Seo Hyun-jin

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Seo Hyun-jin
Seo Hyun-Jin.jpg
Seo Hyun-Jin in 2010
Born Seo Hyun-jin
(1985-02-27) February 27, 1985 (age 32)
Seoul, South Korea
Education Dongduk Women's University
Occupation
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active 2001–present
Agent Jump Entertainment
Musical career
Genres K-pop
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2001–2007
Labels S.M. Entertainment
Associated acts
Seo Hyun-jin
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Seo Hyeon-jin
McCune–Reischauer Sŏ Hyŏn-chin

Seo Hyun-jin (Hangul: 서현진; born on February 27, 1985) is a South Korean actress and singer. Seo debuted as the main vocalist of South Korean girl group, M.I.L.K in 2001 and continued until 2003 when the group disbanded. She contributed songs as a solo artist after the group disbandment before she transitioned into acting in 2006.

Seo made her acting debut in the musical The Sound of Music (2006) then followed by appearances in several television series and film. She is best known for her leading roles as Oh Hae-young (soil) in the romantic comedy Another Oh Hae-young (2016), which gained her wider recognition and the medical melodrama Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim (2016–2017).

Life and career[edit]

1985–2005: Early life and music career[edit]

Seo was born on February 27, 1985 in Dobong District (now Nowon District), Seoul, South Korea. She was scouted by S.M. Entertainment and later debuted as the main vocalist of South Korean girl group, M.I.L.K in 2001, under the label subsidiary, SM Entertainment. However, the group soon fell by the wayside due to fierce competition among manufactured bands, which led to one of the members quitting before they completely disbanded in 2003. After M.I.L.K. was dissolved, Seo attended Dongduk Women's University, where she majored in applied musicology to keep her dream of singing career alive. Seo contributed songs to a few soundtracks and SM Town compilations as a solo artist.

2006–2014: Transition into acting[edit]

Seo had the chance to perform in her first musical, The Sound of Music in 2006, which she saw as the turning point in her acting career.[1]

Supporting roles followed in the period drama Hwang Jini (2006), TV police procedural H.I.T (2007) and the queer film Ashamed (also known as Life Is Peachy, 2011). Seo first drew attention for her subtler performances in her career-making performance in The Duo (2011), as a neighborhood tomboy who later becomes a gisaeng.[2][3] She played her first villain in Feast of the Gods (2012), as an overly ambitious chef caught in a rivalry.[1][4] Seo was then cast in leading roles for two historical dramas The King's Daughter, Soo Baek-hyang (2013)[5] and The Three Musketeers (2014).[6]

Seo has also frequently appeared in projects directed by her best friend, actress Ku Hye-sun, notably in the short film The Madonna and in the feature film Magic, in which she had her first leading role.[7][8]

2015–present: Rising popularity[edit]

Seo said the character that most resembled her real-life personality was the foodie freelance writer in Let's Eat 2 (2015), adding that she "didn't realize how much fun shooting a lively and comical drama could be."[9][10] The drama was Seo's first attempt at romantic-comedy genre, in which she got good reviews and it became her career's turning point.[11]

Her popularity grew rapidly after the hit drama Another Oh Hae-young (2016), which she starred alongside Eric Mun. She was praised for her portrayal of such an ordinary and relatable character,[12] and won the Baeksang Award for Best Actress.[13] Later in the same year, she starred in SBS hit medical drama Dr. Romantic alongside Han Suk-kyu and Yoo Yeon-seok.[14][15]

In 2017, Seo was cast in the television series Temperature of Love penned by Ha Myung-hee.[16]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Title Year Role Notes Ref(s)
Love Me Not 2006 Ji-hye
Story of Wine 2008 Jin-ju
The Madonna Nun Short film
Magic 2010 Ji-eun
Ashamed 2011 Hee-jin
The Peach Tree 2012 Shi-yeon Cameo
Fragments of Sweet Memories Mom Short film
Familyhood 2016 Sang-mi
Because I Love You 2017 Hyun-kyeong
Mystery Pink 2018 Short film

Television series[edit]

