|Birth name||Im Yoona (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 participated in various television dramas such as You Are My Destiny, Love Rain and Prime Minister and I.
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 was trained for five years under SM Entertainment. 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.
Yoona debuted as a member of Girls' Generation in July 2007. Besides being a part of the group, she has also participated in several television dramas throughout the years. Yoona's acting career began with a small role in the 2007 MBC's drama Two Outs in the Ninth Inning. In 2008, after being complimented by veteran actress Bae Jong Ok for her cameo in the MBC's Woman of Matchless Beauty, she landed her first leading role in the KBS's drama You Are My Destiny. On her first day of filming, she was sent home crying by the director, after making a mistake, and was told she "was not yet ready for the role". She also confessed to having some difficulties at first with her crying scenes, the then-rookie-actress, nonetheless, received praises after these incidents and noted on the director's intention in helping her grow as an actress. The drama was well-received, and considered by the singer herself as a career's "turning point". Its first episode achieved a 23.4% ratings, and some later episodes went as high as 41.5%. She won several awards for this role, most notably two "Best New Actress" awards at the 2008 KBS Drama Awards and 45th Baeksang Arts Awards. In 2009, she filmed the MBC's drama Cinderella Man alongside with Kwon Sang-woo. In 2010, the singer appeared as a guest on the SBS's variety show Family Outing, and later joined season 2 of the same program as a permanent cast along others such as Super Junior's Kim Heechul, 2AM's Jo Kwon and 2PM's Ok Taecyeon. The program ran from February to July that year.
In 2012, Yoona was cast in a lead role with Jang Keun Suk in the KBS2's drama Love Rain. It was 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. Yoona played two characters, Yun Hee of the 70s and Ha Na of the modern times. Although the drama lacked in domestic viewership, and received some criticism for its failure to relate to the viewers, Yoona's acting received positive review. Yoon Ga-ee of Osen wrote: "The speed at which her acting is improving is blinding. She has matured to the point where you want to ask, ‘When did her acting get so good?’ The criticism that trailed behind her during ‘Cinderella Man’ is now nowhere to be found." Choi Inkyung said "Of course, it could have been her pretty clothes and makeup, but more than anything, her facial expressions and ever improving acting were the biggest reasons behind it. After always having carried the ‘idol origin’ label, Yoona is completely immersed in her character and has now become ‘Hana’ herself.” The drama garnered much more positive overseas interest. It was sold to Japan for $10 million, the second highest price for a KBS drama at the time, partly due to Yoona's popularity. In 2013, Yoona starred alongside Lee Beom-soo in the KBS2's romantic-comedy drama Prime Minister and I. Loosely based on the musical film The Sound of Music, Yoona played a character named Nam Da-jung, a young and stubborn reporter who falls in love with the prime minister. The drama received low ratings, but Yoona is still noted for her acting. She won the "Excellence" award at the KBS's year-end Drama Awards. In 2014, Yoona was initially chosen to be the female lead for the Nodame Cantabile, but turned down the role to be in the Korean-Chinese romantic comedy movie Goodbye Ani instead. In 2015, she filmed a Chinese drama "Wu Shen Zhao Zi Long" (武神赵子龙), set to be released later in the year.
Being the second youngest member of Girls' Generation, Yoona is often known as the representative face, or "center spot", of the group. Throughout her career, she's appeared not only in music and TV dramas, but also various commercials and variety shows. Described by fellow members as the highest earner of her group, Yoona once had to publicly deny the validity of a report that stated she earned at least four billion won in a year. The singer was named as the ideal type by many South Korean celebrities, and known for her various nicknames, such as one for her "alligator" laugh.
Known as a TV commercial queen among the South Korean public, since pre-debut, she has been a spokesperson for many brands, such as Clean & Clear, Eider and SK Telecom. In 2010, Yoona was chosen to be the first idol to endorse a large South Korean petroleum and refinery company, S-Oil. In 2012, reported by South Korea's largest advertisement information site TVCF, Yoona appeared in more than twenty commercials, and was ranked fifth among celebrities with the most commercial appearances that year. In 2013, she became the first oversea endorser for Alcon Taiwan. Since 2009, Yoona has also been the face of Innisfree in South Korea; and in 2014, started promoting the brand further to various Asian countries along with Lee Min Ho.
