Son in 2018
January 11, 1982
|Alma mater||Seoul Institute of the Arts - Film|
|Revised Romanization||Son Ye-jin|
|Revised Romanization||Son Eon-jin|
Son Ye-jin (born Son Eon-jin on January 11, 1982) is a South Korean actress. She rose to fame in romance-themed films and television series such as The Classic (2003), Summer Scent (2003), A Moment to Remember (2004), and April Snow (2005). She has won acting recognition for her versatility in diverse genres, notably in Alone in Love (2006), My Wife Got Married (2008), The Pirates (2014) and the 2016 films The Truth Beneath and The Last Princess. She is also known for her lead roles in romance dramas such as Something in the Rain (2018) and Crash Landing on You (2019–2020).
2000–2005: Beginnings and East Asia stardom
Son Ye-jin was the voice of Jung Mi-jo in Park Ki-hyung's film Secret Tears in 2000, and then went on to take the leading role in television dramas such as Delicious Proposal, Sun-hee and Jin-hee, and Great Ambition. Her first high-profile role in cinema was in Im Kwon-taek's Chi-hwa-seon, which screened at Cannes and took home a Best Director award in 2002.
The biggest success of her early career was in the subsequent films Lovers' Concerto and The Classic. Both were solid mid-level hits in Korea, and The Classic in particular — being a work of My Sassy Girl director Kwak Jae-yong — received wide exposure in regions such as Hong Kong and mainland China, and launched Son into East Asia stardom. Son further solidified her status as a Hallyu (Korean Wave) star in 2003 by taking the lead in TV drama Summer Scent, the third installment of season-themed tetralogy Endless Love drama series directed by Yoon Seok-ho.
Her next two films also proved to be huge hits in East Asia: A Moment to Remember, based on a famous Japanese series, set box office records in Japan and sold over two million tickets in Korea, while April Snow in which she co-starred with superstar Bae Yong-joon was also a hit in Japan and China. Son, who adorned a pure and innocent image in her films The Classic and A Moment to Remember, was given the title of the "Nation's First Love" in Korea.
In 2006, she became the highest-paid Korean actress in Korean television series when she was guaranteed a talent fee of KRW 50 million (plus incentive) per episode for her lead role in SBS drama Alone in Love (Korean: 연애시대; RR: Yeon-ae Sidae; lit. "Love Generation").
2006–2015: Film roles in diverse genres
Son then cast off her nice girl image in her next projects. She took on the roles of a con artist in The Art of Seduction, an ambitious reporter in Spotlight, a femme fatale in Open City, and a divorcée in the critically acclaimed series Alone in Love. In 2008, her portrayal of a polyandrous woman in My Wife Got Married bagged her Best Actress honors from the prestigious Blue Dragon Film Awards and other local award-giving bodies.
After filming the dark mystery White Night, Son wanted to do a more fun project, so she chose the romantic comedy series Personal Taste, followed by the horror-romantic comedy film Spellbound which became one of the top grossing films in 2011 and by far the most successful Korean romantic comedy movie in recent years.
In 2012, Son starred in her first blockbuster The Tower, a remake of the 1974 Hollywood disaster film The Towering Inferno. She returned to television in 2013 in the revenge drama Shark (also known as Don't Look Back: The Legend of Orpheus), then headlined Blood and Ties, a thriller about a daughter who suspects that her father was involved in a kidnap-murder case.
Son reunited with Shark costar Kim Nam-gil in the 2014 period adventure film The Pirates, which received mixed reviews but was a commercial hit with more than 8.6 million admissions at the end of its theatre run and won Son the Best Actress award at the Grand Bell Awards. The Pirates is one of the highest-grossing films in Korea of all time, along with other Son Ye Jin's movies, The Tower and The Last Princess. Son next starred in the black comedy Bad Guys Always Die opposite Taiwanese actor Chen Bolin, a Chinese-Korean co-production that was filmed on Jeju Island.
