Kim Hee-ae (born April 23, 1967) is a South Korean actress. She is best known for her leading roles in Korean dramas such as Sons and Daughters (1992), Perfect Love (2003), My Husband's Woman (2007), How Long I've Kissed (2012), Secret Affair (2014), and The World of the Married (2020).
|Born||April 23, 1967|
|Education||Chung-Ang University |
B.A. in Theater and Film
M.A. in Communication and Journalism
Lee Chan-jin (m. 1996)
|Revised Romanization||Gim Hui-ae|
Kim was a freshman at Hyehwa Girls' High School when she was discovered by the younger brother of one of her teachers; he had been visiting the school by chance and worked for an advertising agency. This led to her first modeling job in a commercial for a school uniform brand in 1982. This was actually her first debut activities.
1983–2003: Acting debut and stardomEdit
In 1983, Kim made her acting debut in the film The First Day of the Twentieth Year. While studying at Chung-Ang University as a Theater and Film major, she appeared in her first television drama on KBS in 1986. Over the next decade, she would go on to have a successful career on Korean television, alongside fellow top actresses Chae Shi-ra and Choi Jin-sil. Among her most significant dramas during this period were Beyond the Mountains (1991) and Sons and Daughters (1992), for which she won the highest award at the MBC Drama Awards and the Baeksang Arts Awards, called the Daesang ("Grand Prize").
2003–2009: Hit dramasEdit
She again drew praise in 2003 for two consecutive hit dramas. In Wife, her husband vanishes and reappears years later as an amnesiac with another family, while in Perfect Love (written by Kim Soo-hyun), her role as the perfect wife and mother who gets diagnosed with a terminal illness earned her another Daesang from the Baeksang Arts Awards. She worked again with Kim a year later in Precious Family (also known as Letters to My Parents), playing a woman who marries into a rich family who treats her badly after she gives birth to a baby with autism. Kim next starred in the melodrama Snow Flower.
Her third collaboration with Kim Soo-hyun was 2007's My Husband's Woman, but unlike her previous saintly characters, this time she was cast against type as a sexy, worldly woman having an affair with her best friend's husband. The adultery drama was a hit with a peak viewership rating of 38.7%, and Kim yet again won the Daesang at the Korea Drama Awards and the SBS Drama Awards.
2010–2012: Hiatus and focus on commercials and magazinesEdit
Afterwards Kim went on a brief hiatus, during which she continued to appear in commercials and magazines, gaining a reputation as a style icon for Korean middle-aged women (called "ajumma") by inspiring them to wear younger and edgier clothes. Kim returned to acting four years later with Midas, in the role of a wealthy chaebol heiress who fosters greed and ambition in a young lawyer. She then won Best Actress at the Baeksang Arts Awards for her portrayal of a housewife increasingly stifled by her husband's obsession with status who finds herself falling for her son's dentist in How Long I've Kissed, one of the inaugural dramas in 2012 of new cable channel jTBC.
2013–present: Return to the big screen and continued successEdit
2013 marked Kim's first regular appearance in a reality show with Sisters Over Flowers, in which she, Youn Yuh-jung, Kim Ja-ok, Lee Mi-yeon and Lee Seung-gi go on a backpacker tourism trip around Croatia and Turkey.
In 2014, Kim returned to the big screen after a 21-year absence in Thread of Lies, a film adaptation of Kim Ryeo-ryeong's novel Elegant Lies about teen bullying which leads to a young girl's suicide. Kim said she accepted the project because the script was "faultless" and she felt empathy for the characters, and one review described her performance as "excellent as the grieving mother [...] understated but somehow believable, touching and honest."
Shortly after, Kim reunited with the writer and director of How Long I've Kissed in Secret Affair, about an art foundation director who embarks on a passionate affair with a poor but talented pianist 20 years her junior.
She next played the muse of real-life folk music group Twin Folio in the 2015 film C'est Si Bon, named after a music lounge located in Myeong-dong which was famous in the 1970s and 1980s for its live performances. She returned to the small screen with the police procedural drama Mrs. Cop, playing a violent crime detective who struggles to become a good mother.
Kim then returned to the big screen, starring in the psychological thriller The Vanished and drama film Herstory, based on the real story of comfort women. In 2019 she starred in Lim Dae-hyung's film Moonlit Winter.
In 2020, Kim made a comeback in television after four years in smash-hit drama The World of the Married, a remake of the British television series Doctor Foster. The drama series is the highest-rated Korean drama in cable television history. Kim received rave reviews for her acting performance as Ji Sun-woo in the series.
Kim married Lee Chan-jin, CEO of the web portal DreamWiz, in 1996. They have two sons. Kim is a Roman Catholic and was one of thirty Catholic celebrities who appeared in the 2014 music video for the digital single "Koinonia" to commemorate Pope Francis's visit to South Korea, the first time in nineteen years a pope has visited Asia.
