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Kim So-eun
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Born (1989-09-06) September 6, 1989 (age 27)
Namyangju, South Korea
Education Chung-Ang University - Theater
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004–present
Agent Fantagio
Will Entertainment
Korean name
Revised Romanization Gim So-eun
McCune–Reischauer Kim So-ŭn

Kim So-eun (born September 6, 1989) is a South Korean actress. She rose to fame with a supporting role in the popular television drama Boys Over Flowers, and has since starred in A Good Day for the Wind to Blow, 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.

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, Cha Ga Eul in the popular television series Boys Over Flowers. Kim gained praise for her versatility since she also portrayed 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] She portrayed an older mid 20s woman by joining the cast of romantic comedy series He Who Can't Marry, a remake of Japanese drama Kekkon Dekinai Otoko.[3][4]

She landed her first leading role in the 2010 daily drama A Good Day for the Wind to Blow (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, which aired on the portal website[10][11][12][13] She returned to Korean television in the cable drama Happy Ending. 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.[14] Kim and Lee Junho (from boyband 2PM[15]) 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.[16]

After playing Princess Sukhwi in the period epic Horse Doctor (also known as The King's Doctor, 2012-2013),[17] 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. Kim played a timid girl who gets invited to a high school club, and encounters fantastical "missions" every episode, which draws out her bright, lively personality.

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.[18]

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.[19][20] This was followed by a leading role in Liar Game, a Korean drama adaptation of the titular Japanese manga by Shinobu Kaitani.[21] 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.[22][23]

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 .[24][25] She is 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. Kim will play a young lantern designer trying to move on after losing a loved one.[26] She was cast on the web drama created by Samsung company Falling for Challenge alongside Xiumin.She was also cast on KBS's radio program Volume Up as a special DJ, standing in for the show's regular DJ, Yoo In-na, who had to film for a drama.[27]

In 2016, Kim signed with new management agency Will Entertainment.[28]

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.[29][30][31][32]

Kim has since endorsed products including Clean and Clear, KTF Telecom, Del Monte, Samsung Anycall, Pocari Sweat, Nongshim snacks, Maxim Coffee, P&G Wella Hair, Clinique Cosmetics, Hyundai You & I, clothing brand Clride.n, Orion Choco pie, J.estina jewelry, Bonjuk Food Chains, Lotte iTime, Candy Crush Soda and G-Market,[33][34][35] 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.[36][37][38]

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][39][40] the Golden Cinema Festival in 2013 and 2014, and the 2014 Green Film Festival.[41]


Web drama[edit]

Year English Title Korean Title Role Network
2015 Falling for Challenge 도전에 반하다 Ban Hana Samsung group web drama
2016 Pounding Spike 2 두근두근 스파이크 2 Han Da Woon -

Television drama[edit]

Year English Title Korean Title Role Network
2005 Sisters of the Sea 자매바다 young Song Jung-hee MBC
Sad Love Story 슬픈연가 young Park Hye-in MBC
2006 Drama City "First Love" 드라마 시티 Jung-hee KBS2
2007 Chosun Police season 1 별순검 Soo-hee
(guest, episode 9)
MBC Dramanet
2009 Empress Cheonchu 천추태후 young Hwangbo Soo KBS2
Boys Over Flowers 꽃보다 남자 Chu Ga-eul KBS2
He Who Can't Marry 결혼 못하는 남자 Jeong Yoo-jin KBS2
2010 A Good Day for the Wind to Blow 바람 불어 좋은날 Kwon Oh-bok KBS2
2011 A Thousand Kisses 천번의 입맞춤 Woo Joo-mi MBC
2012 Secret Angel 시크릿 엔젤 Angel L
Happy Ending 해피엔딩 Kim Eun-ha jTBC
Horse Doctor 마의 Princess Sukhwi MBC
2013 After School: Lucky or Not 방과 후 복불복 Kim So-eun Nate Hoppin,
BTV, T-store
2014 Liar Game 라이어 게임 Nam Da-jung tvN
2015 Scholar Who Walks the Night 밤을 걷는 선비 Choi Hye-ryung/
Lee Myung-hee
2016–2017 Our Gap-soon 우리 갑순이 Shin Gap-soon SBS


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 Ghost girl
Entangled 현기증 Kkot-nip
2015 Sky Lantern 풍등

Variety show[edit]

Year English Title Korean Title Network Notes
2009 Happy Together Season 3 해피투게더 KBS2 Guest (Episode 102)
2010 Guest (Episode 137)
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 Happy Together Season 3 해피투게더 KBS2 Guest (Episode 378)
2014-2015 We Got Married Season 4 우리 결혼했어요 시즌4 MBC with Song Jae-rim

Music video appearance[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 Boys Over Flowers,
He Who Can't Marry,
Empress Cheonchu
2010 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Daily Drama A Good Day for the Wind to Blow 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
SBS Drama Awards
Special Acting Award, Actress in a Serial Drama Our Gap-soon Won
Best Couple Award with Song Jae-rim Nominated


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