Title Year Role Network Notes Ref(s)
Hwang Jini 2006 Jung Ga-eun KBS2
H.I.T 2007 Jang Hee-jin MBC
The Duo 2011 Dal-yi
The Peak Ahn Il-yang
Feast of the Gods 2012 Ha In-joo / Song Yeon-woo
Horse Doctor Jo So-yong (Gwi-in Jo) Cameo
Here Comes Mr. Oh 2012–2013 Na Jin-joo
Goddess of Fire 2013 Shim Hwa-ryung
The King's Daughter, Soo Baek-hyang 2013–2014 Seol-nan / Soo Baek-hyang
Drama Festival: Unrest 2013 Joon-kyung's mother
The Three Musketeers 2014 Kang Yoon-seo tvN
Let's Eat 2 2015 Baek Soo-ji
Another Oh Hae-young 2016 Oh Hae-young (Soil)
Hey Ghost, Let's Fight Department store clerk Cameo, episode 13 [17]
Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim 2016–2017 Yoon Seo-jung SBS
Temperature of Love 2017 Lee Hyun-soo

Variety show[edit]

Title Year Role Network Notes
SNS Expedition 2014 Herself SBS Regular cast
Let's Eat with Friends 2015 Herself tvN Regular cast[18]

Music video appearances[edit]

Title Year Artist
"One Step at a Time" 2009 Seo Young-eun
"Dugeun Dugeun, Tomorrow"[19] 4Tomorrow

Theater[edit]

Title Year Role
The Sound of Music 2006 Liesl von Trapp
Goong: The Musical 2010 Min Hyo-rin
Cinderella 2015 Cinderella

