Song Ji-hyo

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Cheon. In stage/pen name, the surname is Song.
Song Ji Hyo
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Song Ji-hyo at the press conference for "Crime Squad", 2011
Born Cheon Seong-im
(1981-08-15) 15 August 1981 (age 34)
Pohang, North Gyeongsang, South Korea
Occupation Actress, television personality
Years active 2001-present
Agent Namoo Actors
C-JeS Entertainment
Korean name
Revised Romanization Song Ji-hyo
McCune–Reischauer Song Chihyo
Birth name
Revised Romanization Cheon Seong-im
McCune–Reischauer Ch'ŏn Sŏngim

Cheon Seong-im (born 15 August 1981), better known by her stage name Song Ji-hyo is a South Korean actress, television presenter and model. She first made her acting debut in Wishing Stairs (2003), one of the films in the Whispering Corridors film series. Her notable roles include being the ballerina Min Hyo-rin in the popular television series Princess Hours (2006), Lady Ye So-ya in Jumong (2007), The Queen in A Frozen Flower (2008), Jo Min Joo in Detectives in Trouble (2011), Hong Da In in The Fugitive of Joseon (2013), Oh Jin-hee in Emergency Couple (2014) and Kim Soo-jin in Ex-Girlfriend Club (2015).

Song gained international fame for being the only female member of the popular Korean variety show Running Man, which made her popularity rise across Asia. Her frank, easy-going personality endeared her to many Korean and international fans.

Early life[edit]

Song was born in Pohang, one of the main seaport cities in North Gyeongsang, on 15 August 1981. She has a younger brother and a younger sister. She attended Daerim Elementary School, Hwagye Middle School and Ilsan Convention High School. Song dreamed of being an actress during her high school years after watching Park Shin-yang in the 1998 South Korean film, Promise.[1] She graduated with a tax and accounting degree from Kyungmoon University (now Kookje College), located in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi. Before entering industry world, it was revealed that Song was cast while working on a part-time job at a cafe.[2]


2001-09: Early work[edit]

Before Song debut as an actress, she was a model for Kiki Magazine. She chose "Song Ji-hyo" as her stage name as she was inspired by the two famous actors, Song Seung-heon and Song Hye-kyo. Song appeared in the music video for Lee Soo-young's "And I Love You" and appeared in another music video for JTL's "Just Say Goodbye". She also made a cameo appearance in the last episode of the television drama Age of Innocence.

Song made her feature film acting debut in the 2003 Korean horror film Wishing Stairs, playing a young student who studied ballet. She also had the lead role in the 2004 crime thriller Some, opposite Go Soo, where she starred as a reporter. In 2006, Song started out her first lead role in television drama in the MBC romantic comedy drama Princess Hours, where she played a ballet dancer who dreams to be a ballerina. She appeared in the music video for STAY's "Words that I can’t believe". In the same year, Song appeared as Lady Ye So-ya, the first wife of Jumong and the mother of King Yuri in the historical drama Jumong. In 2007, She appeared in the comedy film Sex Is Zero 2 the sequel to the 2002 comedy film Sex Is Zero. Song was also the co-host, with Super Junior's Heechul, of SBS's weekly live music show Inkigayo from 11 November 2007 to 4 May 2008.

In December 2008, She played the Queen in Yoo Ha's film, A Frozen Flower which was one of the highest grossing films of the year.[3] She later commented, "When I decided to do this film, nudity was not the central issue. How much I expose is not important to me; I thought without that scene, it would be difficult to portray the subtle changes in emotion. What mattered to me at the time was working on my facial expressions apart from the posture that the director wanted me to convey." [4] She also co-hosted the 2009 Dream Concert with Heechul, which was held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on 10 October.[5]

2010-2015: Running Man and Collaboration works[edit]

