February 26, 1982
Daegu, South Korea
|Agent||United Artists Agency|
|Notable work||Autumn in My Heart
That Winter, the Wind Blows
Descendants of the Sun
|Revised Romanization||Song Hye-gyo|
Song Hye-kyo (born February 26, 1982) is a South Korean actress. She gained popularity through television dramas such as Autumn in My Heart (2000), All In (2003), Full House (2004), The World That They Live In (2008), and That Winter, the Wind Blows (2013). She also took on the lead role in the massive pan-Asia hit 2016 drama, Descendants of the Sun. The drama was incredibly popular with the final episode recording a 38.8% viewership rating nationwide and 41.6% in the capital area according to Nielsen Korea.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Endorsements
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Filmography
- 6 Discography
- 7 Photo books
- 8 Awards and nominations
- 9 References
- 10 External links
When Song Hye-kyo was born, she was sick and her parents and doctors thought that she would not survive. Upon her recovery, Song's parents registered her birth on February 26, 1982 (instead of her actual birthdate, November 22, 1981).
Song's parents divorced when she was a young girl, and she was raised by her mother. They moved from her birthplace in Daegu to the Gangnam District in Seoul, where she trained as a figure skater in elementary school, but quit when she was in the eighth grade. Though Song considered herself shy and introverted, she was described by her high school teacher as having a "cheerful character, she mixed well with her friends and was always in a bright mood." Song Hye-kyo attended college at Sejong University, where she majored in Film Arts.
1996–2004: Breakout star and Hallyu fame
In 1996, the 14-year-old Song, then a third-year high school student, won first place in the SunKyung Smart Model Contest, and she made her entertainment debut as a model for the school uniform company. This led to her being cast in a small role in her first television drama, First Love. She would continue to appear in a string of various dramas and sitcoms, notably Soonpoong Clinic. But it wasn't until the KBS drama Autumn in My Heart in 2000 with Song Seung-heon and Won Bin that she rose to fame in Korea and throughout Asia. The romantic melodrama series was a ratings success, pioneering a trend in Korean melodramatic series and launching a fever that is commonly referred to as the "Korean Wave" and leading to Song becoming a Hallyu star.
In 2003, her popularity continued to climb when she played a leading role alongside Lee Byung-hun in the gambling drama All In, which drew solid viewership ratings nationwide throughout its run with a peak viewer rating of 47.7 percent. The following year, she co-starred with singer Rain in the hit romantic comedy series Full House. The drama achieved pan-asia success and established Song as one of the most well-known Korean actress in Asia.
2005–2015: Big screen debut and international ventures
In 2005, Song made her big-screen debut in My Girl and I (a Korean remake of Crying Out Love in the Center of the World), which was panned by audiences and critics alike. Vocal about her dissatisfaction with typecasting in the roles she was being offered, Song went on a two-year hiatus. She went to San Francisco to study English, and later traveled to Seattle. "I have had a good rest. It was a good opportunity to reflect on myself," Song said.
She returned to acting in 2007, as the titular gisaeng in the film adaptation of Hwang Jin Yi. Because they found Song's image "too cute," Jun Ji-hyun and Soo Ae were the producers' original choices for the role, but Song went on a rigorous diet and surprised them with her will and desire to be Hwang Jini. A year later, she made her American debut in the Hollywood indie Make Yourself at Home (formerly titled Fetish), a psychological thriller about a girl who was born to a shaman mother and tries to flee her fate by becoming an immigrant bride in the U.S. Despite Song's attempts to challenge herself, both films underwhelmed at the box office.
She made her TV comeback in late 2008 with The World That They Live In (also known as Worlds Within), a series set at a broadcast station in which Song and Hyun Bin played drama PDs who work together and fall in love.
In 2010, she starred in Camellia, an omnibus pic made up of three short films directed by three Asian directors. Each episode is set in the past, present and future of the city of Busan. In the film's final segment Love for Sale, Song and Kang Dong-won played former lovers who forget their memories about each other which later leads them to a fatal destiny.
