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Kim Sae-ron
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Kim in October 2019
Born (2000-07-31) July 31, 2000 (age 20)
Seoul, South Korea
Alma materChung-Ang University
Years active2009–present
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Sae-ron
McCune–ReischauerKim Saeron

Kim Sae-ron (Korean김새론; born July 31, 2000), better known mononymously as Saeron 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 Listen to My Heart (2011), The Queen's Classroom (2013) and Hi! School-Love On (2014). Her first adult lead role was in the television drama Secret Healer (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] In 2018, Kim was admitted to Chung-Ang University, the Department of Performing Arts and Film Studies.[4]


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.[5][6][7] She then co-starred with Won Bin in The Man From Nowhere, which was the highest-grossing film in South Korea in 2010.[8] She played Jung So-mi, the daughter of a heroin addict who is kidnapped by an organized crime ring.[9] 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.[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 Listen to 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).

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.[13] She then played a victim of bullying and domestic violence in the film A Girl at My Door.[14] 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.[7][15] 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.[16][17] She was nominated for many awards, winning Best New Actress at the 35th Blue Dragon Film Awards and Golden Cinematography Awards [ko].[18] 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.[19][20]

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.[21][22] 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.[18][22][23] 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.[24][25] She was cast in her first adult role in the 2016 television drama series, Secret Healer, playing a cursed Joseon-era princess.[26] Her character has a fictional romance with Heo Jun, played by Yoon Shi-yoon, who is 14 years Kim's senior.[26][27]

In November 2016, Kim signed with YG Entertainment.[28] In 2018, Kim starred in the thriller film The Villagers.[29] In 2019, Kim starred in the fourth season of the campus web drama Love Playlist.[30] The same year she starred in the thriller drama Leverage, based on the American drama of the same name.[31]

In November 2019, it was reported that Kim's contract with YG Entertainment has expired, and that she would be leaving the company.[32] In January 2020, Kim signed with Gold Medalist along with actors Kim Soo-hyun and Seo Yea-ji.[33][34][35]



