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This is a Korean name; the family name is Song.
Song Hye-kyo
Song Hye-kyo.jpg
Born (1981-11-22) November 22, 1981 (age 32)
Daegu, South Korea
Nationality South Korean
Education Sejong University - Film Arts
Occupation Actress
Years active 1996–present
Agent United Artists Agency
Religion Roman Catholicism
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Song Hye-gyo
McCune–Reischauer Song Hye-kyo
Website
songhyekyo.co.kr

Song Hye-kyo (Hangul: 송혜교; born November 22, 1981) is a South Korean actress. She gained popularity through television dramas such as Autumn in My Heart (2000), All In (2003), Full House (2004), and That Winter, The Wind Blows (2013).

Early life[edit]

When Song Hye-kyo was born, she was sick and her parents and doctor thought she would not survive. Upon her recovery, Song's parents registered her birth on February 26, 1982 (instead of her actual birthdate, November 22, 1981).[1]

Song's parents divorced when she was a young girl, and she was raised by her mother.[2] They moved from her birthplace in Daegu to the Gangnam District in Seoul, where she trained as a figure skater in elementary school, but quit when she was in the eighth grade.[3] Though Song considered herself shy and introverted, she was described by her high school teacher as having a "cheerful character, she mixed well with her friends and was always in a bright mood."[4][5]

Career[edit]

In 1996, the 14-year-old Song, then a third-year high school student, won first place in the SunKyung Smart Model Contest, and she made her entertainment debut as a model for the school uniform company.[6] This led to her being cast in a small role in her first television drama, First Love. She would continue to appear in a string of various dramas and sitcoms, notably Soonpoong Clinic. But it wasn't until the KBS drama Autumn in My Heart in 2000 with Song Seung-heon and Won Bin that she rose to fame in Korea and throughout Asia.

In 2003, her popularity continued to climb when she played a leading role alongside Lee Byung-hun in the gambling drama All In. The following year, she co-starred with singer Rain in the hit romantic comedy series Full House.

After the pan-Asian success of Full House, she made her big-screen debut in My Girl and I (a Korean remake of Crying Out Love in the Center of the World), which was panned by audiences and critics alike. Vocal about her dissatisfaction with typecasting in the roles she was being offered, Song went on a 2-year hiatus.[7] She went to San Francisco to study English, and later traveled to Seattle. "I have had a good rest. It was a good opportunity to reflect on myself," Song said.[8]

She returned to acting in 2007, as the titular gisaeng in the film adaptation of Hwang Jin Yi.[9][10] Because they found Song's image "too cute," Jun Ji-hyun and Soo Ae were the producers' original choices for the role, but Song went on a rigorous diet and surprised them with her will and desire to be Hwang Jini.[11] A year later, she made her American debut in the Hollywood indie Make Yourself at Home (formerly titled Fetish), a psychological thriller about a girl who was born to a shaman mother and tries to flee her fate by becoming an immigrant bride in the U.S.[12][13] Despite Song's attempts to challenge herself, both films underwhelmed at the box office.[14]

She made her TV comeback in late 2008 with The World That They Live In (also known as Worlds Within), a series set at a broadcast station in which Song and Hyun Bin play drama PDs who work together and fall in love.[15][16]

In 2010, she starred in Camellia, an omnibus pic made up of three short films directed by three Asian directors. Each episode is set in the past, present and future of the city of Busan, Korea. In the film's final segment Love for Sale, Song and Kang Dong-won play former lovers who forget their memories about each other which later leads them to a fatal destiny.[17]

Considered one of Korea's most beautiful women,[18] in early 2011 Song released the photobook Song Hye-kyo's Moment which was shot by top photographers in Atlanta, New York City, Buenos Aires, Patagonia, Paris, the Netherlands and Brazil.[19][20][21]

Song then played a documentary filmmaker who finds the strength to forgive the 17-year-old boy who killed her fiance but instead of redemption finds only greater tragedy in A Reason to Live (Korean title: Today), which after several delays was released in October 2011.[22] Song was a huge fan of director Lee Jeong-hyang and had actively sought her out,[23] and though she had difficulty getting into character,[24] Song said she fell in love with the script[25][26] and felt her acting had matured.[27] She considers the film "a turning point" in her life.[28][29][30][31]