Considered one of Korea's most beautiful women, in early 2011 Song released the photobook Song Hye-kyo's Moment which was shot by top photographers in Atlanta, New York City, Buenos Aires, Patagonia, Paris, the Netherlands and Brazil.
Song then played a documentary filmmaker who finds the strength to forgive the 17-year-old boy who killed her fiance but instead of redemption finds only greater tragedy in A Reason to Live (Korean title: Today), which after several delays was released in October 2011. Song was a huge fan of director Lee Jeong-hyang and had actively sought her out, and though she had difficulty getting into character, Song said she fell in love with the script and felt her acting had matured. She considers the film "a turning point" in her life.
In 2011, she became the first Asian actress to sign a contract with French global agency Effigies, paving the way for her possible entry into the European market. She released a photo-essay book in 2012 titled It's Time for Hye-kyo.
Song then played a supporting role in The Grandmaster, Chinese director Wong Kar-wai's biographical film about Bruce Lee's kung fu master Ip Man, for which she learned Cantonese and martial arts. She later admitted there had been "a bit of friction and misunderstanding" with Wong while filming, but that the difficulties helped her mature.
Song reunited with the writer and director of Worlds Within in That Winter, the Wind Blows, a 2013 remake of 2002 Japanese drama Ai Nante Irane Yo, Natsu ("I Don't Need Love, Summer"). She played a blind heiress in the melodrama, opposite a con man pretending to be her long-lost brother (played by Jo In-sung). That Winter, the Wind Blows placed number one in its timeslot during most of its run, and Song and Jo were praised for their performances. Song won the Daesang (or "Grand Prize"), the highest award for television, at the 2nd APAN Star Awards.
In 2014, Song starred opposite Kang Dong-won in My Brilliant Life, E J-yong's film adaptation of Kim Aeran's bestselling novel My Palpitating Life about a couple who watched their son suffering from progeria grow prematurely old.
Romantic epic The Crossing was Song's second Chinese film to be released and was directed by John Woo (Woo's longtime friend and producer Terence Chang has been managing Song's overseas activities since 2008). Previously titled 1949 and Love and Let Love, the long-gestating project had originally been announced at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008, then cancelled in 2009, and revived again in 2011. Woo's recovery from tonsil tumor removal in 2012 led to another delay due to scheduling conflicts among the cast, and Song finally began filming in June 2013. The Crossing is based on the true story of the Taiping steamer collision and follows six characters and their intertwining love stories in Taiwan and Shanghai during the 1930s; Song played the daughter of a wealthy banker.
Another Chinese film followed in 2015, The Queens, a contemporary romantic comedy about three cosmopolitan women – an actress, a PR specialist and a gallery manager – who manipulate friends and put down their enemies as they play the game of love. Also starring Joe Chen and Vivian Wu, it was actress Annie Yi's directorial debut.
2016–present: Career resurgence
In 2016, Song starred in the mega-hit romantic comedy series Descendants of the Sun, an intense drama about an army captain (played by Song Joong-ki) and a surgeon who fall in love while working amidst disaster-torn areas. The drama was incredibly popular with the final episode recording a 38.8% viewership rating nationwide and 41.6% in the capital area according to Nielsen Korea. The drama reestablished Song as a leader of the Hallyu and she topped popularity polls in Asia and was noted for her immense brand recognition in South Korea.
Song is one of the most in-demand product endorsers in Korea and has done many TV commercials and print ads over the years. She has been a spokesperson for popular brands such as Laneige, Levi's Lady Style, Etude House, Whitea, Aritaum, Innisfree, Roem, McDonalds Ice Cream, Conway, Nintendo DS Animal Crossing, Olay, LG, FHM, Vivien Bra, and J.ESTINA.
To promote a new line for cosmetics brand Laneige, Song made her official singing debut in a collaboration with Superstar K2 runner-up John Park. The single Switch: Be White was released in March 2012, along with a music video which featured Song and Park recording the track. Proceeds from the sale of the tune benefited the "Be Waterful" campaign, a joint project between Laneige and Save the Children, an international aid group.
