Kim at the Baeksang Arts Awards in May 2014
|Born||February 16, 1988|
Seoul, South Korea
|Alma mater||Chung-Ang University|
|Revised Romanization||Kim Su-hyeon|
Kim Soo-hyun (Korean: 김수현; Hanja: 金秀賢; born February 16, 1988) is a South Korean actor best known for his roles in the television dramas Dream High (2011), Moon Embracing the Sun (2012), My Love from the Star (2013) and The Producers (2015), as well as the films The Thieves (2012), Secretly, Greatly (2013) and Real (2017).
Kim was Gallup Korea's Actor of the Year in 2014. He was first included in the Forbes Korea Power Celebrity list in 2013 placing fourth, and subsequently ranking second in 2015, and fifth in 2016. The business magazine's Asia edition also listed him in its 30 under 30 in 2016. The success of his television dramas throughout Asia established him as a top Hallyu star.
Early life and education
Kim's mother encouraged him to take acting classes during his high school years to help him overcome his introverted personality. His father is Kim Chung-hoon and was the lead singer of the 80's band "Seven Dolphins". He enrolled at Chung-Ang University's Film and Theater Department in 2009.
In 2015, it was revealed to the public that Kim has a paternal half-sister named Kim Ju-na, a singer. His cousin, Lee Sa-rang (real name Lee Jae-hyun), directed his latest film, Real (2017).
2007–2010: Television career beginnings
Kim made his television debut with a supporting role in the 2007 family sitcom Kimchi Cheese Smile, and in 2008, landed a lead role in KBS's critically acclaimed youth drama, Jungle Fish. Based on a true story, it tackles the serious issues of school cheating, competitive academic standards, and interactive blogging in a fresh way. The drama won a number of awards, including the Peabody Award.
In 2009, Kim acted in the short film Worst Friends by Namkoong Sun, which won the Best Film in Social Drama award at the Mise en Scène Short Film Festival and the well-received SBS drama special Father's House where he acted alongside veteran actor Choi Min-soo. He also co-hosted Mnet's Boys & Girls Music Countdown along with Kara's Han Seung-yeon in 2009.
Kim raised his profile through memorable turns as the younger version of the male lead characters in Will It Snow for Christmas? and Giant, the latter winning him the Best New Actor award at the SBS Drama Awards.
2011–2013: Rising popularity and breakthrough
Kim became a household name in 2011 after starring in teen musical drama Dream High. He plays a country bumpkin who turned out to be a musical genius. The drama brought in high domestic ratings and was also popular overseas, winning several international awards. As the only young actor in a cast of idols, Kim studied song and dance for three months at JYP Entertainment to pull off the required scenes in the drama. He recorded two songs for the drama's soundtrack, his solo "Dreaming" as well as the title track "Dream High" with the rest of the cast.
Kim's popularity skyrocketed when he starred in the hit period drama Moon Embracing the Sun as the young King Leehwon. The drama recorded a peak rating of 42.2 percent, thereby earning the "national drama" status. Kim contributed his vocals to the soundtrack with the traditional ballad "Only You" and the more modern composition "Another Way".
Due to his popularity, he set a new record in product endorsements for being the face of 17 products simultaneously. He also won the Best TV Actor award at the 2012 Baeksang Arts Awards. Beating out heavyweight veterans such as Han Suk-kyu, Shin Ha-kyun and Cha Seung-won, Kim said "I am very grateful for this moment, but I am ashamed as well. It's like getting a lot of homework. I'll keep trying to become a better actor in order to remain worthy of this award".
Kim made his big-screen debut in the star-studded heist film The Thieves, touted by the press as the Korean version of Ocean's Eleven. With over 12.9 million ticket sales, the film became the second highest-grossing movie in Korean film history.
In 2013, Kim was cast to play the role of a North Korean spy who infiltrated South Korea as a village idiot in the movie Secretly, Greatly, an adaptation of the popular webtoon series Covertness by Hun. The film broke several records and was one of the most successful box office hits of the year. Kim won Best New Actor awards at the 50th Grand Bell Awards and the 50th Baeksang Arts Awards.
