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Born Lee So-young
(1990-01-30) January 30, 1990 (age 28)
Seoul, South Korea
Other names Lee Som
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2008-present
Agent Artist Company
Korean name
Revised Romanization I Som
McCune–Reischauer Yi Som
Birth name
Revised Romanization I So-yeong
McCune–Reischauer Yi So-yŏng

Esom (born Lee So-young on January 30, 1990) is a South Korean actress and model. She is well-known for her leading role in the 2014 film Scarlet Innocence, for which she was nominated for Best New Actress in five different award ceremonies.[1][2][3][4]



Year Title Role
2010 Second Half Min-ah
2011 The Last Blossom Jae-young
Hindsight Lee Eun-jung
2013 Behind the Camera
The Gifted Hands Seung-gi
The X (short film) Fingers
2014 Man on High Heels Jang-mi
Santa Barbara So-young
Scarlet Innocence Deok-yi/Yoon Se-jung
2016 Like for Likes Jang Na-yeon[5]
The Queen of Crime Kyung Jin-sook (#402) (cameo)
2017 Warriors of the Dawn Duk-yi[6]
My Little Brother Oh Joo-mi[7]
2018 Microhabitat Mi-so[8][9]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2011 White Christmas Yoon Eun-sung[10][11] KBS2
2012 Ghost Shin Hyo-jung (episode 1) SBS
2017 Because This is My First Life Woo Su-ji[12] tvN

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network
2008 Check It Girl - Season 1 Mnet
2010 Trend Report Feel - Season 5 Mnet

Music video[edit]

Year Song title Artist
2008 "Wrong Number" TVXQ
2009 "Eternal Summer" Lee Min-ki
2010 "She's Gone" G-Dragon
2011 "Cleansing Cream" Brown Eyed Girls
2013 "Day 'n Night" Tasty

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2014 51st Grand Bell Awards Best New Actress Scarlet Innocence Nominated
35th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actress Nominated
2015 51st Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (Film) Nominated
15th Director's Cut Awards Best New Actress Won
24th Buil Film Awards Best New Actress Nominated
2018 54th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Supporting Actress (Film)[13] Warriors of the Dawn Nominated


  1. ^ "Pretty in flower". Allure Korea (in Korean). March 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  2. ^ Chung, Joo-won (August 20, 2014). "Jung Woo-sung's sensual film poster hails autumn romance". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-10-11. 
  3. ^ "[Interview #1] Esom, "Mysteriousness? I want to be a natural actress"". Hancinema. February 16, 2016. 
  4. ^ "[Interview #2] Esom, "Jung Woo-sung is experienced, Kang Ha-neul is passionate"". Hancinema. February 16, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Top stars billed for 'Like for Likes'". The Korea Herald. January 12, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Model-Turned Actress Feels Growing Penchant for Acting". The Chosun Ilbo. June 6, 2017. 
  7. ^ "LEE Yo-won Joins Family Drama THE YOUNGEST". Korean Film Biz Zone. May 24, 2016. 
  8. ^ "E Som and AHN Jae-hong Team Up for A LITTLE PRINCESS". Korean Film Biz Zone. February 6, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Actress Esom Learns to Slow Down and Enjoy the Ride". The Chosun Ilbo. May 26, 2018. 
  10. ^ Kwon, Mee-yoo (January 25, 2011). "Eight chilling days of White Christmas". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on July 10, 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  11. ^ Choi, Ji-eun (March 11, 2011). "On the set of KBS TV series White Christmas". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  12. ^ "Esom, Kim Ga-eun-I, and Park Byung-eun signed up for drama "This Life Is Our First Life"". Hancinema. August 15, 2017. 
  13. ^ "제54회 백상예술대상, TV·영화 각 부문별 수상 후보자 공개". JTBC (in Korean). April 6, 2018. 

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