Moon Chae-won

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Moon Chae-won
Moon Chae-won at The Princess' Man poster shooting 164.jpg
Born(1986-11-13) November 13, 1986 (age 27)
Daegu, South Korea
NationalitySouth Korean
OccupationActress
Years active2007–present
AgentMSTeam Entertainment (Korea)
IMX Inc. (Japan)
Korean name
Hangul문채원
Hanja
Revised RomanizationMoon Chae-won
McCune–ReischauerMoon Ch'aewŏn
 
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This is a Korean name; the family name is Moon.
Moon Chae-won
Moon Chae-won at The Princess' Man poster shooting 164.jpg
Born(1986-11-13) November 13, 1986 (age 27)
Daegu, South Korea
NationalitySouth Korean
OccupationActress
Years active2007–present
AgentMSTeam Entertainment (Korea)
IMX Inc. (Japan)
Korean name
Hangul문채원
Hanja
Revised RomanizationMoon Chae-won
McCune–ReischauerMoon Ch'aewŏn

Moon Chae-won (born November 13, 1986) is a South Korean actress. Moon first attracted attention in 2008 in her supporting role as a gisaeng in Painter of the Wind. She was next cast in Brilliant Legacy, one of the top-rated Korean dramas of 2009. 2011 marked Moon's career breakthrough, with leading roles in the television period drama The Princess' Man and the action blockbuster War of the Arrows; both were critical and commercial hits, with Arrows as the highest grossing Korean film of the year. For her performance in the latter, Moon won Best New Actress at the Grand Bell Awards and the Blue Dragon Film Awards. Moon's other notable television series include the revenge melodrama The Innocent Man (2012) and the humanistic medical drama Good Doctor (2013).

Early life[edit]

Moon Chae-won was born in Daegu, South Korea. When she was in sixth grade, her family moved to Seoul.[1] She studied Western Painting at the Chugye University for the Arts, but dropped out in 2006 to pursue acting.

Career[edit]

2007-2010: Beginnings[edit]

Moon Chae-won at the Golden Disk Awards 2008

Moon made her acting debut in 2007 in Mackerel Run, alongside fellow newcomer Lee Min-ho; they were among 60 actors who auditioned for the teen sitcom. Moon and Lee also appeared in the 2008 comedy film Our School's E.T..[2]

But it was with 2008 period drama Painter of the Wind that Moon began her rise to stardom. In the adaptation of Lee Jung-myung's historical fiction novel, she played a beautiful gisaeng who falls for Shin Yun-bok (played by Moon Geun-young), a female painter passing herself off as a man.[3] Such was the positive reception to their onscreen chemistry and the homoerotic subtext of their characters' relationship, that they received the most votes in the Best Couple poll at the 2008 SBS Drama Awards. It was the first time in Korean drama history that two actresses won the Best Couple Award, despite the sexual conservatism of Korean network television.

Moon's profile was further raised with Brilliant Legacy, in which she played a privileged girl who alternately antagonizes and pities her stepsister.[4] Brilliant Legacy became one of the top-rated Korean dramas of 2009, with a peak viewership rating of 47.1%.[5] Another supporting role followed in My Fair Lady, where she played an upbeat shoe designer who lives next door to her crush, a butler.[6] She also made a cameo appearance in the last episode of Korean War series Road No. 1 as an army doctor.

In October 2010, she signed with talent agency Barunson Entertainment (later renamed MSTeam). Afterwards, Moon landed her first leading role in It's Okay, Daddy's Girl, as an immature daughter who transforms into a mature professional woman after a family tragedy.

