Kim So-eun

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.
Kim So-eun
Born Kim So-eun
(1989-09-06) September 6, 1989 (age 25)
Namyangju, South Korea
Education Chung-Ang University - Theater and Film
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004–present
Agent Fantagio
Korean name
Revised Romanization Gim So-eun
McCune–Reischauer Kim So-ŭn

Kim So-eun (born September 6, 1989) is a South Korean actress. She rose to fame with a supporting role in the popular television drama Boys Over Flowers (2009), and has since played leading roles in A Good Day for the Wind to Blow (2010), A Thousand Kisses (2011), and Liar Game (2014).


Kim So-eun made her acting debut with a bit part in the 2004 film Two Guys, when she was in junior high school. She then appeared in minor roles on TV and film, including Sisters of the Sea and The Show Must Go On (where she played Song Kang-ho's daughter).[1]

Kim rose to fame in 2009 with her supporting role as the heroine's best friend in the popular television series Boys Over Flowers. Kim gained praise for her versatility since she also portrayed Chae Shi-ra's childhood counterpart Hwangbo Soo in the period epic Empress Cheonchu, for which she learned how to ride a horse and shoot with a bow and arrow.[2] Later that year, she joined the cast of romantic comedy series He Who Can't Marry, a remake of Japanese drama Kekkon Dekinai Otoko.[3]

She landed her first leading role in the 2010 daily drama A Good Day for the Wind to Blow (also known as Happiness in the Wind), which further raised her Korean Wave profile.[4][5][6] She then starred in weekend drama A Thousand Kisses (2011-2012), which explored age differences in relationships.[7][8]

In 2012, she starred in the ten-episode Chinese drama Secret Angel, which aired on the portal website[9][10][11][12] She returned to Korean television in the cable drama Happy Ending. That same year, she also appeared in Music and Lyrics, a reality show in which an actress and a male musician are paired together to collaborate, as lyricist and composer respectively, in creating a song.[13] Kim and Lee Junho (from boyband 2PM[14]) composed the song "Love is Sad," which Lee also recorded; it was released as a single and featured on the soundtrack of Feast of the Gods.[15]

After playing Princess Sukhwi in the period epic Horse Doctor (also known as The King's Doctor, 2012-2013),[16] Kim starred in After School: Lucky or Not (in the Korean title, bokbulbok refers to a game of chance, literally meaning "Luck, No Luck"), which was distributed via SK Telecom's online and mobile portals. Kim played a timid girl who gets invited to a high school club, and encounters fantastical "missions" every episode, which draws out her bright, lively personality.

She and Victoria Song (member of girl group f(x)) were also chosen to host Glitter, a variety show on the lives of trendy twenty-somethings.[17]

In 2014, Kim starred in the horror film Mourning Grave, playing a ghost girl who forms a friendship with a ghost-seeing high school boy.[18][19] This was followed by a leading role in Liar Game, a Korean drama adaptation of the titular Japanese manga by Shinobu Kaitani.[20] Kim also joined the fourth season of reality show We Got Married, where she was paired with Song Jae-rim as a "Virtual" married couple.[21] The show has boosted their popularity as a couple and as individuals. Kim So Eun admitted that people approach her now more than ever before.[22]


Television drama[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2005 Sisters of the Sea young Song Jung-hee MBC
Sad Love Story young Park Hye-in MBC
2006 Drama City "First Love" Jung-hee KBS2
2007 Chosun Police season 1 Soo-hee
(guest, episode 9)
MBC Dramanet
2009 Empress Cheonchu young Hwangbo Soo KBS2
Boys Over Flowers Chu Ga-eul KBS2
He Who Can't Marry Jeong Yoo-jin KBS2
2010 A Good Day for the Wind to Blow Kwon Oh-bok KBS2
2011 A Thousand Kisses Woo Joo-mi MBC
2012 Secret Angel Angel L
Happy Ending Kim Eun-ha jTBC
Horse Doctor Princess Sukhwi MBC
2013 After School: Lucky or Not Kim So-eun Nate Hoppin, BTV, T-store
2014 Liar Game Nam Da-jung tvN


