Kim Tae-hee

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Kim Tae-hee
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Kim Tae-hee as LG Optimus 3D & LG Cinema 3D model, in September 2011
Born (1980-03-29) March 29, 1980 (age 34)
Busan, South Korea
Nationality South Korean
Alma mater Seoul National University (B.A. Fashion Design)
Occupation Actress
Years active 2001–present
Agent Lua Entertainment (Korea)
Sweet Power (Japan)
Height 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)[1]
Religion Catholic[2]
Relatives Lee Wan (brother)
Korean name
Hangul 김태희
Hanja 金泰希
Revised Romanization Gim Tae-hui
McCune–Reischauer Kim T'ae-hŭi

Kim Tae-hee (Hangul: 김태희; born 29 March 1980) is a South Korean actress. She is best known for her roles in Korean dramas such as Stairway to Heaven, Love Story in Harvard, Iris, My Princess, and Jang Ok-jung, Living by Love.

Early life[edit]

Kim Tae-hee was born on 29 March 1980 in Busan, South Korea. She is the second of three children. Kim has an older sister, Kim Hee-won, and a younger brother, Lee Wan; the latter is also an actor and appeared in her television series Stairway to Heaven.

Kim moved to Ulsan as a child. She had perfect scores in all her subjects throughout her three years in middle school,[3] then enrolled at Ulsan Girls' High School. In 1999, Kim moved to Seoul to attend college at the prestigious Seoul National University, where she became the president of the SNU Women's Ski Club. In 2005, she graduated from SNU with a bachelor's degree in Fashion Design.[4][5][6]

Career[edit]

In 2000, an advertising executive saw Kim riding the subway, and offered her a modeling job. Kim appeared in television commercials and print ads, before making her acting debut with a small role in the 2001 melodrama Last Present.[4] In 2002, she starred in the short film Living in New Town and the sitcom Let's Go, followed by Screen and A Problem at My Younger Brother's House in 2003.

In late 2003, Kim rose to stardom via her portrayal of the evil stepsister in the popular SBS TV series Stairway to Heaven.[7][8] Starting 2004, Kim was cast in leading roles in her succeeding projects, including the supernatural KBS series Forbidden Love and the SBS campus romance Love Story in Harvard.[9]

Kim then turned to film, starring in action fantasy epic The Restless (2006),[10] and the romantic comedy Venus and Mars (2007).[11][12] Both were unsuccessful at the box office.

She returned to the small screen in 2009, playing an NIS profiler in the spy action thriller Iris.[13] It was one of the most expensive Korean dramas ever produced and was a critical and commercial success with an average viewership rating of 30%.[14] Kim shed tears at the KBS Drama Awards when she won an Excellence Award in a Miniseries; this was her first acting award, excluding newcomer and popularity awards.[15]

Kim left her then-agency Namoo Actors[16] in January 2010 to join Lua Entertainment, which was founded by her brother-in-law. That year, she also played a horse jockey who dreams of winning the championship in the sports film Grand Prix.[17][18][19]

After the success of Iris, she again drew positive reviews in the romantic comedy series My Princess (2011); Kim played an ordinary college student who discovers that she is Korean royalty.[20][21] Later that year, she starred in her first Japanese television drama Boku to Star no 99 Nichi, where her character is a South Korean Hallyu star who meets an ordinary Japanese bodyguard and he somehow makes her fall head over heels in love with him.[22] Kim encountered backlash from some Japanese netizens for her participation in a 2005 rally in Switzerland supporting South Korea's claim in the Dokdo Islets territorial dispute.[23][24]

In 2013, Kim starred in her first period drama Jang Ok-jung, Living by Love as the infamous royal concubine Jang Hui-bin.[25][26][27] This was followed by another period role, as the wife of famed Chinese calligrapher Wang Xizhi in the Chinese television drama of the same title.[28][29]

Endorsements[edit]

Kim is one of the most popular and in-demand product endorsers in Korea.[30][31][32] She has been a spokesperson for popular brands including 12Plus Colorista, Cyon, Paris Baguette, LG, iriver, Hera, Ohui, Vivian, Daewoo Matiz, Klasse, Samsung, Beans Avenue, Olympus, My House/Root, Crencia, KT Smard Card, Calli, ZEC, BC Card, Maxwell House, S-Oil, Corn Silk Tae, Toyota and Prugio.

