Moon Chae-won

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Moon Chae-won
Born(1986-11-13) November 13, 1986 (age 25)
Daegu, South Korea
OccupationActress
Years active2008–present
AgentMS Team
Korean name
Hangul문채원
Hanja
Revised RomanizationMoon Chae-won
McCune–ReischauerMoon Ch'aewŏn
 
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Moon Chae-won
Born(1986-11-13) November 13, 1986 (age 25)
Daegu, South Korea
OccupationActress
Years active2008–present
AgentMS Team
Korean name
Hangul문채원
Hanja
Revised RomanizationMoon Chae-won
McCune–ReischauerMoon Ch'aewŏn

Moon Chae-won (born November 13, 1986) is a popular South Korean actress. Her Chosun war movie War of the Arrows was a top-grossing Korean film in 2011. Moreover, her Chosun drama Princess' Man got 24.9% ratings, a rare high for ancient drama in 2011. Her acting skills won both audience and critics[1] approval. She won best newcomer in both the Grand Bell Awards and the Blue Dragon Awards in 2011. Moon Chae Won also received Best Dressed of The Year from Korea's Lifestyle Awards 2011.[2]. Since January 4th 2012, she has been appointed as an honorary prosecutor who represents prosecutors in South Korea for one year period. On April 27 2012, KBS made an announcement of a new drama Nice Guy starring her and Song Joong-Ki. The drama began shooting in the beginning of July.

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Career

Moon Chae Won studied Western Painting at the Chugye University for the Fine Arts.[3] She was determined to become an actress, as she ventured into the film industry and worked extra hard for many supporting roles. She found her fame in 2011 when she rose to stardom and became one of the most popular actresses in Korea.

Set Korean drama record for winning Best Screen Couple Awards

Moon Chae Won debuted in the teen drama "Mackerel Run" as key actress with Lee Min Ho in 2007. Moon then made her first movie debut in supporting role as Lee Eun Shil in teen movie "My School's E.T", starring Lee Min Ho. Although Moon successfully portrayed both teen characters, she only received attention when she acted in The Painter of the Wind. There, Moon played a beautiful gisaeng Jeong Hyang who falls for Moon Geun-young's character Shin Yoon Bok, who passes herself of as a man. Although her character Jeong Hyang was only a small supporting role, Moon's beauty and charisma charmed the TV viewers. Her partnership with Moon Geun-young as screen lover was so appealing that they both won the SBS 2008 Best Screen Couple Awards by receiving the highest popular vote. For the first time in Korean drama history, two actresses for their lesbian love became the Best Screen Couple. In addition, it was quite an accomplishment for Moon as a young actress in the beginning of her career.

Career Turning Point in 2010

In the following year, Moon performed as the privileged Yoo Seung Mi in a popular Korean drama Brilliant Legacy[4] and the bright and energetic girl-next-door Yeo Ui Joo in Take Care of the Young Lady.[5] Then her acting career suddenly slowed down-for almost 8 months she did not receive any work. Her only break was a one episode appearance in “Road Number One” as an army medical doctor Min Young Jin, yet she remained at her excellent acting standard.

September 2010 marks the turning point of Moon's career. On a more than 2 month International internet voting, Moon Chae Won, with her supporting role in Brilliant Legacy, won the highest popular vote of 71,294 among all nominated actresses in Asia. Her majority vote doubled that of the lead actress in Brilliant Legacy. It was the first time a supporting actress won such an honor in the film industry.

She was then invited by the famous film agency Barunson Entertainment to join their group in October 2010. Immediately, Moon was given the lead role in It's Okay, Daddy's Girl. as Eun Chae Ryung, alongside Super Junior’s Donghae who plays her younger brother, and CN Blue’s Kang Min-hyuk, who plays a delivery boy and drummer in a band. In "It’s Okay, Daddy’s Girl", Moon's character Chae-ryung starts out as a completely immature girl who has her father wrapped around her finger, and who is not above whining and pouting because she wants a designer handbag. Then, she transforms into a mature professional woman in the later stage of the drama after her family faced tragedy. Her role was so appealing that when the drama was half way aired Moon received nomination for the Best Actress for the SBS Drama Awards.[6]