|Year||English title||Original title||Role|
|1983||The First Day of the Twentieth Year||스무해 첫째 날|
|1985||Reminiscent Flame||불의 회상|
|My Love Jjang-gu||내 사랑 짱구||Mi-hye|
|1987||The Hero Comes Back||영웅 돌아오다||Young-mi|
|1993||The 101st Proposition||101번째 프로포즈||Jung-won|
|2014||Thread of Lies||우아한 거짓말||Yoo Hyun-sook|
|2015||C'est Si Bon||쎄시봉||Min Ja-young (40s)|
|2018||The Vanished||사라진 밤||Yoon Seol-hee|
|Year||English title||Original title||Role||Network|
|1986||A Woman's Heart||여심||Song Da-young||KBS2|
|Terms of Endearment||애정의 조건||Kim Won-mi|
|1988||Forget Tomorrow||내일 잊으리||Seo In-ae||MBC|
|1989||Your Toast||당신의 축배||Jeon Yeo-ok|
|1990||What Do Women Want||여자는 무엇으로 사는가||Cha Young-gun|
|Winter Wanderer||겨울 나그네||Da-hye||KBS|
|500 Years of Joseon:
|I'm Still Loving You||사랑해 당신을||Wan-joo|
|1991||The Beginning of the End||이별의 시작||Jung Hye-jung|
|Beyond the Mountains||산너머 저쪽||Kang Myung-ae|
|The Kingdom of Anger||분노의 왕국||Min Jae-kyung|
|Sons and Daughters||아들과 딸||Lee Hoo-nam|
|1993||The Stormy Season||폭풍의 계절||Lee Hong-joo|
|1995||Love and Marriage||사랑과 결혼||Yoon Soo-bin|
|Love Formula||연애의 기초||Choi Jeong-hee|
|1999||You're One-of-a-Kind||하나뿐인 당신||Jang Seo-young|
|Perfect Love||완전한 사랑||Ha Young-ae||SBS|
|2004||Precious Family||부모님 전상서||Ahn Sung-sil||KBS2|
|2006||Snow Flower||눈꽃||Lee Kang-ae||SBS|
|2007||My Husband's Woman||내 남자의 여자||Lee Hwa-young|
|2012||How Long I've Kissed||아내의 자격||Yoon Seo-rae||jTBC|
|2013||Sisters Over Flowers||꽃보다 누나||Herself||tvN|
|2014||Secret Affair||밀회||Oh Hye-won||jTBC|
|2015||Mrs. Cop||미세스 캅||Choi Young-jin||SBS|
|2016||Second To Last Love||끝에서 두번째 사랑||Kang Min-joo|
|2020||The World of the Married||부부의 세계||Ji Sun-woo||jTBC|
|Year||English title||Korean title||Station|
|1986||Popular Music FM with Kim Hee-ae||김희애의 FM인기가요||KBS Happy FM|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|1986||KBS Drama Awards||Best New Actress||A Woman's Heart||Won|
|1987||Our Star Awards||Won|
|23rd Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actress (TV)||Won|
|1990||MBC Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress||Forget Tomorrow||Won|
|1991||MBC Drama Awards||Beyond the Mountains||Nominated|
|Grand Prize (Daesang)||Won|
|1993||MBC Drama Awards||Sons and Daughters||Won|
|Top Excellence Award, Actress||Nominated|
|29th Baeksang Arts Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang) for TV||Won|
|Best Actress (TV)||Won|
|TV Journal||Star of the Year||N/A||Won|
|14th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Actress||The 101st Proposition||Nominated|
|1994||32nd Grand Bell Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|30th Baeksang Arts Awards||Most Popular Actress (TV)||The Stormy Season||Won|
|6th Korea Broadcasting Producer Awards||Best Performer, TV Actress category||Sons and Daughters||Won|
|1995||MBC Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress||Love and Marriage||Nominated|
|1996||8th Korea Broadcasting Producer Awards||Best Performer, TV Actress category||Won|
|2003||39th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (TV)||Wife||Won|
|KBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress||Nominated|
|SBS Drama Awards||Perfect Love||Nominated|
|Top 10 Stars||Won|
|16th Grimae Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|2004||40th Baeksang Arts Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang) for TV||Won|
|Best Actress (TV)||Nominated|
|16th Korea Broadcasting Producer Awards||Best Performer, TV Actress category||Won|
|2005||KBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress||Precious Family||Nominated|
|2007||Korea Fashion & Design Awards||Best Dressed||N/A||Won|||
|1st Korea Drama Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang)||My Husband's Woman||Won|
|SBS Drama Awards||Won|||
|Top Excellence Award, Actress||Nominated|
|Top 10 Stars||Won|
|2008||1st Style Icon Awards||Style Icon, TV actress category||Won|
|44th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (TV)||Nominated|
|2011||SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Planning Drama||Midas||Nominated|
|2013||49th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (TV)||How Long I've Kissed||Won|
|2014||35th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Actress||Thread of Lies||Nominated|
|50th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (Film)||Nominated|
|51st Savings Day||Presidential Commendation||N/A||Won|||
|7th Style Icon Awards||Top 10 Style Icons||N/A||Won|||
|9th Seoul International Drama Awards||Best Actress||Secret Love Affair||Won|||
|7th Korea Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress||Nominated|
|3rd APAN Star Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Won|
|2015||SBS Drama Awards||Mrs. Cop||Nominated|
|2016||SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Romantic-Comedy Drama||Second To Last Love||Nominated|
|2018||2nd Elle Style Awards||Timeless Icon||N/A||Won|||
|6th Marie Claire Asia Star Awards||Actress of the Year||Herstory||Won|||
|39th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|||
|27th Buil Film Awards||Best Actress||Won|||
|2nd Korea China International Film Festival||Won|||
|2nd The Seoul Awards||Best Actress (Film)||Nominated|||
|2019||55th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (Film)||Nominated|||
|24th Chunsa Film Art Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|||
|2020||56th Grand Bell Awards||Moonlit Winter||Nominated|||
|25th Chunsa Film Art Awards||Nominated|||
|56th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (Film)||Nominated|||
|Grand Prize (Daesang) for TV||The World of the Married||Nominated|||
|Best Actress (TV)||Won|||
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