Yoon, Eun-Hye (Korean: 윤은혜, Hanja: 尹恩惠, born October 3, 1984) is a South Korean actress, singer, and model. She debuted as a member of the popular girl group Baby V.O.X, staying with the group from 1999 - 2005. She has since moved on to acting, receiving popularity and fame from her role as a crown princess on the drama Princess Hours, also known as "Goong", as well as her role as the main protagonist in the highly successful drama, The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince.
In addition to her acting and singing, Yoon Eun-Hye graduated from Kyung Hee Cyber University in February 2007, receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, specializing in Tourism Management.
Eun-Hye suffered in the hands of detractors Baby V.O.X. when she joined the group to produce their third album. In a water gun incident, Baby V.O.X. was scheduled to appear on Gyun-Ahn Broadcasts Music Engine and was waiting inside their van when Eun-Hye was shot by a water gun by an unidentified man. The man pretended to be a passionate fan of the group and attempted to offer a Pikachu doll as a present. Suddenly, he took out a water gun and shot Yoon Eun-Hye right in the eye before fleeing. After being shot, Eun-Hye expressed severe pain and could not open her eyes for a long period of time. Baby V.O.X. had to cancel their performance and Eun-Hye was taken straight to the hospital. There, Eun-Hye was informed that her cornea was damaged. The members of the group claimed they smelled soy sauce and vinegar from the water that came out of the water pistol. No further information regarding this incident was released.
Eun Hye had her first major acting role in popular Korean drama, Princess Hours (also known as Goong). Initially, however, fans of Goong had questioned her acting ability leading to controversy. The success of the drama also appeared unclear as it competed with My Girl which also boasted casting of popular celebrities such as Lee Jun Ki and Lee Dong Wook. The drama began with average ratings, but as it continued, viewership increased to 28.3% nationally, leading to an extension of the first season (from 20 to 24 episodes) and a Princess Hours special on MBC. Although Yoon and the other main actors initially agreed to work on a second season of Princess Hours, only one of them officially agreed to do so. Another director of a different company eventually filmed a spin-off series with brand new characters, known as Goong S which was not to be confused with the actual Goong sequel planned by the original director and company.
Due to the success of her first drama, Eun Hye has been able to continue acting in other dramas such as The Vineyard Man. Like most Korean dramas at that time, The Vineyard Man initially suffered from low ratings due to strong competition from the MBC 45th anniversary drama Jumong; however, the drama ratings gradually increased and reached a successful 15.6% on its finale.
Eun Hye returned in the lead actress role for MBC's Monday/Tuesday drama "The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince" that started airing in July 2007. In this drama, Yoon plays an employee 'Go Eun-chan' at a coffee shop, who was once a master of Taekwondo. With her short haircut and tomboyish ways, she is presumed to be a boy by the owner of the shop, thus leading to romantic complications. The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince garnered higher ratings than her first series Princess Hours. Coffee Prince reached the viewership ratings as high as 32.1% in Seoul, making it number one for it's timeslot in MBC and 29.9% nationwide
It has been reported that Yoon Eun Hye has been paid 20 million won per episode for starring in Coffee Prince, enabling her to join Korea's A-list of stars who also are members of the 20 million won club. This "club" consists of Bae Yong-joon, Kwon Sang Woo, Ko Hyun Jung, Song Il kook and Yoon Eun Hye, to name a few.
Due to the success of Coffee Prince, Yoon Eun Hye got a huge fan following not only in Korea, but also in Japan, Taiwan, Thailand and China. She has recently visited Japan to meet her fans and inaugrate her fan club. Her growing popularity can also be seen in the Korean entertainment as many business conglomerates are vying to get Eun Hye to be the product ambassador. She is also known as "CF Queen" in Korea
Eun Hye, who has gained enormous popularity through her role in "Coffee Prince", had filed the second certification of contents (COC) to cancel her contractual agreement with her management company, Eight Peaks. When asked to reveal the information behind the second COC, Eun Hye's counsel stated, "if Eight Peaks refused to cancel the contract then they would not hesitate to file a lawsuit, suing them for their refusal."
The contents of the first COC stated that in January 2007 Eun Hye was confirmed to be starring in the MBC drama "Que Sera Sera" and had even participated and completed the script reading and rehearsal for the upcoming shoot. However, Eight Peaks had cancelled Eun Hye's involvement in QSS in order for Yoon to star in Eight Peaks' self produced drama.
Consequently, after the cancellation of Eun Hye's QSS involvement, Eun Hye took a two day vacation to Kangwon-do in March. Eight Peaks claimed that they had no knowledge of this so-called incident and spread a rumor of Eun Hye's irresponsibility online which damaged her reputation.
Yoon's manager, Park Geun-Soo has stated "the second COC includes evidence to support the disagreeable actions made by Eight Peaks." Those actions included the improper handling and distribution/division of earnings and proceeds as well as the unilateral (one-sided) manner of making and carrying out decisions which caused immense problems.
It had been reported that, while Eun Hye was enjoying enormous fame and popularity through her role in the "Coffee Prince", she was suffering mental and emotional problems from the conflicts with Eight Peaks.
Yoon has been diagnosed with Pernicious anemia.
Her successful performance in 'Coffee Prince', has put her in the list of being one of the best actresses in Korean entertainment.
- 44th Baeksang Awards: Best Actress Award for The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince (2008)
- 2007 MBC Drama Awards: Top Excellence Acting Award for The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince
- 2006 The Grime Awards: Best Actress for The Vineyard Man
- 2006 KBS Acting Awards: Best New Actress Award for The Vineyard Man
- 2006 KBS Acting Awards: Best Couple Award with Oh Man Suk
- 2006 MBC Drama Awards: New Actress Award for Goong
- 2004 Hallyu Award: 15th Seoul Music Awards
- 2003 Korean Music Awards: Best Singer Award
- 2002 SBS Music Awards: Representative Award
- 2001 Award Model Line: Best Dressed Singer
- 10th Seoul Music Awards: Best Singer Award (1999)