.
Because of her charitable activities, particularly for the Community Chest of Korea, Moon was selected among 100 people that "lit up the world" in 2008 in a survey conducted by the Korea Green Foundation.
Hangeul Library in Sydney
Moon again showed her generosity by building a Korean library for young Korean expatriates in Australia. Working with the Lindfield Korean School in Sydney, the actress donated ₩100 million towards construction of a permanent Korean library (called the Hangeul Library) and also donated 10,000 books to over 40 Korean schools scattered across the city. Moon has been donating books with her own money since 2006, when she saw during a visit to her relatives in Australia how young Korean students there did not have enough books or places to learn Korean.
Donated Haenam Children's Center to NGO Group
In April 2009, Moon donated the Haenam Children's Center to be used as a study room for poor students to the NGO group Good People, an international charity group of UN UCOSCO special consultative status aiming to improve self-sustainability and eradicate extreme poverty through restoration of self-esteem using the principles of human dignity and equality at a global level.
|1999||On The Way (documentary)|
|2002||Lovers' Concerto||Lee Ji-yoon|
|2003||A Tale of Two Sisters||Bae Su-yeon|
|2004||My Little Bride||Seo Bo-eun|
|2005||Innocent Steps||Jang Chae-rin|
|2006||Love Me Not||Ryu Min|
|2015||The Throne||Lady Hyegyeong|
|1999||Burnt Rice Teacher and Seven Potatoes||Han Mi-soo||KBS2|
|2000||Autumn in My Heart||young Yoon/Choi Eun-suh||KBS2|
|Medical Center||dying young singer
(guest appearance, episode 15)
|2001||Empress Myeongseong||Min Ja-yeong
(young Empress Myeongseong)
|Life is Beautiful||young Yoo Hee-jung||KBS2|
|2008||Painter of the Wind||Shin Yun-bok||SBS|
|2010||Cinderella's Sister||Go Eun-jo/Song Eun-jo||KBS2|
|Mary Stayed Out All Night||Wi Mae-ri||KBS2|
|2012||Cheongdam-dong Alice||Han Se-kyung||SBS|
|2013||Goddess of Fire||Yoo Jung||MBC|
|2015||The Village: Achiara's Secret||Han So-yoon||SBS|
Variety show appearances
|1997||TV Brings Love||KBS||with Lee Min-woo, Park Jae-hong,
|Gwangju Broadcasting Station Quiz Champ||KBC||Woo-san Junior High School episode|
|2000||Free Saturday||KBS||with Choi Woo-hyuk|
|Jung Euna's Good Morning||SBS|
|2001||Son Chang-min & Kim Won-hee's 3 Days of Love||iTV|
|2003||Fairytale World Dreams||KBS||MC|
|2004||Park Soo-hong & Yoon Jung-soo's Love House||MBC||Jinju Joong-ang High School episode|
|Golden Bell Challenge||KBS||Gwangju International High School episode|
|2005||Yashimanman||SBS||Interview with Jang Keun-suk|
|Yashimanman||SBS||with Park Gun-hyung|
|e-learning Championship Final||iTV||guest MC|
|2006||Yashimanman||SBS||with Kim Joo-hyuk|
|2009||SBS Drama Awards||SBS||Co-host|
|2010||Happy Together Season 3||KBS2||episodes 142-143 with Chun Jung-myung, Taecyeon, Seo Woo|
|2011||Hong Eun-hee's Music Town||Radio|
|2012||Running Man||SBS||episodes 114-115|
|2015||2 Days & 1 Night||KBS2||episodes 76-77-78 as Kim Joo-hyuk's partner in the "Just Friends Special"|
|2003||Gwangju Kimchi Festival||Ambassador|
|2003-2004||Gwangju International Film Festival||Ambassador|
|2004||Korean e-Learning Initiative||Ambassador|
|Young Voter's Campaign||Ambassador|
|National Election Commission||Ambassador|
|2007-2009||Pink Ribbon (Breast cancer awareness)||Ambassador|
|2009-2010||Love Tree Project||Ambassador|
|2010-2011||Basic House Korea and China||Spokesmodel|
Awards and nominations
|1999||Edubox Kones Award||N/A||N/A||Won|
|2000||KBS Drama Awards||Best Young Actress||Autumn in My Heart||Won|
|2003||24th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best New Actress||A Tale of Two Sisters||Nominated|
|2004||41st Grand Bell Awards||Popularity Award||My Little Bride||Won|