Song is currently a cast member of the popular SBS variety show Running Man. She was requested to join the show by Kim Joo Hyung PD (aka Myeok PD) whom Song worked with and was close to while hosting Inkigayo (Myeok PD has since left Running Man to re-join Inkigayo). She was originally a guest for the second to fifth episodes and officially joined the program in episode 6 but she was unable to attend until episode 7.[6]

Song joined C-JeS Entertainment in Early 2011. Song appeared as a young girl in the Choo Chang-min's film, Late Blossom. In March 2011, She played as a reporter in Crime Squad, opposite Song Il-gook and Lee Jong-hyuk. In July 2011, she played as Eun-go, the Queen of King Uija in the historical drama Gyebaek, for which she won the Producer's Award at the MBC Drama Awards. She has also appeared in two music videos: "In Heaven" by JYJ and "It’s Nothing Serious" by Young Jee.

In 2012, Song appeared in Young-Ji and Kyu-Hoon's music video teaser "Be Happy". In November 2012, She starred opposite label-mate Kim Jaejoong of JYJ in the film Code Name: Jackal where she played a clumsy female assassin who kidnaped a Hallyu star, who was played by Jaejoong.[7] She received extensive training before the start of filming in May, and her first scenes involved a flip off from a 2-meter-high stack. Her other scenes also includes scaling walls and hand-to-hand combat.[8][9]

In 2013, Song participated in dubbing for the animated movie Maritime Police Marco as the voice of Lulu with her fellow Running Man member Lee Kwang-soo. In February 2013, She appeared as a charismatic female detective in Park Hoon-jung's crime drama film, New World. In April 2013, She played as a royal nurse, opposite Lee Dong-wook in The Fugitive of Joseon. She later appeared in Freestyle feat. Navi's music video "Winter Song". In January 2014, Song starred as a girl who divorced and later meets her ex-husband again but this time as an intern in tvN's medical romantic drama, Emergency Couple along with Choi Jin-hyuk. It was a hit and has since been sold to nine countries.

In Spring 2014, Song collaborated with NBA and released her own series "NBA X Song Ji Hyo", "CHO.2". Known for creating basketball merchandise, NBA’s collaboration with Song brought about a different style than the usual sports affiliated look. The "CHO.2" was seen on the episode of "Running Man" when the actress wore the cap while filming in Australia. "CHO.2" stands for two Chinese characters — 뛰어넘을초 (exceed "超") and 처음초 (initial "初"), both having the sound of the Korean word "초" (CHO)—that sums up Song’s motto "to never lose the original heart so that you will do everything." The motto matches perfectly with her character on Running Man as she is often seen trying new things and doing her best. She has worn the cap on both Running Man and, Emergency Couple. Song completed filming for her first Chinese film 708090, set to be shown in cinemas in 2015, with Taiwanese singer and actor Kenji Wu. On 19 August 2014, Banila Co. endorsed Song as an official model due to her "flawless skin, natural beauty and huge international fan base." A rep from Banila Co. said, "Song Ji Hyo's natural beauty and refined charm complement banila co.'s urban, upbeat concept well."

2015-present: Ex-Girlfriend Club[edit]

In 2015, Song took on the lead role in the romantic-comedy drama Ex-Girlfriend Club, starring opposite Byun Yo-han. The drama filming started in March and first aired on 8 May 2015. It was originally scheduled for 16 episodes, but tvN later decided that the drama would have 12 episodes instead of 16 in order "to maintain high quality of the remaining episodes".[10]

On 10 July 2015, it was reported that Song and C-JeS Entertainment have mutually decided to part ways after 4 years.[11]

On 29 December, Song appeared in Gary's MV teaser for 'Lonely Night' featuring Gaeko.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Song's last known address was in Ilsan, Gyeonggi, South Korea. It is reported that she has actually moved to Hapjeong, Mapo and resides in the same apartment complex as other celebrities (i.e. Ha Dong Hoon (HaHa), Daesung, Yang Hyun Suk, etc.) since 2013.

