Kim Soo-hyun

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Kim Soo-hyun
Kim Soo-hyun 2014 PaekSang Arts Awards06b.jpg
Born (1988-02-16) February 16, 1988 (age 30)
Seoul, South Korea
Alma mater Chung-Ang University
Occupation Actor
Years active 2007–present
Agent
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Gim Su-hyeon
McCune–Reischauer Kim Suhyŏn
Website soo-hyun.com
Signature
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Kim Soo-hyun (Hangul김수현; 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.[2] He was first included in the Forbes Korea Power Celebrity list in 2013 placing fourth,[3] and subsequently ranking second in 2015[4] and fifth in 2016.[5] The business magazine's Asia edition also listed him in its 30 under 30 in 2016.[6] The success of his television dramas throughout Asia established him as a top Hallyu star.

Early life and education[edit]

Kim's mother encouraged him to take acting classes during his high school years to help overcome his introverted personality. His father is Kim Chung-hoon and was the lead singer of the 80's band "Seven Dolphins".[7] He enrolled at Chung-Ang University's Film and Theater Department in 2009.[8]

In 2015, it was revealed to the public that Kim has a paternal half-sister named Kim Ju-na, a singer.[9] His cousin, Lee Sa-rang (real name Lee Jae-hyun), directed his latest film, Real (2017).[10][11]

Career[edit]

2007–2009: Television career beginnings[edit]

Kim made his television debut with a supporting role in the 2007 family sitcom Kimchi Cheese Smile,[12] and in 2008, landed a lead role in KBS's critically acclaimed youth drama, Jungle Fish.[13] Based on a true story, it tackles the serious issues of school cheating, competitive academic standards, and interactive blogging in a fresh way.[14] The drama won a number of awards, including the Peabody Award.[15][16]

For the latter half of the year, Kim appeared in the food-based variety show Delicious Quiz (also known as The Taste of Life) as one of the hosts and in the short film Cherry Blossom.

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.[17] He also co-hosted Mnet's Boys & Girls Music Countdown along with Kara's Han Seung-yeon in 2009.[18]

2010–2011: Dream High and rising popularity[edit]

Kim raised his profile through memorable turns as the younger version of the male lead characters in Will It Snow for Christmas?[17] and Giant, the latter winning him the Best New Actor award at the SBS Drama Awards.[19]

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.[20] The drama brought in high domestic ratings[21] 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.[22][23] 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.[24]

2012–2013: Moon Embracing the Sun and big screen debut[edit]

Kim's popularity skyrocketed when he starred in the hit period drama Moon Embracing the Sun as the young King Leehwon.[25][26] The drama recorded a peak rating of 42.2 percent,[27] thereby earning the "national drama" status. Kim contributed his vocals to the soundtrack with the traditional ballad "Only You"[28] and the more modern composition "Another Way".[29]

Due to his popularity, he set a new record in product endorsements for being the face of 17 products simultaneously.[30] 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".[31]

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.[32][33] With over 12.9 million ticket sales, the film became the second highest-grossing movie in Korean film history.[34]

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.[35] The film broke several records and was one of the most successful box office hits of the year.[36][37] Kim won Best New Actor awards at the 50th Grand Bell Awards and the 50th Baeksang Arts Awards.[38][39]

2014–present: My Love from the Star and international fame[edit]

Baeksang Arts Awards May 2014

From 2013 to early 2014, Kim starred in SBS fantasy romance series My Love from the Star alongside Jun Ji-hyun.[40] He also released two singles for the drama's soundtrack, titled "In Front of Your House" and "Promise".[41][42] The drama had over three billion hits on the Chinese streaming website iQiyi[43] and also sparked trends in fashion, make-up and restaurants.[44] Kim experienced explosive growth in popularity throughout Asia[45][46] and became one of the most in-demand endorsers with 35 product endorsements.[47][48] He won the Daesang (or "Grand Prize"), the highest award for television, at the 7th Korea Drama Awards.[49]

