Song Yun-ah

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Song.
Song Yun-ah
Song Yun-ah from acrofan.jpg
Born (1973-06-07) June 7, 1973 (age 41)
Gimcheon, North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea
Education Hanyang University - Cultural Anthropology
Occupation Actress
Years active 1995–present
Agent Snowball Entertainment
Religion Roman Catholic[1]
Spouse(s) Sol Kyung-gu (m. 2009)
Korean name
Hangul 송윤아
Hanja
Revised Romanization Song Yun-a
McCune–Reischauer Song Yuna
Website
http://www.songyuna.co.kr/

Song Yun-ah (born June 7, 1973) is a South Korean actress. She is best known for starring in the film Jail Breakers (2002), as well as the television dramas Hotelier (2001) and On Air (2008).

Early life[edit]

Song Yun-ah spent her childhood in Gimcheon, North Gyeongsang Province.[2] While studying Cultural Anthropology as a freshman at Hanyang University, she was recommended by an older schoolmate to a modeling agency.[3] Song made her entertainment debut when she won three awards at the KBS Super Talent Contest in 1995, and began appearing in magazine advertisements and as an extra on TV shows.[4]

Career[edit]

In 1998, Song rose to fame as the antagonist in Mister Q, playing the head of the design department in an underwear company who bullies the heroine; the trendy drama was a big hit, with a peak viewership rating of 45.3%.[3][5] Over the next few years, Song became well-known for her roles in TV dramas such as Paper Crane (1998), The Boss (1999), and Hotelier (2001).[4][6]

Her first few films did not make a significant impression at the box office. But in late 2002, Song starred in one of the bigger commercial hits of the year, Jail Breakers with actors Sol Kyung-gu and Cha Seung-won. Her energetic performance in Kim Sang-jin's comedy was recognized with Best Supporting Actress trophies from the Blue Dragon Film Awards, the Chunsa Film Art Awards, and the Grand Bell Awards.[4] Song next played an anthropologist from the National Institute of Scientific Investigation in the 2004 horror film Face.[7]

In 2006, she reunited onscreen with Sol Kyung-gu in Lost in Love, a low-key melodrama directed by Choo Chang-min about two college friends who drift apart and reconnect over the course of ten years.[8][9][10][11] Arang followed, in which Song played a detective on the trail of a serial killer; this was her first time to get top billing over a male costar (rookie actor Lee Dong-wook).[3] But like Face, her previous project in the horror genre, Arang was a commercial and critical failure.[12][13] Song returned to television with My Beloved Sister, in the title role of a graduate art student who grew up wealthy but must suddenly take on the responsibilities as head of the family and take care of her younger brothers after their father goes bankrupt then disappears.[3]

Her next hit drama came in 2008 with On Air, a behind-the-scenes look at the Korean entertainment industry. Song was cast in the role of scribe Kim Eun-sook's alter ego, a successful, acerbic screenwriter who clashes egos with a top actress (played by Kim Ha-neul) while falling for a TV director (played by Park Yong-ha).[14][15][16] Then in the 2009 thriller Secret, Song played the wife of a homicide detective -- she becomes the prime suspect in a brutal murder he's investigating,[17][18] while in the 2010 tearjerker Wedding Dress, her character is a widowed designer who is diagnosed with cancer and begins sewing the ultimate parting gift, a special dress for her young daughter's wedding, which she will never get to see.[19]

After getting married in 2009 and giving birth in 2010, Song went on a five-year hiatus from acting. She became an adjunct professor and part-time lecturer at Seoul Arts College in 2010, as a faculty member of the Department of Performing Arts and the Department of Broadcasting, Entertainment and Visual Arts.[2] Apart from occasional stints as an awards ceremony host (she hosted the Korean Film Awards from 2003 to 2010[20]), in 2011 she also joined the cooking show Food Essay on cable channel Olive, and served as a judge on the first season of talent-reality show Korea's Got Talent.[21][22][23]

Song is set to make her acting comeback in the 2014 drama series Mama, which revolves around a terminally ill single mother's quest to find a loving family for her son before her impending death, leading to her befriending the current wife of a former lover.[24][25][26]

Personal life[edit]

Song married actor Sol Kyung-gu on May 28, 2009 in a Catholic cathedral in Bangbae-dong followed by a reception at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Seoul.[1] Both graduates of Hanyang University, they acted opposite each other in Jail Breakers (2002) and Lost in Love (2006).[2][27][28][29] Their son Sol Seung-yoon was born on August 3, 2010.[30]

In 2014, Song filed a defamation suit against 57 netizens who spread online rumors that she began having an extramarital affair with Sol in 2002 while he was still married to his first wife and was the cause of their divorce in 2006.[31][32] Sol and Song have denied these rumors, stating that their relationship started in 2007.[27]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
1997 1818 (Profanity) Hong Se-in
1998 Zzang (The Best) Song Na-young
2000 A Masterpiece in My Life Kang Yeo-kyung
2002 Jail Breakers Han Kyung-soon
2004 Face Jung Sun-young
2006 Lost in Love Yeon-soo
Arang So-young
2009 Secret Yoo Ji-yeon
2010 Wedding Dress Seo Go-eun

