Kim Min-hee

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.
Kim Min-hee
Kim Min-hee with the cast of Actresses (2009)
Born (1982-03-01) March 1, 1982 (age 32)
Yejang-dong, Jung District, Seoul, South Korea
Education Dankook University - B.A. and M.A. in Theater and Film Studies[1]
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999-present
Agent Management SOOP
Korean name
Hangul 김민희
Hanja 金敏姬
Revised Romanization Gim Min-heui
McCune–Reischauer Kim Min-hŭi

Kim Min-hee (born March 1, 1982) is a South Korean actress.


Kim Min-hee began modeling when she was in middle school, and soon appeared as a cover girl in teen magazines. Thanks to her unique facial features and slender figure, in 1999 she was cast in the campus drama School 2 as a rebellious high school girl, which launched her to stardom. She became a popular young star at barely 20 years old, appearing on TV dramas and movies. However, a string of poor acting performances brought her negative criticism. Critics and viewers disparagingly called her an "attractive but blank actress," more famous for being a fashion icon and actor Lee Jung-jae's then-girlfriend.[2]

In 2006, after reading the synopsis of TV series Goodbye Solo, Kim knew that she wanted the role of Mi-ri more than anything, saying "I was ready to do anything to play her." She begged renowned screenwriter Noh Hee-kyung to cast her, and though Noh turned her down five times, Kim would not give up, and her determination eventually convinced Noh to see her hidden potential. Vowing to start over from the bottom, Kim went through strict acting training which included basic vocal and respiratory exercises, she got a hold of the script before anyone else, and continued to analyze the role and practice everyday. Kim said that until Goodbye Solo, she hadn't been sure what to do with the rest of her life, but the drama made her feel that acting was her true calling, like she'd "finally opened up the first page of the textbook." She received good reviews for her performance, and despite the drama's low ratings, the role transformed her career.[2]

Her succeeding movie roles helped solidify her career reinvention, beginning with 2008's Hellcats (also known as its Korean title I Like It Hot or Some Like It Hot), a light-hearted comedy that explored the lives and loves of three women at different stages of womanhood. Kim played an aspiring screenwriter in her twenties who's agonizing over her insecure career and shaky romance with a deadbeat musician boyfriend. Reviews praised her "compelling performance,"[3][4] and she later won Best Actress at the Baeksang Arts Awards and the Busan Film Critics Awards.[5]

Kim then joined the all-star cast of Actresses (2009), a semi-improvisational mockumentary directed by E J-yong (whom she had previously worked with in Asako in Ruby Shoes). Set during a Vogue Korea photo shoot, Kim gets upset in the film over a remark by a staffer that men don't find skinny women like her attractive, as compared to her more voluptuous costar Kim Ok-bin.[6][7][8] A supporting turn as a reporter in conspiracy film Moby Dick followed in 2011.[9][10]

Kim further stretched the limits of her acting range in psychological thriller Helpless (2012), adapted from Miyabe Miyuki's novel All She Was Worth (in Japanese, "one-way train/fire chariot to hell"). She said she had absolute trust in director Byun Young-joo and never even checked the monitors,[11] and Byun was likewise complimentary, saying, "I ended up adding more scenes for her to act because she was just exceptional. She knew what she was doing, and knew she was able to pull it off. She was rarely nervous throughout the production. She's got no fear and is always confident."[12] Kim said the role gave her a chance to show what she was capable of as an actress, adding, "I feel differently about acting now. I often feel a tremendous sense of achievement and really enjoy doing this job."[13][14][15][16][17] Displaying a striking screen presence as a mysterious girl who disappears without a trace while her bewildered fiance discovers a trail of falsified information, Kim received several acting nominations and won Best Actress at the Buil Film Awards.

After her contract with Lee Byung-hun's agency BH Entertainment ended in late 2012, Kim signed with Management Soop, which also handles the career of her friend Gong Hyo-jin.[18]

In 2013, Kim again earned raves for her performance in Very Ordinary Couple. Unlike the typical romantic comedy, the relationship drama told a more realistic story of an on-and-off couple of three years.[19][20] During her acceptance speech as Best Actress at the 2013 Baeksang Arts Awards, Kim thanked her costar Lee Min-ki and director Roh Deok, who "helped shape (her) character Young on the screen."[21][22] action-noir No Tears for the Dead followed in 2014, in which she played a grieving woman who becomes a hitman's target.

Kim next stars as a wealthy heiress in Agasshi, Park Chan-wook's 2015 film adaptation of Fingersmith set in 1930s Korea.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Kim dated actor Lee Jung-jae from 2003 to 2006,[24][25] model-actor Lee Soo-hyuk from 2008 to 2010,[26][27][28][29][30] and actor Jo In-sung from 2013 to 2014.[31][32][33]



Television series[edit]

Variety show[edit]


  • Chris & Christy (2013-present)
  • Bean Pole (2011-present)
  • Aigle (2011-present)
  • Shu Uemura Cosmetics (2011-present)
  • Max (2011)
  • Decadence (2010)
  • Uniqlo (2009)
  • IPKN (2007-2010)
  • (2007)
  • Daum (2007)
  • L'Oréal Feria 3D (2004)
  • Radio Garden (2003)
  • Motorola 700-5425 (2002)
  • Orion Yegam (2002)
  • Canon Bubble Jet Printer (2002)
  • Fujifilm (2002-2003)
  • Good Money (2002)
  • KTF Magic N (2001-2003)
  • ONG (2001)
  • Blu:pepe (2001)
  • HP Compaq Presario (2001)
  • Sky Barley (2000)
  • KT 018 M Together (2000)
  • Subi (2000)
  • Motorola Wings (2000)
  • Namyang Balance 3 (2003)
  • Orion Moist Chocolate Chip Cookie (1999)
  • Coreana Entia (1999-2003)
  • Crown Black Rose, White Rose (1999)
  • Lotte Chilsung Smoothia (1999)
  • Whisper P&G (1999)
  • I.N.V.U. (1999)
  • Seoul Shinmun Parfait (1999)
  • M018 Children's Click You (1999)
  • Gienic Cleansing Foam (1998)



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