Song Ji-hyo

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Song Ji-hyo
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Song at the Song Ji-hyo's Beauty View press conference in January 2017
Born Cheon Seong-im
(1981-08-15) August 15, 1981 (age 36)
Pohang, North Gyeongsang, South Korea
Other names Cheon Soo-yeon
Occupation
  • Actress
  • model
Years active 2001–present
Agent Make You Company (2016-present)
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Song Ji-hyo
McCune–Reischauer Song Chihyo
Birth name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Cheon Seong-im
McCune–Reischauer Ch'ŏn Sŏngim

Cheon Soo-yeon (born Cheon Seong-im on August 15, 1981), better known by her stage name Song Ji-hyo, is a South Korean actress and model. She made her acting debut in Wishing Stairs (2003), one of the horror Whispering Corridors film series. She then received further recognition for her roles in the romantic comedy drama Princess Hours (2006), the historical drama Jumong (2006), the historical film A Frozen Flower (2008), the crime film New World (2013), the romantic comedy drama Emergency Couple (2014), and family melodrama My Wife's Having an Affair this Week (2016).

Besides acting, Song is also known for being one of the regular casts of the South Korean variety show Running Man since 2010.

Early life

Song Ji-hyo was born as Cheon Seong-im on August 15, 1981, in Pohang, North Gyeongsang. She has a younger sister and a younger brother, Cheon Seong-moon, who is an aspiring actor and model. Their mother was a South Korean National swimmer representative. Song dreamed to be an actress during her high school years after watching Park Shin-yang in the 1998 South Korean film, Promise.[1] She graduated in tax accounting degree from Kyungmoon University (now Kookje College). Before entering the acting industry, Song was cast while working a part-time job at a cafe.[2]

Career

2001–2005: Early career

Before Song's debut to be 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. Song then appeared in the music videos of Lee Soo-young's "And I Love You" and JTL's "Just Say Goodbye". She also made a cameo appearance in the television series Age of Innocence.

In addition, Song also 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 while co-starred with Go Soo.

2006–2009: Rising popularity

Song made her television debut by playing second female lead in the romantic comedy, Princess Hours (2006), where she played a ballet dancer who dreams to be a ballerina.[4] 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). 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 43th Baeksang Arts Awards for her performance.[5]

The following year, Song starred as a popular 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.[6] She also co-hosted SBS weekly live music show Inkigayo, with Heechul of Super Junior from November 11, 2007 to May 4, 2008. Song then portrayed the 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".[7]

2010–present: Running Man and overseas popularity

Song has joined 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 Running Man as a guest in episode 2 to episode 5 then officially joined and became a member of the show in episode 6.[8]

Song at the Crime Squad press conference in 2011.

After her contact 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.[9] She reunited with Song Il-gook after worked together in the historical television series Jumong in the police procedural television series Crime Squad (2011) where she played a role as a reporter.[10] In the same year, Song starred in the historical television series Gyebaek (2011) as the Queen of King Uija, which won her the Producer's Award at 2011 MBC Drama Awards.[11] The same year, she was appointed as promotional ambassador for the Ministry of Education along with label-mates JYJ.[12]

Song then co-starred alongside with Kim Jae-joong of JYJ in the action comedy Code Name: Jackal (2012) where she played a clumsy female assassin.[13] She received extensive training before the start of filming in May, and her first scenes involved a flip off from a 2-meter-high stack. Her other scenes also include scaling walls and hand-to-hand combat.[14][15] In the following year, Song participated in dubbing for the animated film Maritime Police Marco (2013) alongside her fellow Running Man member Lee Kwang-soo and played a detective in Park Hoon-jung's crime film New World (2013).[16][17] She also starred opposite Lee Dong-wook as a royal nurse in historical television series The Fugitive of Joseon (2013).[18]

Song together with Running Man co-members (Haha, Lee Kwang-soo, Kim Jong-kook and Ji Suk-jin) at the Race Start! Running Man Fan Meeting Asia Tour Season 2 in Malaysia in November 2014.

Song played the female lead in the medical romantic comedy television series Emergency Couple (2014) co-starring Choi Jin-hyuk. The series was a commercial hit, broadcasting rights were sold to nine countries.[19] Song also collaborated with NBA in a collaboration titled "NBA X Song Ji Hyo", which she released her own cap series called "CHO.2".

Song took on a leading role in the following year in romantic comedy television series Ex-Girlfriend Club (2015) opposite Byun Yo-han as a film producer.[20] She then featured and appeared in Taiwanese singer and actor Kenji Wu's music video "You Are So Cute".[21] Song also ended her contract with C-JeS Entertainment after 4 years.[22]

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.[23] Song then starred in two Chinese films, the romantic drama 708090 (2016) opposite Kenji Wu and the action comedy Super Express (2016).[24][25] She then made her small-screen comeback, starring in the remake of a Japanese daily television series My Wife's Having an Affair this Week (2016) co-starring Lee Sun-kyun.[26] In December 2016, Song signed with a new management agency, Make You Company.[27]

Song co-hosted JTBC's beauty program Song Ji-hyo's Beauty View with Gong Myung and beauty editor Kim Mi-gu in 2017.[28] The same year, she was cast in tvN's one-act drama Chief B and the Love Letter with Jo Woo-jin.[29] She will also star in the upcoming film Wind Wind Wind alongside Lee Sung-min, Shin Ha-kyun and Lee El.[30]

