Kim Ji-won (actress)

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Kim Ji-won
170807 김지원 (cropped).jpg
In August 2017.
Born (1992-10-19) October 19, 1992 (age 26)
Seoul, South Korea
EducationDongguk University
Years active2008–present
AgentKing Kong by Starship
Kim Ji-won
Revised RomanizationGim Ji-won
McCune–ReischauerKim Chiwŏn

Kim Ji-won (Hangul김지원; born October 19, 1992) is a South Korean actress.[2] She gained attention through her roles in television series The Heirs (2013), Descendants of the Sun (2016) and Fight for My Way (2017).


2008–2012: Beginnings[edit]

Kim entered the entertainment industry in 2008 by appearing in commercials, and became known as the "Oran C Girl" and "Lollipop Girl".[3][4] She made her acting debut in the drama Mrs. Saigon.

Kim first gained attention after starring in the 2011 sitcom High Kick: Revenge of the Short Legged.[5] She was then cast in her first major television role in the musical drama What's Up;[6] and made her film debut in the romance omnibus film Romantic Heaven.[7] Kim then starred in the high school drama To the Beautiful You[8][9] and headlined the horror film Horror Stories.[10]

2013–2016: Rising popularity and breakthrough[edit]

In 2013, Kim co-starred in teen drama The Heirs, wherein she played a chic and haughty heiress.[11][12] The drama's popularity raised Kim's profile and won her the "New Star Award" at the SBS Drama Awards.[13][14]

In 2014, she starred in the crime thriller Gap-dong.[15] In December 2014, Kim signed an exclusive contract with King Kong Entertainment.[16] She then starred alongside So Ji-sub in the web series One Sunny Day in 2015.[17]

In 2016, Kim co-starred in KBS2's pan-Asia hit drama Descendants of the Sun, playing an army surgeon.[18] The drama's success brought Kim further recognition outside Korea.[19][20]

2017–present: Leading roles[edit]

In 2017, Kim was cast in her first leading role in KBS2's romance drama, Fight for My Way alongside Park Seo-joon.[21] The series was a success and solidified Kim's status as leading actress.[22][23]

In 2018, she played her first period role in the third installment of the Detective K film series, Detective K: Secret of the Living Dead.[24]

In 2019, Kim is set to star in the historical fantasy drama Asadal Chronicles.[25]



Year Song Title Album Notes
2010 "Pick A Star From The Sky" OranC Commercial[26]
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 [14]
2014 2nd Asia Rainbow TV Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2016 5th APAN Star Awards Descendants of the Sun Won [27]
Best Couple Award (with Jin Goo) Nominated
1st Asia Artist Awards Best Celebrity Award, Actress Won [28]
Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards Asia Popular Artist Award N/A Nominated
30th KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Descendants of the Sun Won [29]
Best New Actress Won
Best Couple (with Jin Goo) Won
2017 1st Elle Style Awards (Korea) Young Icon Award N/A Won [30]
31st KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Fight for My Way Nominated [31]
Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Won
Netizen Award – Female Won
Best Couple (with Park Seo-joon) Won
2018 KBS WORLD Global Fan Awards Won [32]


