Song Ji-hyo

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Cheon. In stage/pen name, the surname is Song.
Song Ji-hyo
Song Ji-Hyo (2).jpg
Song in 2011.
Born Cheon Seong-im
(1981-08-15) August 15, 1981 (age 32)
Pohang, North Gyeongsang, South Korea
Residence Ilsan, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2001-present
Agent C-JeS Entertainment
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Song Ji-hyo
McCune–Reischauer Song Chi-hyo
Birth name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Cheon Seong-im
McCune–Reischauer Ch‘ŏn Sŏng-im
Website
SJH C-JeS

Cheon Seong-im (born August 15, 1981), better known by her stage name Song Ji-hyo is a South Korean actress and model. She first made her acting debut in Wishing Stairs (2003), one of the Whispering Corridors film series. Her notable roles are as the ballerina Min Hyo-rin in the popular television series Princess Hours (2006), Lady Ye So-ya in Jumong (2007), The Queen in A Frozen Flower (2008) and as Oh Jin-hee in Emergency Couple (2014).

Song gained international fame for being the only female member of the popular Korean variety show Running Man, which makes her popular all over Asia.

Early life[edit]

Song was born and raised in Pohang, North Gyeongsang. She has one younger brother and one younger sister. She wanted to be an actress after watching Park Shin-yang in the South Korean 1998 film, Promise.[1] She graduated from Kyung Moon University and Kookje College majoring in tax and accounting.

Career[edit]

2001-09: Early work[edit]

Before Song debut as an actress, she was a model for Kiki Magazine.

In 2001, She appeared in the music video for Lee Soo-young "And I Love You" and appeared another music video for JTL "Just Say Goodbye".

In 2002, Song made a cameo appearances in the last episode of the television drama Age of Innocence.

Song made her feature film acting debut in the 2003 Korean horror film Wishing Stairs, playing a young student who studied ballet.

In 2004, She had the lead role in the crime thriller Some, opposite Go Soo, where she starred as a reporter.

In 2006, Song started out her first lead role in television drama in the MBC romantic comedy drama Princess Hours, starred as a ballet dancer, who dreams to be a ballerina. She appeared in the music video for STAY "Words that I can’t believe". In the same year, Song appeared as the first wife of Jumong in the historical drama Jumong.

In 2007, She appeared in the comedy film Sex Is Zero 2 the sequel to the 2002 comedy film Sex Is Zero. Song was co-Host with Super Junior's Heechul on SBS's weekly live music show Inkigayo, from November 11, 2007 to May 4, 2008.

In December 2008, She played the Queen in Yoo Ha's film, A Frozen Flower which included several strong sex scenes with nudity and was one of the highest grossing films of the year.[2] She later commented "When I decided to do this film, nudity was not the central issue. How much I expose is not important to me; I thought without that scene, it would be difficult to portray subtle changes in emotion. What mattered to me at the time was working on my facial expressions apart from the posture that the director wanted me to convey".[3] She also co-Host the 2009 Dream Concert with Heechul, which was held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on October 10.[4]

2010-present: Running Man and Collaboration works[edit]

Song is currently a cast member of SBS popular variety show Running Man. She was originally a guest for the episode 2-5. She officially joined the program in the episode 6 but was unable to attend until the episode 7.[5]

Song joined C-JeS Entertainment in Early 2011. Song appeared as a young girl in the Choo Chang-min's film, Late Blossom. In March 2011, She played as a reporter in Crime Squad, opposite Song Il-gook and Lee Jong-hyuk. In July 2011, she played as a General Gyebaek's love interest in the historical drama Gyebaek, for which she won the Producer's Award at the MBC Drama Awards. She also appeared in two music videos: "In Heaven" by JYJ and "It’s Nothing Serious" by Young Jee in 2011.

