Im Yoona

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Im Yoona
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Background information
Birth name Im Yoon Ah (임윤아)
Born (1990-05-30) May 30, 1990 (age 24)
Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-pop, dance
Occupation(s) Singer, actress
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano
Years active 2004–present
Labels S.M. Entertainment
Associated acts Girls' Generation, SM Town
Im Yoona
Revised Romanization Im Yun-a
McCune–Reischauer Im Yuna

Im Yoona (born May 30, 1990) is a South Korean singer and actress. She is a member of the South Korean girl group Girls' Generation and has also participated in various television dramas such as You Are My Destiny, Cinderella Man , Love Rain and Prime Minister and I.

Early life[edit]

Yoona was born on May 30, 1990,[1] in Seoul, South Korea. Her family consists of her father and an older sister.[2] She was cast in the 2002 SM Saturday Open Casting Audition, and trained for five years under SM Entertainment, in the areas of acting,[3] singing and dancing. Prior to debuting as a member of Girls' Generation in 2007, Yoona was first introduced to the public through various appearances in music videos and commercials. She first appeared in TVXQ's "Magic Castle" music video in 2005.[4] Yoona went through a total of 200 auditions for commercials, music videos, dramas, and movies during her pre-debut days.[5]

In 2009, she graduated from Daeyoung High School and attended Dongguk University, majoring in theater and music, along with fellow Girls' Generation member, Seohyun.[6][citation needed]

Music career[edit]

Girls' Generation[edit]

Main article: Girls' Generation

In 2002, Yoona joined SM Entertainment Saturday Open Casting Audition, in which she sang WAX's "Please", danced Britney Spears' "Oops!... I Did It Again" and BoA's "Valenti".[citation needed] Later, she began to train under SM Entertainment with the other trainees in the areas of acting, singing and dancing. In 2007, Yoona was chosen as a member of the group Girls' Generation. The 9-member girl group debuted on August 5, 2007.

Acting career[edit]

Yoona made her debut as an actress in 2007 with the drama Two Outs in the Ninth Inning.[7] In 2008, she was briefly complimented by veteran actress Bae Jong Ok for her cameo performance in Woman of Matchless Beauty.[8] Subsequently, Yoona had her first leading role in the KBS's daily drama You Are My Destiny. Its first episode achieved a 23.4% ratings,[9] and some later episodes went as high as 41.5%.[10] Being the main lead for the first time in a drama, Yoona confessed to being scolded at first for not being able to cry for her crying scenes; however, she could not help but to immerse in her character later on due to the sad storyline.[11] Yoona's acting gained positive recognition among the viewers.[12] In 2009, she filmed the drama Cinderella Man (신데렐라맨) alongside with Kwon Sang-woo.

In 2012, Yoona was cast in a lead role with Jang Keun Suk in the drama entitled Love Rain. The drama began broadcasting on March 26, 2012 on KBS2. Love Rain is a fantasy drama about fate and how the offspring of a previous ill-fated couple who met in the 1970s, also manage to fall in love with each other.

In 2013, Yoona starred alongside with Lee Beom-soo in the romantic-comedy drama Prime Minister and I. The drama began broadcasting on December 9, 2013 on KBS2, and was produced by SM C&C. Though it received low ratings, it received very positive reviews for its writing and acting, especially from the leads Yoona and Lee Beom-soo.

In July 14, 2014, SM Entertainment announced that Yoona will make her big-screen debut by starring in the Korean-Chinese movie Goodbye Ani as the protagonist Ani. Production will begin within the second half of 2014.[13]

Variety show appearances[edit]

In 2010, after appearing as a guest on SBS's variety show Family Outing, Yoona joined season 2 of the same program as a permanent cast along Yoon Sanghyun, Kim Wonhee, Ji Sangryeol, Shin Bongseon, Jang Dongmin, Super Junior's Kim Heechul, 2AM's Jo Kwon and 2PM's Ok Taecyeon.[14] The program ran from February to July of the same year.

Yoona was the occasional co-host to several television programs such as the 2009 and 2011 KBS Entertainment Awards, 2011 SBS Gayo Daejeon,[15] 2012 KBS Gayo Daejun,[16] 2013 Korea-China Friendship Concert in Beijing, 2013 KBS Drama Awards, and 2014 Gayo Daechukje.[17]

Goodwill Ambassador[edit]

In 2012, Choi ChangSik, mayor of Jung-gu, Seoul officially appointed Yoona as the ambassador of the district, she was carrying out her duties as the ambassador in various areas such as Myeongdong, Namdaemun, Bukchangdong Tourism Special Zone, Dongdaemun Fashion Town Special Zone, and more.[18] She also donated 20 million wons to Dream Hearty on December 21 and donated to a career education organisation, giving 1 million wons to each family out of 10 families with low income and scholarships worth 10 million wons.[19] On September 17, 2014, Yoona was named as one of 21 celebrity ambassadors at the Dongguk University's 108th anniversary.[20] Later the same year, she along with SHINee's Minho were appointed as ambassadors for UNIHERO Campaign by UNICEF on November 27.[21]

Personal life[edit]

In January 2014, Yoona and South Korean actor Lee Seunggi were confirmed to be in a relationship since September 2013.[22]


Solo discography[edit]

Year Title Song Duration Artist
2008 Haptic Motion "Haptic Motion" 01:30 With Jessica, Tiffany & TVXQ
2010 Innisfree "Innisfree Day" 03:42 Solo



