Kim Soo-hyun( Hangul :김수현; Hanja :金秀賢) (born February 16, 1988) is a South Korean actor best known for his roles as Song Sam-dong in the KBS TV seriesDream Highand fictional king of Joseon Lee Hwon in the MBC historical dramaThe Moon that Embraces the Sun.
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Kim Soo-hyun was very quiet in middle school and no one expected him to enter the entertainment field. He first started acting in high school to change his reserved personality, but as he diligently memorized scripts and practiced for school plays, Kim's aspiration to truly become an actor grew. He enrolled in Chung-Ang University , majoring in Theater and Film Studies. He appeared in the musicalsGreaseandA Midsummer Night's Dreamin 2003.
Kim made his television debut with a supporting role in the 2007 sitcomKimchi Cheese Smile. He followed that with Peabody AwardeeJungle Fish(2008),andFather's House(2009), the latter a well-received 2-episode SBS special drama where he acted alongside veteran actor Choi Min-soo . He further raised his profile through his memorable turns as the younger version of the male lead characters inWill It Snow For Christmas?(2009) andGiant(2010).He was in the 2009 short filmWorst Friendsby Namkoong Sun, which won the Best Film in Social Drama award at the Mise en Scène Short Film Festival.He also MC -ed the KM variety show 소년소녀가요백서 ("Sonyeon Sonyeo Gayo Baekseo") that same year.
He became a household name in 2011, playing a country bumpkin who turns out to be a musical genius in the teen dramaDream High.The only young actor in the main cast with no K-pop experience, Kim "studied song and dance for three months at JYP Entertainment so he could pull off the required scenes in the drama. He lived no differently than other trainees at JYP. He learned singing and dancing for hours every day" according to the production company. He recorded two songs forDream High's soundtrack, his solo "Dreaming" as well the title track "Dream High" sang by the rest of the cast. He appeared in several music programs and concerts after the drama's completion,and also made a cameo in the pilot episode of its second season.
His popularity skyrocketed when he starred in hit period dramaThe Moon that Embraces the Sun,which was number one in its time slot and at its peak recorded viewer ratings of 42.2 percent.He again contributed his vocals to the soundtrack, the traditional ballad "Only You" which topped digital music charts,and the more modern in composition "Another Way" released as a "Secret Version" single. He later won Best Drama Actor at the 2012 Baeksang Arts Awards , a win which was hotly debated as he was the youngest and newest actor among the nominees in his category, beating heavyweight veterans such as Han Suk-kyu , Shin Ha-kyun and Cha Seung-won . Upon receiving the trophy, Kim said, "I am very grateful for this moment, but I am ashamed as well. It’s like getting a lot of homework. I’ll keep trying to become a better actor in order to remain worthy of this award."
Since the success ofThe Moon that Embraces the Sun, Kim has set a new record for product endorsements by being the face of 17 products simultaneously, including a laptop, a camera, suits, cosmetics, sportswear, outdoor goods, a coffee franchise, pizza, ice cream, jelly, softdrinks, beer, fabric softener and a telecommunications company. According to entertainment industry insiders, Kim would have earned more than 6 billion won ($5.3 million) from his exclusive deals (most Korean A-list celebrities are said to earn 300 million to 350 million won).
Kim made his big-screen debut in the star-studded heist filmThe Thieves, touted in the press as the Korean version ofOcean's Eleven. His character Jampano is the youngest member of a gang of Korean and Chinese thieves who team up to steal a diamond worth 40 billion won locked away in a casino in Macau .After joking that it helped him to focus on the role and the kissing scenes since his partner was Jun Ji-hyun , Kim said he was overwhelmed to be around so many big stars and felt lucky to be part of the film.
His casting has been announced for the upcomingCovertness. Based on the comic by Hun, it follows the story of Won Ryu-hwan, the leader of a group of North Korean boy spies known for their handsome looks. Won has the ability to read people but acts like a countryside fool as his cover; his journey begins when he is abandoned by the North. It is currently in pre-production and is set to start filming in July 2012.
|2007||Kimchi Cheese Smile||Kim Soo-hyun||MBC|
|2008||Jungle Fish||Han Jae-ta||KBS|
|2009||Will It Snow For Christmas?||Cha Kang-jin (teen)||SBS|
|Father's House||Kang Jae-il||SBS|
|2010||Giant||Lee Sung-mo (teen)||SBS|
|2011||Dream High||Song Sam-dong||KBS|
|2012||Dream High Season 2||Song Sam-dong (cameo, episode 1)||KBS|
|The Moon that Embraces the Sun||Lee Hwon||MBC|
|2009||Worst Friends(short film)||Choon-gi|
|2010||SBS Drama Awards||New Star Award (Giant)||Won|
|2011||Asia Model Festival Awards||CF Model Award||Won|
|Korea Drama Festival||Best New Actor (Dream High)||Won|
|Popularity Award (Dream High)||Won|
|Style Icon Awards||New Icon Award||Won|
|47th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New TV Actor (Dream High)||Nominated|
|Popularity Award, TV (Dream High)||Won|
|KBS Drama Awards||Best New Actor (Dream High)||Won|
|Popularity Award (Dream High)||Won|
|Best Couple with Suzy (Dream High)||Won|
|2012||48th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best TV Actor (The Moon that Embraces the Sun)||Won|
|Popularity Award, TV (The Moon that Embraces the Sun)||Nominated|
|Mnet 20's Choice Awards||20's Male Drama Star (The Moon that Embraces the Sun)||Won|
|20′s Blue Carpet Popularity Award||Won|
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