In 2011 she became the first Asian actress to sign a contract with French global agency Effigies, paving the way for her possible entry into the European market.[32] She released a photo-essay book in 2012 titled It's Time for Hye-kyo.[33]

Song then played a supporting role in The Grandmaster, Chinese director Wong Kar-wai's biopic about Bruce Lee's kung fu master Ip Man, for which she learned Cantonese and martial arts.[34][35][36] She later admitted there had been "a bit of friction and misunderstanding" with Wong while filming, but that the difficulties helped her mature.[37]

Song reunited with the writer and director of Worlds Within in That Winter, The Wind Blows, a 2013 remake of 2002 Japanese drama Ai Nante Irane Yo, Natsu ("I Don't Need Love, Summer"). She played a blind heiress in the melodrama, opposite a con man (Jo In-sung) pretending to be her long-lost brother. That Winter, The Wind Blows placed number one in its timeslot during most of its run, and Song and Jo were praised for their performances.[38][39][40][41][42][43][44][45]

In June 2013, Song began shooting Chinese director John Woo's film The Crossing (previously titled 1949 and Love and Let Love). The project had originally been announced at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008,[46][47][48] then cancelled in 2009,[49] and revived again in 2011.[50][51] But production was once again halted in 2012 due to the cast's scheduling conflicts as a result of the delay while Woo recovered from a tonsil tumor removal.[52][53] The Crossing is based on the true story of the Taiping steamer collision and follows six characters and their intertwining love stories in Taiwan and Shanghai during the 1930s; Song plays the daughter of a wealthy banker.[54][55] Woo's longtime friend and producer Terence Chang has been managing Song's overseas activities since 2008.

Song next starred opposite Kang Dong-won in My Brilliant Life, E J-yong's 2014 film adaptation of Kim Aeran's bestselling novel My Palpitating Life about a couple who must watch their son suffering from progeria grow prematurely old.[56][57][58][59][60]

Endorsements[edit]

Song is one of the most in-demand product endorsers in Korea and has done many TV commercials and print ads over the years. She has been a spokesperson for popular brands such as Laneige, Levi's Lady Style, Etude House, Whitea, Aritaum, Innisfree, Roem, McDonalds Ice Cream, Conway, Nintendo DS Animal Crossing, Olay, LG, FHM, Vivien Bra, and J.ESTINA.

To promote a new line for cosmetics brand Laneige, Song made her official singing debut in a collaboration with Superstar K2 runner-up John Park. The single Switch: Be White was released in March 2012, along with a music video which featured Song and Park recording the track. Proceeds from the sale of the tune benefited the "Be Waterful" campaign, a joint project between Laneige and Save the Children, an international aid group.[61]

Personal life[edit]

In 2003, Song began dating actor Lee Byung-hun while both were filming All In. Their relationship and subsequent break-up in 2004 generated much media attention and gossip. The experience taught her to draw a clear line between private and public life, saying in a 2008 interview with The Dong-a Ilbo, "The viewers suddenly learned, while in the midst of watching a drama I was acting in, that I was somebody’s girlfriend. In the end, this was an obstacle and only served to create a sense of dislike among viewers."[62]

Song kept in touch with Worlds Within co-star Hyun Bin after the drama ended, but it was their separation while Hyun was filming Friend, Our Legend in Busan that made them realize they were in love. They announced their dating status in June 2009.[63][64] But unlike her previous relationship with Lee, Song and Hyun were rarely seen in public together and refused to discuss their relationship with the press. In March 2011 mere hours after Hyun's military enlistment, his and Song's agencies confirmed speculation that the couple had broken up. According to the joint press release, "Both have been very busy shooting films and dramas both in and out of Korea, which inevitably caused them to grow apart." With rumors of their separation circulating since late 2010, the agencies said the two split up in early 2011 but wanted to keep it secret for the time being "because neither of them wanted the public attention to be directed on their split instead of their professional work. Hyun also did not want a personal issue to interfere with his last days with his fans before starting his military service."[65][66]

Asked about the aftereffects of her two romantic relationships that caught the public's attention, Song said in October 2011, "I think the time when I felt uncomfortable about living under a microscope has gone. I'm no longer afraid of such things. What I did was typical of any woman my age. In fact, I haven't had any time to feel lonely."[27]

