In May 2018
|Born||November 9, 1984|
Incheon, South Korea
|Other names||Goo Hye-sun|
(m. 2016; div. 2019)
|Revised Romanization||Gu Hye-seon|
Ku Hye-sun (Korean: 구혜선; born November 9, 1984) is a South Korean actress, singer-songwriter, director and artist. She gained widespread recognition in the television dramas Pure in Heart (2006), The King And I (2007), Boys Over Flowers (2009), Take Care of Us, Captain (2012), Angel Eyes (2014) and Blood (2015).
Ku Hye-sun entered the entertainment industry after gaining popularity on the Internet as an ulzzang. She used to be a trainee under SM Entertainment, before switching over to DSP Media and preparing to debut in a girl group called Ria. But after it didn't work out she then signed under YG Entertainment. Originally set to debut as a singer (supposedly in a three-member girl group with 2NE1's Park Bom and Sandara Park), YG Entertainment CEO Yang Hyun-suk advised Ku to pursue acting rather than music. She made her debut in a CF for Sambo computers and then made her television debut in the KBS horror series Anagram, and continued to appear in one-act dramas. Her performance as Hye-jin in the 2004 MBC sitcom Nonstop 5 attracted the audience's attention.
Ku soon rose to fame in the 2006 television drama Pure in Heart and surprised critics with her performance in the historical drama The King and I. She then starred in the martial arts drama Strongest Chil Woo.
After a year in limbo with no broadcasting slot, her first pre-produced drama The Musical finally aired in September 2011. Ku next starred as a female pilot in the SBS series Take Care of Us, Captain, followed by Absolute Darling, the Taiwanese drama adaptation of the manga Absolute Boyfriend.
Ku then made a small screen comeback acting in SBS's weekend drama Angel Eyes in 2014. She played a legally blind woman who gets her vision back in an operation and decides to embrace life with passion by becoming an emergency rescue worker.
In February 2015, Ku starred in KBS's vampire drama Blood. She plays an arrogant genius physician who entered medical school at a young age of 17. Blood suffered low ratings in Korea and was criticized for her acting. On November 6, 2015, Ku was confirmed to be starring in a Chinese drama The Legendary Tycoon which tells the life story of Run Run Shaw, a self-made entertainment mogul from Hong Kong.
In recent years, Ku has displayed her vocal talents through soundtrack releases as well as digital singles. In 2005, she released her first single "Happy Birthday to You" for Nonstop 5. In 2006, she released the track "Sarang Ga" ("Love Story"), which became the title song of Pure in Heart. In 2012, Ku released her first self-composed soundtrack, titled "Fly Again" for SBS's Take Care of Us, Captain, which she stars in.
Ku released her first album Breath in 2009, an album of new-age music which included her composed song for her friend and singer, Gummy, entitled "Around the Alley". She then released her self composed and written digital single "Brown Hair" in 2010, with the music rearranged by bossa nova pianist Choi In-young. In 2012, Ku released "It's You" and its music video. She not only wrote the music and lyrics of "It's You", but also filmed and edited the music video. In 2014, Ku released her 5th digital single "Happy", which is also a remake to Seo In-guk's song "Were We Happy". She released another self-written single titled "Must" the same year, which also serves as the soundtrack of her film My Daughtr.
In 2015, she released a second album titled Breath 2, which serves as a follow up to her 2009 album Breath. The title track "After 10 Years 100 Years" is a remake of the OST from the film The Peach Tree. Ku held her first concert the same year.
In 2016, Ku released the song "Written and Erased", which is a collaboration song of Ku with The Blind. On April 28, she released her first regular album And Spring that consist of 11 tracks including her singles "Stupid", "Brown Hair", and "It's You."
Ku made her debut as a director through her short film The Madonna. The film which was centered around the topic of assisted suicide, debuted at the 2009 Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival. The film was featured in several film events, including the Asiana International Short Film Festival and the Pusan Asian Short Film Festival where it won "Audience Award" category. The Madonna also won the "Spotlight Award" at the 12th Short Shorts Film Festival which was held in Tokyo from June 10 through 20, 2010. She shared that the reason of herself making film was "It's not like I dreamed of becoming a filmmaker since I was young. I'm interested in many things, including music, art and literature, and I thought I could incorporate all those things by making a film."