In 2003, Song began dating actor Lee Byung-hun while both were filming All In. Their relationship and subsequent break-up in 2004 generated much media attention and gossip. The experience taught her to draw a clear line between private and public life, saying in a 2008 interview with The Dong-a Ilbo, "The viewers suddenly learned, while in the midst of watching a drama I was acting in, that I was somebody’s girlfriend. In the end, this was an obstacle and only served to create a sense of dislike among viewers."
Song kept in touch with Worlds Within co-star Hyun Bin after the drama ended, but it was their separation while Hyun was filming Friend, Our Legend in Busan that made them realize they were in love. They announced their dating status in June 2009. But unlike her previous relationship with Lee, Song and Hyun were rarely seen in public together and refused to discuss their relationship with the press. In March 2011 mere hours after Hyun's military enlistment, his and Song's agencies confirmed speculation that the couple had broken up. According to the joint press release, "Both have been very busy shooting films and dramas both in and out of Korea, which inevitably caused them to grow apart." With rumours of their separation circulating since late 2010, the agencies said the two split up in early 2011 but wanted to keep it secret for the time being "because neither of them wanted the public attention to be directed on their split instead of their professional work. Hyun also did not want a personal issue to interfere with his last days with his fans before starting his military service."
Asked about the aftereffects of her two romantic relationships that caught the public's attention, Song said in October 2011, "I think the time when I felt uncomfortable about living under a microscope has gone. I'm no longer afraid of such things. What I did was typical of any woman my age. In fact, I haven't had any time to feel lonely."
In February 2012, Song filed a defamation suit against 41 Internet users for fabricating and spreading groundless rumours about her. After an investigation by the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, prosecutors charged 24 of the netizens in July 2013.
In August 2014, Song made a public apology for committing tax evasion, arguing that her accountant had mishandled her paper work without her knowledge, with her omitted income tax from 2009 to 2011 totaling ₩2.56 billion. She said that after receiving a notification from the National Tax Service, she paid the full amount with additional fines in the amount of ₩3.8 billion (US$3.7 million) in October 2012.
|1996||First Love||one of the students
being tutored by Hyo-kyung
|1997||Happy Morning||Oh Ye-boon||KBS|
|Beautiful Face||bit part||SBS|
|When They Met||extra||SBS|
|1998||Six Siblings||Choi Eun-shil||MBC|
|One of a Pair||extra||MBC|
|1998–2000||Soonpoong Clinic||Oh Hye-kyo||SBS|
|1998||White Nights 3.98||young Hong Jung-yeon||SBS|
|1998–1999||How Am I?||Ye-rin||SBS|
|Sweet Bride||Min-hee's younger sister||SBS|
|2000||Autumn in My Heart||Yoon/Choi Eun-seo||KBS2|
|Guardian Angel||Jung Da-so||SBS|
|2003||All In||Min Su-yeon||SBS|
|2004||Sunlight Pours Down||Ji Yeon-woo||SBS|
|Full House||Han Ji-eun||KBS2|
|2008||Worlds Within||Joo Joon-young||KBS2|
|2013||That Winter, the Wind Blows||Oh Young||SBS|
|2016||Descendants of the Sun||Kang Mo-yeon||KBS2|
|2005||My Girl and I||Bae Su-eun|
|2007||Hwang Jin Yi||Hwang Jin-yi|
|2008||Make Yourself at Home||Sookhy|
|2010||Camellia – "Love for Sale"||Bo-ra|
|2011||Countdown||pretty girl (cameo)|
|A Reason to Live||Da-hae|
|2013||The Grandmaster||Zhang Yongcheng|
|2014||My Brilliant Life||Mi-ra|
