Kim So-eun

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Kim So-eun
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Born (1989-09-06) September 6, 1989 (age 30)
Namyangju, South Korea
EducationChung-Ang University - Theater
Years active2004–present
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim So-eun
McCune–ReischauerKim Soŭn

Kim So-eun (born September 6, 1989) is a South Korean actress. She rose to fame in 2009 with a supporting role in the popular television drama Boys Over Flowers, and at the same year she starred in drama He Who Can't Marry and Empress Cheonchu. She has since starred in Happiness in the Wind, A Thousand Kisses, Liar Game and Scholar Who Walks the Night. In 2015, she was paired with Song Jae-rim on season 4 of We Got Married. In 2016-2017, she reunited with Song in family drama Our Gap-soon.

Acting career[edit]

Kim So-eun made her acting debut with a bit part in the 2004 film Two Guys, when she was in junior high school. She then appeared in minor roles on TV and film, including Sisters of the Sea and The Show Must Go On (where she played Song Kang-ho's daughter).[1]

Kim rose to fame in 2009 with her supporting role as the heroine's best friend in the hit drama Boys Over Flowers. The same year, Kim gained praise for her versatility since for her portrayal of Chae Shi-ra's childhood counterpart Hwangbo Soo in the period epic Empress Cheonchu, for which she learned how to ride a horse and shoot with a bow and arrow.[2] Kim then portrayed an older mid 20s woman in the romantic comedy series He Who Can't Marry, a remake of Japanese drama Kekkon Dekinai Otoko.[3][4]

Kim landed her first leading role in the 2010 daily drama Happiness in the Wind (also known as Happiness in the Wind), which further raised her Korean Wave profile.[5][6][7] She then starred in weekend drama A Thousand Kisses (2011-2012), which explored age differences in relationships.[8][9]

In 2012, she starred in the ten-episode Chinese drama Secret Angel (Chinese: 秘密天使), which aired on the portal website[10][11][12][13] She returned to Korean television in the cable drama Happy Ending.[14] That same year, she also appeared in Music and Lyrics, a reality show in which an actress and a male musician are paired together to collaborate, as lyricist and composer respectively, in creating a song.[15] Kim and Lee Junho (from boyband 2PM[16]) composed the song "Love is Sad," which Lee also recorded; it was released as a single and featured on the soundtrack of Feast of the Gods.[17]

After playing Princess Sukhwi in the period epic Horse Doctor (also known as The King's Doctor, 2012-2013),[18] Kim starred in After School: Lucky or Not (in the Korean title, bokbulbok refers to a game of chance, literally meaning "Luck, No Luck"), opposite the 5 members of actor-idol group 5urprise, which was distributed via SK Telecom's online and mobile portals.[19]

She and Victoria Song (member of girl group f(x)) were also chosen to host Glitter, a variety show on the lives of trendy twenty-somethings.[20][better source needed]

In 2014, Kim starred in the horror film Mourning Grave, playing a ghost girl who forms a friendship with a ghost-seeing high school boy Kang Ha-neul.[21][22] This was followed by a leading role in Liar Game, a Korean drama adaptation of the titular Japanese manga by Shinobu Kaitani.[23] Kim also joined the fourth season of reality show We Got Married, where she was paired with Song Jae-rim in a "virtual" marriage; it boosted their popularity as a couple and as individual celebrities.[24][25]

In 2015, Kim starred in the webtoon adaptation Scholar Who Walks the Night, playing dual roles as a nobleman's daughter and a vampire's past love.[25][26] She was set to launch her activities in China through the romance film Sky Lantern (also known as Lover of Days Past), a Korean-Chinese co-production film in which she stars opposite Taiwanese singer-actor Aaron Yan.[27] The same year, she starred in the web drama Falling for Challenge alongside Xiumin.[28]

In 2016, Kim signed with new management agency Will Entertainment.[29] From 2016 to 2017, she starred in the family drama Our Gap-soon as the title character.[30]

In 2017, Kim starred in the KBS Drama Special You're Closer than I Think together with actor Lee Sang-yeob.[31] The same year, Kim confirmed her return to the silver screen with romance fantasy film Are you in love? opposite Sung Hoon.[32]

In 2018, Kim starred in the romance comedy series That Man Oh Soo with CNBLUE's Lee Jong-hyun.[33][34]

Other activities[edit]

As a child, Kim trained professionally as a national athletic skier. Her training was put on indefinite hold after being scouted as a professional model in a 2003 junior advanced skiing and snowboarding competition in Pyeongchang, Gangwon-do. She retained her interest in the sport, appearing in 2012 instructional videos for Hongcheon's Vivaldi ski resort.[35][36]

Kim has endorsed various products,[37][38][39] and has appeared in magazines. such as Allure Korea, High Cut, Vogue Korea, InStyle Korea, Elle Girl Korea, Harper's Bazaar, CeCi, L'Officiel, Esquire Korea, and Nylon Korea.[40][41][42]

