Yoon So-yi on the set of Auction House (2007)
January 5, 1985
Seoul, South Korea
|Education||Dongguk University - Theatre and Film|
|Agent||Blue Dragon Entertainment
|Revised Romanization||Yun Soi|
|Revised Romanization||Mun Soi|
Yoon So-yi (born Moon So-yi on January 5, 1985) is a South Korean actress. She debuted as a print and commercial model, then began acting in Ryoo Seung-wan's action-comedy film Arahan in 2004, followed by Shadowless Sword in 2005. Yoon has had leading roles in television dramas, notably in Goodbye Solo (2006), Glass Castle (2008), Hero (2009), and Warrior Baek Dong-soo (2011).
Yoon So-yi made her entertainment debut as a model in Graffiti Magazine in 2001. After a few years of print and commercial modeling, she auditioned for Ryoo Seung-wan's action comedy Arahan in 2004. Based on a popular South Korean comic, Arahan explored the consequences of unleashing an ancient evil spirit into a modern city, with Yoon's character part of a hidden school of ancient masters who train a naive young policeman to fight this evil force. Yoon underwent strict training for six months in a film action school, where she had to overcome her phobia of heights. The film was a relative commercial success, with one review describing her as "tall and attractive in an excellently non-cutesy way." She received a Best New Actress nomination at the 2004 Blue Dragon Film Awards.
Yoon next starred in the TV drama Say You Love Me, a dark, twisted love story between four people. This led to a friendship with her co-star Kim Rae-won, with whom she starred in a series of advertisements for Samsung Digital Plaza. When Kim later launched his own management company Bless Entertainment, she would also join his stable of stars.
After playing Jung Joon-ho's love interest in The Twins, Yoon was cast in Shadowless Sword, a wuxia martial arts epic set in ancient China. In the role of a beautiful young swordswoman who protects the future king, Yoon said that she was inspired by Anita Mui in The Heroic Trio, and that the strong-willed female character appealed to her. She learned wushu for three months in Korea, then wire action from the Chinese stunt team.
In 2006, she became part of the ensemble cast of Goodbye Solo, written by renowned drama writer Noh Hee-kyung. Even though her dramas do not attract a large number of viewers, Noh has gained a cult following for her in-depth portrayal of ordinary characters, taking a more human natural approach through realistic and yet emotional lines. Goodbye Solo featured seven characters of different generations and backgrounds, as they reflect on human nature and relationships. Yoon would later work again with mostly the same crew in the 2-episode TV special Several Questions That Make Us Happy.
Goodbye Solo's writer Noh and veteran actress Bae Jong-ok introduced Yoon to Join Together Society (JTS), a Seoul-based Buddhist international relief agency (Yoon herself is a Buddhist). Since then she has been extremely active in charity work for JTS, spearheading street fund drives and various programs to benefit underprivileged children in North Korea and developing countries.
An athlete in junior high, Yoon was a Sports Model major at Dongduk Women's University, but eventually dropped out due to showbiz commitments. She later enrolled in Dongguk University as a Theatre and Film major, slowing down her acting activities to focus on her studies and becoming known in the Korean press as one of the very few celebrity model students, with regular attendance and good grades. Yoon graduated in 2011.
Her next project Auction House attempted a different format from the standard serialized Korean drama. The twelve-episode first season in 2007 had four directors and four writers, airing one episode every week, with each director producing his own segment in his own style, crossing genres. The episodic format was not a hit with Korean audiences (despite a second season focusing on plastic surgeons with a completely different cast).
Yoon then played a former reporter struggling to adjust to life as a chaebol daughter-in-law in Glass Castle; the drama was a modest success in 2008. She was cast as a last-minute replacement leading lady in 2009 in the quirky Lee Joon-gi-starrer Hero. Despite being praised as a well-acted and solid drama, Hero received low ratings. Yoon returned to the big screen in Try to Remember, about lovers in the past whose love transcends time and brings them together in the present day, premiered at the 2010 Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival.
She was cast as Queen Seondeok in a specially commissioned 20-minute film for the 2011 Gyeongju World Culture Expo. Titled Byeongnucheon ("The Bracelet of Blue Tears"), the fantasy adventure aimed to spearhead Korea's nascent stereoscopic film industry, combining live action sequences with 3D animated computer graphics.
Later that year, Yoon's period drama Warrior Baek Dong-soo brought in high viewership ratings, topping its timeslot for 3 straight months. She immediately followed that with the Channel A cable series Color of Woman, replacing Eugene as the romantic comedy lead when the latter dropped out in the aftermath of her sister's car accident.
A supporting role followed in 2013 spy action series Iris II: New Generation, in which she played a South Korean college student who defects to North Korea, trains in the special forces and counter-terrorism units, then returns to her home country as a North Korean spy. She next headlined the 2014 daily drama Angel's Revenge, playing a nun who avenges her sister.
|2005||The Twins||Oh Soon-hee|
|Shadowless Sword||Yeon So-ha|
|2010||Try to Remember||In-woo|
|2011||The Bracelet of Blue Tears
(Gyeongju World Culture Expo promotional film)
|Queen Seondeok of Silla|
|2004||Say You Love Me||Seo Young-chae||MBC|
|2006||Goodbye Solo||Chung Soo-hee||KBS2|
|2007||Several Questions That Make Us Happy||Ji-soo||KBS2|
|Auction House||Cha Yeon-soo||MBC|
|2008||Glass Castle||Jung Min-joo||SBS|
|2011||Warrior Baek Dong-soo||Hwang Jin-joo||SBS|
|Color of Woman||Byun So-ra||Channel A|
|2012||King of Magic||MC||tvN|
|2013||Iris II: New Generation||Park Tae-hee||KBS2|
|2014||Angel's Revenge||Lee Seon-yoo||KBS2|
|2015||Hidden Identity||Yoo Min-joo||tvN|
|2003||"A Girl's Love Story"||Han So-ri|
|2010||"Words That I Can Say"||T-Max|
|2002||Entia for Coreana
SK Telecom June
Haitai Green Tea Ice Cream
Hair Pack Nano Therapy
Lotte Iote Chocolate
Samsung Digital Plaza
|2005||Samsung Digital Plaza|
|2006||Samsung Digital Plaza
Clinique YES! campaign
Sun Cruise Resort
Awards and nominations
|2004||25th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best New Actress||Arahan||Nominated|
|MBC Drama Awards||Best New Actress||Say You Love Me||Nominated|
|2008||SBS Drama Awards||New Star Award||Glass Castle||Won|
|Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama||Nominated|
|2009||4th Asia Model Festival Awards||Special Model Award||N/A||Won|
|2011||SBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Planning Drama||Warrior Baek Dong-soo||Won|
|2014||KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Daily Drama||Angel's Revenge||Nominated|
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