Kim Tae-hee as LG Optimus 3D & LG Cinema 3D model, in September 2011
March 29, 1980 |
Busan, South Korea
|Alma mater||Seoul National University - B.A. Fashion Design|
|Agent||Lua Entertainment (Korea)
Sweet Power (Japan)
|Notable work||Stairway to Heaven
Love Story in Harvard
Jang Ok-jung, Living by Love
|Height||1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)|
|Parent(s)||Kim Yoo-moon (father)|
|Relatives||Kim Hee-won (older sister)
Lee Wan (brother)
|Revised Romanization||Gim Tae-hui|
Kim Tae-hee (Hangul: 김태희; born 29 March 1980) is a South Korean actress. She is best known for her roles in Korean dramas such as Stairway to Heaven (2003), Love Story in Harvard (2004), Iris (2009), My Princess (2011), and Yong-pal (2015).
Kim Tae-hee was born on 29 March 1980 in Busan, South Korea. Her father, Kim Yoo Moon who established and is chairman of Hankook Union Transportation Company in 1984. He is involved in various charities to help out underserved youths and broken families in the Ulsan area. She has an older sister, Kim Hee-won, and a younger brother, Lee Wan; the latter is also an actor and appeared in her television series Stairway to Heaven.
Kim's family moved to Ulsan when she was a child, and she was raised in that city. She had perfect scores in all her subjects throughout her three years in middle school, then enrolled at Ulsan Girls' High School. In 1999, Kim moved to Seoul to attend college at the prestigious Seoul National University, where she became the president of the SNU Women's Ski Club. In 2005, she graduated from SNU with a bachelor's degree in Fashion Design.
In 2000, an advertising executive saw Kim riding the subway, and offered her a modeling job. Kim appeared in television commercials and print ads, before making her acting debut with a small role in the 2001 melodrama Last Present. In 2002, she starred in the short film Living in New Town and the sitcom Let's Go, followed by Screen and A Problem at My Younger Brother's House in 2003.
Kim rose to stardom in 2003 via her portrayal of the evil stepsister in the popular SBS TV series Stairway to Heaven. Starting 2004, Kim was cast in leading roles in her succeeding projects, including the supernatural KBS series Forbidden Love and the SBS campus romance Love Story in Harvard. The latter drew solid viewership ratings nationwide throughout its run with a peak viewer rating of 20 percent and won Kim the Most Popular Actress award in TV category at the Baeksang Arts Awards. Love Story in Harvard was also reportedly well-received by Japanese viewers and contributed to Kim's popularity in the country.
Riding the big success of Stairway to Heaven and Love Story in Harvard, Kim became one of the most sought-after faces in the TV commercial industry. She was picked by Korea Broadcast Advertising Corporation as the top advertising model of the year in 2008, earning her title of "CF Queen". Due to her outstanding beauty, exemplary education background and sweet image, the media has given Kim the title of "Nation's Goddess" or "Nation's um-chin-dal". However, Kim expressed her desire to be valued properly as an actor, preferring to succeed based on her acting skills rather than her image.
Back on the small screen in 2009, Kim played an NIS profiler in the spy action thriller Iris. It was one of the most expensive Korean dramas ever produced and was a critical and commercial success with an average viewership rating of 30%. Kim shed tears at the KBS Drama Awards when she won an Excellence Award in a Mid-length Drama; which was her first acting award, excluding newcomer and popularity awards.
Kim left her then-agency Namoo Actors in January 2010 to join Lua Entertainment, which was founded by her brother-in-law. That year, she also played a horse jockey who dreams of winning the championship in the sports film Grand Prix.
After the success of Iris, she again drew positive reviews in the romantic comedy series My Princess (2011); Kim played an ordinary college student who discovers that she is Korean royalty. Later that year, she starred in her first Japanese television drama Boku to Star no 99 Nichi, where her character is a Korean Wave star who meets an ordinary Japanese bodyguard and he somehow makes her fall head over heels in love with him. The Fuji TV drama, which aired in Japan from October to December in 2011, raked in 9 to 10 percent of viewers’ ratings on average, launching Kim into a household name in Japan. Kim later encountered backlash from some Japanese netizens for her participation in a 2005 rally in Switzerland supporting South Korea's claim in the Dokdo Islets territorial dispute.
