Shin began her career as a model for teen magazine KiKi in Since then, she became one of the most in-demand and highest paid commercial endorsers in South Korea.
Shin appeared in several music videos park K-pop park g.
She then took on a supporting role in Kim Jee-woon 's noir film A Bittersweet Lifereuniting her with previous co-star Lee Byung-hun. As Shin entered her mid-twenties, she began showcasing more maturity in her choice of roles. In Go Go 70sShin played a sexy counterculture singer   and won numerous accolades mina her portrayal.
She then acted as an unfaithful wife in The Naked Kitchen and a cynical pornsexinschools woman in search of her father in Sisters on the Roada critically acclaimed indie film which also stars fellow actress and close friend Gong Hyo-jin.
After appearing in The Xa spy thriller short film directed by Kim Jee-woon,  Shin returned to the big screen in in Gyeongjuan introspective arthouse romance opposite Park Hae-il.
InShin is cast opposite Lee Je-hoon in fantasy melodrama, Tomorrow, With Youportraying a year-old amateur photographer who mina out that her better half can time travel.
The drama was fully pre-produced and premiered nude February InShin was cast in the mystery film Divaplaying a diver who lost her memory after an accident.