Year Title Role
2004 Two Guys bit part
2006 Family Matters
Fly, Daddy, Fly Jang Dami
2007 The Show Must Go On Hee-soo
Someone Behind You Kim Ga-yeon
2014 Mourning Grave Ghost girl
Entangled Kkot-nip

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2012 Music and Lyrics MBC Music with Lee Junho
2013 Glitter KBS W MC with Victoria Song
2014 We Got Married Season 4 MBC with Song Jae-rim

Music video appearance[edit]

Year Song Title Artist Co-star
2005 "Let's Separate" Yoon Gun
"Bye Bye Bye" Monday Kiz Monday Kiz
2009 "Bodyguard" SHINee Kim Bum, Boom
"Goodbye My Love" 8Eight Jeong Jinwoon, Jung Gyu-woon
2012 "First Love's Melody" Acoustic Collabo Lee Hyun-woo
2013 "Spring Expectation" Lim Jae-wook Lim Jae-wook

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2009 Mnet 20's Choice Awards Hot New Star Boys Over Flowers Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Best New Actress Boys Over Flowers,
He Who Can't Marry,
Empress Cheonchu
2010 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Daily Drama A Good Day for the Wind to Blow Nominated
2011 MBC Drama Awards Best New Actress A Thousand Kisses Nominated
2012 MBC Drama Awards Best New Actress Horse Doctor Won
2014 2014 Korean Wave Awards Popular Culture Award Won


  1. ^ Lee, Ji-hye (28 April 2011). "JIFF: Jung Il-woo, Kim So-eun: Goal is to watch a movie and have a get-together". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  2. ^ Yeom, Min-a (11 February 2009). "Kim So-eun dreams to become a chameleon-like actress". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  3. ^ Oh, Jean (15 June 2009). "KBS' bachelor battles MBC's queen". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  4. ^ Choi, Ji-eun (3 February 2010). "REVIEW: TV series Good Day - Premiere episode". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  5. ^ Hong, Lucia (16 September 2010). "Kim So-eun's popularity rises in Taiwan". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  6. ^ Yoon, Hee-seong (6 May 2010). "Kim So-eun's Song Picks". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  7. ^ "Actress Kim So-eun Seeking New Challenges". The Chosun Ilbo. 3 December 2011. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  8. ^ Park, Hyun-min (12 December 2011). "Interview: Kim So Eun Says Bright Characters Have Changed Her Personality". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  9. ^ "Jang Woo-hyuk, Kim So-eun cast as leads in Chinese drama". 10Asia. 5 March 2012. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  10. ^ Choi, Eun-hwa (5 March 2012). "Kim So Eun To Appear in Chinese Drama Secret Angel With Jang Woo Hyuk". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  11. ^ Choi, Eun-hwa (20 March 2012). "Kim So Eun Dazzles as Angel L in Secret Angel". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  12. ^ Choi, Eun-hwa (10 April 2012). "Secret Angel Propels Kim So Eun Into Hallyu Stardom". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  13. ^ Oh, Mi-jung (20 March 2012). "Interview: Kim So Eun to Ask Park Shin Hye for Help with Music and Lyrics". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  14. ^ Oh, Mi-jung (20 March 2012). "Interview: Junho to Work with Kim So Eun in Music and Lyrics". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  15. ^ Kim, Ji-yeon (9 April 2012). "Junho and Kim So Eun's Love is Sad Chosen for Drama OST". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  16. ^ Kim, Ji-soo (13 March 2013). "Unsung heroes in helping stars shine". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  17. ^ "Glitter CP explains why he chose Victoria and Kim So Eun as the MCs". Allkpop. 31 July 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  18. ^ "Kim So-eun Talks About First Starring Role in Film". The Chosun Ilbo. 12 July 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-18. 
  19. ^ Ha, Soo-jung (5 July 2014). "Interview: Kim So Eun Wants a Boyfriend But Can't Find Time to Date". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-07-08. 
  20. ^ Choi, Eun-hwa (12 September 2014). "Kim So Eun, Lee Sang Yoon and Shin Sung Rok Confirmed for Drama Liar Game". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-09-16. 
  21. ^ Lee, Sung-eun (15 September 2014). "Married names new couple". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-09-16. 
  22. ^ "Kim So Eun Says People Approach Her More Easily after “We Got Married”". Soompi. 2014-12-27. Retrieved 2014-12-27. 

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