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Han in 2017
October 6, 1990|
Busan, South Korea
|Relatives||Han Seung-Woo (brother)|
|Revised Romanization||Han Seonhwa|
Han Sun-hwa (born October 6, 1990) is a South Korean singer and actress. She is a former member of the South Korean girl group Secret. She made her television debut in 2004 while participating in SBS's Superstar Survival as a finalist, and in 2009, she was a regular cast on a variety show called Invincible Youth. Aside from music, she also ventured into acting and made her debut in the 2010 drama, More Charming By The Day. She also acted in several dramas with supporting roles in Ad Genius Lee Tae-baek, God's Gift - 14 Days, and Marriage, Not Dating.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Artistry
- 4 Endorsements and other activities
- 5 Discography
- 6 Filmography
- 7 Awards and nominations
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Han Sun-hwa was born on October 6, 1990, in Busan, South Korea. She has one younger sister and one younger brother (Han Seung-woo of Victon). Han's mother gave birth to her at the young age of 20. As the eldest child, she took care of her younger siblings by cooking them food and tutoring them when both of their parents had to work. During the East Asian Financial Crisis in 1998, Han's family struggled and recalled that her dream of being an entertainer was getting dim.
Ever since she was young, Han had an interest in art and had always dreamed of becoming an artist. She took after-school art programs in elementary school and managed to win several awards from various art competitions. However, after seeing one of BoA's performances on television, she realized her dream was singing and dancing.
2004–2008: Career beginnings and struggles
Since then, Han began auditioning for various recording companies; she entered the S.M. Entertainment Youth Best Competition but was eliminated. In 2004, Han started auditioning at companies besides singing competitions. In 2005, she became a finalist on a talent show called Superstar Survival along with 2PM's Taecyeon, Lee Junho and Chansung. During the show, Han received vocal and acting training; however, she was eliminated in the fifth episode and went back to Busan.
Following her setback, Han went back to being an ordinary high school student. However, there was a big change in the way Han's peers looked at her: due to false rumors, they thought she was a JYP trainee; Han admitted she became afraid of people because of the jealous stares. Teacher Sung Yong-ho, in charge of the school choir, helped Han by giving her chances to participate in competitions; then, she was admitted to Baekjae Art College. A few days before the college entrance ceremony, she got a call from an agent who watched Superstar Survival and became a trainee in TS Entertainment.
2009–2013: Secret, Invincible Youth, acting debut and rising popularity
In October 2009, Han, along with Jung Ha-na, Song Ji-eun and Jun Hyo-seong, debuted in the group Secret; prior to their debut, the group was on a documentary show called Secret Story which chronicled their debut process.[better source needed] In the same month, Han was chosen as a regular cast member of a South Korean variety show called Invincible Youth; the news that a girl group member who hadn't debuted yet would be selected for a variety program caused a huge sensation.
Secret released their debut single "I Want You Back" in October 2009. In April 2010, they released their first mini album entitled Secret Time which spawned the hit single "Magic" and served as their breakthrough song in South Korea. The same year, Han made her acting debut in the sitcom More Charming By The Day. She next starred in the workplace drama Ad Genius Lee Tae-baek. On December 28, 2010, Han made a cameo appearance on MBC's daily sitcom, All My Love , playing Gain's old college friend.
In 2012, for the year end SBS Gayo Daejeon show, SBS created four idol super groups, a fan vote placed Han into the group designated Mystic White, the group working with producer Kim Do-hoon, created the song "Mermaid Princess" the profits of which was donated to charity.
2014–present: Focus on acting
In 2014, Han got her first lead role MBC's weekend drama Rosy Lovers alongside Lee Jang-woo. CNN International Seoul listed Han as one of the nine rising "it" stars in Korean entertainment citing her as a "multi-tasking" artist. The same year, her performance in tvN romance drama, Marriage, Not Dating earned her a nomination for "Best Youth Actress" at the 16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival. She also won two best new actress awards from MBC and SBS Drama Awards for her roles in Rosy Lovers and fantasy thriller God's Gift - 14 Days.
It was confirmed on September 26, 2016, that Han had not renewed her contract with TS Entertainment and would leave the company in October. On October 14, 2016, Han joined Huayi Brothers as an actress.
