Jin Se-yeon

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Jin Se-yeon
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Jin Se-yeon in 2019
Kim Yoon-jung

(1994-02-15) February 15, 1994 (age 25)
Seoul, South Korea
Other namesJin Se-yun
EducationChung-Ang University
Years active2010–present
AgentEarly Bird
Korean name
Revised RomanizationJin Se-yeon
McCune–ReischauerChin Seyŏn
Birth name
Revised RomanizationKim Yun-jŏng
McCune–ReischauerGim Yunjeong

Jin Se-yeon (born Kim Yoon-jung on February 15, 1994) is a South Korean actress. She played the female protagonist in the television dramas such as My Daughter the Flower (2011), Bridal Mask (2012), Doctor Stranger (2014), The Flower in Prison (2016) and Grand Prince (2018).


Jin Se-yeon began her career as an idol trainee for girl group Jewelry under Star Empire Entertainment. Before long, she started to appear in various TV commercials, which then steered her direction into acting.[1] Even though her debut role was in the 2010 SBS drama It's Okay, Daddy's Girl, but her first casting was actually for the 2011 film White: Melody of Death.[2] She then acted in the highly-controversial lesbian-themed Drama Special titled Daughters of Bilitis Club and portrayed the teenage version of Han Ji-hye's female lead character in The Duo.[3][4]

Her first chance at starring role came when she won the audition for the titular protagonist in the daily drama My Daughter the Flower.[5] She cemented her leading actress status with the acclaimed 1930s-setting period drama, Bridal Mask.[6][7] Since then, Jin has been starred in various genres, among them a musical melodrama Five Fingers,[8] medical-espionage drama Doctor Stranger,[9] and romantic-comedy film Enemies In-Law.[10]

In 2016, Jin played the heroine for the summer blockbuster war film, Operation Chromite, alongside Liam Neeson and Lee Jung-jae.[11] She was then chosen as the protagonist for MBC's 55th-founding anniversary historical drama directed by a famed director Lee Byung-hoon, The Flower in Prison.[12][13]

In 2018, Jin starred in the historical romance Grand Prince.[14] The series was a ratings success, becoming the highest rated TV Chosun drama since the network's establishment in 2011.[15]

In 2019, Jin starred in the fantasy-mystery drama Item as a criminal profiler.[16][17] The same year she was cast in the historical fantasy drama Selection: The War Between Women.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Jin revealed in late 2012 that she had added a year to her real age in her résumé, actually being born in 1994, and not in 1993. Her agency explained, "Jin Se-yeon was only 17-years-old when she debuted. She was so young that it was hard for her to land any roles. That's why we added a year to her age."[19]

Jin also denied a rumor that she comes from a wealthy or influential family, due to her being one of the fastest-rising young actresses despite it not being long since her debut. She answered, "I was very surprised by the rumor myself. Though it was for a short period of time, I had also done secondary roles and acted out the younger versions. Maybe that's because I got to play a main role earlier than others. My father is running an IT company that is not listed. I actually don't know very well."[20]



Year Title Role Ref.
2011 White: Melody of Death Jenny [21]
2014 The Language of Love In-ha [22]
2015 Enemies In-Law Park Young-hee [10]
2016 Operation Chromite Han Chae-seon [11]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Ref.
2010 It's Okay, Daddy's Girl Jung Se-yeon SBS [23]
2011 Drama Special Daughters of Bilitis Club Kim Joo-yeon KBS2 [3]
The Duo young Dong-nyeo MBC [4]
My Daughter the Flower Yang Kkot-nim SBS [5]
2012 Bridal Mask Oh Mok-dan/Esther/Boon-yi KBS2 [6]
Five Fingers Hong Da-mi SBS [8]
2014 Inspiring Generation Yoon Ok-ryun KBS2 [24]
Doctor Stranger Song Jae-hee/Han Seung-hee SBS [9]
2015 High-End Crush Yoo Yi-ryung Naver TV Cast [25]
2016 The Flower in Prison Ok-nyeo/Lee Seo-won MBC [12]
2018 Grand Prince Sung Ja-hyun TV Chosun [14]
2019 Item Shin So-young MBC [16]
Selection: The War Between Women Kang Eun-gi / Kang Eun-bo TV Chosun [18]


Year Title Role Ref.
2013 Closer Alice [26]


Year Title Artist Notes
2012 "I Have No Problems" Jin Se-yeon and Cha Gil-young
2015 "Only You Forever" Jin Se-yeon and Hong Jong-hyun from Enemies In-Law OST

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2011 SBS Drama Awards New Star Award My Daughter the Flower Won [27]
2012 5th Korea Drama Awards Best New Actress Nominated
20th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Best New Actress Bridal Mask Nominated
1st K-Drama Star Awards Acting Award, Actress Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama Nominated
Best New Actress Won [28]
Best Couple Award with Joo Won Nominated
SBS Drama Awards Best Couple Award with Ju Ji-hoon Five Fingers Nominated
2014 3rd APAN Star Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Doctor Stranger Nominated
Popular Star Award Won [29]
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special Nominated
2016 9th Korea Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress The Flower in Prison Nominated
MBC Drama Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Nominated
Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Project Drama Won [30]
Best Couple Award with Seo Ha-joon Nominated


