Kim Seol-hyun

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Kim Seol-hyun
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Seolhyun in 2017
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. She attended Kachiul Elementary School, Sungkok Middle School, and Gyeonggi Arts High School and majors in Film at Kyung Hee University.


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 Ansi City as Jo In-sung's sister, directed by Kim Kwang-sik. Principal photography starts in August and will premiere in 2018.[20] She will also star in the upcoming thriller Memoir of a Murderer, playing the role of a murderer's daughter.[21][22]




Year Title Role Notes
2015 Gangnam Blues Kang Seon-hye Supporting
2017 Memoir of a Murderer Kim Eun-hee Lead
2018 Ansi City Baek-ha Supporting

Television series[edit]

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


Year Title Network Notes
2015 KBS Entertainment Awards KBS2 With Shin Dong-yup and Sung Si-kyung[23]
2016 KBS Song Festival With Park Bo-gum[24]
2017 One K Concert In Manila N/A With Choi Min-ho

Variety 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[25]

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
Best New Actress Orange Marmalade Nominated
Best Newcomer Award Brave Family Won
Best New Actress Orange Marmalade Nominated
Popularity Award, Actress Won
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 [26]
5th Marie Claire Film Festival
Rookie Award Gangnam Blues Won [27]
11th Max Movie Awards
Rising Star Award Won [28]
Best Newcomer Nominated
Awesome Syndrome N/A Won
Korean Advertisers Association
Best Model N/A Won [29]
Best Entertainer Award Law of the Jungle Won
2nd Fashionista Awards
Best Fashionista – Red Carpet Category N/A Nominated [30]
6th KOPA & Nikon Press Photo Awards
Most Photogenic Star Of The Year N/A Won [31]
Best New Actress (Film) Memoir of a Murderer Nominated
3rd Fashionista Awards
Best Fashionista – Red Carpet Category N/A Nominated [32]


  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. Retrieved 2017-08-23. 
  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. 
  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. ^ 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. 
  24. ^ "Seolhyun to join Park Bo-gum and co-host 'KBS Song Festival'". KPOP Herald. 25 November 2016. 
  25. ^ "설현 합류한 '정글의법칙', 동시간대 1위 "평균 시청률 15%"" (in Korean). Naver. 9 April 2016. Retrieved 2017-06-13. 
  26. ^ "AOA′s Seolhyun Wins ′Model of the Year′ Award". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 2016-01-19. 
  27. ^ "From Lee Byung-hun to Seolhyun, Marie Claire film festival reveals behind-the-scenes images". Hancinema. Archived from the original on 2016-03-12. 
  28. ^ "D.O. and Seolhyun name as 'rising stars'". Kpop Herald. 15 February 2016. Archived from the original on 2 August 2017. 
  29. ^ "South Korean advertisers pick Seolhyun and Kim Woo-bin as best models". Aju Daily. 14 October 2016. 
  30. ^ "2016 네이버X셀럽스픽 패셔니스타 어워즈, 열기 뜨겁다". Chosun (in Korean). November 4, 2016. 
  31. ^ "설현 '포토제닉 수상했어요'[포토]". Xports News (in Korean). 15 May 2017. Archived from the original on 19 May 2017. 
  32. ^ ""올해는 누구?" 2017 패셔니스타 어워즈, 더욱 뜨겁게 돌아온다". Naver (in Korean). 13 October 2017. 

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