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Kim Sae-ron
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At Incheon Sky Festival, September 2016
Born (2000-07-31) July 31, 2000 (age 16)
Seoul, South Korea
Occupation Actress
Years active 2009–present

Fantagio (2009-2015)

YG Entertainment
Korean name
Hangul 김새론
Hanja 金賽綸
Revised Romanization Gim Sae-ron
McCune–Reischauer Kim Sae-ron

Kim Sae-ron (born July 31, 2000) is a South Korean actress. She began her career when she was nine years old and became a popular child star through the films A Brand New Life (2009) and The Man From Nowhere (2010). As Kim reached her teenage years, she was cast in more leading roles, notably in the film A Girl at My Door (2014). She has also starred in television drama series, including Can You Hear My Heart (2011), The Queen's Classroom (2013) and Hi! School-Love On (2014). Her first adult lead role was in the television drama Mirror of the Witch (2016).

Early life and education[edit]

Kim has two younger sisters, Ah-ron and Ye-ron, who are also actresses.[1][2] She attended Miyang Elementary School in Seoul,[1] and graduated from Yang-il Middle School in Ilsan in February 2016. She then began attending School of Performing Arts Seoul.[3]


2009-2014: Beginnings as a child actress[edit]

Kim's first acting role was in the 2009 film A Brand New Life, directed by the French-Korean filmmaker Ounie Lecomte and loosely based on her life. Kim played the main character, a nine-year-old girl named Jin-hee, who is abandoned by her father at an orphanage after he remarries, and is later adopted by a French couple. Kim attended the Cannes Film Festival when the film was shown there in a special screening, becoming the youngest actress to be invited to the festival.[4][5][6] She then co-starred with Won Bin in The Man From Nowhere, which was the highest grossing film in South Korea in 2010.[7] She played Jung So-mi, the daughter of a heroin addict who is kidnapped by an organized crime ring.[8] During filming, she was only allowed to watch her own scenes on the monitor.[1] Kim won several awards for her first two roles, including Best New Actress at the Korean Film Awards and Buil Film Awards.[9][10]

In February 2014

In 2011, Kim was in another crime film, I Am a Dad, playing the daughter of Kim Seung-woo.[11] She had her first television role in the drama series Can You Hear My Heart?, playing the younger version of Hwang Jung-eum's character. She appeared in the first four episodes, and her performance was praised by TV critics.[2] Her next role was in the drama film Barbie (ko), alongside her sister Ah-ron. The film is about international adoption, and was the first Korean film to win Best Film at the Giffoni International Film Festival in 2012.[2][12] Kim then had a dual role in the thriller film The Neighbor, playing a murder victim and the serial killer's next target.[2] In 2013, she played a student in the television drama The Queen's Classroom, which won her a Best Young Actress Award at the 2013 MBC Drama Awards (shared with three fellow cast members).[13]

In a 2014 interview, Kim's manager said Kim had "a great eye for good scripts which made it possible for her to choose her own projects at a very young age". Kim also stated that she never had difficulty accepting difficult roles and was able to slowly immerse herself in the characters.[11] Her first role of the year was in the documentary-drama film Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits, reenacting the teenage version of shamanist Kim Geum-hwa.[14] She then played a victim of bullying and domestic violence in the film A Girl at My Door.[15] She accepted the role because she liked the script was attracted to the character. Kim attended the Cannes Film Festival for the second time when the film premiered there as an Un Certain Regard official selection.[6][16] Her performance was praised by critics—Variety called it "mesmerizing" and Twitch Film noted she had shown more layers and depth compared to her previous roles.[17][18] She was nominated for many awards, winning Best New Actress at the 35th Blue Dragon Film Awards and Golden Cinematography Awards (ko).[19] Also in 2014, she starred in the teen fantasy-romance television series Hi! School: Love On as an angel who becomes human, and the thriller film Manhole, playing a hearing impaired girl who is kidnapped by a serial killer.[20][21]

2015-present: Acclaim and transition to lead roles[edit]

