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(translation) SBS Live Entertainment Express – Ha Ji Won’s Secret to Success

Thanks Betty for the tip!

Credits: Secret Garden Korean Drama on Facebook

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On April 18th, SBS’s “Live Entertainment Express” featured Ha Ji Won’s secrets to success and here are the translations for the program.

Ha Ji Won’s rules in the entertainment industry in Korea.

#1. If she plays roles like a poor (meaning she engages in heavy drama) or has action scenes in the dramas or movies, the dramas and movies are really popular.
Some examples,
Something Happened in Bali – Ratings 40.4%
Haundae (Tidal Wave) – 10 milion attendances in the theater
Damo – rating 24.2%
Secret Garden – Highest rating 35.2%

#2. Actors who played with Ha Ji Won are popular after finishing dramas or movies with her.
Some examples, Hyun Bin, Gang Dong Won, Kim Jae Won, Yeon Jung Hoon, Jo In Sung, So Ji Sub, Kwon Sang Woo.
Q1. The most magical moment in your life?
The fact that I played as a lead actress is a magic to me.
Ha Ji Won practiced boxing 8hours per day for 3 months for Miracle on the 1st street movie.

Q2. How hard did she practice boxing?(Yoon Je Gyun Director)
I visited the gym where she was practicing boxing by surprise.
She was sparring in the ring and I was so surpised because I thought that she was a real boxing player. I thought that she was really great as she put all of herself into (the movie )

Q3. What about Ha Ji Won’s basic physical fitness?(Ha Ji Won’s physical trainer)
She is one of the top 3 who have the most muscles among normal people and celebrities.

Q4. What is her reason for a taking a lot of action scenes?
I’d like to challege things that others don’t and conquer and win them. And I am dreaming about flying in the sky, so I will really do.

Q5. Meanwhile Ha Ji Won appears to not have any scandals? (Entertainment reporter)
Compared to her recognition, she didn’t have scandals, so she is the one who we wonder if she is dating someone in secret and try to find that out.

Q6. How did you come up with your stage name, Ha Ji Won?
The name of president’s first lover at the agency.

Q7. You got good grades in elementary school?
I was greedy(in a good way) and competitive. If I didn’t write a diary playing outside as a kid, I came home to write my diary and then went outside for paying again.

Q8. How was her elementary school life like?
As a classroom president, she was so competitive against other classes. She is jack of all trades, so she was pretty good at drawing pictures , writing letters and doing exercise.

Q9. What did her high school life look like?
She was exemplary and a role model student.

Q10. Was she pretty in high school?
Among teachers, they all thought that Ha Ji Won was the prettiest.

Q11. What was her life in high school after her debut ?
She had never been absent and late at school. For example, the day after filming at night, she was never late.

Achievement Review
Grand Bell Film Awards in 2000 – “Truth Game” over New actress award.
Blue Dragon Film Awards in 2009 –“Closer to Heaven” over the first Best Actress Award.

Q12. If you didn’t pursue acting…
I feel I’m not living the life of others in dramas and movies. The life of movies and dramas is all my life.
If I did not act…. I can not imagine it. I can only do acting not anything else.

Q13. Would you have had plenty of dangerous moments while shooting?
I prayed not to hurt or injure before I went to the shooting place. When I look back, I am shaking.

Q14. Please tell me about actress Ha Ji-won as you worked together on the Miracle on the 1st street.(Martial arts director)
She fell down due to her pain while acting and she rarely says she is in pain. I asked her to take some times off, but she said, ”No. I will continue because I should do it by myself.

Q15. The reason I like the word ‘cool’? 
Doesn’t the word ‘cool’ contain the meaning of beautiful? Hahahaha … (Editor’s note:  The Korean word used in this case for ‘cool is ‘mutjida’ or ‘motji’ as was frequently told to Gil Ra Im – which is kind of like “you’re attractive, you’re hot” so it also means ‘beautiful’ )
I’d like to look more proactive and powerful woman rather than cause protective instincts since I was little.  (Editor’s note: She means she would rather look independent than have some other people always try to protect her ever since she was little)

Q16. The role you want to play 20 years later?
I want to play in the melo (drama or movie) like a lovely woman wearing overalls like Meryl Streep (even after 20 years). I wish there is any director who wants to cast me at that time. Hahaha…  (Editor’s note:  She wants to play a role similar to Mamma Mia)

******Ha Ji-won’s Secret to Success*****
“The fighting spirit in her whole body”

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Edits and notes by: dowotee @ HBHJW WordPress Fanpage


Ha Ji Won – Certified EomChinTtal? Amazing Yeoja Since Birth…

This is probably not the first we hear of this if you have always been a Ha Ji Won fan. If not, the time has come that Ha Ji Won’s primary and secondary school report card and yearbook photos are creating buzz in Korean media!  Ha Ji Won’s early life had been exposed via the 18th broadcast of the SBS “Good Morning” show.  Looks like we are going to be seeing a continuation of the show that stated with the Olay interview last week (Please stay tuned!)

