Han Sun-hwa

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Han Sun-hwa
Han Sunhwa in 2014 Celebrity Signing.jpg
Han Sunhwa in 2014 Yeouido IFC Mall celebrity signing.
Native name 한선화
Born Han Sun-hwa
(1990-10-06) October 6, 1990 (age 26)
Busan, South Korea
Occupation
Relatives Han Seung-Woo (brother)
Musical career
Genres K-pop
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2009–present
Labels
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja [1]
Revised Romanization Han Seonhwa
McCune–Reischauer Han Sŏnhwa

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 on 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. In 2014 she finally starred as a lead actress on MBC's weekend drama Rosy Lovers as Baek Jang Mi co-starring with actor Lee Jang Woo.[2][3] CNN International Seoul listed Sunhwa as one of the nine rising "It" stars in Korean entertainment citing her as a "multi-tasking" artist.[4] Her portrayal of Kang Se-Ah in the 2014 TVN drama, Marriage, Not Dating earned her a nomination for "Best Youth Actress" at the 16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival. In 2014, her portrayal of Jang-Mi from Rosy Lovers and Jenny from God's Gift 14 Days won her two best new actress awards from MBC and SBS Drama Awards. It was confirmed on September 26, 2016 that Sunhwa has not renewed her contract with TS Entertainment and will officially part ways in October. On October 14, 2016 Sunhwa has joined under Huayi Brothers as an actress.[5]

Early life[edit]

Han Sunhwa was born on October 6, 1990,[6] in Busan, South Korea. Sunhwa has one younger sister and one younger brother (Han Seungwoo of Victon). Sunhwa's mother gave birth to her at the young age of 20.[7] 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, Sunhwa's family struggled and recalled that her dream of being an entertainer was getting dim.[7]

Ever since she was young, she 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 TV, she realized her dream was singing and dancing.[8]

Career[edit]

2004–2008: Career beginnings and struggles[edit]

Since then, she began auditioning for various recording companies; she entered the S.M. Entertainment Youth Best Competition but was eliminated.[8] In 2004, Sunhwa started auditioning at companies besides singing competitions.[8] In 2005, she became a finalist on a talent show called Superstar Survival along with 2PM's Taecyeon, Lee Junho and Chansung.[8][9] During the show, Sunhwa received vocal and acting training;[9] however, she got eliminated in the fifth episode and went back to Busan.[9]

Following her setback, Sunhwa went back to being an ordinary high school student. However, there was a big change in the way Sunhwa's peers looked at her:[10] due to false rumors, they thought she was a JYP trainee; Sunhwa admitted she became afraid of people because of the jealous stares. Teacher Sung Yongho, in charge of the school choir, helped Sunhwa, giving her chances to participate in competitions; then, she was admitted to Baekjae Art College.[10] 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–present: Secret, Invincible Youth and rising popularity[edit]

Sunhwa hosting Music Core in September 2012

In October 2009, Sunhwa, along with Jung Hana, Song Jieun and Jun Hyoseong, debuted in the group Secret; prior to their debut, the group was on a documentary show called Secret Story which chronicled their debut process.[11] On the same month, Sunhwa was chosen as a regular cast member of a South Korean variety show called Invincible Youth:[12] the news that a girl group member who hasn't even debuted yet would be selected for a variety program caused a huge sensation.[12]

Secret released their debut single "I Want You Back" in October 2009.[13] In April 2010, Secret released their first mini album entitled Secret Time which spawned them the hit single "Magic" and served as their breakthrough song in South Korea.[13][14] In August 2010, they released their second mini album entitled Madonna and the title track continued their success as it topped the Gaon Single Charts.[13][15] Secret continued their success with the release of their second CD single entitled Starlight Moonlight.[13] The same year, Secret began a foray of Japanese activities with the release of Madonna and Shy Boy.[13]

In 2012, for the year end SBS Gayo Daejeon show, SBS created four idol super groups, a fan vote placed Sunhwa 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.[16][17]

On September 26, 2016, it was confirmed by TS Entertainment that Sunhwa will not renew her contract and will officially part ways with Secret. [18]

Artistry[edit]

Musical style and influences[edit]

Sunhwa 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.[8] Sunhwa 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.[8]

Image[edit]

"I have somewhat of a wacky and laid back personality, and especially when I'm on set, I think I naturally become the "White Paper" character. Even when we were filming, the wrong answer tended to come to mind first. Of course there were times when I did it just for fun."