2014–present: International fame
From 2013 to early 2014, Kim starred in SBS fantasy romance series My Love from the Star alongside Jun Ji-hyun. He also released two singles for the drama's soundtrack, titled "In Front of Your House" and "Promise". The drama had over three billion hits on the Chinese streaming website iQiyi and also sparked trends in fashion, make-up and restaurants. Kim experienced explosive growth in popularity throughout Asia and became one of the most in-demand endorsers with 35 product endorsements. He won the Daesang (or "Grand Prize"), the highest award for television, at the 7th Korea Drama Awards.
For the latter half of the year, Kim attended two international sports events. Held on 16 August 2014, Kim sang the official theme song "Light up the Future" with several artists at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games held in Nanjing, China. He also participated in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. Along with actor Jang Dong-gun, Korean opera singer Ahn Sook-sun and people from 45 nations, they delivered the message of "One Asia" at the second part of the highlight stage.
In 2015, Kim starred in KBS' variety drama The Producers, written by My Love From the Star writer Park Ji-eun. The drama drew solid domestic ratings domestically, and was also sold to several countries internationally. Kim once again won the Daesang (or "Grand Prize") at the 8th Korea Drama Awards, 4th APAN Star Awards and the 2015 KBS Drama Awards for his acting performance. Kim was listed under Forbes "30 Under 30 Asia 2016 list" which comprises 30 influential people under 30 years old who have made substantial effect in their fields.
In December 2019, reports have surfaced that Kim is leaving KeyEast to form an agency with his cousin. In January 2020, Kim signed with Gold Medalist along with actors Kim Sae-ron and Seo Ye-ji.
Brand ambassadorial roles
- On 28 April 2011, Kim and Bae Suzy were officially revealed to be the ambassadors of the "16th Goyang Korea Flower Show" in the Gyeonggi Province.
- On 18 April 2012, the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) appointed Kim as the Promotional Ambassador for Korean tourism.
- On 20 May 2014, Kim was appointed as one of the public relations officer for his alma mater, Chung-Ang University.
- On 25 October 2014, Kim was appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador of Seoul. For the city's promotion, he participated in various cultural events in the next two years.
- On 24 March 2015, Kim was named honorary ambassador for the Incheon International Airport.
- On 3 December 2012, Kim was appointed the ambassador for Lotte Hotel Busan.
- On 29 April 2016, Kim was selected as an ambassador of Paradise City.
A bowling enthusiast, Kim applied to become a professional bowler in October 2016. He ranked 10th out of the 114 participants on his first try-out tournament but failed to make the cut on the second, falling short of the 200 points needed to qualify with only 192.3.
Kim enlisted as an active duty soldier and began his mandatory military service on October 23, 2017. He entered a military camp in Paju, Gyeonggi Province to complete his basic training. In late November 2017, his agency announced that Kim had completed his five weeks basic training placing fourth as an outstanding trainee. He was assigned to the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion to continue his duty. In February 2019, Kim received an early promotion as a Sergeant for his exceptional conduct in the military. Kim was discharged on July 1, 2019.
|2008||Cherry Blossom||Han Hyun-joon||Short film|
|2009||Worst Friends||Kim Joon-ki|||
|2013||Secretly, Greatly||Won Ryu-hwan / Bang Dong-gu|||
|2014||Miss Granny||young Mr. Park||Cameo|||
|2007||Kimchi Cheese Smile||Kim Soo-hyun||MBC|||
|2008||Jungle Fish||Han Jae-ta||KBS|||
|2009||Seven Years of Love||Chun-jae||OBS|
|Will It Snow for Christmas?||teen Cha Kang-jin||SBS|||
|Father's House||Kang Jae-il|||
|2010||Giant||teen Lee Sung-mo|||
|2011||Dream High||Song Sam-dong||KBS|||
|2012||Moon Embracing the Sun||King Lee Hwon||MBC|||
|Dream High 2||Song Sam-dong||KBS||Cameo, episode 1|||
|2013–2014||My Love from the Star||Do Min-joon||SBS|||
|2015||The Producers||Baek Seung-chan||KBS|||
|2019||Hotel del Luna||Owner of Hotel Blue Moon||tvN||Cameo, episode 16|||
|2020||Crash Landing on You||Dong-gu||Cameo, episode 10|||
|It's Okay to Not Be Okay||Moon Gang-tae|||
|2013||Documentary Special: Director Bong Joon-ho||MBC|||
|2008||The Taste of Life||KBS|||
|2009||Boys & Girls Music Countdown||Mnet|||
Music video appearances
|2003||A Midsummer Night's Dream||Puck|
|2007||A Broken Heart, Man & Woman||Guest|
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Album|
|2011||"Dream High (드림하이)"||23||—||Dream High: Original Sound Track|
(Commercial song recorded for his Spris spring ad along with Eun-jung)
|2012||"The One and Only You (그대 한 사람)"||2||2||Moon Embracing the Sun: Original Sound Track|
|"Another Way (또 다른 길)"||119||38||Another Way: Secret Version|
|"Marine Boy"||—||—||Non-album Single|
(Commercial song recorded for his Tous Les Jours winter ad)
|2014||"In Front of Your House (너의 집 앞)"||3||4||My Love from the Star: Original Sound Track|
|"—" denotes releases that were not released in that region|
Awards and nominations
- '유망주' 김수현, 배용준 이나영과 한솥밥. Star Money (in Korean). 4 January 2010.