And with these photos, netizens and media persons in South Korea alike are branding uri Ha Ji Won as a true ‘eomchinttal’ .  Eom-chin-ttal is the Korean abbreviation/slang for “Mother’s friend’s daughter” – typically given to someone who is so amazing that your own mother keeps comparing you with that person.

Why is Ha Ji Won an “Eomchinttal”?  Because her early progress report cards show someone who had been multiple times elected as either class vice president or president, got straight aces in school marks, and received high praises from faculty.   Her high school teacher even went on to say that even if her acting career was already starting out, she still sincerely wanted to go to school and didn’t want to miss a single day of school.

Her yearbook photo shows a transcendent beauty — someone who had looked as beautiful as she is now even before.

Now, tell me, how can someone not fall in love with such an amazing woman?  Eomchinttal indeed!

Credit: Bloomberg SPN via Nate

Ha Ji Won Moves On in White?

Ha Ji Won’s latest outings in white – for an April 6 premiere, then again in a white dress in an Olay Event is drawing some media attention (and a white suit shopping for jewelry at Cartier).   The clean, white look is giving her a purely and simply feminine look (as with her long locks for an interview which we discussed early on).   This is in contrast to the action-filled, boyish charisma she projected for Secret Garden and also the CFs that shortly came after it.

It appears that Ha Ji Won may be moving on from her Gil Ra Im character by donning these chic outfits that give off the feminine charm.

But that she’s opting for white makes this author feel as if there’s a hidden message behind it… hmm, what could it be Ji Won-ssi?

Credits: BNT via Nate

[interview] Ha Ji Won for Olay Cosmetics CF

Ha Ji Won was interviewed by Arirang at her shoot for the Olay Cosmetics CF.

In this interview, she was asked about her ‘ideal’ person and she answered in earnest —

“I like people who are funny, positive, and laugh a lot. Someone who I can receive positive energy from when we’re together. Appearance? A good looking person. *laughs* But the mind is most important.”


At the end of the clip, see her wish Hyun Bin well in the military, “to enjoy the military as if like in a movie and to come back more mature and more handsome before”.


Notice the order of the progression of the interview, her ‘ideal’ types was asked first then the goodwill wish to Hyun Bin, as if he was that ideal type.   Nice framing Reporter-nim.


Credits:  SGPC at Facebook and Arirang World TV



Ha Ji Won Sports New Look for Spring!

She is back… to her old long locks.

For a Spring Fashion shoot, Ha Ji Won is back to her long feminine hair, marking her official ‘shedding’ of Ra-Im’s image.

MBC Section TV was able to catch her in an interview, where she excitedly called “Hyun Bin-ssi!!” and was honestly looking as if she was anticipating a visit from the guy who is currently in the military.  She broke into laughter seeing it was just another Kim Joo Won copycat coming out.  (But honestly, I don’t know why she said “Hyun Bin-ssi”, if they were going to bring in a Kim Joo Won clone).

During the interview she was asked how she feels with the long line of men all claiming her to be their ideal.  She talks about 2PM’s Ok Taecyeon, who had long harbored a not-so-secret admiration for this amazing yeoja.  She expressed wishing that someday they get to star in a movie together where they each would kill each other off (ala Mr and Mrs Smith).

Oh Ha Ji Won-ssi, don’t you know how we ‘shippers’ wish you would star in such a movie with top Marine shooter Kim Tae Pyung instead!  Now that would be heaven, yea?

She also talks about her training for her upcoming sport movie, “Koreans”, where she is currently hard at work practicing pingpong.  She is already receiving attention for her toned physique, with the trainer calling her out as being the only one with such muscle mass out of all actresses.

Watch the raw, unsubbed video here…


Credits:  allkpop, MBC Section TV, SGPC on Facebook