Kim Ji-won (actress)

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Kim Ji-won
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Kim in 2019
Born (1992-10-19) October 19, 1992 (age 28)
Geumcheon-gu, Seoul, South Korea
EducationDongguk University
OccupationActress
Years active2010–present
Agent
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised RomanizationGim Ji-won
McCune–ReischauerKim Chiwŏn

Kim Ji-won (Korean김지원; Hanja金智媛; born October 19, 1992) is a South Korean actress.[1] She gained attention through her roles in television series The Heirs (2013), Descendants of the Sun (2016), Fight for My Way (2017) and Arthdal Chronicles (2019).

The success of Kim's television dramas throughout Asia established her as a Hallyu star.[2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Kim Ji won was born on October 19, 1992 in Seoul and has an elder sister who is two years older than her. After graduating from Paekahm High School, she pursued her studies in drama in Dongguk University.[1]

Career[edit]

2008–2012: Beginnings[edit]

Kim was trained in singing and acting but chose to pursue the latter. She was a background vocalist for the singer Younha and appeared in her music video "Gossip Boy" in 2008 with the stage name "JessicaK".[4][5] She rose to fame by appearing in commercials, and became known as the "Oran C Girl" and "Lollipop Girl".[6][7] She was also called Little Kim Tae-hee due to her resemblance to the actress.[8][9] Kim made her acting debut in the drama Mrs. Saigon.[4]

Kim first gained attention after starring in the 2011 sitcom High Kick: Revenge of the Short Legged.[10] She was then cast in her first major television role in the musical drama What's Up[11] and made her film debut in the romance omnibus film Romantic Heaven.[12] Kim then starred in the high school drama To the Beautiful You[13][14] and headlined the horror film Horror Stories.[15] Kim also appeared in Baek Seung Heon's debut music video "Till the Sun Rises" alongside JYJ's Kim Jae-joong.[16]

2013–2016: Rising popularity and breakthrough[edit]

In 2013, Kim starred as one of the lead roles in the KBS Drama special Waiting for Love, about how four different youths with different views toward love start seeing each other.[17][18] The same year Kim co-starred in teen drama The Heirs, wherein she played a chic and haughty heiress.[19][20] The drama's popularity raised Kim's profile,[3] and won her the New Star Award at the SBS Drama Awards.[21]

In 2014, Kim starred in the crime thriller Gap-dong as a high school student and a webtoon artist.[22] The same year, she played a supporting role in the KBS Drama special The Reason I'm Getting Married.[23] In December 2014, Kim signed an exclusive contract with King Kong Entertainment.[24]

In 2015, Kim starred alongside So Ji-sub in the romance web series One Sunny Day in 2015.[25] The same year, Kim made a cameo appearance in TVN drama Hidden Identity as Kim Bum's girlfriend.[26]

In 2016, Kim co-starred in KBS2's military romance drama Descendants of the Sun, playing an army surgeon.[27] The drama was a pan-Asia hit, and its success brought Kim further recognition outside Korea.[28][29][30] She hosted the year end KBS Drama Awards with Park Bo-gum and Jun Hyun-moo, where she won the Excellence Award.[31][32] Kim also won the Best Supporting Actress award at the APAN Star Awards.[33]

2017–present: Leading roles[edit]

In 2017, Kim was cast in her first leading role in KBS2's romance comedy drama, Fight for My Way alongside Park Seo-joon; as a department store employee at the information desk but dreams of becoming an announcer.[34][35] The series was a success and solidified Kim's status as leading actress.[36][37] Kim once again won the Excellence Award at the KBS Drama Awards.[38]

In 2018, she starred in her first period role in the third installment of the Detective K film series, Detective K: Secret of the Living Dead. She plays the role of a mysterious lady who loses her memory and joins the investigation.[39] Kim, along with her Descendants of the Sun co-star Jin Goo made a cameo appearance in the historical drama Mr.Sunshine by Kim Eun-sook.[40]

In 2019, Kim played the role of Tanya, who is the head of Wahan tribe and Song Joong-ki's love interest in the historical fantasy drama Arthdal Chronicles.[41][42] The drama serves as a reunion project for Song and Kim, who both starred in the 2016 hit drama Descendants of the Sun.[43]

In February 2020, Kim signed with new agency S.A.L.T Entertainment.[44][45] In September, she was confirmed to appear in multi-season web series City Couple's Way of Love of Kakao TV, which will depict the real love stories of young people who live fiercely with "another me" in a complex city. The first series Lovestruck in the City was on air on December 22, 2020 and was available for streaming on Netflix.[46]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2011 Romantic Heaven Choi Mi-mi [12]
2012 Horror Stories Kim Ji-won segment: "Beginning" [15]
2013 Horror Stories 2 Sa Tan-hee segment: "The Escape" [47]
2018 Detective K: Secret of the Living Dead Wol-young / Crown Princess [39]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref.
2008 Mrs. Saigon Hye-ryeon KNN
2011 High Kick: Revenge of the Short Legged Kim Ji-won MBC [10]
What's Up Park Tae-yi MBN [11]
2012 To the Beautiful You Seol Han-na SBS [14]
2013 The Heirs Rachel Yoo [19]
Waiting for Love Choi Sae-rom KBS2 [48]
2014 Drama Special Kim Ji-young Episode: "The Reason I'm Getting Married" [49]
Gap-dong Ma Ji-wool tvN [50]
2015 Hidden Identity Min Tae-hee Cameo (Eps. 1–2, 9–10) [51]
2016 Descendants of the Sun Yoon Myung-joo KBS2 [27]
2017 Fight for My Way Choi Ae-ra [34]
2018 Mr. Sunshine Hui-jin tvN Cameo (Ep. 1) [40]
2019 Arthdal Chronicles Tan-ya [41][52]
2020–21 Lovestruck in the City Lee Eun-oh / Yoon Seon-a KakaoTV [53]

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Ref.
2014 One Sunny Day The Girl (Kim Ji-ho) Line TV [25]

Hosting[edit]

Year Title Network Notes Ref.
2016 30th KBS Drama Awards KBS2 With Jun Hyun-moo and Park Bo-gum [54]

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Title Artist Video
2008 "Gossip Boy" Younha [55]
2012 "Until the Sun Rises" Baek Seung-heon [56]

Discography[edit]

Year Song Title Album Notes
2010 "Pick A Star From The Sky" OranC Commercial[57]
2011 "Over The Rainbow" High Kick: Revenge of the Short Legged OST
2012 "Might Gonna" What's Up OST (Japan Edition) with Jo Jung-suk & Yang Jiwon

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2013 21st SBS Drama Awards New Star Award The Heirs Won [21]
2014 2nd Asia Rainbow TV Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2016 5th APAN Star Awards Descendants of the Sun Won [33]
Best Couple Award (with Jin Goo) Nominated
1st Asia Artist Awards Best Celebrity Award, Actress Won [58]
30th KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Won [32]
Best New Actress Won
Best Couple (with Jin Goo) Won
Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards Asia Popular Artist Award N/A Nominated
2017 1st Elle Style Awards (Korea) Young Icon Award Won [59]
31st KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Fight for My Way Nominated [38]
Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Won
Netizen Award – Female Won
Best Couple (with Park Seo-joon) Won
2018 KBS WORLD Global Fan Awards Best Couple (with Park Seo-joon) Won [60]
2019 12th Korea Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress Arthdal Chronicles Nominated [61]

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