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Seo Hyun-jin (born February 27, 1985) is a South Korean actress and singer. Seo debuted as the main vocalist of South Korean girl group, M.I.L.K in 2001 and continued until the group disbanded in 2003. She contributed songs as a solo artist after the group disbandment before she transitioned into acting in 2006.

Seo Hyun-jin
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Seo in 2019
Born (1985-02-27) February 27, 1985 (age 34)
Seoul, South Korea
EducationDongduk Women's University
Occupation
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active2001–present
Agent
  • Jump Entertainment
  • Management SOOP[1]
Musical career
GenresK-pop
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2001–present
LabelsSM
Associated acts
Seo Hyun-jin
Hangul
Hanja
Revised RomanizationSeo Hyeon-jin
McCune–ReischauerSŏ Hyŏnchin

Seo made her acting debut in the musical The Sound of Music (2006) then followed by appearances in several television series and film. She is best known for her leading roles as Oh Hae-young (soil) in the romantic comedy TV series Another Miss Oh (2016), which gained her wider recognition, medical melodrama Dr. Romantic (2016–2017) and romance dramas Temperature of Love (2017) and The Beauty Inside (2018).

Life and careerEdit

1985–2005: Early life and music careerEdit

Seo was born on February 27, 1985 in Dobong District (now Nowon District), Seoul, South Korea. She was scouted by S.M. Entertainment and later debuted as the main vocalist of South Korean girl group, M.I.L.K in 2001, under the label subsidiary, SM Entertainment. However, the group soon fell by the wayside due to fierce competition among manufactured bands, which led to one of the members quitting before they completely disbanded in 2003. After M.I.L.K. was dissolved, Seo attended Dongduk Women's University, where she majored in applied musicology to keep her dream of singing career alive. Seo contributed songs to a few soundtracks and SM Town compilations as a solo artist.

2006–2014: Transition into actingEdit

Seo had the chance to perform in her first musical, The Sound of Music in 2006, which she saw as the turning point in her acting career.[2]

Supporting roles followed in the period drama Hwang Jini (2006),[3] TV police procedural H.I.T (2007),[4] and the queer film Ashamed (2011).[5] Seo first drew attention for her subtler performance in The Duo (2011), as a neighborhood tomboy who later becomes a gisaeng.[6][7][8] She played her first villain in Feast of the Gods (2012), as an overly ambitious chef caught in a rivalry.[2][9][10] Seo was then cast in leading roles for two historical dramas The King's Daughter, Soo Baek-hyang (2013)[11] and The Three Musketeers (2014).[12]

Seo has also frequently appeared in projects directed by her best friend, actress Ku Hye-sun, notably in the short film The Madonna and in the feature film Magic, in which she had her first leading role.[13][14]

2015–present: Rising popularityEdit

Seo said the character that most resembled her real-life personality was the foodie freelance writer in Let's Eat 2 (2015), adding that she "didn't realize how much fun shooting a lively and comical drama could be."[15][16] The drama was Seo's first attempt at romantic-comedy genre, in which she got good reviews and it became her career's turning point.[17]

Her popularity grew rapidly after the hit romance comedy drama Another Miss Oh (2016), which she starred alongside Eric Mun. She was praised for her portrayal of such an ordinary and relatable character,[18] and won the Baeksang Arts Award for Best Actress.[19] Later in the same year, she starred in SBS hit medical drama Dr. Romantic alongside Han Suk-kyu and Yoo Yeon-seok.[20][21]

In 2017, Seo starred in the romance television series Temperature of Love penned by Ha Myung-hee.[22]

In 2018, Seo was cast in the fantasy melodrama The Beauty Inside which is based on the 2015 romantic comedy film of the same name. She plays an actress who spends a week out of each month living in someone else's body.[23][24]

Other activitiesEdit

In 2019, Seo was recognised as an exemplary tax payer by the National Tax Service of South Korea and was named as an honorary ambassador together with Lee Je-hoon.[25]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Love Me Not Ji-hye
2008 Story of Wine Jin-ju [26]
Dating on Earth Soo-hyun
The Madonna Nun Short film
2010 Magic Ji-eun
2011 Ashamed Hee-jin
2012 The Peach Tree Shi-yeon Cameo[27]
Fragments of Sweet Memories Mom Short film
2016 Familyhood Sang-mi [28]
2017 Because I Love You Hyun-kyeong [29]
2018 Mystery Pink Ju-eun Short film[30]