—Sunhwa, on her "White Paper" character.[19]

"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 Sunhwa in that show.[4][20][21] She played a huge role in increasing Secret's popularity through Invincible Youth and other variety shows because of her dumb-blonde persona.[4][19][20]

Endorsements and other activities[edit]

Aside from her works with Secret, she also became active in acting, modelling and frequently participating in variety shows. In November 2010, Sunhwa won the best wedding dress idol award on MBC's Bouquet which landed her a magazine cover feature on Wedding 21's December issue.[22][23] On December 28, 2010, Sunhwa made a cameo appearance on MBC's daily sitcom, All My Love and played as Gain's old college friend.[24][25]

On February 2, 2011, Sunhwa 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.[26] Sunhwa, along with many other female idols, participated in a skin evaluation by selected professionals. In the end, results showed that Sunhwa's skin appeared 10 years younger than her actual age.[26] In April 2011, Sunhwa was chosen as the model for the cosmetics company The Skin House.[4][27] Sunhwa reportedly received a $100,000 deposit for her six-month contract.[27] She has since been the company's exclusive model for 2013, 2014, 2015 and recently renewed her contract extending to May 2016.

In February 2015, Sunhwa signed a deal with popular handbag brand St Scott London as their exclusive model for Spring/Summer 2015 collection.[28] In August 2015, it was announced that Han Sunhwa along with Super Junior's Choi Siwon would be the honorary ambassador of the 11th Jecheon International Music & Film Festival (JIMFF)

Along with Secret, Sunhwa has been featured as a model for various endorsement deals such as Grand Mer,[29][30] Nike,[31][32] Nene Chicken,[33][34] Good Day Soju[35] and Parkga[36] among others. Along with Jun Hyoseong, Kim Himchan and Bang Yong Guk, Sunhwa was chosen as a model for KELLAN sportswear 11/12 Winter Collection in September 2011.[37]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak positions Album
KOR KOR
Gaon[38]
Billboard K-pop Hot 100
2012 "Everything is Pretty" (with Yoo Youngjae) 22 18 digital single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Collaborations[edit]

Year Title Peak positions Album
KOR
Gaon[38]
2009 "My Boo"
(Untouchable feat. Jun Hyoseong & Han Sunhwa)
Untouchable: First Mini Album
2012 "M인어공주 (Mermaid Princess)"
(with Jiyoung, Bora, Han Sunhwa, 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.

Filmography[edit]

Television dramas[edit]

Year Network Title Role
2010 MBC More Charming by the Day Kim Tae-hee
2011 MBC All My Love Han Sun-hwa (Geum-ji's friend / 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 MBC Ice Mound Han Young-sil/Jang Ha-da
MBC Radiant Office Ha Ji-na

Variety shows[edit]

Year Network Title Role Notes
2005 SBS Superstar Survival Herself Finalist
2007 Mnet Dizzy Blind Date Herself Contestant[39]
2009 Secret Story Herself Regular cast
2009 - 2010 KBS Invincible Youth Herself Regular cast
2010 MBC We Got Married (Nichkhun and Victoria couple) Herself Guest, episode 1
I Need a Family (season four) Second daughter Regular cast
KBS Entertainers Emcee
MBC Bouquet Herself Regular cast
SBS 'Goguma' (Historical Variety Program) Herself Regular cast[40][41]
2011 SBS MTV MTV Special :Big Pleasure Guam Herself With Secret
KBS Oh! My School Herself Episodes 19, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28
Star Golden Bell Herself Episode 272, 283, 293, 304, 307
MBC Weekly Idol Herself with Secret (Episode 19)
SBS MTV Let Me Show Herself With Secret
2012 MBC We Got Married (Pit Pat Shake) Herself Lunar New Year Special
KBS Happy Together 3 Herself with Lee Joon of MBLAQ
Hello Counselor Herself with Song Jieun
2012-2013 MBC We Got Married Herself With Hwang Kwanghee
2014 MBC Every1 Weekly Idol Guest Episode 130, with Secret

Music shows[edit]

Year Network Title Role Notes
2010 Mnet M! Countdown MC with Secret (10-08-19)
2010 MBC Music Core MC Guest MC (10-09-11)
2011 Mnet M! Countdown MC Guest emcee with Song Jieun (11-01-27)
2011 MTV The Show MC Guest emcee with Sunny.
2012 MBC Music Core MC Guest emcee with Hana.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
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

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