Nick Name Bak Bo Yeong
Years active 2006–present
Born: February 12, 1990, 29 years and 4 months, Jeungpyeong County, South Korea
Sun Sign Aquarius
Eye Colour Dark Brown
Hair Colour Dark Brown
Height 5 ft 2 inches (1.58 m)
Measurements 34-25-32 inches (86-64-81)
Bra size 32A
Park Bo Young Education:
Dankook University (Theater and Film degree)
Agent Fides Spatium
(formerly The Company Entertainment)
Early life Park was born in Jeungpyeong, North Chungcheong Province. She is the second of three daughters. Her father served for 34 years as a soldier in the Special Forces. She is known for her natural beauty after her childhood photos surfaced on an online community.
Before her official acting debut in 2006, Park appeared in a short film titled Equal in 2005 when she was in middle school. The short film won Challenging Reality Award at the 7th Seoul International Youth Film Festival (SIYFF 2005).
2006–2010: Debut, breakthrough and hiatus Park made her official acting debut in the 2006 high school television series Secret Campus alongside fellow newcomer Lee Min-ho. Among the notable projects during the early stage in her career are the historical epic The King and I and Peabody Award-winning teen drama Jungle Fish with Kim Soo-hyun, based on a true story that depicts the pressures placed on students to achieve and gain admission to prestigious colleges and universities.
Park rose to fame after starring opposite Cha Tae-hyun in comedy Scandal Makers, which drew 8.3 million viewers to become the number one top grosser of 2008 and one of Korean cinema biggest hits. Described by Variety as excellent in her role as a spunky teenage mom, Park much-praised performance swept Best New Actress awards in 2009. She has been dubbed as Nation Little Sister because of its success. She then starred in a short film directed by Lee Hyun-seung, human rights-themed omnibus If You Were Me 4 in 2009.
However, in 2010 she became involved in a series of legal disputes with her then-management agency and a film production company, causing the actress to be tied up in lawsuits and unable to work for the next few years.
2011–2014: Return to big screen and mainstream success
After she was designated the promotional ambassador (called PiFan Lady) for the 2011 Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival, Park finally ended her four-year absence from the limelight by headlining the 2012 horror thriller Don’t Click. Later that year, she starred alongside Song Joong-ki in fantasy romance film A Werewolf Boy, which surpassed 7 million admissions to become one of the most successful Korean melodramas of all time. The song her character sings in the film, My Prince, was released as a digital single and included in the movie soundtrack.
In 2013, Park joined the cast of Law of the Jungle, a reality-documentary program featuring comedian Kim Byung-man and several celebrities as they explore and survive the New Zealand wilderness.
In a departure from her previous sweet, innocent characters, Park played the tough, potty-mouthed leader of her high school gang in Hot Young Bloods (2014), a teen romantic comedy set in the 1980s. Park, who was born in North Chungcheong Province, said she had fun swearing in southern dialect, though she found it difficult to master, being a mixture of Jeolla and Chungcheong dialects.
2015–present: Television comeback
In 2015, she headlined the mystery thriller The Silenced, set in a girls’ boarding school during the Japanese occupation. This was followed by dual roles in romantic comedy Oh My Ghost, Park first television series in seven years. Her salary of ₩30 million (US$27,000) per episode made her the highest paid actress to appear on cable channel tvN. The series was a commercial and critical hit, and garnered the Best Actress award for Park at the 4th APAN Star Awards. She was also dubbed as the romantic comedy queen by the Korean press.
Park next played the selfish love interest of a mutant in the black comedy Collective Invention, and an entertainment news cub reporter in the workplace comedy You Call It Passion.
In June 2016, Park was cast as the title role in JTBC series Strong Woman Do Bong-soon, premiered in February 2017, where she played a character with superhuman strength. The series became one of the highest rated Korean dramas in cable television history. Due to its popularity, it earned her Korea Reputation Center highest brand value among Korean TV actors and the highest consumer participation rate in February and March 2017.
In September 2017, Park began filming the romance film Your Wedding which is set to premier in 2018. She is reunited with Kim Young-kwang, whom she previously acted with in the 2014 film Hot Young Bloods.
Personal life Park Bo-young ankle ligaments were torn during a workout before shooting began for TV series Strong Girl Bong-soon. In April 2017, the hospital advised her to wear a cast but she had to use ankle tape and started out with physical therapy instead, due to the ongoing filming. Two months after wrapping up the series, she underwent a minor 20-minute surgery. On September 6, her agency stated that the actress was in the final stages of rehabilitation and would start filming Your Wedding later that month.
The actress, who is a member of a Protestant family, was raised according to their religious beliefs.
Park Bo Young started her acting career when she was so young and she played the leading role in numerous TV series and movies after that. After she completed her primary education, she started taking classes at the Dankook University, Theater and Cinema department and she completed her education here successfully.
The South Korean actress, Park Bo Young stepped into her career with the TV series called the Secret Campus. After that, she took part in the productions like Mackerel Run, King and I, Jungle Fish, Strongest Chil Woo, Star Lover and Oh My Ghost.