- Park, Dong-je (23 December 2014). 이유리, 김수현 이어 '올해를 빛낸 탤런트' 2위 선정..진정한 '대세' 확인. BreakNews (in Korean). Retrieved 2014-12-27.
- Ed Slott. "Forbes Korea Power Celebrity 2013". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-02-27.
- 중앙시사매거진. JoongAng Ilbo (in Korean). 23 February 2015. Retrieved 2017-02-27.
- 1위 지킨 엑소, 단숨에 정상권 오른 유아인·혜리. JoongAng Ilbo (in Korean). 25 February 2016. Retrieved 2017-02-27.
- Howard, Caroline. "G.E.M., Angelababy, Soo-hyun Kim And The Actors And Athletes Of 30 Under 30 Asia". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-03-14.
- "What Was Kim Soo Hyun Like as a Student?". enewsWorld. 27 March 2012. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014.
- "KIM Soo-hyun, hero of SECRETLY GREATLY". Korean Film Biz Zone. 18 June 2013.
- "Kim Soo Hyun′s Half Sister Almost Debuted with Girl Group The Ark". enewsWorld. 22 July 2015.
- "제작·연출·연기, 형제가 다했다"…'리얼', 가족경영의 나쁜 예. Dispatch (in Korean). 3 July 2017.
- "N-Sonic's Zion Revealed to Be Kim Soo Hyun's Cousin". enewsWorld. 26 May 2015.
- 김수현 "데뷔작 '김치치즈스마일', 헤어스타일 덕에 캐스팅". TV Report (in Korean). 18 March 2012.
- Yoon, Go-eun (16 September 2010). 박보영ㆍ김수현 주연 '정글피쉬' 특별개봉 [Special re-edit of Park Bo-young and Kim Soo-hyun’s Jungle Fish]. Yonhap (in Korean). Retrieved 2012-11-24.
- Han, Sang-hee (26 September 2010). "Realism essential for local teen dramas". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-23.
- "Jungle Fish". The Peabody Awards. Retrieved 2014-06-01.
- "Jungle Fish Wins a Peabody", KBS World, 2 April 2009.
- MY NAME IS: Kim Soo-hyun.10Asia. 12 January 2010.
- "Kim Soo Hyun and Kara's Han Seung Yeon Co-MCs?". enewsWorld. 8 February 2012. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014.
- Ko, Kyoung-seok (3 January 2011). "Ko Hyun-jung wins grand prize at SBS Drama Awards". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-03-21.
- "Kim Soo-hyun cast as male lead in upcoming KBS drama". 10Asia. 1 November 2010.
- 탄력받은 '드림하이', 1인자 굳히기?. Osen (in Korean). 19 January 2011.
- INTERVIEW: Actor Kim Soo-hyun – Part 1, 10Asia, 15 March 2011.
- INTERVIEW: Actor Kim Soo-hyun – Part 2, 10Asia, 15 March 2011.
- "김수현 직접 부른 `드림하이` OST `Dreaming` 인기 급상승". Maeil Business Newspaper (in Korean). 26 February 2011.
- "Kim Soo-hyun to turn king in new series". 10Asia. 1 November 2011.
- Lee, Jin-ho (11 November 2011). "Kim Soo Hyun Cast in The Sun and the Moon". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 2 February 2015.
