Shin Min-a (born Yang Min-a on 5 April 1984) is a South Korean actress. She is best known for starring in television dramas A Love to Kill, My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox, Arang and the Magistrate and Oh My Venus.
Shin Min-a began her career as a model for teen magazine KiKi in 1998, then appeared in several music videos for K-popboyband g.o.d, until her acting debut in 2001. The newcomer quickly rose to stardom, through the high school martial arts comedy Volcano High with Jang Hyuk, and the college romance Madeleine with Jo In-sung. She took on a supporting role inKim Jee-woon's film noir A Bittersweet Life, reuniting her with previous Beautiful Days co-star Lee Byung-hun. This was followed by leading roles in the melodrama A Love to Kill with Rain, the romantic comedy The Beast and the Beauty with Ryoo Seung-bum, and the psychological thriller The Devil with Uhm Tae-woong and Ju Ji-hoon.
As Shin entered her mid-twenties, she began showcasing more maturity in her choice of roles, playing a sexy counterculturesinger in Go Go 70s,an unfaithful wife in The Naked Kitchen, and a cynical young woman in search of her father in Sisters on the Road. But Shin became best known for her portrayals of supernatural horror icons revamped into endearingly innocent yet spunky heroines in the rom-com My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox (2010), and the historical drama Arang and the Magistrate (2012).
After appearing in The X, a 2013 spy thriller short film directed by Kim Jee-woon, Shin returned to the big screen in 2014 inGyeongju, an introspective arthouse romance opposite Park Hae-il.
This was followed by romantic comedy My Love, My Bride, in which she and Jo Jung-suk played a newly married couple; it was a remake of the same-titled 1990 hit which starred Choi Jin-sil and Park Joong-hoon.
In 2015, Shin and So Ji-sub were cast in the romantic comedy series Oh My Venus. For her character, an overweight lawyer, Shin underwent a three-hour makeup/prosthetic session every shoot.
Other activities Edit
After her travels were documented on the cable channel O'live in 2008, Shin published a book titled Shin Min-a's French Diary in 2009.
She has also contributed her vocals to several singles and soundtracks.
Shin is one of the most in-demand and highest paid commercial endorsers in South Korea. Notable among her forays into branded entertainment is the 2008 multi-episode Summer Days opposite Hyun Bin and Ryoo Seung-bum for LG Xnotefeaturing music by You Hee-yeol, as well as Friends & Love, a movie-style extended advertisement for Giordano in 2011 costarring Jung Woo-sung and So Ji-sub.
In 2009, Shin went to Milan, Italy to shoot a photo spread for Elle Korea with Calvin Klein model Jamie Dornan. In 2011, she was chosen as the first Asian model for the DIY Project ad campaign of American clothing brand Rag & bone, then was subsequently featured in The New York Times's T Magazine.
Personal life Edit
Shin began dating actor Kim Woo-bin in May 2015; her agency O& Entertainment confirmed their relationship in July 2015, stating that the two actors grew close after shooting an ad campaign for Giordano in February 2015.
|2001||Volcano High||Yoo Chae-yi|
|2005||A Bittersweet Life||Hee-soo|
|Sad Movie||Ahn Su-eun|
|The Beast and the Beauty||Jang Hae-ju|
|2007||My Mighty Princess||Kang So-hwi/Ok-soon|
|2008||Go Go 70s||Mimi|
|2009||The Naked Kitchen||Ahn Mo-rae|
|Sisters on the Road||Park Myung-eun|
|A Million||Jo Yoo-jin|
|My Love, My Bride||Mi-young|
Television drama Edit
|2001||Beautiful Days||Lee Min-ji||SBS|
|2005||A Love to Kill||Cha Eun-seok||KBS2|
|2007||The Devil||Seo Hae-in||KBS2|
|2010||My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox||Gu-Mi-ho||SBS|
|2012||Arang and the Magistrate||Arang/Lee Seo-rim||MBC|
|2015||Oh My Venus||Kang Joo-eun||KBS2|
Music video Edit
|1999||"A Request"||Lee Seung-hwan|
|"Eyes Want to Travel"||Leon Lai|
|"Love and Remembrance"||g.o.d|
|2000||"Since You Left Me"||g.o.d|
|"Do You Know?"||Jo Sung-mo|
|2001||"With Coffee"||Brown Eyes|
|"I Love You"||Cha Tae-hyun|
|"You Just Don't Know"||g.o.d|
|2008||"Summer Day"||You Hee-yeol feat. Shin Jae-pyung of Peppertones|
|"My Happy Day"||You Hee-yeol feat. Shin Min-a|
|2009||"Miracle Blue"||Loveholics feat. Shin Min-a|
|Year||Song title||From Album|
|2003||"Oppa, I Love You"||Punch OST|
|"Pray for Yoo-bin"|
|2008||"My Happy Day"||You Hee-yeol - Summer Days|
|"Night Train"||Go Go 70s OST|
|2009||"A Year Later"||The Naked Kitchen OST|
|"Miracle Blue"||Loveholics - In the Air|
|2010||"Sha la la"||My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox OST|
|"I Can Give You All"|
|2012||"Black Moon"||Arang and the Magistrate OST|
|2008||Maxim T.O.P||Until 2012, with Won Bin|
|2009||Calvin Klein||Until 2010|
|Jinro Soju||Until 2013|
|2010||LG Xnote||Until 2012, with Hyun Bin & Song Joong-ki|
|Vivien Bra||Until 2011|
|2011||Giordano||Until 2013, with So Ji-sub
Until present, with Kim Woo-bin
|SK Telecom 45 LTE||with Kim Soo-hyun|
Awards and nominations Edit
|2003||SBS Drama Awards||New Star Award||Won|
|2006||Dior Timeless Beauty Award||Recipient||N/A||Won|
|2007||KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Nominated|
|2008||4th University Film Festival of Korea||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|6th Korean Film Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|2009||6th Max Movie Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|17th Chunsa Film Art Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|2nd Style Icon Awards||Female Fashionista||N/A||Won|
|3rd Mnet 20's Choice Awards||Hot Fashionista||N/A||Won|
|2010||Korean Advertisers Association Awards||Good Model Award||N/A||Won|
|3rd Style Icon Awards||Style Icon Actress, TV category||Won|
|SBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special||Won|
|Top 10 Stars||Won|
|Best Couple with Lee Seung-gi||Won|
|TVCF Awards||Best CF Model||N/A||Won|
|2011||1st Cosmo Beauty Awards||Beauty Icon of the Year||N/A||Won|
|2012||MBC Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Nominated|
|Best Couple with Lee Joon-gi||Won|
|2015||2nd Wildflower Film Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Special Jury Prize||Won|
|51st Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|InStyle Fashionista Award||N/A||Won|
|29th KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Won|
|Best Couple with So Ji-sub||Won|