For every fan of South Korean dramas, hearing the name Kim soo Hyun is not a new thing. Kim soo Hyun is one of the highest-paid and top-rated actors in South Korea. He has done incredibly well in the acting industry. He has come a long way, from being a novice actor to winning one Blue Dragon Film Award, two Grand Bell Awards, and four Baeksang Arts Awards.
Kim got so famous that he became one of the finest Hallyu stars within a short period. His success got bigger when Kim soo Hyun My Love from the Star (2013 to 2014) and The Producers (2015) left the audience with jaw-breaking experiences. His work made him earn three Daesang grand prizes.
However, after that he was a bit disappointed with his first movie, Real (2017), which didn’t turn out to be up to the mark. He then decided to complete his compulsory military service. After getting it done, he made his return with some amazing work.
Kim Soo Hyun Personal Details
This actor is the son of a famous Korean singer from ‘Seven Dolphins,’ Kim Chung hoon. His father is well known for his incredible voice and singing abilities. However, his mother was an ordinary person but played a significant role in encouraging Kim to pursue his interest in acting. Although people know a lot about Kim soo Hyun’s parents, some facts are still to be revealed about them. However, in 2015, sources confirmed that Kim has a half-sister from the paternal side named Kim Ju-Na, a singer.
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Born on February 16, 1988, Kim soo Hyun’s. Now aged 33, Kim is just in the prime of pursuing his dreams. While growing up, Kim was a child with introverted personality and some of this trait is still seen now. However, some people thought he was having antisocial personality disorder because he didn’t enjoy being social.
Nevertheless, between middle and high school, he discovered his interest in acting. His first acting role was with Shakespeare’s comedy stage play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” in which he played the role of Puck. Other than that, he performed multiple roles like Hamlet and Kenickie in the tragedy Hamlet and the musical Grease.
His Evolution As An Actor
Soo Hyun has proved himself at every stage of his acting career. From being a novice theatre player to working in movies, TV, comedy-dramas, etc., Kim has come a long way. His impressive acting career comprises a huge comedy romance kdrama list which is divided into several golden stages:
Beginning as a TV Star- 2007 to 2010
Kim began his acting journey with Kimchi Cheese Smile (2007). It went well helping land a leading role in Jungle Fish (2008), an acclaimed youth drama. It was based on a true story revolving around issues like:
Competitive academic standards,
School cheating, and
Before the end of 2008, Kim hosted a variety show named Delicious Quiz or The Taste of Life and did a short film titled Cherry Blossom. In 2009, He did Worst Friends, a short film, which won the award for the Best Film in Social Drama at the Mise-en-scene Short Film Festival. During the same year, he also hosted the Boys & Girls Music Countdown with Han Seung-Yeon. Furthermore, Kim gave another award-winning performance in ‘Giant’, which saw him receive the Best New Actor award at the SBS Drama Awards.
Kim Soo Hyun Major Breakthrough- 2011 to 2013
The teen musical drama ‘Dream High’ in which Kim starred in brought his name to light making it household name. However, it was a teen musical drama in which his acting was exceptional that it impacted the audience. This Kim soo Hyun drama received the highest domestic ratings and even got the international media. Afterward, Moon Embracing the Sun got an amazing rating of 42.2%. This drama Kim soo Hyun received a fantastic response from the audience. Furthermore, He contributed to two soundtracks for this drama, ‘Another Way’ and ‘Only You.’
After doing great in Kim soo Hyun TV shows, the actor moved towards movies. He made his debut with the star-studded heist movie named The Thieves, which media-related it to “Ocean’s Eleven.” convincingly, The movie became the 2nd highest earning movie in the box office with more than 12.9 million tickets sold.
In 2013, Kim was made a lead actor for “Secretly, Ggreatly” an action-comedy drama based on webtoon. The film set numerous records and became the most successful movie on the box office earning over 7 million.
Time for International Fame- 2014 to 2017
Kim added another project to his kdrama list of romance comedy with SBS fantasy. In 2014, along with Jong Jun Ji-Hyun, he starred in My Love from the Star. Furthermore, he showed off his singing with two songs for this love story’s soundtrack named ‘Promise’ and ‘In Front of Your House.’ Both tracks became popular in Asia, especially China. It got more than 14.5 billion hits on an online platform named iQIYI by February 2014.
After that, Kim got a project from KBS, named The Producers, which highlighted domestic elements in South Korea. It got famous among local as well as international audiences. His next project was an action-noir film, Real. It didn’t do well on the box office in terms of the storyline, characters, direction- the only positive thing about that Kim soo Hyun movie is his acting.
Hyun was at the top of the mind of every director and producer but, fate had decided something else for him. He announced a temporary break from acting after the movie was released. He explained his plans to complete his military service for 21 months.