|Best New Actress||Won|
|12th Chunsa Film Art Awards||Best New Actress||Won|
|25th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Popular Star Award||Won|
|3rd Korean Film Awards||Best New Actress||Nominated|
|6th Mnet Asian Music Awards||Best OST||"I Don't Know About Love Yet"
(My Little Bride)
|2005||42nd Grand Bell Awards||Popularity Award||Innocent Steps||Won|
|2006||29th Golden Cinematography Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|2007||44th Grand Bell Awards||Best Actress||Love Me Not||Nominated|
|2008||21st Grimae Awards||Best Actress||Painter of the Wind||Won|
|SBS Drama Awards||Best Couple Award with Moon Chae-won||Won|
|Top 10 Stars||Won|
|Top Excellence Award, Actress||Nominated|
|Daesang (Grand Prize)||Won|
|2009||4th Seoul International Drama Awards||Popularity Award||Won|
|45th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (TV)||Won|
|2010||6th Golden Ticket Awards||Best Actress in a Play||Closer||Won|
|Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards||Female Buzz Star Award||Mary Stayed Out All Night||Won|
|3rd Korea Drama Awards||Best Actress||Cinderella's Sister||Nominated|
|KBS Drama Awards||Best Couple Award with Jang Keun-suk||Mary Stayed Out All Night||Won|
|Best Couple Award with Chun Jung-myung||Cinderella's Sister||Nominated|
|Netizens' Award, Actress||Nominated|
|Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama||Nominated|
|Top Excellence Award, Actress||Won|
|2011||6th Seoul International Drama Awards||Outstanding Korean Actress||Mary Stayed Out All Night||Won|
|47th Baeksang Arts Awards||Most Popular Actress (TV)||Cinderella's Sister||Won|
|2013||SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Cheongdam-dong Alice||Nominated|
|MBC Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Project Drama||Goddess of Fire||Nominated|
|2014||9th Seoul International Drama Awards||Outstanding Korean Actress||Nominated|
|2015||SBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||The Village: Achiara's Secret||Won|
|Top 10 Stars||Won|
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- Jon Herskovitz (December 26, 2006). "South Korea's little sister just wants to grow up". Reuters. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- Joon Soh (April 1, 2004). "Marriage Is Child's Play in Bride". The Korea Times via Hancinema. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- Yang Sung-jin (November 16, 2004). "Young-teen actresses strut innocent looks on screen". The Korea Herald via Hancinema. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- "Moon Geun-young's Bid to Grow Up Hits World Headlines". The Chosun Ilbo. January 17, 2007. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- Yang Sung-hee (November 15, 2008). "Younger sister of the people". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- Kim Tae-jong (February 18, 2005). "Actress Moon Shines as Dancer". The Korea Times via Hancinema. Retrieved November 30, 2012.
- "Jang Dong-gun Voted Korea's Most Bankable Star". The Chosun Ilbo. October 20, 2005. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- "Moon Geun-young, Cho Seung-woo Advertisers' Favorite". The Chosun Ilbo. September 21, 2005. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- "Need Love? No". The Dong-a Ilbo. October 26, 2006. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- "Pusan Film Festival opener sells out in 3 minutes". The Hankyoreh. September 21, 2006. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- Kwon Mee-yoo (January 11, 2008). "Moon Returns to TV Screen". The Korea Times. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- Han Sang-hee. "Korea's Sweetheart Moon Becomes Mysterious Artist". The Korea Times. Retrieved September 23, 2008.
