Han Hyo Joo tests positive for COVID-19; Filming of Believer 2 halts

Han Hyo Joo COVID-19
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Actress Han Hyo Joo tests positive for COVID-19. On July 21, BH Entertainment announced that actress Han Hyo Joo tested positive for COVID-19 on July 20 and is in self-isolation right now. The statement read, “After receiving a positive COVID-19 test result on July 20, Han Hyo Joo is currently self-isolating”.

Han was discovered in 2003 in a teenage beauty pageant hosted by food corporation Binggrae. She made her acting debut in the sitcom Nonstop 5 and the gangster comedy movie My Boss, My Teacher.

Han got her first lead role in the 2006 low-budget independent film Ad-lib Night. The story revolves around a young woman who rediscovers herself after having an unusual overnight encounter with strangers. She received the Best New Actress award at the Korean Association of Film Critics Awards and Singapore International Film Festival for her performance in the film.

Han Hyo Joo COVID-19
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Han’s big break came in the 2009 smash blockbuster series Brilliant Legacy with Lee Seung-gi, which had a peak viewership figure of 47.1 percent. It propelled Han to fame, and following the completion of the drama, she saw a rapid surge in sponsorship offers, demands from the media for interviews, and pan-Asian recognition. Later that year, Han finished filming her lead part in the KBS Joy musical drama Soul Special.

Han played the lead role in MBC’s 49th-anniversary production Dong Yi in 2010. Throughout its duration, the show gained popularity both locally and in Asia.  Han received multiple acting awards for her depiction of Choi Suk-bin, including the prestigious Best Actress prize at the Baeksang Arts Awards and the Daesang (Grand Prize) award at the MBC Drama Awards.

In 2011, Han starred as a blind telemarketer opposite So Ji-sub in the movie Always. In 2012 she starred in Masquerade, which went on to become one of the highest-grossing Korean movies ever. She also won the Best Actress at the 34th Blue Dragon Film Awards for her role in the 2013 Cold Eyes. She is also best known for her lead roles in Heaven & Earth (2007), Iljimae (2008), and W (2016).

Han Hyo Joo COVID-19
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Han Hyo Joo appeared alongside Park Hyung Sik in the apocalyptic thriller drama Happiness in 2021 as a member of a counter-terrorist team. The drama, which was directed by Ahn Gil Ho, showed class prejudice, competition for human aspirations, and a group of apartment owners in Korea fighting for survival after a strange virus epidemic threatened the way of life for city residents.

Following Han being contracted the coronavirus, the filming of her upcoming film Believer 2 has been halted. 

Believer 2 is a crime-action movie that focuses on a conflict between Won Ho and Rak, who are still pursuing Mr. Lee’s organization after a deadly battle at Yongsan Station. Rak, who has vanished, and Brian, who resurfaced in front of them, as well as a new character, Wang Geom, are depicted in the film. Along with Han Hyo Joo, the movie stars Jo Jin Woong and Cha Seung Won.

Han Hyo Joo’s upcoming Disney+ drama has reportedly completed its shooting.

In 2022, she starred in the sequel to the popular 2014 film The Pirates, The Pirates: The Last Royal Treasure, with Kang Ha Neul and Lee Kwang Soo. She takes on the role of Hae-rang, the pirate ship’s captain. This marked her comeback to the big screens after 4 years, since her appearance in the Illang: The Wolf Brigade.

Han Hyo Joo COVID-19

We wish Han Hyo Joo a speedy recovery and great health.