Kim Hyo-jin (Korean김효진; born February 10, 1984) is a South Korean actress.

Kim Hyo-jin
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Kim Hyo-jin in 2016.
Born (1984-02-10) February 10, 1984 (age 35)
South Korea
Years active1999–present
AgentNamoo Actors
Yoo Ji-tae (m. 2011)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Hyo-jin
McCune–ReischauerKim Hyojin


Kim began her career modeling in teen magazines, and made her acting debut in 1999. After a series of forgettable roles, she is best known for playing the youngest of the three sisters in sex comedy film Everybody Has Secrets,[1] and the female lead in family drama I Am Happy.[2]

Though she continues to act in mainstream films and TV dramas such as Mary Stayed Out All Night, in recent years Kim has become more adventurous in her choice of projects. She made her theater debut in the plays A Midsummer Night's Dream,[3][4] and Fool for Love,[5] then made an acting leap into queer cinema. Kim said portraying a bisexual in Five Senses of Eros (later expanded to In My End Is My Beginning) and a lesbian in Life is Peachy was not a problem for her: "I approached the film in this way: Two people meet and fall in love. And the person that I fall in love with happens to be a woman."[6][7][8]

In 2011 Kim replaced Han Chae-young in the Korea-China-Japan joint production Strangers 6,[9] which tells the story of six individuals assigned by the highest level authorities of their respective countries to protect the three countries' joint economic area from being infiltrated by a hostile organization.[10] Filming in Japan was delayed by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami,[11] and the TV series aired on Japan's WOWOW TV and Korea's Channel A in 2012.[12]

After appearing in Im Sang-soo's erotic suspense drama The Taste of Money,[13] Kim starred opposite Hidetoshi Nishijima in the Korea-Japan joint production Genome Hazard, a film adaptation of Tsukasaki Siro's same-titled sci-fi mystery novel.[14][15]

Personal lifeEdit

Kim first met actor-director Yoo Ji-tae in 2003 when they were models for a clothing brand, and their friendship turned into a romantic relationship in 2006.[16] One of the few Korean star couples who openly admitted their dating status, they are very active in charitable organizations, and in 2011 were both appointed as honorary ambassadors for World Vision.[17][18][19]

They announced their engagement in August 2011 (Kim reportedly turned down a movie role to prepare for her upcoming nuptials),[20][21][22][23][24] and subsequently released pre-wedding photos.[25][26] Their minimalist invitation was made from environmentally friendly paper and had the number 1,825 written on it, the exact amount of the days the two have spent together as a couple.[27][28] They were married at the Shilla Hotel in Seoul on December 2, 2011.[29][30][31] The date marked the couple's fifth anniversary together and was booked by Yoo one year in advance despite landing on a Friday – an unusual day for a wedding.[28] The ceremony was officiated by the president of World Vision Korea; Yoo and Kim then donated a portion of their monetary gifts to the organization to help build an elementary and middle school in Myanmar.[32][33][34] Kim gave birth to their first child, a son, on July 5, 2014.[35]

Kim adheres to a vegetarian diet for ethical and health reasons.[36][37]



