Kim Hee-sun

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.
Kim Hee-seon
Born (1977-06-11) June 11, 1977 (age 37)
Seoul, South Korea
Other names Kim Hee-sun
Education Chung-Ang University - Theater and Film
Occupation Actress
Years active 1993–present
Agent Hinge Entertainment
Spouse(s) Park Ju-young (m. 2007)
Children Park Yeon-ah
Korean name
Hangul 김희선
Hanja 金喜善
Revised Romanization Gim Hui-seon
McCune–Reischauer Kim Hŭi-sŏn

Kim Hee-seon (born June 11, 1977) is a South Korean actress.


Kim Hee-seon made her entertainment debut as the MC of SBS's music show Inkigayo in 1993 during her second year of high school,[1] and has since become famous both at home and abroad as one of Korea's most beautiful actresses.[2] She starred as the heroine in many hit trendy dramas in the 1990s, such as Propose and Forever Yours with Ryu Si-won, Wedding Dress with Lee Seung-yeon, Mister Q with Kim Min-jong and Song Yun-ah, Tomato with Kim Suk-hoon, and Goodbye My Love with Ahn Jae-wook.

Kim also gradually built up a career in film, beginning in 1997 with Repechage opposite Jang Dong-gun. Director Lee Kwang-hoon subsequently put her in his next film, Ghost in Love in 1999. In her most high-profile role to date, Kim played the daughter of a Mongolian general in the big-budget martial arts fantasy Bichunmoo, shot in China and released in the summer of 2000. Although criticized for her acting in the film, it gave her more local and international exposure than any of her other films. Along with her popular TV dramas, it cemented her position as a Korean wave star in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and throughout Southeast Asia.[3][4]

In late 2001, Kim took on a completely different kind of role, cutting her hair short and starring as an animator in Wanee & Junah. Although her acting in this film drew a favorable response from critics, the film itself was a flop at the box office. In 2003 her career took a bit of a downturn, when the environmentally-themed melodrama A Man Who Went to Mars (also known as A Letter From Mars), in which she starred with Shin Ha-kyun, proved to be an utter bomb at the box office.[5] She returned to television in 2005, playing a blind woman in Sad Love Story, which received low ratings.[6][7][8] But, thanks to her popularity among Chinese viewers, she was then cast opposite Jackie Chan in The Myth, for which she learned to speak Mandarin.[9]

After her 2006 drama Smile Again, Kim married in 2007, and she left the entertainment scene to devote her time to being a wife and mother. During this five-year hiatus from acting, she only appeared in magazines,[10] and in 2009 she published Kim Hee-sun's Happy Mom Project, a book on childcare and how to lose post-pregnancy weight.[11][12][13][14]

Though she appeared in the 2011 Chinese epic The Warring States,[15] Kim officially made her comeback as a modern-day doctor who time-travels to Goryeo in the 2012 period romance Faith.[16][17][18][19][20][21][22]

In 2013, she became one of the hosts of the revamped second season of variety talk show Strong Heart. Titled Hwasin – Controller of the Heart, her co-MCs were Shin Dong-yup and Yoon Jong-shin.[23] After Hwasin was cancelled, Kim returned to acting in the 2014 weekend family drama Wonderful Days, written by Lee Kyung-hee.[24][25] This was followed by Angry Mom in 2015, in which she played the titular character who returns to high school when she learns that her teenage daughter is being bullied.[26]

Personal life[edit]

Kim wed businessman Park Ju-young in a lavish ceremony at the Seoul Sheraton Grande Walkerhill Hotel on October 19, 2007.[1][27][28] She gave birth to daughter Yeon-ah on January 21, 2009.[29][30][31]


Television series[edit]

  • 1993 Dinosaur Teacher (SBS)
  • 1994 Agatha Christie (SBS)
  • 1994 The Tale of Chunhyang
  • 1995 Sons of the Wind (KBS2)
  • 1995 Men of the Bath House (KBS2)
  • 1996 A Faraway Country (KBS2)
  • 1997 Propose (KBS1)
  • 1998 Wedding Dress (KBS1)
  • 1998 Forever Yours (MBC)
  • 1998 Mister Q (SBS)
  • 1998 Sunflower (MBC)
  • 1999 Tomato (SBS)
  • 1999 Goodbye My Love (MBC)
  • 2003 My Fair Lady (SBS)
  • 2005 Sad Love Story (MBC)
  • 2006 Smile Again (SBS)
  • 2012 Faith (SBS)
  • 2014 Wonderful Days (KBS2)
  • 2015 Angry Mom (MBC)