In 2012, Song appeared in Young-Ji and Kyu-Hoon's music video teaser "Be Happy". In November 2012, She starred opposite label-mate Kim Jaejoong of JYJ in the film Jackal is Coming where she played a clumsy female assassin who kidnaps Hallyu star, played by Jaejoong.[6] She received extensive training prior to the start of filming in May, and her first scenes involved a flip off from a 2 meter-high stack and other including scaling walls and hand-to-hand combat.[7][8]

In 2013, Song participated in dubbing the animated movie Maritime Police Marco as the voice of Lulu with her fellow Running Man member Lee Kwang-soo. In February 2013, She appeared as a charismatic female detective in Park Hoon-jung's crime drama film, New World. In April 2013, She played as a royal nurse, opposite Lee Dong-wook in The Fugitive of Joseon. She appeared in Freestyle feat. Navi's music video "Winter Song".

In January 2014, Song starred as a girl who divorced and later meets her ex-husband again but this time they met each other as an intern in tvN's medical romantic drama, Emergency Couple along with Choi Jin-hyuk, Later became hit and have been sold to nine countries.

In Spring 2014, Song collaborated with NBA and released her own series “NBA X Song Ji Hyo", “CHO.2”. Known for creating basketball merchandise, NBA’s collaboration with Song brings about a different style than the usual sports affiliated look. The “CHO.2” was seen on the recent episode of “Running Man” when the actress wore the cap while filming in Australia. “CHO.2” stands for two Chinese characters that sum up Song’s motto “to never lose the original heart so that you will do everything.” The motto matches perfectly with her who is often seen trying new things and doing her best. She has worn the cap on both Running Man and the drama, Emergency Couple.

Personal life[edit]

Song resides in Ilsan, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
2003 Whispering Corridors: Wishing Stairs Yoon Jin-sung
2004 Some Seo Yoo-jin
2007 Sex Is Zero 2 Lee Kyeong-ah
2008 A Frozen Flower The Queen
2011 Late Blossom Kim Yeon-ah
2012 Jackal is Coming Bong Min-jung
2013 Maritime Police Marco Lulu (Korean dubbing)
New World Shin-woo

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2002 Age of Innocence Min-jung (guest appearance, ep. 16) SBS
2006 Princess Hours Min Hyo-rin MBC
2007 Jumong Lady Ye So-ya
2011 Detectives in Trouble Jo Min-joo KBS2
Gyebaek Eun-go MBC
2013 Heaven's Order: The Fugitive of Joseon Hong Da-in KBS2
2014 Emergency Couple Oh Jin-hee tvN

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2004-07 Yasimmanman Herself SBS Guest (Episode 80 and 208)
2004 Yoo Jae-suk & Kim Won-hee's Come to Play Herself MBC Guest (Episode 20)
2007-08 Inkigayo Host SBS Hosted along with Kim Heechul
2007 Three Women’s Talk Herself MBC Guest (Episode 55)
2009 World Special LOVE Herself tvN In Philippines
Family Outing Herself SBS Guest (Episodes 58-59) Horror Special
Yasimmanman 2 Herself Guest (Episode 51)
2010 Danbi Herself MBC Guest along with Nichkhun (Episode 14 and 15)
2010-11 Midnight TV Entertainment Host SBS Hosted along with Seo Kyung-suk
2010–present Running Man Herself Guest (Episodes 2 - 5)
Permanent cast member (Episode 6 - present)
2011 Happy Together Herself KBS2 Guest along with Song Il Gook, Lee Jong-hyuk, Kim Joon, Kim Junho and Kim Dae Hee (Season 3, Episode 186)
2012 Strong Heart Herself SBS Guest (Episode 156)
Gag Concert A Killer KBS2 Guest along with Han Sang-jin (Episode 672)
2013 Happy Together Herself Guest along with Lee Dong-wook and Lim Seulong (Season 3, Episode 295)
2014 Reply with Music - Emergency Couple Herself tvN Guest along with Choi Jin-hyuk, Lee Pil-mo and Choi Yeo-jin (Special - music talk show)

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Title Artist Role
2001 "Just Say Goodbye" JTL Herself
"And I Love You" Lee Soo-young Herself
2006 "Words That I Can’t Believe" STAY Herself
2010 "Don't Listen To This Song" Young Jee Herself
2011 "It’s Nothing Serious" Herself
"In Heaven" JYJ Herself
2012 "Be Happy" (Teaser) Young Jee & Kyu-Hoon Herself
2013 "Winter Song" Freestyle feat. Navi Herself

