Park Hae-jin

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Park Hae-jin
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Park Hae-jin in 2017
Park Hae-jin (박해진)

(1983-05-01) May 1, 1983 (age 35)
NationalitySouth Korean
OccupationActor, model
Years active2006-present
AgentMountain Movement (formerly WM Company)[1]
Height186 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight73 kg (161 lb)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationBak Hae-jin
McCune–ReischauerPak Haejin
WebsiteCLUB Jin’s

Park Hae-jin (Hangul박해진, born May 1, 1983) is a South Korean actor. He is best known for his supporting roles in dramas My Love from the Star (2013) and Doctor Stranger (2014), and his leading roles in Bad Guys (2014), Cheese in the Trap (2016) and Man to Man (2017).


2006–2011: Beginnings[edit]

Park began his acting career in KBS weekend drama Famous Chil Princesses,[2][3] for which he won the Best New Actor award at the 43rd Baeksang Arts Awards.[4] He then starred in two highly successful TV projects - KBS daily drama Heaven & Earth with Han Hyo-joo,[5] and MBC anniversary drama East of Eden.[6] In 2009, Park joined the cast of SBS reality variety show Family Outing, which gave him more exposure.[7] He then got his first lead role in the KBS youth drama Hot Blood.[8]

2012–2015: Rising popularity and overseas success[edit]

In 2011, Park starred in first Chinese drama Qian Duo Duo Marry Remember, which aired on Hunan TV.[9] The drama earned 1.5 billion views in two weeks and its broadcast rights were sold to Japan.[10] Park won the 'Asia Star Award' at the 2012 LeTV Awards, making him the first Korean actor to receive the award.[11] Park also starred in two other dramas Another Brilliant Life and Love Relativity.[12][13] Due to his rising popularity,[14] a cinema screen by Lotte Cinema in China was named after him.[15]

He then returned to the small screen back in Korea, starring in Seoyoung, My Daughter (2012).[16] The drama became the highest-rated Korean drama of 2013 with a peak rating of 47.6%, and Park gained more recognition with the public.[17] This was followed by supporting roles in fantasy romance series My Love From the Star (2013)[18] and medical drama Doctor Stranger (2014).[19] Both dramas became successful in China, launching Park into stardom as a Hallyu star.[20][21][22]

In late 2014, Park starred in OCN's crime thriller Bad Guys.[23] He received the KDA Award at the 2015 Korea Drama Awards for his performance.[24] In 2015, Park made his film debut as lead actor in the romance film Snow is on the Sea opposite Lee Young-ah.[25][26][27]

2016–present: Breakthrough in Korea[edit]

In 2016, Park played the leading role in tvN's Cheese in the Trap, adapted from the webtoon of the same name.[28] The drama gained success in China, and topped Weibo's Korean-Japanese TV drama chart with over 1.9 billion views.[29][30] Park experienced a rise in popularity and received increased endorsement offers.[31][32][33][34][35] He also received the Best Actor award at the 2016 Korean Cable TV Awards.[36] Following the success of Cheese in the Trap, Park was confirmed to reprise his role as Yoo Jung in the film adaptation of the webtoon, which was released in 2018.[37][38]

The same year, he starred in Chinese drama Far Away Love, playing a successful businessman who owns an upscale restaurant and falls in love with a destitute woman.[39] He was awarded the ‘Male Actor of the Year’ award at LeTV Entertainment Awards held in Beijing, China.[40] Park's overseas success led to him being featured on Chinese postage stamps, making him the first Korean to be on Chinese stamps that are released as both regular issue and limited edition.[41][42] On November 2, 2016 it was announced that Park would star in a web drama titled First Seven Kisses for Lotte Duty Free.[43]

In 2017, Park's wax figure was unveiled at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong.[44] The same year, he starred in JTBC's spy-action drama Man to Man.[45] The drama drew attention in China and was heavily featured on local media despite the country's ban on Korean cultural content and celebrities.[46][47]

Park was cast in the romance thriller Four Men, which was set to air in 2018 but faced multiple delays and production was later cancelled due to contractual breach.[48][49]

In 2019, Park was confirmed to star in the romantic comedy drama Secret as a special emergency rescue team worker.[50]

Personal life[edit]

Park Hae-jin's parents were divorced when he was young and he moved back in with his mother after 17 years of separation.[51]

Park is known to be a collector of shoes, particularly sneakers. He has admitted to owning more than 1800 pairs of footwear.[52][53]

Other activities[edit]

Ambassador roles[edit]

Year Title Campaign Organiser Ref.
2007 Ambassador for Non-smoking and Non-drinking Campaign [54]
2008 Ambassador for Financial Savings Korean Science and Arts Education Department [55]
2012 Culture Fund Promotion Ambassador Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries [56]
Promotional Ambassador for Youth Smoking Prevention Campaign [57]
2014 Promotional Ambassador for “Mu Qin Shui Jia" (大地之爱·母亲水窖) Beijing Hua Bo Hospital [58]
2018 Honorary Firefighter National Emergency Management Agency [59]