Year Title Role Notes
2012 I AM. – SM Town Live World Tour in Madison Square Garden Herself Biographical film of SM Town[23]
2015 Goodbye Ani Ani Lead Role

Television drama[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes
2007 Two Outs in the Ninth Inning MBC Shin Joo-young Supporting role
2008 Unstoppable Marriage KBS2 Bulgwang-dong's Seven Princesses Gang Cameo
Woman of Matchless Beauty, Park Jung-geum MBC Mi-ae Cameo
2008 You Are My Destiny KBS1 Jang Sae-byuk Lead role
2009 Cinderella Man MBC Seo Yoo-jin Lead role
2012 Love Rain KBS2 Kim Yoon-hee/Jung Ha-na Lead role
2013 Prime Minister and I KBS2 Nam Da-jung Lead role

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes
2010 Family Outing 2 SBS Regular Cast

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Artist Role
2004 Magic Castle TVXQ Herself
2006 U Super Junior Herself
My Everything The Grace Herself
2007 Marry U Super Junior Herself
2008 Propose Lee Seung-Cheol Herself
Haptic Motion Jessica, Yoona and Tiffany Unknown
2009 That Guy's Woman 24/7 Herself
2010 Caribbean Bay Girls' Generation and 2PM Herself
2011 Replay (Japanese Ver.) SHINee Herself

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Category Nominated work Result
2008 KBS Drama Awards Best New Actress You Are My Destiny Won
Netizen Award Won
2nd Korea Drama Awards Netizen Award Won
2009 45th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (TV) Won
Most Popular Actress (TV) Won
2010 46th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress (TV) Cinderella Man Won
2012 6th Mnet 20's Choice Awards 20's Female Drama Star Love Rain Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Nominated
Netizen Award Won
2013 49th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress (TV) Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Prime Minister and I Won
Best Couple Award with Lee Beom-soo Won
Netizen Award Nominated
2014 50th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress (TV) Nominated
16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival Best Young Actress Nominated


  1. ^
  2. ^ Girls' Generation Yoona's family is revealed (in Korean) (August 6, 2008). Retrieved on December 2014.
  3. ^ Will SNSD Yoona Continue KBS Daily Drama Star Legacy? (in Korean) JoyNews (May 6, 2008). Retrieved on November 30, 2014.
  4. ^ Girls' Generation Yoona debuted in TVXQ's "Magic Castle" (in Korean) (July 7, 2007). Retrieved on December 4, 2014.
  5. ^ Girls' Generation Yoona auditioned 200 times, regardless of genres (in Korean) (November 30, 2013). Retrieved on December 4, 2014.
  6. ^ YoonA and Soo Young Graduates From High School
  7. ^ (Korean) ‘소녀시대’ 윤아, MBC ‘9회말 2아웃’ 브라운관 데뷔 ( 'Girls' Generation SNSD, MBC '9 End 2 Outs' Debut Tube ) July 23, 2010. Retrieved April 15, 2010.
  8. ^ Yoona as a homeless runaway girl in Woman of Matchless Beauty (in Korean) (April 6, 2008). Retrieved on November 30, 2014.
  9. ^ You are my destiny 1st episode achieves a 23.4% ratings (in Korean) (May 7, 2008). Retrieved on November 30, 2014.
  10. ^ You are my Destiny ratings reached 41.5% (in Korean) (December 16, 2008). Retrieved on December 9, 2014.
  11. ^ "“Nam Hee-suk and Choi Eun-kyung’s Free Time”" (in Korean). August 6, 2008. approx.60 minutes in. KBS2.
  12. ^ Grading Yoona’s Official Acting Debut (in Korean) (May 21, 2008). Retrieved on November 30, 2014.
  13. ^ Yoona declines ‘Nodame Cantabile‘ for Korea-China rom-com The Korea Herald
  14. ^ Girls' Generation Yoona’s appearance on ‘Family Outing Season 2′ Confirmed (in Korean) (January 8, 2010). Retrieved on December 14, 2014.
  15. ^ Yoona to MC 2011 SBS Gayo Daejun
  16. ^ Yoona Nominated in 2012 KBS Drama Awards and Will MC for 2012 KBS Gayo Daechukje
  17. ^ Taecyeon, Yoona and Lee Hwi Jae are confirmed to be the MCs for KBS Gayo Daechukje (in Korean) (December 14, 2014). Retrieved on December 14, 2014.
  18. ^ YoonA is Jung-gu's Honorary Ambassador Yahoo (January 10, 2012). Retrieved on December 6, 2014.
  19. ^ Girls' Generation's Yoona who is the ambassador of Jung-gu,Continously donating to finacial difficulties families (January 16, 2013). Retrieved on December 6, 2014.
  20. ^ Yoona and Seohyun Attend Dongguk University Ambassador Appointment Ceremony (September 17, 2014). Retrieved on December 6, 2014.
  21. ^ Yoona Appointed as Ambassador for UNICEF’s ‘UNIHERO’ Campaign (December 5, 2014). Retrieved on December 6, 2014.
  22. ^ Jackson, Julie (January 1, 2014). "Lee Seung-gi and SNSD’s YoonA dating". The Korea Herald. Retrieved December 13, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Documentary Shows Top K-Pop Singers Behind the Scenes". Chosun Ilbo. 2 May 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 

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