BY Joan MacDonald | Aug 16, 2013 01:19 PM EDT
Actress Han Chae Young, who recently appeared in "Ad Genius Lee Tae Baek," has returned to Korea, but she's not here for a role. She recently returned to Korea to give birth to her first child.
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A representative from her BH Entertainment, her management agency, recently commented on her return.
"Han Chae Young considered giving birth in the States but after taking everything into consideration decided she would do best in Korea. She is expected to go into labor at the end of the month or at the beginning of September."
The actress, who was pregnant during the filming of"Ad Genius Lee Tae Bak," left for the U.S. when it ended. That's where both her husband and parents live. In 2007 she married Choi Dong Joon, a Korean-American financial expert and this baby will be their first child.
When she left for the U.S. in March, she said that she was happy that she had a chance to appear in "Ad Genius Lee Tae Bak" and the time spent working on the drama became even more meaningful because she could share the good news of her pregnancy.
"I will focus on my prenatal care where my parents live and will work hard on my acting career once the baby is born," said Han shortly before she left for the U.S.
There are no further details on why she chose to return to Korea for the birth, but she has said her stay is only temporary. While she plans to rest up after the delivery, she will eventually return to the U.S.
Han was born in Daegu, South Korea, but her family migrated to the U.S. when she was only eight. She grew up in the Chicago area and attended high school there. On a visit to Korea, a famous comedian discovered her and suggested she try acting.
After her debut in the horror film, "The Record," her shapely figure earned her the nickname "Barbie Doll of Korea." Her breakthrough hit was the drama "Delightful Girl Choon Hyang." Shortly after she appeared as Lee Byung Hun's love interest in the fantasy film "The Influence," she signed with Creative Artists Agency in Hollywood with the hope of landing English-speaking roles.
Her Hallyu status after "Delighful Girl Choon Hyang" made her a popular star in China, where she has appeared in both Chinese dramas and films. She is considering offers from China and plans to continue working after her baby is born.
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