Musical style and influences
Han has said from childhood that she has been influenced by pop and R&B groups such as Fin.K.L, S.E.S. and Shinhwa. Han credits BoA as one of her major influences and idols. She also credits BoA's singing and dancing as influencing her to pursue a musical career.
"White paper", or "baekji" in Korean, is a term coined by Netizens and the cast of Invincible Youth, which is an English equivalent of the "dumb blonde" persona portrayed by Han in that show. She played a huge role in increasing Secret's popularity through Invincible Youth and other variety shows because of her dumb blonde persona.
Endorsements and other activities
Aside from her works with Secret, she also became active in acting, modelling and frequently participating in variety shows. In November 2010, Han won the best wedding dress idol award on MBC's Bouquet which landed her a magazine cover feature on Wedding 21's December issue.
On February 2, 2011, Han guested on the KBS's Lunar New Year special, Idol Health Beauty Contest, during which she was chosen as the star with the healthiest and most beautiful skin.[better source needed] Han, along with many other female idols, participated in a skin evaluation by selected professionals. In the end, results showed that Han's skin appeared 10 years younger than her actual age. In April 2011, Han was chosen as the model for the cosmetics company The Skin House. Han reportedly received a $100,000 deposit for her six-month contract. She has since been the company's exclusive model for 2013 until May 2016.
In February 2015, Han signed a deal with popular handbag brand St Scott London as their exclusive model for Spring/Summer 2015 collection.[better source needed] In August 2015, it was announced that Han, along with Super Junior's Choi Siwon, would be the honorary ambassador of the 11th Jecheon International Music & Film Festival (JIMFF).
Along with Secret, Han has been featured as a model for various endorsement deals such as Grand Mer,[better source needed] Nike,[better source needed] Nene Chicken,[better source needed] Good Day Soju[better source needed] and Parkga among others. Along with Jun Hyo-seong, B.A.P's Kim Him-chan and Bang Yong-guk, Han was chosen as a model for Kellan sportswear 11/12 Winter Collection in September 2011.
||Billboard K-pop Hot 100|
|2012||"Everything is Pretty" (with Yoo Young-jae)||22||18||digital single|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.|
(Untouchable feat. Jun Hyo-seong & Han Sun-hwa)
|—||Untouchable: First Mini Album|
|2012||"M인어공주 (Mermaid Princess)"
(with Jiyoung, Bora, Han Sun-hwa, Gayoon & Lizzy)
|—||SBS Gayo Daejun The Color Of K-Pop – Mystic White|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.|
|2010||MBC||More Charming by the Day||Kim Tae-hee|||
|2011||All My Love||Han Sun-hwa (Cameo / ep 27)|||
|2013||KBS2||Ad Genius Lee Tae-baek||Lee So-ran|||
|2014||SBS||God's Gift - 14 Days||Jenny|||
|tvN||Marriage, Not Dating||Kang Se-ah|||
|MBC||Rosy Lovers||Baek Jang-mi|||
|2017||Ice Mound||Han Young-sil/Jang Ha-da|||
|Radiant Office||Ha Ji-na|||
|KBS2||School 2017||Han Soo-ji|||
|MBC||20th Century Boy and Girl||Jung Da-young (Cameo)|||
|2018||My Husband Oh Jak-doo||Jang Eun-jo|||
|The Great Seducer||Lawyer (Cameo)|||
|2007||Mnet||Dizzy Blind Date||Contestant|||
|2009||Secret Story||Regular cast|
|2010||MBC||I Need a Family||Second daughter|||
|2012-2013||MBC||We Got Married||with Hwang Kwanghee|||
|2017||King of Mask Singer||Contestant||Episode 123, as "Lady Gaga"|||
Awards and nominations
|2014||16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival||Best Young Actress||Marriage, Not Dating||Nominated|
|MBC Drama Awards||Best New Actress||Rosy Lovers||Won|||
|Popularity Award, Actress||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award with Lee Jang-woo||Nominated|
|SBS Drama Awards||New Star Award||God's Gift - 14 Days||Won|||
|2015||51st Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actress (TV)||Rosy Lovers||Nominated|
|2017||MBC Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Radiant Office||Won|||
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