In 2015, Kim had a lead role in the Drama City television special, Snowy Road. The two-part drama series is about the "comfort women" in Korea under Japanese rule during World War II, and was later released as a film in theaters.[22][23] Kim's performance as a 15-year-old comfort woman was praised by both critics and viewers, and she was awarded Best Actress in a Foreign Film at the Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival.[19][23][24] She then played the main character in the television series To Be Continued and the younger version of Choi Kang-hee's character in Glamorous Temptation.[25][26] She was cast in her first adult role in the 2016 television drama series, Mirror of the Witch, playing a cursed Joseon-era princess.[27] Her character has a fictional romance with Heo Jun, played by Yoon Shi-yoon, who is 14 years Kim's senior.[27][28]

On November 2016, Kim signed with YG Entertainment.[29]


In December 2012


Year Title Role
2009 A Brand New Life Jin-hee
2010 The Man from Nowhere Jung So-mi
2011 I Am a Dad Han Min-ji
2012 Barbie (ko) Soon-young
The Neighbor Yoo Soo-yeon / Won Yeo-seon
2014 Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits teenage Kim Geum-hwa
A Girl at My Door Sun Do-hee
Manhole Soo-jung
2016 The Great Actor (ko) cameo[30]
2017 Snowy Road Kang Yeong-ae

Television drama[edit]

In March 2011
Year Title Role Network
2011 Can You Hear My Heart? young Bong Woo-ri MBC
Heaven's Garden Kang Eun-soo[31] Channel A
2012 Fashion King young Lee Ga-young[25] SBS
I Need Romance 2012 Yoon Gi-hyun (cameo)[32] tvN
Mom Is Acting Up (ko) Park Sae-ron[33] MBC
Missing You Bo-ra (voice cameo, episode 11)[34] MBC
2013 The Queen's Classroom Kim Seo-hyun MBC
2014 Hi! School: Love On Lee Seul-bi KBS2
2015 Snowy Road Kang Young-ae KBS1
To Be Continued Jung Ah-rin MBC Every 1
Glamorous Temptation young Shin Eun-soo MBC
2016 Mirror of the Witch Princess Seo-ri / Yeon-hee jTBC

Music video[edit]

Year Song title Artist
2013 "Green Rain"[35] Shinee
2014 "Jackpot"[36] Block B
"From My Heart"[37] 5urprise
2015 "Cat's Eye"[38] Astro

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2012 The Human Condition KBS2 Guest, episode 3[39]
2014 Happy Together KBS2 Guest, episode 365[40]
2015–present Show! Music Core MBC Host[41]


Year Song title Album
2012 "The Phrase" (귀가)[42] The Neighbor OST

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2010 BUSTER Copenhagen International Film Festival for Children and Youth Best Child Actor/Actress – Special Mention[43] A Brand New Life Won
4th Asian Film Awards Best Newcomer[44] Nominated
19th Buil Film Awards Best New Actress[10] Won
8th Korean Film Awards Best New Actress[9] The Man from Nowhere Won
2011 47th Paeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress Nominated
8th Max Movie Awards Best New Actress[45] Won
2013 6th Korea Drama Awards Best Young Actor/Actress The Queen's Classroom Nominated
MBC Drama Awards Best Young Actress[a] Won
2014 23rd Buil Film Awards Best Supporting Actress A Girl at My Door Nominated
51st Grand Bell Awards Best New Actress[46] Nominated
7th Herald Donga Lifestyle Awards Style Icon of the Year[47] N/A Won
35th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actress[48] A Girl at My Door Won
KBS Drama Awards Best Young Actress Hi! School-Love On Nominated
2015 2nd Wildflower Film Awards Best Actress[49] A Girl at My Door Nominated
51st Paeksang Arts Awards Best Actress Nominated
24th Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival Best Actress in a Foreign Film[23] Snowy Road Won
Golden Cinematography Awards (ko) Best New Actress[19] A Girl at My Door Won
MBC Entertainment Awards Popular Music Talk Show Award Show! Music Core Nominated
2016 9th Korea Drama Awards Best New Actress Mirror of the Witch Won


  1. ^ Award shared with Kim Hyang-gi, Seo Shin-ae, and Lee Young-yoo[13]


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