Kim So-yeon (born November 2, 1980) is a South Korean actress. She is best known for starring in a number of well-known television series, notably All About Eve (2000), Iris (2009), Prosecutor Princess (2010), Happy Home (2016), and The Penthouse: War in Life (2020).
Kim So-yeon in March 2019
|Born||November 2, 1980|
Seoul, South Korea
|Education||Dongguk University (Theater and Film)|
|Revised Romanization||Gim So-yeon|
Kim So-yeon broke into the entertainment industry in 1994 at the age of 14 by entering the Miss Binggrae beauty pageant without her parents' approval. Then in her second year of middle school, she used a marker pen as her eyeliner and ended up winning the top prize. Not long after her acting debut in Dinosaur Teacher, the teen actress starred in popular TV shows such as Reporting for Duty (1996) and Soonpoong Clinic (1998), while hosting the music program Inkigayo and appearing in numerous commercials (Kim was the first Korean teen star to earn more than ₩100 million from commercial modeling). Because of her preternaturally mature looks and poise, she was often cast in older roles, notably as a manipulative, villainous anchorwoman in All About Eve, which drew a peak viewership rating of 45.2% when it aired in 2000.
But being typecast as prim, cold-hearted characters had a negative effect on Kim's career, and her fame went downhill in the mid-2000s. Her attempt to crossover to China via Hong Kong director Tsui Hark's wuxia film Seven Swords (in which she played a Joseon noblewoman-turned-slave) and the Chinese dramas Just Like a Beautiful Flying Butterfly and Anhui Merchants also proved unsuccessful. So Kim took a break for three years to ponder whether she wanted to continue being an actress. She returned to television in 2008 with Gourmet (adapted from Huh Young-man's titular manhwa) and found acting fun for the first time.
A year later, Kim's career resurgence began with the 2009 big-budget series Iris. She cut short her trademark long hair and worked hard on her action scenes to look convincing in her role as a North Korean spy, and she drew praise for her portrayal of a tough woman conflicted about her loyalty to her country and her love for a South Korean agent. Kim later reprised the role in the re-edited cut Iris the Movie, the series' spin-off Athena: Goddess of War (2010) and sequel Iris II (2013).
Kim was cast in the leading role in romantic comedy Prosecutor Princess in 2010, and showcased her versatility by playing a Legally Blonde-inspired newbie district attorney who's initially more interested in shopping and dating, yet surprises her colleagues with her intelligence and learns to strive for justice. Kim said that the cheerful, unpredictable character was similar to her own real-life personality. Later in the year, she played a rigid doctor in sports drama Dr. Champ.
In 2012, Kim appeared on the big screen as a royal barista embroiled in a plot to assassinate Emperor Gojong in Gabi, adapted from the historical fiction novel by Kim Takhwan. She spent months studying the Russian language and coffee brewing even before shooting began. Gabi was Kim's first Korean feature film in 15 years, since Change in 1997. This was followed by another period drama The Great Seer, where she played a healer in Goryeo.
Kim reunited with Prosecutor Princess screenwriter So Hyun-kyung in Two Weeks (2013), in the role of a prosecutor who teams up with a fugitive to bring down a corrupt politician and her gangster henchman. In 2014, she played a fashion merchandiser who falls for her much younger childhood friend in I Need Romance 3. Kim then appeared in the "Female Soldier Special" of military boot camp reality show Real Men.
In 2015, she starred in her second cable series Beating Again, about a businessman who falls for his secretary after he gets a heart transplant. Kim also joined the fourth season of We Got Married, pairing up with Kwak Si-yang.
On September 6, 2016, it was confirmed that Kim and actor Lee Sang-woo were in a relationship. The pair met on the set of MBC's weekend drama Happy Home. On March 28, 2017, it was announced that Kim and Lee were getting married in June 2017.