- "Moon to Play Villain in TV Drama". The Korea Times. December 16, 2009. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- Han Sang-hee (February 8, 2010). "Top Actresses Heading Toward Small Screen". The Korea Times. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- Jessica Kim (March 25, 2010). "Cinderella is not quite the fairy tale, says Taecyeon (1)". 10Asia. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- Jessica Kim (March 25, 2010). "Cinderella is not quite the fairy tale, says Taecyeon (2)". 10Asia. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- Jessica Kim (September 13, 2010). "Moon Geun-young joins Jang Keun-suk for new drama". 10Asia. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- Jean Oh (November 4, 2010). "Actress Moon juggles two men on screen". The Korea Herald. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- "Moon Geun-young to Star in Theater Debut". The Chosun Ilbo. July 10, 2010. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- Chung Ah-young (July 13, 2013). "Um, Moon to perform in Closer". The Korea Times. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- Jang Kyung-jin (July 21, 2010). "Moon Geun-young says "trying to be less friendly"". 10Asia. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- Carla Sunwoo (August 24, 2012). "Moon Geun-young lands role in drama". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- Lee Hyun-jae (November 28, 2012). "Rising hallyu star Park Si-hoo to take on 'loser' role". The Korea Herald. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- Lee Sun-min (April 16, 2013). "Moon Geun-young to star in drama". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- Son Bo-kyung (June 28, 2013). "Moon Geun Young Compares Goddess of Fire Jeongi to Painter of the Wind". enewsWorld. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- Pierce Conran (May 13, 2014). "YOO Ah-in and MOON Geun-young Confirmed for SADO". Korean Film Council. Retrieved May 19, 2014.
- Jin Eun-soo (September 11, 2015). "Movie tells timeless tale of father-son dispute". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
- Jin Min-ji (August 25, 2015). "Moon Geun-young returning to TV". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
- Kim Hyun (November 19, 2008). "Donations by S. Korea's 'little sister' raise specter of Red Scare". Yonhap. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- "Entertainment World Says Goodbye to Lee Eun-ju". The Chosun Ilbo. February 24, 2005. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- "Teen Actress Prioritizes Study Over Stardom". The Chosun Ilbo. April 14, 2006. Retrieved July 5, 2013.
- "Korea's Little Sister to Major in Literature". The Chosun Ilbo. February 7, 2007. Retrieved July 5, 2013.
- Carla Sunwoo (March 1, 2012). "Moon Geun-young goes back to school". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved July 5, 2013.
- Cory Lee (November 1, 2013). "Kim Beom, Moon Geun-young Admit to Dating". 10Asia. Retrieved April 10, 2014.
- "Moon Geun-young, Kim Bum Dating". The Korea Times. November 3, 2013. Retrieved April 10, 2014.
- Julie Jones (May 15, 2014). "Moon Geun Young And Kim Bum End Their Six-Month Relationship". KDramaStars. Retrieved May 15, 2014.
- Kim Hee-eun (May 16, 2014). "Moon Geun-young, Kim Beom split". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved May 16, 2014.
- "Kim Bum, Moon Geun-young Split Up After Seven Months". The Chosun Ilbo. May 16, 2014. Retrieved May 16, 2014.
- Lee Hyo-won (March 27, 2008). "Actress Donates Money to Promote Book Reading". The Korea Times. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- Son Eun-soo (August 16, 2009). 문근영 기증, '해남 땅끝 그룹홈' 기공식. Dailian (in Korean). Retrieved May 12, 2013.
- "True Spirit of Sharing: Young Actress Revealed as No.1 Individual Donor". The Korea Times. November 14, 2008. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- "Moon Geun-young's Quiet Charity Revealed". The Chosun Ilbo. November 15, 2008. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- Bae Ji-sook (December 29, 2008). "People Lighting Up World in 2008". The Korea Times. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- "Moon Geun-young Sponsors Korean Library in Oz". The Chosun Ilbo. September 4, 2009. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- Bae Ji-sook (April 23, 2009). "Actress Moon Donates Study Facility to Charity". The Korea Times. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- "Moon saves study center from closure with charitable funding". Korea JoongAng Daily. April 24, 2009. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- Moon Geun-young on Cyworld
- Moon Geun-young at Namoo Actors
- Moon Geun-young at HanCinema
- Moon Geun-young at the Korean Movie Database
- Moon Geun-young at the Internet Movie Database