In February 2012, Song filed a defamation suit against 41 Internet users for fabricating and spreading groundless rumors about her. After an investigation by the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, prosecutors charged 24 of the netizens in July 2013.[67][68]

In August 2014, Song made a public apology for committing tax evasion, arguing that her accountant had mishandled her paper work without her knowledge, with her omitted income tax from 2009 to 2011 totaling ₩2.56 billion. She said that after receiving a notification from the National Tax Service, she paid the full amount with additional fines in the amount of ₩3.8 billion (US$3.7 million) in October 2012.[69][70][71][72][73]

Filmography[edit]

Television dramas[edit]

Year Title Role Network
1996 First Love one of the students
being tutored by Hyo-kyung
KBS2
1997 When They Met extra SBS
Happy Morning Oh Ye-boon KBS
1997-1998 Wedding Dress granddaughter KBS2
1998 Six Siblings Choi Eun-shil MBC
One of a Pair extra MBC
1998-2000 Soonpoong Clinic Oh Hye-kyo SBS
1998 White Nights 3.98 young Hong Jung-yeon SBS
Deadly Eyes Jung-ah SBS
1998-1999 How Am I? Ye-rin SBS
1999-2000 Marching Song Hye-kyo SBS
Sweet Bride Min-hee's younger sister SBS
2000 Autumn in My Heart Yoon/Choi Eun-seo KBS2
2001 Guardian Angel Jung Da-so SBS
Hotelier Kim Yoon-hee MBC
2003 All In Min Su-yeon SBS
Sunlight Pours Down Ji Yeon-woo SBS
2004 Full House Han Ji-eun KBS2
2008 Worlds Within Joo Joon-young KBS2
2013 That Winter, The Wind Blows Oh Young SBS

Films[edit]

Year Title Role
2005 My Girl and I Bae Su-eun
2007 Hwang Jin Yi Hwang Jin-yi
2008 Make Yourself at Home Sookhy
2010 Camellia - "Love for Sale" Bo-ra
2011 Countdown pretty girl (cameo)
A Reason to Live Da-hae
2013 The Grandmaster Zhang Yongcheng
2014 My Brilliant Life Mi-ra
The Queens
The Crossing Zhou Yunfen

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Artist Co-star
1996 "This Promise" Kim Soo-keun
2000 "Curious Destiny" Shin Sung-woo Shin Sung-woo
2001 "Once Upon a Day" Kim Bum-soo Song Seung-heon, Ji Jin-hee

MC[edit]

Year Variety show Co-host Network
1998 Inkigayo Live 20 Park Soo-hong SBS
2000 Music Bank Lee Hwi-jae KBS
2001 Mnet KM Music Festival Cha Tae-hyun Mnet
2007 She's Olive: Song Hye-kyo in Paris N/A O'live

Discography[edit]

Year Title Notes
2012 "Switch: Be White" duet with John Park (single)

Photo books[edit]

Year Title Publisher ISBN
2011 Song Hye-kyo's Moment Nangman Books ISBN 9788994842127
2012 It's Time for Hye-kyo Nangman Books ISBN 9788994842226

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1996 SunKyung Smart Model Contest Grand Prize N/A Won
1998 SBS Entertainment Awards Best Newcomer in a Sitcom/Comedy How Am I? Won
2000 KBS Drama Awards Photogenic Award Autumn in My Heart Won
Popularity Award Won
2001 37th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress (TV) Won
Gold Song Awards (Hong Kong) Top Korean Star Won
16th Golden Disk Awards Popular Music Video Award Kim Bum-soo's Once Upon a Day Won
SBS Drama Awards Top 10 Stars Guardian Angel Won
2002 CETV Awards Top 10 Asian Entertainers Won
2003 SBS Drama Awards Top 10 Stars All In Won
Top Excellence Award, Actress Won
2004 KBS Drama Awards Best Couple with Rain Full House Won
Popularity Award Won
Top Excellence Award, Actress Won
2005 41st Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress (TV) Nominated
2007 28th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actress Hwang Jin Yi Nominated
6th Korean Film Awards Best New Actress Won
2008 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Worlds Within Nominated
2011 12th Women in Film Korea Awards Best Actress A Reason to Live Won
2013 49th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress (TV) That Winter, The Wind Blows Nominated
7th Mnet 20's Choice Awards 20's Drama Star - Female Nominated
8th Seoul International Drama Awards Outstanding Korean Actress Nominated
6th Korea Drama Awards Daesang (Grand Prize) Nominated
2nd APAN Star Awards Daesang (Grand Prize) Won
SBS Drama Awards Top 10 Stars Won
Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Won

