Ji Soo

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Ji Soo
Ji Soo in March 2016.png
Ji Soo in March 2016
Kim Ji-soo

(1993-03-30) 30 March 1993 (age 27)
Busan, South Korea
EducationDigital Seoul Culture Arts University (major in Film)
Years active2009–present
Korean name
Revised RomanizationJi-su
Birth name
Revised RomanizationKim Ji-su
McCune–ReischauerKim Chisu

Kim Ji-soo (Korean김지수; born 30 March 1993), professionally known as Ji Soo, is a South Korean actor.

Early life and education[edit]

In elementary school, Ji Soo was a judo athlete and competed at national level before giving it up due to injuries.[1] He was an actor trainee under JYP Entertainment in 2012.[2]

Ji Soo is a student of Digital Seoul Culture Arts University, where he majors in Film.[citation needed]


Ji Soo made his acting debut on stage in 2009 and consequently starred in several short films, including having a leading role in the Korean-Filipino independent film Seoul Mates.[3] He first gained recognition in high school drama Angry Mom (2015).[4][5]

Since then, he has starred in television series Cheer Up! (2015), Page Turner (2016) and Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (2016); as well as the film One Way Trip (2016).[6][7][8][9]

In 2017, he co-starred in JTBC's fantasy romance comedy Strong Woman Do Bong-soon, playing a passionate rookie police officer.[10] He next starred in OCN's crime drama Bad Guys 2.[11]

In 2018, Ji Soo was cast in JTBC's drama special Ping Pong Ball,[12] and Netflix's youth romance drama My First First Love.[13][14]

In 2020, Jisoo signed a contract with KeyEast [15]

Personal life[edit]

Ji Soo received surgery for acute osteomyelitis (inflammation of bone or bone marrow, usually due to infection) on 13 September 2016.[16][17] On 27 September, he returned to filming Fantastic and was officially discharged from the hospital on 1 October.[18][19]

He is part of a celebrity group of friends known as BYH48 which consists of EXO's Suho, Ryu Jun-yeol, Byun Yo-han, Lee Dong-hwi and more. The name was coined by their fans, with BYH referring to Byun Yo-han - the group's leader - and 48 is a parody of Japanese idol group AKB48.[20][21] Ji Soo is also best friends with fellow actor Nam Joo-hyuk.[22]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2007 Beastie Boys
2010 Boy in Pain Short film
2014 Han Gong-ju Member of Min-ho's gang
Seoul Mates Joon Indie Film
Adult Short film
More Than
2016 One Way Trip Yong-bi [9]
2020 Our Joyful Summer Days Chan Hee Independent film [23]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes Ref.
2012 To the Beautiful You SBS Student Cameo
Family KBS Han Song-yi Cameo (Episode 45)
2014 Love Frequency 37.2 MBC Every 1 Go Dong-hee's ex-boyfriend Cameo (Episode 3)
2015 Angry Mom MBC Go Bok-dong [3]
Cheer Up! KBS2 Seo Ha-joon [6]
2016 Page Turner Jeong Cha-sik Drama Special [7]
The Doctors SBS Kim Soo-cheol Guest (Episodes 1-3, 5, 7-8) [24]
Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo Wang Jung [25]
Fantastic JTBC Kim Sang-wook [26]
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo MBC Bok-joo's fellow worker Cameo (Episode 11) [27]
2017 Strong Girl Bong-soon JTBC In Gook-du [10]
2017–2018 Bad Guys 2 OCN Han Kang-joo [11]
2018 Ping Pong Ball JTBC Kim Young-joon Drama Festa [12]
2019 My First First Love Netflix Yun Tae-oh [13]
2020 When I Was The Prettiest MBC Seo-hwan [28]
Amanza KakaoTV Park Dong Myung / Amanza [29]
2021 River Where The Moon Rises KBS2 On Dal [30][31]

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2015 Lunch Box Yong K-Food Fair 2015 [32]

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes Ref.
2016 Celebrity Bromance MBig TV Cast member [33]
My Ear's Candy tvN [34]

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song title Artist Ref.
2018 "Wind" (바람사람) Bolbbalgan4 [35]


Year Title Ref.
2009 Bong-sam Wasn't There
2010 The Dreamers
Controlled Experiments on Human Subjects
13th Hero
2011 Soulmates
2012 A Fool for Children

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2015 34th MBC Drama Awards Best New Actor in a Miniseries Angry Mom Nominated
Best Couple Award with Kim Hee-sun Nominated
2016 11th Max Movie Awards Rising Star Award N/A Won [36]
37th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actor One Way Trip Nominated
30th KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a One-Act/Special/Short Drama Page Turner Nominated
Best New Actor Nominated
2017 53rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (Television) Strong Girl Bong-soon Nominated
22nd Chunsa Film Art Awards Best New Actor One Way Trip Nominated
2nd Asia Artist Awards Rising Star Award N/A Won [37]
2018 13th Soompi Awards Best Supporting Actor in the male category Strong Girl Bong-soon Nominated
2020 Busan International Film Festival Actor of the Year Award Our Joyful Summer Days Won [38]
5th Asia Artist Awards 2020 Popularity Award (Actor) N/A Nominated [39]
39th MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Wednesday-Thursday Miniseries When I Was Most Beautiful Nominated
Best Couple Award with Im Soo-hyang Nominated [40]


