Park Jin-hee

Park Jin-hee (born January 8, 1978) is a South Korean actress. She is best known for her leading roles in the television series Please Come Back, Soon-ae (2006), War of Money (2007), and Giant (2010), as well as for the film Shadows in the Palace (2007).

Park Jin-hee
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Born (1978-01-08) January 8, 1978 (age 42)
EducationDongduk Women's University
(B.A. Broadcasting and Entertainment)[1]
Yonsei University
(M.A. Social Welfare)
Years active1996-present
Korean name
Revised RomanizationBak Jin-hui
McCune–ReischauerPak Chin-hŭi


Park made her acting debut in 1996 teen drama Start, and rose to stardom in the 1998 horror film Whispering Corridors. She was praised for her emotional performance as a single mother in the KBS television series Stock Flower in 2001, but her other TV dramas were deemed forgettable. She starred in a string of commercial fare on the big screen, namely, Promenade with Kim Sang-joong, Just Do It! with Park Sang-myun, Star with Yoo Oh-sung, and Love in Magic with Yeon Jung-hoon, as well as the indie Love Talk with Bae Jong-ok and Park Hee-soon in 2005,[2] but none of her films achieved critical or box office success. Park then stopped working for a year and a half, deciding to take some time off for a little introspection. The hiatus paid off in 2006 when she returned to the small screen in Please Come Back, Soon-ae, playing a 40-something ajumma trapped in the body of a sexy young 20-something (with the reverse played by Shim Hye-jin).[3] The body swap comedy was a hit, with average ratings of 25%.[4]

Her popularity continued in 2007 when her drama with Park Shin-yang, War of Money reached ratings of over 30%. As a righteous woman facing a slew of financial hardships,[4] Park's acting was recognized at the SBS Drama Awards. She then drew laughs as a narcissistic character in the film Underground Rendezvous, a 1980s-set comedy about the North-South divide co-starring Im Chang-jung.[5] But her next film would be even more high-profile: Shadows in the Palace, a mystery thriller set during the reign of King Jeongjo (1752-1800). Playing a court medic who investigates a murder within the ranks of the royal harem and household (the film's Korean title translates to gungnyeo, or "palace women"), Park received critical acclaim for her performance, with one review calling it "the peak of her 10-year acting career."[6] She won Best Actress at the Golden Cinematography Awards and the Fantasia Festival.[7][8]

Following the 2008 film Sweet Lie (also known as Lost and Found) in which her character pretends to have amnesia to snag her dream guy, Park continued to explore the romantic comedy genre in The Woman Who Still Wants to Marry (also known as Still, Marry Me). In the low-rated 2010 series, she played a career woman in her 30s who falls for a musician ten years her junior (played by Kim Bum).[9][10][11] Park then joined the epic period drama Giant, set during the economic boom of 1970-80s Korea, and co-starring Lee Beom-soo and Park Sang-min.[12] The series was a hit with TV critics and audiences, with a ratings peak of 40%. And Park's portrayal of a vengeance-driven, ambitious woman who finds success as a loan shark[13] was again lauded at the SBS Drama Awards.

She and Kim Hae-sook played mother and daughter in the melodrama A Long Visit (also known as My Mom),[14][15] followed by Park's cameo appearance in war film 71: Into the Fire.

Park reunited with Stock Flower director Park Chan-hong and writer Kim Ji-woo in her next television series Kimchi Family, which aired on cable channel jTBC in 2011. She played a woman who takes over her father's kimchi restaurant and rediscovers her love for cooking and family, as she fights with and falls for a gangster played by Song Il-gook.[16]

In 2012, she and John Park appeared in Music and Lyrics, an MBC Music reality show in which an actress and a male singer are paired together as lyricist and composer, respectively, to create a song.[17][18][19] The song they composed, Maybe, Maybe, was recorded by Alex Chu and Horan of Clazziquai.[20] Later that year, her arthouse film with Park Ji-yoon was released. Part-mystery, part-coming-of-age film, Grape Candy explored the nostalgia and tension at the reunion of two old high school friends who share a painful past.[21]

Park joined the cast of Hur Jun, the Original Story (in Korean, Gu-am Heo Jun), about the Joseon-era royal physician Heo Jun (played by Kim Joo-hyuk). The historical drama aired daily on MBC in 2013.[22]

After her childbirth, Park made a comeback in the tvN drama Memory.[23] She next starred in family melodrama My Fair Lady.[24]

Park replaced Go Hyun-jung as the lead actress in SBS thriller Return, after the latter quit due to conflicts with the production team.[25]

Other activitiesEdit

In 2008, Park appeared in a Coreana cosmetics commercial dressed in a Nazi uniform. Amid protests from Jewish and international groups, the company apologized for their ill-conceived concept and pulled out the commercial after two days.[26]

Park was one of the 40,000 volunteers who helped clean up after the 2007 MT Hebei Spirit oil spill in Taean County, South Chungcheong Province, the worst oil spill in Korean history. She came as part of the volunteer group Information Network Village (of which she was spokesperson), which aims to reduce the digital gap between rural and urban areas.[27]

To promote the 2009 Green Film Festival in Seoul, she appeared in the short film Take Action, Now or Never!, directed by Kim Tae-yong. In the short, Park advocates riding bicycles to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.[28][29] She was the 2012 honorary ambassador for the NGO Korea Green Foundation.[30]

For her 2010 master's degree thesis for Yonsei University, "Studies on Depression and Suicidal Urges Among Actors," Park interviewed 260 actors with incomes ranging from ₩10 million-per-episode to less than ₩1 million a month. According to her findings, 40 percent were suffering from depression, and 20 percent had actually purchased pills or toxic agents and "devices" for suicide. Park said in the paper that the extreme stress to stay young and attractive and to remain in the limelight, or the job instability for lesser-known actors, drove them to mental anguish; and despite the perception of glamour and public adoration, actors were "some of the most lonesome and troubled" people.[31]

