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Song Hye-kyo (born November 22, 1981) is a South Korean actress. She gained popularity through her leading roles in (2000), (2003), (2004), (2013) and (2016) which achieved pan-Asia success. She has also starred in films (2007), (2013), (2014) and (2015).

In 2017, she ranked 7th in magazine's list, and 6th in 2018. The success of Song's television dramas internationally established her as a top star.

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Early life and education[]

When Song was born, she was sick and her parents and doctors thought that she would not survive. Upon her recovery, Song's parents registered her birth on February 26, 1982 (instead of her actual birthdate, November 22, 1981).

Song's parents divorced when she was a young girl, and she was raised by her mother. They moved from her birthplace in to the in , where she trained as a in elementary school, but quit when she was in the eighth grade. Though Song considered herself shy and introverted, she was described by her high school teacher as having a "cheerful character, she mixed well with her friends and was always in a bright mood." Song Hye-kyo attended college at , where she majored in Film Arts.

1996–2004: Debut, breakthrough and international fame[]

In 1996, the 14-year-old Song, then a third-year junior high school student, won first place in the Smart Model Contest, and she made her entertainment debut as a model for the company. This led to her being cast in a small role in her first , . She would continue to appear in a string of various dramas and sitcoms, notably Soonpoong Clinic. But it wasn't until the drama in 2000 with and that she rose to fame in Korea and throughout Asia. The romantic melodrama series was a ratings success, pioneering a trend in Korean melodramatic series and launching a fever that is commonly referred to as the "Korean Wave" and leading to Song becoming a star.

In 2003, her popularity continued to climb when she played a leading role alongside in the gambling drama , which drew solid viewership ratings nationwide throughout its run with a peak viewer rating of 47.7 percent. The following year, she co-starred with singer in the hit romantic comedy series . The drama achieved pan-Asia success and established Song as one of the most well-known Korean actress in Asia.

2005–2012: Film debut and overseas ventures[]

Early 2005, Song went to San Francisco to study English, and later traveled to . Song took time off to recharge herself after the successful Asia drama . "I have had a good rest. It was a good opportunity to reflect on myself," said Song. Song returned to Korea on March 5, 2005. The same year, Song made her big-screen debut in (a Korean of ), which was panned by audiences and critics alike. Vocal about her dissatisfaction with in the roles she was being offered, Song proved in the following year that she took on different roles.

In October 2008

She returned to the big-screen in 2007, as the titular in the of . Because they found Song's image "too cute," and were the producers' original choices for the role, but Song went on a rigorous diet and surprised them with her will and desire to be . A year later, she made her American debut in the Hollywood Make Yourself at Home (formerly titled Fetish), a psychological thriller about a girl who was born to a mother and tries to flee her fate by becoming an immigrant bride in the U.S. Despite Song's attempts to challenge herself, both films underwhelmed at the box office.

She made her TV comeback in late 2008 with (also known as Worlds Within), a series set at a broadcast station in which Song and played drama who work together and fall in love.

In 2010, she starred in Camellia, an made up of three short films directed by three Asian directors. Each episode is set in the past, present and future of the city of . In the film's final segment Love for Sale, Song and played former lovers who forget their memories about each other which later leads them to a fatal destiny.

Considered one of Korea's most beautiful women, in early 2011 Song released the photobook Song Hye-kyo's Moment which was shot by top photographers in , New York City, , , Paris, the and . Proceeds from the sales of the photo book was donated to a children's foundation.

Song then played a documentary filmmaker who finds the strength to forgive the 17-year-old boy who killed her fiancé but instead of redemption finds only greater tragedy in (Korean title: Today), which after several delays was released in October 2011. Song was a huge fan of director Lee Jeong-hyang and had actively sought her out, and though she had difficulty getting into character, Song said she fell in love with the script and felt her acting had matured. She considers the film "a turning point" in her life.

In 2011, she became the first Asian actress to sign a contract with French global agency Effigies, paving the way for her possible entry into the European market. She released a book in 2012 titled It's Time for Hye-kyo.

Song then played a supporting role in , Chinese director 's biographical film about 's kung fu master , for which she learned and martial arts. She later admitted there had been "a bit of friction and misunderstanding" with Wong while filming, but that the difficulties helped her mature.

2013–present: Career resurgence[]

Song reunited with the and director of Worlds Within in , a 2013 remake of 2002 Ai Nante Irane Yo, Natsu ("I Don't Need Love, Summer"). She played a blind heiress in the melodrama, opposite a con man pretending to be her long-lost brother (played by ). That Winter, the Wind Blows placed number one in its timeslot during most of its run, and Song and Jo were praised for their performances. Song won the Daesang (or "Grand Prize"), the highest award for television, at the 2nd .