Career Breakthrough

In February 2011, Moon Chae Won cancelled her vacation trip to Spain after she is offered to act in the movie "Arrow The Ultimate Weapons" War of the Arrows, a sole lead female character Ja-In. Moon took up serious archery and horse riding lessons with all the lead male actors in this movie. Moon received positive reviews from western viewers when the movie was aired in the London Korean Film Festival and US cinemas. Right after Moon finished filming "Arrow The Ultimate Weapons" in June, she immediately started filming in the KBS drama The Princess' Man with Park Shi Hoo where Moon played Lee Se-ryung. At the beginning of the drama, Moon received some negative critiques on her speech in ancient drama, and got into some controversy in her appearance in an entertainment show "Happy Hour". To Moon, it was the hardest blow in her acting career. Yet, with Moon's strong will, along with the support from her best friends, Moon Geun-young, Han Hyo Joo and her senior, Son Ye Jin, she was determined to do her best to turn around the critics' views. By then, her movie "Arrow The Ultimate Weapons" started in screening with huge success. Within 3 days, it received over one million viewership, and the media was subsequently desperate to interview the sole lead actress. However, Moon turned down all interview requests to focus on her role as Se-Ryung in the drama "The Princess Man". She did not rest for days to draw herself into the sad stage of Se-Ryung, until her acting moved the film industry and won her applause and outstanding viewership to place The Princess Man among the top rating dramas in 2011. Two documentary films appeared to study the success and history of this drama.

With outstanding performances in both works in 2011, Moon received special attention from the public. She posed as a beautiful yet strong woman in "Arrow, the Ultimate Weapon", and brought out a different character in "The Princess' Man". Her charm earned her popularity among viewers especially the male audiences, the public, media and film critics.[7]

Moon then won double Best New Comer Actress awards in both the prestigious 48th Daejong Awards/Grand Bell Awards (October 17, 2011) and the 32rd Blue Dragon Awards (November 25, 2011. By then, Moon shows promise of a thriving career in acting.

On December 5, 2011, Moon won the most prominent 9th Korean LifeStyle Awards as "2011 Best Dress Awards" . Korean Lifestyle Awards is an annual award which aims to honor groups and individuals that lead Korea’s contemporary lifestyle trend. The winners of this awards were selected after a three-step screening process ― an online survey on the Donga TV website; a second evaluation by professionals from the related industries; and a final screening. Moon's both movie "Arrow, The Ultimate Weapons" and TV drama "The Princess Man" had given a boost to Korean traditional dress Hanbok industry in 2011, which made her a trend setter in Korea fashion industry. On the same day, Korean fashion brand SI Clothing announced that the corporate had signed a 2-year contract with Moon to be the exclusive spokesperson from 2012 to 2013, enhancing the prominent status of Moon in Korean fashion industry.

On December 6, 2011, Moon won the Diamond category for Actress in 3rd Asian Jewelry Awards, which is the top honor for Korean popular entertainers. Fame and success continue to flow onto this young talented actress.

However, Moon remains modest and alert with all the success. She emphasizes her love for films and desire to continue to act as long as she could. She often likes to share her photos without make ups in her Me2DAY to keep a close contact and sincere with her fans.

She is best friends with fellow actress Moon Geun Young who go to the same industry.

Filmography

TV Drama

YearTitleRoleTV Network
2007Mackerel RunMin Yoon-seoSBS
2008The Painter of the WindJung-hyangSBS
2009Brilliant LegacyYoo Seung-miSBS
My Fair LadyYeo Eui-jooKBS2
2010Road No. 1Min Young-jin (cameo)MBC
It's Okay, Daddy's GirlEun Chae-yungSBS
2011The Princess' ManLee Se-ryungKBS2
2012Nice GuySeo Eun-giKBS2

Film

YearTitleRole
2008My School's E.TLee Eun-shil
2011War of the ArrowsJa-in

Music video appearance

YearSong titleArtist
2007Parting Once Again (한번 더 이별)Sung Si Kyung

Endorsements

2006
2007
  • Samyang Ramen
  • Natuur Ice Cream
2008
  • Lacvert Skin Care
2009
  • Levi Strauss Signature Jeans
  • Natuur Ice Cream
  • Dr. Jart Skin Care
  • Selly Women's Fashion Wear
2010
2011
2012
  • Style Innerve (SI) Women's Fashion Wear
  • Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance
  • Jinro Chamisul Soju, with Yoo Ah In
  • Vincis Bench - Women's Fashion Goods (Bags, Wallets and Shoes)
  • Bang Bang Fashion Wear
  • Allvit Herbal Skin Care
  • Pocari Sweat
  • LG Household & Health Care Soft Body Fit
  • LG Household & Health Care Sooryehan, Herbal Cosmetic

Awards and Recognition

Awards

YearAwards
2008
2010
2011
2012
  • 4th Honorary Prosecutor (Ambassador for Korean prosecutors)

External links

References

  1. ^ http://www.donga.com/docs/magazine/viewer.php?mgz_part=shin&n=201112220500011
  2. ^ "Korea Lifestyle Awards in 2011"[1].
  3. ^ "Moon Chae Won." Korean Drama Guide.
  4. ^ "Brilliant Legacy (Shining Inheritance)." Korean Drama Guide
  5. ^ "Take Care of the Young Lady." koreandrama.org.
  6. ^ http://www.dramabeans.com/2010/12/moon-chae-won-interview-becoming-daddys-girl/
  7. ^ http://www.soompi.com/news/moon-chae-won-is-the-next-biggest-star