|Birth name||Im Yoon Ah (임윤아)|
May 30, 1990 |
Seoul, South Korea
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, piano|
|Associated acts||Girls' Generation, SM Town|
|Revised Romanization||Im Yun-a|
Im Yoona (born May 30, 1990) is a South Korean singer and actress. She is a member of the South Korean girl group Girls' Generation and has also participated in various television dramas such as You Are My Destiny, Cinderella Man , Love Rain and Prime Minister and I.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Music career
- 3 Acting career
- 4 Variety show appearances
- 5 Goodwill Ambassador
- 6 Personal life
- 7 Discography
- 8 Filmography
- 9 Awards and nominations
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Yoona was born on May 30, 1990, in Seoul, South Korea. Her family consists of her father and an older sister. She was cast in the 2002 SM Saturday Open Casting Audition, and trained for five years under SM Entertainment, in the areas of acting, singing and dancing. Prior to debuting as a member of Girls' Generation in 2007, Yoona was first introduced to the public through various appearances in music videos and commercials. She first appeared in TVXQ's "Magic Castle" music video in 2005. Yoona went through a total of 200 auditions for commercials, music videos, dramas, and movies during her pre-debut days.
In 2002, Yoona joined SM Entertainment Saturday Open Casting Audition, in which she sang WAX's "Please", danced Britney Spears' "Oops!... I Did It Again" and BoA's "Valenti". Later, she began to train under SM Entertainment with the other trainees in the areas of acting, singing and dancing. In 2007, Yoona was chosen as a member of the group Girls' Generation. The 9-member girl group debuted on August 5, 2007.
Yoona made her debut as an actress in 2007 with the drama Two Outs in the Ninth Inning. In 2008, she was briefly complimented by veteran actress Bae Jong Ok for her cameo performance in Woman of Matchless Beauty. Subsequently, Yoona had her first leading role in the KBS's daily drama You Are My Destiny. Its first episode achieved a 23.4% ratings, and some later episodes went as high as 41.5%. Being the main lead for the first time in a drama, Yoona confessed to being scolded at first for not being able to cry for her crying scenes; however, she could not help but to immerse in her character later on due to the sad storyline. Yoona's acting gained positive recognition among the viewers. In 2009, she filmed the drama Cinderella Man (신데렐라맨) alongside with Kwon Sang-woo.
In 2012, Yoona was cast in a lead role with Jang Keun Suk in the drama entitled Love Rain. The drama began broadcasting on March 26, 2012 on KBS2. Love Rain is a fantasy drama about fate and how the offspring of a previous ill-fated couple who met in the 1970s, also manage to fall in love with each other.
In 2013, Yoona starred alongside with Lee Beom-soo in the romantic-comedy drama Prime Minister and I. The drama began broadcasting on December 9, 2013 on KBS2, and was produced by SM C&C. Though it received low ratings, it received very positive reviews for its writing and acting, especially from the leads Yoona and Lee Beom-soo.
On December 26, 2014, it's reported that Yoona has been cast in the Chinese drama "Wu Shen Zhao Zi Long" (武神赵子龙) as the female lead ‘Xiahou Qing Yi’. The drama will begin filming in January of 2015 and is set to air in August 2015 through Hunan TV.
Variety show appearances
In 2010, after appearing as a guest on SBS's variety show Family Outing, Yoona joined season 2 of the same program as a permanent cast along Yoon Sanghyun, Kim Wonhee, Ji Sangryeol, Shin Bongseon, Jang Dongmin, Super Junior's Kim Heechul, 2AM's Jo Kwon and 2PM's Ok Taecyeon. The program ran from February to July of the same year.
Yoona was the occasional co-host to several television programs such as the 2009 and 2011 KBS Entertainment Awards, 2011 SBS Gayo Daejeon, 2012 KBS Gayo Daejun, 2013 Korea-China Friendship Concert in Beijing, 2013 KBS Drama Awards, and 2014 Gayo Daechukje.
In 2012, Choi ChangSik, mayor of Jung-gu, Seoul officially appointed Yoona as the ambassador of the district, she was carrying out her duties as the ambassador in various areas such as Myeongdong, Namdaemun, Bukchangdong Tourism Special Zone, Dongdaemun Fashion Town Special Zone, and more. She also donated 20 million wons to Dream Hearty on December 21 and donated to a career education organisation, giving 1 million wons to each family out of 10 families with low income and scholarships worth 10 million wons. On September 17, 2014, Yoona was named as one of 21 celebrity ambassadors at the Dongguk University's 108th anniversary. Later the same year, she along with SHINee's Minho were appointed as ambassadors for UNIHERO Campaign by UNICEF on November 27. On December 24, 2014, it was reported that Yoona visited the Jung-gu office on December 17 and donated 30 million wons to the mayor directly herself.