In 2014, Song reunited with Kang Dong-won in , 's film adaptation of 's bestselling novel My Palpitating Life about a couple who watched their son suffering from grow prematurely old.

Romantic epic was Song's second Chinese film to be released and was directed by (Woo's longtime friend and producer has been managing Song's overseas activities since 2008). Previously titled 1949 and Love and Let Love, the long-gestating project had originally been announced at the in 2008, then cancelled in 2009, and revived again in 2011. Woo's recovery from tonsil tumor removal in 2012 led to another delay due to scheduling conflicts among the cast, and Song finally began filming in June 2013.The Crossing is based on the true story of the and follows six characters and their intertwining love stories in Taiwan and Shanghai during the 1930s; Song played the daughter of a wealthy banker.

Another Chinese film followed in 2015, , a contemporary romantic comedy about three cosmopolitan women – an actress, a PR specialist and a gallery manager – who manipulate friends and put down their enemies as they play the game of love. Also starring and , it was actress 's directorial debut.

In 2016, Song starred in the mega-hit romantic comedy series , an intense drama about an army captain (played by ) and a surgeon who fall in love while working amidst disaster-torn areas. The drama was incredibly popular in Korea with a peak viewership rating of 41.6% and in Asia, where it was viewed 2.5 billion times on . The popularity of the drama reestablished Song as a leader of the , and she topped popularity polls in Asia and was noted for her immense brand recognition in South Korea. Song won Daesang (Grand Prize), the highest award at the 2016 along with her co-star, Song Joong-ki.

After a two-year hiatus, she will return in the small screen with romantic-melodrama alongside .

Personal life[]

Relationships[]

In April 2003, Song and actor declared to the public that they were in a relationship. In June 2004, they decided to break up.

In August 2009, Song and actor were confirmed to be dating. They had been dating since June 2009. In March 2011, their agencies announced that Song and actor Hyun had split up in early 2011.

Marriage[]

On July 5, 2017, Song and co-star announced through their respective agencies that they were engaged. They married in a private ceremony on October 31, 2017 at Youngbingwan, in , amid intense media interest across . It was attended by the couple's closest family and friends, including actors , , and who also played the at the wedding reception.

Legal[]

In August 2014, Song made a public apology for committing , arguing that her accountant had mishandled her paper work without her knowledge, with her omitted income tax from 2009 to 2011 totaling ₩2.56 billion. She said that after receiving a notification from the National Tax Service, she paid the full amount with additional fines in the amount of ₩3.8 billion (US.7 million) in October 2012.

Other activities[]

Song actively participates in voluntary work, especially with animals. She participates in activities related by regularly.

Song is also known for her frequent and large social donations.

Collaboration with Professor Seo Kyung-duk[]

A representative from Song's agency said, "Because Song has travelled extensively for work, she has become aware of how important it is for tourists to be able to read information in their own language.” Song, in collaboration with professor Seo Kyung-duk of , decided to donate brochures or information in Korean to various historic Korean sites, art galleries and museums in the world. Professor Seo praised Song who is supporting her country quietly.

Projects

  • In January 2012, Song and Seo funded publication of a new Korean guidebook in . "Song covered the cost of publishing a new Korean guidebook for ," said Seo.
  • In April 2012, Song covered the cost for the production of the new Korean brochure for Memorial Hall in , .
  • In October 2012, Song funded the creation of an application for smartphone users to provide information on museums associated with Korea overseas. It was launched to mark Hangeul (Korean alphabet) Day.
  • In November 2012, Song and Seo installed a promotional video box about Korea at the in .
  • Song is acutely aware of the challenges faced by the visually impaired when she played a blind person in . In March 2013, she sponsored the publication of guidebooks for the blind at the Independence Hall of Korea in .
  • In August 2013, Song and Korea PR expert Seo Kyung-duk donated a relief work of three independence fighters to the Peace Museum in , .
  • In October 2013, Song and Korea PR specialist Seo Kyung-duk donated guidebooks in Korean at Memorial Hall in , .
  • In November 2013, Korea PR specialist Seo Kyung-duk and the fan club of Song Hye-kyo announced that they had donated Korean guidebooks to National History Museum in .
  • In April 2014, Song and Seo donated 10,000 Korean information pamphlets for the building of the now-defunct Provisional Government of Korea in , .
  • In April 2015, Song donated money to print brochures at a church in , which has been deemed as a historic Korean site.
  • In April 2016, Song and Seo donated 10,000 Korean language brochures to the historic site of the Korean Provisional Government in . She has donated Korean language brochures to the in too.
  • In August 2016, to commemorate the National Liberation Day of Korea on August 15, Song and professor Seo donated a total of 10,000 brochures to the Utoro Village in .
  • In December 2016, Song and Professor Seo donated 10,000 copies of a Korean guidebook to Memorial Hall in for commemoration of his passing day (December 19, 1932).
  • In March 2017, Song celebrated the by donating 10,000 copies of a Korean guidebook to historic Korean sites in Tokyo.
  • In May 2017, Song and Seo supplied Korean guidebooks to the in .
  • In August 2017, Song and Seo donated guidebooks about the Korean historical sites located in .

