Ha Ji Won

Ha Ji Won Has It All; Beauty, Brain and Brawn

Uri Ha Ji Won at a press conference in Singapore.
– (cr) ST PHOTO: RUDY WONG

She’s always game to do an action-based drama or role, has no qualms roughing it out on a horse’s back for hours or sparring with her co-actors with sword in hand. That’s the Ha Ji Won we’ve all grown to know from her masculine-type roles on TV and movies that she’s so popularly known for in recent years, as seen in Secret Garden, Sector 7, The King 2 Hearts and, Empress Ki – just to name a few.

But beneath that steely stare and masculine image she masquerades herself in, Ji Won is evidently characterised by these two words in real life: giggly and girlish. She’s easily tickled by the slightest remarks and self-proclaims to be the “most feminine” person amongst her school mates while growing up, during herEmpress Ki press conference yesterday, at Conrad Hotel.

Sharing a few comments made by her friends, whom she said were all surprised by her tough image on TV, Ji Won quipped: “If you talk to my friends who were with me through primary school, high school or university, they’d know that I’m nowhere near all the roles I play. And my friends tell me ‘what a surprise that you’re doing this’ and make remarks like ‘this is really not like you.’ But this is something I want to do as my career because it’s something I can be and I’m not, and I probably long for.”

Candid in her words, Ji Won was very genuine and thoughtful with her answers, and she was more than ready to share a few beauty tips and tricks with the media, when the topic of her smooth complexion was brought up.

She even spoke about coping with sleepless nights (five nights a week, she says) for the 6 to 7 months of filmingEmpress by maintaining a good diet which consisted of “a lot of nuts, fruits and yoghurt and homemade lunch boxes” from her mum, and dealt with stress by healing herself with “good music, books and design magazines I enjoy to read.”

And of course, filming in the great outdoors helped too, said Ji Won, with the copious amounts of fresh air she got at work.

Ha Ji Won at The Empress Ki press conference in Singapore

Playing a character who is caught in the middle of a love triangle with two kings (played by Joo Jin-mo and Ji Chang-wook) of two warring countries in Empress Ki, Ji Won was put in a spot when she was asked to name a fellow male actor whom she shares the most chemistry with.

“That’s a difficult question,” she mused in reply, “I can’t really say who is better or worse, probably because I had great chemistry with all the actors I worked with.”

Explaining that she’s friends with her co-stars and still keeps in touch with them, she surmised, “I never had trouble with them or fought with them. So to really point out one person would not be nice to the rest (laughs) so I think I’d keep the comment to myself,” shrouding her answer in complete secrecy.

While that’s a mystery we’ll never know the answer to, Ji Won namedrops a male actor whom she hopes to collaborate with again (and satiates our curiosity) in our interview with her after the press conference. Read on for more!

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Ha Ji Won for NorthCape F/W 2014

 Our Ha Ji Won soon will be escaping to the outdoors and welcome autumn’s and winter’s chilliness since she’ll be bedecked in NorthCape’s F/W collection of jackets, coats, boots, hats, hiking and climbing pants, etc.

Check her out in the outdoor clothing brand’s new ads!

Source  |  NorthCape and (c)  Couch Kimchi

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Ha Ji Won, uri Autumn Woman

Ha Ji-won put on a trench coat.

Crocodile Lady released the 2014 Fall collection with Ha Ji-won.

The pictures show Ha Ji-won in a natural mix-and-match style. She’s wearing denim-like materials with a tweed jacket which looks natural and fall-like. On the other hand, other pictures of her are much lighter in make-up, contrasting the heavily made-up characters she’s shown us lately.

The mustard colored trench coat she’s wearing also adds to Ha Ji-won‘s sophistication.

Meanwhile, Ha Ji-won is setting out for her Asian tour starting in Taiwan this October.

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“Discovery of Love” Resurrects Cappuccino Foam Kiss of SeGa

Discovery of Love

 

The cappuccino foam kiss in “Secret Garden” was such a classic k-drama moment that it’s hard to ever sip a latte without wondering if Hyun Bin is going to wipe the foam from your upper lip.