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.[50] 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.[51]

In September 2014

In 2015, Kim starred in KBS' variety drama The Producers, written by My Love From the Star writer Park Ji-eun.[52] The drama drew solid domestic ratings domestically, and was also sold to several countries internationally.[53] 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.[54][55][56] 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.[57]

Kim then starred in the action-noir film Real, which premiered in June 2017.[58][59]

Ambassadorial roles[edit]

  • 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.[60]
  • On 18 April 2012, the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) appointed Kim as the Promotional Ambassador for Korean tourism.[61]
  • On 3 December 2012, Kim was appointed the ambassador for Lotte Hotel Busan.[62]
  • On 20 May 2014, Kim was appointed as one of the public relations officer for his alma mater, Chung-Ang University.[63]
  • 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.[64]
  • On 24 March 2015, Kim was named honorary ambassador for the Incheon International Airport.[65]
  • On 29 April 2016, Kim was selected as an ambassador of Paradise Casino.[66]

Personal life[edit]

Bowling[edit]

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.[67][68]

Military enlistment[edit]

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.[69][70] In late November 2017, his agency announced that Kim had completed his five weeks basic training placing fourth as an outstanding trainee.[71] He was assigned to the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion to continue his duty.[72][73]

His military service is set to be completed on July 22, 2019.[74][75]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2008 Cherry Blossom Han Hyun-joon Short film
2009 Worst Friends Kim Joon-ki [76]
2012 The Thieves Zampano [32]
2013 Secretly, Greatly Won Ryu-hwan / Bang Dong-gu [35]
2014 Miss Granny young Mr. Park Cameo [77]
2017 Real Jang Tae-young [58]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref.
2007 Kimchi Cheese Smile Kim Soo-hyun MBC [78]
2008 Jungle Fish Han Jae-ta KBS [14]
2009 Seven Years of Love Chun-jae OBS
Will It Snow for Christmas? teen Cha Kang-jin SBS [79]
Father's House Kang Jae-il [80]
2010 Giant teen Lee Sung-mo [81]
2011 Dream High Song Sam-dong KBS [20]
2012 Moon Embracing the Sun King Leehwon MBC [25]
Dream High 2 Song Sam-dong KBS Cameo, episode 1 [82]
2013–2014 My Love from the Star Do Min-joon SBS [40]
2015 The Producers Baek Seung-chan KBS [52]

Narration[edit]

Year Title Network Ref.
2013 Documentary Special: Director Bong Joon-ho MBC [83]

Hosting[edit]

Year Title Network Ref.
2008 The Taste of Life KBS [84]
2009 Boys & Girls Music Countdown Mnet [18]

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song title Artist Ref.
2017 "Ending Scene" IU [85]

Musical theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Ref.
2003 A Midsummer Night's Dream Puck
2007 A Broken Heart, Man & Woman Guest
2009 Grease Kenickie
Hamlet Hamlet

Discography[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
Gaon
[86]
Billboard
K-Pop
Hot 100
[87]
2011 "Dream High (드림하이)"

(with JOO, Taecyeon, Suzy, Wooyoung, IU)

23 Dream High: Original Sound Track
"Dreaming" 3
"Crazy4s"[88]

(Commercial song recorded for his Spris spring ad along with Eun-jung)

Non-album Single
2012 "The One and Only You (그대 한 사람)" 2 2[89] Moon Embracing the Sun: Original Sound Track
"Another Way (또 다른 길)" 119 38 Another Way: Secret Version
"Marine Boy"[90]

(Official 2012 Summer Olympics commercial song in South Korea to support swimmer Park Tae-hwan)

Non-album Single
"Winter Wonderland"

(Commercial song recorded for his Tous Les Jours winter ad)

Non-album Single
2014 "In Front of Your House (너의 집 앞)" 3 4[91] My Love from the Star: Original Sound Track
"Promise (약속)" 12 13[91]
"—" denotes releases that were not released in that region

Awards and nominations[edit]

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