Filmography[]

Film[]

Television series[]

Year Title Role Network Ref. 1995 New Generation Report: Adults Don’t Know bit part 1996-1997 one of the students being tutored by Hyo-kyung 1997 Happy Morning Oh Ye-boon Beautiful Face bit part 70-minute Drama: When They Met One of a Pair 1997–1998 Wedding Dress granddaughter 1998-1999 Six Siblings Choi Eun-shil 1998–2000 Soonpoong Clinic Oh Hye-kyo 1998 young Hong Jung-yeon Deadly Eyes Oh Jung-ah 1998–1999 How Am I? Ye-rin 1999–2000 Marching Song Hye-kyo Sweet Bride Kim Young-hee 2000 Yoon/Choi Eun-seo 2001 Kim Yoon-hee Jung Da-so 2003 Min Su-yeon/Angela 2004 Ji Yeon-woo Han Ji-eun 2008 Joo Joon-young 2013 Oh Young 2016 Kang Mo-yeon 2018 Cha Soo-hyun

Music videos[]

Educational, music, radio and entertainment shows[]

Year Title Role Network Ref. 1998 Live 20 Host with Park Soo-hong 1999-2000 Our Happy Saturday Host 2000 Host with 2001 Host with 2007 She's Olive: Song Hye-kyo in Paris Herself 2009 Good Morning Panda (Documentary) Narrator 2016 May, the Children (Documentary) Narrator

Discography[]

Year Song Title Notes Ref. 2012 "Switch: Be White" duet with (single) for ads

Awards and nominations[]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref. 1996 SunKyung Smart Model Contest Grand Prize N/A Won 1998 Best New Actress in a Sitcom Soonpoong Clinic, How Am I? Won 2000 Photogenic Award, Actress Won Popularity Award, Actress Won 2001 37th Most Popular Actress (TV) Won Best New Actress (TV) Nominated Gold Song Awards (Hong Kong) Top Korean Star N/A Won 16th Popular Music Video Award 's Once Upon a Day Won Top 10 Stars Won SBSi Award Won 2002 Top 10 Asian Entertainers N/A Won 2003 Top 10 Stars Won Top Excellence Award, Actress Won 2004 Best Couple with Won Popularity Award, Actress Won Top Excellence Award, Actress Won 2005 Best Actress (TV) Nominated 2006 Best New Actress (Film) Nominated Best New Actress Nominated 2007 Best Actress Nominated 6th Best New Actress Won 2008 Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Nominated 2009 Shanghai New Entertainment All Star Charity Awards Most Charming Charity Star Award N/A Won 43rd Taxpayer's Day Prime Minister's Commendation N/A Won 2011 12th Women in Film Korea Awards Best Actress Won 2013 Best Actress (TV) Nominated 7th 20's Drama Star – Female Nominated 8th Outstanding Korean Actress Nominated Daesang (Grand Prize) Nominated Top Excellence Award, Actress Nominated Daesang (Grand Prize) Won Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Won Top 10 Stars Won Best Couple with Nominated 2016 Best Actress (TV) Nominated Most Popular Actress (TV) Won Global Star Award Won Daesang (Grand Prize) Nominated Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Nominated Best Couple with Won 7th Korean Popular Culture & Arts Awards President's Award N/A Won 1st Best Artist Award, Actress Nominated Daesang (Grand Prize) Won Top Excellence Award, Actress Nominated Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Nominated Best Couple with Won Asia Best Couple with Won
  1. ^ Song Hye-kyo was born on November 22, 1981, while her registered birth date is February 26, 1982.
  2. ^ The name '宋慧喬' with a different third Hanja '喬' is not her real Korean name in Hanja, that is her common and recognisable name in Chinese languages only.

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