|Daughters of a Rich Family||Hye-ri (Kwon Il-ryung's daughter)||KBS2|
|1995||Drama Game "Min-woo vs. Min-woo"|
|Drama Game "Their Summer"|
|1996||You Can't Stop Mom||Eldest daughter||SBS|
|Drama Game "Come Back Home"||Park Mi-kyung||KBS2|
|City Men and Women||Yoo Won-hee||SBS|
|Reporting for Duty||Woo Ji-soo||KBS2|
|Open Your Heart||Jung Yoo-kyung||MBC|
|1997||Because of Love||KBS2|
|Drama Special "Christmas in May"|
|Friday Night Theater "On Her First Night"||KBS2|
|1998||Soonpoong Clinic||Oh So-yeon||SBS|
|I Love You, I Love You||Lee Soon-young|
|1999||Sunday Best "Pickpocket by Name"||Kim Ji-hyun||KBS2|
|We Saw a Little Lost Bird||Seo Ga-hee|
|Ad Madness||Lee Ye-rin|
|2000||All About Eve||Heo Young-mi||MBC|
|Mom and Sister||Noh Seung-ri / Jang Yoo-kyung|
|2002||Sunlight Upon Me||Kim Yeon-woo|
|2004||2004 Human Market||Hong Si-yeon||SBS|
|Just Like a Beautiful Flying Butterfly||Jin Zhi Xiu||CCTV|
|2005||Autumn Shower||Lee Kyu-eun||MBC|
|2007||Anhui Merchants||Hu Yu Ling||DTV|
|2010||Prosecutor Princess||Ma Hye-ri||SBS|
|Dr. Champ||Kim Yeon-woo|
|Athena: Goddess of War||Kim Seon-hwa (Cameo, ep.17 & 19)|
|2012||The Great Seer||Hae-in|
|2013||Iris II||Kim Seon-hwa (Cameo, ep.20)||KBS2|
|Two Weeks||Park Jae-kyung||MBC|
|2014||I Need Romance 3||Shin Joo-yeon||tvN|
|2015||Beating Again||Kim Soon-jung||jTBC|
|High-End Crush||Entertainment news anchor (Cameo)||Naver TV Cast|
|2016||One More Happy Ending||Divorced woman (ep.1)||MBC|
|Happy Home||Bong Hae-ryung|
|2017||20th Century Boy and Girl||Director Kim (Cameo)|
|2018||Secret Mother||Kim Lisa||SBS|
|2019||Mother of Mine||Kang Mi-ri||KBS2|
|2020–21||The Penthouse: War in Life||Cheon seo-jin||SBS|
|2021||The Penthouse: War in Life 2|
|2005||Seven Swords||Luzhu/Green Pearl|
|2007||The Pictures (short film)||Photographer|
|2010||Iris the Movie||Kim Seon-hwa|
|2015||Love Forecast||Kang Joon-soo's ex-girlfriend 1 (cameo)|
|1997||Inkigayo (Popular Music) Best 50||MBC||MC|
|1998-2000||Inkigayo (Popular Music)||SBS|
|2009||KBS Drama Awards||KBS2|
|2014||Real Men: Female Soldier Special - Season 1||MBC||Cast member|
|2015||We Got Married - Season 4|
|2016||King of Mask Singer||Contestant as "Nice to Meet You Squirrel" (Ep 77)|
|2020||Running Man||Seoul Broadcasting System||Guest (Ep. 530)|
|"Why Is the Sky"|
|"Diary of a Day"|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|1994||Miss Binggrae Pageant||Miss Binggrae June||N/A||Won|
|SBS Drama Awards||Best Young Actress||Dinosaur Teacher||Won|
|1998||SBS Drama Awards||Popularity Award, Actress||Soonpoong Clinic, Winners, I Love You, I Love You||Won|
|2000||MBC Drama Awards||Viewer's Favorite Character (Actress)||All About Eve||Won|
|2008||SBS Drama Awards||Best Supporting Actress in a Special Planning Drama||Gourmet||Won|
|2009||KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama||Iris||Nominated|
|Popularity Award, Actress||Won|
|2010||46th Paeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (TV)||Nominated|
|SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Planning Drama||Dr. Champ||Nominated|
|Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special||Prosecutor Princess||Nominated|
|Top 10 Stars||Prosecutor Princess, Dr. Champ||Won|
|2011||6th Asia Model Festival Awards||Asia Special Award||N/A||Won|
|9th Korea Jewelry Fair||Best Jewelry Lady||N/A||Won|
|2012||20th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards||Best Actress||Gabi||Won|
|SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special||The Great Seer||Nominated|
|2013||18th Busan International Film Festival||Female Fashionista Award||N/A||Won|
|2nd APAN Star Awards||Excellence Award, Actress||Two Weeks||Won|
|MBC Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Nominated|
|6th Herald-Donga TV Lifestyle Awards||Best Style Award||N/A||Won|
|2015||MBC Entertainment Awards||Top Excellence Award for Variety Show||We Got Married||Won|
|2016||5th APAN Star Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama||Happy Home||Won|
|9th Korea Drama Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang)||Won|
|Star of the Year||Won|
|MBC Drama Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang)||Nominated|
|Top Excellence Award, Actress in Serial Drama||Won|
|2018||SBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Daily/Weekend Drama||Secret Mother||Won|
|2019||KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama||Mother of Mine||Won|
|2020||SBS Drama Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang)||The Penthouse: War in Life||Nominated|
|Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-Length Drama||Won|
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- Lee, Young-ee (18 August 2002). "Korean TV Series to Be Aired First Time in Japan". The Dong-a Ilbo. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- Transliterated as Jiu Xiang Mei Li Hu Die Fei.
- Transliterated as Da Qing Hui Shang.
- Park, Jeong-ho. "Korean producer hopes for hit film". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 24 June 2005.
- Elley, Derek (31 August 2005). "Review: Seven Swords". Variety. Retrieved 2014-11-07.
- Cho, Suyoun (23 July 2013). "From being a teen star to real actress, Kim So yeon talks about her passion". BNTNews. Retrieved 2014-11-07.
- "Kim So-yeon Spreads Her Acting Wings in TV Drama Iris". The Chosun Ilbo. 28 November 2009. Retrieved 2014-11-07.