  1. ^ "지수 중에 최고, 청춘배우 지수의 글로리데이 (인터뷰②)". Hankyung (in Korean). 22 March 2016.
  2. ^ "'앵그리맘' 지수, JYP연습생 출신 "7년전 연극으로 데뷔"". Star News (in Korean). 6 April 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Who is the guy held from the collar by Kim Hee-seon?". Hancinema. SBS Fune. 16 March 2015. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
  4. ^ ‘앵그리맘’ 지수 "김희선 선배, 해피 바이러스 넘친다" [인터뷰]. The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). 16 April 2015.
  5. ^ 지수, 성장의 거듭제곱 (인터뷰). 10Asia (in Korean). 11 December 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Ji Soo in 'Cheeky Go Go'". Hancinema. TV Report. 15 September 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Page Turner actor Ji Soo wants to present a new side of coming-of-age story characters". Hancinema. TVJ. 18 November 2015. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  8. ^ "'Moon Lovers – Scarlet Heart: Ryeo' reveals posters". Kpop Herald. 4 July 2016.
  9. ^ a b "GLORY DAY Confirms Youth-led Cast". Korean Film Biz Zone. 29 April 2015.
  10. ^ a b Lee Jae-young (8 February 2017). '힘쎈여자 도봉순' 지수, 신참 형사의 치명적 제복핏 '여심저격' ['Fighting Women', 'Death Penalty']. Xports News (in Korean).
  11. ^ a b [단독]지수, '나쁜녀석들2' 새 주연진으로 합류. Sports Chosun (in Korean). 18 July 2017.
  12. ^ a b "유재명X지수, JTBC 드라마페스타 탁구공' 출연확정·9월 첫방 [공식입장]". Sports Donga (in Korean). 16 August 2018.
  13. ^ a b "Netflix announces cast for new mini-series". Korea JoongAng Daily. 15 September 2018.
  14. ^ "지수X정채연X진영, '첫사랑은 처음이라서' 출연확정(공식)". Herald Corporation (in Korean). 14 September 2018.
  15. ^ "지수, 키이스트와 전속계약 체결···김동욱X주지훈 한솥밥 [공식]". isplus (in Korean). 15 October 2020.
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  17. ^ '급성골수염' 지수 측 "암 아니라 다행, 회복에 최선 다할 것". The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). 14 September 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  18. ^ 지수 측 "입원 중 외출로 '판타스틱' 촬영, 주치의 상의 하에 결정" [공식입장]. Naver (in Korean). TV Report. 26 September 2017. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  19. ^ `급성골수염` 지수 "오늘 건강하게 퇴원". Naver (in Korean). MK News. 2 October 2016. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  20. ^ Dea Won (1 June 2017). [인터뷰] 변요한 "연애는 솔직하게…딴 짓 절대 안 해요" [[Interview] Sir John "Love is honest ... I will not do anything else. "]. Sports Kyunghang (in Korean). Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  21. ^ Kim Ji-young (1 January 2016). "The hottest stars all belong in "byh48"". K-pop Herald.
  22. ^ "현실판 브로맨스"…지수, 남주혁에 커피차 응원. Naver (in Korean). TV Report. 6 December 2016.
  23. ^ "지수 '기쁜 우리 여름날' , BIFF 올해의 배우상 수상". entertain.naver (in Korean). 31 October 2020. Retrieved 13 November 2020.
  24. ^ "Actor Kim Ji-soo cast as Park Shin-hye's first love". Kpop Herald. 6 April 2016.
  25. ^ [단독] 지수, '달의 연인' 출연 확정…대세 신예 행보. Xports News (in Korean). 25 December 2016.
  26. ^ "'Fantastic' completes brilliant lineup with Park Si-yeon, Kim Tae-hoon and Ji Soo". Hancinema. Osen. 29 July 2016.
  27. ^ ‘역도요정 김복주’ 측 "지수·서현 특별출연, 비중 있는 역할" (공식입장). Star MBN (in Korean). 19 December 2016.
  28. ^ "내가 가장 예뻤을 때' 하석진-임수향, 눈물의 이별 포옹 "안녕". imbc (in Korean). 15 October 2020.
  29. ^ "지수, 키이스트와 전속계약 [공식]". The Dong-a Ilbo (in Korean). 15 October 2020.
  30. ^ "강하늘·김소현·지수·이지훈·최유화, '달이 뜨는 강' 출연 확정(공식)". YTN (in Korean). 22 October 2020.
  31. ^ "달이 뜨는 강' 측 "KBS 월화극 확정, 3월 첫 방송"(공식)". news.naver (in Korean). 26 November 2020.
  32. ^ 지수, 왜 이래. 나 사연 있는 남자야!. Asiae (in Korean). 3 November 2015.
  33. ^ "[V Report] Nam Joo-hyuk, Jisoo's Busan date". Kpop Herald. 13 July 2016.
  34. ^ "TV shows spotlight new ways of communication". The Korea Herald. 29 August 2016.
  35. ^ "지수, 볼빨간사춘기 '바람사람' MV 출연…안지영과 '설렘 케미'". The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). 28 May 2018.
  36. ^ "Winners of '2016 Max Movie Best Film Awards'". Mnet. 26 February 2016. Archived from the original on 7 May 2018. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  37. ^ "Kim Hee Sun & EXO win Grand Prize Awards at the 2017 Asia Artist Awards". KBS World. 16 November 2017.
  38. ^ 지수, '기쁜 우리 여름날'로 제25회 BIFF 올해의 배우상 수상 "정말 영광" [Jisoo wins the 25th BIFF Actor of the Year Award for'Our Happy Summer Day']. HeraldPop. 31 October 2020.
  39. ^ "2020 Asia Artist Award Actor Shortlist". Twitter.
  40. ^ announced online

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