Endorsements[edit]

Year Product Notes
2001 Boryung NUK
LOTTE NATUUR Ice cream
Paris Baguette
SK Telecom TTL
Hite
2002 Hankook P&G Pantene
LG Telecom
2003 GM Daewoo
Binggrae
2004 DAUM
Lotteria
Flour Green Tea
2005 LG Telecom Phone & Fun
Shiseido AQUAIR
2006 Naknine
Nature Be
2007 Hite
2011 Jambangee Jeans with boyband 2AM
DHC Korea
Samsung Think Next
Bohae
3M Label
2012 Bobbi Brown Cosmetics
Yesse Until 2014
2013 Benefit - U.S. based cosmetics brand [9][10]
Mr. Pizza [11]
2014 NBA - CHO.2 Her own cap series; Collaboration with NBA

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2007 43rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress in a Television Series Princess Hours Nominated
2008 44th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress in a Film Sex Is Zero 2 Nominated
2009 45th Baeksang Arts Awards A Frozen Flower Nominated
2010 4th SBS Entertainment Awards Variety Special Award Running Man Won
2011 5th SBS Entertainment Awards Excellence Award in Variety Won
Netizen's Popularity Award Nominated
MBC Drama Awards Excellent Actress Award in a Miniseries Gyebaek Nominated
Producer's Award Won
25th KBS Drama Awards Excellent Actress Award in a Miniseries Detectives in Trouble Nominated
2012 48th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Female Entertainer Running Man Nominated
1st Annual DramaFever Awards Best Couple Not Meant to Be with Gary Nominated
2013 49th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Female Entertainer Nominated
Most Popular Actress in a Film New World Nominated
7th SBS Entertainment Awards Female Top Excellence Award Running Man Won
Viewer's Most Popular Award with Running Man members Won
27th KBS Drama Awards Excellent Actress Award in a Medium Length Drama Heaven's Order: The Fugitive of Joseon Nominated
Netizen's Award Nominated
2014 2nd Annual DramaFever Awards Best Kiss with Gary Running Man Won
Best Couple Not Meant To Be with Gary Nominated

Ambassadors[edit]

  • Chuncheon World Leisure Congress and Leisure Games ambassador
  • Ministry of Education, Science and Technology School Culture Change Online Ambassadors

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.soompi.com/2013/01/15/song-ji-hyo-dreamed-of-becoming-an-actress-because-of-park-shin-yang/#.Ur55lvQW2So
  2. ^ http://www.koreanfilm.org/kfilm08.html
  3. ^ http://www.hancinema.net/popularity-of-song-ji-hyo-s-a-frozen-flower-yet-to-thaw-17831.html
  4. ^ Ryu Seung-yoon "Hosts for '2009 Dream Concert' announced" Korea Herald. 30 March 2010. Retrieved 2012-03-29
  5. ^ "송지효 ‘런닝맨’ 예능감 작렬 "고정출연 해달라" 시청자 요구 봇물" (in Korean). Newsen. 16 August 2010. Retrieved 29 November 2010. 
  6. ^ Ho, Stewart (20 April 2012). "Kim Jae Joong Cast in His First Movie Opposite Song Ji Hyo". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  7. ^ Ho, Stewart (18 May 2012). "Song Ji Hyo Begins Filming For Her Movie With Kim Jae Joong". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  8. ^ Ho, Stewart (1 November 2012). "Song Ji Hyo is Charismatic Ace for The Jackal is Coming". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  9. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (14 December 2012). "Song Ji-hyo to model for Benefit cosmetics". Jongang Daily. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  10. ^ Ho, Stewart (16 December 2012). "Song Ji Hyo Becomes New Face of Cosmetics Brand, Benefit". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Song Ji Hyo becomes the new face of 'Mr. Pizza'". allkpop. 10 April 2013. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 

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