Yoona at a fanmeet of Lotte Department Store Casio in June 2016
May 30, 1990
Yeongdeungpo District, Seoul, South Korea
|Alma mater||Dongguk University|
|Revised Romanization||Im Yun-a|
Im Yoona (born May 30, 1990) is a South Korean singer and actress. She is a member of South Korean girl group Girls' Generation and has participated in various television dramas such as You Are My Destiny (2008), Cinderella Man (2009), Love Rain (2012), Prime Minister and I (2013), and God of War, Zhao Yun (2016).
Life and career
1990–2007: Early life and career beginnings
Im Yoona was born on May 30, 1990 in Seoul, South Korea. Her family consists of her father and an older sister by five years. While growing up, she listened to girl group S.E.S and dreamed of becoming a singer. In 2002, she was cast in the SM Saturday Open Casting Audition and spent five years "doing nothing but constant training" in singing, dancing and acting. During her trainee days, she had low self-esteem about her low voice, and once thought of giving up singing in order to pursue an acting career. A SM choreographer persuaded her to continue, saying it would be "a waste to give up becoming a singer" with her "outstanding dancing skills". He also considered her as the best female dancer within the agency. Vocally, though Yoona is not known to have a wide vocal range, she has often been described by critics to have a "very sweet voice". Prior to debuting, Yoona was introduced to the public through various appearances in music videos and commercials; she first appeared in TVXQ's "Magic Castle" music video in 2005. She made her official debut as a member of Girls' Generation in August 2007, becoming the "center" of the group. The group gained significant popularity with the release of their hit single "Gee" in 2009. That same year, Yoona graduated from Daeyoung High School.
2008–present: Television roles
Aside from Girls' Generation's activities, Yoona has acted in several television dramas. Her acting career began in 2007 with a minor role in MBC's drama, Two Outs in the Ninth Inning. She then appeared in MBC's Woman of Matchless Beauty (2008), and was complimented by veteran actress Bae Jong-ok for her cameo performance.
In May 2008, Yoona landed her first leading role in KBS's drama You Are My Destiny, playing the character Jang Sae-byuk. The drama achieved viewer ratings of up to 41.5%, and Yoona became known for her character. She considered the role a turning point in her career, and won two "Best New Actress" awards at the 2008 KBS Drama Awards and 45th Baeksang Arts Awards. In 2009, Yoona was cast in MBC's drama Cinderella Man along with Kwon Sang-woo.
In March 2012, Yoona was cast in a lead role alongside Jang Geun Suk in KBS2's drama Love Rain, a fantasy drama about fate where the offspring of an ill-fated couple who met in the 1970s, met and fell in love with each other in the modern era. Yoona played two characters: Yun-hee of the 70s and Ha-na of modern times. Although the drama lacked in domestic viewership and was criticized for its failure to relate to the viewers, Yoona's acting received positive reviews. Yoon Ga-ee of OSEN wrote: "The speed at which her acting is improving is blinding. She has matured to the point where you want to ask, 'When did her acting get so good?' The criticism that trailed behind her during Cinderella Man is now nowhere to be found." Choi In-kyung of Hankook Ilbo said her acting was continuously improving and "Yoona is completely immersed in her character and has now become 'Hana' herself." The drama garnered much positive overseas interest and was sold to Japan for $10 million, the second highest price for a KBS drama at the time, partly due to Yoona's popularity.
In December 2013, Yoona starred alongside Lee Beom-soo in KBS2's romantic comedy drama Prime Minister and I. Loosely based on the musical film The Sound of Music, Yoona played Nam Da-jung, a young and stubborn reporter who falls in love with the prime minister. The drama received low ratings, but Yoona was still noted for her acting ability. Lee Beom-soo praised her, saying "Acting has to go by logic, only when one understands can the audience understand too, Yoona is smart and did very well. I am anticipating her path down as an actress; at the same time, I want to give her applause". She won an Excellence Award at the 2013 KBS Drama Awards for the role.
