Kim Seol-hyun

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Kim Seol-hyun
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Seolhyun at the Baeksang Arts Awards in May 2018
Native name 김설현
Born Kim Seol-hyun
(1995-01-03) January 3, 1995 (age 23)
Bucheon, South Korea
Education Kyung Hee University
  • Singer
  • actress
Musical career
Genres K-pop
  • Vocals
  • piano
Years active 2012–present
Labels FNC Entertainment
Associated acts AOA
Korean name
Hangul 설현
Revised Romanization Gim Seol-hyeon
McCune–Reischauer Kim Sŏlhyŏn

Kim Seol-hyun (Hangul김설현; 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 Orange Marmalade (2015).

Early life and education[edit]

Seolhyun was born on January 3, 1995 in Bucheon, South Korea.[1] She has an older sister named Joo-hyun, who is a fashion editor for Cosmopolitan.[2] She wanted to be a singer since she was in a school club band.[citation needed] She attended Kachiul Elementary School, Sungkok Middle School, and Gyeonggi Arts High School and majors in Film at Kyung Hee University.[citation needed]


2012–2014: AOA and acting debut[edit]

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.[3] She has also appeared in the music video for boy band F.T. Island's song "Severely" from the EP Grown-Up.[4]

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.[5] Soon afterwards, she made her acting debut in the television drama My Daughter Seo-young, playing the role of Lee Jung-shin's girlfriend.[6]

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".[7]

2015–present: Solo activities and rising popularity[edit]

Seolhyun first attracted attention with her appearance on the KBS variety show, Brave Family (2015), where she charmed viewers with boyish and unaffected demeanor.[8][9] Later that year, she gained fame through a commercial for SK Telecom which led to increased advertising offers for the star.[9]

With actor Park Bo-gum, both were voted by marketing executives as Top Celebrity Endorsers of 2017[10]

The same year, Seolhyun starred in KBS's vampire romance Orange Marmalade.[11] Although it racked a mere two percent viewer ratings, the show brought her praise for her acting.[9] She also featured in the action noir film Gangnam Blues,[12] and won a "popular star" award at the 36th Blue Dragon Film Awards.[13] Seolhyun, along with Gangnam co-star Lee Min-ho were selected as promotional ambassadors for "Visit Korea Year".[14]

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.[15][16][17] She placed second in a study conducted by Korea Broadcast Advertising Corporation (Kobaco) to select the top spokesmodel by consumers.[18] In March 2016, Seolhyun was selected as an official ambassador to Korea national elections in 2016.[19]

In May 2017, Seolhyun was cast in historical film The Great Battle, directed by Kim Kwang-sik. Principal photography starts in August and will premiere in 2018.[20] She starred in the thriller Memoir of a Murderer, playing the role of a murderer's daughter.[21][22][23]



Year Title Role
2015 Gangnam Blues Kang Seon-hye
2017 Memoir of a Murderer Kim Eun-hee
2018 The Great Battle Baek-ha

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2012 My Daughter Seo-young Seo Eun-soo KBS2
2013 Ugly Alert Gong Na-ri SBS
2015 Orange Marmalade Baek Ma-ri KBS2

Television show[edit]

In April 2016
Year Title Role Network Notes
2015 Brave Family Main cast KBS
2016 Law of the Jungle SBS Law of the Jungle in Tonga; Episodes 208–211[24]


Year Title Network Notes
2015 KBS Entertainment Awards KBS2 With Shin Dong-yup and Sung Si-kyung[25]
2016 KBS Song Festival With Park Bo-gum[26]
2017 One K Concert In Manila N/A With Choi Min-ho