  1. ^ "김지원│My name is..." Nate (in Korean). TenAsia. November 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "[INTERVIEW] Actress Kim Ji-won". 10Asia. November 9, 2010.
  3. ^ "신예 김지원, '롤리팝걸' '오란씨걸' '원빈여친' 다양한 별명 '화제'". OSEN (in Korean). February 25, 2011.
  4. ^ "'쌈' 김지원 "애라만큼 애교 없지만 동만같은 남사친 있었으면"" ["'Ssam' Kim Ji-won": I do not have as much charm as Anna]. Yonhap News Agency (in Korean). July 27, 2017.
  5. ^ ""열혈 시청 '하이킥'에 출연..꿈만같아"". Yonhap News Agency (in Korean). November 16, 2011.
  6. ^ "'왓츠업' 김지원, 국보급 '길치소녀' 빵 터져". The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). December 5, 2011.
  7. ^ "'오란씨걸' 김지원, "장진 감독 선택 꿈만 같아요." :: 네이버 TV연예". Sports Chosun (in Korean). July 3, 2011.
  8. ^ "Interview with 4 main cast members of "For You in Full Blossoms"". 10Asia. August 31, 2012.
  9. ^ "Kim Ji Won Flaunts her Feminine Charms on ′To the Beautiful You′". enewsWorld. August 28, 2012.
  10. ^ "[PREVIEW] "Horror Stories": Return of authentic Korean horror film". TenAsia. July 20, 2012.
  11. ^ "Kim Ji Won Enjoys Working with Flower Boys Everywhere". enewsWorld. November 23, 2013. Archived from the original on February 9, 2017.
  12. ^ "Kim Ji-won on Playing the Woman Viewers Love to Hate". The Chosun Ilbo. January 8, 2014.
  13. ^ "Hallyu booming again in China, bigger than ever". Korea JoongAng Daily. March 14, 2014. Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  14. ^ a b Cory Lee (January 2, 2014). "Lee Bo-young Grabs 1st Top Prize at the 2013 SBS Drama Awards". TenAsia.
  15. ^ "Kim Ji Won Wants to Change Her Evil Image from 'The Heirs'". enewsWorld. April 14, 2014. Archived from the original on September 10, 2017.
  16. ^ "오란씨걸' 김지원, 유연석 이광수와 한솥밥…킹콩엔터테인먼트 계약" ['Kim Ji Won signs with King Kong Entertainment']. TenAsia (in Korean). December 12, 2014.
  17. ^ "소지섭·김지원, 웹드라마 '좋은 날'서 호흡" [Kim Ji-won confirmed her role in One Sunny Day]. OSEN (in Korean). November 10, 2014.
  18. ^ "Actors chosen for 'Sun's Descendant'". Korea JoongAng Daily. April 3, 2015.
  19. ^ "(Yonhap Interview) 'Descendants of the Sun' actress: In expressing love, nothing is 'too much'". Yonhap News Agency. March 23, 2016.
  20. ^ "Kim Ji-won Gains Leverage from Hit TV Soap". The Chosun Ilbo. April 2, 2016.
  21. ^ "'Ssam My Way' to star actors Park and Kim". Korea JoongAng Daily. February 25, 2017.
  22. ^ "Kim Ji-won Looks Forward to New Challenge in Upcoming Project". The Chosun Ilbo. July 29, 2017.
  23. ^ "[INTERVIEW] Kim Ji-won finds another success with 'Fight for My Way'". The Korea Times. July 31, 2017.
  24. ^ "Actress Kim Ji-won Tackles 1st Period Role in Her Latest Film". The Chosun Ilbo. February 3, 2018.
  25. ^ Sung Ji-eun (July 20, 2018). "Star-studded cast of tvN drama revealed". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  26. ^ Kang Soo-jin (July 21, 2010). "오란씨걸 김지원 승승장구! 한달사이 50~60여개 러브콜 쏟아져". Sports Kyunghyang (in Korean). Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  27. ^ "[2016 APAN] 송중기, 생애 첫 대상 해냈다…조진웅 최우수상 (종합)" [Winners Announced For The 2016 APAN Star Awards]. My Daily (in Korean). October 2, 2016.
  28. ^ "'AAA' 조진웅∙엑소 대상…방탄소년단∙박보검∙윤아 2관왕 [종합]". TV Daily (in Korean). November 16, 2016.
  29. ^ "[2016KBS연기대상] 대상은 '태양의후예' 송중기·송혜교, 다관왕은 '구르미'(종합)" [2016 KBS Drama Awards Winners]. eToday (in Korean). January 1, 2017.
  30. ^ "[BZ포토] 김지원, 샤방샤방 핑크빛 미모". MK (in Korean). November 2, 2017.
  31. ^ "KBS Drama Awards 2017: Kim Young Chul, Chun Ho Jin share grand prize; complete winners list". International Business Times. January 1, 2018.
  32. ^ "2018 KBS WORLD GLOBAL FAN AWARDS". KBS WORLD. July 2, 2018.

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