Kim Tae-ri

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Kim Tae-ri
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Kim in July 2017
Born (1990-04-24) April 24, 1990 (age 31)
Alma materKyung Hee University
Years active2014–present
AgentManagement MMM
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Tae-ri
McCune–ReischauerKim T'ae-ri

Kim Tae-ri (born April 24, 1990) is a South Korean actress. She is best known for starring in the films The Handmaiden (2016), Little Forest (2018), Space Sweepers (2020), and the historical drama Mr. Sunshine (2018).

Early life[edit]

Kim was born on April 24, 1990, in Seoul. After graduating from Youngshin Nursing Business High School, Kim studied Journalism and Communication at Kyung Hee University from 2008 to 2012.[1][2] Kim was inspired to become an actress in her second year of college after joining a college theater club.[3]


2012–2015: Early career[edit]

After graduating from college, Kim worked for a year as a member of the technical crew of a theatre troupe in Daehakro.[4] Later, Kim was cast as a standby in the 2012 production of Spoonface Steinberg but did not get to perform on stage. She subsequently acted in the plays Pansy and To ask about love, and was cast for the rerun of Spoonface Steinberg in 2013.[5] In the same year, she filmed Moon Young, a short film which debuted at the Seoul Independent Film Festival in 2015; a theatrical version was released in 2017.[6][7] In 2014, Kim joined J-Wide Company and appeared in a number of TV commercials.[8] During this period, she acted in several short films and attended many auditions for film roles but faced multiple rejections.[5]

2016–present: Feature debut and high profile roles[edit]

Kim at the 37th Blue Dragon Film Awards in November 2016

In 2016, Kim made her feature film debut in Park Chan-wook's The Handmaiden, where she was chosen from 1,500 actresses who auditioned for the role.[9] For her performance in the film, she won the award for Best New Actress at the Blue Dragon Film Awards, Director's Cut Awards, Buil Film Awards, and Busan Film Critics Awards. Park recounted his first impression of Kim reminded him strongly of his first meeting with actress Kang Hye-jung, who had her career breakthrough in Park's 2003 film Oldboy.[10][11] In 2017, Kim was part of the ensemble cast in the political thriller 1987: When the Day Comes, which garnered her a nomination for Best Actress at the Grand Bell Awards.[12][13][14] In 2018, Kim headlined the Korean film adaptation of the manga series Little Forest,[15][16] for which she won the Director's Cut Award and received nominations for the Blue Dragon Film Award, Baeksang Arts Award and Buil Film Award, all for Best Actress.[17][18] The same year, she made her small-screen debut in the period melodrama Mr. Sunshine, written by Kim Eun-sook,[19] and she was nominated for the Baeksang Arts Award for Best Actress for her performance.[20] Mr. Sunshine became one of the highest-rated series in Korean cable television history.[21] In 2019, Kim was ranked among Forbes 30 Under 30 in the Entertainment & Sports category.[22][23]

In 2021, Kim starred in the first Korean space blockbuster Space Sweepers alongside Song Joong-ki. Originally slated for a July 2020 premiere which was cancelled due to COVID-19,[24] the film was released on Netflix in February 2021.[25][26] She is set to appear in Choi Dong-hoon's upcoming sci-fi crime film Alien, which will be released in two parts.[27][28] In August 2021, Kim moved to Management MMM after her contract with J-Wide expired.[29] Later, Kim was confirmed to lead the tvN drama Twenty-Five Twenty-One with Nam Joo-hyuk and Bona, making her comeback to the small-screen in three years since 2018.[30]



Year Title Korean Title Role Notes Ref.
2016 The Handmaiden 아가씨 Sook-hee [9]
2017 Moon Young 문영 Moon-young [31]
1987: When the Day Comes 1987 Yeon-hee [12]
2018 Little Forest 리틀 포레스트 Song Hye-won [15]
2021 Space Sweepers 승리호 Captain Jang Netflix Film [25]
TBA Alien 외계인 Post-production [27]
Alien Part 2 외계인 2부 [28]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Korean Title Network Role Notes Ref.
2016 Entourage 안투라지 tvN Herself Cameo (Episode 1) [32]
2018 Mr. Sunshine 미스터 션샤인 Go Ae-shin [19]
2022 Twenty-Five Twenty-One 스물다섯 스물하나 Na Hee-do [30]



Title Year Album
"Segimalui Norae"[33] 2016 The Handmaiden OST
"Hidden Road by Lee Hanyeol"
(with Gang Dong-won)[34]
2018 1987: When the Day Comes OST[35]
"Hidden Road by Yeonheui"
(with Gang Dong-won)[36]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Year Work Category Result Ref.
APAN Star Awards 2018 Mr. Sunshine Best New Actress Won [37]
Asia Artist Awards 2017 Best Entertainer Won [38]
Asian Film Awards 2017 The Handmaiden Best Newcomer Won [39]
Baeksang Arts Awards 2017 The Handmaiden Best New Actress – Film Nominated
2018 Little Forest Best Actress – Film Nominated [17]
2019 Mr. Sunshine Best Actress – Television Nominated [20]
Blue Dragon Film Awards 2016 The Handmaiden Best New Actress Won [40]
2018 Little Forest Best Actress Nominated [18]
Buil Film Awards 2016 The Handmaiden Best New Actress Won [41]
2018 Little Forest Best Actress Nominated [42]
Busan Film Critics Awards 2016 The Handmaiden Best New Actress Won [43]
Chunsa Film Art Awards 2017 The Handmaiden Best New Actress Nominated
2018 1987: When the Day Comes Best Actress Nominated [44]
2019 Little Forest Best Actress Nominated [45]
Cine 21 Awards 2016 The Handmaiden Best New Actress Won [46]
Director's Cut Awards 2016 The Handmaiden Best New Actress Won [47]
2018 Little Forest Best Actress Won [48]
Grand Bell Awards 2018 1987: When the Day Comes Best Actress Nominated [49]
KOFRA Film Awards 2017 The Handmaiden Best New Actress Won [50]
Korea Drama Awards 2018 Mr. Sunshine Best New Actress Nominated [51]
Korea World Youth Film Festival 2017 The Handmaiden Favorite New Actress Won [52]
2018 Little Forest Popular Actress Award Won [53]
Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards 2018 Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Commendation Won [54]
Marie Claire Film Festival 2017 The Handmaiden Best Newcomer Won
The Seoul Awards 2018 1987: When the Day Comes Best Supporting Actress Nominated [55]
Mr. Sunshine Best New Actress Nominated
Shinfilm Art Film Festival 2018 Little Forest Choi Eun-hee Actor Award Won [56]
University Film Festival of Korea 2018 Little Forest Best Actress Won [57]
Women in Film Korea Festival 2016 The Handmaiden Best New Actress Won [58]


Name of publisher, year listed, name of listicle, and placement
Publisher Year Listicle Placement Ref.
Forbes 2019 Korea Power Celebrity 23rd [59]


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  2. ^ Jin, Hyun-cheol (May 30, 2016). "[인터뷰]김태리 "베드신보다 너털웃음이 더 어렵더라"" [[Interview] Kim Tae-ri "It was harder to laugh more hard than bed scenes."]. MK (in Korean).
  3. ^ Hyun, Hwa-young (June 18, 2016). "[인터뷰] '아가씨' 김태리 "내 선택에 두려움 있었다"" [[Interview]'Girl' Kim Tae-ri "I was afraid of my choice"]. Naver (in Korean). Segye Ilbo. Retrieved May 15, 2021.
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  35. ^ (Original Soundtrack) by Kim Tae Seong, retrieved December 10, 2018
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