Kim Soo Hyun Military Struggle and Discharge- 2017 to 2019
In 2017, Kim resumed his military service and completed the mandatory training. However, the military didn’t allow him to serve on active duty due to his previous medical history of heart surgery. He was obligated to work in public service duty. However, he requested for re-examination, which came out clear. After that he was sent to a military camp situation in Paju, Gyeonggi Province, for basic training. Kim soo Hyun’s military exposure was beyond expectations as per what he expressed about his experience.
In November 2017, Kim soo Hyun’s completed his 5 weeks of military duty, where he came fourth based on his outstanding performance. Military rewarded him with a vacation and issued a self-deployment order to join the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion for active duty responsibilities. So, by February 2019, he got a promotion and was titled a Sergeant based on his exceptional services. By July 2019, he was discharged to continue his acting career.
Kim’s Return to Acting- 2019 Till Date
Kim soo Hyun Crash Landing on You and Hotel del Luna was the first project, which he did right after returning to the acting industry. The audience was extremely excited to see Kim soo Hyun in Crash Landing on You because he had made a valuable place in their hearts.
However, in 2020, he left KeyEast and joined a newly established agency, Gold Medalist, where Kim Sae-Ron, Kim soo Hyun and Seo Ye Ji performed together. He took on a challenging role of an orphaned child admitted to the psychiatric ward of a hospital for treatment, Moon Gang-tae. After this, he got a Netflix romance drama; It’s Okay to Not Be Okay. This romance drama was his first project in a leading role after serving military.
In fact, NY Times declared Kim soo Hyun It’s Okay to Not Be Okay Season 2 the Best International Shows of 2020. La Tercera titled it as one of the best from Kim’s kdrama bucket list 2020 in Asia.
Kim Soo Hyun Awards and achievements
Soo Hyun got famous across Asia within a short time. Consequently, more and more brands want to hire him to endorse their products and services. Kim was a proud endorser of 35 products. He also won multiple awards and prizes, including the Grand Prize- ‘the Daesang’- and the highest TV awards- the 50th Baeksang Arts Awards as the Most Popular Actor (TV) and the 7th Korean Drama Awards.
Furthermore, they awarded him with the Daesang Grand Prize at the 8th Korea Drama Awards, KBS Drama Awards. He also won the 4th APAN Star Awards for his exceptional acting performance.
His wax figure was displaced at Hong Kong’s Madame Tussauds and Seoul’s Musee Grevin as a sign of appreciation. FORBES added Kim in “30 Under 30 Asia List,” including 30 most influential individuals under 30. All those people made a significant impact on society by working in their domains.
Notably, Kim is not only a military guy and actor, but he is also a singer as well. In 2014, Kim soo Hyun’s singing talent came out in the form of a song. He sang an office song, “Light up the Future,” at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games in China.
Kim Soo Hyun Ambassador Role
Considering the impact of characters in Kim soo Hyun movies and TV shows, the actor received the responsibility as the face of numerous big brands and events. He became:
Ambassador for the 16th Korea Goyang International Flower Festival (2011),
The Honorary Ambassador for Korean tourism in the Korea Tourism Organization (2012),
The Public Relations Ambassador at Chung-Ang University for his alma mater (2014),
Seoul’s Goodwill Ambassador to promote culture (2014),
The Honorary Ambassador for the Incheon International Airport (2015), and
Paradise City’s Promotional Ambassador.
Kim soo Hyun is famous for his kind-heartedness and concern towards society. In fact, he has been quite active in social or philanthropic activities. Furthermore, he doesn’t only try to help others but also encourages his fans to do the same.
In fact, Kim and his fans manage to donate around 20 tons of rice annually for food-deprived communities or people. And in 2014, he donated about ₩200 million for the China Children and Teenager’s Fund through a Gucci event. He was also an active member of the Yellow Ribbon Campaign, where he donated ₩300 million for the Sewol ferry tragedy. Again, in 2017, he participated in a fundraising drive along with 32 top South Korean stars. They showed their support to the NGO ‘Give Love’ to struggle for children’s rights.
In the COVID-19 situation, Kim didn’t leave his responsibilities and donated around ₩100 million to support lower-class families in this critical time.
Kim’s Soo Hyun Endorsements
Soo Hyun is revelation to everyone- from an ordinary person to a businessman; he has worked with a lot of people or brands. They call him the “King of Product Endorsements” because of his impact on the audience. He has successfully brought success to numerous businesses associated with electronics, clothing, automobiles, food, telecoms, etc.
Notably, He made his first appearance in the advertising industry after Giant, his fantastic acting masterpiece. He made a record of endorsing 17 products simultaneously after performing in Moon Embracing the Sun. He broke the record of a skater named Yuna Kim, who endorsed 15 products. After Kim soo Hyun’s new drama, My Love from the Star, he did 30 endorsement projects. Also, he got 30 advertising projects, including some for the Asian countries. All these endorsements brought a significant impact on Kim soo Hyun’s net worth setting him for now tomorrow and future. His untiring endorsements led him to win many grand prizes, along with Yuna Kim, at the National Brand Awards as appreciation for bringing considerable improvements in the brand image of Korea and its products.