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Seo Yea-ji
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Seo in 2020
Born (1990-04-06) April 6, 1990 (age 31)
Seoul, South Korea
Other namesSeo Ye-ji
OccupationActress
Years active2013–present
Agent
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised RomanizationSeo Ye-ji
McCune–ReischauerSŏ Ye'ji
Websiteseo-yea-ji

Seo Yea-ji (Korean서예지; also spelled as Seo Ye-ji) is a South Korean actress. She began her acting career in the sitcom Potato Star 2013QR3 (2013–2014). This was followed by major roles in period drama Diary of a Night Watchman (2014), thriller Last (2015) and fantasy Moorim School: Saga of the Brave (2016). Her notable lead roles in television series include Save Me (2017), and Lawless Lawyer (2018). She rose to prominence with the romance drama It's Okay to Not Be Okay (2020).

Career[edit]

2013–2016: Debut and diverse roles[edit]

Seo had no plans to pursue a career in acting but things took a different turn when she caught the attention of the CEO of her then-management company, Made in Chan Entertainment, who persuaded her to venture into acting. In March 2013, she stepped in the entertainment industry by appearing in an advertisement for SK Telecom. In May 2013, she featured in the Samsung Galaxy S4 short film Love essaying the role of Min-joo. She debuted as an actress in the tvN sitcom Potato Star 2013QR3 which aired for 120 episodes from September 23, 2013, to May 15, 2014.[1][2][3]

She next starred in the MBC historical drama Diary of a Night Watchman (2014) where she essayed a major role for which she was nominated at the 2014 MBC Drama Awards in the Best New Actress category. This was followed by her appearance in tvN television series Super Daddy Yeol (2015) and notable jTBC television series Last (2015) starring as a civil servant.[4][5][6][7][8]

After capturing viewers' attention through her drama Last, Seo made her debut on the big screen with the hit historical drama film The Throne (2015) where she played the role of Queen Jeongsun. This was followed by her film Circle of Atonement (2015). She also appeared in the music video of South Korean boy band Big Bang titled "Let's Not Fall In Love" (2015).[9][10]

In 2016, she played one of the main characters in the KBS drama Moorim School: Saga of the Brave (2016) and marked next big-screen project with the film Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River (2016) in a supporting role. This was followed by supporting role in the KBS drama Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth (2016–17).[11][12]

Following the expiration of her contract with her management company in 2016, Seo left Made in Chan Entertainment and became associated with King Entertainment.[13][14]

2017–present: Another Way and rising popularity[edit]

Seo at a press conference for Another Way in January 2017

Starting of 2017 was marked by Seo's first leading role in the film Another Way (2017) which dealt with the issue of suicide pacts.[15] Seo was praised from viewers as 'New Thriller Queen' when she starred in OCN thriller mystery television series Save Me (2017).[16][17]

She then starred in world's 1st 4DX VR Film Stay With Me (2018) opposite Kim Jung-hyun.[18][19] She played a role of lawyer who finds it hard to control her temper in the tvN drama Lawless Lawyer (2018) alongside Lee Joon-gi.[20] The series was a commercial hit and became one of the most highly rated Korean dramas in cable television history.[21] In response to her role, Seo was appointed as an honorary police officer by the National Police Agency.[22]

In 2019, she starred in the films Warning: Do Not Play (2019) and By Quantum Physics: A Nightlife Venture (2019).[23][24]

On January 1, 2020, Seo joined newly established entertainment agency Gold Medalist.[25]

Seo's first venture with her new management company came with tvN and Netflix broadcast romance drama It's Okay to Not Be Okay (2020).[26] She starred opposite Kim Soo-hyun and featured in the role of a bestselling children's book author who has a personality disorder.[27] Her portrayal of the character was critically acclaimed;[28] The New York Times named the series one of "The Best International Shows of 2020" and called Seo's performance as "mesmerizing".[29] Seo also experienced a substantial rise in popularity and attracted media attention in Korea and internationally.[30]

In 2021, she starred in a mystery-thriller film Recalled, directed by Seo Yoo-min alongside Kim Kang-woo which was a resounding success. Recalled topped local box office on its opening weekend.[31]

