Kim Jaewon

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Kim Jaewon
Kim Jaewon at the 20th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards.jpg
Born (1981-02-18) 18 February 1981 (age 41)
EducationSangmyung University - Theater and Film
Hanyang University Graduate School of International Tourism
  • Actor
  • MC
Years active2001–present
Agent(s)Flabison Entertainment
SpousePark Seo-yeon (m. 2013)
ChildrenKim Yijun (born 2013)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Jae-won
McCune–ReischauerKim Chae-wŏn

Kim Jaewon[1] (born 18 February 1981) is a South Korean actor. He is best known for the television dramas Romance (2002), Listen to My Heart (2011), May Queen (2012), and The Scandal (2013).


Kim Jaewon made his acting debut in 2001 in the sitcom Honey Honey. He rose to stardom a year later when he played a high school senior who falls for his teacher (played by Kim Ha-neul) in 2002 hit drama Romance.[2] Rival (with So Yoo-jin) and My Love Patzzi (with Jang Na-ra and Kim Rae-won) further raised his profile.

He reunited with Rival costar Kim Min-jung in Land of Wine (2003), where they played a young couple trying to revive traditional liquor amidst a family feud.[3] Then in 2004, he starred opposite Sun Feifei in Beijing My Love, a South Korean-Chinese co-production which was shot 80% in China.[4] He also appeared in the romantic comedy film 100 Days with Mr. Arrogant, followed by a supporting role in My 19 Year Old Sister-in-Law.

In Wonderful Life (2005), Kim's character deals with the consequences of a one-night stand in Singapore that leads to young marriage (to Eugene) and fatherhood. After playing a third-rate gangster who inherits a kindergarten and falls for a teacher (played by Han Ji-min) in Great Inheritance (2006), Kim was cast in his first period drama role as a nobleman romantically involved with a gisaeng in Hwang Jini (previous Mr. Arrogant costar Ha Ji-won played the title role). With his Korean Wave appeal, Kim then filmed the Chinese television drama First Love, which aired on CCTV in 2008.

Kim enlisted on March 23, 2009 to fulfill his mandatory military service, and was assigned to the Defense Media Agency.[5] He was discharged on January 24, 2011.[6][7]

As his acting comeback, Kim joined the cast of Listen to My Heart, for which he received praise for his portrayal of a deaf man.[8][9] He and costar Hwang Jung-eum were later given recognition at the year-end MBC Drama Awards.[10]

In fall 2011, Kim signed on to star in Me Too, Flower! opposite Lee Ji-ah.[11][12] But on the first day of filming on October 4, he was injured when the moped he was riding malfunctioned and accidentally accelerated.[13][14] After being diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder, bone fracture and torn ligaments and cartilage, he withdrew from the drama and was replaced by Yoon Shi-yoon.[15][16][17] Kim cancelled all entertainment activities for ten months and underwent rehabilitation under Dr. Na Young-mu (well known as the doctor of figure skater Yuna Kim),[18][19] eventually making a full recovery.[20]

In 2012, Kim returned to the small screen opposite Han Ji-hye in May Queen, which depicts the success stories of people in the shipbuilding industry.[21][22] He later won the Top Excellence Award in a Serial Drama at the MBC Drama Awards (he also hosted the ceremony).[23] Kim was also the MC of Get It Beauty HOMME, a "beauty guide for men" on cable channel OnStyle.[24][25]

Though he initially became popular due to his fair skin and beaming smile (which earned the actor the somewhat feminine nickname of "smiling angel" among fans), in recent years Kim has cultivated an image as a tough guy. This physicality was showcased in his next drama, The Scandal (2013), where he played a detective who discovers that the man he considers his father had kidnapped him as a child from his biological family.[26]

In 2014, Kim joined Four Sons and One Daughter, a reality show with four male celebrities and one female guest star who form a family while living with fake parents in the countryside.[27][28] He also began hosting the current affairs program The Real Story Eye, which reconstructs cases to uncover the facts beneath rumors and speculation.[29] Later that year, he signed with a new talent agency, Will Entertainment.

Kim returned to period dramas in 2015 with Splendid Politics, playing a villainous King Injo.[30]

In "God's Quiz: Reboot", he played the role of a lunatic Hyeon Sang-pil, continuing a diverse and wide acting transformation.

In 2020, he established a one-man entertainment agency with his manager, who he has been working with for 20 years. The company is based on trust and people.