While guest starring on Happy Together, Song indicated that her favourite celebrity is actor Hwang Jung Min. She particularly enjoys wake-boarding and cycling, and revealed in an interview that she once cycled from her home to her filming site. Some of Song's closest friends include her Running Man members, actor Lee Dong Wook, actress Choi Yeo Jin, actress Kim Ji Soo, Super Junior's Kim Heechul, and singer Young Jee whom she attended high school with. She is also friendly with Taiwanese actor-singer Kenji Wu.



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Whispering Corridors: Wishing Stairs Yoon Jin-sung
2004 Some Seo Yoo-jin
2007 Sex Is Zero 2 Lee Kyeong-ah
2008 A Frozen Flower The Queen
2011 Late Blossom Kim Yeon-ah
2012 Code Name: Jackal Bong Min-jung
2013 Maritime Police Marco Lulu Korean dubbing
New World Shin-woo
2015 708090 Duan Yu Rong Chinese film

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2006 Princess Hours Min Hyo-rin MBC
Jumong Lady Ye So-ya MBC
2011 Detectives in Trouble Jo Min-joo KBS2
Gyebaek Eun-go MBC
2013 Heaven's Order: The Fugitive of Joseon Hong Da-in KBS2
2014 Emergency Couple Oh Jin-hee tvN
2015 The Girl Who Sees Smells Herself (cameo, ep. 1; with Running Man cast) SBS
Ex-Girlfriend Club Kim Soo-jin tvN

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2004-07 Yasimmanman Herself SBS Guest (Episode 80 and 208)
2004 Yoo Jae-suk & Kim Won-hee's Come to Play Herself MBC Guest (Episode 20)
2007-08 Inkigayo Host SBS Hosted along with Kim Heechul
2007 Three Women’s Talk Herself MBC Guest (Episode 55)
2009 World Special LOVE Herself tvN In Philippines
Family Outing Herself SBS Guest (Episodes 58-59) Horror Special
Yasimmanman 2 Herself Guest (Episode 51)
2010 Danbi Herself MBC Guest along with Nichkhun (Episode 14 and 15)
2010-11 TV Entertainment Tonight Host SBS Hosted along with Seo Kyung-suk
2010–present Running Man Herself Guest (Episodes 2 - 5)
Permanent cast member (Episode 6 - present)
2011 Happy Together Herself KBS2 Guest along with Song Il-gook, Lee Jong-hyuk, Kim Joon, Kim Junho and Kim Dae Hee (Season 3, Episode 186)
2012 Strong Heart Herself SBS Guest (Episode 156)
Gag Concert A Killer KBS2 Guest along with Han Sang-jin (Episode 672)
2013 Happy Together Herself Guest along with Lee Dong-wook and Lim Seulong (Season 3, Episode 295)
Entertainment Weekly Herself KBS2 Guest along with 2PM, f(x), Sung Yuri, Ahn Jae-wook
2014 Reply with Music - Emergency Couple Herself tvN Guest along with Choi Jin-hyuk, Lee Pil-mo and Choi Yeo-jin (Special - music talk show)
Entertainment Weekly Herself KBS2 Guest along with Ha Ji-won, Taecyeon, Jung Woo
Get It Beauty Herself OnStyle Guest (Episode 34)
One Night of TV Entertainment Herself SBS Guest along with Gary (rapper)
SBS Gayo Daejeon Host SBS Hosted along with CNBLUE's Jung Yong-hwa, 2PM's Nichkhun, Winner's Song Min-ho, B1A4's Baro and Infinite's L.
2015 Inkigayo Host Hosted along with Kim Heechul, Jung Yong-hwa, Minah, Hwang Kwang-hee, Kim Yoo-jung and Hong Jong-hyun (800th episode special)
Day Day Up Herself Hunan Television Chinese variety show, guest along with Kang Gary