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "스크린으로 돌아온 만인의 연인 송혜교". The Dong-a Ilbo (in Korean). October 19, 2011. 
  3. ^ "송혜교 ‘어느새 데뷔 10년차!’ 기념 팬미팅". Naver (in Korean). November 25, 2005. 
  4. ^ History Attests to Korean Stars' All-Natural Looks. The Chosun Ilbo. June 6, 2006.
  5. ^ "Interview: Song Hye Kyo Believes She's Become More Masculine Over Time". enewsWorld. August 29, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Top 5 female hallyu stars whose look barely changed over time". The Korea Herald. June 19, 2014. 
  7. ^ A Giant Leap for Song Hye-kyo?. The Chosun Ilbo. December 22, 2005.
  8. ^ Song Hye-gyo to Resume Acting Soon. KBS Global. March 7, 2005.
  9. ^ Song Hye-kyo Sheds Cute Image for Gisaeng Role. The Chosun Ilbo. March 27, 2007.
  10. ^ Song Hye-kyo, "Hwangjini only held one man in her heart". Broasia via Hancinema. June 1, 2007.
  11. ^ New Song picked for Hwang Jin Yi. Korea JoongAng Daily. April 17, 2007.
  12. ^ Song Hye-kyo Poised for U.S. Debut. The Chosun Ilbo. November 22, 2007.
  13. ^ Song Hye-kyo Reveals a Dark Side in New Movie. The Chosun Ilbo. November 23, 2010.
  14. ^ Jeon Ji-hyun Takes a Big-Screen Gamble. The Chosun Ilbo. January 25, 2008.
  15. ^ Song Hye-go, Hyun Bin Star in New KBS Drama Series. KBS Global. October 28, 2008.
  16. ^ Song Hye-kyo Goes Behind the Scenes in New Drama. The Chosun Ilbo. October 25, 2008.
  17. ^ Gang Dong-won, Song Hye-kyo start filming Love. 10Asia. January 20, 2010.
  18. ^ Fans of Snubbed Beauties up in Arms. The Chosun Ilbo. April 6, 2005.
  19. ^ Song Hye-kyo Returns to Spotlight with Photobook. The Chosun Ilbo. January 28, 2011.
  20. ^ Glam picture book. Korea JoongAng Daily. January 31, 2011.
  21. ^ Actress’ limited-edition photo essay selling fast. Korea JoongAng Daily. February 10, 2011.
  22. ^ Song Hye-kyo's new film to open in theaters next month. 10Asia. September 6, 2011.
  23. ^ In new film, director puts spotlight back on women. Korea JoongAng Daily. October 7, 2011.
  24. ^ Song Hye-kyo says was difficult getting into character for new movie. 10Asia. September 26, 2011.
  25. ^ Song Hye Kyo: 'It Is My Honor To Be Compared to Actress Shim Eun Ha'. KBS Global. September 27, 2011.
  26. ^ Song stars as grieving documentary maker. The Korea Herald. September 27, 2011.
  27. ^ a b Song Hye-kyo Returns with New Movie. The Chosun Ilbo. October 22, 2011.
  28. ^ Song Hye-kyo finishes shooting upcoming drama flick. 10Asia. March 23, 2011.
  29. ^ Song Hye-kyo: I will not think lightly about forgiveness anymore. 10Asia. October 8, 2011.
  30. ^ Interview: Actress Song Hye-kyo - Part 1. 10Asia. November 3, 2011.
  31. ^ Interview: Actress Song Hye-kyo - Part 2. 10Asia. November 3, 2011.
  32. ^ Song Hye Gyo Signs Contract with Global Agency in France. Soompi. October 21, 2011.
  33. ^ "Actress Song Hye-kyo Talks About Life and Work in Book of Essays". The Chosun Ilbo. September 3, 2012. 
  34. ^ Song Hye-kyo to appear in Wong Kar-wai biopic. 10Asia. December 21, 2009.
  35. ^ Song Hye-kyo to Star in Wong Kar Wai Film. The Chosun Ilbo. December 24, 2009.
  36. ^ "Song Hye-kyo Turns Heads in Wong Kar-wai's Kung Fu Flick". The Chosun Ilbo. November 7, 2012. 