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart
positions
Sales
(DL)
Album
KOR
Gaon
As lead artist
"Paradise"
(with Fly to the Sky, Lee Ji-hoon, Ji-yeon)
2003 N/A 2003 Summer Vacation in SM Town
"Summer in Dream"
(with Moon Hee-jun, Shoo, BoA, Jae-won, Park Hee-bon)
N/A
"Raindrops" 2006 N/A 2006 Summer SM Town
"Winter of Memories" N/A 2006 Winter SM Town – Snow Dream
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" 2007 N/A 2007 Winter SM Town – Only Love
Soundtrack appearances
"Grip!" (Korean version) 2003 N/A Inuyasha OST
"Give Me a Little Try" 2006 N/A Princess Hours OST
"0" N/A Hyena OST
"Calling" 2007 N/A Air City OST
"Song of Jeongeup" (feat. Kim Nani) 2013 N/A The King's Daughter, Soo Baek-hyang OST
"Up & Down" (feat. Risso) 2015 N/A Let's Eat 2 OST
"What Is Love" (with Yoo Seung-woo) 2016 6 Another Miss Oh OST
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref(s)
2011
4th Korea Drama Awards
Best New Actress The Duo Nominated
30th MBC Drama Awards
Best New Actress in a Miniseries Won [21]
2012
31st MBC Drama Awards
Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama Feast of the Gods,
Here Comes Mr. Oh
Won
2013
6th Korea Drama Awards
Excellence Award, Actress Here Comes Mr. Oh,
Goddess of Fire
Won
32nd MBC Drama Awards
Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama The King's Daughter, Soo Baek-hyang Nominated
2014
3rd APAN Star Awards
Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama Nominated
2015
8th Korea Drama Awards
Excellence Award, Actress Let's Eat 2 Nominated
2016
5th APAN Star Awards
Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Another Oh Hae-young Won [22]
Best Couple with Eric Mun Nominated
9th Korea Drama Awards
Top Excellence Award, Actress Nominated
tvN10 Awards
Best Actress Nominated
Made in tvN, Actress in Drama Won [23]
Romantic-Comedy Queen Won
Best Kiss with Eric Mun Nominated
1st Asia Artist Awards
Best Entertainer Nominated
24th SBS Drama Awards
Grand Prize (Daesang) Dr. Romantic Nominated
Excellence Award, Actress in a Genre Drama Won
Top 10 Stars Won
Best Couple with Yoo Yeon-seok Won
Idol Academy Award – Best Kiss with Yoo Yeon-seok Won
2017
53rd Baeksang Arts Awards
Best Actress (TV) Another Oh Hae-young Won [13]
30th Grimae Awards
Best Actress Temperature of Love Won [24]
25th SBS Drama Awards
Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Monday–Tuesday Drama Nominated
Best Couple Award with Yang Se-jong Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ex-Teen Singer Reinvents Herself as Soap Actress". The Chosun Ilbo. 5 May 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  2. ^ Lee, Ga-on (1 February 2011). "PREVIEW: MBC TV series The Duo". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  3. ^ Kim, Heidi (9 March 2011). "The Duo emerges the new winner on TV charts". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  4. ^ Han, Yeo-wool (3 February 2012). "PREVIEW: MBC TV series Supper of the Gods". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  5. ^ "조현재, '수백향' 남주 최종 확정..전태수와 대립각". Osen (in Korean). 
  6. ^ Kim, Hee-eun (27 June 2014). "Seo Hyun-jin to play Joseon princess in Three Musketeers". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2015-04-30. 
  7. ^ 요술①: 구혜선 감독 & 서현진, "우리 너무 잘 어울려요" [Director Gu Hye-sun & Seo Hyun-jin: "We get along really well" (Part 1)]. Movieweek (in Korean). 14 June 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  8. ^ 요술②: 구혜선 감독 & 서현진, "부담스럽지만 괜찮은" [Director Gu Hye-sun & Seo Hyun-jin: "We get along really well" (Part 2)]. Movieweek (in Korean). 14 June 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  9. ^ Kwon, Ji-youn (20 April 2015). "Let's Eat actors playing just the right roles". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2015-04-30. 
  10. ^ Jeong, Hyeon-mok (23 July 2015). "Singer now small-screen star". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  11. ^ Yang, Ji-ho (18 June 2016). "Seo Hyun-jin Triumphs After 10-Year Apprenticeship". The Chosun Ilbo. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  12. ^ Yang, Ji-ho (6 July 2015). "Seo Hyun-jin Reckons Next Project as Hit TV Series Ends". The Chosun Ilbo. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  13. ^ a b "'Guardian,' 'The Handmaiden' win big at Baeksang Awards". The Korea Herald. 4 May 2017. 
  14. ^ "Yoo Yeon-suk, Seo Hyun-jin to begin filming for 'Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim'". Kpop Herald. 
  15. ^ "'Romantic Doctor' tops 20 percent viewership". The Korea Times. 
  16. ^ "Seo Hyun-jin Set to Appear in Another Romantic Comedy". The Chosun Ilbo. 16 September 2017. 
  17. ^ Park Yoon-jin (11 August 2016). "'싸우자귀신아' 측 "서현진, 존재감 있는 역할로 13회에 등장"". MyDaily (in Korean). Naver. Retrieved 2016-08-23. 
  18. ^ Lee, Hye-won (4 August 2015). "Let's Eat 2 spin-off to premiere Wednesday". K-pop Herald. Retrieved 2015-08-10. 
  19. ^ "Dugeun Dugeun" is the Korean onomatopeic sound of a heart beating.
  20. ^ Cumulative sales for "What Is Love":"Gaon Download Chart – Year 2016". gaonchart.co.kr. Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  21. ^ "'MBC 드라마대상' 서현진-효민, 미니시리즈 신인상 수상" [Park Yoochun, Lee Ki Kwang, Hyomin, & Seo Hyun Jin win 'MBC Drama Newcomer Award']. StarN News (in Korean). 30 December 2011. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  22. ^ "[2016 APAN] 송중기, 생애 첫 대상 해냈다…조진웅 최우수상 (종합)" [Winners Announced For The 2016 APAN Star Awards]. My Daily (in Korean). 2 October 2016. 
  23. ^ "tvN10 Awards' full list of winners". Kpop Herald. 10 October 2016. 
  24. ^ "[SE★이슈] 2017 그리메상 시상식, 지성-서현진 최우수·샤이니 키 신인연기상 수상". SE Daily (in Korean). 4 December 2017. 

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