Personal life[edit]

Kim married Park Seo-yeon (who was three months pregnant at the time) on June 28, 2013 at Raum Wedding Hall in Yeoksam-dong, Seoul.[31] The couple were childhood friends who began dating in October 2012.[32][33][34][35] Park is the daughter of the head of an advertising agency, and she works in management at a modeling agency.[36] Their son Yi-jun, nicknamed "Heaven," was born in December 2013.[37][38] Yi-jun appeared on camera for the first time when his father made a guest appearance on Stars' Top Recipe at Fun-Staurant.


Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2001 Honey Honey Kim Jae-won SBS
You say it’s Love, but I think it’s Desire Han Seung-jae
Wuri's Family Han Wu-ri MBC
2002 Romance Choi Kwan-woo
Rival Kang Woo-hyuk SBS
My Love Patzzi Kang Seung-joon MBC
2003 Land of Wine Seo Jun SBS
2004 Beijing My Love Na Min Kook KBS
My 19 Year Old Sister-in-Law Kang Min-jae SBS
2005 Wonderful Life Han Seung-wan MBC
2006 Great Inheritance Kang Hyun-se KBS
Hwang Jini Kim Jung-han
2008 First Love Zhang Sheng/Jean Wu CCTV
2011 Listen to My Heart Cha Dong-joo MBC
2012 May Queen Kang San/Ryan Gass Kang
2013 The Scandal Ha Eun-joong
2015 Splendid Politics Prince Neungyang
2016 Father, I'll Take Care of You Lee Hyun-woo
2018 Let Me Introduce Her[39] Han Kang-woo SBS
Quiz of God - Season 5: Reboot[40] Hyeon Sang-pil OCN


Year Title Role
2004 100 Days with Mr. Arrogant Ahn Hyung-jun
2007 Agent J Bodyguard S

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network
2002 Inkigayo SBS
2012 Get It Beauty HOMME OnStyle
Survival (Special Documentary's Narrator) MBC
2014 Four Sons and One Daughter
2014–2017 The Real Story Eye
2017–2018 Magic Control TV Chosun
2020–present Stars' Top Recipe at Fun-Staurant KBS2

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song title Artist Country
2001 "Thank her - S#1. Bus Stop" Lee Soo-young South Korea
"Thank her - S#2. Fantasy"
"Thank her - S#3. Cafe"
2002 "Silent Goodbye" Leeds
2005 "함께 있음을" Ditto & Sympathy 2 compilation
2007 "Agent J" Jolin Tsai Taiwan
2011 "초연" Kan Jong-wook South Korea
2014 "Talk about love" V.A.


Single albums[edit]

Title Album details Track listing
Onaji Sora no Shita (同じ空に下)
  • Released: July 23, 2008
  • Label: 中之島レーベル
  • Format: CD
Track listing

  1. Promise~同じ空に下~
  2. I Miss You
  3. Promise~同じ空の下~ (Korean)
  4. I Miss You (Korean)
  5. Promise~同じ空の下~ (Instrumental)
  6. I Miss You (Instrumental)
Stay in the Moment
Track listing

  1. My Woman
  2. My Woman (Instrumental)


Year Artist Song title Album
2014 V.A. "Talk about love" Relief Project of W-Foundation

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2002 18th Korea Best Dresser Awards Best Dressed, TV actor category Won
MBC Drama Awards Best New Actor Romance Won
Popularity Award Won
SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Rival Won
Popularity Award Won
SBSi Award Won
Top 10 Stars Won
2005 1st China Drama Billboard Awards Most Popular Foreign Actor Beijing My Love Won
2010 4th Korea Cable TV Broadcasting Awards Star of the Year Award Won
2011 Jaekyung Ilbo's 2011 Star of the Year Best Actor Listen to My Heart Won
4th Korea Drama Awards Best Actor Nominated
MBC Drama Awards[10] Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Won
Popularity Award, Actor Won
Best Couple Award Nominated
2012 20th Korea Cultural Entertainment Awards Hallyu Star Award[41] May Queen Won
Best Actor Award, Drama[42] Nominated
MBC Drama Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Won
Popularity Award, Actor Nominated
2013 MBC Drama Awards[43] Grand Prize (Daesang) The Scandal Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Project Drama Won
Popularity Award, Actor Nominated
Best Couple Award Nominated
2014 9th Seoul International Drama Awards Outstanding Korean Actor Nominated
50th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular - Actor (TV Drama) Nominated
2015 MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Project Drama Splendid Politics Nominated
23rd Korea Cultural Entertainment Awards [44] Best Actor Award, Drama Won
2018 SBS Drama Awards[45] Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Daily and Weekend Drama Let Me Introduce Her Won
2020 18th KBS Entertainment Awards[46] Rookie Award in Reality Category Stars' Top Recipe at Fun-Staurant Won


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