Jung Ryeo-won (born January 21, 1981) is a South Korean-born Australian actress. She began her entertainment career as a singer in the now-defunct girl group Chakra, and first rose to fame in the hit television series My Name Is Kim Sam-soon. She is also known for her roles in Two Faces of My Girlfriend, Castaway on the Moon, and History of a Salaryman.
Jung in 2019.
|Born||January 21, 1981|
Seoul, South Korea
|Other names||Yoana Jung|
|Education||Griffith University Korea University - Journalism|
|Revised Romanization||Jeong Ryeo-won|
The second of three children, Jung Ryeo-won was born in 1981, and emigrated to Brisbane, Australia in 1992 with her family. She encountered discrimination in grade school, which made her determined to become fluent in English. By junior high school, she had adapted to the Australian way of life. After matriculating from MacGregor State High School, she enrolled from Griffith University with a major in international business.
While she was an exchange student at Korea University from Griffith University in the 2000s, Jung was discovered on the streets of Apgujeong by Lee Sang-min, thereby changing her life and career path. She was placed in the K-pop girl group Chakra, along with Eeni, Eun and Hwangbo; their first album was released in 2000. Jung's morale was at a low in 2002, saying she sometimes felt alienated from her fellow Koreans, and was uncomfortable with the sexy clothes she was made to wear as a singer.
2006–2012: Transitioning in actingEdit
Chakra disbanded in 2004, and Jung pursued acting full-time. After undergoing 11 unsuccessful auditions that year, she said she began doubting her decision to become an actress. In 2005, she gained recognition in the cult vampire sitcom Hello Franceska, then made her breakthrough in the romantic comedy My Name Is Kim Sam-soon. The series was a massive success with average ratings of over 37%, and 50.5% for the finale. Jung was praised for her portrayal of a fragile but good-natured character who fights for the hero's love, and eventually became one of the few successful singer-turned-actresses in the country.
Her follow-up series Autumn Shower received low ratings, but she rebounded with Which Star Are You From?, in which she played a country bumpkin living in the mountains of Gangwon Province. She was cast in her first movie leading role as a girl with multiple personality disorder in 2007's Two Faces of My Girlfriend, and though it was not a box office hit, she won Best New Actress at the Blue Dragon Film Awards.
Both her 2011 big screen projects had elements of romance. She played a teacher in a small South Korean village who meets a North Korean officer in the war comedy/drama In Love and War, and in Kwak Kyung-taek's melodrama Pained, she played a hemophiliac who falls for her opposite, a man with analgesia, the inability to sense physical pain.
Jung began 2012 by starring as the heroine in quirky series History of a Salaryman. Playing one of the most unusual female characters in Korean drama history, she delivered a fun, no-holds-barred performance as a red-haired, constantly swearing, selfish, reckless rich snob, but injected heart and raw emotion into a character that could've otherwise been very unlikable. Critics and audiences were impressed with her performance, and her series nabbed the top spot on the Monday and Tuesday primetime ratings lineup while she later won a Top Excellence Award at the SBS Drama Awards.
She then starred in Never Ending Story, a romantic comedy about two people diagnosed with terminal illness who decide to spend their remaining time together preparing for death. In June 2012, Jung's contract with Won Entertainment expired and she signed with Bae Yong-joon's agency, KeyEast. Later that year, she played an idealistic screenwriter in The King of Dramas.
2013–2017: Acting setbackEdit
In January 2013, Jung unveiled her official website, through which she hopes to connect with her fans. Messages from the actress are uploaded in the "From rw" section. She then reunited with Pained costar Kwon Sang-woo in the medical drama Medical Top Team, playing a charismatic and ambitious thoracic surgeon.
Jung next played an impatient and careless radio producer in the cable series Bubble Gum in 2015; she and co-star Lee Dong-wook previously appeared together in the 2003 sitcom Do the Right Thing. In 2017, she starred in the legal procedural drama, Witch at Court, playing a highly ambitious prosecutor who speaks her mind and is known for her aggressive investigation tactics. For her portrayal, she received the Top Excellence Award at the 2017 KBS Drama Awards.
