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 is one of South Korea’s most sought after actresses, known for her versatility in pulling off roles in various genres such as action (including martial arts), comedy,drama and sports.


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 moviesNightmare 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.

After filming 'Sector 7', she had difficulty coming out of character which negatively influenced her performance in her next project, Secret Garden. This prompted her to seek psychiatric therapy. 

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 ZeroSunmudo for Duelistboxing 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.

Charity Work[edit]Edit

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.

Although organ donation was not common in South Korea at the time, Ha Ji-won pledged to donate her cornea after death in January 2005.

Ambassadorial Roles[edit]Edit

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.

As New Zealand’s Cultural Ambassador to Korea, Ha Ji-won has contributed to the New Zealand-South Korea bilateral relations.



Year Title Role
2000 Truth Game Han Da-hye
Nightmare Eun-ju
Ditto Seo Hyeon-ji
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
Daddy-Long-Legs Cha Young-mi
Duelist Detective Namsoon
2007 Miracle on 1st Street Myung-ran
Sex Is Zero 2 Eun-hyo (Cameo)
2008 BA:BO Ji-ho
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
2013 The Huntresses Jin-ok

Television drama[edit]Edit

Year Title Role Network
1996 Adults Don't Know a student KBS
1998 Dragon's Tears Na-in KBS
1999 Dangerous Lullaby Young-eun KBS
1999 School 2 Jang Se-jin KBS
2000 Secret Lee Ji-eun MBC
2001 Life is Beautiful Ryu Hee-jung KBS
2002 Sunshine Hunting Park Tae-kyong KBS
2003 Damo Jang Chae-ok MBC
2004 What Happened in Bali Lee Soo-jung SBS
2005 Fashion 70's Cameo SBS
2006 Hwang Jini Hwang Jin-yi KBS
2010 Secret Garden Gil Ra-im SBS
2012 The King 2 Hearts Kim Hang-ah MBC
2013 Hwatu TBA MBC

Music video[edit]Edit

Year Song Title Artist
2000 "Mother's Diary" Wax
2000 "Fast Mover"
2001 "Tears" Luey
2003 "Oppa" Wax
2004 "A Black and White Picture" KCM
2005 "Flower" Lee Soo-young
2008 "Love Story" Rain

Television hosting[edit]Edit

Year Title Network Ref.
2002 - 2003 Midnight TV Entertainment SBS [44]

Variety shows[edit]Edit

Year Title Role Network
2012 Running Man Guest, ep 86 SBS
2013 Thank you Guest SBS


Year Title Type Ref.
2012 This Moment memoir [45]

Awards and nominations[edit]Edit

Year Award Category Work Result
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 HeavenHaeundae 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

Other Awards[edit]Edit

Year Award Category
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)
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