Son Ji-hyun

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Son Ji-hyun
Nam Ji-hyun performing in May 2016 04 (crop).jpg
Ji-hyun performing in May 2016
Native name 남지현
Born Nam Ji-hyun
(1990-01-09) January 9, 1990 (age 28)
Seoul, South Korea
Education Sangmyung University
Occupation
  • actress
  • singer
Years active 2009–present
Agent Artist Company[1]
Musical career
Genres K-pop
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2009–2016
Labels Cube Entertainment
Associated acts 4Minute
Korean name
Hangul
Revised Romanization Son Ji-hyeon
McCune–Reischauer Son Chi-hyŏn

Son Ji-hyun (Hangul손지현; born Nam Ji-hyun Hangul남지현 on January 9, 1990) is a South Korean actress and singer. She was previously the leader and a vocalist of South Korean girl group 4Minute.

Early life[edit]

Nam Ji-hyun was born on January 9, 1990[2] in Seoul, South Korea. Jihyun auditioned for JYP Entertainment but was eliminated. However, she then joined Cube Entertainment as a result of Cube Entertainment’s founder, Hong Seung-sung, being recommended by JYP's recruitment department in finding members to form 4Minute.

On February 24, 2015, she graduated from Sangmyung University receiving a degree in Contemporary Ballet and a lifetime achievement award at the university's graduation ceremony.[3]

Career[edit]

2009–2014: Debut and solo activities[edit]

Ji-hyun was chosen as a member of 4Minute in 2009. The 5-member girl group official debuted on June 18, 2009 with performing their debut single "Hot Issue" on M Countdown.[4]

In 2010, Ji-hyun made her acting debut in the television series It's Okay, Daddy's Girl, playing a law student.[5]

In 2011, Ji-hyun was cast in MBC's weekend drama A Thousand Kisses, playing the younger sister of Ryu Jin.[6]

In February 2013 Ji-hyun was cast in the idol version of Love and War 2, a sitcom which creates reenactments of the problems and issues a couple may face in their marriage.[7] In October, Ji-hyun was cast in her first lead role in the mobile drama Please Remember, Princess.[8][9]

In April 2014, Ji-hyun was cast in KBS' teen drama High School.[10] However, she dropped out of the drama due to her overseas schedules conflicts. In September, Ji-hyun was cast in the web drama Love Cells.[11][12] The same year, she starred in the anthology film The Youth.[13]

In 2015, Ji-hyun starred in the 5-episode web drama Never Die.[14]

2016–present: 4Minute's disbandment, acting career[edit]

On June 13, 2016, Cube Entertainment announced that 4Minute has disbanded and the members are still in discussion to renew their contracts. On June 15, Cube Entertainment officially announced that Jihyun, Gayoon, Jiyoon and Sohyun's contracts had expired on June 14 and that the members decided not to renew their contracts, hence their departure from Cube Entertainment.[15] Since 4Minute's disbandment, Ji-hyun signed a new contract with Artist Company to pursue a career in acting.[16]

In 2017, Ji-hyun starred in KBS' youth romance drama Strongest Deliveryman.[17] In December 2017, Artist Company announced that she had changed her name to Son Ji-hyun.[18]

In 2018, Ji-hyun starred in TV Chosun's historical drama Grand Prince.[19]

Discography[edit]

Year Title Song Notes
2013 Love for Ten - Generation of Youth "Only You" with Jeon Ji-yoon

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Midnight FM Herself Cameo
2014 The Youth Seung-ah Segment: "Wonderwall"

Television series[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes
2010 It's Okay, Daddy's Girl SBS Shin Sun-hau
2011 A Thousand Kisses MBC Jang Soo-ah
2012 The 3rd Hospital tvN Herself Cameo[20]
Ms Panda and Mr Hedgehog Channel A Herself
2013 Monstar Mnet Stella
Love and War 2 KBS Seo Young
Please Remember, Princess - Generation of Romance Naver Yoon Min-ah
2014 Marriage, Not Dating tvN Herself Cameo
Love Cells Naver Seo-rin
2015 Never Die Naver Se-yeon
2016 My Little Baby MBC Han So-yoon [21]
2017 Strongest Deliveryman KBS Choi Yeon-ji
2018 Grand Prince TV Chosun Ryu Shi-gae

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes
2012 The Romantic & Idol Regular cast with ZE:A's Hyungsik
She and Her Car MBC Host
2015 Real Beauty MC

References[edit]

  1. ^ Artist Company Son Ji-hyun
  2. ^ Mark Russell (April 29, 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 85. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1. 
  3. ^ "[Photo] 4Minute′s Nam Ji Hyun Graduates from Sangmyung University". Mwave. 24 February 2015. 
  4. ^ 김형우 (Gimhyeongwoo) (September 17, 2009). 데뷔하루 앞둔 포미닛 "라이브 걱정없어, 실력으로 승부하겠다". Newsen (in Korean). 
  5. ^ "4minute member Nam Ji-hyun to make acting debut". 10Asia. November 18, 2010. 
  6. ^ "포미닛 남지현, MBC '천번의 입맞춤' 캐스팅..'활력소 역할'". The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). July 26, 2011. 
  7. ^ "'Love and War' Casts ZE:A Dong Jun, 4minute Nam Ji Hyun, and Jewelry Kim Ye Won for Idol Edition". Mwave. February 14, 2013. 
  8. ^ "러브포텐' 남지현 "첫주연, 질타 부탁드린다"". Newsen (in Korean). November 1, 2013. 
  9. ^ "'러브포텐' 성열 "남지현 안고 뛰다 넘어져..하체 부실한듯"". Osen (in Korean). November 1, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Infinite's Woo Hyun, Sung Yeol, and 4minute's Nam Ji Hyun Cast in New KBS Teen Drama". Mwave. 29 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Jang Hyuk, Kim Woo Bin, Kim Yoo Jung and More Confirmed for Web Drama 'Love Cell'". Mwave. September 17, 2014. 
  12. ^ "'Love Cell' Starring Kim Woo Bin, Jang Hyuk and More Releases First Preview". Mwave. October 1, 2014. 
  13. ^ "K-pop stars help filmmakers". Korea JoongAng Daily. March 1, 2014. 
  14. ^ "포미닛 남지현, 웹드라마 '그녀는 200살' 주연 낙점…1년만에 연기돌 복귀". 10Asia (in Korean). October 25, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Four 4Minute members leave Cube Entertainment". Kpop Herald. June 16, 2016. 
  16. ^ "포미닛 남지현, 아티스트컴퍼니와 계약…정우성·이정재와 한솥밥". Sports Seoul (in Korean). September 30, 2016. 
  17. ^ "[공식] 남지현, '최강배달꾼' 출연…포미닛 해체 후 첫 연기도전". Nate (in Korean). June 29, 2017. 
  18. ^ "4Minute singer changes her name". Korea JoongAng Daily. December 29, 2017. 
  19. ^ "Son Ji-hyun Signs on for "Grand Prince"". Hancinema. January 2, 2018. 
  20. ^ "[TV] 4Minute's Nam Ji Hyun Cameos in 'The Third Hospital'". Mnet. August 4, 2012. 
  21. ^ "[단독]포미닛 남지현, '마이 리틀 베이비' 출연..4년만 안방복귀". Naver (in Korean). June 23, 2016. 

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