In 2013, Kim starred in her first historical period drama Jang Ok-jung, Living by Love as the infamous royal concubine Hui-bin Jang. This was followed by another period role, as the wife of famed Chinese calligrapher Wang Xizhi in the Chinese television drama Saint Wang Xizhi.
Kim returned to Korean television in 2015, playing an heiress who recovers from a coma with the help of a doctor-for-hire, the titular Yong-pal. The show garnered strong ratings and Kim won a Top Excellence Acting award from the Korea Drama Awards.
Kim is one of the most popular and in-demand product endorsers in Korea. She has been a spokesperson for popular brands including 12Plus Colorista, Cyon, Paris Baguette, LG, iriver, Hera, Ohui, Vivian, Daewoo Matiz, Klasse, Samsung, Beans Avenue, Olympus, My House/Root, Crencia, KT Smard Card, Calli, ZEC, BC Card, Maxwell House, S-Oil, Corn Silk Tae, Toyota and Prugio.
On 2 January 2013, her agency confirmed her relationship with singer-actor Rain, stating, "It is true that they are dating, but at the present time they are slowly beginning to get to know each other with good and positive feelings," and "It has been about a month since they began dating."
|A Problem at My Younger Brother's House||Park Su-jin||SBS|
|Stairway to Heaven||Han Yoo-ri||SBS|
|2004||Forbidden Love||Yoon Shi-yeon||KBS2|
|Love Story in Harvard||Lee Soo-in||SBS|
|2011||My Princess||Lee Seol||MBC|
|Boku to Star no 99 Nichi||Han Yoo-na||Fuji TV|
|2013||Jang Ok-jung, Living by Love||Jang Ok-jung||SBS|
|Saint Wang Xizhi|
|2001||Last Present||young Park Jung-yeon|
|2002||Living in New Town (short film)||Ji-soo|
|2007||Venus and Mars||Yoon Jin-ah|
|2010||Grand Prix||Seo Ju-hee|
|Iris: The Movie||Choi Seung-hee|
|2004||"Don't Go Away"||Park Yong-ha|
|2014||"Koinonia"||Korean Catholic celebrities|
Awards and nominations
|2003||SBS Drama Awards||New Star Award||Stairway to Heaven||Won|
|2004||KBS Drama Awards||Best New Actress||Forbidden Love||Won|
|SBS Drama Awards||Top 10 Stars||Love Story in Harvard||Won|
|Netizen Popularity Award||Won|
|2005||41st Paeksang Arts Awards||Most Popular Actress (TV)||Won|
|2007||43rd Paeksang Arts Awards||Most Popular Actress (Film)||The Restless||Won|
|3rd Pyeongtaek Film Festival||New Currents Movie Star - Best New Actress||Won|
|15th Chunsa Film Art Awards||Best New Actress||Nominated|
|44th Grand Bell Awards||Overseas Popularity Award||Won|
|Best New Actress||Nominated|
|28th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Popular Star Award||Won|
|Best New Actress||Nominated|
|6th Korean Film Awards||Best New Actress||Nominated|
|André Kim Best Star Awards||Female Star Award||N/A||Won|
|2009||KBS Drama Awards||Best Couple Award with Lee Byung-hun||Iris||Won|
|Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama||Won|
|2010||46th Paeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (TV)||Nominated|
|3rd Korea Drama Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2011||6th Seoul International Drama Awards||Outstanding Korean Actress||My Princess||Nominated|
|MBC Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Nominated|
|2013||Cosmo Beauty Awards||Asia Dream Star||N/A||Won|
|SBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special||Jang Ok-jung, Living by Love||Nominated|
|2015||8th Korea Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress||Yong-pal||Won|
|4th APAN Star Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Nominated|
|SBS Drama Awards ||Best couple award with Joo Won||Won|
|Top 10 stars||Won|
|Top Excellence Award, Miniseries, Actress||Won|
- "김태희, 키 1.8cm속였다?…생활기록부까지 등장" [Kim Tae-hee lies about her height?]. Hankyung (in Korean). 11 September 2010. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
- Lee, Sun-min (8 July 2014). "Star-filled video welcomes pope". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
- "김태희 부친, 알고보니 '한국통운 김유문 회장'" [Kim Tae Hee’s Involvement with Youth Hope Fund Charity Revealed]. Insight (in Korean). 30 October 2015. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
- "Actress Kim Tae-hee Was Perfect Student". The Korea Times. 15 September 2009. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
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- "Celebrities Who Went to SNU". SNU Media. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
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- 김태희 데뷔시절, 이효리와 주먹 대결연기 풋풋해.... Newsen (in Korean). 15 November 2007. Retrieved 12 March 2012.
