November 9, 1984 |
Incheon, South Korea
|Alma mater||Seoul Institute of the Arts|
|Occupation||Actress, Director, Screenwriter, Singer, Composer, Novelist|
|Height||1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)|
|Revised Romanization||Gu Hye-seon|
Ku Hye-sun (Hangul: 구혜선; born November 9, 1984) is a South Korean actress, singer/songwriter and director. She is best known for her roles in the television dramas Pure in Heart (2006), Boys Over Flowers (2009) and Angel Eyes (2014).
Ku Hye-sun entered the entertainment industry after gaining popularity on the internet as an ulzzang. She began her acting career in one-act dramas and the sitcom Nonstop 5. She was also co-MC with Super Junior's Heechul on SBS's weekly live music show Inkigayo from April 23, 2006 to February 18, 2007.
Ku soon rose to fame in the drama Pure in Heart and surprised critics with her performance in the historical drama The King and I She is most well known for portraying Geum Jan-di in the hit KBS drama Boys Over Flowers. After a year in limbo with no broadcasting slot, her pre-produced drama The Musical finally aired in September 2011 .Ku next starred as a female pilot in the SBS series Take Care of Us, Captain , followed by Absolute Darling , the Taiwanese drama adaptation of the manga Absolute Boyfriend.The original manga writer of “Absolute Boyfriend” praised GHS for her freely changing facial expressions and found her acting very attractive and adorable.
Originally set to debut as a singer (supposedly in a three-member girl group with 2NE1's Park Bom and Sandara Park), YG Entertainment CEO Yang Hyun-suk advised Ku to pursue acting rather than music . In recent years, she has displayed her vocal talents through Sarang Ga ("Love Story", which became the title song of Pure in Heart) , a cover of Shim Soo-bong's I Don't Know Anything But Love (which played during a crucial scene in Boys Over Flowers) , and a duet of Kim Gun-mo's song Rain Falls on a Sleepless Night with Big Bang member Seungri on the music-talk show Lee Ha-na's Peppermint . Ku has also composed and released an album of New Age music titled Breath (2009) , and the singles Brown Hair (2010) , Marry Me (2012) , Flying Galaxy (2013) , and It's You (2013) .
Ku wrote Tango, a semi-autobiographical novel about a twenty-something woman's experience with love and relationships. The book was a bestseller, selling 30,000 copies within a week. Koo became a best-selling author in Indonesia with her novel (for Rp 43,920) Its release coincided with her first solo art exhibition, also titled "Tango," in July 2009 at La Mer Gallery, which attracted 10,000 visitors. The exhibition featured around 40 of Ku's illustrations, some from her novel. She has also done artwork for Gummy's fourth album Comfort. In September 2012 she held her second solo art exhibition titled "Afterimage" at the Hangaram Design Arts Center in the Seoul Arts Center, showcasing 120 of her art pieces,  then donating all proceeds from the sale of her artwork toward purchasing "clean cars" (germ-free automobiles) for the Korea Leukemia Patient Group 
Ku made her official debut as a director through her short film The Madonna at the 2009 Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival. After writing and directing her first feature-length film Magic in 2010, she continued directing short films such as You and Fragments of Sweet Memories, as well as trailers for film festivals.In 2011 Ku established her own company, Ku Hye-sun Film, under which she will produce and film her projects, which offers her a measure of legal/business protection. Her second directorial feature The Peach Tree was the first film made by her newly established production company. She said of directing, "It's tiring and grueling. At times you ask yourself, 'Why am I doing this?' But movies have the ability to make you feel alive.". Her short film, "You" was screened at Moscow, Russia. She directed a 3D short film " Fragments of sweet memories" starring Yoo Seung-ho. In her interview she said "I liked fantasies. 3D technology helps widen the realm for imagination and expression. “However, it’s different from viewing huge projects like ‘Avatar’ where others pursued magnificent and large scaled scenes. I spent time figuring out how to best maximize the emotional and lyrical side of things. I tried to infuse more emotion to the scenes through the spatial and three-dimensional aspect so that others would be able to feel what is intended to be conveyed". This short film was also shown at the French Cannes festival. This 3D short film was screened at"8th Jecheon International Music & Film Festival". On July 13, 2012 a survey revealed that ,she was Voted Best Female Artist in the Entertainment Industry by the netizens. She also participated. in "Big smile project" for women by contributing as a model for the "Women central magazine" cover photo. She also gave her voice by narrating a documentary "The hospice of young children who live for today" in SBS. From 18–24 September 2012 ,she conducted an art exhibition under the theme "After Image". She also donated her proceeds from her art exhibitions to help Leukemia patients. She attended the "Busan International Film Festival" where her full length featured film "The Peach tree" was screened. On 25th Oct 2012, she attended "14th Annual Republic of Korea Design Award‘ ceremony" and was awarded "Minister Commendation". Her movie "The Peach Tree" hit the screens on Oct 31st. She composed all the songs in her movie and wrote the lyrics too. She also wrote her next novel "Peach Tree" based on the film, "The Peach Tree".
