Jung Eun-chae (born Jung Sol-mi on November 24, 1986) is a South Korean actress, model and TV host.[1] Jung began her career as a model, then made her acting breakthrough as the titular character in Nobody's Daughter Haewon (2013), a film by auteur Hong Sang-soo that premiered at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival.[2][3]

Jung Eun-chae
Jung in March 2023
Jung Sol-mi

(1986-11-24) November 24, 1986 (age 37)
EducationCentral Saint Martins – Textile Design
Years active2010–present
Height170 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationJeong Eun-ch'ae
McCune–ReischauerChŏng Ŭn-chae
Birth name
Revised RomanizationJeong Sol-mi
McCune–ReischauerChŏng Solmi

In 2013, she released an EP of indie folk songs she composed herself, the self-titled Jung Eun-chae.[4]

Early life edit

Jung Eun-chae spent 8 years living in London, starting from middle school senior year when she was 15 years old. Due to the influence of her older brother who works at a production company, Chorokbaem Media, Jung became interested in pursuing an acting career after she returned to South Korea.[5][6]

Career edit

Jung Eun-chae debuted as a commercial model. A string of memorable commercials has earned her a CF Model of the Year title at the 2011 6th Asia Model Festival Awards.[7] She uses a stage name instead of her real name because of the similarity with a veteran actress Park Sol-mi.[5] Jung made her acting debut after passing the audition for the supernatural thriller film Haunters.[8]

Jung Eun-chae at the Blue Dragon Film Awards (2013)

Since then, Jung has alternated between doing blockbuster films such as The Fatal Encounter,[9] The King,[10] The Great Battle[11] and art films such as Nobody's Daughter Haewon, Hill of Freedom, The Table. Her breakthrough came with Nobody's Daughter Haewon, in which she received multiple prestigious awards winning and nominations.[12][13]

Jung's debut in television dramas was through the 2011 KBS1 telenovela My Bittersweet Life.[14] Three years later, she acted in a psychological thriller series Dr. Frost.[15] She made a big comeback to the TV drama in 2018 with two series released on the same year, SBS hit legal crime Return[16] and OCN's The Guest, a drama that combines the elements of exorcism, shamanism, and procedural.[17]

She was later cast as one of the main characters in the 2020 SBS TV series The King: Eternal Monarch.[18] She gained recognition and was declared the best character according to a poll released by Cleo Singapore.[19][20]

In August 2022, Jung renewed her contract with KeyEast.[21]

Filmography edit

Films edit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2010 Haunters Young-sook
2011 Play Eun-chae [22]
2012 Spring, Snow Ji-yoon
Horror Stories Gong-ji segment: "Secret Recipe" [23]
2013 Behind the Camera
Nobody's Daughter Haewon Hae-won
2014 The Fatal Encounter Kang Wol-hye
Hill of Freedom Nam-hee [24]
2017 The Table Kyung-jin [25]
The King Park Shi-yeon
2018 The Great Battle Shi-mi
Ode to the Goose Cafe owner Special appearance [26]
2023 Maybe We've Broken Up Ah-yeong [27]

Television series edit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2010 Pasta Waiter Ep 2 Cameo (episode 2)
2011 Drama Special Crossing Yeongdo Bride Baek Seol one act-drama [28]
My Bittersweet Life Go Eun-nim
2013 Drama Special Na-ra's Rain Moon Na-ra One act-drama [29]
2014 Dr. Frost Yoon Sung-ah
2018 Return Geum Na-ra
The Guest Kang Gil-yeong
2019 Legal High Cameo
2020 The King: Eternal Monarch Goo Seo-ryung [30]
2021 L.U.C.A.: The Beginning Director Jung Cameo (Episodes 8) [31][32]

Web series edit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2022–present Pachinko Kyung Hee Season 1–2 [33][34]
2022 Anna Hyeon-joo [35][36]

Radio program edit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2018 Film and Music Lover DJ April 9, 2018 – June 3, 2018 [37]

Music video edit

Year Song title Artist
2011 "Heartsore Story" Wheesung
2012 "Memory of the Wind" Naul
2013 "Just Smile Like That" Kwon Sun-kwan
"Sweet Love Virus" Wonhyoro 1-Ga 13-25
2018 "Looking Back on My Life" Lee Moon-sae

Discography edit

Album information Track listing
Jung Eun-chae
  • EP
  • Released: April 16, 2013
  • Label: Mirrorball Music
Track listing
  1. 이방인
  2. 잘 지내나요
  3. 소년,소녀 (Boy & Girl) - feat. Thomas Cook
  4. 여름바다 (Summer Sea)

Awards and nominations edit

Name of the award ceremony, year presented, category, nominee of the award, and the result of the nomination
Award ceremony Year Category Nominee / Work Result Ref.
Peabody Awards 2022 Entertainment Pachinko Won [38]
APAN Star Awards 2022 Excellence Award, Actress in an OTT Drama Anna Nominated [39]
Asia Model Awards 2011 CF Model Award Won [7]
Baeksang Arts Awards 2013 Best New Actress – Film Nobody's Daughter Haewon Nominated
2023 Best Supporting Actress – Television Anna Nominated [40]
Blue Dragon Film Awards 2013 Best New Actress Nobody's Daughter Haewon Nominated
Blue Dragon Series Awards 2023 Best Supporting Actress Anna Nominated [41]
Buil Film Awards 2013 Best Actress Nobody's Daughter Haewon Nominated
Best New Actress Won [42]
Busan Film Critics Awards 2013 Won [43]
Cine 21 Awards Female Actress of the Year Won [44]
Director's Cut Awards 2023 Best Actress in Television Anna Nominated [45]
Jeonju International Film Festival 2013 Moët Rising Star Award Nobody's Daughter Haewon Won [46]
KBS Drama Awards 2011 Best New Actress My Bittersweet Life Nominated
Korean Association of Film Critics Awards 2013 Best New Actress Nobody's Daughter Haewon Won [47]
KOFRA Film Awards 2014 Won [48]
SBS Drama Awards 2018 Excellence Award, Actress in a Wednesday-Thursday Drama Return Nominated [49]
2020 Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Fantasy/Romance Drama The King: Eternal Monarch Nominated [50]
Wildflower Film Awards 2014 Best Actress Nobody's Daughter Haewon Won [51]
Best New Actor/Actress Nominated

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