|The Crossing: Part 1||Zhou Yunfen|
|The Crossing: Part 2||Zhou Yunfen|
Music video appearances
|1996||"This Promise"||Kim Soo-keun|
|2000||"Curious Destiny"||Shin Sung-woo||Shin Sung-woo|
|2001||"Once Upon a Day"||Kim Bum-soo||Song Seung-heon, Ji Jin-hee|
|1998||GO! Our Heaven||MBC|
|1998||Inkigayo Live 20||Park Soo-hong||SBS|
|1999-2000||Our Happy Saturday||Park Soo-hong||SBS|
|2000||Music Bank||Lee Hwi-jae||KBS|
|2001||Mnet KM Music Festival||Cha Tae-hyun||Mnet|
|2007||She's Olive: Song Hye-kyo in Paris||N/A||O'live|
|2012||"Switch: Be White"||duet with John Park (single)|
|2011||Song Hye-kyo's Moment||Nangman Books||9788994842127|
|2012||It's Time for Hye-kyo||Nangman Books||9788994842226|
Awards and nominations
|1996||SunKyung Smart Model Contest||Grand Prize||N/A||Won|
|1998||SBS Drama Awards||Best New Actress in a Sitcom||Soonpoong Clinic, How Am I?||Won|
|2000||KBS Drama Awards||Photogenic Award||Autumn in My Heart||Won|
|2001||37th Baeksang Arts Awards||Most Popular Actress (TV)||Won|
|Best New Actress (TV)||Nominated|
|Gold Song Awards (Hong Kong)||Top Korean Star||N/A||Won|
|16th Golden Disk Awards||Popular Music Video Award||Kim Bum-soo's Once Upon a Day||Won|
|SBS Drama Awards||Top 10 Stars||Guardian Angel||Won|
|2002||CETV Awards||Top 10 Asian Entertainers||N/A||Won|
|2003||SBS Drama Awards||Top 10 Stars||All In||Won|
|Top Excellence Award, Actress||Won|
|2004||KBS Drama Awards||Best Couple with Rain||Full House||Won|
|Top Excellence Award, Actress||Won|
|2005||41st Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (TV)||Nominated|
|2006||42nd Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actress (Film)||My Girl and I||Nominated|
|43rd Grand Bell Awards||Best New Actress||Nominated|
|2007||28th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Actress||Hwang Jin Yi||Nominated|
|6th Korean Film Awards||Best New Actress||Won|
|2008||KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Worlds Within||Nominated|
|2009||Shanghai New Entertainment All Star Charity Awards||Most Charming Charity Star Award||N/A||Won|
|43rd Taxpayer's Day||Prime Minister's Commendation||N/A||Won|
|2011||12th Women in Film Korea Awards||Best Actress||A Reason to Live||Won|
|2013||49th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (TV)||That Winter, the Wind Blows||Nominated|
|7th Mnet 20's Choice Awards||20's Drama Star – Female||Nominated|
|8th Seoul International Drama Awards||Outstanding Korean Actress||Nominated|
|6th Korea Drama Awards||Daesang (Grand Prize)||Nominated|
|2nd APAN Star Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress||Nominated|
|Daesang (Grand Prize)||Won|
|SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Won|
|Top 10 Stars||Won|
|Best Couple with Jo In-sung||Nominated|
|2016||52nd Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (TV)||Descendants of the Sun||Nominated|
|Most Popular Actress (TV)||Won|
|iQiyi Special Award||Won|
|5th APAN Star Awards||Daesang (Grand Prize)||Nominated|
|Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Nominated|
|Best Couple with Song Joong-ki||Won|
|Korean Popular Culture & Arts Awards||President's Award||N/A||Won|
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- 송혜교, 조촐한 생일파티 공개 '수수하지만 빛나는 미모'. My Daily (in Korean). November 28, 2012.
- 스크린으로 돌아온 만인의 연인 송혜교. The Dong-a Ilbo (in Korean). October 19, 2011.
- 송혜교 ‘어느새 데뷔 10년차!’ 기념 팬미팅. Naver (in Korean). November 25, 2005.
- I History Attests to Korean Stars' All-Natural Looks. The Chosun Ilbo. June 6, 2006.
- "Interview: Song Hye Kyo Believes She's Become More Masculine Over Time". enewsWorld. August 29, 2014.
- "Top 5 female hallyu stars whose look barely changed over time". The Korea Herald. June 19, 2014.
