Park Hae-jin

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Park Hae-jin
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Park Hae-jin in 2016
Born Park Hae-jin (박해진)
(1983-05-01) May 1, 1983 (age 34)
Busan, South Korea
Nationality Korean
Occupation Actor, Model
Years active 2006-present
Agent Mountain Movement (formerly WM Company)
Height 186 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 73 kg (161 lb)
Website CLUB Jin’s
Korean name
Hangul 박해진
Revised Romanization Bak Hae-jin
McCune–Reischauer Pak Haejin

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,[1][2] for which he won the Best New Actor award at the 43rd Baeksang Arts Awards.[3] He then starred in two highly successful TV projects - KBS daily drama Like Land and Sky with Han Hyo-joo and MBC anniversary drama East of Eden. In 2009, Park joined the cast of SBS reality variety show Family Outing, which gave him more exposure.

In 2011, Park starred in first Chinese drama Qian Duo Duo Marry Remember, which aired on Hunan TV. The drama earned 1.5 billion views in two weeks and its broadcast rights were sold to Japan.[4] Park won the 'Asia Star Award' at the 2012 LeTV Awards, making him the first Korean actor to receive the award.[5] Park also starred in two other dramas Another Brilliant Life and Love Relativity.[6] Due to his rising popularity, a cinema screen by Lotte Cinema in China was named after him.[7]

2012–2015: Rising popularity and film debut[edit]

He then returned to the small screen back in Korea, starring in Seoyoung, My Daughter.[8] 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.[9] The same year, he starred in fantasy romance drama My Love From the Star.[10] He then starred in medical drama Doctor Stranger.[11] Both dramas became successful in China, launching Park into stardom as a Hallyu star.[12][13]

In late 2014, Park starred in OCN's thriller Bad Guys.[14] He received the KDA Award at the 2015 Korea Drama Awards for his performance.[15] In 2015, Park made his film debut as lead actor in the romance film Snow is on the Sea opposite Lee Young-ah.[16]

2016–present: Overseas success and leading roles[edit]

In 2016, Park played the leading role in tvN's Cheese in the Trap, adapted from the webtoon of the same name.[17] The drama gained explosive popularity in China, and topped Weibo's Korean-Japanese TV drama chart with over 1.9 billion views.[18][19][20][21] Park gained acclaim for his portrayal of the stoic college senior, Yoo Jung.[22] He won the Best Actor award at the 2016 Korean Cable TV Awards.[23] Following the success of Cheese in the Trap, Park was confirmed to reprise his role as Yoo Jung in the film adaptation of the drama.[24][25]

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. He was awarded the ‘Male Actor of the Year’ award at LeTV Entertainment Awards held in Beijing, China.[26][27] 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.[28][29] On November 2, 2016 it was announced that Park will star in a web drama titled First Seven Kisses for Lotte Duty Free.[30]

In 2017, Park's wax figure was unveiled at Maadame Tussauds Hong Kong.[31] The same year, he starred in JTBC's spy-action drama Man to Man.[32] The drama drew attention in China and was heavily featured on local media despite the country's massive ban on Korean cultural content and celebrities.[33][34]

Park has been cast in upcoming mystery romance drama Four Men.[35]

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.[36]

Park is known to be a collector of shoes, particularly sneakers. He has admitted to owning more than 1800 pairs of footwear.[37][38]

Other activities[edit]

Ambassador roles[edit]

Year Title Campaign Organiser Ref.
2007 Ambassador for Non-smoking and Non-drinking Campaign
2008 Ambassador for Financial Savings Korean Science and Arts Education Department
2012 Culture Fund Promotion Ambassador Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries [39]
Promotional Ambassador for Youth Smoking Prevention Campaign [40]
2014 Promotional Ambassador for “Mu Qin Shui Jia" (大地之爱·母亲水窖) Beijing Hua Bo Hospital [41]


Park Hae-jin's consistent donations to various charities for the past few years which earned him the title “donation angel” in the entertainment industry.[42][43] 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.[44][45][46] In 2014, he was given the Civil Public Welfare Award in China.[47] In 2015, Park became the 8th Korean celebrity to join the Honor Society by Community Chest of Korea.[48] He was also the first recipient of the Haengbok Nanuminsang (행복나눔인상, “Happiness Sharer’s Award”), given by the Minister of Health and Welfare.[49]



Year Title Original Title Role
2010 The Rhythm of Chopsticks 젓가락 (cameo)
2015 Snow is on the Sea 설해 Lee Sang-woo
2017 Cheese in the Trap 치즈인더트랩 Yoo Jung


Year Title Original Title Role TV Network
2006 Famous Chil Princesses 소문난 칠공주 Yeon Ha-nam KBS
2007 Like Land and Sky 하늘만큼 땅만큼 Jung Moo-young KBS
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 Hunan TV
Seoyoung, My Daughter 내 딸 서영이 Lee Sang-woo KBS
2013 Love's Relativity 恋爱相对论 Li Ang Xi'an Television
My Love from the Star 별에서 온 그대 Lee Hwi-kyung SBS
2014 Doctor Stranger 닥터 이방인 Han Jae-joon / Lee Sung-hoon SBS
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
Four Men
Not broadcast Popcorn 爆米花 Lu Chen Jun TBA
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

Variety programs[edit]

Year Title TV Network Notes
2008 Family Outing SBS Guest (Ep. 5-6)
2009 Taxi TVN Guest (Ep. 86)
Shin Dong Yup & Shin Bong Sun's Champagne KBS Guest
2009-2010 Family Outing SBS Cast Member
2012 Happy Together KBS Guest (Ep. 275)
2016 Non-Summit JTBC Guest (Ep. 123)

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
2006 KBS Drama Awards Best New Actor Famous Chil Princesses Won
Best Couple with Lee Tae-ran Won
2007 43rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (TV) Won
KBS Drama Awards[50] Excellence Award, Actor in a Daily Drama Like Land and Sky Won
Best Couple with Han Hyo-joo Won
2008 MBC Drama Awards Best New Actor East of Eden Won
2009 4th Asia Model Awards Popular Star Award[51] N/A Won
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
KBS Drama Awards Best Supporting Actor My Daughter Seo-young Nominated
2014 4th Civil Public Welfare Awards Civil Public Welfare Award[52] N/A Won
9th Asia Model Awards Asia Special Award[53] N/A Won
7th Korea Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor My Love from the Star Nominated
7th Style Icon Awards[54] Top 10 Style Icons N/A Won
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
2016 Korean Cable TV Awards 2016 Best Actor Cheese in the Trap Won
LeTV Entertainment Awards Actor of the Year Far Away Love Won
11th Asia Model Awards Asia Star Award N/A Won
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[55] Won


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