Recognized by viewers and actors alike for his amazing acting talents, Shin Ha-kyun is a favorite amongst his juniors! He starred in some popular movies like Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002), Save the Green Planet! (2003), and Thirst (2009).

Here you will find Shin Ha-kyun’s profile, height, drama list, hot girlfriend, marriage, and Instagram information in a nutshell.

Shin Ha Kyun Interview photo for upcoming drama ‘Yonder’

Shin Ha-kyun’s Profile

Name at birth: Shin Ha-kyun (신하균)

Born on May 30, 1974

Born in Seoul, South Korea

Height: 172 cm, Weight: 67 kg, Type O

Film debut in 1998

Siblings: One sister (Shin Hye-sun), younger to him by two years

His niece Park Eun-young, was formerly a member of Brave Girls, a Korean idol group.

Shin Ha-kyun’s niece Park Eun-young

As a child, Shin Ha-Kyun was an introvert personality. Being shy, he used to envy people who could express their own opinions.

He aspired to become an actor because of his admiration for the famed American actor James Dean (James Byron Dean) who lived between 1931 and 1955,  passing away when he was only 24 years old. 

Shin Ha-Kyun became a stage actor after graduating from the Broadcasting and Performing Arts Department of Seoul National University of the Arts.

James Dean The biggest inspiration for Shin Ha-kyun

In 1998, Shin was cast by director Jang Jin in his first movie The Happenings. Shin’s nice performance in this movie helped him land acting roles in many of Jang’s feature films. Shin was also chosen by director Kim Jee-woon for his movies The Foul King and a short internet film Coming Out.

Shin became a superstar when he played the young North Korea soldier in the movie Joint Security Area (2000) directed by Park Chan-wook. In this film abbreviated as “JSA,” the role of the North Korean soldier was supposed to be played by a younger person, but director Park Chan-wook changed the age setting of the role to match Shin Ha-kyun’s age.

He continued to appear in several films, and in the summer of 2005, the films he appeared in were all released together, and the 1st, 2nd, and 4th most popular films were those starring Shin Ha-kyun.

Shin Ha Kyun in the movie ‘Anchor’

Shin’s most noteworthy performances can be traced in two films set in the background of the Korean War namely Welcome to Dongmakgol (2005) and The Front Line (2011).  Shin Ha-kyun is a versatile actor whose remarkable roles included a village postman in A Letter From Mars (2003), a man with developmental disabilities in My Brother (2004), AND a murder suspect under interrogation in Murder, Take One (2005).

Shin is also highly remembered for his role as a hitman of eccentric temperament in No Mercy for the Rude (2006), a struggling artist in The Devil’s Game (2008), a sick husband in Thirst (2009), a romantic music teacher in Cafe Noir (2009), and a macho cop in Foxy Festival (2010). 

Thus, in the early 2000s, around the age of 30, he had already become a leading young actor in the film industry. Although his career has given him the image of being a film actor, he has also appeared in many plays, dramas, and music videos.

Shin Ha Kyun playing as In Ho in mystery thriller movie Anchor

Shin Ha-kyun’s interviews are sometimes talked about among netizens because of his mysterious answers. He is basically shy and a private person, though his acting is fine because of the script he is given. That’s why he doesn’t actively appear in variety shows.

Shin has primarily been an actor in films. In 2003, he appeared in a TV series Stairway to Heaven. He made a comeback to television in 2010 Golden House. His role as the cold and ambitious neurosurgeon in the medical drama Brain (2011) helped surface his unique acting talents.

In 2013, Shin came on News for his startling performance in All About My Romance, a romantic comedy series. His role as a civilian turning into a fugitive after being framed for murder in the action film Running Man is highly remembered. In 2014, Shin played as a septuagenarian, a man reverting to his thirties in the comedy series Mr. Back.

Shin Ha Kyun as Kim Soo Young from SBS drama All​ About​ My​ Romance
Shin Ha Kyun as Kim Soo Young in the movie All About Romance 2013

Shin’s top notch villainous role in Big-Match (2014) and the portrayal of the admiral of a new Joseon Empire in the film Empire of Lust (2015) made headlines. In 2016, he starred in the crime drama Pied Piper and in the comedy thriller film Room No.7.    

The other films in line that brought a popular acclaim to Shin were the 2018 comedy films What a Man Wants and My Exceptional Brother, the medical drama Soul Mechanic (2020) and the thriller drama Beyond Evil (2021). His role as an eccentric police officer earned him the Best Actor – Television at the 57th Baeksang Arts Awards.

