Whether you’re a K-drama regular or a newbie, it's almost impossible to miss a versatile talent like Han Hyo Joo. Her uncanny ability to go both ways is simply terrific: She can effortlessly embody the edgy Yoon Sae-bom in Happiness while naturally playing Oh Yeon-joo’s sweet and gentle persona in W. Such grace and grit built her career of more than 15 years, enabling her to consistently collect projects, awards, and of course, an enviable roster of co-actors. All of that considered, her stunning visuals is just the cherry on top!
If you’re keen to learn more about the irresistibly charming and cool Hyo Joo, we patched up a quick guide just for you.
Here Are 10 Things You Need to Know About “Happiness” Star Han Hyo Joo:
1. She’s a Pisces
Angel-faced Hyo Joo was born on February 22, 1987, making her a certified Pisces! She was raised by her mother, a teacher-turned-public school inspector, and his father, an air force official, in Chungju, South Korea.
2. She started off as a pageant queen
Who would’ve thought that a food corporation would mark her sweet beginnings? In 2003, teenage Hyo Joo successfully channeled her charms and won the grand prize at the 9th Miss Binggrae Smile Pageant, catapulting her to a promising career!
3. She was scouted for her debut lead role through the internet
Never underestimate the power of connections, especially on the ‘net! After three years of trying to break through the industry, Hyo Joo finally landed her debut lead role in the 2006 drama Spring Waltz. When the drama’s director came across a snapshot of her online, he found that Hyo Joo’s pure and innocent aura was the perfect match for what he was looking for in the role. With only a few acting credits to her name, Hyo Joo bravely took on the challenge and, unsurprisingly, nailed it to the core.
4. Her first lead role on a feature film won her major awards
In the same year, Hyo Joo gave a stellar performance in the independent drama film Ad-lib Night, where she plays Bo-kyung, a young woman who pretends to be a dying man’s estranged daughter. She nabbed two Best New Actress awards in the Korean Association of Film Critics Awards and the Singapore International Film Festival. Definitely an honorable feat for a budding star!
5. She made her Hollywood debut in 2019
After having successful back-to-back projects in Korea, Hyo Joo made the bold move to go international. This decision apparently served her well as she marked her Hollywood debut in the 2019 TV series Treadstone, which turned out to be a dream come true! In a previous interview with Harper’s Bazaar, she'd expressed interest in the genre, specifying, “I want to try an action project like the Bourne series.” As if she manifested it, she was indeed cast as a secret agent, unleashing her potential for kick-ass roles!
6. She's been very active in sports since she was young
No wonder she’s a variety show ace! At an early age, Hyo Joo was known to be great at track and field. This was confirmed by her childhood friends in an episode of tvN’s Hometown Flex, where it was mentioned that she always placed first in races. The adrenaline surely grew on her as she remained dedicated to physically training for projects, like her intense preparation for her 2021 film The Pirates: The Last Royal Treasure!
7. She’s managed by BH Entertainment
Since 2009, Hyo Joo’s been handled by BH Entertainment, making her one of their longest-contracted artists since the agency’s fruition. Together with veteran actor and founder Lee Byung Hun, Hyo Joo’s management also boasts of big stars like Kim Go Eun (Goblin), Park Bo Young (Strong Girl Bong-Soon), and Park Hae Soo (Prison Playbook).
8. She has a golden voice
As if her acting chops aren't enough to leave us in awe, Hyo Joo also has a mesmerizing voice! The actress has collaborated with various singers for her drama’s OSTs, and she’s also done features with K-indie singers such as MYQ and Browneyed Soul. At this point, we’re truly convinced she’s one of heaven's favorites.
9. She’s a philanthropist
Hyo Joo has proven to be a total sweetheart for her consistency in supporting various causes! Whether it’s campaigning for sick children during the Green Umbrella Angel Day in 2017 or donating to calamity victims in Gangwon Province and her hometown of Chungju, Hyo Joo remains open-handed with her wealth and success.
10. She’s on Instagram
The actress-slash-model-slash-singer has a lot of tricks up her sleeve, and delivering the loveliest IG photos is definitely one of them. Give her a follow at @hanhyojoo222 to stay updated with her latest projects, musings, or random selfies!
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