Television drama[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
1995 Age of Individuality KBS2
Brilliant People KBS1
1996 Tears of the Dragon Ms. Jung, Yi Suk-beon's wife KBS1
1997 Drama City
"The Road to Gorangpo"
KBS2
Hometown of Legends KBS2 episode: "The Nine-Tailed Fox"
Beyond the Horizon SBS
1998 Love Lee Hee-soo MBC
Mister Q Hwang Joo-ri SBS
납량특선 8부작 Jung-in SBS episode: "The Eye of Terror"
Paper Crane Cha Yeon-hee KBS2
Advocate Jang Hye-mi MBC
1999 The Boss Han Yeon-ji MBC
You Don't Know My Feelings Na Sook-ja MBC
Love Story Jung-in SBS episode 3: "Lost Baggage"
2000 Bad Friends Ha Young-seo MBC
2001 Hotelier Seo Jin-young MBC
Sweet Bear Han Jung-eun MBC
2002 The Present Kim Hye-jin MBC
2004 Into the Storm Cha Mi-seon SBS
2005 Hong Kong Express Han Jung-yeon SBS
2006 My Beloved Sister Yoon Seung-joo MBC
2008 On Air Seo Young-eun SBS
2010 Secret Garden Top star at giveaway event
(cameo, episode 2)
SBS
2014 Mama Han Seung-hee MBC

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
1998 Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival -
Big Concert Musical Journey
KMTV Host
Go! Our Heaven MBC Host
1999 Super TV Sunday Is Fun - Song Yun-ah's Summer Escape KBS2
Korean Video and Records Awards MBC Host
2000 SBS Drama Awards SBS Host
2002 Golden Disk Awards MBC Host
2003 Korean Film Awards MBC Host
SBS Drama Awards SBS Host
2004 Korean Film Awards MBC Host
2005 Korean Film Awards MBC Host
2006 Korean Film Awards MBC Host
2007 Korean Film Awards MBC Host
2008 Korean Film Awards MBC Host
2010 Korean Film Awards MBC Host
2011 Food Essay Olive TV Host
Korea's Got Talent - Season 1 tvN Judge
The Miracle of Kangaroo Mother Care MBC Documentary narrator
2012 Spring Hasn't Come Yet: One Year After the Earthquake in Japan SBS Documentary narrator
2014 Hope TV SBS SBS Host

Discography[edit]

Year Song title Notes
2002 "Pink Lipstick" Track from Jail Breakers OST
2008 "Shadow" Track from On Air OST

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1995 KBS Super Talent Contest Gold Award N/A Won
Photogenic Award N/A Won
Julia Award N/A Won
1998 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress Mister Q Won
1999 35th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress (TV) Won
MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress The Boss Won
2000 SBS Drama Awards Big Star Award Won
45th Information and Communication Day Prime Minister's Commendation N/A Won
2001 MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Hotelier, Sweet Bear Won
2002 23rd Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Jail Breakers Won
Korea Best Dressed Swan Awards Recipient N/A Won
2003 11th Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Supporting Actress Jail Breakers Won
40th Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actress Won
2006 4th Korea Fashion World Awards Best Dressed, Movie Actress category N/A Won
MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress My Beloved Sister Nominated
2007 3rd Andre Kim Best Star Awards[33] Best Star Award N/A Won
MBC Entertainment Awards Achievement Award Won
2008 Cosmopolitan Fun Fearless Female N/A Won
SBS Drama Awards Top 10 Stars On Air Won
Top Excellence Award, Actress Won
Grand Prize (Daesang) Nominated
2009 4th Andre Kim Best Star Awards[34] Female Star Award N/A Won
2010 2nd Korea Jewelry Awards Diamond Award N/A Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Stars Seol Kyung-ku and Song Yoon-ah Tie the Knot". KBS Global. 1 June 2009. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  2. ^ a b c "Actor Sul and Actress Song to Marry on May 28". The Korea Times. 8 May 2009. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Song Yun-a Gets First Billing at Last". The Chosun Ilbo. 14 August 2006. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  4. ^ a b c "Actors and Actresses of Korean Cinema: Song Yun-ah". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  5. ^ "Song Yoon-ah, Kim Tae-hee, Stars who have risen through evil roles". Hancinema. 1 May 2008. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  6. ^ "Song Yun-ah to hold fan meeting in Japan". KBS Global. 11 October 2005. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  7. ^ "Kim Ha-neul, Song Yoon-ah Compete to be This Summer's Horror Queen". The Chosun Ilbo. 2 June 2004. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  8. ^ "사랑을 놓치다 (Lost in Love) Press Conference Report". Twitch Film. 29 September 2005. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
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  11. ^ "K-FILM REVIEWS: 사랑을 놓치다 (Lost in Love)". Twitch Film. 25 September 2006. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
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  15. ^ Kwon, Mee-yoo (27 February 2008). "On Air Looks Into Making of Dramas". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
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  19. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (31 December 2009). "On Mother-Daughter Bonding". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  20. ^ "Film Award's First Sole Woman MC". KBS Global. 22 November 2007. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  21. ^ "Director Jang Jin, actress Song Yun-ah and musical director Kolleen Park pose at a press event for their new cable audition show in Seoul". The Chosun Ilbo. 30 March 2011. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  22. ^ Chung, Ah-young (21 August 2011). "Dancer Joo wins Korea's Got Talent". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
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  26. ^ "Song Yoon-ah to play a single mother after a six-year break". Korea JoongAng Daily. 9 July 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  27. ^ a b "Actors Sul, Song to Tie Knot on May 28". The Korea Times. 8 May 2009. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  28. ^ "Sol Kyung-gu, Song Yun-ah to Wed". The Chosun Ilbo. 11 May 2009. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  29. ^ "Jail Breakers lead actors really were Lost in Love". Korea JoongAng Daily. 29 May 2009. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  30. ^ "Song Yoon-ah gives birth to a son". Dramabeans. 3 August 2010. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  31. ^ "Actress Song files defamation complaint against netizens". The Korea Herald. 24 March 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  32. ^ Kim, Hee-eun (25 March 2014). "Song files suit against netizens". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  33. ^ Garcia, Cathy Rose A. (1 May 2007). "Top Stars Win Andre Kim Awards". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  34. ^ Garcia, Cathy Rose A. (29 November 2009). "Stars Shine at Andre Kim's Atelier". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 

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