- "Hit drama ends with record ratings". Korea JoongAng Daily. 17 March 2012.
- "Kim Soo-hyun sings on 'Moon Embracing the Sun' drama". Korea JoongAng Daily. 12 March 2012.
- "Kim Soo-hyun releases two singles in two days". Korea JoongAng Daily. 15 March 2012.
- "Kim Soo-hyun sets new record for product endorsements". Korea JoongAng Daily. 13 March 2012.
- "Kim Soo-hyun's win is hotly debated". Korea JoongAng Daily. 28 April 2012.
- "Kim Soo-hyun joins cast of high-profile movie". 10Asia. 21 March 2011.
- "'The Thieves' all-star cast set to steal show". Korea JoongAng Daily. 13 June 2012.
- "The Thieves Emerges as Most Popular Korean Movie". The Chosun Ilbo. 4 October 2012. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
- Kim Soo-hyun lands role of North Korean spy in new movie. 10Asia. 30 April 2012.
- "Secretly Greatly Blazes Trail at Box Office by Tapping Teen Audience". The Chosun Ilbo. 10 June 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-10.
- Yun, Suh-young (10 June 2013). "Secretly success shows teen power at box office". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
- "Kim Soo-hyun named best new movie actor in Baeksang awards". The Korea Herald. 27 May 2014.
- "THE FACE READER Picks Up 6 at 50th Grand Bell Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. 4 November 2013. Archived from the original on 8 April 2015. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
- "Kim Soo-hyun, Jun Ji-hyun to Pair Up in New Drama". The Chosun Ilbo. 16 November 2013.
- "김수현이 부른 '별그대' OST '너의 집앞' 공개". TenAsia (in Korean). 19 February 2014.
- "김수현 세레나데 듣는다…'별그대' OST '약속' 공개". Hankook Ilbo (in Korean). 13 March 2014.
- Shin, Kyun-jin; Yang, Sung-hee (14 March 2013). "Hallyu booming again in China, bigger than ever". Korea JoongAng Daily.
- "Korean TV Show Sparks Chicken and Beer Craze in China". The Wall Street Journal. 26 February 2014.
- "Hallyu trio captivate Chinese hearts". The Korea Herald. 13 November 2014.
- "Who Are the Most Popular Korean Stars Overseas?". The Chosun Ilbo. 19 June 2014.
- "Kim Soo-hyun Is Advertisers' Favorite". The Chosun Ilbo. 30 January 2014.
- "Kim Soo Hyun snaps up 35 endorsement deals!". The Korea Herald. 24 November 2014.
- "Kim Soo-hyun wins at drama festival". Korea JoongAng Daily. 3 October 2014.
- "Kim Soo-hyun performs at Nanjing Youth Olympic Games opening ceremony". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
- "Hallyu stars to light up Asia opening ceremony". The Korea Times. 27 August 2014.
- Kim, Jae-heun (11 May 2015). "Kim Soo-hyun returns in Producers". The Korea Times.
- "'Producers' sold out globally". HanCinema. Star News. 4 June 2015.
- "Kim Soo-hyun, Kim Tae-hee to headline Korean drama fest". Yonhap News Agency. 9 September 2015. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
- Sung, So-young (30 November 2015). "Kim Soo-hyun takes top APAN Star honors". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2015-12-10.
- "Kim Soo-hyun grabs grand prize at KBS drama awards". The Korea Herald. 1 January 2016.
- "The Charms of Forbes′ ′30 Under 30 Asia′ Kim Soo Hyun, G-Dragon and SNSD′s Yoona". enewsWorld. 11 March 2016.
- "KIM Soo-Hyun Chooses Noir Flick for His Return". Korean Film Biz Zone. 14 April 2015.
- "(Yonhap Interview) Actor Kim Soo-hyun: 'I'm still clumsy but try to be closer to perfection'". Yonhap News Agency. 27 June 2017.
- "Actor Kim Soo-hyun to set up own agency". The Korea Times. December 12, 2017.
- "Kim Soo-hyun signs a new contract". Korea JoongAng Daily. January 2, 2020.
- "Actor Kim Soo-hyun to star in tvN drama 'Psycho but It's Okay'". The Korea Herald. February 7, 2020.
- "Fans await Hallyu star Kim Soo-hyun's full comeback through TV drama". Aju Daily. February 7, 2020.