Variety shows[edit]



  1. ^ a b "Fans Eagerly Await Wedding of Kim Hee-sun". The Chosun Ilbo. 10 August 2007. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  2. ^ "Fans of Snubbed Beauties up in Arms". The Chosun Ilbo. 6 April 2005. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  3. ^ Yeo, Si-dong (25 July 2001). "China's TCL Signs Actress Kim Hee-sun in Promo Deal". The Chosun Ilbo. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  4. ^ "Actor Ahn Jae-wook and Actress Kim Hee-sun Most Popular in China". The Chosun Ilbo. 24 November 2003. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  5. ^ "Actors and Actresses of Korean Cinema: Kim Hee-sun". Retrieved 2012-11-04. 
  6. ^ Suh, Jung-bo (21 October 2004). "Kim Hee-sun, A Blind Singer in the New Drama Sad Love Song". The Dong-a Ilbo. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  7. ^ Hwang, You-mee (15 January 2005). "TV dramas woo viewers with top actresses". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  8. ^ "Actress Kim Hee-seon Holds Promo Tour in Japan". KBS Global. 3 August 2007. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  9. ^ Song, Won-sup (12 July 2004). "Chinese Press Predict Kim Hee-sun to be Reborn as Representative Brand of Asia". The Chosun Ilbo. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  10. ^ "Actress on Magazine Cover With Daughter". The Korea Times. 19 August 2009. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  11. ^ "Kim’s 1st Appearance After Delivering Baby". The Korea Times. 8 April 2009. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  12. ^ "Actress Kim Hee-sun Promotes Her Book at Charity Bazaar". The Chosun Ilbo. 11 April 2009. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  13. ^ Park, Min-young (6 April 2009). "Celebrity moms, what`s their secret?". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  14. ^ "Actress Kim Hee-sun Set to Make Comeback". The Chosun Ilbo. 1 January 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  15. ^ Mao, Renjie (17 March 2010). "Why Kim Hee-Sun?". Global Times. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  16. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (5 January 2012). "Kim Hee-sun lands lead role in Faith". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  17. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (13 July 2012). "Kim Hee-sun, Lee Min-ho start filming". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  18. ^ Kim, Ji-yeon (10 August 2012). "Kim Hee Sun and Lee Min Ho of Faith Call Each Other Babies". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  19. ^ Ho, Stewart (29 August 2012). "Kim Hee Sun Says Secret Garden, Sun And The Moon Inspired Her to Return to Acting". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  20. ^ Choi, Bo-ran (4 September 2012). "Actress Kim Hee Sun says, "Unless you accept time goes by, that will give you huge stress"". Star News. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  21. ^ Yu, Ah-jeong (29 November 2012). "After 5 years, TV beauty has Faith in comeback". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  22. ^ Jeon, Su-mi (18 December 2012). "Kim Hee Sun Says Her Return was a Success Thanks to Lee Min Ho". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-12-19. 
  23. ^ Ho, Stewart (15 January 2013). "Strong Heart 2 to Be Led By Shin Dong Yeop, Kim Hee Sun and Yoon Jong Shin". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  24. ^ Lee, Sun-min (6 January 2014). "New drama for Kim Hee-sun". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
  25. ^ Kim, Hee-eun (10 February 2014). "Kim Hee-sun gets Wonderful". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
  26. ^ Sohn, Ji-young (18 March 2015). "New MBC drama to address school violence, bullying". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2015-03-19. 
  27. ^ Choi, April (30 July 2007). "Actress Kim Hee-sun's Fiance Is Businessman". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  28. ^ "S. Korean star Kim Hee-sun's wedding". Xinhua News Agency. 20 October 2007. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  29. ^ Garcia, Cathy Rose A. (21 January 2009). "Kim Hee-sun Gives Birth to Baby Girl". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  30. ^ "Actress Kim Hee-sun Gives Birth to a Baby Girl". The Chosun Ilbo. 23 January 2009. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  31. ^ "Popular actress regrets admitting to having a daughter". The Korea Times. 24 November 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-30. 
  32. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (25 June 2012). "Kim Hee Sun States that She's the Prettiest in Korea on Running Man". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  33. ^ Ho, Stewart (5 November 2012). "Kim Hee Sun Selected as Icon of the Year at 9th Annual Cosmopolitan Asia Beauty Awards". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  34. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (6 November 2012). "Kim Hee-sun 'iconic woman' of 2012". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 

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