Jeon Hae-rim (Hangul: 전해림) (born 28 June 1978), better known by her stage name Ha Ji-won (Hangul: 하지원) is a South Korean actress. She is best known amongst international viewers for playing Gil Ra-im in SBS's romantic comedy Secret Garden. She starred in several films and television series, winning various awards and accolades along the way.
Ha Ji-won made her debut in 1996 with a small role in the teen drama Adults Don't Know. She continued to play supporting roles in dramas before making her film debut in Truth Game as a fan club president, winning 2 Best Actress Awards for her first film. She won the 21st Blue Dragon Film Awards’ Best Supporting Actress for her next film, Ditto.
After achieving wider public recognition as the "queen of horror" for her roles in a series of surprisingly successful horror movies, Nightmare and Phone, she starred in Sex is Zero, which eventually became the second highest grossing comedy film in South Korea in 2003, avoiding being typecasted.
Her popularity continued to rise with the period drama Damo. Playing the lead actress, she was lauded for the efforts and was crowned the Best Actress in the 2003 MBC Drama Awards. Damo proved to be hugely popular with the online Korean community, leading her to win the Netizen Popularity Award as well. Ha Ji-won has mentioned that Damo was her most cherished performance.
Ha Ji-won continued acting in several television series, winning awards for each effort. She won the Best Actress Award in the 2004 SBS Drama Awards for What Happened in Bali and the Daesang (Grand Prize) for playing the titular character in Hwang Jini during the 2006 KBS Drama Awards, cementing her position as a A-list star. Her standout performance in Hwang Jini allowed her to pick up the Best Actress Award at the Bulgaria’s Golden Chest Awards, marking her first international award.
In 2009, Ha Ji-won starred in the blockbuster disaster film Haeundae, which became the 5th Korean film to surpass 10 million viewers. She finally won the Best Actress in a Film with the melodrama Closer to Heaven.
Ha Ji-won starred alongside Hyun Bin in the 2010 Romantic hit drama Secret Garden, winning the Best Actress Award, Netizen award and Best Couple award with Hyun Bin in SBS Drama awards 2010. Secret Garden was highly popular domestically and Internationally, and was later broadcast in 13 countries, establishing the drama's popularity overseas.
Ha Ji-won played a North Korean Special Forces officer in The King 2 Hearts, set in an alternate universe in which South Korea is governed by a constitutional monarchy. Despite the drama’s falling viewer ratings, she was praised for her portrayal.
Ha Ji-Won is known for being willing to take on physically demanding roles. In the action film Sector 7, she performed the stunts herself, even attaining her motorcycle and scuba diving licenses for her role in the film. During the shooting for The King 2 Hearts, she completed the martial arts stunts without a double. In addition, she has learnt several challenging sports for filming, such as sports aerobics in Sex is Zero, Sunmudo for Duelist, boxing for Miracle on 1st Street, and most recently, table tennis for As One. Despite suffering several injuries in the process, Ha Ji-won managed to complete her filming.
Ha Ji-won does charity work with her fans on a regular basis, such as delivering coal to Bangbae-dong, a rural village not covered under government subsidies.
Ha Ji-won has played a active role in helping underprivileged and disabled children, running a donation project named "Smile Again Foundation" with Gangnam-gu Family Welfare Center. The project was supplemented by Ha Ji-won's fan club members while she went the extra mile to ensure the sustainability of the project. Ha Ji-won was conferred the Prime Minister's Award for the '2008 Family Month Event', in recognition of her consistent and active hard work in contributing to programs for poor and handicapped families.
Ha Ji-won also donated the proceeds from her first book, This Moment, to charity. The recipients of the book earnings, children’s aid group Choi Kyung Joo Foundation and Yonsei University Hospital, have announced their decision to set up a scholarship for prospective arts students and to subsidize treatment for deaf and blind children respectively.
Along with fellow actor Song Joong-ki, she attended the 'Medical Korea 2013 Sharing Medical Treatment Commemorative Event', an event hosted by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, promoting greater international co-operation for medical technology and positive medical tourism. During the event, both actors spent time with recovering children and received an award for their previous efforts in promoting the sharing of medical services.
Ha Ji-won has held a number of ambassadorial positions throughout her career.
Ha Ji-won was appointed as an honorary coach for young athletes until the 2012 London Olympics to promote exercise and to help develop young athletes.