- Han, Sang-hee (24 May 2009). "Iris to Bring Spy Story to Small Screen". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- "Interview: Kim So-yeon, The female warrior Sun-wha from KBS drama Iris - Part 1". 10Asia. 3 November 2009. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- "Interview: Kim So-yeon in Iris - Part 2". 10Asia. 3 November 2009. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- Hong, Lucia (19 November 2010). "Movie version of TV series IRIS to be released next week". 10Asia. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- Han, Sang-hee (30 March 2010). "Younger Men, Power, Money Fill Dramas". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- "Press conference for SBS TV series Princess Prosecutor: Kim So-yeon says "Ma Hye-ri and I are very similar" - Part 1". 10Asia. 8 April 2010. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- "Press conference for SBS TV series Princess Prosecutor: Kim So-yeon says "Ma Hye-ri and I are very similar" - Part 2". 10Asia. 8 April 2010. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- "Interview: Actress Kim So-yeon says "feels like I am back at the starting line" - Part 1". 10Asia. 9 June 2010. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- "Interview: Actress Kim So-yeon - Part 2". 10Asia. 9 June 2010. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- "Interview: Actress Kim So-yeon - Part 3". 10Asia. 9 June 2010. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- Kim, Sun-young (28 September 2010). "Review: SBS TV series Doctor Champ - 1st Episode". 10Asia. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- Lee, Jin-ho (15 February 2012). "Kim So Yeon of Gabi Wants to be Jang Hee Bin". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- Kwaak, Je-yup (21 February 2012). "Gabi: East-meets-West thriller on Joseon Kingdom's first coffee". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- Oh, Mi-jung (7 March 2012). "Kim So Yeon Speaks Russian and Japanese for Gabi". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- Sunwoo, Carla (8 March 2012). "Kim So-yeon returns to the big screen after 15 years". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- "Kim So Yeon: 'I Seem to have Begun Acting 18 Years Since Debut'". KBS Global. 9 March 2012. Retrieved 2014-11-10.
- "Kim So-yeon cast as female lead in Ji Jin-hee's TV series". 10Asia. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- Ko, Hong-ju (16 May 2013). "Kim So-yeon Cast in Lee Joon-gi Drama". 10Asia.
- Lee, Sun-min (19 November 2013). "Kim So-yeon joins I Need Romance". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-11-10.
- Hong, Grace Danbi (8 January 2014). "Kim So Yeon Plans on Being Bold If a Bed Scene Comes Up in I Need a Romance 3". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 8 January 2014. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- Park, Jin-hai (9 January 2014). "Cable dramas having heyday". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- Ko, Hong-ju (4 August 2014). "Kim So Yeon, Girl's Day's Hyeri, G.Na and More Join Real Man Female Soldier Special". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 21 December 2014. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- Park, Ah-reum (11 December 2014). "Jung Kyung Ho and Kim So Yeon Confirmed as Leads of New JTBC Drama". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 31 March 2015. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- "Kim So Yeon and Kwak Si Yang Confirmed for ′We Got Married′". enewsWorld. 27 August 2015.
- "An emotional performance leads to the next chapter". Korea JoongAng Daily. 26 August 2016.
- "FA 김소연, 제이와이드行..이상윤 김태리와 한솥밥". Sports Seoul (in Korean). April 3, 2018.
- "'Secret Mother' looks at Korea's intense education scene". Kpop Herald. 9 April 2018.
- "Kim So-yeon Returns with Mysterious Role in New TV Series". The Chosun Ilbo. 19 May 2018.
- Bae Seo-yeon (18 January 2019). "유선·김소연·김하경, KBS2 새 주말극 캐스팅 확정". YTN.
- Kim Min-ji (18 January 2019). "[공식입장] '제일 예쁜 내 딸' 유선X김소연X김하경 출연… 3인 3색 자매". News1.
- "Lee Ji-ah, Kim So-yeon and Eugene to Star in "Penthouse: War In Life"". HanCinema.
- "TV stars Lee Sang-woo, Kim So-yeon to wed in June". The Korea Times. 12 April 2017.
- Han, Sang-hee (3 January 2010). "2009 Drama Awards Wrap Up With No Surprises". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on 12 April 2010. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- "Ko Hyun-jung wins grand prize at SBS Drama Awards". 10Asia. 8 June 2011.
- "Joo SW, Han JH win best dressed prizes at Herald·Donga TV Lifestyle Awards". The Korea Herald. 4 December 2013.
- Lee, Jihyun (January 1, 2019). [SBS 연기대상] 감우성·김선아, 공동 대상..베스트 커플상까지(종합) [[SBS Drama Awards] Gam Woo-sung, Kim Sun-ah, co- grand prize.. Best Couple Award (Comprehensive)]. News1 (in Korean). Archived from the original on December 31, 2018. Retrieved June 26, 2020.
- "Winners of the 2019 KBS Drama Awards". Hancinema. December 31, 2019. Archived from the original on April 6, 2020. Retrieved December 31, 2019.
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- Kim, Jong-eun (January 1, 2021). "'남궁민 대상→'펜트하우스' 9관왕, SBS 빛낸 두 작품 [종합]". TV Daily (in Korean).
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