Over the years, Yoona has done charity works that were not known to the public. Few that were reported in the media accounted her donating money for charities or becoming ambassadors for various organizations. Actress Jung Ae-ri, whom the singer has done volunteer work with, said Yoona "is someone who will try as much as possible not to publicise the things that she did." At the age of 18, Yoona started sponsoring an African child and supported him financially. This was, however, not revealed until SBS broadcast a charity program called "Hope TV" in 2011. In 2014, she, along with other celebrities, became an ambassador for her school, Dongguk University, as well as the UNIHERO Campaign by UNICEF. In January 2015, Yoona became a part of the "Honor Society", an organization that honored donors who have donated more than 100 million won. Speaking of this, she stated “I didn’t want this to be announced publicly at first because I wanted to help out the neighbors in need quietly. But I think it’s also important to give along with many other people...I wanted to contribute to expanding the culture of giving by joining Honor Society”
Awards and nominations
- "Yoona hanja birth name.". September 30, 2014.
- 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.
- 고교 졸업 윤아 “대학생되면 제일 하고 싶은 일은 MT” Newsen.com (February 12, 2009). Retrieved on January 25, 2015.
- Conflicting views of celebs on campus Koreatimes.co.kr (February 3, 2014). Retrieved on January 1, 2015.
- Graduation photos of Yoona, Seohyun go viral Kpopherald.com (December 18, 2014). Retrieved on December 31, 2014.
- Girls' Generation Yoona, MBC 9 End 2 Outs small-screen debut (in Korean) 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.
- "Strong Heart Episode 166 (Episode 38 on DramaFever)" (in Korean). Strong Heart. Episode 166. February 12, 2013. approximate 44 minutes in. SBS. http://www.dramafever.com/drama/3948/38/Strong_Heart/?ap=1. Retrieved January 22, 2015.
- Yoona had to stop filming during You are my Destiny (in Korean) Newsen.com (February 13, 2013). Retrieved on January 31, 2015.
- "“Nam Hee-suk and Choi Eun-kyung’s Free Time”" (in Korean). August 6, 2008. approx.60 minutes in. KBS2.
- Yoona Appears in ‘CeCi’ Magazine’s March Issue for a Photoshoot and Interview (English translation) Soshified.com (February 19, 2014). Retrieved on January 23, 2015.
- "Yoona's interview with CeCi magazine". CeCi Magazine (March 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.
- You Are My Destiny Yoona wins "Best New Actress" at the 2008 KBS Drama Awards (in Korean) Newsen.com (December 31, 2008). Retrieved on December 16, 2014.
- SNSD’s Yoona Becomes First Member of ‘Honor Society’ Donors in 2015 Mwave.interest.me (January 2, 2015). Retrieved on January 6, 2015.
- Girls’ Generation Dominates MBC Koreatimes.co.kr (May 20, 2009). Retrieved on January 5, 2015.
- 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 star in new drama Koreatimes.co.kr (September 19, 2011). Retrieved on January 5, 2015.
- Yoona on Her Comeback with ‘Love Rain’ and Jang Keun Suk Mwave.interest.me (December 13, 2011). Retrieved on January 5, 2015.
- Jang Keun Suk and Yoona Come Together for ‘Love Rain’ Mwave.interest.me (September 23, 2011). Retrieved on January 5, 2014.
- ‘Love Rain’ Viewership Ratings Still Low Mwave.interest.me (May 9, 2012). Retrieved on January 6, 2015.
- Why ‘Love Rain’ Failed to Relate to Its Viewers Mwave.interest.me (March 27, 2012). Retrieved on January 5, 2015.
- '사랑비' 윤아, 얼굴보다 100배는 더 예쁜 연기력 Osen.co.kr (April 18, 2012). Retrieved on January 21, 2015.
- 소녀시대 ‘윤아’의 향상된 연기력이 화제다 Originally from Hankooki.com (April 24, 2012). Archived on April 24, 2012. Retrieved on January 21, 2015.
- ‘Love Rain’ to be Exported to Over 12 Countries and Regions Globally Mwave.interest.me (May 11, 2012). Retrieved on January 6, 2015.
- ‘Love Rain’ Expected to Bring Big Profits From Sales Abroad Mwave.interest.me (May 30, 2012). Retrieved on January 6, 2015.
- K-pop stars dominate TV dramas Koreatimes.co.kr (March 3, 2013). Retrieved on January 1, 2015.
- K-pop stars make foray into small screen Koreatimes.co.kr (January 1, 2014). Retrieved on January 1, 2015.
- SNSD’s Yoona to play lead in ‘Nodame Cantabile’ Koreaherald.com (July 7, 2014). Retrieved on January 9, 2015.