- A Giant Leap for Song Hye-kyo?. The Chosun Ilbo. December 22, 2005.
- Song Hye-gyo to Resume Acting Soon. KBS Global. March 7, 2005.
- Song Hye-kyo Sheds Cute Image for Gisaeng Role. The Chosun Ilbo. March 27, 2007.
- Song Hye-kyo, "Hwangjini only held one man in her heart". Broasia via Hancinema. June 1, 2007.
- New Song picked for Hwang Jin Yi. Korea JoongAng Daily. April 17, 2007.
- Song Hye-kyo Poised for U.S. Debut. The Chosun Ilbo. November 22, 2007.
- Song Hye-kyo Reveals a Dark Side in New Movie. The Chosun Ilbo. November 23, 2010.
- Jeon Ji-hyun Takes a Big-Screen Gamble. The Chosun Ilbo. January 25, 2008.
- Song Hye-go, Hyun Bin Star in New KBS Drama Series. KBS Global. October 28, 2008.
- Song Hye-kyo Goes Behind the Scenes in New Drama. The Chosun Ilbo. October 25, 2008.
- Gang Dong-won, Song Hye-kyo start filming Love. 10Asia. January 20, 2010.
- Fans of Snubbed Beauties up in Arms. The Chosun Ilbo. April 6, 2005.
- Song Hye-kyo Returns to Spotlight with Photobook. The Chosun Ilbo. January 28, 2011.
- Glam picture book. Korea JoongAng Daily. January 31, 2011.
- Actress’ limited-edition photo essay selling fast. Korea JoongAng Daily. February 10, 2011.
- Song Hye-kyo's new film to open in theaters next month. 10Asia. September 6, 2011.
- In new film, director puts spotlight back on women. Korea JoongAng Daily. October 7, 2011.
- Song Hye-kyo says was difficult getting into character for new movie. 10Asia. September 26, 2011.
- Song Hye Kyo: 'It Is My Honor To Be Compared to Actress Shim Eun Ha'. KBS Global. September 27, 2011.
- Song stars as grieving documentary maker. The Korea Herald. September 27, 2011.
- Song Hye-kyo Returns with New Movie. The Chosun Ilbo. October 22, 2011.
- Song Hye-kyo finishes shooting upcoming drama flick. 10Asia. March 23, 2011.
- Song Hye-kyo: I will not think lightly about forgiveness anymore. 10Asia. October 8, 2011.
- Interview: Actress Song Hye-kyo – Part 1. 10Asia. November 3, 2011.
- Interview: Actress Song Hye-kyo – Part 2. 10Asia. November 3, 2011.
- Song Hye Gyo Signs Contract with Global Agency in France. Soompi. October 21, 2011.
- "Actress Song Hye-kyo Talks About Life and Work in Book of Essays". The Chosun Ilbo. September 3, 2012.
- Song Hye-kyo to appear in Wong Kar-wai biopic. 10Asia. December 21, 2009.
- Song Hye-kyo to Star in Wong Kar Wai Film. The Chosun Ilbo. December 24, 2009.
- "Song Hye-kyo Turns Heads in Wong Kar-wai's Kung Fu Flick". The Chosun Ilbo. November 7, 2012.
- "Actress Song talks about working with director Won". The Korea Herald. July 2, 2013.
- "Song Hye-kyo, Zo In-sung Team Up for TV Soap After Long Sabbatical". The Chosun Ilbo. February 9, 2013.
- "Song Hye Kyo Says Working with Zo In Sung was a Gift from Above". enewsWorld. February 17, 2013.
- "Zo In-sung opens up on latest role". The Korea Herald. March 14, 2013.
- "Song Hye-gyo thanks staff for hard work in SBS drama". Korea JoongAng Daily. April 3, 2013.
- "Interview: Song Hye-gyo says her current drama made her feel embarrassed, WHY?". BNTNews. April 4, 2013.
- "Song Hye-kyo Basks in Latest Drama's Success". The Chosun Ilbo. April 6, 2013.
- "Interview: Song Hye Kyo Talks about Sending Off That Winter". enewsWorld. April 14, 2013.
