Jung So-min

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Jung So-min
20160324—Jung So-min 정소민, Marie Claire Korea screenshot (00m37s).jpg
Jung in 2016
Kim Yoon-ji

(1989-03-16) March 16, 1989 (age 32)
EducationKorea National University of Arts
Years active2010–present
Korean name
Revised RomanizationJeong So-min
McCune–ReischauerChŏng Somin
Birth name
Revised RomanizationGim Yun-ji
McCune–ReischauerKim Yunji

Jung So-min (born Kim Yoon-ji on March 16, 1989) is a South Korean actress. She made her acting debut in 2010 with a supporting role in the television series Bad Guy. She is known for her leading role in her 2010 TV series Playful Kiss, the Korean adaptation of the popular manga Itazura na Kiss. In 2020, Jung starred in the medical television series Soul Mechanic.


Jung at the press conference of SBS's Bad Guy (TV series)

Jung first attracted attention when she made her acting debut in 2010 with a supporting role in the television series Bad Guy.[2][3] This led to a leading role in her next project Playful Kiss, the Korean adaptation of the popular manga Itazura na Kiss.[4] Though it received low ratings in Korea, the romantic comedy was popular overseas, further raising Jung's profile.[5]

Jung then took a short break in 2011 to concentrate on her studies at the Korea National University of Arts.[6] In 2012, she returned to the small screen as part of the ensemble cast of the sitcom Standby.[7] Later that year, she played a more mature role opposite Sung Joon in the cable series Can We Get Married?.[8][9]

Jung left her talent agency Bloom Entertainment in 2013 and joined SM Culture & Contents.[10] She then appeared in Came to Me and Became a Star, a single-episode anthology Drama Special.[11]

In 2014, Jung played a self-centered heiress who falls for the protagonist (played by Kang Ji-hwan) in Big Man.[12][13] This was followed in 2015 by a supporting role in coming-of-age film Twenty,[14] and leading roles in horror-romance film Alice: Boy from Wonderland and disaster-medical drama D-Day.[15][16]

Jung starred in a Drama Special The Red Teacher in 2016.[17] She was then cast as the female lead in The Sound of Your Heart opposite Lee Kwang-soo December of the same year.[18] The web drama was a success in China and gained more than 100 million views on Sohu.[19]

In 2017, Jung was cast in KBS weekend family drama My Father is Strange.[20] She also starred in the body-swap comedy Daddy You, Daughter Me opposite veteran actor Yoon Je-moon.[21] She then left SM Culture & Contents in June and signed with new management agency Jellyfish Entertainment.[22][23] In August, she confirmed her appearance in tvN's romantic comedy series Because This Is My First Life alongside Lee Min-ki.[24][25] She also released an OST "Because You're Here" for the drama.[26]

Jung was chosen to play the lead role in The Smile Has Left Your Eyes in 2018. This is an adaptation of the 2002 Japanese television series Sora Kara Furu Ichioku no Hoshi[27][28] where she also recorded an OST "Star" with her co-star, Seo In-guk.[29] The same year, she was cast in the historical comedy flick Homme Fatale.[30][31] She wrapped up 2018 with her first radio show Jung So Min's Young Street on SBS Power FM achieving her dream to become a radio DJ someday.[32]

Jung left Jellyfish Entertainment in August 2019 and signed with another management company Blossom Entertainment.[33] She then became a cast member in a healing variety program Little Forest,[34] which is designed as a home kids garden development project for children. In December, she stepped down from her DJ post in Jung So Min's Young Street.

In 2020, Jung starred in the medical drama Soul Mechanic alongside Shin Ha-kyun[35] where she portrayed a musical rising star with terrible anger management issues.

In 2021, she did a cameo in Park Joon-hwa's fantasy romantic comedy My Roommate Is a Gumiho, appearing as the woman, protagonist Jang Ki-yong loved in the past.[36] She is also appearing in TV romance drama Monthly Magazine Home opposite Kim Ji-seok as an editor of Lifestyle Magazine 'Monthly House'.[37]



Year Title Role Notes
2009 Worst Friends Mang Short film[38]
2015 Twenty So-min
Alice: Boy from Wonderland Hye-jung
2017 Daddy You, Daughter Me Won Do-yeon
2018 Golden Slumber Yoo-mi Special appearance[39]
2019 Homme Fatale Hae-won
TBA Wolf Hunting [40]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2010 Bad Guy Hong Mo-ne SBS
Playful Kiss Oh Ha-ni MBC
2012 Standby Jung So-min
Can We Get Married? Jung Hye-yoon JTBC
2013 Came to Me and Became a Star Ha-jin KBS2 Drama Special[41]
2014 Miss Korea Gas station attendant MBC cameo (Ep. 20)[42]
Big Man Kang Jin-ah KBS2
2015 D-Day Jung Ddol-mi JTBC
2016 The Red Teacher Jang Soon-deok KBS2 Drama Special[17]
The Sound of Your Heart Choi Sang-bong/Ae-bong
2017 My Father Is Strange Byun Mi-young
Because This Is My First Life Yoon Ji-ho tvN
2018 What's Wrong with Secretary Kim Mi-so's mother (young) cameo (Ep. 10)[43]
The Smile Has Left Your Eyes Yoo Jin-kang
2019 Abyss Female Alien "Grim Reaper" tvN cameo (Ep. 1)[44]
Be Melodramatic Seon-joo JTBC cameo (Ep. 16)[45]
2020 Soul Mechanic Han Woo-joo KBS2
2021 My Roommate Is a Gumiho Shin Woo-yeo's first love tvN cameo [46]
Monthly Magazine Home Na Young-won JTBC [37]
2022 Return tvN [47]

Radio program[edit]

Year Title Station Notes
2018–2019 Jung So-min's Young Street SBS Power FM DJ[32]

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes
2019 Little Forest SBS Cast Member [34]



Year Song Title Album Notes
2017 "Because You're Here" Because This Is My First Life OST [26]
2018 "Star" The Smile Has Left Your Eyes OST with Seo In-guk[29]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2010 2nd Korea Jewelry Awards Topaz Award N/A Won [48]
18th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Best New Actress for TV Bad Guy Won [49]
MBC Drama Awards Best New Actress Playful Kiss Nominated
2011 6th Asia Model Festival Awards New Star Award N/A Won [50]
2012 12th MBC Entertainment Awards Best Newcomer in a Comedy / Sitcom Standby Won [51]
2016 KBS Entertainment Awards Best Couple Award with Lee Kwang-soo The Sound of Your Heart Won [52]
KBS Drama Awards Best Actress in a One-Act/Special/Short Drama Drama SpecialRed Teacher Nominated
2017 1st The Seoul Awards Best Supporting Actress – Drama My Father is Strange Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama Nominated
Netizen Award, Actress Nominated
2018 13th Soompi Awards Actress of the Year Because This Is My First Life Nominated
Best Couple Award with Lee Min-ki Nominated
2019 14th Soompi Awards Actress of the Year The Smile Has Left Your Eyes Nominated
Best Couple Award with Seo In-guk Nominated
2020 34th KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Soul Mechanic Nominated


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