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Title Artist
2001 "Just Say Goodbye" JTL
"And I Love You" Lee Soo-young
2006 "Words That I Can’t Believe" STAY
2010 "Don't Listen To This Song" Young Jee
2011 "It’s Nothing Serious"
"In Heaven" JYJ
"Gift For You" Choi Kang-hee, Lee Sun-kyun, Kim Byung-man, Song Ji Hyo
2012 "Be Happy" (Teaser) Young Jee & Kyu-Hoon
2013 "Winter Song" Freestyle feat. Navi
2015 "You Are So Cute" Kenji Wu feat. Song Ji Hyo
2016 "Lonely Night" Gary feat. Gaeko



  • 2015 Kenji Wu - "You Are So Cute" feat. Song Ji Hyo


Year Product Notes
2001 Boryung NUK
Paris Baguette
SK Telecom TTL
2002 Hankook P&G Pantene
LG Telecom
2003 GM Daewoo
2004 DAUM
Flour Green Tea
2005 LG Telecom Phone & Fun
Shiseido AQUAIR
2006 Naknine
Nature Be
2007 Hite
2011 Jambangee Jeans with boyband 2AM
DHC Korea
Samsung Think Next
3M Label
2012 Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Until 2015
Benefit cosmetics
Yesse Until 2014
2013 Benefit - U.S. based cosmetics brand [13][14]
Mr. Pizza [15]
2014 NBA - CHO.2 Collaboration with NBA
Samsung 'This is Living' (Vietnam) with Kim Woo-bin
Banila Co.
Schoffel Korea with Yoo Jae-suk
2015 Kyung Dong Pharmaceutical with Kang Gary
CHUNG JUNG ONE Red Vinegar Hong Kong region
JiCheng Clothing
Banila co.
Game of Dice with Running Man members

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2007 43rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress in a Television Series Jumong Nominated
2008 44th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress in a Film Sex Is Zero 2 Nominated
2009 45th Baeksang Arts Awards A Frozen Flower Nominated
2010 4th SBS Entertainment Awards Special Award in Variety Running Man Won
2011 5th SBS Entertainment Awards Excellence Award in Variety Won
Netizen's Popularity Award Nominated
MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Gyebaek Nominated
Producer's Award Won
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Detectives in Trouble Nominated
2012 48th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress in a Television Series Gyebaek Nominated
Best Female Entertainer Running Man Nominated
2013 49th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Female Entertainer Nominated
Most Popular Actress in a Film New World Nominated
7th SBS Entertainment Awards Female Top Excellence Award Running Man Won
Best Couple with Gary Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama Heaven's Order: The Fugitive of Joseon Nominated
Netizen's Award Nominated
2014 2nd Annual DramaFever Awards Best Kiss with Gary Running Man Won
Best Couple Not Meant To Be with Gary Nominated
2015 3rd Annual DramaFever Awards Best Actress of the Year Emergency Couple Won
Boldest Moment Won
Hallyu Win Female Star of 2014 Won
Daehan Drama Awards Best Chemistry with Choi Jin-hyuk Nominated
9th SBS Entertainment Awards Top Excellence Award in Variety with Gary Running Man Won
2016 Sina Weibo Night Awards Best Transboundary Female Artist Won

Goodwill ambassador[edit]

Year Title Campaign Organiser
2009 Ambassador for Chuncheon World Leisure Congress and Leisure Games Chuncheon World Leisure Congress and Leisure Games
2011 Ambassador for School Culture Change Online Ministry of Education


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  10. ^ 이경호 (June 2, 2015). '구여친클럽', 16→12부로 조기종영..13일 마지막회. Star News (in Korean). Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
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  12. ^ "[Video] Song Ji Hyo Appears in Gary′s Upcoming ′Lonely Night′ MV". Retrieved 2015-12-31. 
  13. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (14 December 2012). "Song Ji-hyo to model for Benefit cosmetics". Jongang Daily. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  14. ^ Ho, Stewart (16 December 2012). "Song Ji Hyo Becomes New Face of Cosmetics Brand, Benefit". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
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