Kim So Hye

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Kim So Hye - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career

Kim So Hye is a South Korean actress and singer.

She’s best known for her appearance in idol survival show program Produce 101 where she finished at the fifth place and debuted with I.O.I, before shifting her career’s focus into acting.


Kim So Hye already decided to be a professional actress after she joined her agency, Redline Entertainment, to be trained as an actress.

She then appeared for the first time in the movie industry for a film called The Flatterer as a cameo.

But no longer after she did his acting training several times, So Hye tried to venture her wings into the idol industry in 2016, when she joined Produce 101 as a contestant.

So Hye has a strong acting background and didn’t have any experience in dancing and singing, so she struggled a lot during the show.

But at the end of the show, this “penguin lover” still won everybody’s heart by getting in the winning team, I.O.I.

After doing a lot of promotions with I.O.I, So Hye then came back to her agency to continue her acting training. In June 2016, she also built her own entertainment label, S&P Entertainment.

After I.O.I officially disbanded on January 29th, 2017. So Hye appeared as a cameo in Queen of the Ring. In the same year, she also got her first main role in a web drama titled Poetry Story and also Unexpected Heroes.

In 2018, So Hye starred again in two TV series, Society Obsessed with Love and Ambergis.

This Cancer actress continued his acting career by appearing in two movies in 2019, Moonlit Winter and Bank of Seoul. In that year, she also starred in Best Chicken.

After that, So Hye made more appearances as the main actress for How to Buy a Friend (2020), Ask Miss Shin (2020), and Her Bucket List (2021).

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  • Real Name: Kim So Hye (김소혜)
  • Stage Name: So Hye (소혜)
  • Nickname: Penguin
  • Birthday: July 19, 1999
  • Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
  • Zodiac Sign: Cancer
  • Nationality: South Korean
  • Religion: Christian
  • Profession: Singer, Actress
  • Education: Seoul Younghee Elementary School, Sookmyung Girls’ Middle School, Gyeonggi Girls’ High School
  • Hobbies: Pickup trash as she walks, Penguin collecting
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Height, Weight, & Physical Appearances 

  • Height: 163 cm (5’4″)
  • Weight: 48 kg (106 lbs)
  • Blood Type: A
  • Hair Color: Black
  • Eye Color: Black
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  • Brother: 1
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Boyfriend & Dating History

She has never dated anyone publicly nor rumored to date any person. She most likely prefers to keep her personal and dating life private.

Net Worth 

Multiple sources estimated her net worth to be around $100 thousand to $1 million.

She appears to earn her income primarily through working as a former idol-singer under I.O.I and actress in the South Korean entertainment industry.


Accused of Committing Bullying during Her School Years

In February 2021, Kim So Hye was accused of committing school violence or bullying when she was a middle school student.

Soon, S&P Entertainment as her representative agent, announced that they had requested a police investigation for the case.

A month later, her agency released an official statement revealing that the accuser was the actual perpetrator instead of the actress, as well as explained the misunderstanding behind her hiatus after the scandal broke out.

She made a comeback to the industry by appearing in the drama series Pure Love Boxer (2023) around two years later.

Plastic Surgery

There is no known information on whether she has undergone any cosmetic surgery to adjust her visual appearance.


  • When So Hye was in junior high school, she became a volleyball player.
  • She once won the National Junior High Title as a libero.
  • She is very good at playing volleyball and ocarina.
  • So Hye is also very good at acting and beatbox.
  • So Hye is an emotional person.
  • She admitted that she had low confidence when she was in Produce 101.
  • In Produce 101, she was the only contestant who had an acting background.
  • She will easily get scared when she is in a haunted place.
  • Chun Woo Hee is her favorite role model.
  • So Hye has a cafe in Korea, Penguin’s Cafe, which is located in Seocho District to connect with her fans.
  • In 2021, she got a controversy about the past bullying issues.
  • She loves to write anything, such as poems, journals, lyrics, and essays.
  • Initially, So Hye wanted to be a kindergarten teacher.
  • To lose weight, she did exercises and manage her healthy diet.
  • During the diet, she usually eats salad, fruits, oatmeal, and chicken breasts.
  • She also drank a lot of water when she did a diet.
  • She is a big fan of penguins.
  • So Hye picks Doosan Bears as her most favorite baseball team.
  • Park Jisung is her favorite soccer player.
  • She loves to watch Friends TV series.
  • She also has her own entertainment label, S&P Entertainment, which was created by her father.
  • So Hye has a dog called Milk.
  • Her ideal type is Jinyoung from B1A4.