She also participated in TV shows like "Come to play - Ku hye sun" in MBC & tvN's Taxi Talk Show.On November 23, Ku and SS501′s Heo Young Saeng received Korea Fulfillment Awards. She was also appointed "Good will ambassador of I3DF." In March 30, 2013,"Peach Tree" was screened at Golden Horse Fantastic Film Festival (GHFFF) in Taiwan and also on April 9 at the Brussels film festival (BIFF). She wrote a song and acted in MV along with Seo In Guk named "With laughter or with tears". She also directed a CF and for Samsung Galaxy S4 named "My story with S4" along with the other directors namely Jung Woo Sung and Kim Nam Gil. In May 2013, she showcased 15 of her artworks at the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Fair Her movie was screened at 15th IWFFIS(International Women's film festival). She and Lee Sang Bong were appointed as 2013 CICB Ambassador. Koo and Jang MiRan were awarded the Ministry award for "sharing happiness" on June 28 2013. Her film "Peach tree" was screened at "New york Asian film festival".
 Koo , released her MV named "Its you". She not only wrote the music and lyrics of "It’s You", but also filmed and edited the music video From 14–19 August, she attended the "9th Jecheon International Music and Film Festival" (JIMFF) and was one among the jury. After that she held an art exhibition under the theme "After image" and showed her 20-piece at the Korean Cultural Center in Shanghai. She is also the ambassador for "ArtisTree" - an organization to encourage arts. She has also lent her talent to Korean film fest by directing a trailer for 14th Persons with Disabilities film festival (PDFF) in which she used "sign language" to describe "People born with disabilities do not differ from normal people in the thing called "love". When normal people fall in love they become blind". On Sept 4 2013, she attended the award presentation of "Love the environment" Contest as she being the ambassador for that contest. YG informed the reporters on Sept 25th that Ku Hye Sun‘s 2012 3D short film, Fragments of Memory, has advanced to finalist for the Seoul Senior Film Festival. Koo attended the opening ceremony of the festival on Sept 30th to receive the citation from the Mayor Park Won Soon. YG spoke on behalf of Ku Hye Sun to reporters that: “It is an honor to make the finalist. Despite the fact that 3D film had to be shown in 2D, she is grateful that they still liked her film. I am so grateful to actor Yoo SeungHo for helping to make the film and I feel so sorry that I was never able to show him the original yet.” Seoul Senior Film Festival is a film festival that covers all three generations from teens to adults to older persons. Total of 36 films are advancing to finalist under the competition category. She was also invited by her friend, Lee Bo Young to sing on her wedding with Ji-Sung that was held on September 27, 2013 and Ku snag her self-composed song, "Its you" in the wedding.
On Sept 28th 2013, Ku Hye Sun attended CICB and exhibited 20 of her hand made crafts and shared her time with the public. She also displayed her wooden, metal crafts as well as surprisingly bright designs which will enlighten and cheer up everyday living spaces. She displayed her own crafts under the theme “butterfly effect”.  On Oct 8th 2013, Koo modelled for Lie Sang Bong's fashion show. On Oct 29th 2013 her movie, Peach tree was screened at the Cine French opening. On November 13 Koo attended Sydney International Film Festival (SIFF) as she was appointed as the ambassador of the festival. On Nov 19th, her agency YG announced that Koo has planned for her upcoming movie "Daughter". In this movie, she plays three roles, producing, script writing and directing. This movie is a psychodrama that depicts a mother who gives her daughter an oppressive corporal punishment and her suffering daughter. Ku sends a message to society through the film and will be released in the year 2014. While talking about the movie, she said, "What is most important is to become the winner at the end/ultimately/finally. Right now is not the time to feel accomplished for what project is doing well or making that as a life's goal. To me, what is more important is what kind of person I will live as and remembered. In my 20's, a big hit came my way through BOF. But, I cannot be just stuck there. I felt that I need to mold/make myself even better and live my life even better. That is my life's goal."