The following year, Ku directed her first feature-length film Magic. The film was invited and screened at the 6th Jecheon International Music & Film Festival (JIMFF) from August 12 to 17, 2010 and the 23rd Annual Tokyo International Film Festival. She continued directing short films such as You (2010) Fragments of Sweet Memories (2012), as well as trailers for film festivals. Fragment of Sweet Memories was selected as one of Korea's outstanding 3D films, and was shown at the Cinemountain in Busan Cinema Center during the International 3D Festival (I3DF), which Ku serves as the promotional ambassador of. The film was also selected as a finalist for the Seoul Senior Film Festival, and received citation from the Mayor Park Won-soon.
In 2011, Ku established her own company, Ku Hye-sun Film, under which she would produce and film her projects. Her second directorial feature The Peach Tree was the first film made under her newly established production company. She also wrote the theme song and novel version of the film. On October 25, 2012, she was awarded the Minister Commendation at the 14th Annual Republic of Korea Design Award for The Peach Tree.
In 2013, Ku directed a short film for Samsung Galaxy S4, as part of the project "Story of Me and S4". The same year, she served as the jury for the 9th Jecheon International Music and Film Festival.
In 2014, Ku released her fifth directed film, Daughter. Not only did she took part in producing, script-writing and directing of the movie, she also plays the main character as a mother who gives her daughter an oppressive corporal punishment. The film aims to address and make known to society the problems of child abuse. Daughter was invited to Busan International Film Festival.
As artist and an ambassador
Aside from her acting and directional works, Ku participates in a wide range of projects, including writing and drawing as well as ambassador activities. In recognition of her versatility and talents, Ku was voted as the Best Female Artist in the Entertainment Industry in 2012. She also received the Korea Fulfillment Award, and the Ministry Award for "sharing happiness" for her charitable acts.
In 2009, Ku published her first illustrated novel Tango (탱고), centered around a 20-something young girl who goes through two separate relationships to finally mature into a woman. The book was a bestseller, selling 30,000 copies within a week. Its release coincided with her first solo art exhibition, also titled "Tango" which was held in July 2009 at La Mer Gallery and attracted a total of 10,000 visitors. The exhibition featured around 40 of Ku's illustrations, some from her novel. She held her second art exhibition in 2012, titled "Afterimage" at the Hangaram Design Arts Center in the Seoul Arts Center. She donated all proceeds from the sale of her artwork toward purchasing "clean cars" (germ-free automobiles) for the Korea Leukemia Patient Group.
From 17–31 August 2013, she held exhibition entitled "Anything That Leaves Yearning Is All Beautiful". The same year, Ku attended the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Fair. The illustration poster of her cat 'Mango' will be sold at this exhibition, where the profit will be donated to charity organization ‘Community Chest Hong Kong’. Ku was also appointed as the 2013 Cheongju International Craft Biennale (CICB) ambassador, as well as the ambassador for ArtisTree, an organization to encourage arts.
On March 11, 2016, Ku was confirmed to be dating her Blood co-star Ahn Jae-hyun since April 2015. The couple officially registered their marriage at the Gangnam district office on May 20, 2016 and married on May 21, 2016. They announced that instead of holding a wedding party, they would donate the money to the pediatric ward of Severance Hospital. The pair appeared in the reality show Newlywed Diary produced by Na Young-seok, which showcased their married life.
In August 2019, it was reported Ahn requested a divorce from Ku. On August 18, 2019, Ku posted an image of text messages between her and her husband Ahn Jae-hyun discussing divorce to her Instagram account. Another image was posted with a caption that explained she wanted to preserve her marriage, while Ahn did not. The posts were later deleted. Ku suffered numerous malicious comments on social media every time she criticized Ahn publicly. Ahn submitted an application to the Seoul Family Court on September 9, 2019 for divorce against Ku, and it was delivered to Ku on September 18, 2019.