Park's consistent donations to various charities for the past few years which earned him the title “donation angel” in the entertainment industry.[60][61] Mountain Movement confirmed Park has donated a total of 1.7 billion won (S$1.5 million) in various local and international charities since 2011.[62][63][64][65][66][67]

In 2014, he was given the Civil Public Welfare Award in China.[68] In 2015, Park became the 8th Korean celebrity to join the Honor Society by Community Chest of Korea.[69] He was also the first recipient of the Haengbok Nanuminsang (행복나눔인상, “Happiness Sharer’s Award”), given by the Minister of Health and Welfare.[70]

Since 2015, Park has donated to the Hae Sim Won child welfare facility and has continued to do so regularly.[71][72]

In 2017, Park began a campaign to reduce fine dust by planting trees in China where he and his fans donated 6520 trees.[73] In April 2018, Park planted 6000 more trees together with his fans to help the battle against desertification in Western China.[74]



Year Title Original Title Role
2010 The Rhythm of Chopsticks 젓가락 (cameo)
2015 Snow is on the Sea 설해 Lee Sang-woo
2018 Cheese in the Trap 치즈인더트랩 Yoo Jung

Television series[edit]

Year Title Original Title Role TV Network
2006 Famous Chil Princesses 소문난 칠공주 Yeon Ha-nam KBS
2007 Heaven & Earth 하늘만큼 땅만큼 Jung Moo-young
2008 East of Eden 에덴의 동쪽 Shin Myung-hoon MBC
2009 Hot Blood 열혈장사꾼 Ha Ryu KBS
2011 Qian Duo Duo Marry Remember 钱多多嫁人记 Xu Fei Hunan TV
2012 Another Kind of Splendid Life 另一种灿烂生活 Liu Da Ming
Seoyoung, My Daughter 내 딸 서영이 Lee Sang-woo KBS
2013 Love's Relativity 恋爱相对论 Li Ang Xi'an TV
My Love from the Star 별에서 온 그대 Lee Hwi-kyung SBS
2014 Doctor Stranger 닥터 이방인 Han Jae-joon / Lee Sung-hoon
Bad Guys 나쁜 녀석들 Lee Jung-moon OCN
2016 Cheese in the Trap 치즈인더트랩 Yoo Jung tvN
Far Away Love 遠得要命的愛情 Shen An Guangdong TV
2017 Man to Man 맨투맨 Kim Seol-woo JTBC
2019 Secret 시크릿 Kang San-hyuk TBA
TBA Four Men 사자 Kang Il-hoon, Chen, Dong Jin and Michael
Popcorn 爆米花 Lu Chen Jun
Secret Society of Men – Friends 男人帮.朋友 Zhao Hai Peng

Web series[edit]

Year Title Original Title Role Network Note
2016 First Seven Kisses 첫키스만 일곱번째 Park Hae-jin Naver TV Cast Ep. 2-3

Entertainment show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2009-2010 Family Outing SBS Cast member
2013 Little Big Hero[75] tvN Documentary narrator

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Artist Title
2007 The Way "Love... It's Painful" (사랑 아프다)
2016 Fiestar "#Like"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2006 KBS Drama Awards Best New Actor Famous Chil Princesses Won [76]
Best Couple with Lee Tae-ran Won
2007 43rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (TV) Won [4]
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Daily Drama Heaven & Earth Won [77]
Best Couple with Han Hyo-joo Won
2008 MBC Drama Awards Best New Actor East of Eden Won [78]
2009 4th Asia Model Awards Popular Star Award N/A Won [79]
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama Hot Blood Nominated
2012 2012 LETV Film & Drama Awards Best Asia Star Award Qian Duo Duo Marry Remember Won [11]
KBS Drama Awards Best Supporting Actor My Daughter Seo-young Nominated
2014 4th Civil Public Welfare Awards Civil Public Welfare Award N/A Won [68]
9th Asia Model Awards Asia Special Award N/A Won [80]
7th Korea Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor My Love from the Star Nominated
7th Style Icon Awards Top 10 Style Icons N/A Won [81]
K-Style Award N/A Won
3rd APAN Star Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries My Love from the Star Nominated
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special Nominated
2015 8th Korea Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Bad Guys Nominated
KDA Award Won [24]
13th Korea Lifestyle Awards Entertainer Award N/A Won [82]
2016 Korean Cable TV Awards 2016 Best Actor Cheese in the Trap Won [36]
LeTV Entertainment Awards Actor of the Year Far Away Love Won [83]
11th Asia Model Awards Asia Star Award N/A Won [84]
5th APAN Star Awards Best Actor in a Miniseries (Excellence Award) Cheese in the Trap Nominated
9th Korea Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor Nominated
1st Asia Artist Awards Best Artist Award, Actor Won [85]
2017 2nd Asia Artist Awards Best Artist Award, Actor Man to Man Won [86]
2018 6th APAN Star Awards Global Star Award N/A Won [87]
3rd Asia Artist Awards Asia Eco Creator Won [88]
8th Korea Hallyu Awards Popular Culture Award Won [89]


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