Jun Ji-hyun Biography
Nationality: South Korean
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Born in: Seoul, South Korea
Famous as: South Korean Actress
Spouse/Ex-: Choi Joon-hyuk (m. 2012)
City: Seoul, South Korea
awards: 2014 · My Love from the Star - Baeksang Arts Award Grand Prize in TV
2002 · Assassination
My Sassy Girl - Grand Bell Award for Best Actress
2014 - Baeksang Arts Award for InStyle Best Style
2002 - Grand Bell Award Popularity Award
1999 · White Valentine - PaekSang Arts Award for Best New Actress in Film
Jun Ji-hyun is a famous South Korean actress best known for her portrayal as ‘The Girl’ in blockbuster Korean romantic comedy flick ‘My Sassy Girl’. She aspired to be a flight attendant since her childhood and becoming an actress was not what she planned. However at age 16 she stepped into the world of glamour and entertainment through modelling after being introduced to a photographer by a friend. Gradually she garnered attention as commercial model and despite her debut in both films and TV in the late 1990s she strived to make a mark as an actress. In 1999 she became an instant sensation drawing the young generation with her pose, posture and dance moves in a commercial for Samsung My Jet Printer. Her big break came after a couple of years with the mega blockbuster hit rom-com ‘My Sassy Girl’ that emerged as one of the all-time highest-grossing Korean comedies. Such success paved her way for many other notable works including in films like ‘Assassination’ and ‘The Thieves’; and TV series like ‘The Legend of the Blue Sea’ and ‘My Love from the Star’ gaining her international acclaim and cementing her position as one of the top Hallyu stars.
- Jun Ji-hyun was born as Wang Ji-hyun on October 30, 1981 in Seoul, South Korea. Although as a young girl she yearned to become a flight attendant, her tall and slim body prompted her mother and the latter’s friends to motivate her to endeavour into modelling and acting.
- At age 16, she got introduced to a photographer by one of her high school friends who was already into modelling.
- In 1997 she commenced on a modelling career with ‘Ecole Magazine’ adopting the stage name Jun Ji-hyun.
- Gradually she earned name as commercial model and particularly shot to fame after featuring in a commercial for Samsung My Jet Printer in 1999. Her pose, posture and dance moves in the ad made her some sort of an icon among the young Korean populace.
- Meanwhile she made her debut in films with the starring role of Jung-min in the February 13, 1999 released Korean romantic film ‘White Valentine’ which however failed to garner much viewership. She also made her television debut that year with the South Korean TV series ‘Happy Together’
- She then played the lead role of Eun-joo in the time-travel romantic flick ‘Il Mare’ that although released to little success on September 9, 2000, but eventually emerged as a minor classic among Korean movie lovers.
- Her big break came in 2001 when she landed up portraying the starring role of ‘The Girl’ in the comedy flick ‘My Sassy Girl’ that released on July 27 that year. This blockbuster hit film not only emerged as the all-time highest grossing Korean comedy at that time but also clinched the numero uno spot in Hong Kong for two weeks.
- Following the success of ‘My Sassy Girl’ she worked in other South Korean films namely psychological-horror ‘The Uninvited’ (2003); and romantic comedy ‘Windstruck’ (2004).
- By such time she became a popular face featuring in several Korean billboards and television advertisements as also in other nations across Asia. She was counted among top ten most bankable stars in the Korean film industry by leading filmmakers in a 2005 survey.
- She then played Hye-young in the urban romantic melodrama film ‘Daisy’ directed by Hong Kong filmmaker Andrew Lau. The film shot entirely in Netherlands had two versions, an Asian cut and an international cut. It premiered in South Korea on March 9, 2006 and in Hong Kong on April 13, 2006.
- The 2008 released South Korean film ‘A Man Who Was Superman’ saw her chop her long and silky hair to sink in to the character of Song Soo-jung, a cynical documentary producer. The film where she shared screen space with famous South Korean actor Hwang Jung-min grossed $3,848,034 at the box office as of February 17, 2008.
- The English-language horror-action film ‘Blood: The Last Vampire’ co-produced by Hong Kong company Edko and French company Pathé and released in Japan and other Asian countries on May 29, 2009 and later in the UK and the US marked her debut in Hollywood. It credited her as Gianna Jun, the Westernized name she adopted prior to the film’s release.
- Meanwhile in 2008 she came up with "Gianna by True Religion", her own luxury jeans brand.
- In July 2010 she featured in the American edition of ‘Vogue’ marking her first Korean actress to garner a spot in the prestigious fashion and lifestyle magazine.
- Her next English-language film, a historical drama, ‘Snow Flower and the Secret Fan’, adopted from bestselling novel of Lisa See bearing same title was released on July 15, 2011. It succeeded at the box office however garnered generally negative reviews from critics.
- The star-studded South Korean heist film ‘The Thieves’ where she portrayed the character of Yenicall became a blockbuster hit. The film that released on July 25, 2012, presently ranks as the fifth highest-grossing flick in the history of Korean cinema.
- She then played a translator Ryun Jung-hee in the January 31, 2013 released South Korean spy thriller film ‘The Berlin File’ which again emerged as a blockbuster hit. The film not only received kudos from critics but once again proved beyond doubt her status as a top Korean actress.
- After a hiatus of over a decade she returned to television with the South Korean series ‘My Love from the Star’ that aired on SBS for 21 episodes between December 18, 2013 and February 27, 2014.
- Her brilliant performance earned her Daesang that is "Grand Prize" at the ‘Baeksang Arts Awards’ and ‘SBS Drama Awards’ in 2014. She also received the President's Award at the Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards.
- Her next film the 2015 released espionage action flick ‘Assassination’ was yet another commercial success that became the highest-grossing Korean film of that year. She earned Best Actress award at the ‘Max Movie Awards’ and ‘Grand Bell Awards’ for the film which is presently the seventh all-time highest-grossing film in the history of Korean cinema.
- She then featured in the fantasy romance drama TV series ‘The Legend of the Blue Sea’ that aired on SBS from November 16, 2016 to January 25, 2017.
- The huge success of ‘My Sassy Girl’ led her to international spotlight garnering her pan-Asia stardom. The flick not only cemented her position as a Korean star but also transpired her among the top Hallyu stars in the Chinese-language market. It also earned her Best Actress award at the 2002 Grand Bell Awards and the title of the "Nation's First Love" apart from leading her way to several endorsement and film offers.
- On April 13, 2012, she married banker Choi Joon-hyuk, grandson of famous hanbok designer Lee Young-hee and son of fashion designer Lee Jung-woo, at Shilla Hotel in Jangchung-dong, central Seoul.
- On February 10, 2016, the couple welcomed their first child, a boy and according to an announcement by her agency ‘Culture Depot’ her second child is due in January 2018.
Jun Ji-hyun Movies
1. My Sassy Girl (2001)
(Romance, Comedy, Drama)
2. Il Mare (2000)
(Drama, Romance, Fantasy)
3. Deiji (2006)
4. Windstruck (2004)
(Drama, Crime, Comedy, Romance)
5. Assassination (2015)
(Action, Thriller, Drama)
6. A Man Who Was Superman (2008)
7. The Thieves (2012)
(Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller)
8. The Berlin File (2013)
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