Seo in 2019
|Born||February 27, 1985|
Seoul, South Korea
|Education||Dongduk Women's University|
|Revised Romanization||Seo Hyeon-jin|
Seo Hyun-jin (born 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 the group disbanded in 2003. 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 TV series Another Miss Oh (2016), which gained her wider recognition, medical melodrama Dr. Romantic (2016–2017) and romance dramas Temperature of Love (2017) and The Beauty Inside (2018).
Life and career
1985–2005: Early life and music career
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's subsidiary BM 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: Acting debut and further roles
Supporting roles followed in the period drama Hwang Jini (2006), TV police procedural H.I.T (2007), and the queer film Ashamed (2011). Seo first drew attention for her subtler performance in The Duo (2011), as a neighborhood tomboy who later becomes a gisaeng. She played her first villain in Feast of the Gods (2012), as an overly ambitious chef caught in a rivalry. Seo was then cast in leading roles for two historical dramas The King's Daughter, Soo Baek-hyang (2013) and The Three Musketeers (2014).
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.
2015–present: Rising popularity
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." 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.
Her popularity grew rapidly after the hit romance comedy drama Another Miss Oh (2016), which she starred alongside Eric Mun. She was praised for her portrayal of such an ordinary and relatable character, and won the Baeksang Arts Award for Best Actress. Later in the same year, she starred in SBS hit medical drama Dr. Romantic alongside Han Suk-kyu and Yoo Yeon-seok.
In 2018, Seo was cast in the fantasy melodrama The Beauty Inside which is based on the 2015 romantic comedy film of the same name. She plays an actress who spends a week out of each month living in someone else's body.
|Year||English title||Original title||Role||Notes||Ref.|
|2006||Love Me Not||사랑따윈 필요없어||Ji-hye|
|2008||Story of Wine||스토리 오브 와인||Jin-ju|||
|Dating on Earth||지구에서 연애중||Soo-hyun|
|The Madonna||유쾌한 도우미||Nun||Short film|
|2012||The Peach Tree||복숭아나무||Shi-yeon||Cameo|||
|Fragments of Sweet Memories||기억의 조각들||Mom||Short film|
|2017||Because I Love You||사랑하기 때문에||Hyun-kyeong|||
|2018||Mystery Pink||미스터리핑크||Ju-eun||Short film|||
|Year||English title||Original title||Role||Network||Notes||Ref.|
|2006||Hwang Jini||황진이||Jung Ga-eun||KBS2|
|The Peak||절정||Ahn Il-yang|||
|2012||Feast of the Gods||신들의 만찬||Ha In-joo / Song Yeon-woo|
|The King's Doctor||마의||Jo So-yong (Gwi-in Jo)||Cameo|||
|2012–2013||Here Comes Mr. Oh||오자룡이 간다||Na Jin-joo|||
|2013||Goddess of Fire||불의 여신 정이||Shim Hwa-ryung|||
|Drama Festival: Unrest||드라마 페스티벌 - 불온||Joon-kyung's mother||Cameo|||
|2013–2014||The King's Daughter, Soo Baek-hyang||제왕의 딸 수백향||Seol-nan / Soo Baek-hyang|
|2014||The Three Musketeers||삼총사||Kang Yoon-seo||tvN|
|2015||Let's Eat 2||식샤를 합시다 2||Baek Soo-ji|
|2016||Another Miss Oh||또! 오해영||Oh Hae-young (Soil)|
|Hey Ghost, Let's Fight||싸우자 귀신아||Department store clerk||Cameo, Episode 13|||
|2016–2017||Dr. Romantic||낭만닥터 김사부||Yoon Seo-jung||SBS|
|2017||Temperature of Love||사랑의 온도||Lee Hyun-soo|
|2018||Let's Eat 3||식샤를 합시다 3||Baek Soo-ji||tvN||Cameo|||
|The Beauty Inside||뷰티 인사이드||Han Se-gye||JTBC|
|2019–2020||Black Dog: Being A Teacher||블랙독||Go Ha-neul||tvN|
|2020||Record of Youth||청춘기록||Lee Hyun-soo||Cameo|||
|2014||SNS Expedition||SBS||Regular cast|||
|2015||Let's Eat with Friends||tvN|||
Music video appearances
|2009||"One Step at a Time"||Seo Young-eun|||
|"Dugeun Dugeun, Tomorrow"||4Tomorrow|
|2006||The Sound of Music||Liesl von Trapp|||
|2010||Goong: The Musical||Min Hyo-rin|||
|As lead artist|
(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)
|"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|
|"Grip!" (Korean version)||2003||—||N/A||Inuyasha OST|
|"Give Me a Little Try"||2006||—||N/A||Princess Hours 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
|2011||4th Korea Drama Awards||Best New Actress||The Duo||Nominated|
|30th MBC Drama Awards||Best New Actress in a Miniseries||Won|||
|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||Goddess of Fire, Here Comes Mr. Oh||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||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 Miss Oh||Won|||
|9th Korea Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress||Nominated|
|tvN10 Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Made in tvN, Actress in Drama||Won|||
|Best Kiss with Eric Mun||2nd place|
|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 Miss Oh||Won|||
|30th Grimae Awards||Best Actress||Temperature of Love||Won|||
|25th SBS Drama Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang)||Nominated|
|Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Monday–Tuesday Drama||Nominated|
|2018||2018 Korea Best Star Awards||Best Drama Star||The Beauty Inside||Won|||
|2019||53rd Taxpayers' Day||Presidential Commendation||N/A||Won|||
|2020||Brand Customer Loyalty Awards||Most Influential Actress (Drama)||N/A||Won|||
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