- Yoona declines ‘Nodame Cantabile‘ for Korea-China rom-com Koreaherald.com (July 14, 2014). Retrieved on January 9, 2015.
- SNSD’s Yoona Cast as Lead in Historical Chinese Drama Mwave.interest.me (December 26, 2014). Retrieved on January 25, 2015.
- Yoona Loves Being the Center of Attention? Mwave.interest.me (April 8, 2012). Retrieved on January 5, 2015.
- Deer Yoona, Strong Yoona and More of the SNSD Member′s NIcknames Mwave.interest.me (January 19, 2014). Retrieved on January 6, 2015.
- SNSD Yoona’s No.1 Titles Mwave.interest.me (January 19, 2014). Retrieved on December 28, 2014.
- Yoona earns the most among Girls' Generation (in Korean) Chosun.com (May 2, 2012). Retrieved on January 31, 2015.
- "Strong Heart Episode 165 (Episode 37 on DramaFever)" (in Korean). Strong Heart. Episode 165. February 5, 2013. approximate 52 minutes in. SBS. http://www.dramafever.com/drama/3948/37/Strong_Heart/?ap=1. Retrieved January 22, 2015.
- A Look at the Hundreds of Stars Who Chose SNSD’s Yoona as Their Ideal Type Mwave.interest.me (January 2, 2014). Retrieved on January 12, 2015.
- Healing Camp: Yoona earns 40billion for the first half alone? (in Korean) dongA.com (March 18, 2014). Retrieved on December 28, 2014.
- SNSD Yoona and Lee Min Ho Run through the Rain and Sunshine Mwave.interest.me (March 12, 2013). Retrieved on January 6, 2015.
- SM′s Kyuhyun, Yoona, Sulli, and Minho Join the ‘Noot Family′ for SK Telecom Yahoo (April 11, 2013). Retrieved on December 28, 2014.
- YoonA chosen as new model for S-OIL (in Korean) dongA.com (June 19, 2010). Retrieved on December 28, 2014.
- Girls’ Generation Appears in the Most Advertisements Over the Past Year (in Korean) Asiae.co.kr (June 06, 2012). Retrieved on December 28, 2014.
- SNSD’s Yoona is the Highest Earning Female Idol Group Member Mwave.interest.me (July 14, 2012). Retrieved on December 28, 2014.
- Alcon Renews Endorsement Contract with Yoona (in Korean) Originally from Hankooki.com (December 5, 2013). Archived on December 12, 2013. Retrieved on January 8, 2015.
- Yoona becomes first overseas endorser for Alcon (in Chinese) Etv.org.tw (October 23, 2013). Retrieved on December 28, 2014.
- Yoona becomes Innisfree's new face (in Korean) Mk.co.kr (September 22, 2009). Retrieved on December 28, 2014.
- Yoona becomes Innisfree's global muse (in Korean) tvreport.co.kr (July 17,2014)
- Girls’ Generation Yoona is the first member to join the Honor Society (in Korean) TopStarNews.net (January 2, 2015). Retrieved on January 25, 2015.
- Girls’ Generation Yoona is the first member to join the Honor Society (English translation) Koreaboo.com (January 1, 2015). Retrieved on January 1, 2015.
- 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.
- 소녀시대 윤아 중구 어려운 이웃 위해 3000만원 후원 Asiae.co.kr (December 24, 2014). Retrieved on January 26, 2015.
- Girls’ Generation Yoona donates 10 million won to a blindness awareness campaign (in Korean) Stardailynews.co.kr (December 16, 2014). Retrieved on January 26, 2015.
- Girls’ Generation Yoona donates 10 million won to a blindness awareness campaign (English translation) KoreaBoo.com (December 2014). Retrieved on January 26, 2015.
- YoonA is Jung-gu's Honorary Ambassador Cinema Online (Yahoo) (January 10, 2012). Retrieved on December 6, 2014.
- Jung Ae-ri's interview (in Korean) Khan.co.kr (July 2009). Retrieved on December 29, 2014.
- "Hope TV" (in Korean). November 11, 2011. SBS. http://www.sbshope.co.kr/.
- 'Soshi', Yoona and Seohyun, flower beauties lightening up Dongguk University (in Korean) Donga.com (September 17, 2014). Retrieved on January 26, 2015.
- SHINee, Girls' Generation stars promote UNICEF Koreatimes.co.kr (December 15, 2014). Retrieved on December 6, 2014.
- Girls’ Generosity: Yoona becomes Honor Society member Koreatimesus.com (January 6, 2015). Retrieved on January 8, 2015.
- 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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