- Lee, Min-a (21 June 2005). "Image is all for celebrities in getting advertising work". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
- "Has Kim Tae-hee Found a Part That Suits Her at Last?". The Chosun Ilbo. 18 October 2006. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
- Kwon, Howook (2006-12-14). "[별을 쏘다]김태희 ＆ 장편영화 첫 주연작 '중천'".
- Lee, Hyo-won (20 November 2007). "Kim Tae-hee, Sul Kyoung-gu Battle Onscreen". The Korea Times. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
- "Kim Tae-hee Puts Up Fight Against Critics". The Chosun Ilbo. 7 December 2007. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
- Yang, Sung-jin (26 December 2007). "Christmas blues besiege three Korean actresses". The Korea Herald via Hancinema. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
- "Kim Tae-hee Wants Iris to Become Turnnig Point". The Korea Times. 9 November 2009. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
- Han, Sang-hee (24 May 2009). "Iris to Bring Spy Story to Small Screen". The Korea Times. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
- Han, Sang-hee (3 January 2010). "2009 Drama Awards Wrap Up With No Surprises". The Korea Times. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
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- Lee, Hyo-won (19 August 2010). "Kim Tae-hee aims higher with new sports film". The Korea Times. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
- Beck, Una (13 September 2010). "INTERVIEW: Kim Tae-hee - Part 1". TenAsia. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
- Beck, Una (13 September 2010). "INTERVIEW: Kim Tae-hee - Part 2". TenAsia. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
- Oh, Jean (3 January 2011). "Hallyu stars take first stab at rom-com". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
- "Kim Tae-hee Wins Over Viewers with My Princess". The Chosun Ilbo. 3 February 2011. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
- "Kim Tae-hee lands female lead role in Japanese drama". TenAsia. 25 August 2011. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
- Lee, Claire (22 February 2012). "Preview of Kim Tae-hee's Japanese commercial axed". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
- Seol, Won-tai (22 February 2012). "Kim Tae-hee's scheduled appearance in Tokyo exhibition canceled for her activities for Dokdo". Kyunghyang Shinmun. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
- Ho, Stewart (8 October 2012). "Kim Tae Hee Cast in Her First Historic Drama, Jang Ok Jung as Joseon Dynasty's Infamous Lady Jang Hee Bin". enewsWorld. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
- Sunwoo, Carla (9 October 2012). "Kim Tae-hee to take on first period drama". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
- Lee, Hye-ji (10 October 2012). "Kim Tae-hee to Turn Femme Fatale in New TV Series". TenAsia. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
- Lee, Kyung-min (27 May 2014). "Kim Tae-hee to star in Chinese drama". The Korea Times. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
- "Kim Tae-hee to Appear in Chinese Drama". The Chosun Ilbo. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
- Jin, Min-ji (13 June 2015). "Kim Tae-hee confirms drama". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
- Ahn, Sung-mi (30 July 2015). "Kim Tae-hee plays Sleeping Beauty in new medical drama". K-pop Herald. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
- Kim, Jin-seok (10 November 2015). "Kim comfortable in supporting role". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
- "Kim Soo-hyun, Kim Tae-hee to headline Korean drama fest". Yonhap. 9 September 2015. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
- "Kim Tae-hee Becomes Highest-Paid Cosmetics Model". The Chosun Ilbo. 21 August 2006. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
- "Kim Yu-na, Cha Tae-hyun Named Top Celebrities for Advertisers". The Chosun Ilbo. 14 October 2009. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
- "When Stars Bank on Advertising Only". The Chosun Ilbo. 5 September 2009. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
- "Kim Tae-hee Admits to Dating Rain". The Chosun Ilbo. 2 January 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
- "Top actress Kim Tae-hee admits romantic relationship with Rain". Yonhap. 1 January 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
- "Winners at the 2004 KBS Drama Awards". Korea Tourism Organization. Retrieved 16 June 2012.
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