Kim Soo-Hyun is a famous South Korean actor and his performance over the years has earned him many accolades, including numerous film and TV awards. Born and raised in Seoul, Kim was not very popular at school, in fact, he was the opposite; The shy, vulnerable, less confident young man could not even talk to strangers without fear.
His mother pushed him out of this stage, and to further challenge Kim himself and through luck and hard work, he found himself on the 2007 Korean TV show ‘Kimchi Cheese Smile’. After being rejected for the popular show ‘Boys over Flowers’, Kim did not disappoint and went ahead with the audition. So far, he has starred in a few Korean films over the past decade, such as ‘The Thieves’ and ‘Secretly, Greatly’.
His list of successful TV shows includes ‘Dream High’, ‘Moon Embracing the Sun’, and ‘The Producers’.
Kim’s Early Life
Kim Soo-Hyun was born on February 16, 1988, in the South Korean capital to a troubled family. His father was a musician, and he used to spend most of the time making music and ignoring his family in the process. He was the lead singer on the Korean band ‘Seven Dolphins’ and left his family when Kim was at his young age.
It affected him mentally because Kim turned out to be a very shy, awkward, and low self-esteem child and his mother was worried about it. He finds it difficult to speak in front of strangers and this can be a major symptom that impairs his social development.
Mama came to the rescue and enrolled him in drama classes because she believed it would give him some acting skills, which is a good way to overcome his fears because performing in front of an audience is not a joke. Kim gradually grew into it and by the time he got out of it, he was already a good actor and a convert.
Before he got into a high school, he was already confident and did some acting in school, receiving praise everywhere. His charming forms were very helpful and during his high school days, many people felt that this guy should become the national heartbeat.
From high school, he had already started playing parts on Korean TV shows, and in 2009, he joined the Film and Theater Department of Chung-Ang University and started modeling as a part-time work to earn some money.
Kim’s Showbiz Career
Kim Soo-Hyun first appeared in a small role on the sitcom ‘Kimchi Cheese Smile’ in 2007 and the following year, his lead role in the play ‘Jungle Fish’ brought him widespread popularity. His small role in ‘Kimchi Cheese Smile’ resonated with producers and audiences. The show eventually became a mega-hit with the Peabody Award, the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union Prize, and the Seoul Drama Festival Award. If anything, it was a dream come true for a relatively young star.
In the same year, he made a short film called ‘Cherry Blossom’ and also appeared in the variety show ‘Delicious Quiz’. Somehow, working in his favor, unlike other young Korean young actors he was not interested in building an image as a loving boy, he chose his acting roles fairly and won the Wally Award for appearing in the short film ‘Worst Friend’, and fruitful actor was further enhanced by his role in the TV drama ‘Father’s House’.
In 2011, he got the biggest role in his career, which brought him a household name in Korea. He acted as a local and later became a prolific composer in ‘Dream High’. Apart from being a domestically popular show, the play brought international acclaim to the cast and crew. Kim was seriously preparing for the role and sang two songs for the musical drama series.
His work as a young king took Kim to a new level in 2012 in the acclaimed drama ‘Moon Embracing the Sun’. He won the Best TV Actor award at the Baeksang Art Awards for this role. Kim also sang a few songs for the series, and after this success, he started getting more and more offers, more movies, and support deals. In 2012 alone, he signed 15 endorsement deals and began signing films.
In 2012, his first film ‘The Thieves’ hit theaters, and eventually the thriller became the second-highest-grossing Korean film. The achievement proceeded with his next film ‘Secretly, Greatly’ and got one of the most noteworthy netting movies of the year in Korea. Kim’s performance earned him the Baeksang Arts Award and a Grandbell award.
‘My Love from the Star’ came in 2013 and his career reached new heights with each project. It is a fictional romantic series and it has been very successful, introducing new trends in fashion and makeup in South Korea. Kim won the Grand Prize at the 7th Korean Drama Awards. His series is also very popular internationally.
In 2014, Kim attended the opening ceremony of the Summer Youth Olympic Games in China and also attended the opening ceremony of the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.
In 2015, Kim got another vocation achievement at the Korean Drama Awards, this time for the ‘The Producers’. The series performed well both nationally and domestically and Kim became a youth sensation in neighboring countries as well.
In June 2017, Kim starred as a celebrity in the dark thriller film ‘Real’. Although the film received negative reviews from many critics, it did very well in terms of box office numbers and Kim’s performance, as always received praise.
Personal Life of Kim Soo-Hyun
Kim Soo-Hyun loves to travel in his spare time and enjoys spending time with his mother and family. He also loves to cook and says he learned the art from his mother, a great cook according to him.
Although none of his relationships have been revealed so far, Kim’s name is associated with actress Ahn Sohee. There have been rumors that the beautiful couple may get married as they are in a long intense relationship.
In his spare time, Kim also enjoys spending an hour in bowling areas. He finished 10th in the good round.
He is also the brand ambassador for the Korea Tourism Organization, the Goodwill Ambassador for Seoul, and the Honorary Ambassador for Incheon International Airport.