Kim Go-eun

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Kim Go-eun
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In June 2016
Born (1991-07-02) July 2, 1991 (age 25)
Seoul, South Korea
Education Kaywon High School of Arts, Seoul
Korea National University of Arts – Theater
Occupation Actress and Model
Years active 2012-present
Agent HODU&U Entertainment
Korean name
Hangul 김고은
Hanja
Revised Romanization Gim Go-eun
McCune–Reischauer Kim Ko-ŭn

Kim Go-eun (born July 2, 1991) is a South Korean actress. She debuted in the critically acclaimed film A Muse (2012) where she won several Best New Actress awards in South Korea. She next appeared in the crime thrillers Monster (2014), Coin Locker Girl (2015) and Memories of the Sword (2015). Kim then extended her filmography to television where she played leading roles in the tvN dramas Cheese in the Trap (2016) and Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (2016-2017).

Early life and education[edit]

In 1994 when she was four years old, Kim's family moved to Beijing, China and lived there for 10 years. Because she did not experience the fierce competition of the Korean early education system, director Jung Ji-woo gives credit to her upbringing, saying, "She is naturally curious and brave. She's strong in a sense that she isn't influenced easily. She doesn't do things just because everyone else does it."[1]

After watching Chen Kaige's Together many times, crying every time she saw it, Kim decided she wanted to become a filmmaker. But she was led to theater by chance. She entered the School of Drama at Korea National University of Arts.[2][3]

Career[edit]

2012: A Muse and critical acclaim[edit]

In 2012, Kim was catapulted from obscurity to the center of much media buzz when she was cast as Eun-gyo, a 17-year-old high school student who awakens the lust of two men, in A Muse.[4][5][6][7] Her performance swept the Best New Actress awards that year.

The 21-year-old had never appeared in a film or TV drama before, not even in a minor role; she had only previously acted in student productions or school plays. She met A Muse director Jung Ji-woo through a circle of friends and was not even aware that auditions for the film were being held. "I ended up having an audition after chatting with the director. There wasn't even any time for me to prepare," Kim recalled. She was chosen among some 300 actresses who auditioned for the part.[8] Apart from its provocative theme, the film featured two graphic sex scenes, which Kim admitted to feeling anxious and embarrassed about before filming, but when the cameras started, she said she became totally immersed in the character.[2] Jung said Kim grew up through the film, saying, "Her facial expressions in the last few scenes of the film are strikingly different from the ones in the beginning. I wanted to capture the moments when she realizes how precious she is to herself and to others," adding that she showed off qualities that can only be found in someone who is unaware of her own beauty and what she is capable of.[1]

Describing her feelings about her profession, Kim said, "When I stood on the stage for the first time, I was so nervous that I thought it would be so hard if I had to do this for the rest of my life. But from my second performance, I felt ecstatic, as if I had wings on my back, and I never wanted to step off the stage. I keep on acting because I want to hold on to that feeling."[2] Regarding her decision to limit her appearance in advertisements, she said, "I never thought about my image or potential endorsement deals when choosing the next film project. What worries me is what impact my appearance in commercials would have on my roles."[9]

2013-2015: Hiatus and return to film[edit]

Despite many offers following A Muse, Kim decided to take a break from acting for two years, going back to college to complete her degree. She returned to the screen in 2014, showcasing her versatility in the thriller Monster where she played a developmentally disabled woman whose younger sister is murdered by a ruthless serial killer; her grief and rage drives her almost psychotic, and she plans her revenge.[10][11][12][13]

In 2015, she and Kim Hye-soo were cast in Coin Locker Girl, a female-driven thriller based on 1980 Japanese novel Coin Locker Babies, about a baby girl abandoned in a coin-operated locker at a train station and raised by a loan shark enterprise madam, eventually grooming her for a position in the latter's organization. She along with the Director and some of the cast were invited to the Festival de Cannes 2015 for this film, her first time there[14] Kim next starred in martial arts period drama Memories of the Sword, in which she acted opposite her longtime role model, actress Jeon Do-yeon.[15][16][17] This was followed by The Advocate: A Missing Body, where she played an aggressive prosecutor.[18]

This was followed by a starring role in Canola, a family-themed movie about a reunion between a girl and her grandmother

2016-present: Television debut and rising popularity[edit]

Kim made her television debut in the cable series Cheese in the Trap, based on the webtoon of the same title.[19][20][21] She also contributed her vocals in the track "Attraction" by Tearliner for the drama's OST.[22]

Kim won the Paeksang Arts Award for Best New Actress Television for her performance. Later in 2016 she did her second drama and co-starred in Kim Eun-sook's fantasy drama Guardian: The Lonely and Great God.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
2012 A Muse Han Eun-kyo
Yeonga (short film)[23][24] Yung-ah
2013 Neverdie Butterfly Moon Soo-yeon
2014 Monster Bok-soon
2015 Coin Locker Girl Il-young
Memories of the Sword Seol-hee
The Advocate: A Missing Body Jin Sun-mi
2016 Canola Hye-ji