Personal life[edit]

In April 2021, Seo was accused of being the reason behind Kim Jung-hyun's behavior at a 2018 press conference for The Time and his exit from the series.[32] On April 12, South Korean local tabloid Dispatch revealed alleged text messages between Kim Jung-hyun and Seo, which showed the actress demanding Kim to refrain from any physical contact with female actors in the drama The Time.[32] She allegedly told him to get the romantic scenes deleted from the script. He eventually quit in the middle of production citing eating and sleeping disorders.[33]

In response, Seo's agency, Gold Medalist, denied the claim that she was the reason behind Kim's behaviour and abrupt exit from the series. They argued that "it is unreasonable to assume that a lead actor would make a decision that would jeopardize his career without free will", adding that they "confirmed" this with Kim Jung-hyun.[34] The agency argued that messages exchanged between them were "very misleading" and were "merely jealous quarrels about shooting scenes". Amid these allegations, Seo withdrew from the ongoing production of the Korean drama "Island". According to the production, her character would be recast and rewritten.[35]

In May 2021, Kim Jung-hyun revealed that he had ended his contract with his agency, whom he accused of forcing the 2018 press conference on him despite his health problems. Kim added that he would pursue legal action against the agency for putting up false claims against him since that event.[36]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2013 Love Min-joo short film [37]
2015 The Throne Queen Jeongsun [38]
Circle of Atonement Kang Yoo-shin [39]
2016 Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River Gyu-young [40]
2017 Another Way Jung-won [41]
The Bros Sa-ra Special appearance [42]
2018 Stay With Me Yeon-soo 4DX VR film (also known as Meet the Memories - First Love) [43]
2019 Warning: Do Not Play Mi-jung [44]
By Quantum Physics: A Nightlife Venture Seong Eun-yeong [45]
2021 Recalled Soo-jin [46][31]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Ref.
2013
Potato Star 2013QR3 Noh Soo-young tvN [47]
2014
Diary of a Night Watchman Park Soo-ryeon MBC [48]
Drama Special "The Three Female Runaways" Soo-ji KBS2 [49]
Drama Festival "Gabon" Kyung Hee MBC [50]
2015
Super Daddy Yeol Hwang Ji-hye tvN [51]
Last Shin Na-ra jTBC [52]
2016
Moorim School: Saga of the Brave Shim Soon-duk KBS2 [53]
Another Oh Hae-young Oh Seo-hee (cameo, episode 15) tvN [54]
Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth Princess Sook-myung [ko] KBS2 [55]
2017
Save Me Im Sang-mi OCN [56]
2018
Lawless Lawyer Ha Jae-yi tvN [57]
2020
It's Okay to Not Be Okay Ko Mun-Yeong [58]
2022
Eve's Scandal Lee Ra-el tvN [59]

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Role Network Note(s) Ref.
2015
World Changing Quiz [ko] MC MBC Also known as Three Wheels [60]

Music video[edit]

Year Song title Artist Ref.
2015
"Let's Not Fall in Love" Big Bang [61]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Name of the award ceremony, year presented, category, work(s) nominated / nominee(s) of the award, and the result of the nomination
Award ceremony Year Category Work(s) / Nominee(s) Result Ref.
APAN Star Awards 2021 Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries It's Okay to Not Be Okay Won [62]
Popular Star Award, Actress Won [63]
KT Seezn Star Award Seo Ye-ji Nominated [64]
Asia Artist Awards 2020 Best Artist Award It's Okay to Not Be Okay Won [65]
AAA Hot Issue Award Seo Ye-ji Won [66]
Baeksang Arts Awards 2017 Most Popular Actress – Film Another Way Nominated [67]
2021 Best Actress – Television It's Okay to Not Be Okay Nominated [68]
Most Popular Actress Seo Ye-ji Won [69][70]
Brand of the Year Awards 2020 Actress of the Year Won [71]
Buil Film Awards 2020 Popular Star Award By Quantum Physics: A Nightlife Venture Won [72]
MBC Drama Awards 2014 Best New Actress Diary of a Night Watchman Nominated [73]
Soompi Awards 2019 Actress of the Year Lawless Lawyer Nominated [74]

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