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 25)
Seoul, South Korea
Education Dongguk University
Occupation Actress
Years active 2008–present
Agent King Kong by Starship
Height 1.64 m (5 ft 4 12 in)
Kim Ji-won
Hangul 김지원
Hanja 金智媛[1]
Revised Romanization Gim Ji-won
McCune–Reischauer Kim 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 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]



Year Title Role Notes
2011 Romantic Heaven Choi Mi-mi
2012 Horror Stories Kim Ji-won segment: "Beginning"
2013 Horror Stories 2 Sa Tan-hee segment: "The Escape"[25]
2018 Detective K: Secret of the Living Dead Wol-young

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2008 Mrs. Saigon Hye-ryeon KNN
2011 High Kick: Revenge of the Short Legged Kim Ji-won MBC
What's Up Park Tae-yi MBN
2012 To the Beautiful You Seol Han-na SBS
2013 The Heirs Rachel Yoo
Waiting for Love Choi Sae-rom KBS2 [26]
2014 Drama Special: The Reason I'm Getting Married Kim Ji-young Cameo[27]
Gap-dong Ma Ji-wool tvN
2015 Hidden Identity Min Tae-hee Cameo[28]
2016 Descendants of the Sun Yoon Myung-ju KBS2
2017 Fight for My Way Choi Ae-ra
2018 Mr. Sunshine tvN Cameo[29]

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2014 One Sunny Day The Girl Line TV


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

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Title Artist
2008 "Gossip Boy" Younha[31]
2012 "Until the Sun Rises" Baek Seung-heon[32]


Year Song Title Album Notes
2010 "Pick A Star From The Sky" OranC Commercial[33]
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 [34]
Best Couple Award (with Jin Goo) Nominated
1st Asia Artist Awards Best Celebrity Award, Actress Won [35]
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 [36]
Best New Actress Won
Best Couple (with Jin Goo) Won
2017 1st Elle Style Awards (Korea) Young Icon Award N/A Won [37]
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 54th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress Nominated [39]


  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 |archive-url= requires |archive-date= (help). 
  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. ^ "Return of Horror Film Geniuses, HORROR STORIES 2". Korean Film Biz Zone. May 13, 2013. 
  26. ^ <ⓒ “텐아시아” 무단전재 재배포금지> (July 22, 2013). "김지원, 드라마 '연애를 기대해' 합류… 보아 최다니엘과 호흡 | 텐아시아". TenAsia (in Korean). Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  27. ^ "KBS 드라마스페셜 단막 2014 '내가 결혼하는 이유' 김지원 깜짝 카메오, '상속자들' 유라헬이 드라마스페셜에!박희본의 털털한 여동생 지영 역, 김지원 "드라마스페셜 본방사수 부탁드려요"". In Daily (in Korean). March 20, 2014. Archived from the original on April 13, 2015. 
  28. ^ "김지원, '신분을 숨겨라' 특별출연…김범 연인 役" [Kim Ji-won special appearance in 'Hidden Identity' as Kim Bum's lover] (in Korean). OSEN. June 10, 2015. 
  29. ^ "Goo-Won couple to cameo in 'Mister Sunshine'". Kpop Herald. January 12, 2018. 
  30. ^ "박보검·김지원·전현무, 2016 KBS 연기대상 MC". Dispatch (in Korean). December 8, 2016. 
  31. ^ Younha – Gossip Boy MV on YouTube (Official). 1theK. (in Korean)
  32. ^ Baek Seung Heon – Til the Sun rises (Teaser) on YouTube (Official). 1theK. (in Korean)
  33. ^ Kang Soo-jin (July 21, 2010). "오란씨걸 김지원 승승장구! 한달사이 50~60여개 러브콜 쏟아져". Sports Kyunghyang (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-05-17. 
  34. ^ "[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. 
  35. ^ "'AAA' 조진웅∙엑소 대상…방탄소년단∙박보검∙윤아 2관왕 [종합]". TV Daily (in Korean). November 16, 2016. 
  36. ^ "[2016KBS연기대상] 대상은 '태양의후예' 송중기·송혜교, 다관왕은 '구르미'(종합)" [2016 KBS Drama Awards Winners]. eToday (in Korean). January 1, 2017. 
  37. ^ "[BZ포토] 김지원, 샤방샤방 핑크빛 미모". MK (in Korean). November 2, 2017. 
  38. ^ "KBS Drama Awards 2017: Kim Young Chul, Chun Ho Jin share grand prize; complete winners list". International Business Times. January 1, 2018. 
  39. ^ "54th Baeksang Arts Awards 2018 : Most Popular Actress Nominees List". Hancinema. April 16, 2018. 

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