Jun Ji-Hyun Biography
Jun Ji-Hyun is three times SBS Drama Awards winning South Korean model turned actress. She is widely known for her role as The Girl in the romantic comedy “My Sassy Girl “. Having active in this entertainment industry since 1997, she has appeared in several films and Tv series.
Jun Ji-Hyun is a happily married to her long-term boyfriend Choi Joon-hyuk in 2012 and mother of one child.
Jun Ji-Hyun Early Life & Education
Jun Ji-Hyun was born on 30th October 1981 in Seoul, South Korea. Her parents’ last names are Wang and Mook. Her grandparents are Korean but her parents were born in Canada. She is in the process of getting her master’s degree at Dongguk University, Graduate School of Digital Media and Contents. She also received her Bachelor’s degree in Drama from the university.
She was encouraged by her mother and her mother’s friends to be a model or actress due to her tall and slim body shape. During her childhood, she wanted to be a flight attendant but after a plane flight experience she gave up. At the age of 16, her high school friend who was a model introduced her to a photographer.
Jun Ji-Hyun Modeling & Acting Career
Jun Ji Hyun began her career as a model for Ecole Magazine in 1997. She made her first Korean TV series debut in “The Season of Puberty”. Then in 1999, she appeared in the TV drama “Happy Together”.
Her first film, “White Valentine” (1999), slipped by without many being interested. In late 2000, she was starred in a melodrama movie “Il Mare” and the movie did well at the box office and opened more opportunities.
Her breakthrough role came when she was starred in “My Sassy Girl” in 2001. She played as a tale of a gullible college student and his slightly unhinged girlfriend, which became a huge blockbuster hit both in Korea and throughout Asia. The film converted the highest grossing Korean comedy of all time in Korea.
In 2003, Jun appeared in physiological thriller film, “The Uninvited” which succeeded critics but failed to catch on with viewers. During this time she was a constant presence in TV ads and on billboards in Korea and also in other Asian countries.
She met with Kwak Jae-Yong, the director of My Sassy Girl in 2004, performing as a policewoman in the romantic comedy “Windstruck”.There were also hints that her reputation had begun to suffer because of overexposure in commercials.
Her movie “Daisy” (Early Spring 2006) featured her in a love triangle and was directed by Andrew Lau (director of Infernal Affairs). In 2008, she appeared in the Hollywood action/sci-fi movie based on the manga/anime “Blood: The Last Vampire”.
In November 2016, Jun did her small-screen comeback in the fantasy drama “The Legend of the Blue Sea”. In the same years, she ranked 9th on Gallup Korea’s list of the 10 best actors of 2016, converting the only woman to be involved.
Jun Ji-Hyun Married, Dating, Affairs, Boyfriend
Jun is happily married and the mother of one child. She married to her long-term boyfriend Choi Joon-hyuk on 13th April 2012. Their ceremony attended More than 600 guests, including celebrities, close friends, and family of the star at Shilla Hotel in Jangchung-Dong, central Seoul.
Her husband Choi is the grandson of famed hanbok designer Lee Young-hee and the son of fashion designer Lee Jung-woo. Choi Joon-Hyuk is a banker who works at Bank of America in South Korea.
The couple began to date each other in 2010 and after dating around two years the couple decided to get married. In fact, they were a friend since their childhood and they turned their friendship in the next step in 2010.
She gave a gave birth to their first child, a boy, on 10th February 2016. On 27th June 2017, her agency, Culture Depot revealed that Jun Ji-hyun is pregnant with her second child. They also revealed that she is expected to give birth in January.
Before getting married, Jun was rumored to be dating Jung Ji-Hoon, a South Korean songwriter, dancer, and actor. She also rumored to be dating Kim Soo Hyun but the rumor spread disappeared as she was already married.
Jun Ji-Hyun Controversy
She faced the controversy when she along with six other South Korean stars accused local monthly movie magazine Screen in 2006 for commercially utilizing their pictures without permission.
In 2009, police found that Jun’s cell phone had been illegally cloned. Police considered Jun’s management company used the cloned phone to keep tabs on her, in an attempt to exert control over all aspects of her life. SidusHQ denied those allegations.
Because of the scandal, several required her to leave once her contract terminated, but she surprisingly continued her contract with SidusHQ for one more year. Then in 2011, she set up her own management agency J&Co.
In 2011, SidusHQ CEO Jung Hoon-tak was notified of illegally using Jun’s bank statement to pocket savings from a merger and acquisition. Upon inquiry by the Financial Supervisory Service, Jun indicated that she had not even been conscious of such an account existing under her name. Jung announced a rejection.
Jun Ji-Hyun Net Worth, Income, Earning, Salary
Jun Ji-Hyun has received many awards and nominations in her acting career. She has been granted with ‘35thBaeksang Arts Award’ for her brilliant performance in the movie ‘White Valentine’.
Moreover, she received an award of ‘Grand Bell Awards’ for delivering outstanding performance. Allocating information from several sources as of 2018 it is found out that Jun Ju-Hyun current estimated net worth is around $1.2 billion.