Television seriesEdit





  1. ^ Kim, Gab-sik (July 29, 2004). "Sex and Laughter in a "Game of Love"". The Dong-a Ilbo.
  2. ^ Kwon, Mee-yoo (January 29, 2008). "3 New Weekend Dramas to Air". The Korea Times.
  3. ^ Chung, Ah-young (June 9, 2009). "Star Actors Team Up in Shakespeare Play". The Korea Times.
  4. ^ Park, Sun-young (June 5, 2009). "Reunion for 'Midsummer Night' revival" Archived July 10, 2012, at Korea JoongAng Daily.
  5. ^ Chung, Ah-young (July 4, 2010). "Musical star Park debuts in play" Archived October 3, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. The Korea Times.
  6. ^ Sung, So-young (November 25, 2011). "Breaking a taboo, first major film about the L-word opens in Korea" Archived April 5, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Korea JoongAng Daily.
  7. ^ "Newlywed Kim Hyo-jin Returns to Big Screen as Lesbian Lover". The Chosun Ilbo. December 10, 2011.
  8. ^ Kim, Heidi (December 7, 2010). "Actress Kim Hyo-jin invited to Berlin film fest". 10Asia.
  9. ^ Kim, Jessica (June 27, 2011). "Han Chae-young leaves Stranger 6". 10Asia.
  10. ^ Kim, Jessica (July 4, 2011). "Oh Ji-ho, Kim Hyo-jin named Yeosu city PR ambassadors". 10Asia.
  11. ^ Blair, Gavin J. (July 5, 2011). "Delayed shooting of joint China-Japan-Korea drama Strangers6 begins in Japan". The Hollywood Reporter.
  12. ^ Hong, Lucia (May 16, 2012). "Channel A to air Korea-China-Japan's TV series Stranger 6 this month". 10Asia.
  13. ^ Kang, Byeong-jin (February 7, 2012). "Korea's most anticipated films of 2012". Korean Cinema Today.
  14. ^ Lee, Claire (July 18, 2012). "Shooting begins for joint Korea-Japan production". The Korea Herald.
  15. ^ Noh, Jean (October 8, 2012). "Lotte, Happinet to co-produce Kim Sung-soo's Nameless". Screen International.
  16. ^ "Interview: Into Kim Hyo-jin's down-to-earth charm". Sports Chosun via Hancinema. July 15, 2008.
  17. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (January 28, 2010). "Yoo Ji-tae Couple Donate 20 Million Won to Haiti". The Korea Times.
  18. ^ "Celebrity Couple Using Fame to Support World Vision". The Chosun Ilbo. October 19, 2011.
  19. ^ "Celebrities Join Together To Raise Money For Facial Burn Victims". KBS World. February 9, 2012.
  20. ^ "Yoo Ji-tae, Kim Hyo-jin to wed in Dec.". The Korea Herald. August 21, 2011.
  21. ^ "Yoo Ji-tae, Kim Hyo-jin Decide to Finally Tie the Knot". The Chosun Ilbo. August 22, 2011.
  22. ^ Ko, Kyoung-seok (August 22, 2011). "Yoo Ji-tae, Kim Hyo-jin to wed Dec 2". 10Asia.
  23. ^ Chung, Ah-young (August 22, 2011). "Yoo, Kim to marry on Dec. 2". The Korea Times.
  24. ^ "Yoo Ji-tae and Kim Hyo-jin set a date to walk down the aisle" Archived April 5, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Korea JoongAng Daily. August 23, 2011.
  25. ^ "유지태-김효진 "내 사람이다vs심장이 먼저 반응" 예비부부 벌써 신혼" [Yoo Ji Tae & fiancée Kim Hyo Jin pose for Harper’s BAZAAR] (in Korean). Sports Chosun. October 19, 2011.
  26. ^ '결혼' 유지태·김효진, '완벽비주얼' 웨딩화보 [Yoo Ji Tae and Kim Hyo Jin reveal new pre-wedding photos] (in Korean). Star News. December 1, 2011.
  27. ^ 유지태-김효진 예비부부 ‘착한 청첩장’ 공개 [Yoo Ji Tae & Kim Hyo Jin, simplest of wedding invitations] (in Korean). Economy Today. November 29, 2011. Archived from the original on February 23, 2014. Retrieved December 2, 2012.
  28. ^ a b "Yoo and Kim release wedding photos" Archived April 5, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Korea JoongAng Daily. December 1, 2011.
  29. ^ "Celebrity Couple Exchange Vows After 5-Year Romance" Archived December 8, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. The Chosun Ilbo. December 5, 2011.
  30. ^ Choi, Eun-hwa (December 2, 2011). "Yoo Ji Tae and Kim Hyo Jin Say They'll Live Happily". enewsWorld.
  31. ^ Kim, Byung-kwan (December 2, 2011). "Yoo Ji Tae & Kim Hyo Jin Tie the Knot". enewsWorld.
  32. ^ Lee, Hye-ji (December 5, 2012). "Yoo Ji-tae, Kim Hyo-jin Celebrate 1st Wedding Anniversary in Myanmar". 10Asia.
  33. ^ "Celebrity Couple Support School in Burma". The Chosun Ilbo. December 6, 2012.
  34. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (December 7, 2012). "Yoo Ji-tae and wife celebrate anniversary with good deed". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on December 13, 2012.
  35. ^ Lee, Sun-min (July 7, 2014). "Celebrity couple gives birth to son". Korea JoongAng Daily.
  36. ^ Lee, Seo-hyun (January 4, 2012). '송일국-이하늬-윤진서-김효진-배종옥' 공통점은! ["Song Il-gook, Lee Ha-nui, Yoon Jin-seo, Kim Hyo-jin and Bae Jong-ok have something in common"] (in Korean). Shinmoongo.
  37. ^ Oh, Mi-jung (December 3, 2012). "Lee Hyori Chosen as Top Vegetarian Figure by KVU". enewsWorld.

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