In February 2009
April 5, 1984
Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea
|Revised Romanization||Sin Min-a|
|Revised Romanization||Yang Min-a|
Shin Min-a (born Yang Min-a on April 5, 1984) is a South Korean model and actress. She is best known for starring in television dramas A Love to Kill (2005), My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox (2010), Arang and the Magistrate (2013), and Oh My Venus (2015).
Shin began her career as a model for teen magazine KiKi in 1998. Since then, she became one of the most in-demand and highest paid commercial endorsers in South Korea. Notable among her forays into branded entertainment is the 2008 multi-episode Summer Days opposite Hyun Bin and Ryoo Seung-bum for LG Xnote featuring music by You Hee-yeol, as well as Friends & Love, a movie-style extended advertisement for Giordano in 2011 costarring Jung Woo-sung and So Ji-sub.
In 2009, Shin went to Milan, Italy to shoot a photo spread for Elle Korea with Calvin Klein model Jamie Dornan. In 2011, she was chosen as the first Asian model for the DIY Project ad campaign of American clothing brand Rag & bone, then was subsequently featured in The New York Times's T Magazine.
Shin appeared in several music videos for K-pop boyband g.o.d, until her acting debut in 2001 with a supporting role in popular melodrama, Beautiful Days. The newcomer quickly rose to stardom, through the high school martial arts comedy film Volcano High with Jang Hyuk, and the college romance movie Madeleine with Jo In-sung. She then took on a supporting role in Kim Jee-woon's noir film A Bittersweet Life, reuniting her with previous co-star Lee Byung-hun. Shin is known as a professional actress; she learned the cello for three months to lend realism to her scenes in A Bittersweet Life. Shin also learned the sign language and interacted with the deaf to better portray her character in Sad Movie. This was followed by leading roles in the melodrama A Love to Kill with Rain, romantic comedy series The Beast and the Beauty with Ryoo Seung-bum, and psychological thriller The Devil with Uhm Tae-woong and Ju Ji-hoon. In the 2007 film My Mighty Princess, Shin simultaneously played two characters.
As Shin entered her mid-twenties, she began showcasing more maturity in her choice of roles. In Go Go 70s, Shin played a sexy counterculture singer and won numerous Best Actress recognition for her portrayal. She then acted as an unfaithful wife in The Naked Kitchen, and a cynical young woman in search of her father in Sisters on the Road, a critically acclaimed indie film which also stars fellow actress and close friend Gong Hyo-jin. But Shin became best known for her portrayals of supernatural horror icons revamped into endearingly innocent yet spunky heroines in the rom-com My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox (2010), and the historical drama Arang and the Magistrate (2012).
This was followed by romantic comedy My Love, My Bride, in which she and Jo Jung-suk played a newly married couple; it was a remake of the same-titled 1990 hit which starred Choi Jin-sil and Park Joong-hoon.
In 2016, Shin is cast opposite Lee Je-hoon in fantasy melodrama, Tomorrow With You. Min-a portrays a character of a 30-year-old amateur photographer who finds out her better half can time travel. The drama is set to be fully pre-produced and set to air in early 2017.
|2001||Volcano High||Yoo Chae-yi|
|2005||A Bittersweet Life||Hee-soo|
|Sad Movie||Ahn Su-eun|
|The Beast and the Beauty||Jang Hae-ju|
|2007||My Mighty Princess||Kang So-hwi/Ok-soon|
|2008||Go Go 70s||Mimi|
|2009||The Naked Kitchen||Ahn Mo-rae|
|Sisters on the Road||Park Myung-eun|
|A Million||Jo Yoo-jin|
|My Love, My Bride||Mi-young|
|2001||Beautiful Days||Lee Min-ji||SBS|
|2005||A Love to Kill||Cha Eun-seok||KBS2|
|2007||The Devil||Seo Hae-in|
|2010||My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox||Gu Mi-ho||SBS|
|2012||Arang and the Magistrate||Arang/Lee Seo-rim||MBC|
|2015-2016||Oh My Venus||Kang Joo-eun||KBS2|
|2017||Tomorrow With You||Song Ma-rin||tvN|
|2009||Strong Heart||SBS||Guest, episode 47|
|2014||Running Man||Guest, episode 215|
Music video appearances
|1999||"A Request"||Lee Seung-hwan|
|"Eyes Want to Travel"||Leon Lai|
|"Love and Remembrance"||g.o.d|
|2000||"Since You Left Me"||g.o.d|
|"Do You Know?"||Jo Sung-mo|
|2001||"With Coffee"||Brown Eyes|
|"I Love You"||Cha Tae-hyun|
|"You Just Don't Know"||g.o.d|
|2008||"Summer Day"||You Hee-yeol feat. Shin Jae-pyung of Peppertones|
|"My Happy Day"||You Hee-yeol feat. Shin Min-a|
|2009||"Miracle Blue"||Loveholics feat. Shin Min-a|
|Year||Song title||From Album|
|2003||"Oppa, I Love You"||Punch OST|
|"Pray for Yoo-bin"|
|2008||"My Happy Day"||You Hee-yeol - Summer Days|
|"Night Train"||Go Go 70s OST|
|2009||"A Year Later"||The Naked Kitchen OST|
|"Miracle Blue"||Loveholics - In the Air|
|2010||"Sha la la"||My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox OST|
|"I Can Give You All"|
|2012||"Black Moon"||Arang and the Magistrate OST|
Awards and nominations
|2003||SBS Drama Awards||New Star Award||
|2006||Dior Timeless Beauty Award||Recipient||N/A||Won|
|2007||KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||
|2008||4th University Film Festival of Korea||Best Supporting Actress||
|6th Korean Film Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|2009||6th Max Movie Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|17th Chunsa Film Art Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|2nd Style Icon Awards||Female Fashionista||N/A||Won|
|3rd Mnet 20's Choice Awards||Hot Fashionista||N/A||Won|
|2010||Korean Advertisers Association Awards||Good Model Award||N/A||Won|
|3rd Style Icon Awards||Style Icon Actress, TV category||
|SBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special||Won|
|Top 10 Stars||Won|
|Best Couple with Lee Seung-gi||Won|
|TVCF Awards||Best CF Model||N/A||Won|
|2011||1st Cosmo Beauty Awards||Beauty Icon of the Year||N/A||Won|
|2012||MBC Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||
|Best Couple with Lee Joon-gi||Won|
|2015||2nd Wildflower Film Awards||Best Actress||
|Special Jury Prize||Won|
|51st Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|InStyle Fashionista Award||N/A||Won|
|29th KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||
|Best Couple with So Ji-sub||Won|
|2016||11th Seoul International Drama Awards||Outstanding Korean Actress||Won|
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- "The Lover". Elle Korea (in Korean). 28 September 2009. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
- "DIY Project: Mina Shin". Rag & bone. 1 November 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
- "Style to a T: Mina Shin". T Magazine. 7 March 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
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- "Shin Min-a, Cho Jung-seok Make Lovely Couple in Remake of 1990 Rom-Com". The Chosun Ilbo. 18 October 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
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- Won, Ho-jung (11 November 2015). "Oh My Venus says it's not about beauty". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
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