Who is Shim Eun-ha?
Have you ever heard of actress Shim Eun-ha? If you had followed Korean drama since the 90’s era, you must be familiar with Shim Eun-ha. Yes, she is the former actress whose name became popular ever since she starred in some of the highest-rated Korean dramas of all times, such as The Last Match, M and Trap of Youth. But she is best known for her acclaimed performance in Hur Jin-ho’s melodrama Christmas in August, for which she swept the Best Actress awards in 1998.
This was followed by another well-received turn in romantic comedy Art Museum by the Zoo. Unfortunately, in 2002, rumors surfaced regarding her engagement which was later called off. Shim Eun-ha decided to retire from her busy schedule as an actress at the height of her fame despite of her fame in the entertainment industry. In 2000’s, she was at the peak of her career and she was entitled as the most beloved South Korean actress of that decade.
Are you curious about how Shim Eun-ha now? Who is her husband? If so, keep scrolling and you will find out more about former actress Shim Eun-ha!
Shim Eun-ha’s Family
After her surprising news about her acting retirement, in September 2005, Shim appeared in the news again when she announced in a press release that she was marrying Ji Sang-wook. The couple held a wedding at a private ceremony attended by about 150 people at Aston House, Sheraton Grande Walkerhill Hotel in Seoul on October 18, 2005. At the time, she reaffirmed that she will not return to acting. Until now, the couple has two daughters, the first born on March 2, 2006 and the second on November 28, 2007.
Having expressed regret that she hadn’t pursued further education while acting, Shim entered the Korea National Open University in 2009 to study for a liberal arts degree. She then displayed her artwork at the 2009 Seoul Open Art Fair, where the Oriental ink-and-wash landscape paintings, done in classical Korean style, attracted attention for their exquisite detail. She sold her first painting at a fundraiser exhibit later that year.
Later on, it was a new life of Shim Eun-ha’s husband. After being appointed as spokesperson for the Liberty Forward Party, Shim’s husband Ji unsuccessfully ran for mayor of Seoul in 2010. Ji subsequently joined the Saenuri Party and was elected as a member of the National Assembly for Jung and Seongdong, Seoul in April 2016 and up until now. Ji now joined the Bareun Party.
Shim Eun-ha’s Health Issues
In June 2017, another surprising news came from Shim Eun-ha. Earlier from the issue of Shim’s health, her husband and member of parliament Ji Sang-wook withdrew from his party’s leadership race. He said, “There has been an issue with my family member’s health, so I must be by my family’s side.” It was also relayed that Shim Eun Ha was given emergency treatment for a non-life-threatening drug overdose in Seoul on June 21, 2017. This raised concerns of Shim Eun Ha’s health.
In response, Shim Eun Ha said in the official statement that she was released on the same day saying, “I have discovered that I have post-traumatic stress disorder recently, which I didn’t know about. I needed medical treatment, but until now, while raising my children, I overcame it on my own with my willpower and effort. However, recently, I started taking medication and had to go to the hospital. I am okay now and I will be discharged soon. I am sorry for worrying you.”
Post-traumatic stress disorder occurs when a person is exposed to traumatic events and exhibits symptoms that includes depression, anxiety and insomnia. These symptoms can also occur up to three months after the experience. Fortunately, Shim Eun-ha’s health is reported to have been recovered now.
Let’s hope that it would not happen again and Shim Eun-ha becomes happy and healthy. Even though we couldn’t watch her on screen anymore, all her movies and dramas are still worth to watch. Check out her drama and movies list below.
Shim Eun-ha’s Film List
|Year||English title||Korean title||Romanization||Role|
|1995||My Old Sweetheart||아찌 아빠||Ajji appa||Nam Yoo-ri|
|1996||Born to Kill||본 투 킬||Bon tu kil||Jung Soo-ha|
|1998||Christmas in August||8월의 크리스마스||Palweolui Keuriseumaseu||Kim Da-rim|
|Art Museum by the Zoo||미술관 옆 동물원||Misulgwan yup dongmulwon||Lee Choon-hee|
|1999||The Uprising||이재수의 난||Lee Jae-su-eui nan||Il Sook-hwa|
|Tell Me Something||텔 미 썸딩||Telmisseomding||Chae Soo-yeon|
|Year||English title||Korean title||Romanization||Role||Network|
|1993||Three Families Under One Roof||한지붕 세가족||Yoo Ji-hee||MBC|
|1994||The Last Match||마지막 승부||Majimak Seungbu||Jung Da-seul||MBC|
|MBC Best Theater “Little Thief”||MBC 베스트극장 – 작은 도둑||Lee Jung-eun||MBC|
|M||M||Park Ma-ri/Kim Joo-ri||MBC|
|1995||Hotel||호텔||Ho-tel||movie actress (cameo)||MBC|
|1996||1.5 Generation||1.5||Cha Hye-kyung||MBC|
|TV Literature “Between Heaven and Earth”||TV문학관 – 천지간||Cheonjigan||woman||KBS1|
|Power of Love||사랑한다면||Saranghanda Myeon||Kim Young-hee||MBC|
|1997||Beautiful Lady||아름다운 그녀||Areumdawoon Geunyeo||Yoo Seon-young||SBS|
|SBS 70-Minute Drama “I Want”||SBS 70분드라마 – 나는 원한다||Naneun Wonhanda||Hong Young-ki||SBS|
|1998||White Nights 3.98||백야 3.98||Baekya 3.98||Anastasia Jang||SBS|
|1999||Trap of Youth||청춘의 덫||Cheongchunui Deot||Seo Yoon-hee||SBS|