Song Ji-hyo

Cheon Soo-yeon (born Cheon Seong-im on 15 August 1981), professionally known by her stage name Song Ji-hyo, is a South Korean actress and model. Song was a cover model for Kiki Magazine before she made her acting debut in the feature film Wishing Stairs (2003), the third installment in the Whispering Corridors film series. She made her television debut in the romantic comedy Princess Hours (2006) and the historical Jumong (2006). Song then received wider recognition for her roles in the film A Frozen Flower (2008), New World (2013), and the TV series Emergency Couple (2014).

Song Ji-hyo
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Cheon Seong-im

(1981-08-15) 15 August 1981 (age 38)
Other namesCheon Soo-yeon
  • Actress
  • model
Years active2001–present
AgentCreative Group ING
Korean name
Revised RomanizationSong Ji-hyo
McCune–ReischauerSong Chihyo
Birth name
Revised RomanizationCheon Seong-im
McCune–ReischauerCh'ŏn Sŏngim

Besides acting, Song is one of the regular casts of the South Korean variety show Running Man since 2010, which brought her international recognition.

Early lifeEdit

Song Ji-hyo was born as Cheon Seong-im on 15 August 1981, in Pohang, North Gyeongsang. Her mother was a South Korean national swimmer representative. She has a younger sister and a younger brother, Cheon Seong-moon, an actor. Song dreamed of becoming an actress during her high school years after watching Park Shin-yang in the 1998 South Korean film, Promise. She graduated with a degree in tax accounting from Kyungmoon University (now Kookje College). Before entering the acting industry, Song was casted while working a part-time job at a cafe.[1]


2001–2005: Career beginningsEdit

Before Song debuted as an actress, she was a model for Kiki Magazine. She chose "Song Ji-hyo" as her stage name because she was inspired by the two famous actors Song Seung-heon and Song Hye-kyo, both main protagonists of Autumn in My Heart. Song then appeared in the music videos of Lee Soo-young's "And I Love You" and JTL's "Just Say Goodbye".[2] She also made a cameo appearance in the television series Age of Innocence.

Song made her feature film debut in Wishing Stairs (2003), the third installment of the horror Whispering Corridors film series, after beating out 3000 actors in an audition.[3] Then she was nominated for the Best New Actress at the 24th Blue Dragon Film Awards for her performance in the film. She starred in the crime thriller Some (2004), where she played a reporter.[4]

2006–2009: Rising popularityEdit

Song made her television debut in the romantic comedy, Princess Hours (2006), where she played a ballet dancer who dreams to be a ballerina.[5][6] The series became hit across Asia, contributing to the Korean Wave. In the same year, she played the role of Lady Ye So-ya, the first wife of Jumong and the mother of King Yuri in the historical television series Jumong (2006).[7] The series was a commercial hit, receiving the highest viewership ratings of all the Korean dramas that aired in 2006. Song experienced a rise in popularity and was nominated for Best New Actress in the TV category at the 43rd Baeksang Arts Awards for her performance.[8]

The following year, Song starred as a swimming champion who has a painful past in the comedy film Sex Is Zero 2 (2007), the sequel to Sex Is Zero (2002) opposite Im Chang-jung.[9] She also co-hosted SBS' music show Inkigayo, with Heechul of Super Junior from 11 November 2007 to 4 May 2008.[10] Song then portrayed the role of Queen in Yoo Ha's film A Frozen Flower (2008), alongside Jo In-sung and Joo Jin-mo. The film became one of the highest-grossing films of 2008, and led to increased recognition for Song. She later commented, "When I decided to do this film, nudity was not the central issue. How much I expose is not important to me; I thought without that scene, it would be difficult to portray the subtle changes in emotion. What mattered to me at the time was working on my facial expressions apart from the posture that the director wanted me to convey".[11]

2010–present: International recognitionEdit

Song has been a member of the urban action variety show Running Man since 2010. She was requested to join by PD Kim Joo-hyung or also known as Myeok PD, whom she worked with while hosting Inkigayo. She appeared in the show as a guest from episode 2 to episode 5 then became a regular member in episode 6.[12]

Song at the Crime Squad press conference in 2011.