|2008||Haptic Motion||"Haptic Motion"||01:30||With Jessica, Tiffany & TVXQ|
|2012||I AM. – SM Town Live World Tour in Madison Square Garden||Herself||Biographical film of SM Town|
|2007||Two Outs in the Ninth Inning||MBC||Shin Joo-young||Supporting role|
|2008||Unstoppable Marriage||KBS2||Bulgwang-dong's Seven Princesses Gang||Cameo|
|Woman of Matchless Beauty, Park Jung-geum||MBC||Mi-ae||Cameo|
|2008||You Are My Destiny||KBS1||Jang Sae-byuk||Lead role|
|2009||Cinderella Man||MBC||Seo Yoo-jin||Lead role|
|2012||Love Rain||KBS2||Kim Yoon-hee/Jung Ha-na||Lead role|
|2013||Prime Minister and I||KBS2||Nam Da-jung||Lead role|
|2015||Wu Shen Zhao Zi Long (武神赵子龙)||Hunan TV||Xiahou Qing Yi||Lead role|
|2010||Family Outing 2||SBS||Regular Cast|
|My Everything||The Grace||Herself|
|2007||Marry U||Super Junior||Herself|
|Haptic Motion||Jessica, Yoona and Tiffany||Unknown|
|2009||That Guy's Woman||24/7||Herself|
|2010||Caribbean Bay||Girls' Generation and 2PM||Herself|
|2011||Replay (Japanese Ver.)||SHINee||Herself|
Awards and nominations
|2008||KBS Drama Awards||Best New Actress||You Are My Destiny||Won|
|2nd Korea Drama Awards||Netizen Award||Won|
|2009||45th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actress (TV)||Won|
|Most Popular Actress (TV)||Won|
|2010||46th Baeksang Arts Awards||Most Popular Actress (TV)||Cinderella Man||Won|
|2012||6th Mnet 20's Choice Awards||20's Female Drama Star||Love Rain||Nominated|
|KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Nominated|
|2013||49th Baeksang Arts Awards||Most Popular Actress (TV)||Nominated|
|KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Prime Minister and I||Won|
|Best Couple Award with Lee Beom-soo||Won|
|2014||50th Baeksang Arts Awards||Most Popular Actress (TV)||Nominated|
|16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival||Best Young Actress||Nominated|
- "Girls Generation Profile". Girls Generation.
- Girls' Generation Yoona's family is revealed (in Korean) Newsen.com (August 6, 2008). Retrieved on December 2014.
- (Yonhap Feature) Girl bands flourish on S. Korean pop music scene, groomed for more than singing English.yonhapnews.co.kr (August 26, 2009). Retrieved on December 23, 2014.
- Girls' Generation Yoona debuted in TVXQ's "Magic Castle" (in Korean) Newsen.com (July 7, 2007). Retrieved on December 4, 2014.
- Girls' Generation Yoona auditioned 200 times, regardless of genres (in Korean) Newsen.com (November 30, 2013). Retrieved on December 4, 2014.
- YoonA and Soo Young Graduates From High School
- (Korean) ‘소녀시대’ 윤아, MBC ‘9회말 2아웃’ 브라운관 데뷔 ( 'Girls' Generation SNSD, MBC '9 End 2 Outs' Debut Tube ) HanKyung.com. July 23, 2010. Retrieved April 15, 2010.
- Yoona as a homeless runaway girl in Woman of Matchless Beauty (in Korean) Newsen.com (April 6, 2008). Retrieved on November 30, 2014.
- You are my destiny 1st episode achieves a 23.4% ratings (in Korean) Newsen.com (May 7, 2008). Retrieved on November 30, 2014.
- You are my Destiny ratings reached 41.5% (in Korean) Nocutnews.co.kr (December 16, 2008). Retrieved on December 9, 2014.
- "“Nam Hee-suk and Choi Eun-kyung’s Free Time”" (in Korean). August 6, 2008. approx.60 minutes in. KBS2.
- Grading Yoona’s Official Acting Debut (in Korean) Newsen.com (May 21, 2008). Retrieved on November 30, 2014.
- SNSD’s Yoona Cast as Lead in Historical Chinese Drama enewsWorld (December 26, 2014)
- Girls' Generation Yoona’s appearance on ‘Family Outing Season 2′ Confirmed (in Korean) Star.mt.co.kr (January 8, 2010). Retrieved on December 14, 2014.
- Yoona to MC 2011 SBS Gayo Daejun
- Yoona Nominated in 2012 KBS Drama Awards and Will MC for 2012 KBS Gayo Daechukje
- Taecyeon, Yoona and Lee Hwi Jae are confirmed to be the MCs for KBS Gayo Daechukje (in Korean) Osen.co.kr (December 14, 2014). Retrieved on December 14, 2014.
- YoonA is Jung-gu's Honorary Ambassador Yahoo (January 10, 2012). Retrieved on December 6, 2014.
- Girls' Generation's Yoona who is the ambassador of Jung-gu,Continously donating to finacial difficulties families Yonhapnews.co.kr (January 16, 2013). Retrieved on December 6, 2014.
- Yoona and Seohyun Attend Dongguk University Ambassador Appointment Ceremony Soshified.com (September 17, 2014). Retrieved on December 6, 2014.
- Yoona Appointed as Ambassador for UNICEF’s ‘UNIHERO’ Campaign Soshified.com (December 5, 2014). Retrieved on December 6, 2014.
-  Asiae.co.kr (December 24, 2014)
- Jackson, Julie (January 1, 2014). "Lee Seung-gi and SNSD’s YoonA dating". The Korea Herald. Retrieved December 13, 2014.
- "Documentary Shows Top K-Pop Singers Behind the Scenes". Chosun Ilbo. 2 May 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2012.
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