  37. ^ "Actress Song talks about working with director Won". The Korea Herald. July 2, 2013. 
  38. ^ "Song Hye-kyo, Zo In-sung Team Up for TV Soap After Long Sabbatical". The Chosun Ilbo. February 9, 2013. 
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  42. ^ "Interview: Song Hye-gyo says her current drama made her feel embarrassed, WHY?". BNTNews. April 4, 2013. 
  43. ^ "Song Hye-kyo Basks in Latest Drama's Success". The Chosun Ilbo. April 6, 2013. 
  44. ^ "Interview: Song Hye Kyo Talks about Sending Off That Winter". enewsWorld. April 14, 2013. 
  45. ^ "INTERVIEW: Actress Song Hye-kyo". 10Asia. July 2, 2013. 
  46. ^ Song Hye-kyo "I got to do a movie like a first love". Hancinema. May 22, 2008.
  47. ^ Song Hye-kyo to Star in New John Woo Movie. The Korea Times. May 21, 2008.
  48. ^ Song Hye-kyo Stars in John Woo Film. KBS Global. May 23, 2008.
  49. ^ New John Woo film canceled. Korea JoongAng Daily. April 3, 2009.
  50. ^ Song Hye-kyo to star in Woo's film. The Korea Herald. December 19, 2011.
  51. ^ Song Hye Kyo Cast as Protagonist in Director John Woo's New Movie. KBS Global. December 21, 2011.
  52. ^ John Woo denies throat cancer. China.org.cn. May 27, 2012.
  53. ^ John Woo Recovers from Tonsillar Tumor; Returns to Work. JayneStars.com. July 24, 2012.
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  55. ^ "SONG Hye-kyo Cast in John Woo's New Blockbuster". Korean Film Council. December 27, 2013. 
  56. ^ "Kang, Song Hye-kyo to star in new film". The Korea Times. December 4, 2013. 
  57. ^ "GANG Dong-won and SONG Hye-kyo to Collaborate on Human Drama". Korean Film Council. December 5, 2013. 
  58. ^ "A-listers bring to life sad story of a fast-aging boy". Korea JoongAng Daily. August 8, 2014. 
  59. ^ "Herald Interview: Song Hye-kyo faces the music". The Korea Herald. August 27, 2014. 
  60. ^ "Interview: Song Hye Kyo Swears Like an Ajumma in Real Life". enewsWorld. September 10, 2014. 
  61. ^ Actress Song Hye-gyo helps Africa. Korea JoongAng Daily. March 9, 2012.
  62. ^ "컴백하는 송혜교 "소망? 다작배우 그리고 남친"" [Interview from the drama set with Song Hye-gyo]. The Dong-a Ilbo (in Korean). October 1, 2008. 
  63. ^ "송혜교ㆍ현빈 "우리 사랑에 빠졌어요" [Song Hye-kyo & Hyun Bin: "We Fell in Love"]. Hankook Ilbo (in Korean). August 5, 2009. 
  64. ^ Worlds Within stars couple up. Korea JoongAng Daily. August 6, 2009.
  65. ^ Hyun Bin, Song Hye-kyo Announce Split. The Chosun Ilbo. March 9, 2011.
  66. ^ Hyun Bin and Song Hye-kyo call it quits. 10Asia. March 8, 2011.
  67. ^ Song Hye-kyo Files Complaint Against 41 Internet Users. The Chosun Ilbo. February 27, 2012.
  68. ^ "Prosecutors charge 24 in Song case". Korea JoongAng Daily. July 6, 2013. 
  69. ^ "Song Hye-kyo expresses deep regret over tax evasion". The Korea Herald. August 19, 2014. 
  70. ^ "Tax accountant victimizes Song Hae-kyo". The Korea Times. August 19, 2014. 
  71. ^ "Song probed for tax evasion". Korea JoongAng Daily. August 20, 2014. 
  72. ^ "Actress apologizes for tax evasion". Korea JoongAng Daily. August 22, 2014. 
  73. ^ "Song deals with a taxing issue". Korea JoongAng Daily. August 28, 2014. 

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