Actress Moon Chae-won’s Acting Career
Moon Chae-won is one of the most famous actresses from South Korea. She made her acting debut after having auditioned among 60 actors in 2007 for the sitcom Mackerel Run. She acted along with Lee Min-ho and Park Bo-young. The series was reduced from 24 episodes to only eight episodes due to low viewership ratings. In the following year, the three also appeared in comedy film Our School’s E.T. The film also marked her acting debut in big-screen film.
In 2008, Moon Chae-won made her name well-known through her acting in Painter of the Wind. She played as a beautiful gisaeng named Jung-hyang who falls for Moon Geun-young’s character, Shin Yoon-bok, who is a female painter who is pretending to be a man. Their on-screen chemistry and the homoerotic subtext of their character’s relationship received positive responses and made them won the Best Couple Award. It was the first in history that two actresses won the Best Couple Award despite the sexual conservatism of Korean network television.
In 2009, Moon Chae-won raised her name higher with drama Brilliant Legacy. She acted as Yoo Seung-mi, Han Hyo-joo’s character’s stepsister. The drama was a hit and topped the charts for 20 consecutive weeks. The viewership rating reached 47.1% for its last episode. She also played in My Fair Lady (2009) as one of the main characters, Yeo Eui-joo, a bright and cheerful girl who dreams of becoming a shoe designer. In the drama, she co-starred with Yoon Eun-hye, Yoon Sang-hyun and Jung Il-woo. In 2010, she played a lead role in drama It’s Okay, Daddy’s Girl as Eun Chae-ryung who was the youngest and most spoiled in her family. She then grows out of her sheltered life and faces numerous hardships before becoming independent.
In 2011, Moon Chae-won was offered the sole female warrior in film War of The Arrows. Her portrayal of a feminine yet feisty woman who wasn’t a typical damsel-in-distress and instead survives by her wits and sheer willpower received praised and made her received several awards. In the same year, she acted as Lee Se-ryung in drama The Princess’ Man co-starred with Park Si-hoo. The drama was about a fictional forbidden romance between the daughter of Grand Prince Suyang and the son of Kim Jongseo, whose fathers were political enemies. She also receives several awards for her acting.
In 2012, Moon Chae-won played in a melodrama The Innocent Man opposite Song Joong-ki. She portrayed a cold, cynical women groomed to take over her father’s conglomerate, who later reverts to helpless innocence after losing her memory. The character led her to win Top Excellence Award for the second year in a row. Her career followed by acting as a pediatric surgeon in drama Good Doctor in 2013 with Joo Won. In 2015, Moon Chae-won came back to the big-screen and worked together with Lee Seung-gi, her co-star in Brilliant Legacy. The film was about the relationship between a man who is a loser when it comes to dating, and a weather woman with a tough personality.
In 2016, Moon Chae-won took another lead role in thriller drama Goodbye Mr. Black. The drama was her first drama in three years. In 2017, she was casted in the Korean adaption of American crime drama Criminal Minds, co-starred with Lee Joon-ki.
Moon Chae-won’s Profile
Name: Moon Chae-won (문채원)
Baptismal Name: Bona
Birthdate: November 13, 1986
Birthplace: Daegu, South Korea
Height: 168 cm
Weight: 49 kg
Blood Type: B
Star Sign: Scorpio
Education: Sunhwa Arts High School, Chugye University for the Arts – Western Painting (dropped out)
Religion: Roman Catholic
Agency: Namoo Actors