 On Nov 28th 2013, Koo released her 5th digital single "Happiness", which is a remake of Seo In Guk’s song of the same title featuring Ku hye sun, and expresses the feelings of regret and emptiness after a breakup from a woman’s perspective this time around. In February 2014, Koo appeared in MBC channel’s two-part documentary drama “Huh Nansulhun” (written by Kim Mi Ji, produced by Park Tae Sam “Huh Nansulhun” is a special two-part drama in which Ku Hye Sun acts as “Huh Nansulhun”, the heroine. Plus, she takes the role of the narrator to lead the documentary and partially produced the drama, exerting her capabilities as a producer. The production crew visited Huh Nansulhun’s house of birth located in Chodang, Gangneung, as well as Beijing, Nanjing, Jinan in China, for a perfect historical research. Ku also visited Berlin and Bremen, Germany to collect relevant documents on her own. Ku then confirmed lead role in "Angel Eyes" of SBS. She portrayed the role of "Yoon Soo Wan", who was forced to separate from her first love due to painful family circumstances and meets him after 12 years. A legally blind woman who gets her vision back in an operation and decides to embrace life with passion by becoming an emergency rescue worker. Ku received lot of appreciation for her perfect portrayal of the character and her matured acting.
In September 2014, TVXQ's Changmin and Ku appeared in BeatBurger's MV "She is so high".The music video portrayed TVXQ′s Changmin and actress Ku Hye Sun acting out as a couple. The two have been friends with BeatBurger member Shim Jae Won for many years, and decided to appear in the music video.In Oct 2014, Ku's movie "Daughter" got invited at "Busan International Film Festival 2014" and was screened there. On 24th November, "Daughter" movie had a special screening meeting on Nov. 24th specifically for all the members of the congress (all parties). The reason for this special meeting is to understand and to solve the problem of child abuse and other social problems. This meeting was co-organized by the senator and activist Nam Yoon In Soon who stated that: Child abuse problem is real in our society as portrayed in the movie, <Daughter>. We aim to look for and implement alternatives and solutions from the congressional level.”
Koo has been confirmed for upcoming KBS drama “Blood” set to air in February 2015. She plays the character “Yoo Ri Ta” a genius who entered medical school in the age of 17 and who is also wealthy, bright, cheerful character who enjoys her wealth and is often misunderstood as an arrogant and outrageous person. Koo hye sun and the lead actor of this drama, Ahn Jae Hyeon had shot in Romania for this drama.
|Drama City – Anagram||Nurse||KBS2|
|2005||Drama City – Everybody Cha Cha Cha||KBS2|
|Ballad of Seo Dong||Eun-jin||SBS|
|2006||Pure in Heart||Yang Guk-hwa||KBS1|
|2007||The King and I||Queen Jeheon||SBS|
|2008||Strongest Chil Woo||Yoon So-yoon||KBS2|
|2009||Boys Over Flowers||Geum Jan-di||KBS2|
|2011||Star Life Theater||Herself||KBS2|
|The Musical||Go Eun-bi||SBS|
|2012||Take Care of Us, Captain||Han Da-jin||SBS|
|Absolute Darling||Guan Xiao Fei||GTV|
|The Hospice for the Children Who Live for Today||Documentary narrator||SBS|
|2014||Heo Nanseolheon||Heo Nanseolheon/
|Angel Eyes||Yoon Soo-wan||SBS|
|2007||August Rush||Girl on couch (cameo)||American film|
|2014||Daughter||San||also credited as director and screenwriter|
|2002||"We Match Quite Well"||Sung Si-kyung|
|2004||"The Reason I Close My Eyes"||Taebin|
|2006||"Forget You"||Soul Star|
|2007||"Yesterday Is Different from Today"||Kim Ji-eun|
|2010||"Touch Your Heart"||Fahrenheit|
|"Brown Hair"||Ku Hye-sun|
|2013||"With Laughter or with Tears"||Seo In-guk|
