Updated: Nov 5
When you're a social welfare major and an acclaimed actress, you tend to use the power of your celebrity status to get massive good done for the world. Such is the case of actress Han Ji-min, who seems to have the uncanny ability to work for remote villages in the Philippines, be a goodwill ambassador of the UN Environment Programme, and win a Baeksang Arts Award for her movie performance at the same time.
Despite being only a year younger, Han Ji-min debuted as the "younger" version of Song Hye-kyo in the drama "All In." She began attracting attention when she joined the 2003 k-drama monolith "Jewel in the Palace," and then she went on to break through in the 2005 drama "Resurrection" and 2007's "Yi San."
Tired of being typecast as a sweet and fragile female, she went on to star as a femme fatale in 2011's "Detective K: The Secret of the Virtuous Widow," then as a cynical vet in "Padam Padam," and then tried her hand at comedy in the popular "Rooftop Prince."
She also worked with Hyun Bin twice: in "Fatal Encounter," and then in "Hyde, Jekyll, and Me."
Later, she would join box office hits "The Age of Shadows" with Gong Yoo before her solo star turn in 2018's lauded "Miss Baek." She also starred in the popular drama, "Familiar Wife" in the same year.
In 2019, she led the noona k-drama "One Spring Night" with Jung Hae-in. Continuing her noona appeal, she then starred as the love interest of a much younger Nam Joo-hyuk in the remake of the Japanese film, "Josee."
Recently, she joined the star-studded Noh Hee-kyung drama "Our Blues" alongside Lee Byung-hun, Shin Min-ah, and Kim Woo-bin. Her latest appearance is as the romantic lead in the latest Lee Joon-ik drama (and Paramount's first k-drama) "Yonder" with cinema legend Shin Ha-kyun.