January 3, 1995
Bucheon, South Korea
|Revised Romanization||Gim Seol-hyeon|
Kim Seol-hyun (born January 3, 1995), better known by the mononym Seolhyun, is a South Korean singer and actress. She is a member of the South Korean girl group AOA and has starred in television dramas Ugly Alert (2013) and My Country: The New Age (2019) and movie Memoir of a Murderer (2017).
Early life and education
Seolhyun was born on January 3, 1995 in Bucheon, South Korea. She has an older sister named Joo-hyun, who is a fashion editor for Cosmopolitan. She attended Kachiul Elementary School, Sungkok Middle School and Gyeonggi Arts High School.
2012–2014: AOA and acting debut
In 2010, Seolhyun won the 8th Smart Model Contest (스마트 모델 선발 대회), a competition in which ordinary students wear uniforms. At the event, several talent agencies were present, and Seolhyun was scouted by her current management, FNC Entertainment. She has also appeared in the music video for boy band F.T. Island's song "Severely" from the EP Grown-Up.
On July 30, 2012, Seolhyun made her debut as a member of AOA on Mnet's M Countdown with the song "Elvis" from their debut single album, Angels' Story. Soon afterwards, she made her acting debut in the television drama My Daughter Seo-young, playing the role of Lee Jung-shin's girlfriend.
In 2013, she was cast in the daily drama Ugly Alert. She played the youngest daughter of the family, a bright girl who dreams of becoming an actress. Seolhyun stated, "I'm nervous about doing a new project, and I'm also burdened. But I want to work hard again by thinking of it as another learning experience. I also want to touch the hearts of people".
2015–present: Acting roles and rising popularity
Seolhyun first attracted attention with her appearance on the KBS variety show, Brave Family (2015), where she charmed viewers with boyish and unaffected demeanor. Later that year, she gained fame through a commercial for SK Telecom which led to increased advertising offers for the star.
The same year, Seolhyun starred in KBS's vampire romance Orange Marmalade. Although it racked a mere two percent viewer ratings, the show brought her praise for her acting. She also featured in the action noir film Gangnam Blues, and won a "popular star" award at the 36th Blue Dragon Film Awards. Seolhyun, along with Gangnam co-star Lee Min-ho were selected as promotional ambassadors for "Visit Korea Year".
In January 2016, Seolhyun was named “Model of the Year” at the 2015 TVCF Awards; having modeled for noteworthy brands across industries such as fashion, food and beverage, cosmetics and e-commerce. She placed second in a study conducted by Korea Broadcast Advertising Corporation (Kobaco) to select the top spokesmodel by consumers. In March 2016, Seolhyun was selected as an official ambassador to Korea national elections in 2016.
In May 2017, Seolhyun was cast in historical film The Great Battle, directed by Kim Kwang-sik. Principal photography started in August and the film premiered in 2018. She then starred in the thriller Memoir of a Murderer, playing the role of a murderer's daughter.
In December 2017, Kim contributed to various causes: On December 1, Kim donated 50 million won to relief efforts following the November 2017 Pohang earthquake, On December 7, Kim and Shin Jimin participated in a fundraiser arranged by LOVE FNC on Naver's "Happy Bean" platform to support childhood education overseas, and on December 29, Kim donated 50 million won to Seoul School for the Deaf as a scholarship for students.
In November and December 2018, Kim collectively donated 100 million won to the Community Chest of Korea to support child-care facilities for low income families, In December 2019 Kim donated 50 million won to Samsung Medical Center through LOVE FNC to support children from low income families battling cancer.
In January 2020, in honor of her 25th birthday, Kim donated 50 million won to LOVE FNC to help build a shelter for homeless and neglected youth.
|2015||Gangnam Blues||Kang Seon-hye|
|2017||Memoir of a Murderer||Kim Eun-hee|
|2018||The Great Battle||Baek-ha|
|2020||P1H: The Beginning of a New World||Seolhyun (Special appearance) |
|2012||My Daughter Seo-young||Seo Eun-soo||KBS2|
|2013||Ugly Alert||Gong Na-ri||SBS|
|2015||Orange Marmalade||Baek Ma-ri||KBS2|
|2016||Click Your Heart||Cameo||Naver TV Cast|
|2019||My Country: The New Age||Han Hee-jae||JTBC|
|2015||Brave Family||Main cast||KBS|
|2016||Law of the Jungle||SBS||Law of the Jungle in Tonga; Episodes 208–211|
|2018||Not the Same Person You Used to Know||Lead||Mnet||Episode pilot|
|2015||KBS Entertainment Awards||KBS2||With Shin Dong-yup and Sung Si-kyung|
|2016||KBS Song Festival||With Park Bo-gum|
|2017||One K Concert In Manila||N/A||With Choi Min-ho|
|2018||KBS Entertainment Awards||KBS2||With Shin Hyun-joon and Yoon Shi-yoon|
|2019||SBS Gayo Daejeon||SBS||With Jun Hyun-moo|
Awards and nominations
|2015||51st Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actress (Film)||Gangnam Blues||Nominated|
|52nd Grand Bell Awards||Best New Actress||Nominated|
|36th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Nominated|
|Popular Star Award||Won|||
|8th Korea Drama Awards||Best New Actress||Orange Marmalade||Nominated|
|4th APAN Star Awards||Nominated|
|29th KBS Drama Awards||Nominated|
|Popularity Award, Actress||Won|||
|Best Couple Award with Yeo Jin-goo||Nominated|
|14th KBS Entertainment Awards||Best Newcomer Award||Brave Family||Won|||
|2016||InStyle Star Icon||Best Body – Female Celebrity||N/A||Nominated|
|13th Seoul TV CF Awards||Model of the Year||Won|||
|5th Marie Claire Film Festival||Rookie Award||Gangnam Blues||Won|||
|11th Max Movie Awards||Rising Star Award||Won|||
|10th Asian Film Awards||Best Newcomer||Nominated|
|8th Style Icon Asia||Awesome Syndrome||N/A||Won|||
|Korean Advertisers Association||Best Model||Won|||
|10th SBS Entertainment Awards||Best Entertainer Award||Law of the Jungle||Won|||
|2nd Fashionista Awards||Best Fashionista – Red Carpet Category||N/A||Nominated|||
|2017||6th KOPA & Nikon Press Photo Awards||Most Photogenic Star Of The Year||Won|||
|1st The Seoul Awards||Best New Actress (Film)||Memoir of a Murderer||Nominated|
|3rd Fashionista Awards||Best Fashionista – Red Carpet Category||N/A||Nominated|||
|2018||55th Grand Bell Awards||Woori Bank Star Award||Won|||
|3rd Asia Artist Awards||New Wave Award||Won|||
|Forbes||2016||Korea Power Celebrity||33rd|||
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