|"It's You"||Ku Hye-sun|
|2014||"She's So High"||Beatburger|
|"Floral Rain"||Ku Hye-sun|
|2012||The Peach Tree||director,
(aka The Cheerful Caretaker)
|2012||Fragments of Sweet Memories
(Samsung Galaxy S4)
singer of theme song
|Cristina Fernandez Lee
|2009||7th Asiana International Short Film Festival||Seo Hyun-jin|||
|2011||13th International Women's Film Festival in Seoul||Ku Hye-sun|||
|2013||14th Persons with Disabilities Film Festival||Ku Hye-sun|||
|2014||10th Jecheon International Music & Film Festival||Ku Hye-sun
|2005||"Happy Birthday To You"
(from Nonstop 5 OST)
|2006||"Sarang Ga (Love Story)"
(from Pure in Heart OST)
|2009||Ku Hye-sun's Sketchbook - Breath (album)||YG Entertainment||singer
|2010||Brown Hair (single)||YG Entertainment||singer
(from Take Care of Us, Captain OST)
|Marry Me (single)||YG Entertainment||singer
|2013||Flying Galaxy (single)||YG Entertainment||singer
|It's You (single)||YG Entertainment||singer
|Happiness (single)||YG Entertainment||singer
|2014||Floral Rain (single)||YG Entertainment||singer
|Must (single)||YG Entertainment||singer
|2010||Ku Hye-sun's The Story Behind the Making of "Magic"|||
|2012||The Peach Tree||Novelization|
|2002||Sambo Computer Slim PC|
|Beauty Credit||Hyun Bin|
|2007-2008||Tous Les Jours|
|2009||LG Teenring||Lee Min-ho, Kim Bum|
|Tous Les Jours||Jo In-sung|
|Somang RG II||Yoon Sang-hyun|
|Shinhan Group||Ji Chang-wook|
|ADefying Clear Spot|
|2010||SKY Izar IM-A630K Android mobile phone|
|Taiwan: Touch Your Heart (Tourism Campaign)|
|Tous Les Jours||Rain|
|2011||Somang Coenzyme Q10||Jung Il-woo|
|Danahan - Ecopure Hair Color Cream|
|Nikon D90||YG Family|
|Ecopure Hair Color Bubble Foam|
|2012||Pure Clean Multi-cleanser|
|2013||Samsung Galaxy S4||Cristina Fernandez Lee,
|2005||October||Cindy the Perky|
|2006||July||Cindy the Perky|
|2007||May||Cindy the Perky|
|2009||July||Elle Girl Korea|
|2010||March||Vogue Girl Korea|
|2010||May||Hot Chili Paper (Japan)|
|2010||May||JIFF Daily (Japan)|
|2013||November||MR (Hong Kong)|
Awards and nominations
|2006||KBS Drama Awards||Best New Actress||Pure in Heart||Won|
|2007||SBS Drama Awards||New Star Award||The King and I||Won|
|2009||26th Busan Asian Short Film Festival||Audience Award||The Madonna||Won|
|4th Andre Kim Best Star Awards||Best Female Star||Boys Over Flowers||Won|
|6th Yahoo! Taiwan Asia Buzz Awards||Best Asian Actress||Won|
|KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama||Won|
|Netizen Award, Actress||Won|
|Best Couple Award with Lee Min-ho||Won|
|14th Asian Television Awards||Best Drama Actress||Nominated|
|2010||12th Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia||Spotlight Award||The Madonna||Won|
|23rd Tokyo International Film Festival||Best Asian-Middle Eastern Film||Magic||Nominated|
|2011||5th Mnet 20's Choice Awards||Hot 20's Voice||N/A||Nominated|
|2012||31st Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival||Orbit Competition||The Peach Tree||Nominated|
|SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special||Take Care of Us, Captain||Nominated|
|2014||Excellence in Gender Equality Award||MBC documentary “Heo Nan Seol Heon”||Won|
- 2012 International 3D Festival
- 2013 Cheongju International Craft Biennale
- 2013 Artistree 
- 2013 the 4th Persons with Disabilities Film Festival
- 2013 Sydney International Film Festival
- 2015 Honorary ambassador for Seoul 2015 International Blind Sports Association World Games
- Ho, Stewart (8 September 2012). "Gu Hye Sun Lends Her Voice for SBS Documentary, Donates Earning". enewsWorld.
- Lee, Ji-hye (13 October 2011). "Ku Hye-sun: The appeal to being a director is that you get to do everything together". 10Asia.