On September 1, 2019, Ku revealed in Instagram post that she would be taking a break from the entertainment industry to resume college.
|Drama City – Anagram||Nurse||KBS2|
|2005||Drama City – Everybody Cha Cha Cha|
|Ballad of Seodong||Eun-jin||SBS|
|2006||Pure in Heart||Yang Guk-hwa||KBS1|
|2007||The King and I||Queen Je-heon/Yoon So-hwa||SBS|
|2008||Strongest Chil Woo||Yoon So-yoon||KBS2|
|2009||Boys Over Flowers||Geum Jan-di|
|2011||The Musical||Go Eun-bi||SBS|
|2012||Take Care of Us, Captain||Han Da-jin|
|Absolute Darling||Guan Xiao Fei||GTV|
|2014||Heo Nanseolheon||Heo Nanseolheon/ Documentary narrator||MBC|
|Angel Eyes||Yoon Soo-wan||SBS|
|2015||Blood||Yoo Ri-ta/Yoo Chae-yoon||KBS2|
|2017||You Are Too Much||Jung Hae-dang (up until Episode 6, replaced by Jang Hee-jin)||MBC|
|2007||August Rush||Girl on couch (cameo)||American production|
|2014||Daughter||San||Also director and screenwriter|
|2012||The Hospice for the Children Who Live for Today||SBS|||
|2013||Prime||MBC||I Love Wood segment|||
|2014||Miracles in December||KBS1||Angel Bread segment|||
|2017||Newlywed Diary||Cast||Episode 1-6||tvN||Ahn Jae-hyun|
|2002||"We Make a Good Pair"||Sung Si-kyung|
|2004||"The Reason I Close My Eyes"||Taebin|
|2006||"Forget You"||Soul Star|
|2007||"Yesterday Is Different from Today"||Kim Ji-eun|
|2010||"Touch Your Heart"||Fahrenheit|
|"Brown Hair"||Ku Hye-sun|
|2013||"With Laughter or with Tears"||Seo In-guk|
|"It's You"||Ku Hye-sun|
|2014||"She's So High"||Beatburger|
|"Floral Rain"||Ku Hye-sun|
|2015||"After 10 Years 100 Years"|
|"A Day Without Sound"|
|2012||The Peach Tree||Director,
|2009||The Madonna (aka The Cheerful Caretaker)||Director,
|2012||Fragments of Sweet Memories (3D)||Director,
|2013||White Dog (Samsung Galaxy S4)||Director,
singer of theme song
|Cristina Fernandez Lee
|2018||Mystery Pink||Director, Screenwriter||Seo Hyun-jin
|2009||7th Asiana International Short Film Festival||Seo Hyun-jin|
|2011||13th International Women's Film Festival in Seoul||Ku Hye-sun|
|2013||14th Persons with Disabilities Film Festival|||
|2014||10th Jecheon International Music & Film Festival||Ku Hye-sun, Seong Seung-han, Choi In-young|||
|2009||Breath||YG Entertainment||Singer, composer|||
|2005||"Happy Birthday To You"||Nonstop 5 OST||EMI||Singer|||
|2006||"Sarang Ga (Love Story)"||Pure in Heart OST||YG Entertainment|||
|2010||"Brown Hair"||Singer, composer|||
|2012||"Fly Again"||Take Care of Us, Captain OST||Pony Canyon||Composer|
|"Marry Me"||YG Entertainment||Singer, composer|||
|2015||"A Day Without Sound"||Singer|||
|2016||"Written and Erased"||In collaboration with The Blind|
|"Winter Story"||for Newlywed Diary|||
|2009||With You||Ku Hye Sun participated in Isao Sasaki's concert|
|Over the Rainbow||Ku Hye Sun, Isao Sasaki|
|2015||Summer, Autumn, Winter, and Spring||Ku Hye Sun, Choi In-young|
|2010||Ku Hye-sun's The Story Behind the Making of "Magic"||Non-fiction|
|2012||The Peach Tree||Novelization|
|2017||Ku Hye Sun's Music Collection||Music Book|
|2018||Ku Hye Sun's Scenario Collection||Scenario Book|
|2019||Heart Shaped Tears||Novel|
|I am Your Pet||Non-fiction|
|2009||Tango||La Mer Gallery, South Korea||Solo exhibition|||
|2012||Red Bull Collective Art||Gwanggyo Gallery, Cheonggyecheon||Participation|||
|Afterimage||Hangaram Design Arts Center, Seoul Arts Center||Solo exhibition|||
|2013||Harbor City Gallery, Hong Kong|||
|Anything That Leaves Yearning Is All Beautiful||Korean Cultural Center in Shanghai|||
