Han Chae-young born Kim Ji-young on September 13, 1980 is a South Korean actress. Kim Ji-young was born in Daegu, South Korea, but her family soon migrated to the United States and she spent her growing up years in a Chicago suburb, where she attended Adlai E. Stevenson High School.
During one of her visits to Korea, she was reportedly discovered by a famed Korean comedian who suggested that she put her college plans on hold and try acting.
Taking on the stage name Han Chae-young, she made her acting debut in 2000 through horror film The Record. She then played the antagonist in popular TV melodrama Autumn Fairy Tale.
The press dubbed her “Barbie Doll of Korea” — for her tall, shapely proportions. Though this image would land her numerous commercial endorsements, her acting projects in the next few years saw Han typecast as an unapproachable beauty from a wealthy background.
Han said her cheerful character in the film Girlfriends resembled her real self the most and was also the role she said she “had the most fun playing.”
Horror film Soul Mates, a Korea-New Zealand co-production, was supposed to have been Han’s English-language international debut, but the project was cancelled.
After a lengthy hiatus from the small screen (her 2009 fashion drama Magazine Allo did not push through due to plagiarism charges), Han was cast as a down-to-earth rookie journalist in 2010’s manhwa adaptation A Man Called God.
Han Chae-young married Korean-American financial expert Choi Dong-joon on June 2, 2007 at Hotel Shilla in Seoul.