In November 2015, Yoona was announced to join Hyun Bin in action film, Cooperation, playing the role of Park Min-young. The movie is currently in its filming process. In March 2016, Yoona released her first solo single, “Deoksugung Stonewall Walkway”, a collaboration with the South Korean indie group 10cm. The urban-pop song peaked at number 24 on Gaon Digital Chart and received favorable review. Fuse described it as "breezy and easy-listening" and complimented how "lovely" Yoona delivered the song. In April 2016, Yoona's first Chinese drama, God of War, Zhao Yun, based on the Chinese novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, was released. She played a character named Xiahou Qing Yi, who falls in love with the male lead character but later finds out he kills her father. The drama reached viewership ratings as high as 2%, which was described to be "a huge success in a country of 1.3 billion", and recorded more than 10 billion hits through various Chinese online videos sites, reflecting Yoona's popularity in China.
In July 2016, Yoona was announced to be cast in the tvN drama K2 opposite Ji Chang-wook. She plays the role of hidden daughter of presidential candidate, who gets entangled with a bodyguard who was betrayed by his country. This will be her first appearance in Korean dramas after three years.
Yoona has been called a "CF queen" due to her many television commercial films, and has been a spokesperson for various brands. CNN credited her as "one of the household names in the Asia-Pacific region" which has helped Korean beauty brands become popular in China. In 2010, she became the first idol to endorse S-Oil, a large South Korean petroleum and refinery company. In 2012, she appeared in at least 20 commercials and was ranked fifth among celebrities with the most commercial appearances by TVCF, South Korea's largest advertisement information site. In 2013, she became the first overseas endorser for Alcon Taiwan. Yoona has been a long-term spokesperson for Amor Pacific's comestic brand Innisfree, a company which was placed 28th on 2015's Forbes’ 100 Most Innovative Companies in the world. In 2016, Yoona was chosen by Forbes magazine to be one among Asia's "30 under 30" most influential celebrities in the Entertainment and Sport category.
Throughout her career, Yoona has volunteered and donated money to help various causes. In 2015, she became a member of South Korea’s Honor Society as a recognition for her charitable donations.
In September 2013, Yoona began dating South Korean singer-actor Lee Seung-gi. On August 13, 2015, their two agencies confirmed that they ended their relationship because of their busy schedules.
In February 2015, Yoona graduated from the College of Arts, Dongguk University, with a bachelor's degree in theater studies, after starting the degree in 2009. She received a lifetime achievement award at the graduation ceremony. Her fellow Girls' Generation member, Seohyun, attended the same university, graduating with her.
|"Haptic Motion" (햅틱모션)
(with Jessica, Tiffany, and TVXQ)
|"Innisfree Day" (이니스프리데이)||2010||—||Non-album single|
|"Deoksugung Stonewall Walkway"
(덕수궁 돌담길의 봄)
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|I AM.||2012||Herself||Biographical film of SM Town|||
|SMTown The Stage||2015||Herself||Documentary film of SM Town|||
|Cooperation||2016||Park Min Young||Lead role|||
|Two Outs in the Ninth Inning||2007||MBC||Shin Joo-young||Supporting role|
|Unstoppable Marriage||2008||KBS2||Bulgwang-dong's Seven Princesses Gang||Cameo|
|Woman of Matchless Beauty, Park Jung-geum||MBC||Mi-ae||Cameo|
|You Are My Destiny||KBS1||Jang Sae-byuk||Lead role|
|Cinderella Man||2009||MBC||Seo Yoo-jin||Lead role|
|Love Rain||2012||KBS2||Kim Yoon-hee / Jung Ha-na||Lead role|
|Prime Minister and I||2013||KBS2||Nam Da-jung||Lead role|
|Because It's The First Time||2015||OnStyle||Herself||Cameo|
|God of War, Zhao Yun||2016||Hunan Television||Xiahou Qing Yi / Ma Yu Rou||Lead role|
|K2||tvN||Go Anna||Lead role|
|Family Outing 2||2010||SBS||Regular Cast|
Awards and nominations
|2008||2nd Korea Drama Awards||Netizen Popularity Award||You Are My Destiny||Won|||
|KBS Drama Awards||Best New Actress||Won|||
|2009||45th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actress (TV)||Won|||
|Most Popular Actress (TV)||Won|
|2010||46th Baeksang Arts Awards||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|
|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|||
|2014||50th Baeksang Arts Awards||Most Popular Actress (TV)||Nominated|
|16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival||Best Young Actress||Nominated|
|2015||Global Luxury Award||Global Tourism Industry Congress Fusion Seminars with Lin GengXin||God of War, Zhao Yun||Won|
|National Tax Service of South Korea||Best Public Tax Payer Award||Herself||Won|||
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