Television seriesEdit

Year Title Role Network Notes
2006 Hwang Jini Jung Ga-eun KBS2
2007 H.I.T Jang Hee-jin MBC
2011 The Duo Dal-yi
The Peak Ahn Il-yang [31]
2012 Feast of the Gods Ha In-joo / Song Yeon-woo
Horse Doctor Jo So-yong (Gwi-in Jo) Cameo[32]
2012–2013 Here Comes Mr. Oh Na Jin-joo [33]
2013 Goddess of Fire Shim Hwa-ryung [34]
Drama Festival: Unrest Joon-kyung's mother Cameo[35]
2013–2014 The King's Daughter, Soo Baek-hyang Seol-nan / Soo Baek-hyang
2014 The Three Musketeers Kang Yoon-seo tvN
2015 Let's Eat 2 Baek Soo-ji
2016 Another Miss Oh Oh Hae-young (Soil)
Hey Ghost, Let's Fight Department store clerk Cameo, Episode 13[36]
2016–2017 Dr. Romantic Yoon Seo-jung SBS
2017 Temperature of Love Lee Hyun-soo
2018 Let's Eat 3 Baek Soo-ji tvN Cameo[37]
The Beauty Inside Han Se-gye JTBC
2019 Black Dog Go Ha Neul tvN

Television showEdit

Year Title Network Role Notes
2014 SNS Expedition SBS Regular cast [38]
2015 Let's Eat with Friends tvN [39]

Music video appearancesEdit

Year Title Artist Notes
2009 "One Step at a Time" Seo Young-eun [40]
"Dugeun Dugeun, Tomorrow" 4Tomorrow

TheaterEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Sound of Music Liesl von Trapp [41]
2010 Goong: The Musical Min Hyo-rin [42]
2015 Cinderella Cinderella [43]

DiscographyEdit

SinglesEdit

Title Year Peak chart
positions
Sales
(DL)
Album
KOR
Gaon
As lead artist
"Paradise"
(with Fly to the Sky, Lee Ji-hoon, Ji-yeon)
2003 N/A 2003 Summer Vacation in SM Town
"Summer in Dream"
(with Moon Hee-jun, Shoo, BoA, Jae-won, Park Hee-bon)
N/A
"Raindrops" 2006 N/A 2006 Summer SM Town
"Winter of Memories" N/A 2006 Winter SM Town – Snow Dream
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" 2007 N/A 2007 Winter SM Town – Only Love
Soundtrack appearances
"Grip!" (Korean version) 2003 N/A Inuyasha OST
"Give Me a Little Try" 2006 N/A Princess Hours OST
"0" N/A Hyena OST
"Calling" 2007 N/A Air City OST
"Song of Jeongeup" (feat. Kim Nani) 2013 N/A The King's Daughter, Soo Baek-hyang OST
"Up & Down" (feat. Risso) 2015 N/A Let's Eat 2 OST
"What Is Love" (with Yoo Seung-woo) 2016 6 Another Miss Oh OST
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2011 4th Korea Drama Awards Best New Actress The Duo Nominated
30th MBC Drama Awards Best New Actress in a Miniseries Won [45]
2012 31st MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama Feast of the Gods, Here Comes Mr. Oh Won [46]
2013 6th Korea Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress Goddess of Fire, Here Comes Mr. Oh Won [47]
32nd MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama The King's Daughter, Soo Baek-hyang Nominated
2014 3rd APAN Star Awards Nominated
2015 8th Korea Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress Let's Eat 2 Nominated
2016 5th APAN Star Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Another Miss Oh Won [48]
Best Couple with Eric Mun Nominated
9th Korea Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Nominated
tvN10 Awards Best Actress Nominated
Made in tvN, Actress in Drama Won [49]
Romantic-Comedy Queen Won
Best Kiss with Eric Mun Nominated
1st Asia Artist Awards Best Entertainer Nominated
24th SBS Drama Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Dr. Romantic Nominated
Excellence Award, Actress in a Genre Drama Won [50]
Top 10 Stars Won
Best Couple with Yoo Yeon-seok Won
Idol Academy Award – Best Kiss with Yoo Yeon-seok Won
2017 53rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress (TV) Another Miss Oh Won [19]
30th Grimae Awards Best Actress Temperature of Love Won [51]
25th SBS Drama Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Monday–Tuesday Drama Nominated
Best Couple Award with Yang Se-jong Nominated
2018 2018 Korea Best Star Awards Best Drama Star The Beauty Inside Won [52]
2019 53rd Taxpayers' Day Presidential Commendation N/A Won [53]

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