|2000||Truth Game||Han Da-hye|
|2002||Phone||a young journalist|
|Sex Is Zero||Eun-hyo|
|2003||Reversal of Fortune||Han Ji-yeong|
|2004||100 Days with Mr. Arrogant||Kang Ha-yeong|
|Love, So Divine||Yang Bong-hie|
|2005||All for Love||Cameo|
|2007||Miracle on 1st Street||Myung-ran|
|Sex Is Zero 2||Eun-hyo (Cameo)|
|His Last Gift||Hye-yeong (Cameo)|
|2009||Tidal Wave||Kang Yeon-hee|
|Closer to Heaven||Lee Ji-soo|
|2011||Sector 7||Cha Hae-joon|
|2012||As One||Hyun Jung-hwa|
|1996||Adults Don't Know||a student||KBS|
|1999||School 2||Jang Se-jin||KBS|
|2001||Life is Beautiful||Ryu Hee-jung||KBS|
|2002||Sunshine Hunting||Park Tae-kyong||KBS|
|2004||What Happened in Bali||Lee Soo-jung||SBS|
|2006||Hwang Jini||Hwang Jin-yi||KBS|
|2010||Secret Garden||Gil Ra-im||SBS|
|2012||The King 2 Hearts||Kim Hang-ah||MBC|
|2004||"A Black and White Picture"||KCM|
|2002 - 2003||Midnight TV Entertainment||SBS|||
|2012||Running Man||Guest, ep 86||SBS|
|2013||Baeksang Arts Awards (49th)||Best Actress in a Film||As One||Nominated|
|Most Popular Actress in a Television Series||The King 2 Hearts||Nominated|
|2012||MBC Drama Awards||Best Actress||The King 2 Hearts||Nominated|
|Netizen Popularity Award||The King 2 Hearts||Nominated|
|Best Couple (with Lee Seung-gi)||The King 2 Hearts||Nominated|
|2012||Seoul International Drama Awards||Best Actress (International)||The King 2 Hearts||Nominated|
|Best Actress (Korean Drama)||The King 2 Hearts||Nominated|
|2012||Mnet 20's Choice Awards||20's Drama Star (Female)||The King 2 Hearts||Nominated|
|2011||Baeksang Arts Awards (47th)||Best Actress in a Television Series||Secret Garden||Nominated|
|Most Popular Actress in a Television Series||Secret Garden||Nominated|
|2011||Grimae Awards||Best Actress||Secret Garden||Won|
|2011||Korean Drama Festival Awards||Best Actress||Secret Garden||Nominated|
|2010||Baeksang Arts Awards (46th)||Best Actress in a Film||Closer to Heaven||Won|
|2010||SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Drama Special, Actress||Secret Garden||Won|
|Netizen Popularity Award||Secret Garden||Won|
|Top Ten Stars||Secret Garden||Won|
|Best Couple (with Hyun Bin)||Secret Garden||Won|
|2009||Korean University Films Festival (5th)||Best Actress||Haeundae||Won|
|2009||Mnet 20's Choice Awards||HOT Movie Star (Female)||Haeundae||Won|
|2009||Blue Dragon Film Awards (30th)||Best Actress||Closer to Heaven||Won|
|Popularity Award||Closer to Heaven, Haeundae||Won|
|2008||Baeksang Arts Awards (44th)||Most Popular Actress in a Film||BA:BO||Won|
|2007||Baeksang Arts Awards (43rd)||Best Actress in a Television Series||Hwang Jini||Nominated|
|Most Popular Actress in a Television Series||Hwang Jini||Nominated|
|Most Popular Actress in a Film||Miracle on 1st Street||Nominated|
|2007||BNT Golden Chest International TV Festival (32nd)||Best Actress||Hwang Jini||Won|
|2007||Korean Broadcasting Awards (34th)||Best Actress||Hwang Jini||Won|
|2006||KBS Drama Awards||Daesang (Grand Prize)||Hwang Jini||Won|
|Netizen Popularity Award||Hwang Jini||Won|
|Best Couple (with Jang Geun-suk)||Hwang Jini||Won|
|2005||Blue Dragon Film Awards (26th)||Popularity Awards||Duelist||Won|
|2004||Baeksang Arts Awards (40th)||Best Actress in a Television Series||What Happened in Bali||Won|
|2004||SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Drama Special, Actress||What Happened in Bali||Won|
|Top Ten Stars||What Happened in Bali||Won|
|2003||Baeksang Arts Awards (39th)||Most Popular Actress in a Film||Sex is Zero||Won|
|2003||MBC Drama Awards||Best Actress||Damo||Won|
|Netizen Popularity Award||Damo||Won|
|Best Couple (with Lee Seo-jin)||Damo||Won|
|2001||Baeksang Arts Awards (37th)||Best Newcomer (Actress) in a Television Series||Secret||Won|
|2001||Golden Cinematography Awards (24th)||Popularity Award||Secret||Won|
|2000||MBC Drama Awards||Best Newcomer (Actress)||Secret||Won|
|2000||Busan Film Critics Awards (1st)||Best Newcomer (Actress)||Truth Game||Won|
|2000||Grand Bell Awards (37th)||Best Newcomer (Actress)||Truth Game||Won|
|2000||Blue Dragon Film Awards (21st)||Best Supporting Actress||Ditto||Won|
|2013||Medical Korea 2013||Minister for Health and Welfare appreciation plaque|
|2012||Samsung Sparking Night||Lady 9 Award (Shining Lady of 2012)|
|2012||Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (16th)||Producer's Choice|
|2011||Korea Savings Day (48th)||Prime Minister's Award for Savings|
|2009||Style Icon Awards||Actress of the Year|
|Fun Fearless Female|
|2008||Korean Popular Culture & Arts Award||Prime Minister’s Award|
|2008||Ministry of Health, Welfare and Family Affairs - Family Month Event||Prime Minister's Award|
|2007||Asian Model Festival Awards||Popular Star Award|
|2002||Korea Visual Arts Festival (3rd)||Photogenic Award (for Sex is Zero)|