2022 feels just like 2016 in that there are so many amazing K-dramas in this year's lineup. One of the most anticipated shows is Our Blues. The official posters were released in March, and the fans became even more excited about its release. Han Ji Min is part of the star-studded cast, with the drama revolving around the sweet and bitter stories of 14 people who live in the same village on Jeju Island. In Our Blues, Han Ji Min is paired with Kim Woo Bin, and it looks like the two have already bonded over their characters' relationship.
The actress said, "The key point is Kim Woo Bin's melodrama acting, which we’re seeing for the first time in a while," to which Woo Bin replied, "We're mostly filming on Jeju Island so you will be able to see a lot of new images. You must feel frustrated and want to go on vacation, so I hope you will be able to live vicariously through the [scenery] images."
An artist under BH Entertainment, we last saw Han Ji Min in the 2021 rom-com A Year-End Medley, which also boasts some of the industry's big names: Lee Dong Wook, Kang Ha Neul, Girl's Generation's Yoona, Won Jin Ah, Kim Young Kwang, and more. But did you know that her career actually began while she was still in high school? Keep reading to find out more about this talented Hallyu star.
Here are interesting facts about Han Ji Min:
Han Ji Min was born on November 5, 1982.
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Her career began while she was still in high school.
Like other actresses, Han Ji Min started out as a model in commercials and music videos from 1999 until 2003. Then, she appeared in All In and Dae Jang Geum; in All In, she portrayed the teen counterpart of Song Hye Kyo's character. Her breakout role came soon after, in the 2005 drama, Resurrection. She did such a great job that she won the KBS Best New Actress award.
For a few years, she was known for her sweet or innocent roles in projects like Blue Swallow, Invincible Parachute Agent, Capital Scandal, and Yi San. Rooftop Prince, a fantasy rom-com about a prince from the Joseon era who time travels to the 21st century, is one of Han Ji Min's successful dramas—so much so that she became more popular in Japan.
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Arguably her most memorable project is the 2018 film, Miss Baek. Ji Min played an ex-convict dealing with all the social stigma that comes with it. Her portrayal was so stunning, she won the Best Actress award at the Blue Dragon Film Awards and Baeksang Arts Awards. In more recent years, we've also seen her in Familiar Wife, One Spring Night, Josee, and as previously mentioned, A Year-End Medley.
Her view of acting has shifted since her twenties.
In the early days of her career, like many of us, Han Ji Min thought that it was better to stick to a specific track, to follow a clear path of what is expected. In an interview with Edaily, she said, "When I was in my twenties, I used to have a fixed idea of 'I'm this kind of person,' and I tried not to deviate from that frame. If I had kept that up, I wouldn't have been able to do projects like Miss Baek. As people get older, they can change to adapt to a situation, and I also think that they need to make transformations if it’s necessary. I prefer the me of today, who has found courage, to me when I was in my twenties when my view of the world was very limited."Continue reading below ↓
She was actually drunk in those scenes in Miss Baek.
In the movie, she is an ex-convict who feels protective of a young girl who has also been forced out of society. During a press conference in 2018, Han Ji Min shared that she actually consumed alcohol before shooting those drunk scenes: "I think the most natural way to act like a drunk person is to actually get drunk, so I drank before filming for this project. I can't do that when filming a drama because there's not a lot of time, but I actually drank when acting drunk for films. If the frank and straightforward emotions that I feel while drinking are in harmony with the scene, it will make it more realistic for viewers."Continue reading below ↓
She was really close to her grandmother.
A lola's girl, 2020 was a difficult time for the Josee star. Her grandmother passed away that year, and she described what it was like to go through that personal struggle. She told W Korea, "My grandmother raised me since I was a child and was always by my side, and she disappeared. I realized that although there will be more times in my life where I have to say goodbye like that, I don't know how to get through that. So I thought a lot about life, and I tried to spend time focusing on looking after my own feelings."Continue reading below ↓
Han Ji Min is not a stranger to unrequited love.
In A Year-End Medley, Ji Min plays a woman who is hesitant to tell her friend about her true feelings. When asked whether she's ever been in that kind of situation before, she revealed that she has had some experience with unrequited love—and the first instance was in elementary school! She said, "Even if I liked someone, I was afraid of being rejected, so I'd just watch them from afar. Nowadays, I'm starting to think that if I find someone I like, I should express my feelings before it's too late." Who can relate?Continue reading below ↓
She is interested in social welfare.
It's what she focused on as a student at Seoul Women’s University. Han Ji Min is known for making frequent donations to those in need. Most recently, she donated 100 million won to the Korean Committee for UNICEF in an effort to help young Ukrainian children affected by war. Her donation will be used to fund "drinking water, education, health assistance, and protection for the children."
Han Ji Min is on Instagram!
Follow her @roma.emo to see behind-the-scenes moments from her projects, sweet pics of her friends, and snaps of her being the best tita.
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