Shin Ha Kyun Best actor award for Beyond Evil at the 57th Baeksang Arts Awards
Shin Ha Kyun with the best actress Kim Tae Ri at the 57th Baeksang Arts Awards
Shin Ha Kyun and Kim So Yeon as presenters at the 58th Baeksang Arts Awards

Shin Ha-kyun’s Reputation as an Actor

Shin Ha-kyun is said to have “a face where good and evil coexist” and therefore, he best suited a wide array of acting role types.

Shin Ha Kyun in different assorted clips

What Shin Ha-kyun says about ad-libs

Shin Ha-kyun is not an advocate of extempo performance. He said, “Ad-libs would be something that fills the available capacity. Personally, I don’t like it. I like to work with precision and calculation.”

He says, “I like to do it in a very precise and calculated way. There are actors who are known for their acting, and some of them are full of ad-libs, while others don’t do any ad-libs.’’

They say that they choose their films based on whether they can relate to the story itself, not on the role they play.

Who is Shin Ha-kyun’s Hot Girlfriend?

The following is a summary of Shin Ha-kyun’s girlfriends that have been revealed so far.

He was in an open relationship with actress Bae Doona, who played as his opponent in the 2001 movie Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance. They shot ads together and had an open relationship, but broke up about two years later in 2003.

Bae Doona, Shin’s ex girlfriend

In August 2016, Shin Ha-kyun entered into a love affair with Kim Go-eun who was then 25 years old. Shin Ha-kyun was aged 42 around that time. At that time, they admitted, to being in their second month of dating. 

They developed a friendship through a common hobby at a celebrity scuba diving club, which led to a relationship.

Kim Go-eun, Shin’s ex girlfriend

While the public was surprised by their age difference of 17 years, the two actors were well-matched and rumored to be married. 

However, they broke up in February 2017, eight months after their public romance.

Shin Ha-kyun about girls and marriage

He is unmarried, although “Shin Ha-kyun Marriage” is one of the most popular keywords searched on the internet. 

Shin said about his ideal life partner, “As for my ideal woman, I like to find someone with a good heart.” 

He said, “Marriage is not possible without the right kind of connection. I don’t bother to get married. I can’t even do that.” 

In another interview, he said, “I will get married when the time comes. I’ve never done it before, so I’d like to try, but I don’t think about it too much. I am satisfied with my life now, but I haven’t given up on marriage. I don’t know what the future holds. I don’t think I can speak poorly about a world I haven’t seen yet.”

Does Shin Ha-kyun have an Instagram Account?

Shin Ha-kyun does not have a personal Instagram account. His official Insta account maintained by his office has posted a collection of his incredible pictures. 

His fans maintain an Instagram account that has a lot of pictures surfacing the highlights of his amazing career. Here is a collection of some nice pictures about his personal and professional lives.

Shin Ha Kyun and Chun Woo Hee Elle Korea May issue
Shin Ha Kyun as seen on Anchor as a coffee lover
Shin Ha Kyun at a movie launching show
Shin Ha Kyun at restaurant in Da Nang, Vietnam
Shin Ha Kyun BTS cool photo for Elle Korea May issue
Shin Ha Kyun Chun Woo Hee and director Jeong Ji Yeon
Shin Ha Kyun for Elle Korea May issue
Shin Ha Kyun on April Fool’s day
Shin Ha Kyun Playing golf with Lee Sun Kyun at Jeju
Shin Ha Kyun reacts to Anchor announced as number 1 at the box office
Shin Ha Kyun with Chun Woo Hee
Shin Ha Kyun, Chun Woo Hee and director Jung Ji Yeon
Short film The Present starring Shin Ha Kyun, Suho, Kim Seul Gi and Yoo Soo Bin 


Shin Ha-kyun still vividly remembers a poster of James Dean that was on the wall of a local diner when he was in junior high school. James Dean has always been his role model in acting career. 

It’s really hard to remain in someone’s memory,” he said. “It is really a blessing as an actor to remain in that memory. I want to leave behind many such works, so I am most happy to be called by the name of my role.” Shin Ha-kyun has been an actor for more than 20 years, and he is now becoming more junior in his career. 

He said in an interview, “I naturally feel a sense of responsibility in the process of becoming a senior. The more juniors I have, the older I get, so I have to manage my physical strength. I must not look down on my juniors. They are my colleagues. I will do my share and they will do their share, helping each other to build up together.” 

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