In the “Secret Garden” scene he accuses Ha Ji Won of leaving the foam on her lip on purpose because it’s something girls do to get men to touch their lips. Of course Ha Ji Won’s character Gil Ra Im had no such intentions.

Apparently that scene has had the same effect on k-drama writers because so many dramas pay homage to it. It happened again  in “Discovery of Love.” It took place shortly after Yoon Hyun Min and Lee Seung Joon realized they were both in love with the character played by Kim Seul Gi. She had some foam on her upper lip and they both wanted to wipe it off.

They might have suspected they were falling for her when their vision blurred and their hearts started beating erratically but it was the coffee foam kiss that sealed the deal.

Several dramas and parodies have reenacted that magic “Secret Garden” moment. In “Monstar,” B2SR’s Junhyung and Ha Yeon Soo parodied the moment as part of their teenage romance. His character, Sul Chan and hers, Se Yi, had an unintentional coffee shop date. He tried to pretend he didn’t like her but when he saw the foam on her lip, he said, “It looks like you watch a lot of dramas.”

He tries to wipe away the milky foam on her lip but she beats him to it by wiping it away with her tongue. And that results in him getting all flustered.

And the scene also had a parallel in “Queen Inhyun’s Man” when Ji Hyun Woo studied the coffee cream foam on Yoo In Na’s upper lip and tried to wipe it away. Since he was a time traveler from the Joseon era, she did have to introduce him to life in the modern world and that should include being up to date on k-drama’s most romantic moments.

The scene has also been parodied outside of dramas. G-Dragon and T.O.P. of Big Bang once did it with G-Dragon playing Ha Ji Won’s role and T.O.P. taking Hyun Bin’s role.

And many k-drama kiss scenes have tried to imitate the sweet moment.  But none may ever be as memorable.

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5 reasons Ha Ji Won is a top K-drama actress to look up to

 

There is always more to the actors behind our movies and dramas than we see, which is why it can be so fun to learn more about them. With The Huntresses, starring Ha Ji Won, Kang Ye Won, and Son Ga In coming to DramaFever this weekend, here are 5 admirable facts you should know about the amazing leading lady, Ha Ji Won!

1. She fully believes in character immersion.

Ji Won takes the roles of her characters so seriously that she has said she “becomes uncomfortable with how much she can disappear into her role.” As part of that, she feels what her character does, including love, sadness, and anger. After filming the movie Sector 7, she stated that she had to see a therapist because she “couldn’t recover from the fate of her character in the movie.” Talk about intense!


2. She loves to spend her birthday with fans.

Fan meetings are nothing new, but Ji Won has a special way of showing love to her fans by spending time with them on her birthday. There are numerous videos of her hugging fans and being extremely gracious when receiving gifts because she knows that they have worked hard to get them to her. The video below features her speaking to the audience during one of her birthday celebrations.


3. She loves to explore different genres.

Many actors fall into stereotypical roles, however, Ji Won has never liked being labelled. After being dubbed “Asia’s Horror Princess” because of her first few roles, she decided that she was going to break free of the title by declining roles in the horror genre. Since then, she has taken on many different roles in action, such as Sector 7, historical/period, like Damo and Hwang Jin Yi, romantic comedies, such as Secret Garden and King 2 Hearts, and more.


4. She likes to exercise.

During a candid interview for her movie Korea in 2012, Ji Won said, “In order to maintain youth, the right amount of muscle is always needed. Women actually need to do more strength training for their muscles. I have a lot of muscles because of my new film, but the right amount of training will help maintain youth.” She then shyly stated, “It will also push up everything for a woman’s body,” which caused the MBC TV’s Good Day reporter to blush as well!


5. She is also a singer.

Although she focuses on acting, Ji Won has been known to sing from time-to-time. In fact earlier this year, in June, she released a digital single called “Now In This Place.” While an actual music video for the song does not exist, the video below features the audio along with the romanized and English translation of the lyrics. She sounds amazing!


6. Bonus: She is incredibly giving.

Ha Ji Won has been involved in various charitable projects since the beginning of her career, including the Smile Again Project, which helped benefit low-income families and those with disabilities.


Luckily for us, we get to see more of Ha Ji Won in this week’s DramaFever Movie Night, The Huntresses.

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Jiwon Goes to Hollywood?

