September 5, 1970 (age 52) (
Busan, South Korea
Kim Dong-hee, Kim Dong-hyun, Kim Hye-sung
Blue Dragon Film Award for Best Leading Actress
Movies and TV shows
Tazza: The High Rollers, The Thieves, Queen of the Office, Faceless Beauty, A Good Day to Have an
Yu Hae‑jin, Kim Go‑eun, Jun Ji‑hyun, Lee Jung‑jae, Choi Dong‑hoon
Kim Hye-soo (Hangul: 김혜수; born September 5, 1970) is a South Korean actress. She is best known for her roles in the films Tazza: The High Rollers (2006), The Thieves (2012), Coin Locker Girl (2015), and Familyhood (2016), as well as the television series Signal (2016).
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reveals the secret of actress Kim Hye soo
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Kim Hye-soo debuted in the 1986 film Ggambo when she was a first year high school student. Over two decades she amassed a sizeable filmography of leading and supporting roles, notably in the TV dramas Did We Really Love? with Bae Yong-joon and Revenge and Passion with Ahn Jae-wook, as well as the films First Love (1993) and Tie a Yellow Ribbon (1998).
But it was when she reinvented her image as a glamorous and confident femme fatale in films Hypnotized (2004), The Red Shoes (2005) and Tazza: The High Rollers (2006) that she gained acting recognition and entered the Korean film industry A-list. She considers her collaboration with Han Suk-kyu in 2010's Villain and Widow as one of the highlights of her acting career.
A frequent host of film awards ceremonies and TV variety shows, Kim was signed on as the host of MBC current affairs show W. The production team said that in a bid to make changes in the program as it marked its fifth anniversary, they found that Kim was interested in environmental and other global issues and an avid watcher of documentaries about them. W with Kim Hye-soo premiered in July 2010, but was cancelled in October 2010, with Kim criticizing the network's decision.
She reunited with Tazza director Choi Dong-hoon in The Thieves. Set among the casinos of Macau, the star-studded heist film became the all-time second highest grosser in Korean cinema history.
In 2013, she headlined the romantic comedy Queen of the Office (also known as Goddess of the Workplace), an adaptation of 2007 Japanese drama Haken no Hinkaku ("Pride of the Temp").
Kim next starred in Coin Locker Girl (also known as Chinatown) in 2015, a rare female-driven noir film. She said she didn't mind looking unattractive for her role as a ruthless crime boss, with makeup artists adding age spots to her face, gray to her hair, and flab to her stomach and hips with prostheses. Kim said it was "mentally agonizing" deciding whether to accept the role, but once she did, she felt "a surge of excitement" every time she stepped onto the set, and considered the film "a new challenge that makes my heart race and scares me at the same time."
Kim is known for her ability to speak in five languages: Korean, English, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese.
Kim is also a budding artist, having displayed her pop art at the Seoul Open Art Fair. One of her collage paintings was sold for ₩5 million, and Kim donated the money to charity.
Kim and character actor Yoo Hae-jin first met in 2001 after shooting the film Kick the Moon and became close in 2006 after appearing together in Tazza: The High Rollers. Rumors of the two dating surfaced starting 2008 although both continuously denied any romantic involvement until early 2010 when paparazzi photographs of the two were released, and the couple officially confirmed their relationship. Kim and Yoo broke up in 2011.
Kim has a Theater and Film degree from Dongguk University and a master's degree in journalism and mass communications from Sungkyunkwan University; she also taught performing arts at Sungkyunkwan University as an adjunct professor in 2001. In 2013 Kim admitted to having plagiarized her master′s thesis "A Study on Actor Communication," with parts copied verbatim from at least four different books. She apologized for her actions, and said she was willing to forfeit her master's degree.