Personal lifeEdit

Park married her boyfriend, a lawyer, on May 11, 2014 at the Hotel Shilla.[32][33] She gave birth to her first child in December 2014.[34] She gave birth to her second child in June 16, 2018.[35]



Television seriesEdit

Variety showEdit

  • Music and Lyrics (MBC Music, 2012)
  • It City: Park Jin-hee's Moving City (Olive TV, 2009)

Music videoEdit

Radio programEdit

  • To You Who Forget the Night with Park Jin-hee (KBS Happy FM, 2002)
  • Ten Ten Club with Kim Seung-hyun and Park Jin-hee (SBS Power FM, 2000)



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  2. ^ "러브토크 (Love Talk) Press Screening Report". Twitch Film. 26 October 2005. Archived from the original on 2014-04-07. Retrieved 2013-03-21.
  3. ^ Hwang, You-mee (10 August 2006). "Actresses venture to show their other side on TV". The Korea Herald via Hancinema. Retrieved 2013-03-28.
  4. ^ a b "Park Jin-hee Earns Her Paycheck in War of Money". The Chosun Ilbo. 22 June 2007. Retrieved 2013-03-21.
  5. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (9 August 2007). "Family, History Surface in Underground". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-03-21.
  6. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (11 October 2007). "Shadows Illuminates Palace Mysteries". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-03-21.
  7. ^ "Feature Film Competition". Fantasia Festival. 22 July 2008. Retrieved 2013-03-21.
  8. ^ "Shadows in the Palace". Fantasia Festival. Retrieved 2013-03-21.
  9. ^ Oh, Jean (15 January 2010). "Boys Over Flowers star in new romantic series". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-03-21.
  10. ^ Han, Sang-hee (19 January 2010). "New Romantic Drama Aiming to Top Period Piece". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-03-21.
  11. ^ Wee, Geun-woo (8 February 2010). "Park Jin-hee says career success does not quench thirst for love". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-03-21.
  12. ^ Han, Sang-hee (5 May 2010). "Drama Giant to show Korea's boom years". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-03-21.
  13. ^ Oh, Jean (19 May 2010). "Actress Park tries on 70s-era heroine for size". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-03-21.
  14. ^ "All That Star: Park Jin-hee". Arirang News. Retrieved 2013-03-21.
  15. ^ Matthews, Paul (30 September 2010). "October Movie Reviews: The Last Airbender, The Expendables, A Long Visit". 10 Magazine Korea. Retrieved 2013-03-21.
  16. ^ Kim, Jessica (28 September 2011). "Park Jin-hee boards Song Il-kook drama". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-03-21.
  17. ^ Ho, Stewart (13 April 2012). "Jay Park-Lee Si Young & John Park-Park Jin Hee Couples Officially Revealed". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2013-03-21.
  18. ^ "Cast picked for music reality show". Korea JoongAng Daily. 14 April 2012. Archived from the original on 20 April 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-21.
  19. ^ Oh, Mi-jung (15 April 2012). "John Park and Park Jin Hee Overcome Their 10 Year Age Difference". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2013-03-21.
  20. ^ Oh, Mi-jung (6 May 2012). "Alex and Horan Sing Maybe, Maybe Composed by John Park and Park Jin Hee". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2013-03-21.
  21. ^ Park, Eun-jee (21 August 2012). "Mysterious death haunts high school reunion in Grape Candy". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on 2012-09-02. Retrieved 2013-03-21.
  22. ^ "Hur Jun, the Original Story Casts Interview". MBC Global Media. 9 April 2013. Retrieved 2014-06-13.
  23. ^ 박진희, 내년 3월 '기억'으로 3년만에 안방 복귀. Sports Donga (in Korean). February 7, 2015.
  24. ^ 박진희, '오마이금비' 주연 확정…오지호와 호흡 [공식입장]. Osen (in Korean). 12 October 2016.
  25. ^ "Park Jin-hee will replace Go Hyun-jung in SBS' troubled series 'Return'". Kpop Herald. 13 February 2018.
  26. ^ "Cosmetics Maker Pulls Commercial Featuring Hitler". The Dong-a Ilbo. 16 April 2008. Retrieved 2013-03-21.
  27. ^ Han, Sang-hee (17 December 2007). "Actress Joins Oil Cleanup Campaign". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-03-21.
  28. ^ "Stars Shoot to Promote Green Film Festival". KBS Global. 23 April 2009. Archived from the original on 13 April 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-21.
  29. ^ 환경영화의 이모저모, 그 두 번째 이야기 Check |url= value (help). Korea Green Foundation (in Korean). 24 June 2009. Retrieved 2013-03-21.
  30. ^ Ki, Sun-min; Kang, Na-hyun (15 August 2012). "'Social-tainers' are talking about the issues". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on 10 May 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-21.
  31. ^ Bae, Ji-sook (13 April 2010). "40 Percent of Actors Considered Suicide". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-03-21.
  32. ^ "Actress Park Jin-hee to Wed Lawyer in May". The Chosun Ilbo. 4 April 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  33. ^ Kim, Hee-eun (12 May 2014). "Park Jin-hee weds in small ceremony". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-05-12.
  34. ^ Jin, Eun-soo (11 July 2014). "Park Jin-hee announces she is 4 months pregnant". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-07-15.
  35. ^ "[Exclusive] Park Jin Hee Welcomes Second Baby". Star News. 16 June 2018.
  36. ^ "Turbanshell, cigarettebutt, egg roll". 6th Busan International Kids' Film Festival. Retrieved 2013-03-21.[permanent dead link]

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