|2016||Dark Yellow||MBC Sangam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul||Participated in "We, 颜(Face)" the DMC Festival 2016|||
|2017||Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul||Solo Exhibition|||
|2018||Mystery Pink||Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul||Solo Exhibition|
|Non Existence||Galerie 89, Paris|
|2019||A World Without You, Stillness For Me||Jinsan Gallery, Seoul||Solo Exhibition|
|2020||Voyage: Again and Again|
- 2012: Goodwill Ambassador for International 3D Festival
- 2013: Promotional Ambassador for Cheongju International Craft Biennale
- 2013: Promotional Ambassador for Artistree
- 2013: Honorary Ambassador for 14th Persons with Disabilities Film Festival
- 2015: Honorary Ambassador for Seoul 2015 International Blind Sports Association (IBSA) World Games
- 2015: Honorary Ambassador for Korean Leukemia Association
- 2016: Honorary Ambassador for Social Contribution Donation Bank
Awards and nominations
|2006||KBS Drama Awards||Best New Actress||Pure in Heart||Won|
|Popularity Award, Actress||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award with Seo Ji-seok||Nominated|
|2007||43rd Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actress (TV)||Nominated|
|SBS Drama Awards||New Star Award||The King and I||Won|
|2008||KBS Drama Awards||Netizen Award, Actress||Strongest Chil Woo||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award with Eric Mun||Nominated|
|2009||26th Pusan Asian Short Film Festival||Audience Award||The Madonna||Won|
|4th Andre Kim Best Star Awards||Best Female Star||Boys Over Flowers||Won|
|6th Yahoo! Taiwan Asia Buzz Awards||Best Asian Actress||Won|
|KBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress||Nominated|
|Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama||Won|
|Netizen Award, Actress||Won|
|Best Couple Award with Lee Min-ho||Won|
|14th Asian Television Awards||Best Drama Actress||Nominated|
|3rd Mnet 20's Choice Awards||Hot Drama Star (Female)||Nominated|
|2010||12th Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia||Spotlight Award||The Madonna||Won|
|23rd Tokyo International Film Festival||Best Asian-Middle Eastern Film||Magic||Nominated|
|2011||5th Mnet 20's Choice Awards||Hot 20's Voice||N/A||Nominated|
|2012||31st Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival||Orbit Competition||The Peach Tree||Nominated|
|SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special||Take Care of Us, Captain||Nominated|
|Korea Fulfillment Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang)||N/A||Won|
|14th Annual Republic of Korea Design Award by Ministry of Knowledge Economy||Design Merits Division-Minister Commendation Award||N/A||Won|
|2013||Ministry of Health and Welfare||2nd Happiness Sharing Talent Award||N/A||Won|
|2014||Ministry of Gender Equality and Family||Grand Prize in Gender Equality||N/A||Won|
|SBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special||Angel Eyes||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award with Lee Sang-yoon||Nominated|
|Asian Drama Awards Pilipinas||Best Actress of the Year 2014||Won|
|Best Couple Award with Lee Sang-yoon||Nominated|
|6th Seoul Senior Film Festival||Best Young Director||N/A||Won|
|2015||KBS Drama Awards||Netizen Award, Actress||Blood||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award with Ahn Jae-hyun||Nominated|
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