12 Facts About Shin Min Ah AKA Yoon Hye Jin In Netflix's K-Drama "Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha"

12 Facts About Shin Min Ah AKA Yoon Hye Jin In Netflix's K-Drama "Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha"

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By Jean on 19 Oct 2021
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If you're an ardent fan of Kim Seon Ho or K-dramas, chances are that you've already seen Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha. While most of us were drawn to the series by Seon Ho, his leading lady Shin Min Ah AKA Yoon Hye Jin, has also captured the hearts of fans with her emotive acting skills and adorable dimples.

Here are 12 facts about Shin Min Ah, the lead actress in Netflix's hottest K-drama "Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha" who plays an ambitious yet affable dentist.

Read on to find out more about Shin Min Ah AKA Yoon Hye Jin in Netflix's K-drama "Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha"!

#1 She's in a 7-year relationship with The Heirs actor Kim Woo Bin 

Shin Min Ah and Kim Woo Bin_Giordano photoshoot
Photo from Giordano

Shortly after collaborating on a 2015 shoot for fashion brand Giordano, Shin Min Ah and Kim Woo Bin confirmed that they were dating and their relationship has been going strong for the past 7-years!

#2 She declined work for 2 years to care for Woo Bin while he recovered from cancer

Kim Woo Bin on a Jaeger LeCoultre shoot
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Min Ah also proved to be a loving partner when she declined work arrangements for 2 years to care for Woo Bin after he was diagnosed with nasopharyngeal cancer in 2017. In recent announcements, the couple is set to star in the upcoming k-drama "Our Blues". Fans have also been speculating that wedding bells might soon be ringing for the lovely couple. Let's keep our fingers crossed!

#3 Started modelling at the tender age of 14

Shin Min Ah on the cover of Kiki Magazine 1998
Photo from Kiki Magazine

At the tender age of 14, Min Ah had graced the cover of Kiki Magazine. However, the 37-year-old later revealed during an episode of Korean variety show "You Quiz on the Block" that she regretted debuting at such a young age as she "didn’t have a school life like everyone else".

#4 Made her acting debut three years later at age 17

Shin Min Ah as Jang Yoo-bin in Punch
Photo from Shin Min Ah International Fans

3 years after she started modelling, Min Ah made her debut as an actress with a supporting role in popular melodrama, Beautiful Days. She has since starred in 15 movies, 10 dramas and bagged multiple awards including the New Star Award for her outstanding performance in K-drama Punch.

#5 Starred in a Calvin Klein shoot alongside Fifty Shades of Grey actor Jamie Dorman

Shin Min Ah and Jamie Dorman Calvin Klein shoot
Photo from Elle Korea

Back in 2009, the Min Ah participated in a Calvin Klein shoot alongside Fifty Shades Of Grey actor Jamie Dorman and fans are saying that it was 10 times more steamy than any scene in Fifty Shades Of Grey.

#6 Dubbed the "CF Queen" of Korea, Min Ah's one of the most sought-after commercial models in her country


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For the uninitiated, "CF Queen" means commercial film queen. Min Ah's appearances in countless commercials are proof that she's one of the most sought-after commercial models in her country.

#7 A softie at heart, Min Ah shares quite a few traits with her Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha character 

Shin Min Ah as Yoon Hye Jin in Hometown Cha Cha Cha
Photo from @illusomina via Instagram

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In an interview with Forbes, Min Ah revealed that while she isn't as straightforward as her character, she'd like to think that she's "90% similar" to Hye Jin in terms of how she shows kindness to those around her. Apart from relating deeply to her character, the actress also admitted that her curiosity towards her co-star Kim Seon Ho played a part in her acceptance of her role in Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha.

#8 She shadowed dentists and learned how to dive for her roles

Despite being an established actress who's bagged multiple awards, Min Ah still believes in devoting herself fully to her onscreen character and spends a considerable amount of time on character research before filming begins. To better portray Hye Jin, Min Ah went on dental visits to observe dentists and patients. She had also learned to dive for her role in the psychological film "Diva" which led to her nomination of Best Leading Actress at the 41st Blue Dragon Film Awards.

#9 Soundtracks of various shows she starred in were sung by her

Apart from solid acting skills, the actress also contributed her angelic voice to the recording of various OSTs such as Punch's "Oppa, I Love You", and My Girlfriend Is A Gumiho's "Sha La La".

#10 Published a book in 2009 titled Shin Min Ah’s French Diary

Shin Min Ah on a shoot
Photo from @illusomina via Instagram

It seems like our beloved actress has a passion for writing too! After her visit to France in 2008, the actress went on to publish a book the following year titled "Shin Min Ah’s French Diary", documenting her travel experiences.

#11 Woody, her adorable pet poodle makes frequent appearances on her Instagram


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Aside from being in love with her boyfriend Woo Bin, Min Ah's also enamoured with her toy poodle, Woody. She shares their cute interactions on Instagram and fans love it!

#12 As a philanthropist, she supports charities such as Fruit of Love, Good Friends, and Hallym Burn Foundation

Shin Min Ah and her toy poodle
Photo from @illusomina via Instagram

Min Ah continues to win the hearts of fans not only with her beauty, multiple talents but also with her philanthropic deeds. It was reported that the actress has been making constant donations since 2009 to various charities such as Fruit of Love, Good Friends, and Hallym Burn Foundation. She would also make personal visits to hospitals, providing comfort to patients with burn injuries and their families.

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