[HanCinema’s News] Jang Hye-jin Talks About the Latest Swings in her Career @ HanCinema

On February 2nd actress Jang Hye-jin appeared on the afternoon variety show Radio Star to talk about her career. The forty-five year old graduate from the Korea National University of Arts perhaps most famously appeared as the shot put champion mother of the central family in “Parasite” from 2019. But she has had a long career in film and drama alike, starting her career with “Secret Sunshine” and eventually landing a critical role in “The World of Us” from 2015.


According to Jang Hye-jinoriginally she just had a normal career before being approached by director Lee Chang-dong for “Secret Sunshine” in 2006. It was from this connection that Jang Hye-jin was eventually cast in “Parasite” in 2018, a role that required her to put on nearly twenty kilograms of weight. Losing the weight afterward has made her more difficult to recognize in subsequent projects, though her reputation is well-known to casting directors.

Jang Hye-jin has been much more active in her acting career since then, despite having initially given it up after university. Jang Hye-jin claims to have a good relationship with her co-stars, noting how in “The Red Sleeve” leading actor Lee Junho would cheerfully suggest they go places together. Jang Hye-jin will appear in a major role in Green Mothers Club later this year.

Written by William Schwartz

William Schwartz

Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema’s travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea’s public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via william@hancinema.net. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.

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