  1. ^ "Jin Se-yeon on Becoming Famous Overnight". The Chosun Ilbo. 10 November 2012. Retrieved 2016-11-26.
  2. ^ "'괜찮아, 아빠딸' 진세연 "동해와 러브라인, 관심 달라요"(인터뷰)". Newsen (in Korean). 29 October 2010.
  3. ^ a b "'클럽빌리티스의 딸들' 한고은-오세정-진세연, 동성애연기 도전". MK News (in Korean). 4 August 2011.
  4. ^ a b "'짝패' 진세연, 한지혜와 싱크로율 100%의 미모 화제". Sports Donga (in Korean). 9 February 2011.
  5. ^ a b Kim Myeong-eun (21 October 2011). "데뷔 1년차 배우 진세연, SBS 일일극 주인공 파격 캐스팅 화제". Sports Chosun (in Korean). Retrieved 2016-11-26.
  6. ^ a b Park, Hyun-min (2 June 2012). "Interview: Bridal Mask Jin Se Yeon is Not Attracted to Ju Won?". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-19.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Jang, Soo Jung (2 June 2012). "Jin Se Yeon 'Historical Dramas Have Its Subtle Charm'". BNTNews. Retrieved 2016-11-26.
  8. ^ a b "Jin Se-yeon replaces Eunjung on show". Korea JoongAng Daily. 27 August 2012.
  9. ^ a b Lee, Min-ji (27 July 2014). "Interview: Jin Se Yeon Talks About Her Kiss Scene with Lee Jong Suk in Doctor Stranger". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 2014-08-04.
  10. ^ a b "Enemies In-Law Jin Se-yeon, "I want to play a role fit for my age"". Hancinema. 6 May 2015. Retrieved 2015-05-16.
  11. ^ a b "Jin Se-yeon wins heroine role in battle film". The Korea Times. 6 May 2015. Retrieved 2016-11-26.
  12. ^ a b "Jin Se-yeon to play heroine". The Korea Times. 17 November 2015.
  13. ^ "Young Actress Hopes to Play Roles That Match Her Age". The Chosun Ilbo. 26 November 2016. Retrieved 2016-12-05.
  14. ^ a b "3 Stars Go Back in Time in Period Drama". The Chosun Ilbo. 1 March 2018.
  15. ^ "Stars Celebrate Grand Finale of TV Series with Fans". The Chosun Ilbo. May 10, 2018.
  16. ^ a b "진세연, MBC '아이템' 주연 확정…냉철한 프로파일러 변신". 10Asia (in Korean). 11 September 2018.
  17. ^ "Superpowered 'Item' debuts with eye-pleasing visual effects". The Korea Times. February 12, 2019.
  18. ^ a b "Jin Se-yeon and Kim Min-kyu to Star in TV Chosun's "Selection: The War Between Women"". Hancinema. October 21, 2019.
  19. ^ "진세연 실제나이 해명 "빠른 94년생 맞다, 악용 아냐"". Newsen (in Korean). 8 November 2012.
  20. ^ "Jin Se-yeon addresses chaebol rumors on Radio Star". Asia Today. 30 April 2015. Retrieved 2016-11-26.
  21. ^ "'괜찮아, 아빠딸' 진세연 "동해와 러브라인, 관심 달라요"(인터뷰)". Newsen (in Korean). 29 November 2010.
  22. ^ "진세연, 국내 올 로케작 '사랑만의 언어' 다음 달 일본 개봉 예정". MK News (in Korean). 6 February 2014.
  23. ^ "[스타 인터뷰] 진세연 "'잠원동 윤아' 별명탓 상처"". Sports Hankooki (in Korean). 24 November 2010.
  24. ^ Kwon, Soo-bin (26 November 2013). "Jin Se Yeon to Become Kim Hyun Joong's Sweetheart in The Age of Feeling". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-01-07.
  25. ^ "A Korean-Chinese Joint Web Drama HIGH END CRUSH Is on Board with JUNG Il-woo". Korean Film Biz Zone. 6 August 2015.
  26. ^ "'클로저' 진세연 "첫 연극, 너무 어려워 멘붕"". MK News (in Korean). 3 September 2013.
  27. ^ "Han Suk-kyu reclaims glory at SBS Drama Awards". 10Asia. 1 January 2012.
  28. ^ "[KBS 연기대상] 이희준 이종석 진세연 오연서, 신인상 수상". 10Asia (in Korean). 31 December 2012.
  29. ^ "배우 진세연, 2014 APAN Star Awards 비하인드 컷 공개". Busan.com (in Korean). 17 November 2014.
  30. ^ "'2016 MBC 연기대상' 대상 후보 진세연, 눈물의 '우수연기자상' 수상". The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). 31 December 2016.

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