Shin Min-a

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Yang. In stage/pen name, the surname is Shin.
Shin Min-a
Shin Min-a at LG Cinema 3D World Festival (3)(cropped).jpg
Shin Min-a at LG Cinema 3D World Festival, on March 31, 2012
Born Yang Min-a
(1984-04-05) April 5, 1984 (age 31)
Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea
Education Dongguk University - Performing Arts
Occupation Actress
Years active 2001–present
Agent O& Entertainment
Korean name
Hangul 신민아
Hanja 申敏娥
Revised Romanization Sin Min-a
McCune–Reischauer Sin Mina
Birth name
Hangul 양민아
Revised Romanization Yang Min-a
McCune–Reischauer Yang Min'a

Shin Min-a (born Yang Min-a on 5 April 1984) is a South Korean actress. She is best known for starring in television dramas A Love to Kill, My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox, Arang and the Magistrate and Oh My Venus.


Shin Min-a began her career as a model for teen magazine KiKi in 1998, then appeared in several music videos for K-pop boyband g.o.d, until her acting debut in 2001. The newcomer quickly rose to stardom, through the high school martial arts comedy Volcano High with Jang Hyuk,[1] and the college romance Madeleine with Jo In-sung. She took on a supporting role in Kim Jee-woon's film noir A Bittersweet Life, reuniting her with previous Beautiful Days co-star Lee Byung-hun. This was followed by leading roles in the melodrama A Love to Kill with Rain, the romantic comedy The Beast and the Beauty with Ryoo Seung-bum, and the psychological thriller The Devil with Uhm Tae-woong and Ju Ji-hoon.

As Shin entered her mid-twenties, she began showcasing more maturity in her choice of roles, playing a sexy counterculture singer in Go Go 70s,[2] an unfaithful wife in The Naked Kitchen, and a cynical young woman in search of her father in Sisters on the Road.[3] 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),[4] and the historical drama Arang and the Magistrate (2012).[5][6]

After appearing in The X, a 2013 spy thriller short film directed by Kim Jee-woon, Shin returned to the big screen in 2014 in Gyeongju, an introspective arthouse romance opposite Park Hae-il.[7]

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.[8][9][10]

In 2015, Shin and So Ji-sub were cast in the romantic comedy series Oh My Venus.[11] For her character, an overweight lawyer, Shin underwent a three-hour makeup/prosthetic session every shoot.[12]

Other activities[edit]

Shin Min-a on February 18, 2009

After her travels were documented on the cable channel O'live in 2008,[13] Shin published a book titled Shin Min-a's French Diary in 2009.[14]

She has also contributed her vocals to several singles and soundtracks.[15][16]

Shin is 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,[17] as well as Friends & Love, a movie-style extended advertisement for Giordano in 2011 costarring Jung Woo-sung and So Ji-sub.[18]

In 2009, Shin went to Milan, Italy to shoot a photo spread for Elle Korea with Calvin Klein model Jamie Dornan.[19] In 2011, she was chosen as the first Asian model for the DIY Project ad campaign of American clothing brand Rag & bone,[20][21] then was subsequently featured in The New York Times's T Magazine.[22][23]

Personal life[edit]

Shin began dating actor Kim Woo-bin in May 2015; her agency O& Entertainment confirmed their relationship in July 2015, stating that the two actors grew close after shooting an ad campaign for Giordano in February 2015.[24][25][26]



Year Title Role
2001 Volcano High Yoo Chae-yi
2003 Madeleine Hee-jin
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
2013 The X Mia
2014 Gyeongju Gong Yoon-hee
My Love, My Bride Mi-young

Television drama[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2001 Beautiful Days Lee Min-ji SBS
2003 Punch Jang Yoo-bin SBS
2005 A Love to Kill Cha Eun-seok KBS2
2007 The Devil Seo Hae-in KBS2
2010 My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox Gu-Mi-ho SBS
2012 Arang and the Magistrate Arang/Lee Seo-rim MBC
2015 Oh My Venus Kang Joo-eun KBS2

Music video[edit]

Year Song title Artist
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
"Sad Love" g.o.d
"A Fool" g.o.d
"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


Year Product Notes
2008 Maxim T.O.P Until 2012, with Won Bin
2009 Calvin Klein Until 2010
Jinro Soju Until 2013
2010 LG Xnote Until 2012, with Hyun Bin & Song Joong-ki
Vivien Bra Until 2011
2011 Giordano Until 2013, with So Ji-sub

Until present, with Kim Woo-bin

Hera Until 2014
SK Telecom 45 LTE with Kim Soo-hyun
2013 Joinus
2015 VDL Cosmetics

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
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
The Devil
2008 4th University Film Festival of Korea Best Supporting Actress
Go Go 70s
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
My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox
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[27] Beauty Icon of the Year N/A Won
2012 MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries
Arang and the Magistrate
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
Oh My Venus
Best Couple with So Ji-sub Won


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  2. ^ "K-FILM PREVIEWS: 고고 70s (Go Go 70s)". Twitch Film. 1 October 2008. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Shin, Hae-in (14 April 2009). "Stunning ending polarizes audiences in sisterhood movie". Yonhap. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Oh, Jean (9 August 2010). "Will two big stars create fireworks?". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  5. ^ Oh, Jean (12 August 2012). "Shin Min-a returns to supernatural in Tale of Arang". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  6. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (5 July 2012). "Shin Min Ah was Lazy and Conceited in her Early 20s". enewsWorld. Retrieved 11 August 2015. 
  7. ^ Jung, Hyun-mok (13 June 2014). "Art-house debut for Shin". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 11 August 2015. 
  8. ^ "Shin Min-a stars in remake of 1990 hit film". The Korea Times. 26 September 2014. Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "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. 
  10. ^ Choi, Song-hee (14 October 2014). "My Love, My Bride Shin Min Ah, Oh My Goddess". BNTNews. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  11. ^ Won, Ho-jung (11 November 2015). "Oh My Venus says it's not about beauty". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 8 December 2015. 
  12. ^ "Shin Min-a Transforms into Chubby Lawyer for New Drama". The Chosun Ilbo. 14 November 2015. Retrieved 23 November 2015. 
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  14. ^ 프렌치 다이어리. Aladin (in Korean). Retrieved 27 March 2009. 
  15. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (22 August 2012). "Shin Min Ah Lends her Voice for Arang and the Magistrate OST". enewsWorld. Retrieved 11 August 2015. 
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  21. ^ "DIY Project: Mina Shin". Rag & bone. 1 November 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
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