Before being an actress, musician, and tv host, Jang Yoon Ju solidified her name in the world of fashion.
Towering at 5'7, the South Korean beauty began her modeling career in 1997, at the age of 17.
From then on, she proved that she was the runway's next big thing. Jang Yoon Ju graced tons of fashion shows and walked for major designers locally and internationally.
In addition, she booked a ton of luxury brands and the world alongside the greatest photographers in the fashion industry.
Jang Yoon Ju on her Transition as an Actress
At the height of her career, she was offered to transition and become an actress, but she turned them down.
According to Korea Times, she thought it was not the right time for her.
"For me, I just do what I like. I love working and meeting people. I think life is all about experiences," she said, adding, "Since debuting as a model, I've received countless film offers. But I turned them all down because I thought I wasn't ready."
After cementing her name as one of the top-notch Korean models, it's finally time for Jang Yoon Ju to consider another career, acting in front of the camera.
Although she appeared in various tv shows for guestings, it was in 2015 when she had her first-ever acting stint.
She made her big-screen debut in the action-comedy film Veteran starring award-winning stars Hwang Jung Min and Yoo Ah In.
From runways, she took supporting role-playing the character of Miss Bong.
As her interview continued, Jang Yoon Ju revealed that she "initially rejected the role," but thankfully, she was able to consider the character and the Veteran raked over 10 million ticket sales.
She said that what made her change her mind is she really wanted to work with director Ryoo and, of course, Hwang Jung Min and Yoo Ah In, who are both known for their stellar acting skills.
She then made a comeback to the big screen six years later as the lead star in the 2021 movie Three Sisters.
She portrayed one of the siblings named Mi Ok, while Kim Sun-Young and Moon So Ri played her siblings.
For the model-actress, she shared that it took her six years to return to acting.
In the interview, she said that following the success of her movie debut, she "wasn't sure" if she was "heading in the right direction."
Moreover, she also described herself as an "energetic, outgoing person," but at times, she is "sensitive and extremely careful in making choices."
In addition, what also pushed her to take a hiatus in acting is when she got married and became a mother to a lovely daughter.
Now, she is returning to Nairobi in Money Heist: Korea - Joint Economic Area. The role is initially played by Spanish actress Alba Flores, who gained praise for her impressive portrayal of the expert counterfeiter and group's quality manager.
Jang Yoon Ju's Net Worth
In a span of 25 years in the fashion industry, she managed to conquer the runway with her fierce looks and walks.
She is known as one of the most successful Korean fashion models and travels around the world for photoshoots.
With more than a two-decade career as a model, Jang Yoon Ju's net worth as of 2022 is 1.5 million USD, as cited by networthageheight.com.
However, it is safe to say that with the public's anticipation of Money Heist: Korea, it would open mode doors for the model-actress in the future.
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