2011: Career breakthrough[edit]

Moon Chae-won at a photoshoot for The Princess' Man

In 2011, Moon was offered the sole female role in War of the Arrows, an action blockbuster set during the Second Manchu invasion of Korea. Along with her male costars Park Hae-il and Ryu Seung-ryong, Moon underwent serious archery and horse riding lessons. Upon its release, War of the Arrows became the highest grossing Korean film of 2011, with 7.48 million admissions. Moon was praised for her portrayal of a feminine yet feisty woman abducted by a foreign army on her wedding day, yet who isn't a typical damsel in distress and instead survives by her wits and sheer will; she later won Best New Actress at the Grand Bell Awards and the Blue Dragon Film Awards for her performance.[7][8][9]

Right after she finished filming War of the Arrows, Moon returned to the small screen in the Joseon-era drama The Princess' Man, about a fictional forbidden romance between the daughter of Grand Prince Suyang and the son of Kim Jongseo (played by Park Si-hoo), whose fathers were real-life political enemies.[10] The Princess' Man was well-received critically and commercially, and though initially criticized for her acting, Moon won viewers over as the series went on, eventually bagging a Top Excellence Award at the year-end KBS Drama Awards.[11][12] She also received a Best Dressed nod from the Korea Lifestyle Awards for giving a boost to the hanbok fashion industry via her two period projects, and was named Honorary Prosecutor by the Supreme Prosecutors' Office.[13]

2012-present[edit]

In 2012, Moon starred in the Lee Kyung-hee-penned melodrama The Innocent Man opposite Song Joong-ki. She drew praise for her performance as a cold, cynical woman groomed to take over her father's conglomerate, who later reverts to helpless innocence after losing her memory. Ratings for The Innocent Man topped its timeslot during its run, and the critical acclaim led to Moon winning a Top Excellence Award at the KBS Drama Awards for the second year in a row.[14][15][16][17]

This was followed by the 2013 medical drama Good Doctor revolving around an autistic savant resident (played by Joo Won).[18] To prepare for her role as pediatric surgeon, Moon met with real-life doctors in a hospital setting, familiarizing herself with medical terms and observing surgeries first-hand.[19][20][21]

She next starred in Awaiting (in Korean, The Day Min-woo Arrives), a short film directed by Kang Je-gyu.[22] Moon played a woman separated from her husband (played by Go Soo) for sixty years by the division of North and South Korea. Awaiting was one of the four short films comprising Beautiful 2014, an omnibus project that premiered at the 38th Hong Kong International Film Festival.[23]

Moon returns to the big screen in an upcoming romantic comedy directed by Park Jin-pyo, which reunites her with previous Brilliant Legacy costar Lee Seung-gi. In Today's Love, three male friends fall for Moon's character, a weather forecaster whose pretty face belies the glib-talking, aggressive personality underneath.[24][25]

Filmography[edit]

Television drama[edit]

YearTitleRoleNetworkNotes
2007Reconstruction of Loveyoung Hwang Hyo-eunDramaxepisode 2: "살까지 뺐는데!"
Mackerel RunMin Yoon-seoSBS
2008Painter of the WindJung-hyangSBS
2009Brilliant LegacyYoo Seung-miSBS
My Fair LadyYeo Eui-jooKBS2
2010Road No. 1Min Young-jinMBCcameo, episode 20
It's Okay, Daddy's GirlEun Chae-ryungSBS
2011The Princess' ManLee Se-ryungKBS2
2012The Innocent ManSeo Eun-giKBS2
2013Good DoctorCha Yoon-seoKBS2

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2008Our School's E.T.Lee Eun-shil
2011War of the ArrowsChoi Ja-in
2014AwaitingYeon-heeshort film from Beautiful 2014
2015Today's LoveHyun-woo

Music video[edit]

YearSong titleArtist
2008"Parting Once Again"Sung Si-kyung

Discography[edit]

