Kim Ha-neul is a South Korean actress with 20 years of experience. She started as a model, and later she tried acting. Her television drama “Piano” reached 40% ratings at its peak, which led to her rising into popularity. Another successful drama that she has starred in is “Blind”. The drama led to her winning Best Actress at the 48th Grand Bell Awards and the 32nd Blue Dragon Film Awards. Recently, Kim Ha-neul has been busy with her new-born baby from her marriage with her businessman husband in 2016.
Kim Ha-neul: Profile and Facts
- Name: Kim Ha-Neul (김하늘)
- Nickname: Olive, Kim Sky
- Birthdate: February 21, 1978
- Birthplace Seoul, South Korea
- Height: 167cm
- Weight: 45kg
- Star sign: Pisces
- Blood Type: B
- Education: Seoul Institute of the Arts majoring in Film
- Occupation: Actress
- Years active: 1996–present
- Agent: SidusHQ
- Spouse: Choi Jin-hyuk (m. 2016)
- Children: 1
While studying in Yang Kang Middle School, Kim Ha-neul was starting acting in small parts in school plays. From that day, she became sure about what she wanted to do when it came to deciding on a career. Upon the appreciation of her teachers, she continued to do it during her high school days at Keum Okay Girl’s High School. Apart from acting and watching films, she developed an interest in music and sports as well. While music kept her happy, playing outdoor sports played a major role in her being physically fit to pursue a career in modelling, which she understood was the entry gate to the films.
Kim Ha-neul started her career by modeling for clothing brand Storm in 1996. She then made her acting debut in the 1998 film “Bye June” alongside Yoo Ji-tae. In 1999, she starred in a medical drama film “Doctor K”, which earned her her first acting award nomination. In the same year, she made appearances in the television dramas “Happy Together” and “Into the Sunlight”, and was featured in the music video for “To Heaven” by Jo Sung-mo. Later, she reunited with Yoo Ji-tae in 2000 sci-fi romance “Ditto”, and rose to fame as an actress. Her following films like “My Tutor Friend” and “Too Beautiful to Lie”, which belonged in the comedy genre, resonated well with audiences, and Kim became more popular.
Kim Ha-neul’s breakout role was in romance melodrama series “Piano”, in which she played a pure, fragile young woman. The series was the second most successful drama of 2001, achieving a peak rating of 40.2%. She then starred in 2002 hit Romance alongside Kim Jae-won, which led her to stardom and won her Top Excellence Award in acting.
Continuing with comedy roles for many years following that, she experimented with the thriller film “Blind”, which got her a Grand Bell Award and a Blue Dragon Film Award for her performance. A big film star, she is quite popular among TV audiences as well as with her roles in the broadly successful series’ such as “On Air”, “Romance” and “A Gentleman’s Dignity”.
In her recent movie “Misbehavior”, she suggested lowering the level and subduing the tone of the bed scenes. Her co-star, Lee Won Geun, also spoke about the scenes, which have garnered attention in the media. “When you watch the film, those scenes won’t stand out,” she said. “I think that’s for the best. I appealed to the director. If the bed scenes stand out too much, I felt that it would distract from what he wanted ‘Misbehavior’ to show and from why I chose to do the movie.” This movie got her a nomination for Best Actress at 22nd Chunsa Film Art Awards and 26th Buil Film Awards.
Did Kim Ha-neul Undergo Plastic Surgery?
Her appearance from her past pictures compared to her current state surprisingly do not have any major differences. She uploaded the picture above while she starred at drama “A Gentleman’s Dignity”. The photo then got a lot of responses from the public, saying that she really hasn’t changed much. She already had that pointy nose and big eyes to begin with. The photo shows that Kim Ha-neul didn’t undergo any plastic surgery. Until now, she has kept her natural beauty.
Kim Ha-neul’s Wedding, Husband and Daughter
Kim Ha-neul got married to her boyfriend on March 19, 2016. Her husband is one year younger and is a businessman. They have been in a serious relationship for a year and have decided to get married after careful consideration. Kim Ha-neul confirmed her wedding date after denying reports that say she got married a month before. The confirmation of her wedding camein October 2015 by her late agency, SM C&C.
In an interview, she was asked if she had any special plans with her husband, to which she answered, “There’s a place that we liked to go to when we were dating, so I think we’re planning on going there again.” She was also asked if there is a body part that she is confident in, and she answered her eyes. But when asked what her husband thought was pretty about her, she pointed to the sides of her head where her temples are located. She thought that it’s lovable, even though it’s quite weird.
On May 28, her current agency Sidus HQ said, “Kim Ha-neul recently gave birth to a daughter. The mother and baby are both healthy.” News of her pregnancy was announced October 2017, and she received many congratulatory messages. After taking a break from promotions to focus on prenatal care, she gave birth to a beautiful daughter.