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2016 Cheese in the Trap Hong Seol tvN
2016-2017 Guardian: The Lonely and Great God Ji Eun-tak tvN

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2016 Entertainment Weekly KBS2 guest
2016 Happy Together guest, episode 449

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2012 8th Jecheon International Music & Film Festival[25][26] Moët Rising Star Award
A Muse
Won
21st Buil Film Awards[27] Best New Actress Won
32nd Korean Association of Film Critics Awards[28][29] Won
49th Grand Bell Awards[30][31] Best Actress Nominated
Best New Actress Won
33rd Blue Dragon Film Awards[32][33] Won
2nd Beautiful Artist Awards[34]
(Shin Young-kyun Arts and Culture Foundation)
New Artist Award Won
13th Busan Film Critics Awards Best New Actress Won
2013 4th KOFRA Film Awards[35] Won
49th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (Film) Nominated
12th New York Asian Film Festival[36][37] Star Asia Rising Star Award Won
2015 19th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival[38] Fantasia Award
Coin Locker Girl
Won
24th Buil Film Awards Best Actress Nominated
2016 52nd Paeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (Television)
Cheese in the Trap
Won
Most Popular Actress (Television) Nominated
5th APAN Star Awards Best New Actress Nominated
Style Icon Awards Amazing Rising Star
Herself
Won
2017 53rd Baeksang Arts Awards[39] Best Actress (Television)
Guardian: The Lonely and Great God
Nominated

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c "Unknown Starlet Gets Big Break as Korean Lolita". The Chosun Ilbo. 21 April 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  3. ^ "Stars from Korea National University of Arts". Hancinema. 17 May 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  4. ^ Lee, Claire (27 March 2012). "Park Hae-il back on the big screen as poet". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  5. ^ "Eun-Gyo heroine Kim Ko-eun's big smile". Asia Today. 28 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  6. ^ Jang, Seong-ran (2 April 2012). '은교' 김고은 "지킬 수 없는 약속은 안 해요". Movieweek (in Korean). Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  7. ^ Jang, Seong-ran (13 April 2012). '은교' 김고은 "솔직한 게 맞잖아요". Movieweek (in Korean). Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
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  11. ^ Song, Soon-jin (24 February 2014). "Press Conference Held for MONSTER: Actor Transformations Front and Center". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
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  14. ^ Conran, Pierce (14 May 2014). "KIM Hye-soo and KIM Go-eun Team Up for COIN LOCKER GIRL". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
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  19. ^ Ko, Ji-seon (28 July 2015). "Kim Go-eun to star in Cheese in the Trap". K-pop Herald. Retrieved 2015-07-29. 
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  22. ^ "Kim Go Eun sings an OST for her drama 'Cheese in the Trap'". allkpop.com. 2016-02-29. Retrieved 2016-12-12. 
  23. ^ "영아 Yeonga". IndieForum. 14 May 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  24. ^ "영아 Yeonga". Daegu Independent Short Film Festival. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
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  27. ^ 김고은, '그물에 잡힌 가녀린 각선미' (부일영화상). TV Report (in Korean). 5 October 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
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  29. ^ '영평 신인상' 김고은 "믿음으로 지켜봐준 부모님께 감사하다". TV Report (in Korean). 7 November 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  30. ^ Lee, Claire (30 October 2012). "Gwanghae sweeps Daejong Film Awards". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  31. ^ 김고은 대종상 신인여우상 "박해일 김무열에 감사하다". Newsen (in Korean). 30 October 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  32. ^ Ji, Yong-jin (4 December 2012). "PIETA Wins Best Picture at Blue Dragon Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  33. ^ 제33회 청룡영화상: 신인여우상 김고은 "초심 잃지 않겠다". Blue Dragon Film Awards (in Korean). 30 November 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  34. ^ Ji, Yong-jin (28 November 2012). "KIM Ki-duk Scores Another Brilliant Achievement". Korean Film op Zone. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  35. ^ Ji, Yong-jin (1 February 2013). "PIETA Regarded as the Best Film in 2012 by Reporters". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  36. ^ Conran, Pierce (12 June 2013). "KIM Ko-eun Honored by NYAFF This Summer". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  37. ^ "Actress Kim Go-eun Feted as Rising New Star in New York". The Chosun Ilbo. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  38. ^ Conran, Pierce (10 July 2015). "LEE Min-ho and MOON Chae-won to Receive BiFan Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2015-07-10. 
  39. ^ http://isplus.live.joins.com/100sang/Candidate/c_sub1.aspx?tp=1&nr=53&pidx=1809

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