Made her entertainment debut when she won a modeling contest in 2005.
Attended Ewha Women University.
Spent six years of her childhood in New Jersey before returning to South Korea.
Born on the same date as Michael Trevino and Christina Ochoa.
Personal Quotes (37)
I'm a Bobbi Brown girl at heart, and I'm proud to be its ambassador in Asia!
Lucca, in Italy, is my favorite vacation spot.
As I travel around the world, I'm realizing that every place I go influences me in some kind of way.
When I tell people I'm from South Korea, almost 10 out of 10 say something like, 'Koreans have great skin!' And it's true.
I'm not sure if it's just my pride, but I think I was able to bring out a different vibe as a Korean in Hollywood where there are many Korean Americans.
I believe being a true Global Citizen means you have the willingness and openness to step outside of your own boundaries, and I'm honored to represent that with TUMI.
Nagini should be played by an Asian. Scriptwriter J.K. Rowling probably searched for an Asian actress because she researched the origin of Nagini.
I exercise regularly and try to cook my own food.
I always make sure I deeply hydrate my face with ampoules or facial masks every four hours when I'm on the road.
Like the French, Koreans aim for a subtle and effortless look - while actually paying a lot of attention to the details.
For an everyday look, I prefer natural-looking skin with a healthy glow.
Nothing makes a girl feel more special than being adorned with some lovely Didier Dubot jewelry for the 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' premiere.
It was an honor to meet the iconic Stan Lee.
I always have to prepare myself emotionally to go to a party. It's a little overwhelming for me, but it's a great place to meet people.
I personally love auditioning. It's not just about that part: it's about getting to meet new people and really introducing myself to them - getting my name out there more than getting just that project.
I moved to New Jersey when I was five, and I lived there for about six years. My dad was allocated to the New York branch of his company. Looking back, I'm so grateful because I got to learn both English and Korean at the same time, and it was just so natural for me, and it made it so much easier to study English afterwards.
I'm a fan of judo, so I always try to watch competitions like the European championship.
My friends and I will go out for dinner and drinks, but I don't really go dancing or anything like that.
Staying home and watching French movies is what I normally like to do.
I'm just going to continue to think about what kind of films I want to do and what's out there for me to audition for, and I love trying.
Not all the roles that I've gotten were stereotypical, but in Korea, especially for TV, it's a bit limited for women in their twenties and thirties. There aren't enough female roles.
One of my role models is Marion Cotillard.
Diversity has definitely been increasing, but still we have the issue of inclusion, and that is why I am so grateful about playing the role of Nagini in the 'Fantastic Beasts' franchise.
I'm an international studies major. I've been a reporter. I was always interested in media, but I just didn't know specifically what.
I like kind of the rugged bohemian kind of look.
Some people suggested that I should try something else. It was a lot of things, but nothing really stood out for me. Nothing felt right, and this job as an actor happened by coincidence.
I did 'The Avengers.' 'Marco Polo' happened at the same time for me. So working that schedule out was a bit of an issue, but I was fortunate enough to make both things work.
I love Wes Anderson films, which are quirky and funny.
I got into modeling first, then acting came along pretty soon, and I landed my first role in a Korean drama without education, without any acting experience whatsoever.
The entertainment industry is not always easy. I really needed to decide I can do this, and I will do this for the rest of my life.
Before Hollywood happened to me, I just took a break to think about whether I belong in the industry or whether I should be listening to whatever people were telling me.
When I found out that I'm playing Nagini, I thought it was meaningful because it's an important character in the 'Harry Potter' series. 'Harry Potter' is a franchise film with many Caucasian actors, so I thought many Korean viewers would be happy.
Compared to some Asian countries, I think Koreans like to keep a clean, fresh, and lively look: A well-moisturized face, a light, sheer base, natural, colorless eye makeup, and a slight stain of color on the lips.
Growing up, Karuna Shinsho on CNN was one of my idols, so I wanted to become either an anchorwoman or an international lawyer.
The first time I saw J.K. Rowling, I was sitting across from her at the 'Fantastic Beasts' table read, and I was just amazed by how wonderful she is in person.
I try not to use tap water on my face, especially when I'm travelling, to avoid any skin problems. Instead, I'll use bottled water to rinse.
I like to create a lot of texture in my hair, and I like it a bit messy.