- "INTERVIEW: Actress Song Hye-kyo". 10Asia. July 2, 2013.
- "Kang, Song Hye-kyo to star in new film". The Korea Times. December 4, 2013.
- "GANG Dong-won and SONG Hye-kyo to Collaborate on Human Drama". Korean Film Council. December 5, 2013.
- "A-listers bring to life sad story of a fast-aging boy". Korea JoongAng Daily. August 8, 2014.
- "Herald Interview: Song Hye-kyo faces the music". The Korea Herald. August 27, 2014.
- "Interview: Song Hye Kyo Swears Like an Ajumma in Real Life". enewsWorld. September 10, 2014.
- Song Hye-kyo "I got to do a movie like a first love". Hancinema. May 22, 2008.
- Song Hye-kyo to Star in New John Woo Movie. The Korea Times. May 21, 2008.
- Song Hye-kyo Stars in John Woo Film. KBS Global. May 23, 2008.
- New John Woo film canceled. Korea JoongAng Daily. April 3, 2009.
- Song Hye-kyo to star in Woo's film. The Korea Herald. December 19, 2011.
- Song Hye Kyo Cast as Protagonist in Director John Woo's New Movie. KBS Global. December 21, 2011.
- John Woo denies throat cancer. China.org.cn. May 27, 2012.
- John Woo Recovers from Tonsillar Tumor; Returns to Work. JayneStars.com. July 24, 2012.
- "John Woo Sets Crossing Release for December". Variety. September 9, 2014.
- "Song Hye-kyo to Start Filming John Woo Pic". 10Asia. May 29, 2013.
- "SONG Hye-kyo Cast in John Woo's New Blockbuster". Korean Film Council. December 27, 2013.
- "Song Hye-kyo's Chinese Epic Set for March Release in Korea". The Chosun Ilbo. January 6, 2015.
- "Song Hye-kyo talks about crew of The Crossing 2". K-pop Herald. July 26, 2015.
- "BUSAN: Song Hye-kyo to Reign in Desen Media's Queens". Variety. October 4, 2014.
- "Movie The Queens releases new stills". Sina. October 11, 2014.
- "Song Hye-kyo, Song Joong-ki pair up for new drama". The Korea Herald. April 2, 2015.
- "Song Hye-kyo talks her next role as military doctor with Elle". K-pop Herald. May 19, 2015.
- Gungeet Kaur (April 25, 2016). "Here's how Descendants of the Sun lead Song Hye Kyo wins more fans for Korea". IBTimes.
- Actress Song Hye-gyo helps Africa. Korea JoongAng Daily. March 9, 2012.
- 컴백하는 송혜교 "소망? 다작배우 그리고 남친". The Dong-a Ilbo (in Korean). October 1, 2008.
- "Interview from the drama set with Song Hye-gyo". Dramabeans. October 6, 2008.
- 송혜교ㆍ현빈 "우리 사랑에 빠졌어요 [Song Hye-kyo & Hyun Bin: "We Fell in Love"]. Hankook Ilbo (in Korean). August 5, 2009.
- Worlds Within stars couple up. Korea JoongAng Daily. August 6, 2009.
- Hyun Bin, Song Hye-kyo Announce Split. The Chosun Ilbo. March 9, 2011.
- Hyun Bin and Song Hye-kyo call it quits. 10Asia. March 8, 2011.
- Song Hye-kyo Files Complaint Against 41 Internet Users. The Chosun Ilbo. February 27, 2012.
- "Prosecutors charge 24 in Song case". Korea JoongAng Daily. July 6, 2013.
- "Song Hye-kyo expresses deep regret over tax evasion". The Korea Herald. August 19, 2014.
- "Tax accountant victimizes Song Hae-kyo". The Korea Times. August 19, 2014.
- "Song probed for tax evasion". Korea JoongAng Daily. August 20, 2014.
- "Actress apologizes for tax evasion". Korea JoongAng Daily. August 22, 2014.
- "Song deals with a taxing issue". Korea JoongAng Daily. August 28, 2014.
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