Korean star Park Eun Bin is as pretty as she is hardworking. Though just entering her thirties, the already veteran actress has a body of work to rival her seniors in the industry. Her filmography isn’t all about quantity either. Once she proved her capability to top-bill K-dramas in 2016, Eun Bin’s since been landing lead roles year after year, establishing herself as one of the country’s in-demand leading ladies.
Intrigued? Ahead are 10 fast facts you need to know about Park Eun Bin:
1. She’s a Virgo
Eun Bin was born on September 4, 1992, in Jamsil-dong, Seoul, South Korea.
2. She debuted at just 5 years old.
Believe it or not, this baby-faced beauty has been in the entertainment business for more than 20 years. Before acting, though, she started off as a model for children’s clothes in 1996.
3. She’s acted in 40 dramas, and counting.
Much like other child actresses, Eun Bin started her career playing the younger version of numerous leading ladies, including Song Hye Kyo in Guardian Angel, Moon So Ri in The Legend, and Kim Ha Neul in Stained Glass. As of 2021, the 29-year-old has appeared in at least 40 K-dramas since her acting debut in 1998; and the number's yet to include her movie credits, mind you. Fans definitely need a bit more time than most to catch up with her repertoire.
4. She landed her first lead role with the drama "Operation Proposal".
Eun Bin got a taste of the leading lady spot come her 20th birthday. The actress booked her first-ever main role with the time-travel romance drama Operation Proposal. There, she portrayed Ham Yi-seul, a selfless woman hung up on her best friend. When the latter realizes his feelings for her on her wedding day, he gets the chance to travel back in time and finally win her over.
After the drama, Eun Bin got cast solely for supporting roles again, until 2016 when she joined the ensemble cast of the award-winning, coming-of-age drama Hello, My Twenties. She played Song Ji-won in the show for two seasons, an odd yet high-spirited 22-year-old Journalism major who claims she can see ghosts.
5. She gains confidence by acting like her character in “Hello, My Twenties".
Evidenced by her soft and controlled speaking voice, it’s no surprise to know that Eun Bin is an introvert. Her calm and timid personality is a complete departure from the quirky, and sometimes crude, Ji-won. "When I was acting, she was such an opposite character [to me] that I was really shy at the beginning, wondering why she was like that," she admitted in an interview with Vogue Korea.
That said, years after Hello, My Twenties ended its run, the actress still keeps the character close to her heart. In fact, she often revisits Ji-won whenever she needs to muster confidence for herself. "When I’m embarrassed and want to run away, I think that I’m turning on my Song Ji Won mode and I feel like I’m suddenly gaining confidence."
6. She’s best known for “Hot Stove League,” “Do You Like Brahms?,” and “The King’s Affection”.
After starring in, and bagging awards and nominations for, the sports drama Hot Stove League, the now full-fledged leading lady first received widespread recognition for her work in the 2020 drama Do You Like Brahms? The public especially raved over her delicate, slow-burn romance with Kim Min Jae in the show. Additionally, her performance earned her the Top Excellence Award at the SBS Drama Awards.
Come 2021, Eun Bin landed her biggest project yet, as the titular Prince Lee Hwi in The King’s Affection, a KBS2 series that simultaneously releases its episodes on Netflix. After its premiere, the historical drama entered Netflix Philippines’ Top 10 list, sustaining its spot for a number of days.
7. It only took her three months to learn the violin.
FYI, Eun Bin plays a violin student in Do You Like Brahms? Though the crew did try to use CGI at first for her character, they eventually concluded that it would be impossible to insert the graphic violin close to her face. As a result, Eun Bin, who tried out various instruments when she was younger, had to relearn the violin for three months before filming commenced. "It was exciting at first to play the role of a violinist and I wanted to do well, since I was doing it anyway," she shared. "Also, there was a time when I lost focus watching another project because I realized the actor was not personally playing the instrument."
8. She joined “The King’s Affection” so she could wear a dragon robe.
Apart from her fascination with the story of woman king Lee Hwi, Eun Bin mentioned that she agreed to the project so she could don a dragon robe that would only belong to her character. ICYDK, dragon robes are formal clothing worn by Korean kings during the Joseon dynasty, where the drama is set.
9. She has the cutest signature pose.
In an interview with her The King’s Affection co-star Rowoon, Eun Bin showed the signature pose that she always does after wrapping up her projects. She acts as if she’s wiping away tears while puffing her cheeks and pouting adorably, to show off both feelings of "sadness and relief" at the same time. Too cute!
10. She’s on Instagram!
If you’ve fallen in love with Eun Bin like we have, make sure to keep up with her on her social media at @eunbining0904.
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