Year Song title Album
2012 "The Phrase" (귀가)[36] The Neighbor OST

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Choi Ji-eun (April 20, 2011). "[INTERVIEW] Child actress Kim Sae-ron". 10Asia. Retrieved November 18, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d Lee Hye-ji (August 28, 2012). "DRAMA WEEK: 6 Rising Stars that caught your eyes in TV series". 10Asia. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  3. ^ Kim Young-shin (February 4, 2016). "[bnt photo] Kim Sae Ron on Her Way to School". BNT News. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  4. ^ "[SBS Star] Kim Sae Ron Gets Accepted to University After Homeschooling". SBS News. November 8, 2018.
  5. ^ Nelson, Rob (May 20, 2009). "Review: 'A Brand New Life'". Variety. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  6. ^ Lee Mi-ji (April 18, 2014). "Bae Doo Na, Kim Sae Ron & Song Sae Byeok invited to Cannes International Film Festival". StarN News. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  7. ^ a b Kim, Lynn (September 18, 2009). "Lee Chang-dong's film Life to open Oct 29". 10Asia. Retrieved November 18, 2012.
  8. ^ Glionna, John M. (October 10, 2010). "Out-Hollywooding Hollywood is paying off in South Korea". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  9. ^ Lee Hyo-won (July 29, 2010). "Man hardboiled but touching". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on June 17, 2016. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  10. ^ "KIM Sae-ron". KoBiz. Korean Film Council. Retrieved October 5, 2012.
  11. ^ a b Song Soon-jin (June 27, 2014). "KIM Sae-ron of A GIRL AT MY DOOR: The girl who stands by herself". Korean Cinema Today. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  12. ^ Kim, Heidi; Kim, Jessica (June 3, 2011). "Lee Chun-hee, Kim Sae-ron cast in new film". 10Asia. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  13. ^ Song Soon-jin (March 10, 2014). "In Focus: MANSHIN: Ten Thousand Spirits". KoBiz. Korean Film Council. Retrieved June 2, 2014.
  14. ^ Ma, Kevin (May 24, 2014). "Korean actors on A Girl at My Door". Film Business Asia. Archived from the original on May 31, 2014. Retrieved May 27, 2014.
  15. ^ Ko Dong-hwan (May 20, 2014). "'A Girl At My Door' rocks Cannes 2014". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on June 16, 2016. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  16. ^ Lee, Maggie (May 20, 2014). "Film Review: 'A Girl at My Door'". Variety. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  17. ^ Conran, Pierce (May 16, 2014). "Cannes 2014 Review: A GIRL AT MY DOOR Is Korean Cinema At Its Finest". Twitch Film. Archived from the original on May 20, 2014. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  18. ^ a b Kim Dong-Joo (September 20, 2015). "Kim Sae Ron garners two awards from film award ceremonies". StarN News. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  19. ^ Lee So-dam (August 6, 2014). "Kim Sae Ron Celebrates Her Birthday at 'High School' Filming Site". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Archived from the original on August 17, 2017. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  20. ^ "2014.10.10 Now Playing". Korea JoongAng Daily. October 10, 2014. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  21. ^ "Comfort women TV drama to screen on Independence Day". The Korea Times. January 18, 2015. Archived from the original on June 17, 2016. Retrieved May 20, 2016.
  22. ^ a b "Korean Film 'Snowy Road' Wins Best Picture, Best Actress at Chinese Film Festival". KBS World Radio. September 19, 2015. Retrieved May 21, 2016.
  23. ^ Kim Hye-in (March 1, 2015). "'Snowy Roads' Kim Sae Ron captivates viewers with her fabulous performance". StarN News. Retrieved May 21, 2016.
  24. ^ Jin Min-ji (August 14, 2015). "Seo Kang-joon, Kim Sae-ron to co-star". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved May 20, 2016.
  25. ^ Lim Jeong-yeo (October 1, 2015). "October TV dramas feature trending actors". The Korea Herald. Retrieved May 21, 2016.
  26. ^ a b Ko Dong-hwan (March 7, 2016). "Rising child star gets first adult role". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on May 10, 2016. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  27. ^ Kim Ga-young (April 27, 2016). "'마녀보감' 측 "윤시윤X김새론, 최고의 호흡·최강 비주얼"". TV Report (in Korean). Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  28. ^ Lee Jung (November 8, 2016). "'김새론, YG엔터테인먼트 이적 '새 둥지'". E DAILY (in Korean). Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  29. ^ "KIM Sae-ron and Don LEE Back on Screen for Heartwarming Drama GOMTAENGI". Korean Film Biz Zone. July 31, 2017.
  30. ^ ""Love Playlist 4" continues the campus stories with new face Kim Sae Ron". Osen. June 13, 2019.
  31. ^ "Kim Sae-ron stars as a con artist in drama 'Leverage'". The Korea Times. August 29, 2019.
  32. ^ "YG 측 "김새론과 전속계약 만료‥재계약 않기로 합의"(공식입장)". Naver (in Korean). November 19, 2019. Retrieved November 19, 2019.
  33. ^ "김수현, 사촌형 손잡고 신생 골드메달리스트 품에…서예지·김새론 한솥밥". Naver (in Korean). January 1, 2020. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  34. ^ "'키이스트 떠난' 김수현, 골드메달리스트 行... 서예지·김새론도 전속계약 (공식입장)". Beffreport (in Korean). January 1, 2020. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  35. ^ "김수현-서예지-김새론, 골드메달리스트와 전속계약 체결(공식입장)". Zenith News (in Korean). January 2, 2020. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  36. ^ "'팔방미인' 김새론, 이웃사람 OST '귀가' 직접 불러". Herald Business (in Korean). August 23, 2012. Retrieved May 22, 2016.

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