 

Ha Jiwon

Actress Ha Jiwon will launch her tour in Asia this fall.

The Secret Garden star is officially set to start off her tour in Taiwan in October, according to the Korean publication Naver.

The tour, titled “Bridge of Friendship,” is expected to connect Ha with her many fans all across Asia. The actress already has a solid fan base in different countries within Asia for her work in Hwangjini and Empress Ki.

Ha Jiwon has been incredibly open in the past about her desire to promote the Korean wave called Hallyu and strengthening ties between Korea and other countries while interacting with her fans.

“I want to contribute to promoting cultural exchanges between Korea and China through the event being held to mark the 20th anniversary of Korea-China diplomatic ties,” Ha stated in an interview with Yonhap News back in 2012 when she visited fans in China to give a lecture.

Ha Jiwon’s last fan meeting, which was held last June, was quite successful, as the event filled out a 2,000-seat theater in Japan. The stunning actress also visited Taiwan in the same month and got positive responses from local fans.

Since the success of these meetings, over the course of the year, Ha has planned to further interact with her fans in Japan, Taiwan and China.

Ha Jiwon reportedly plans to reveal the “real Ha Jiwon,” discussing her daily schedule and showcasing her recent single “I Am Here Right Now.”

The 36-year-old actress is currently filming her new movie Heosamgwan Maehyeolgi while juggling preparations for her upcoming tour.

Ha is also preparing for her debut in Hollywood, according to the publication MSN Entertainment XIN.

“There is nothing decided yet, but I’m taking auditions. The genre [of the film] is also not yet released,” stated Ha during an interview on the MBC variety show Section TV Entertainment.

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‘Hallyu Queen’ Ha Ji Won to Launch Asia Tour in October

Ha Ji Won will be launching an Asia tour in October.

Sun and Moon Entertainment, Ha Ji Won’s agency, announced on August 25, “Ha Ji Won will begin an Asia tour starting with Taiwan in October.”
‘Hallyu Queen’ Ha Ji Won to Launch Asia Tour in October

Having earned popularity in the Asia market through her projects, such as Empress Ki, Secret Garden and Hwang Jini, Ha Ji Won will be launching her promotions as a ‘hallyu queen.’

The upcoming fan meeting tour titled ‘Bridge of Friendship’ will feature not only the daily activities of the actress but her performance of the new single Now in this Place.

Photo credit: Sun and Moon Entertainment

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Ha Ji Won had a hug campaign

Anybody wants a hug? From our amazing yeoja, Ha Ji Won? I know I do!!!

Here is the news, a litlle bit late actually, sorry for that, but we just found out that our Ji-Wonnie, the brand ambassador for @CrocodileLady fashion line has just released a video for a hug campaign. Thanks to our almost zero fluency inj Korean laguage, we just know that our Ji-Wonnie said “Love you”. We love you too, Uri Ji Woonie :D

And here is her latest collections for that fashion line. Enjoy!

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Stunning Ha Ji Won for W Magazine September 2014 Edition

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In the September edition of W Korea, Ha Ji Won looks like a goth queen from a lost, underground and magical world. She is elegant and regal yet edgy at the same time.

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Sources  |  W Korea  |  Soompi, c/o zoompi123  |   couchkimchi

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Ha Ji Won is an Ambassador

Uri Ha Ji-won and her fellow Korean star, Gong Yoo, were named promotional ambassadors for the National Tax Service, the tax authority said on Monday.

The NTS said that it chose the two as they are exemplary taxpayers and also active in charity work. They received presidential commendations for having paid their taxes faithfully in March.

Gong Yoo (left) and Ha Ji-won (right) pose with National Tax Service Commissioner Kim Duk-jung after being appointed promotional ambassadors for the authority on Monday. /News 1 Gong Yoo (left) and Ha Ji-won (right) pose with National Tax Service Commissioner Kim Duk-jung after being appointed promotional ambassadors for the authority on Monday. /News 1

Ha and Gong said that they will do their best to be positive examples as ambassadors for the NTS.

For the next two years, they will model for promotional posters and take part in street campaigns that encourage honest tax payment in support of the NTS.

 

@source : The Chosun Ilbo & Jiwonderland at Youtube

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