Born Wang Ji-hyun
30 October 1981 
Seoul, South Korea

Other names 
Gianna Jun
Jeon Ji-hyun

Body : 172cm, 48kg, B type
Family Matters : One brother and one sister in the second
Elementary: Eunbook Elementary School
Middle School: Eonjujung school
High school: Jinsun Girls' High School
Education: Dongguk University (Theater and Film degree)
Hobbies: Listening to music, watching movies and swimming
Languages: Korean and English
Debut: Model for Echo
Religion: Christianity
Occupation Actress, model

Korean name
Hangul 전지현
Hanja 全智賢
Revised Romanization Jeon Ji Hyeon
McCune–Reischauer Chŏn Chihyŏn

Birth name
Hangul 왕지현
Hanja 王智賢
Revised Romanization Wang Ji-hyeon
McCune–Reischauer Wang Chihyŏn

Wang Ji-hyun was born in Seoul, South Korea. Her childhood dream was to become a flight attendant, but at the age of 16, she was discovered on the street by a fashion editor. Using the stage name Jun Ji-hyun, she began her career as a model for Ecole Magazine in 1997.

Jun first became well known as a commercial model and as a TV actress. Although she made her film debut in the little-watched White Valentine in 1999, it was not until later in the year when she was featured in a commercial for Samsung My Jet Printer that she became a popular sensation. The dancing and attitude expressed in the ad made her into an icon for Koreans in their late teens and early twenties.

After continuing her TV and modelling career, Jun made her first well-publicized film appearance in late 2000 with Il Mare. A handsomely-shot melodrama set on Ganghwa Island, the film did respectably well at the box office (despite opening on the same day as blockbuster Joint Security Area) and solidified her status as a star.

Jun's breakout film was comedy My Sassy Girl, which became a huge hit both in Korea and throughout Asia with its tale of a gullible college student and his slightly unhinged girlfriend. The film spent two weeks at #1 in Hong Kong, and turned her into Korea's most recognizable star in the Chinese-language market. She also won as Best Actress at the 2002 Grand Bell Awards. Two years then passed before she appeared in her next film, an "occult thriller" titled The Uninvited which wowed critics but failed to catch on with viewers. Throughout this time she was a constant presence in TV ads and on billboards in Korea and also in other Asian countries.

2004 saw her return to the big screen in another film by Kwak Jae-yong, the director of My Sassy Girl. Windstruck cast her in the role of a policewoman, but many viewers felt it was too similar to My Sassy Girl. There were also signs that her popularity had started to suffer because of overexposure in advertisements. Nonetheless, Windstruck became the best-performing Korean film in Japan at the time, where My Sassy Girlwas not as well known.In a 2005 survey of influential movie producers, she was ranked among the top ten most bankable stars.

Jun's next project Daisy teamed her with Jung Woo-sung (who frequently appeared together with her in Giordano and 2% Lotte Chilsung Water advertisements), and drew attention for its 100% location shooting in the Netherlands, and for using the Hong Kong director Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs). Nonetheless the film disappointed at the box-office and drew weak appraisals from viewers.

In late 2006 it was announced that Jun would be making her long-predicted jump to Hollywood to take the lead role in Blood: The Last Vampire.The international co-production, which was filmed in China and Argentina in 2007, is the live-action adaptation of a popular Japanese anime. She went through three months of hard training to play the sword-wielding martial arts heroine.During the filming and promotions for the movie prior to its 2009 release, she adopted the Westernized name Gianna Jun."Gianna by True Religion" was launched by the luxury blue jeans brand in 2008, its first celebrity line. Jun was reportedly involved in every stage of their production, from design to deciding on fit and wash and their decoration with accessories.

For the film A Man Who Was Superman, Jun cut off her signature long silky hair to play a cynical documentary producer who meets an odd, Hawaiian-shirt-clad modern-day hero who battles urban apathy and preaches the virtues of lending a hand. Of initially feeling pressured at the opportunity to work with acclaimed actor Hwang Jung-min, she said, "Although luck was probably involved, I think it's destiny for an actor to 'meet' new work. On the first day I met him, I realized that I have much to learn from him, not only from his acting, but also as an individual."

