Get to Know More About Korean Actress and Cha In-pyo’s Wife Shin Ae-ra: Profile, Movies, and Wedding

South Korean Actress Shin Ae-ra

Shin Ae-ra is a South Korean Actress and a Radio DJ. Shin Ae-ra has graduated from Chung-Ang University, Theater and Film major. She made her acting debut in 1989 and after that, she was chosen to be a part of the main cast in the drama series Love in Your Arms and Bad Housewife. She has been married to South Korean Popular Actor Cha In-pyo since 1995. This couple gained broad support from Korean society thanks to their becoming philanthropists. They became one of the most active volunteers in orphanages and welfare centers; they are big-hearted and pay particular attention to stopping violence and abuse in schools, North Korean Exile Rights, and humanitarian aid for underprivileged children.

Shin Ae-ra gave birth to her son, Cha Jeong-min, in 1998. But, Shin Ae-ra and her husband made the headlines when they adopted two baby girls, Cha Ye-eun in 2005, and Cha Ye-jin in 2008. They raised public awareness regarding the problem of adoption in Korea, where despite the prevalence of adoption abroad, domestic adoption is rare and stigmatized because of culturally held beliefs that emphasize “pure” bloodlines. Shin Ae-ra and Cha In-pyo’s cases are even more prominent because Korean couples with their own biological children rarely adopt, and they are praised for serving as a positive role model.

Shin Ae-ra’s Profile
Name Shin Ae-ra ( 신애라 )
Born July 3, 1969, Seoul – South Korea
Education Chung-Ang University – Theater and Film
  • Actress
  • Radio DJ
Years Active 1989 – Present
Spouse(s) Cha In-pyo ( 1995 )
  • Cha Jeong-min ( 1998 )
  • Cha Ye-eun ( 2005 )
  • Cha Ye-jin ( 2007 )
Height 168 Cm
Blood Type O
Weight 45 Kg

Shin Ae-ra’s Career

Shin Ae-Ra is a veteran artist and experienced actress with a prominent seventeen-year career who has often visited the Korean California church in The South. Advocating for adoption and fostering young people, she also likes to help by volunteering at KFAM’s Korean house initiative. Shin Ae-ra quit the acting world to take care of her two daughters and also her son, who homeschooled for a year and is already in the sixth grade of elementary school.

Since 2003, Shin Ae-ra has served and is a representative of sharing and sponsoring poor children in Asia, Africa, and South America. She has contributed and provided sponsorship for poor people not just by herself, but also with her husband. Shin Ae-ra also started to act as a teacher for poor people, giving lessons in the fields of science and technology. She said, they must be treated well because that’s what they need.

Shin Ae-ra is a true star who has a conscience. She has obtained a Master’s Degree while also taking care of her children and taking them to school. She used a lot of her time as Ahjumma, she said in Times magazine, “In Korea, they don’t know about me so much, but here children can freely play and exercise freely.”

Shin Ae-ra’s Filmography

Television Series

1989 Angel’s Choice MBC
1990 A Tree Blooming with Love Young-seon KBS1
My Mother Second daughter-in-law MBC
Years of Ambition Choi Tae-hee KBS2
1991 The Woman Sets the Dining Table Eun-soo KBS2
What Is Love? Park Jung-ran MBC
1992 Ambitions on Sand So-young SBS
Go Man-soon KBS1
1993 Our Hot Song Jae-hee SBS
Lover Min Hee-kyung KBS2
1994 Three Men, Three Women Cha Se-ran SBS
Love in Your Arms Lee Jin-joo MBC
1995 Flames of Ambition Kim Chae-hyun SBS
1997 Conditions of Love Jung-min MBC
Best Theater
“짐작과는 다른 일들”
Baby Blues First Story
– Fetal Diary
Hee-joo SBS
Baby Blues Second Story
– Parenting Diary
Tears of Roses Baek Jang-mi
1999 You Don’t Know My Mind Na Do-hae MBC
2000 My Funky Family Ae-ra
2005 Bad Housewife Choi Mina SBS
2006 My Love Jang Mi-ran
2011 Indomitable Daughters-in-Law Oh Young-shim MBC
2013 Ugly Alert Jin Sun-hye (cameo) SBS


2006 Ice Bar Young-rae’s mother
2009 The Tale of Despereaux The Narrator (voice, Korean dubbed)
2011 Calling 3: Himalayan Schweitzer Documentary narration

Variety Show

1991 MBC Host
Weekend Comedy Theater
Hidden Camera
1997 Studio of Dreams KBS2
1998 Studio of Love MBC
New Life for Children
1999 Access! Movie World SBS
Childcare Diary EBS
2001 Let’s Praise MBC
2006 Doctors
2008 EBS Narration
2009 Asiatic Black Bears Returned to Nature SBS Documentary narration
Love – Robot Legged Sejin MBC
Barnacle Lou EBS Narration
2010 Tips to Become Gifted[16] Story On Host
2011 Documentary Three Days KBS2 Documentary narration
2012 Little Big Hero tvN Narration
2013 Korean Food Master Olive
2014 The Return of Superman KBS2


1992 Agnes of God Sister Agnes
1994 West Side Story Maria
1998 Nunsense Sister Robert Anne
2003 The Shoemaker’s Prodigious Wife Young wife
2009 Really Really Like You Shin Jang-mi

Radio Programs

1991 Our Happy Youth SBS FM
1992 Like Tonight KBS 2FM
1995 Cinema Music Room
1997 Hopeful Music at Noon MBC FM
2003 To You Who Forget the Night KBS 2FM

Awards and nominations

2003 2nd Star Seonhaeng Award N/A Won
2005 Korea Green Foundation 100 People Who Light Up Our World N/A Won
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special Bad Housewife Nominated
2007 44th Grand Bell Awards Best New Actress Ice Bar Nominated
2008 Asan Foundation 20th Asan Special Award[17] N/A Won
2009 Korea CEO Summit Grand Prize, Volunteer Service category N/A Won
2010 Pony Chung Foundation 4th Pony Chung Innovation Award[18] N/A Won
2011 MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama Indomitable Daughters-in-Law Won
2013 Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism 32nd Sejong Munhwa Award[19][20] N/A Won