2018–present: Return in television and continued workEdit
Jung published Ryeo-won's Sketchbook in 2007, which contained her drawings and writings about her Christian faith. Though she hasn't received formal instruction in fine arts, Jung likes to express herself through drawing in her spare time. Two of her artwork pieces were sold at a charity auction in 2012.
|2002||Saxophone and Chapssaltteok||Park Ja-nam||KBS2|
|2003||Drama City "수영장에서 만난 그녀"||Hee-jin|
|Do the Right Thing||Ryeo-won||SBS|
|2004||Father of the Sea||Joo-hong|
|Banjun Drama "Exclusive Love"||SBS|
|2005||Hello Franceska (seasons 1-2)||Elizabeth||MBC|
|Banjun Drama "Get That Girl"||SBS|
|Banjun Drama "To Go Bungee Jump"|
|MBC Best Theater "Magic Power of Alcohol"||MBC|
|My Name Is Kim Sam-soon||Yoo Hee-jin|
|Autumn Shower||Park Yeon-seo|
|2006||Which Star Are You From?||Kim Bok-shil/|
|2009||Princess Jamyung||Princess Jamyung||SBS|
|2012||History of a Salaryman||Baek Yeo-chi|
|The King of Dramas||Lee Go-eun|
|2013||Medical Top Team||Seo Joo-young||MBC|
|2015||Bubble Gum||Kim Haeng-ah||tvN|
|2017||Witch at Court||Ma Yi-deum||KBS2|
|2018||Wok of Love||Dan Se-woo||SBS|
|2019||Prosecutor Civil War||Cha Myeong-joo||JTBC|
|2002||Emergency Act 19||Chakra as themselves (cameo)|
|2005||My Boyfriend Is Type B||Bu-young|
|2007||Two Faces of My Girlfriend||A-ni/Ha-ni/Yu-ri|
|2009||Castaway on the Moon||Kim Jung-yeon|
|2011||In Love and War||Seol-hee|
|2012||Never Ending Story||Oh Song-kyung|
|2010||"As a Man"||Gummy|
|2011||"Can't Be Crazy"||Alex Chu|
|2015||"Lost in Perspective"||Nell (band)|
|2012||"Wedding Song"||Duet with Uhm Tae-woong; track from Never Ending Story OST|
|2007||Ryeowon's Sketchbook||Duranno Publishing||ISBN 9788953109209|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2005||MBC Entertainment Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Variety Show||Section TV||Won|||
|MBC Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress||My Name Is Kim Sam-soon||Won|||
|2006||MBC Drama Awards||PD Award||Which Star Are You From?||Won|||
|2007||28th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best New Actress||Two Faces of My Girlfriend||Won|||
|2008||44th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actress (Film)||Nominated|
|4th Premiere Rising Star Asian Awards||Best New Actress||Won|||
|1st Style Icon Awards||Fashionista Award||N/A||Won|||
|2009||18th Buil Film Awards||Best New Actress||Castaway on the Moon||Nominated|
|SBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama||Princess Jamyung||Nominated|
|2012||48th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (Film)||Pained||Nominated|||
|5th Korea Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress||History of a Salaryman||Nominated|
|SBS Drama Awards||Top 10 Stars||History of a Salaryman, The King of Dramas||Won|||
|Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Won|||
|2013||MBC Drama Awards||Medical Top Team||Nominated|
|2nd KOPA & NIKON Press Photo Awards||Most Photogenic Actress||N/A||Won|||
|2017||KBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress||Witch at Court||Won|||
|Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award with Yoon Hyun-min||Won|
|2018||6th APAN Star Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Nominated|||
|SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Monday-Tuesday Drama||Wok of Love||Nominated|
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