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2015 Best New Actress (Film) Gangnam Blues Nominated
Best New Actress Orange Marmalade Nominated
Gangnam Blues Nominated
Popular Star Award Won [27]
Best New Actress Orange Marmalade Nominated
Best Newcomer Award Brave Family Won
Best New Actress Orange Marmalade Nominated
Popularity Award, Actress Won [28]
Best Couple Award with Yeo Jin-goo Nominated
InStyle Star Icon
Best Body – Female Celebrity N/A Nominated
13th Seoul TV CF Awards
Model of the Year N/A Won [29]
5th Marie Claire Film Festival
Rookie Award Gangnam Blues Won [30]
11th Max Movie Awards
Rising Star Award Won [31]
Best Newcomer Nominated
Awesome Syndrome N/A Won [32]
Korean Advertisers Association
Best Model N/A Won [33]
Best Entertainer Award Law of the Jungle Won
2nd Fashionista Awards
Best Fashionista – Red Carpet Category N/A Nominated [34]
6th KOPA & Nikon Press Photo Awards
Most Photogenic Star Of The Year N/A Won [35]
Best New Actress (Film) Memoir of a Murderer Nominated
3rd Fashionista Awards
Best Fashionista – Red Carpet Category N/A Nominated [36]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ f. "FNC Entertainment: AOA Introduction". Archived from the original on 2014-08-02. 
  2. ^ Shelly M. "AOA's Seolhyun and sister collaborate for Cosmo". DramaFever News. Archived from the original on 1 January 1970. Retrieved 23 August 2017. 
  3. ^ Kim, Eun-gu. "AOA 설현 "단축된 꿈으로 가는 길"" [AOA Seolhyun "The road to the Dream"] (Interview). Star Daily (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2016-04-14. 
  4. ^ "FNC Unveils First Member Teaser For FT Island and CN Blue's Sister Group, Ace of Angels". enewsWorld. 16 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Park HyunMin (September 2, 2012). "[Interview Part I] AOA Lands on Earth on Angel Wings and Guitars". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Archived from the original on April 8, 2016. Retrieved March 26, 2016. 
  6. ^ "AOA's Seolhyun to Make Acting Debut in CNBLUE Lee Jung-shin's Drama". TenAsia. 30 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "Seol Hyun talks about casting in 'Ugly Alert'". Yahoo. 11 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "The 'Brave Family' Travels The World To Learn About New Cultures". BNTNews. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 25 July 2015. 
  9. ^ a b c "How Seol-hyun Became a Star in a Single Year". The Chosun Ilbo. Archived from the original on 2017-01-28. 
  10. ^ "[창간특집①] 마케터 100명이 뽑은 최고의 남자 모델은 '박보검'… 여자는?". Ilgan Sports. 
  11. ^ "Seolhyun cast for 'Orange Marmalade'". Kpop Herald. Archived from the original on 2017-08-02. 
  12. ^ "Seolhyun talks about 'Gangnam 1970' role with GQ". Kpop Herald. Archived from the original on 2015-02-27. 
  13. ^ "Seol Hyun on a roll". The Korea Times. 29 November 2015. Archived from the original on 27 August 2017. 
  14. ^ "Singer Seolhyun new face of Korea". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on 2017-08-02. 
  15. ^ "Seolhyun becomes face of contact lens brand 'Acuvue'". Kpop Herald. Archived from the original on 2017-08-02. 
  16. ^ "Seolhyun becomes face of Gmarket". Kpop Herald. Archived from the original on 2017-08-02. 
  17. ^ "AOA's Seolhyun becomes face of Hazzys Accessories". Kpop Herald. 
  18. ^ "Song Joong-ki named favorite spokesmodel". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on 2016-12-29. 
  19. ^ "Seolhyun picked to help get out the vote". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on 2016-03-15. 
  20. ^ "AOA's Seolhyun cast in historical drama". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on 2017-06-18. 
  21. ^ "김남길-설현 '살인자의 기억법' 캐스팅 확정, 설경구와 호흡" [Gimnamgil - Seolhyun Murderer's Guide to Memory cast confirmed, Sol Kyung-Gu and Kim Nam-Gil]. Newsen (in Korean). Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2016. 
  22. ^ "김남길-설현 '살인자의 기억법' 캐스팅 확정, 설경구와 호흡" [Seolhyun Unlike You’ve Never Seen Before in Movie ‘A Murderer’s Guide to Memorization’]. Korea Dispatch. 26 July 2017. 
  23. ^ "'Memoir of a Murderer' director: Seol Hyun acts much better than expected". Yonhap News Agency. 9 August 2017. 
  24. ^ "설현 합류한 '정글의법칙', 동시간대 1위 "평균 시청률 15%"" (in Korean). Naver. 9 April 2016. Retrieved 2017-06-13. 
  25. ^ Lim, Jeong-yeo. "Seolhyun to host KBS Entertainment Awards". KPOP Herald. Herald Corporation. Archived from the original on 2015-12-23. Retrieved 2015-12-21. 
  26. ^ "Seolhyun to join Park Bo-gum and co-host 'KBS Song Festival'". KPOP Herald. 25 November 2016. Archived from the original on 7 September 2017. 
  27. ^ "ASSASSINATION Tops Blue Dragon Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. 27 November 2015. 
  28. ^ "Check out the Winners from '2015 KBS Drama Awards'". BNT News. 31 December 2015. Archived from the original on 29 July 2017. 
  29. ^ "AOA′s Seolhyun Wins ′Model of the Year′ Award". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 2016-01-19. 
  30. ^ "From Lee Byung-hun to Seolhyun, Marie Claire film festival reveals behind-the-scenes images". Hancinema. Archived from the original on 2016-03-12. 
  31. ^ "D.O. and Seolhyun name as 'rising stars'". Kpop Herald. 15 February 2016. Archived from the original on 2 August 2017. 
  32. ^ "Seolhyun's admits crush on Song Joong-ki". Kpop Herald. 16 March 2016. Archived from the original on 31 January 2018. 
  33. ^ "South Korean advertisers pick Seolhyun and Kim Woo-bin as best models". Aju Daily. 14 October 2016. 
  34. ^ "2016 네이버X셀럽스픽 패셔니스타 어워즈, 열기 뜨겁다". Chosun (in Korean). November 4, 2016. Archived from the original on November 7, 2017. 
  35. ^ "설현 '포토제닉 수상했어요'[포토]". Xports News (in Korean). 15 May 2017. Archived from the original on 19 May 2017. 
  36. ^ ""올해는 누구?" 2017 패셔니스타 어워즈, 더욱 뜨겁게 돌아온다". Naver (in Korean). 13 October 2017. Archived from the original on 17 October 2017. 

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