After her contract ended with Namoo Actors, Song signed with C-JeS Entertainment in early 2011 and appeared in Choo Chang-min's film Late Blossom (2011). The film is based on the comic I Love You by web cartoonist Kang Full.[13] She reunited with Jumong co-star Song Il-gook in the police procedural television series Crime Squad (2011) where she played a role as a reporter.[14] Later in the year, she starred in the historical television series Gyebaek (2011) as the Queen of King Uija.[15] In November, she was appointed as promotional ambassador for the Ministry of Education along with label-mates JYJ.[16] Song then co-starred alongside Kim Jae-joong of JYJ in the action comedy Code Name: Jackal (2012) where she played a clumsy assassin.[17][18]

The following year, Song participated in dubbing for the animated film Maritime Police Marco (2013) alongside fellow Running Man cast Lee Kwang-soo, and played a detective in Park Hoon-jung's crime film New World (2013).[19][20] She also starred opposite Lee Dong-wook as a royal nurse in the historical television series The Fugitive of Joseon (2013).[21]

Song took on the leading role in the medical romantic comedy television series Emergency Couple (2014) co-starring Choi Jin-hyuk,[22] playing a divorced medical intern who encounters her ex-husband of an ugly divorce at an emergency room.[23] Song also collaborated with NBA in a collaboration titled "NBA X Song Ji Hyo", which she released her own cap series called "CHO.2".[24] In 2015, Song starred in the romantic comedy series Ex-Girlfriends' Club opposite Byun Yo-han as a film producer.[25] She also featured and appeared in Taiwanese singer and actor Kenji Wu's music video "You Are So Cute".[26]

In 2016, Song was cast alongside Taiwanese actor Chen Bolin in the reality variety show We Are In Love, the Chinese version of We Got Married.[27] Song then starred in two Chinese films, the romantic drama 708090 opposite Kenji Wu and the action comedy Super Express.[28][29] She then made her small-screen comeback, starring in the remake of a Japanese television series Listen to Love co-starring Lee Sun-kyun.[30] In December, Song signed with the management agency, My Company, after ending her contract with C-JeS Entertainment.[31][32][33]

Song, 18 January 2017.

In 2017, Song co-hosted the beauty program Song Ji-hyo's Beauty View with Gong Myung.[34] She next starred in the web series 29gram[35] and acted in the one-act drama Chief B and the Love Letter co-starring Jo Woo-jin.[36] Song produced and launched her first own reality program I Am Jyo Unnie in December 2017.[37]

In 2018, Song starred in the romantic comedy film What a Man Wants alongside Lee Sung-min, Shin Ha-kyun, and Lee El.[38] She co-hosted another beauty program Song Ji Hyo's Beautiful Life [39] and a reality program Pajama Friends in which enjoys a 2 Days 1 Night hotel vacations. Song was also cast in the romance horror drama Lovely Horribly alongside Park Si-hoo, which premiered in August.[40][41] Song then starred in the action thriller film Unstoppable alongside Ma Dong-seok.[42]

In 2019, Song was cast in the mystery thriller film Intruder[nb 1] alongside Kim Mu-yeol.[43] In October, Song signed with Creative Group ING[44] after her contract with My Company ended in September.[45] In November, Song was cast as female lead of JTBC drama Did We Love? (LIT: 우리, 사랑했을까) alongside Kim Min Joon, Son Ho Jun, Song Jong Ho and Koo Ja Sung, scheduled to air in the first half of 2020.[46]

Personal lifeEdit

Song revealed on a May 2017 episode of Running Man that she had changed her birth name from "Cheon Seong-im" to "Cheon Soo-yeon" because "a lot of people recognize it nowadays".[47][48]



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Wishing Stairs Yoon Jin-sung
2004 Some Seo Yoo-jin
2007 Sex Is Zero 2 Lee Kyeong-ah
2008 A Frozen Flower Queen
2011 Late Blossom Kim Yeon-ah
2012 Code Name: Jackal Bong Min-jung
2013 Maritime Police Marco Lulu Korean dubbing
New World Lee Shin-woo
2016 708090 Duan Yu Rong Chinese film
Super Express Maggie / Meixi
2018 What a Man Wants Mi-young
Unstoppable Ji-soo
2020 Intruder[nb 1] Yoo-jin