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  • Guimoon: The Lightless Door (2021), as Hye Young
  • Moonlit Winter (2019), as Sae Bom

Drama Series

  • Pure Love Boxer (KBS2 | 2023), as Lee Kwon Sook
  • Her Bucket List (TVING | 2021), as Cha Ra Ri
  • How to Buy a Friend (KBS2 | 2020), as Eom Se Yoon
  • Best Chicken (MBN, Dramax | 2019), as Seo Bo A
  • Queen of Ring (MBC | 2017), as Se Gun’s ex-girlfriend (cameo)

TV Shows

  • Fly Shoot Dori — New Beginning ( KBS | 2020), as herself (coach)
  • Go Together Travel Alone (TV Chosun | 2019), as herself (cast member)
  • A Man Who Feeds The Dog (Channel A | 2019), as herself (cast member)
  • Wanna Play? GG (Channel A | 2019), as herself (cast member)
  • Follow Me 8S (2017), as herself (MC)
  • English Lecture Program (EBS | 2017), as herself (MC)
  • Game Show Yoo Hee Nak Rak (SBS TV, SBS funE | 2016-2018), as herself (regular host)
  • Star Show 360 (MBC Every1 | 2016), as herself (regular host)
  • Produce 101 (Mnet | 2016), as herself (contestant)


  • 2021 Golden Cinema Film Festival – Best New Actress – Moonlit Winter
  • 2020 Busan Film Critics Awards – Best New Actress – Moonlit Winter
  • 2019 Asia Model Awards – New Star Award (Actress) – Best Chicke


  • 2022 Director’s Cut Awards – Best New Actress in film – Moonlit Winter
  • 2021 Blue Dragon Film Awards – Best New Actress – Moonlit Winter
  • 2020 Baeksang Arts Awards – Best New Actress (Film) – Moonlit Winter
  • 2020 Buil Film Awards – Best New Actress – Moonlit Winter
  • 2020 Chunsa Film Art Awards – Best New Actress – Moonlit Winter
  • 2020 KBS Drama Awards – Best New Actress – How to Buy a Friend
  • 2017 KBS Drama Awards – Best Actress in a One-Act/Special/Short Drama – Drama Special: Kang Deok-soon’s Love History


“I want to continue acting from now on, but I’m still lacking in many aspects. I don’t have much confidence in myself, but I hope someday I’ll be satisfied with my acting.”

“There isn’t a specific role I want to try out, but I want to be able to perform naturally. When I feel confident that I can perform naturally, I want to try playing a dark character and let myself go.”

 “At first, I worried about how others will perceive me [as an actress] but I’m overcoming it now. I’m grateful for the staff members who I believe are my people.”

“The other [I.O.I] members would help me keep my mental health, but now that I’m alone, I’m a little depressed. When I miss my members, I’ll video call them. I don’t really check my social media. So sometimes the other members scold me. I feel secure since we have a group chat room. Nowadays, I’m trying to find an activity I can call my hobby.”


Who is Kim So Hye?

She is a South Korean actress and singer.

Who is Kim So Hye’s real name?

Her real name is Kim So Hye (김소혜).

What makes Kim So Hye famous?

South Korean actress and singer.

She’s best known for her appearance in idol survival show program Produce 101 where she finished at the fifth place and debuted with I.O.I, before shifting her career’s focus into acting.

Where is Kim So Hye from?

She was born in Seoul, South Korea.

How old is Kim So Hye?

She was born in 1999, and she is 26 years old as of 2025.

When does Kim So Hye celebrate her birthday?

She celebrates on the 19th of every July.

How tall is Kim So Hye?

Her height is 5’4″ or 163 cm.

Who are Kim So Hye’s parents?

She did not reveal the names of her father and mother.

Is Kim So Hye married?

She is not married. Furthermore, there is no information on whether she is in a relationship or not.

Who is Kim So Hye’s ex-boyfriend?

Her ex-boyfriend is not known.

How rich is Kim So Hye?

Her net worth is around $100 thousand to $1 million.

What is Kim So Hye’s nationality?

Her nationality is South Korean.

Kim So Hye is one of the most hard-working actresses in the drama industry. No wonder, she keeps gaining her fans as time passes by.