Personal life[edit]

On 2 January 2013, her agency confirmed her relationship with singer/actor Rain, stating, "It is true that they are dating, but at the present time they are slowly beginning to get to know each other with good and positive feelings," and "It has been about a month since they began dating."[33][34]

Filmography[edit]

Television drama[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2002 Let's Go Tae-hee SBS
2003 Screen Kim So-hyun SBS
A Problem at My Younger Brother's House Park Su-jin SBS
Stairway to Heaven Han Yoo-ri SBS
2004 Forbidden Love Yoon Shi-yeon KBS2
Love Story in Harvard Lee Soo-in SBS
2009 Iris Choi Seung-hee KBS2
2011 My Princess Lee Seol MBC
Boku to Star no 99 Nichi Han Yoo-na Fuji TV
2013 Jang Ok-jung, Living by Love Jang Ok-jung SBS
2014 Wang Xizhi

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
2001 Last Present young Park Jung-yeon
2002 Living in New Town (short film) Ji-soo
2006 The Restless So-hwa/Yon-hwa
2007 Venus and Mars Yoon Jin-ah
2010 Grand Prix Seo Ju-hee
Iris: The Movie Choi Seung-hee

Music video[edit]

Year Song Artist
2002 "Letter" g.o.d.
2003 "Only" The Jun
2004 "Don't Go Away" Park Yong-ha
2014 "Koinonia"[2] Korean Catholic celebrities

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2003 SBS Drama Awards[6] New Star Award Stairway to Heaven Won
2004 KBS Drama Awards[35] Best New Actress Forbidden Love Won
SBS Drama Awards[6] Top 10 Stars Love Story in Harvard Won
Popularity Award, Actress Won
2005 41st Baeksang Arts Awards[6] Most Popular Actress (TV) Won
2007 43rd Baeksang Arts Awards[6] Most Popular Actress (Film) The Restless Won
3rd Pyeongtaek Film Festival New Currents Movie Star - Best New Actress Won
15th Chunsa Film Art Awards Best New Actress Nominated
42nd Grand Bell Awards[6][36] Overseas Popularity Award Won
Best New Actress Nominated
28th Blue Dragon Film Awards[6][36] Popular Star Award Won
Best New Actress Nominated
6th Korean Film Awards[36] Best New Actress Nominated
Andre Kim Best Star Awards Female Star Award N/A Won
2009 KBS Drama Awards[15] Best Couple Award with Lee Byung-hun Iris Won
Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama Won
2010 46th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress (TV) Nominated
3rd Korea Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress Nominated
2011 6th Seoul International Drama Awards Outstanding Korean Actress My Princess Nominated
MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Nominated
2013 Cosmo Beauty Awards Asia Dream Star N/A Won
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special Jang Ok-jung, Living by Love Nominated

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Lee, Sun-min (8 July 2014). "Star-filled video welcomes pope". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Actress Kim Tae-hee Was Perfect Student". The Korea Times. 15 September 2009. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Poole, Robert Michael (7 September 2010). "Kim Tae-Hee: South Korea's 'most beautiful woman' on shyness, beauty and guns". CNNGo. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Celebrities Who Went to SNU". SNU Media. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
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  7. ^ "(인터뷰) '구미호외전' 주연 김태희". The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). 2 July 2004. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
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  13. ^ "Kim Tae-hee Wants Iris to Become Turnnig Point". The Korea Times. 9 November 2009. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
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  17. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (19 August 2010). "Kim Tae-hee aims higher with new sports film". The Korea Times. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
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  19. ^ Beck, Una (13 September 2010). "INTERVIEW: Kim Tae-hee - Part 2". TenAsia. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  20. ^ Oh, Jean (3 January 2011). "Hallyu stars take first stab at rom-com". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
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  23. ^ Lee, Claire (22 February 2012). "Preview of Kim Tae-hee’s Japanese commercial axed". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
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  25. ^ Ho, Stewart (8 October 2012). "Kim Tae Hee Cast in Her First Historic Drama, Jang Ok Jung as Joseon Dynasty's Infamous Lady Jang Hee Bin". enewsWorld. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  26. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (9 October 2012). "Kim Tae-hee to take on first period drama". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  27. ^ Lee, Hye-ji (10 October 2012). "Kim Tae-hee to Turn Femme Fatale in New TV Series". TenAsia. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  28. ^ Lee, Kyung-min (27 May 2014). "Kim Tae-hee to star in Chinese drama". The Korea Times. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
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  30. ^ "Kim Tae-hee Becomes Highest-Paid Cosmetics Model". The Chosun Ilbo. 21 August 2006. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  31. ^ "Kim Yu-na, Cha Tae-hyun Named Top Celebrities for Advertisers". The Chosun Ilbo. 14 October 2009. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  32. ^ "When Stars Bank on Advertising Only". The Chosun Ilbo. 5 September 2009. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
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