Television seriesEdit

Year Title Role Network Notes
2002 Age of Innocence Min-jung SBS Cameo, Episode 16
2006 Princess Hours Min Hyo-rin MBC
Jumong Lady Ye So-ya
2011 Detectives in Trouble Jo Min-joo KBS2
Gyebaek Eun-go MBC
2013 The Fugitive of Joseon Hong Da-in KBS2
2014 Emergency Couple Oh Jin-hee tvN
2015 The Girl Who Sees Smells Herself SBS Cameo, Episode 1[49]
Ex-Girlfriends' Club Kim Soo-jin tvN
2016 Listen to Love Jung Soo-yeon JTBC
Entourage Herself tvN Cameo, Episode 3[50]
2017 Drama StageChief B and the Love Letter Bang Ga-young One-act drama
2018 Lovely Horribly Oh Eul-soon KBS2
2020 Did We Love? Noh Ae-Jung JTBC

Web seriesEdit

Year Title Role Network
2017 29gram Yeon Yoo-jin DIA TV

Television showEdit

Year Title Network Notes
2007–2008 Inkigayo SBS Host
2008 Dream Concert Host[51]
2009 Dream Concert Host[52]
2010–2011 TV Entertainment Tonight Presenter[53]
2010–present Running Man Guest (Episode 2–5)
Regular cast (Episode 7–present)
2016 We Are In Love Jiangsu TV Regular cast; with Chen Bolin
2017 Song Ji-hyo's Beauty View JTBC2 Host
I Am Jyo Unnie Naver Corporation
2018 Song Ji-hyo’s Beautiful Life OnStyle Host
Pajama Friends Lifetime Host[54]

Music videoEdit

Year Title Performer(s)
2001 "Just Say Goodbye" JTL
"And I Love You" Lee Soo-young
2006 "믿을 수 없는 말"[55] Stay
2010 "Don't Listen To This Song"[56] Young Jee
2011 "별 거 아니야" Young Jee
"In Heaven"[57] JYJ
2012 "Be Happy"[58] Young Jee, Lee Kyu-hoon
2013 "Winter Song"[59] Freestyle
2016 "Lonely Night"[60] Gary feat. Gaeko



Extended PlaysEdit

Album Title Year Title Artist
Running Man Fan Meeting:
Project Running 9
September 22, 2019 "Bonjour, Hi" (봉주르 하이)
(ft. Yoon Mi-rae)
Hyo Chan Gong Won (효찬공원)
"Song Ji-hyo, Yang Se-chan, Code Kunst and Nucksal"
"I Like It" (좋아) Yoo Jae-suk, Ji Suk-jin, Kim Jong-kook, Haha, Song Ji-hyo, Lee Kwang-soo, Yang Se-chan and Jeon So-min

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref(s)
2003 24th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actress Wishing Stairs Nominated
2007 43rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (TV) Jumong Nominated
2009 45th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress (Film) A Frozen Flower Nominated
2010 4th SBS Entertainment Awards Special Award in Variety Running Man Won [61]
2011 5th SBS Entertainment Awards Excellence Award in Variety Won [62]
Netizen's Popularity Award Nominated
MBC Drama Awards Excellence Actress Award in a Miniseries Gyebaek Nominated [63]
Producer's Award Won
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Actress Award in a Miniseries Detectives in Trouble Nominated
2012 48th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Female Entertainer Running Man Nominated
2013 49th Baeksang Arts Awards Nominated
7th SBS Entertainment Awards Top Excellence Female Award Won [64]
Best Couple with Gary Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Actress Award in a Mid-length Drama The Fugitive of Joseon Nominated
Netizen's Award Nominated
6th Macau International Movie Festival Best Supporting Actress 708090 Nominated
2015 3rd Annual DramaFever Awards Best Actress of the Year Emergency Couple Won [65]
9th SBS Entertainment Awards Top Excellence Award in Variety Running Man Won [66]
2016 Sina Weibo Night Awards Best Trans-boundary Female Artist N/A Won [67]
11th Soompi Awards Best Actress of the Year Ex-Girlfriend Club Won
JTBC Impressive performances chosen by viewers Listen to Love Won
2017 Mapo Tax Office Model Taxpayer Award N/A Won [68]
2018 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Lovely Horribly Nominated
2019 4th Asia Artist Award 2019 Most Popular Actress N/A Won [69]


  1. ^ a b Previously known as Daughter


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