Personal life

Song enjoys wake-boarding and cycling.[citation needed] Some of her closest friends include Running Man members, actor Lee Dong Wook, actress Choi Yeo-jin, actress Kim Ji-soo, Super Junior's Kim Heechul and singer Young Jee whom she attended high school with. Song revealed that she had changed her birth name from "Cheon Seong-im" to "Cheon Soo-yeon" on episode 351 of Running Man, stating that she had changed it because "a lot of people recognize it nowadays".[31][32]

Filmography

Film

Title Year Role Notes Ref(s)
Whispering Corridors: Wishing Stairs 2003 Yoon Jin-sung
Some 2004 Seo Yoo-jin
Sex Is Zero 2 2007 Lee Kyeong-ah
Late Blossom 2011 Kim Yeon-ah
Code Name: Jackal 2012 Bong Min-jung
Maritime Police Marco 2013 Lulu Korean dubbing
New World Lee Shin-woo
708090 2016 Duan Yu Rong Chinese film
Super Express Maggie / Meixi
Wind Wind Wind 2017 Mi-young

Television series

Title Year Role Network Notes Ref(s)
Age of Innocence 2002 Min-jung SBS Cameo, ep. 16
Princess Hours 2006 Min Hyo-rin MBC
Jumong Lady Ye So-ya
Detectives in Trouble 2011 Jo Min-joo KBS2
Gyebaek Eun-go MBC
Heaven's Order: The Fugitive of Joseon 2013 Hong Da-in KBS2
Emergency Couple 2014 Oh Jin-hee tvN
The Girl Who Sees Smells 2015 Herself SBS Cameo, ep. 1; with Running Man cast
Ex-Girlfriend Club Kim Soo-jin tvN
My Wife's Having an Affair this Week 2016 Jung Soo-yeon JTBC
Entourage Herself tvN Cameo, ep. 3 [33]
Drama StageChief B and the Love Letter 2017 Bang Ga-young One-act drama

Web series

Title Year Role Network Ref(s)
29gram 2017 DIA TV [34]

Variety show

Title Year Role Network Notes
Inkigayo 2007–2008 Host SBS Co-hosted with Kim Heechul
Running Man 2010–present Main Cast Guest (Episodes 2–5)
Regular Cast (Episode 7–present)
We Are In Love 2016 Jiangsu TV with Chen Bolin
Song Ji-hyo's Beauty View 2017 Host JTBC2 with Gong Myung
I am Jyo Unnie[35] 2017 Cast Naver Corporation

Discography

Singles

Awards and nominations

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
2010 4th SBS Entertainment Awards Special Award in Variety Running Man Won [36]
2011 5th SBS Entertainment Awards Excellence Award in Variety Won
Netizen's Popularity Award Nominated
MBC Drama Awards Excellence Actress Award in a Miniseries Gyebaek Nominated [37]
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 Running Man Won [38]
Viewer's Most Popular Award (with Running Man members) Won
Best Couple with Gary Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Actress Award in a Mid-length Drama Heaven's Order: The Fugitive of Joseon Nominated
Netizen's Award Nominated
2014 2nd Annual DramaFever Awards Best Kiss with Gary Running Man Won
Best Couple Not Meant To Be with Gary Nominated
6th Macau International Movie Festival Best Supporting Actress 708090 Nominated
2015 3rd Annual DramaFever Awards Best Actress of the Year Emergency Couple Won [39]
9th SBS Entertainment Awards Top Excellence Award in Variety Running Man Won
2016 Sina Weibo Night Awards Best Trans-boundary Female Artist N/A Won [40]
2017 Mapo Tax Office Model Taxpayer Award N/A Won

References

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  2. ^ "Song Ji Hyo Reveals How She Entered the Industry". Soompi. 
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  5. ^ "Song Ji-hyo: 'I Become Very Competitive Both in Acting and Entertaining'". Hancinema. KBS Global. 
  6. ^ "'Sex is Zero 2' sticks to toilet and bawdy humor". Hancinema. The Korea Herald. 
  7. ^ "Popularity of Song Ji-hyo's 'A Frozen Flower' Yet to Thaw". The Chosun Ilbo. 
  8. ^ 송지효 ‘런닝맨’ 예능감 작렬 "고정출연 해달라" 시청자 요구 봇물 (in Korean). Newsen. 16 August 2010. Retrieved 29 November 2010. 
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  12. ^ "JYJ, Song Ji-hyo to Combat Violence at School". The Chosun Ilbo. 
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  29. ^ "Song Ji-hyo, Jo Woo-jin to star in tvN drama". Korea JoongAng Daily. 6 September 2017. 
  30. ^ "Song Ji-hyo, Shin Ha-kyun cast for new film 'Wind Wind Wind'". The Korea Herald. 
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  34. ^ "Song Ji-hyo and brother join cast of web drama". Korea JoongAng Daily. 17 October 2017. 
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  39. ^ "Song Ji Hyo Wins Best Actress Award from 'DramaFever Awards'". enewsWorld. 
  40. ^ "Weibo Night honors JYP, Nichkhun". The Korea Times. 

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