Choi Sung-eun (Korean최성은; born June 17, 1996) is a South Korean actress.[1] She is known for roles in television dramas such as SF8 (2020), Beyond Evil (2021), and The Sound of Magic (2022),[2] as well as in the Netflix film My Name Is Loh Kiwan (2024).

Choi Sung-eun
Choi in November 2020
Born (1996-06-17) June 17, 1996 (age 27)
Seoul, South Korea
EducationKorea National University of Arts (Department of Acting)
OccupationActress
Years active2018–present
AgentAce Factory
Korean name
Hangul
최성은
Hanja
Revised RomanizationChoe Seong-eun
McCune–ReischauerCh'oe Sŏngŭn

Early life and education edit

Choi Sung-eun was born on June 17, 1996, in Seoul, South Korea. Choi's family consists of her parents, an older brother, and a younger brother. She attended Kaywon High School of Arts under the Department of Theater and Film before getting admitted at the Korea National University of Arts' Acting Department in 2015.[3][4][5]

Career edit

2018: Beginnings edit

Choi started out acting in short films and as a theater actress at the Doosan Art Center. In 2018, she played the role of Autumn, a girl waiting for an organ transplant in the theater play Grain in the Blood.[6] As a college student, Choi was featured as a cover of popular university magazine, Life Magazine College Tomorrow's 853 issue for 20s which drew the attention of industry officials and various management companies. In July 2018, Choi officially signed an exclusive contract with SALT Entertainment officially starting her career as a rookie actress.[7][8]

2019–present: Acting debut edit

Choi landed her first major role in a feature film after passing an audition for the comedy film Start-Up (2019) where she played the role of red-haired girl So Kyung-joo. For her scene-stealing performance, she won Best New Actress from the Chunsa Film Festival and earned another nomination from the Buil Film Awards in South Korea.[9][10][11]

In 2020, Choi appeared in the short film, Nipple War 3.[12] In April of the same year, Choi made her CRT debut through the MBC drama SF8 : Joan's Galaxy (Ep. 3).[13] Her first lead role in an independent film, Ten Months was also screened during the 21st Jeonju International Film Festival under the category "Korean Cinema".[14] In August 2020, Choi signed an exclusive contract with Ace Factory.[15]

In 2021, Choi joined the JTBC drama Beyond Evil as Manyang butcher shop owner, Yoo Jae-yi marking her debut in a mini series.[16] Following her moving performance as Yoo Jae-yi, Choi was nominated for the 57th Baeksang Arts Awards in the category Best New Actress – Television.[17] In April, Choi joins the Netflix series The Sound of Magic, playing the role of Yoon Ah-yi alongside Ji Chang-wook and Hwang In-youp in her first main role in a drama series.[18] Later in August 2021, Choi was cast in the Wave's original film Gentleman as prosecutor Kim Hwa-jin, which is slated to premiere in 2022, alongside Joo Ji-hoon and Park Sung-woong.[19] Later in October, Choi's independent film, Ten Months was released commercially in cinemas.[20]

In 2024, Choi played the titular character Lee Marie in the drama film My Name Is Loh Kiwan alongside Song Joong-ki, written and directed by Kim Hee-jin, released exclusively on Netflix on March 1, 2024.[21]

Filmography edit

Film edit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2018 I want to go to Paris Yeon-i Short film [22]
2019 Start-Up So Kyung-joo [23]
Graduation Film Chae-eun Short film [24]
The Dog Days Jae-ha [25]
Pus Eun-soo [26]
2020 Nipple War 3 Chae-eun [27][12]
2021 Ten Months Choi Mi-rae [28][29]
2022 Gentleman Kim Hwa-jin [30][31]
2024 My Name Is Loh Kiwan Marie Netflix film [32]
Time to Be Strong Sumin Independent film [33][34]

Television series edit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2020 SF8 Yi-oh Episode 3: Joan's Galaxy [35]
2021 Beyond Evil Yoo Jae-yi [36]

Web series edit

Year Title Role Ref.
2022 The Sound of Magic Yoon Ah-yi [18][37]

Web shows edit

Year Title Role Ref.
2022 Young Actors' Retreat Cast member [38]

Discography edit

Singles edit

Title Year Album Ref.
"My Dream Family" (꿈꾸는 나의 집) 2022 The Sound of Magic OST [39][40]
"Don't Make Me Dream" (나를 꿈꾸게 하지 마세요)
"Merry-Go-Round" (회전목마)
(with Ji Chang-wook)
"Annarasumanara" (아저씨. 마술을 믿으세요?)
(with Ji Chang-wook)
"Have A Good Night" (잘자)
Hong Jung-min
"Consolation" (위로)
"I, As A Grown Up Or A Child" (어른과 아이)

Theater edit

Year Title Role Ref.
2018 Grain in the Blood (피와 씨앗) Autumn [41]

Awards and nominations edit

Name of the award ceremony, year presented, category, nominee of the award, and the result of the nomination
Award ceremony Year Category Nominee / Work Result Ref.
APAN Star Awards 2022 Best New Actress Beyond Evil Nominated [42]
Baeksang Arts Awards 2021 Best New Actress – Television Nominated [17][43][44]
2022 Best New Actress – Film Ten Months Nominated [45]
Buil Film Awards 2020 Best New Actress Start-Up Nominated [46]
2022 Ten Months Won [47]
Chunsa Film Art Awards 2020 Start-Up Won [48]
Jeonju International Film Festival 2024 Best Actor Time to Be Strong Won [49]
Stage Talk Audience's Choice Awards (SACA) 2018 Best New Theater Actress Grain in the Blood Nominated [50]

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