In 2010, she acted opposite Chinese actress Li Bingbing in the English-language film Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, based on Lisa See's bestselling novel of the same name, which was directed by Wayne Wang (The Joy Luck Club). The film, set in remote 19th-century China, features the lifelong friendship between two women, Lily and Snow Flower, and their imprisonment imposed by the strict cultural codes of conduct for women at that time.She was photographed by Annie Leibovitz for the July issue of the American edition of Vogue, the first Korean actress to be included in the iconic fashion magazine.

As part of the star-studded cast of The Thieves, Jun was a scene stealer in Choi Dong-hoon's heist film about thieves from Korea and China who team up together to steal a diamond worth ₩40 billion, which is locked in a special room at a casino in Macau.The Thieves became the second top-selling Korean film of all time.

In Ryu Seung-wan's spy thriller In Berlin, she plays a translator with many secrets who is married to one of the best North Korean intelligence agents. It is currently filming.

In 2006 Jun along with six other South Korean stars (Jung Woo-sung, Kim Sun-ah, Jo In-sung, Ji Jin-hee, Cha Tae-hyun and Yang Jin-woo) sued local monthly movie magazine Screen for commercially using their pictures without permission.Seoul Central District Court ruled in 2007 that the publisher must pay from ₩5 million to ₩15 million to each star for infringing theirpublicity rights.

In 2009 police discovered that Jun's cell phone had been illegally cloned. Seoul Metropolitan Police arrested a private detective identified as Kim, who testified that it was ordered by SidusHQ(Jun's then-agency of 13 years), for which he was paid ₩6.4 million in cash by the brother of CEO Jung Hoon-tak. Police believed Jun’s management company used the cloned phone to keep tabs on her, in an attempt to exert control over all aspects of her life. SidusHQ denied those allegations. Jung Hoon-tak was later cleared after police could not find any concrete evidence of his direct involvement. Kim was sentenced to one year in prison for invasion of privacy, Jung's brother received suspended jail terms. Because of the scandal, many expected her to leave once her contract expired, but she surprisingly extended her contract with SidusHQ for one more year. Then in 2011 she set up her own management agency J&Co. Entertainment.

In 2011 SidusHQ CEO Jung Hoon-tak was accused of illegally using Jun's bank account to pocket profits from a merger and acquisition. Jung allegedly made ₩200 million after purchasing a stake in the junior KOSDAQ-listed Stom E&F in 2009 with an account under Jun's name and announcing through a public filing several months later that he would buy Stom E&F. Jung and Stom E&F's former CEO Kwon Seung-shik were reported for gaining unfair profits by leaking information on the M&A beforehand. Upon investigation by the Financial Supervisory Service, Jun testified that she had not even been aware of such an account existing under her name. Jung has issued a denial.
Personal life
More than 600 guests, including celebrities and close friends and family of the star, attended her wedding to banker Choi Jun-hyuk on April 13, 2012 at Shilla Hotel in Jangchung-dong, central Seoul. Choi is the grandson of famed hanbok designer Lee Young-hee, and the son of fashion designer Lee Jung-woo.Jun graced the cover of Elle Korea’s May 2012 edition as well as the magazine's China, Singapore and Taiwan editions with a pictorial of herself in various wedding gowns. The public was shocked when Jun announced that she would move the wedding up from June to April due to filming commitments; the newlywed began shooting In Berlin straight away.

Filmography Film

Year Title Role
1999 White Valentine Jung-min

2000 Il Mare Eun-joo

2001 My Sassy Girl The Girl

2003 The Uninvited Yeon

2004 Windstruck Yeo Kyung-jin

2006 Daisy Hye-young

2008 A Man Who Was Superman Song Soo-jung

2009 Blood: The Last Vampire Saya Otonashi

2011 Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Sophia/Snow Flower

2012 The Thieves Anycall

(poster movie not available this time)
2013 In Berlin Yeon Jung-hee


Year  TitleRole  Network

1997 The Season of Puberty MBC

1998 Fascinate My Heart Ga-young   SBS

1999 Happy Together Suh Yoon-joo SBS

Year Award Category Nominated work                               Result Ref
1999 SBS Drama Awards Best New Actress Happy Together  Won
Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress White Valentine       Won
2002 Grand Bell Awards Popularity Award My Sassy Girl         Won
Best Actress                                                                          Won

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