The cinema changed Park Bo Young life significantly and she took part in 10 movies between the years of 2008 and 2015. When we take a look at some of these movies, we see that the productions like Mutant, Passion Like You’re Sound And, The Silenced, Hot Young Bloods, Don’t Click, ESP Couple and Scandal Makers are coming to the fore.
Favorite Things And Hobbies
Color Blue, Black, and White
Place England, Switzerland
Sports Basketball and Football
Her official debut in acting happened in 2006 when she played Cha Ah-rang in ‘Secret Campus’, a high school TV series that aired on the EBS network.
She then went on to feature in three SBS series in 2007 namely ‘Witch Yoo Hee’, ‘Mackerel Run’ and ‘The King and I’.
One of her early notable works includes essaying the character of Lee Eun-soo in the teen drama ‘Jungle Fish’ that originally aired on KBS2 on May 5, 2008. It went on to earn several accolades including Peabody Award in 2009.
She was among the extended cast of the 2008 South Korean historical drama ‘Strongest Chil Woo’ that aired on KBS2 and in the supporting cast of the SBS TV series ‘Star Lover’.
Meanwhile she forayed into films with South Korean comedy-drama ‘Our School E.T.’ that released on September 11, 2008. Her next flick released that year on November 27 was a South Korean supernatural romance ‘The ESP Couple’.
Although a couple of films old, Bo-young grabbed the spotlight with the blockbuster hit South Korean film ‘Scandal Makers’ that released on December 3, 2008. The film emerged as the top grosser of that year and is counted among the all-time biggest hits in the history of Korean cinema.
Her remarkable performance as Hwang Jeong-nam/Hwang Jae- starring opposite Cha Tae-hyun in ‘Scandal Makers’ earned her kudos from both critics and audience apart from fetching several awards and nominations. Her role was acclaimed as “excellent” by ‘Variety’ while she received the informal title of Nation Little Sister in South Korean entertainment industry.
Her next project was the Lee Hyun-seung directed short film If You Were Me 4 (2009), a live-action sequel of the 2003 South Korean omnibus film ‘If You Were Me’.
Her thriving career in the world of entertainment took a back foot in 2010 when she got tied up with a number of disputes resulting in law suits with her the then management agency and a film production house. This disturbed her work for some time.
In 2011, she became the promotional ambassador of ‘Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival’. Following this she made her come back to the big screen with the lead role of Se-hee in the South Korean horror film ‘Don’t Click’. It released on May 31, 2012 and grossed US$5.29 million at the box office.
Her next film ‘A Werewolf Boy’ where she played Sun-yi / Eun-joo became a blockbuster hit upping her fame to new heights. The film was released theatrically on October 31, 2012 after being premiered in the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, 2012, in its Contemporary World Cinema section and screened at the 17th Busan International Film Festival.
‘A Werewolf Boy’ emerged as one of the most thriving melodramas in the history of Korean cinema. It garnered a whooping US$41.5 million at the box office bringing Bo-young back to the limelight with a bang. She won the Best Actress award from 4th Pierson Movie Festival in 2012 and 20 Movie Star – Female from 7th Mnet 20 Choice Awards in 2013.
She remained a cast member of the South Korean reality-documentary show on SBS ‘Law of the Jungle’ in its episode ‘Law of the Jungle in New Zealand’ that aired from March 8, 2013 – May 10, 2013. In the show she featured with celebrities like Kim Byung-man and Jung Suk-won in exploring and surviving in the forests of New Zealand.
Over the years she featured in many other reality and variety shows often in guest appearances. Some of them were ‘Gag Concert’ (2008), 2 Days and 1 Night Season 3 (2014) and ‘Let Eat Dinner Together’ (2017).
South Korean teen romantic comedy film ‘Hot Young Bloods’ that released on January 23, 2014 saw her playing the starring role of Young-sook, a tough and foul mouthed leader of a female high school gang, way different from the sweet and bubbly characters she portrayed earlier.
Her next notable film was the South Korean mystery-thriller ‘The Silenced’ released on June 18, 2015 that fetched her several awards and nominations. This was followed by black comedy ‘Collective Invention’ and workplace comedy ‘You Call It Passion’ both of which released in 2015.
Meanwhile she made her come back in television after seven years with the critically acclaimed and commercially hit romantic comedy series ‘Oh My Ghostess’. It aired for 16 episodes on tvN from July 3, 2015 to August 22, 2015.
Her role of Na Bong-sun in ‘Oh My Ghostess’ fetched her a whooping salary of ₩30 million (US$27,000) marking her as the highest paid actress to feature on tvN. She received several awards for the series while the Korean press tagged her as the romantic comedy queen”.
She then featured in the title character of TV series ‘Strong Woman Do Bong-soon’ that aired on JTBC from February 24, 2017 to April 15, 2017.
According to her agency she would start shooting for her upcoming film ‘Your Wedding’ from October 2017. The film is planned for a 2018 release.
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