YearSong titleNotes
2011"Clementine"Track from It's Okay, Daddy's Girl OST

Endorsements[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
200816th Korean Culture and Entertainment AwardsBest New Actress (TV)Painter of the WindWon
SBS Drama AwardsBest Couple Award with Moon Geun-youngWon
New Star AwardWon
200945th Baeksang Arts AwardsBest New Actress (TV)Nominated
2010SBS Drama AwardsExcellence Award, Actress in a Special Planning DramaIt's Okay, Daddy's GirlNominated
201148th Grand Bell AwardsBest New ActressWar of the ArrowsWon
32nd Blue Dragon Film AwardsBest New ActressWon
9th Korea Lifestyle AwardsBest Dressed of the YearN/AWon
3rd Asian Jewelry AwardsDiamond Award, Actress categoryN/AWon
27th Korea Best Dressed Swan AwardsBest Dressed, TV Actress categoryN/AWon
19th Korean Culture and Entertainment AwardsExcellence Award, Actress (Film)War of the ArrowsWon
Top Excellence Award, Actress (TV)The Princess' ManWon
KBS Drama AwardsBest Couple Award with Park Si-hooWon
Popularity Award, ActressWon
Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length DramaNominated
Top Excellence Award, ActressWon
201248th Baeksang Arts AwardsBest Actress (TV)Nominated
KBS Drama AwardsBest Couple Award with Song Joong-kiThe Innocent ManWon
Netizen's AwardWon
Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length DramaNominated
Top Excellence Award, ActressWon
201353rd Monte-Carlo Television FestivalOutstanding Actress in a Drama SeriesThe Princess' ManNominated
8th Seoul International Drama AwardsOutstanding Korean ActressThe Innocent ManNominated
21st Korean Culture and Entertainment AwardsTop Excellence Award, Actress (TV)Good DoctorWon
6th Korea Drama AwardsTop Excellence Award, ActressNominated
2nd APAN Star AwardsExcellence Award, ActressNominated
KBS Drama AwardsBest Couple Award with Joo WonWon
Popularity Award, ActressWon
Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length DramaWon
Top Excellence Award, ActressNominated
20149th Seoul International Drama AwardsOutstanding Korean ActressPending

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "10LINE: Lee Min-ho". 10Asia. 21 October 2009. Retrieved 2014-06-17. 
  3. ^ Han, Sang-hee (23 September 2008). "Korea's Sweetheart Moon Becomes Mysterious Artist". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-06-17. 
  4. ^ Han, Sang-hee (3 August 2009). "Supporting Roles Stealing Spotlight". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-06-17. 
  5. ^ Park, Sun-young. "Brilliant drama leaving its own legacy". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-06-17date=16 July 2009. 
  6. ^ Oh, Jean (19 August 2009). "Riches-meets-rags in new drama". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-06-17. 
  7. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (4 August 2011). "Arrow aims for new horizons". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-06-17. 
  8. ^ "The Front Line top winner at Korea's Grand Bell Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. 19 October 2011. Retrieved 2014-06-17. 
  9. ^ Lee, Claire (27 November 2011). "The Unjust best picture at Blue Dragon Awards". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-06-17. 
  10. ^ "Moon Chae Won: "Impressions of The Princess' Man Still Lingers in My Mind"". KBS Global. 25 October 2011. Retrieved 2014-06-17. 
  11. ^ "Moon Chae-won Reveals Alluring Charms". The Chosun Ilbo. 10 September 2011. Retrieved 2014-06-17. 
  12. ^ Im, Ju-ri (28 October 2011). "Moon Chae-won finds meaning in her work". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-06-17. 
  13. ^ Sung, So-young (4 January 2012). "Actors named celebrity prosecutors". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-06-17. 
  14. ^ Lee, Hye-ji (22 August 2012). "Moon Chae-won, Park Si-yeon fight for Song Joong-ki's love in new TV series". 10Asia. Retrieved 2014-06-17. 
  15. ^ Jeon, Ji-young (4 October 2012). "Seo Eun-gi Conquers Both Work and Love". KBS Global. Retrieved 2014-06-17. 
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  17. ^ "Moon Chae-won: "Seo Eun-gi is a pleasant challenge"". MoonChaeWon.net. 4 December 2012. Retrieved 2014-06-17. 
  18. ^ Kim, Gwang-kuk (5 August 2013). "PREVIEW: KBS Mon/Tue Drama Good Doctor". TenAsia. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  19. ^ "Moon Chae Won visits surgery department, actively prepares for new role". MoonChaeWon.net. 14 June 2013. Retrieved 2014-06-17. 
  20. ^ Choi, Eun-hwa (3 August 2013). "Moon Chae Won Says She Aims to be More Professional Than Pretty". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-06-17. 
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  23. ^ Tsui, Clarence (25 March 2014). "Beautiful 2014 (Mei Ho 2014/Mei Hao 2014): Filmart Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2014-06-17. 
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  25. ^ Lee, So-dam (25 July 2014). "Lee Seung Gi and Moon Chae Won Confirmed for Film Today's Love". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-07-26. 

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