Most of us are familiar with Shin Hyun-been through her role as Jang Gyeo-ul in the 2020 hit series, Hospital Playlist. But she’s been in the biz for quite some time before she was cast as this charming GS resident.
Shin Hyun-been is an art theory major from the Korea National University of Arts but she turned into acting after graduation. Finding passion in the acting world, Hyun-been took diverse roles in film and TV.
Get to know more of this shining actress in this edition of In Spotlight!
He’s On Duty (2010) – Jang-mi
Shin Hyun-been debuted in the dark comedy flick, He’s On Duty. She received critical acclaim in her role as Vietnamese immigrant Jang-mi, even bagging the Best New Actress award in the 47th Baeksang Arts Awards.
Warrior Baek Dong Soo (SBS / 2011) – Yoo Ji-sun
In her second year in the industry, she starred alongside Ji Chang-wook, Yoo Seung-ho, and Yoon So-yi in 2011 hit sageuk, Warrior Baek Dong-soo.
Kimchi Family (JTBC / 2011-2012) – Yukie/Seol (cameo)
She then made a special appearance in the JTBC rom-com drama, Kimchi Family which stars Song Il-gook and Park Jin-hee.
Family Photo (SBS/2012) – Han Mi-hwa
She took on the role of veteran actor Ahn Nae-sang’s daughter in the two-episode Chuseok drama special of SBS, Family Photo.
Almost Che (2012) – site reporter
She made a guest appearance as a site reporter in Almost Che. The comedy film is top-billed by her He’s On Duty co-star Kim In-kwon.
Mimi (Mnet / 2014) – Jang Eun-hye
After starring in a stage play, Shin Hyun-been made her TV comeback with this Mnet-produced four-episode series entitled Mimi. She played the role of Jang Eun-hye, a webtoon company manager, who helps webtoon writer Han Min-woo (played by Changmin) remember his past and reveal the identity of Mimi (played by Moon Ga-young).
Fun fact: This mystery romance is an adaptation of the movie M. Shin Hyun-been’s role was originally played by Gong Hyo-jin.
The Lost Choices (2015) – Chae Ji-eun
Reuniting with her Warrior Baek Dong Soo co-star Yoon So-yi, Shin Hyun-been top-billed the movie The Lost Choices. She gave a powerful performance by playing the challenging role of Chae Ji-eun, a speech-impaired woman who went through a horrific event.
Madame Antoine (JTBC / 2016) – Clare
She made a cameo appearance as Choi Soo-hyun’s (played by Sung Joon) ex-girlfriend Clare in the rom-com series Madame Antoine.
Confidential Assignment (2017) – Hwa-ryung (Im Chul-ryung’s wife)
In 2017, she became part of the box-office hit Confidential Assignment. In this action movie, Shin Hyun-been played the role of Hwa-ryung, the North Korean wife of Im Chul-ryung (played by Hyun Bin).
Queen of Mystery (KBS2 / 2017) – Jung Ji-Won
She played the role of lawyer Jung Ji-won in the KBS drama, Queen of Mystery.
Argon (tvN / 2017) – Chae Soo-min
In the same year, she once again played another lawyer character in the newsroom drama Argon.
Rain or Shine (JTBC / 2017-2018) – architect (ep.16)
She did another cameo in a JTBC drama, this time for Lee Jun-ho and Won Jin-ah’s romance melodrama Rain or Shine (also known as Just Between Lovers).
Seven Years of Night (2018) – Moon Ha-young
She was cast in a guest role as Moon Ha-young in the action movie, Seven Years of Night.
Mistress (OCN / 2018) – Kim Eun-Soo
Bagging a lead role, Shin Hyun-been became part of the ensemble cast for OCN’s mystery thriller Mistress. In this Korean adaptation of the UK series of the same name, she worked with Han Ga-in, Choi Hee-seo, and Goo Jae-yee. Hyun-been played the role of Kim Eun-soo, a psychiatrist who holds a secret relating to the death of her ex-lover.
Sunset In My Hometown (2018) – Mi-kyung
Making a silver screen comeback, Shin Hyun-been played the role of Mi-kyung, the first love of aspiring rapper and the movie’s protagonist Hak-soo (played by Park Jung-min). The cast of this heartwarming movie, directed by Lee Joon-ik, includes Kim Go-eun and Go Jun.
Take Point (2018) – Lee Ji-soo
In 2018, she also took on a guest role in the action flick, Take Point, which was top-billed by Ha Jung-woo and Lee Sun-kyun. She played the role of Ahab’s pregnant wife, Lee Ji-soo.
Confession (tvN / 2019) – Ha Yoo-ri
In 2019, Shin Hyun-been starred alongside Lee Jun-ho and Yoo Jae-myung in the tvN legal drama, Confession.
Cheer Up, Mr. Lee (2019) – Hye-young
In the same year, she was cast in a support role in the comedy-drama flick, Cheer Up, Mr. Lee. She played the role of Saet-byeol’s (Um Chae-young) mom, Hye-young.
The Closet (2020) – Seung-Hee
She started 2020 with a minor role in the horror film, The Closet. She played the role of Sang-won’s (Ha Jung-woo’s character) wife, Seung-hee.
Beasts Clawing At Straws (2020) – Mi-ran
Shin Hyun-been bagged one of the main roles in the star-studded thriller film, Beasts Clawing At Straws. Here, she had the chance to work with Chungmu-ro actors Jeon Do-yeon, Jung Woo-sung, Youn Yuh-jung, and Bae Seong-woo. She also reunited with her Mistress co-star, Jung Ga-ram. Shin Hyun-been was also nominated in the Best New Actress category in the 41st Blue Dragon Film Awards.
Hospital Playlist (tvN / 2020) – Jang Gyeo-ul
In March 2020, Shin Hyun-been portrayed the role of GS Resident Jang Gyeo-ul in the hit series Hospital Playlist.
Hospital Playlist 2 (tvN / 2021) – Jang Gyeo-ul
Shin Hyun-been once again wore a doctor’s coat – this time for a fellow – as she reprises her role as Jang Gyeo-ul in the second season of Hospital Playlist.
Reflection of You (jtbc/2021) – Gu Hae-won
“찾았다…” Shin Hyun-been found a character that showcased her versatility as an actress through Gu Hae-won in Reflection of You. In this novel-to-tv adaptation, she plays the role of mysterious art teacher who was betrayed by a precious friend in the past.
Monstrous (TVING/2022) – Lee Soo-jin
She starred opposite Koo Kyo-hwan in the TVING original series Monstrous. She played the role of Lee Soo-jin, a genius pattern interpreter whose life was changed after a tragic incident.
Chaebol’s Youngest Son (JTBC/2022) – Seo Min-young
Shin Hyun-been will star alongside Song Joong-ki and Lee Sung-min in the TV adaptation of popular webnovel, Chaebol’s Youngest Son. In the JTBC series, she takes on the role of Seo Min-young, a tenacious prosecutor who works at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office as part of the Anti-Corruption Investigation Department. She never backs down in serving justice for all, even it means circumventing the law. The series is scheduled to air in 2022.
[Quoted text source: Korea Herald Interview 2020]