2016–present: Critical acclaim
In 2016, Son reunited with My Wife Got Married co-star Kim Joo-hyuk in The Truth Beneath, a political thriller; where she received acclaim for her performance. She won Best Actress at the 25th Buil Film Awards and 17th Busan Film Critics Awards for her performance. She then played Princess Deokhye in the biopic The Last Princess, helmed by April Snow director Hur Jin-ho. The film drew positive reviews by critics and went on to become a box office hit, grossing US$40.35 million worldwide. Son was praised by critics for her "outstanding" performance in her portrayal of "the unfathomable depths of the emotional ups and downs of Deokhye"; winning multiple accolades for her performance.
In 2018, Son starred alongside So Ji-sub in the romance film Be with You, based on the Japanese novel of the same name. The same year, Son returned to the small screen after five years with JTBC's romance drama Something in the Rain. The series was a commercial hit and Son received rave reviews for her performance. Son also starred in crime thriller The Negotiation, alongside Hyun Bin, playing a professional negotiator working to save hostages.
In 2019, Son reunited with Hyun Bin in the hit romance drama Crash Landing on You as a rich heiress who falls in love with a North Korean commission officer. The drama was a huge success and is the third-highest-rated Korean drama in cable television history.
|Year||English title||Original title||Role||Ref.|
|Lover's Concerto||연애소설||Shim Soo-in/Gyung-hee|||
|First Love Rally||첫사랑 사수 궐기대회||Ju Il-mae|||
|2004||A Moment to Remember||내 머리 속의 지우개||Kim Su-jin|||
|The Art of Seduction||작업의 정석||Han Ji-won|||
|2007||Yobi, the Five Tailed Fox||천년여우 여우비||Yobi (voice)|||
|2008||Open City||무방비 도시||Baek Jang-mi|||
|My Wife Got Married||아내가 결혼했다||Joo In-ah|||
|2009||White Night||백야행: 하얀 어둠 속을 걷다||Yoo Mi-ho/Lee Ji-ah|||
|2011||Spellbound||오싹한 연애||Kang Yeo-ri|||
|2012||The Tower||타워||Seo Yoon-hee|||
|2013||Blood and Ties||공범||Jung Da-eun|||
|2014||The Pirates||해적: 바다로 간 산적||Yeo-wol|||
|2015||Bad Guys Always Die||나쁜놈은 반드시 죽는다||Ji-yeon|||
|2016||The Truth Beneath||비밀은 없다||Kim Yeon-hong|||
|The Last Princess||덕혜옹주||Princess Deokhye|||
|2018||Be with You||지금 만나러 갑니다||Soo-ah|||
|The Negotiation||협상||Ha Chae-yoon|||
|Year||English title||Original title||Role||Network||Ref.|
|2001||Delicious Proposal||맛있는 청혼||Jang Hee-ae||MBC|||
|Sun-hee and Jin-hee||선희 진희||Shim Sun-hee|||
|2002||Great Ambition||대망||Choi Dong-hee||SBS|||
|2003||Summer Scent||여름향기||Shim Hye-won||KBS2|||
|2006||Alone in Love||연애시대||Yoo Eun-ho||SBS|||
|2010||Personal Taste||개인의 취향||Park Kae-in|
|2011||Secret Garden||시크릿 가든||Herself (cameo, episode 20)||SBS|||
|2013||Don't Look Back: The Legend of Orpheus||상어||Jo Hae-woo||KBS2|
|2018||Something in the Rain||밥 잘 사주는 예쁜 누나||Yoon Jin-ah||JTBC|||
|2019-2020||Crash Landing on You||사랑의 불시착||Yoon Se-ri||tvN|||
Awards and nominations
|2001||MBC Drama Awards||Best New Actress||Delicious Proposal||Won|||
|2002||22nd Korean Association of Film Critics Awards||Lovers' Concerto||Won|||
|23rd Blue Dragon Film Awards||Nominated|
|1st Korean Film Awards||Nominated|
|2003||2nd Korean Film Awards||The Classic||Nominated|
|40th Grand Bell Awards||Won|||
|39th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actress (Film)||Won|||
|24th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Popular Star Award||Won|||
|KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress||Summer Scent||Nominated|
|2004||9th Moscow International Love Film Festival||Best Couple Award with Cho Seung-woo||The Classic||Won|||
|2005||13th Chunsa Film Art Awards||Best Actress||April Snow||Nominated|
|26th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Nominated|
|2006||51st Asia Pacific Film Festival||Won|||
|15th China Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival||Best Actress in a Foreign Film||A Moment to Remember||Won|||
|4th Korea International Jewelry & Watch Fair||Best Jewelry Lady||N/A||Won|
|SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress||Alone in Love||Won|||
|Top 10 Stars||Won|||
|2007||43rd Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (TV)||Won|||
|2nd Asia Model Festival Awards||Model Star Award||N/A||Won|||
|Korea Fashion & Design Awards||Fashion Icon Award||N/A||Won|||
|2008||1st Style Icon Awards||Style Icon - Actress||N/A||Won|||
|Fun Fearless Female||N/A||Won|
|1st Korea Jewelry Awards||Diamond Award||N/A||Won|
|25th Korea Best Dresser Awards||Best Dressed - Female Movie Star||N/A||Won|||
|29th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Actress||My Wife Got Married||Won|
|Popular Star Award||Won|||
|Best Couple Award with Kim Joo-hyuk||Won|||
|4th University Film Festival of Korea||Best Actress||Won|||
|7th Korean Film Awards||Nominated|
|2009||11th Asian Film Critics Association Awards||Nominated|
|18th Buil Film Awards||Nominated|
|45th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (Film)||Won|||
|2010||46th Baeksang Arts Awards||InStyle Award||N/A||Won|||
|5th Asia-Pacific Producer's Network (APN) Awards||Award for Figure in Asian Film||N/A||Won|||
|1st Seoul Arts & Culture Awards||Best Actress||White Night||Won|||
|31st Blue Dragon Film Awards||Popular Star Award||Won|||
|2012||48th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (Film)||Spellbound||Nominated|
|2013||KBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress||Shark||Nominated|
|Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama||Nominated|
|2014||18th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival||Producer's Choice Award||N/A||Won|||
|Korea Film Actors Association Awards||Korean Top Star||The Pirates||Won|||
|35th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Actress||Blood and Ties||Nominated|
|51st Grand Bell Awards||The Pirates||Won|||
|2015||10th Max Movie Awards||Nominated|
|51st Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (Film)||Nominated|
|4th KOPA & NIKON Press Photo Awards||Most Photogenic Actress||N/A||Won|||
|2016||25th Buil Film Awards||Best Actress||The Truth Beneath||Won|||
|36th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards||Won|||
|17th Busan Film Critics Awards||Won|||
|17th Women in Film Korea Awards||Won|||
|3rd Korean Film Producers Association Awards||The Truth Beneath, The Last Princess||Won|||
|37th Blue Dragon Film Awards||The Last Princess||Nominated|||
|Popular Star Award||Won|||
|53rd Grand Bell Awards||Best Actress||Won|||
|2017||8th KOFRA Film Awards||Won|||
|11th Asian Film Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|||
|53rd Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (Film)||Won|||
|22nd Chunsa Film Art Awards||Best Actress||The Truth Beneath||Won|||
|2018||54th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (Film)||Be with You||Nominated|||
|2nd The Seoul Awards||Best Actress (Film)||Won|||
|Popularity Award (Film)||Won|||
|Best Actress (Drama)||Something in the Rain||Nominated|||
|13th Seoul International Drama Awards||Outstanding Korean Actress||Won|||
|6th APAN Star Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang)||Nominated|||
|24th Korean Popular Culture & Arts Awards||Prime Minister's Commendation||N/A||Won|||
|2nd Elle Style Awards||Super Icon (Female)||N/A||Won|||
|2019||23rd Asian Television Awards||Best Actress||Something in the Rain||Nominated|||
|Faro Island Film Festival||Favorite Actress||Be with You||Won|||
|2020||56th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (TV)||Crash Landing on You||Nominated|||
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- "Korea's 'Last Princess' comes alive in new film". Korea JoongAng Daily. 29 July 2016.
- "Actress Son Ye-jin reveals difficulties in playing historical figure". Yonhap News Agency. 29 June 2016.
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- "SON Ye-jin and SO Ji-sub Come Together for Melodrama BE WITH YOU". Korean Film Biz Zone. 7 September 2017.
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