- 고양꽃전시회 1천만달러 계약 15일 폐막. Aju News (in Korean). 15 May 2011.
- "Kim Soo-hyun is new face of Korea". Korea JoongAng Daily. 19 April 2012.
- 중앙대 역대급 최강 홍보대사…김수현·유리·수영·박신혜 위촉. Khan (in Korean). 20 May 2014.
- "Kim Soo-hyun becomes honorary ambassador of Seoul". The Korea Herald. 9 October 2014.
- "Kim Soo-hyun named honorary ambassador for Incheon Airport". Kpop Herald. 24 March 2015.
- 비스트, 부산롯데호텔서 팬미팅. Newsis (in Korean). 3 December 2012.
- "Paradise Group Selects Kim Soo-hyun as Paradise City Ambassador". Business Korea. 19 April 2016.
- "Actor Kim Soo-hyun wants to be professional bowler". The Korea Times. 13 October 2016.
- "Kim Soo-hyun Fails to Make Cut at Pro-Bowling Tryouts". The Chosun Ilbo. 31 October 2016.
- "Actor Kim Soo-hyun joins military". Yonhap News Agency. 23 October 2017. Retrieved 2017-10-25.
- "Actor Kim Soo-hyun Starts Military Service". The Chosun Ilbo. 24 October 2017.
- "Kim Soo-hyun to enlist on Oct. 23". Kpop Herald. 28 September 2017.
- "Photo of Kim Soo-hyun in military uniform released". Kpop Herald. 30 October 2017.
- Lee Kyung-ho (29 November 2017). 김수현, 우수훈련병 기초군사훈련 끝..수색대대 자원. Star News (in Korean).
- 김수현 측 "수색대대로 자대배치…우수 훈련병 뽑혀 포상휴가" [공식]. News1 (in Korean). 29 November 2017.
- Yeo Hyun-goo (29 November 2017). 김수현 측 "수색대대로 자대배치…우수 훈련병 뽑혀 포상휴가" [공식]. News Joins (in Korean). JoongAng Daily.
- Go Myung-jin (March 4, 2019). "[단독]김수현·옥택연, 병장 조기진급…성실한 군생활 덕분". Pop Herald. Retrieved 2019-04-03.
- "Actor Kim Soo-hyun to be discharged July 1". The Korea Times. 10 June 2019.
- "Actor Kim Soo-hyun Discharged from Military". The Chosun Ilbo. 2 July 2019.
- 김수현·정소민, 과거 단편 영화 출연 모습 ‘눈빛이…’. JoongAng Ilbo (in Korean). 7 March 2012.
- "Kim Soo-hyun makes cameo appearance in movie "Miss Granny"". Hancinema. Xports News. 6 January 2014.
- 김수현, 과거 '김치치즈스마일' 수영선수시절 탄탄한 복근 재조명...'저 복근에 빨래하고싶네!'. G-enews (in Korean). 23 November 2015.
- 남지현·김수현, ‘크리스마스에 눈이 올까요?’ 촬영 현장 공개. JKN (in Korean). 5 December 2009.
- "SBS <아버지의 집>│지금 곁에 있습니까?". TenAsia (in Korean). 22 December 2009.
- "[2010 샛별] '자이언트'의 명품 아역 김수현". JoongAng Ilbo (in Korean). 29 May 2010.
- ‘드림하이2’ 김수현, 첫 카메오로 출연…지연과 송삼동-고혜미 연기. Hankyung (in Korean). 25 January 2012.
- "[단독] 김수현, '호텔델루나' 피날레 장식…아이유와 특급의리". n.news.naver.com (in Korean). Retrieved 2019-08-29.
- "[HanCinema's News] Kim Soo-hyun Reprises "Secretly and Greatly" Role for "Crash Landing on You"". Hancinema. January 20, 2020.
- 김수현, 봉준호 다룬 다큐로 내레이션 첫 도전. Osen (in Korean). 22 August 2013.
- 신인 김수현, '해피선데이' 새 코너 '이 맛에 산다'로 예능 도전. edaily (in Korean). 31 May 2008.
- "Actor Kim Soo-hyun to appear in IU's upcoming music video". Yonhap News Agency. Retrieved 2017-04-15.
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- "Korea K-Pop Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
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