A regular advocate of art films, youth activism, and eco-living, she served as the goodwill ambassador for the 2009 Korea International Youth Film Festival, the 2009 University Fashion Week, the 2011 Jeonju International Film Festival,[1][43][44] the Golden Cinema Festival in 2013 and 2014, and the 2014 Green Film Festival.[45]



Year English Title Korean Title Role
2004 Two Guys 투가이즈 bit part
2006 Family Matters 모두들, 괜찮아요?
Fly, Daddy, Fly 플라이대디 Jang Da-mi
2007 The Show Must Go On 우아한 세계 Hee-soo
Someone Behind You 두 사람이다 Kim Ga-yeon
2014 Mourning Grave 소녀괴담 Se-hee
Entangled 현기증 Kkot-nip
2015 Sky Lantern 풍등
2018 Are you in love? 사랑하고 있습니까 So Jeong

Television series[edit]

Year English Title Korean Title Role Network
2005 Sisters of the Sea 자매바다 young Song Jung-hee
Sad Love Story 슬픈연가 young Park Hye-in
2006 Drama City "First Love" 드라마 시티 Jung-hee
2007 Chosun Police season 1 별순검 Soo-hee
(guest, episode 9)
MBC Dramanet
2009 Empress Cheonchu 천추태후 young Hwangbo Soo
Boys Over Flowers 꽃보다 남자 Chu Ga-eul
He Who Can't Marry 결혼 못하는 남자 Jeong Yoo-jin
2010 Happiness in the Wind 바람 불어 좋은날 Kwon Oh-bok
2011 A Thousand Kisses 천번의 입맞춤 Woo Joo-mi
2012 Happy Ending 해피엔딩 Kim Eun-ha
Horse Doctor 마의 Princess Sukhwi
2014 Liar Game 라이어 게임 Nam Da-jung
2015 The Scholar Who Walks the Night 밤을 걷는 선비 Choi Hye-ryung/
Lee Myung-hee
2016–2017 Our Gap-soon 우리 갑순이 Shin Gap-soon
2017 Drama Special - You're Closer Than I Think 당신은 생각보다 가까이에 있다 Hong Tae-ra
2018 Evergreen 그남자 오수 Seo Yoo-ri

Web drama[edit]

Year English Title Korean Title Role Network
2012 Secret Angel 시크릿 엔젤 Angel L
2013 After School: Lucky or Not 방과 후 복불복 Kim So-eun Nate Hoppin,
BTV, T-store
2015 Falling for Challenge 도전에 반하다 Ban Hana Samsung group web drama
2016 Thumping Spike 2 두근두근 스파이크 2 Han Da Woon Sohu TV

Variety show[edit]

Year English Title Korean Title Network Notes
2012 Music and Lyrics 그 여자 작사 그 남자 작곡 MBC Music with Lee Junho
2013 Glitter 글리터 글리터 KBS W MC with Victoria Song
2014-2015 We Got Married Season 4 우리 결혼했어요 시즌4 MBC with Song Jae-rim
2017 Battle Trip 배틀트립 KBS2 Contestant (Episode 59-60) with Jo Bo-ah
2019 Wednesday Food Talk 수요미식회 O'live Panelist (Episode 204 - Present)

Music video[edit]

Year Song Title Korean Title Artist Co-star
2005 "Let's Separate" 헤어지자고 Yoon Gun
"Bye Bye Bye" Monday Kiz Monday Kiz
2009 "Bodyguard" 보디가드 SHINee Kim Bum, Boom
"Goodbye My Love" 잘가요 내사랑 8Eight Jeong Jinwoon, Jung Gyu-woon
2012 "First Love's Melody" 첫사랑의 멜로디 Acoustic Collabo Lee Hyun-woo
2013 "Spring Expectation" 봄에게 바라는 것 The Position

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2009 Mnet 20's Choice Awards Hot New Star Boys Over Flowers Nominated
Arirang TV 1000th Episode Poll Best Couple Award (with Kim Bum) Boys Over Flowers Won
KBS Drama Awards Best New Actress[46] Boys Over Flowers,
He Who Can't Marry,
Empress Cheonchu
2010 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Daily Drama Happiness in the Wind Nominated
2011 MBC Drama Awards Best New Actress A Thousand Kisses Nominated
2012 MBC Drama Awards Best New Actress Horse Doctor Won
2014 Korean Wave Awards Popular Culture Award N/A Won
MBC Entertainment Awards New Star of the Year We Got Married Won
Best Female Newcomer Nominated
Best Couple Award (with Song Jae-rim) Won
2016 SBS Drama Awards Special Acting Award, Actress in a Serial Drama Our Gap-soon Won
Best Couple Award with Song Jae-rim Won


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