Everything You Should Know About Jung Ryeo-won, Chakra’s Former Member Who Re-Debuted as an Actress
Chakra is one of the popular South Korean girl groups because it has a lot of history and is also part of the 1st generation that is still remembered even now. The members pursued their own careers after the group’s disbandment. Some have decided to live as non-celebrities, and some are still continuing their career in the entertainment industry, such as Jung Ryeo-won.
In this article, there’s detailed information about Chakra‘s Ryeowon who is now more popular with her own name as an actress under the name Jung Ryeo-won. Get to know more about Chakra’s Ryeowon including her full profile, career journey as a girl group member, and her career as an actress in this article!
Chakra’s Ryeowon’s Full Profile
Real Name: Jung Ryeo-won (Hangul: 정려원)
English Name: Yoana Jung
Birth: Seoul, South Korea, January 21, 1981
Star Sign: Aquarius
Height: 168 cm
Weight: 47 kg
Blood Type: B
- Robertson State Elementary School (graduated)
- McGregor State High School (Graduate)
- Griffith University International Business (Graduate)
Official Site: Instagram ( @yoanaloves )
Chakra’s Jung Ryeowon’s Career Journey as a Chakra Member
In February 2000, she debuted as a member of the girl group Chakra under the name Ryeowon. While attending Griffith University in Australia, she went to a Korean university as an exchange student, and she was accidentally cast on the street by Lee Sang-min.
She made her debut as a singer right away without much practice or anything. Her parents said that they saw their daughter on television and found out that Ryeowon had already become an idol singer. After Chakra disbanded, Ryeowon stayed active in the entertainment industry like Chakra’s Hwangbo.
Chakra’s Jung Ryeo-won’s Journey as an Actress
Jung Ryeo-won debuted in a movie titled Emergency Act 19 that was released in 2002. Jung Ryeo-won appeared in dramas and movies since 2004 after her withdrawal from Chakra when she announced that she will continue her career as an actress. After that, she used her real name Jung Ryeo-won and started her acting career in earnest. She succeeded and established herself as an actress recognized for her acting among first-generation female idols with Yoon Eun-hye.
After turning into an actress, she did not take lead roles at the beginning but gradually built up her acting skills through supporting roles in short dramas and sitcoms. In 2005, she was recognized for her acting skills by appearing in Hello, Francesca which was aired on MBC and My Name Is Kim Sam-soon which made “Ryeowon Style” become viral and a trend at that time among women across the country. Through this drama, she rose from a girl group entertainer to a star actress, and she gradually expanded her acting skills.
In the middle of her career journey as an actress, Jung Ryeo-won immigrated to Australia. After her debut as a singer, she returned to Korea and is active, so her actual nationality is Australian.
In 2007, she starred in her first movie titled Two-Face of My Girlfriend with Bong Tae-gyu. The movie itself failed at the box office due to the prejudice that she was a singer, but after it was taken off the screen, her fans liked it so much. She played the role of a multi-personal woman who suffered a huge psychological wound, and the 20-year-old A-ni was cute and fresh while the other person, Ha-ni, was a boyish figure. Jung Ryeo-won received the Blue Dragon Film Awards as Best New Actress.
Jung Ryeo-won has played in various movies and K-dramas such as Princess Jamyung (2009), Castaway on the Moon (2009), In Love and War, and Pained (2011).
In 2012, Jung Ryeo-won signed a contract with Keyeast and appeared in History of a Salaryman that was aired on SBS as Baek Yeo-chi. At this point, she seemed to have succeeded in reviving, but her position as a leading actress in Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday dramas was somewhat unstable after several appearances in K-dramas and movies.
In May 2014, she was the host of Art Star Korea. A year after, Jung Ryeo-won appeared on a drama titled Bubble Gum that was aired on tvN on October 26, 2015, with Lee Dong-wook. After the first episode aired, most of the viewers responded that it was a comfortable and sympathetic drama.
In 2017, she returned in a KBS 2TV drama titled Witch’s Court. This is her first K-drama after her previous appearance 2 years before, and she became the partner of Yoon Hyun-min. In this drama, Jung Ryeo-won perfectly portrayed the character Ma Yi-deum, and she received favorable reviews, solidifying her position as an actress.
In 2018, Jung Ryeo-won appeared as one of the lead roles of the movie titled Gate which tells about a government scandal between Park Geun-hye and Choi Soon-sil. From May to July 2018, Jung Ryeo-won appeared again in KBS’ drama titled Wok of Love as Dan Se-woo and received positive comments for her role in this drama.
In 2019, Jung Ryeo-won was cast as the lead role in JTBC’s drama Diary of a Prosecutor which was aired from December 16, 2019, until February 11, 2020, and she became a role partner with Lee Sun-kyun. Her appearance in this K-drama is also her first full-length drama appearance.