- Lee, Claire (25 October 2012). "Koo Hye-sun presents conjoined twins tale on screen". The Korea Herald.
- Lee, Sun-min (20 November 2013). "Ku Hye-sun to star in her film". Korea JoongAng Daily.
- Yang, Sung-hee (30 July 2009). "Versatile actress aims for next big hit". Korea JoongAng Daily.
- "Cheerful Caretaker". YouTube. 3 February 2011.
- "Ku Hye Sun's Short Film - You". YouTube. 23 October 2010.
- Choi, Eun-hwa (12 March 2012). "Yoo Seung Ho Cast in Director Gu Hye Sun's 3D Film". enewsWorld.
- Suk, Monica (12 March 2012). "Ku Hye-sun casts Yoo Seung-ho in her next short film". 10Asia.
- Lee, Tae-ho (30 July 2012). "Actress Ku Hye-sun to attend 8th JIMFF as director". 10Asia.
- Sunwoo, Carla (31 July 2012). "Ku Hye-sun to screen her 3-D short". Korea JoongAng Daily.
- "Short Film Directed by Ku Hye Sun - 기억의 조각들 (PIECES OF MEMORIES)". YouTube. 3 January 2014.
- Jang, Sung-ran (9 May 2013). "4 Celebrities Make Smartphone Shorts". Korean Film Council.
- "Galaxy S4 Story - Baekgu (White dog)". YouTube. 7 May 2013.
- "Trailer for Asiana International Short Film Festival". YouTube. 20 October 2009.
- "제13회 서울국제여성영화제 트레일러 (The 13th IWFFIS Trailer)". YouTube. 28 March 2011.
- Cho, Suyoun (28 August 2013). "Ku Hye sun to direct trailer video of 14th Persons with Disabilities Film Festival". BNTNews.
- "제14회 장애인영화제 공식 트레일러". YouTube. 25 August 2013.
- "Ku Hye-sun Creates Trailer for Jecheon Film Fest". The Chosun Ilbo. 16 July 2014.
- "10th Jecheon International Music & Film Festival Trailer". YouTube. 15 July 2014.
- 논스톱 5 (in Korean). Daum. Retrieved 2005-09-23.
- 열 아홉 순정 (in Korean). Daum. Retrieved 2006-09-06.
- 1집 구혜선 소품집 - 숨 (in Korean). Daum. Retrieved 2009-09-03.
- 갈색머리 (in Korean). Daum. Retrieved 2010-06-16.
- "Marry Me" (in Korean). Daum. Retrieved 2012-10-15.
- "Ku Hye-sun Boasts Musical Talent with New Love Song". 10Asia. 15 October 2012.
- 구혜선, 세 번째 싱글 '기억상실증' 10일 발표 (in Korean). YG Family. 10 May 2013.
- 구혜선, 22日 4번째 디싱 '그건 너' 발표 "달달 러브송" [KU HYE SUN releases 4th digital single of sweet love song IT'S YOU] (in Korean). YG Family. 22 July 2013.
- Suh, Hye-rim (23 July 2013). "Ku Hye-sun releases self-composed song It's You". The Korea Herald.
- '감독' 구혜선, 5번째 음원 '행복했을까' 뮤비 공개…직접 연출까지 ['Director' Goo, fifth single "Were We Happy", MV produced directly to the public] (in Korean). 한국일보 via Nate. 28 November 2013.
- http://www.allkpop.com/article/2014/10/goo-hye-sun-releases-floral-rain-mv-for-her-upcoming-movie-daughter-ost. Missing or empty
- http://www.allkpop.com/article/2014/11/goo-hye-sun-releases-must-for-her-movie-daughter-ost. Missing or empty
- "탱고 - 구혜선 일러스트 픽션". Aladin. Retrieved 2009-04-01.
- "구혜선의 첫번째 '요술' 이야기". Aladin. Retrieved 2010-07-12.
- Lim, Hye-seon (14 June 2010). "Ku Hye-sun's short feature wins at Japan film fest". 10Asia.
- Director Ku, appointed International 3D Festival
- Cheongju International Craft Biennale Ambassador
- Artistree Ambassador
- the 4th Persons with Disabilities Film Festival Ambassdor
- Sydney International Film Festival Ambassador
- Ku Hye-sun on Facebook
- Ku Hye-sun at YG Entertainment
- Ku Hye-sun at HanCinema
- Ku Hye-sun at the Internet Movie Database