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Kim Soo Hyun is a South Korean actor.

He rose to prominence as one of the most famous Hallyu stars through his appearance in various drama series such as My Love from the Star (2013–2014), and the variety-drama The Producers (2015), and It’s Okay to Not Be Okay (2020).

Career

As a child, Kim Soo Hyun used to be really shy. To overcome this, his mother encouraged him to go on acting classes.

He grew to love acting and want to pursue a career for it starting in middle school.

This young actor started out doing stage performance. Afterwards, he began to branch out into TV series.

He had his debut in 2007 with the show Kimchi Cheese Smile. Soo Hyun then followed it up with the critically acclaimed show Jungle Fish in 2008.

The man from Seoul got his big career breakthrough around 2011. At the time, he starred in the drama Dream High. It was a hit in South Korea, and was also quite popular internationally.

In 2012, Soo Hyun further rise into stardom. He got a role in the hit series Moon Embracing the Sun. With its’ popularity, he earned many brand deals and endorsement.

His popularity reached international level starting in 2013. This is due to the role in My Love from the Stars.

He also starred in another hit series variety-drama The Producers in 2015. Because of the series’ international success, he became one of the top Hallyu (Korean Wave) stars.

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Profile

  • Real Name: Kim Soo Hyun (김수현)
  • Stage Name: Kim Soo Hyun
  • Nickname: –
  • Birthday: February 16, 1988
  • Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
  • Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
  • Nationality: Korean
  • Religion: –
  • Profession: Actor
  • Education: Chung-Ang University
  • Hobbies: Scuba diving, soccer, rock climbing, and boxing
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  • Instagram: @soohyun_k216
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Height, Weight, & Physical Appearance 

  • Height: 180 cm (5’11”)
  • Weight: 65 kg (143 lbs)
  • Blood Type: AB
  • Hair Color: Black
  • Eye Color: Black
  • Body Measurements: –
  • Shoe Size: 10 (US)

Family 

  • Father: Kim Chung Hoon 
  • Mother: –
  • Brother: –
  • Sister: Kim Ju Na (half-sister)

Girlfriend & Dating History

Bae Suzy

For a while in around 2011 to 2013, Kim Soo Hyun was rumored to date Bae Suzy, a Korean singer-actress and his co-star in Dream High (2011).

Suzy personally addressed the dating rumors during an interview, opening up about how rumors spread because they were quite close. However, she denied the speculations and even revealed that they haven’t been contacting each other.

Nana

In 2014, there were rumors that the actor is dating Nana, an actress and a former member of After School.

However, the rumors were refuted by Nana herself during her appearance in Beatles Code 3D. She explained how such speculations might arise because of how she mentioned that he is her ideal type.

Ahn So Hee

In October 2015, the actor was rumored to date a former member of Wonder Girls, Ahn So Hee.

In September that year, So Hee just signed under KeyEast, his then-agency.

South Korean media reported that the couple usually just spent time in her apartment in Yongsan. It was also reported that they have been dating for at least one year.

That being said, their agency denied the dating rumors by stating that the pair “know each other, but they are not dating.”

Seo Yea Ji

Due to their amazing on-screen chemistry, Kim Soo Hyun used to be rumored to date his co-star in It’s Okay Not to Be Okay (2020), Seo Yea Ji.

However, their agencies refuted the rumors firmly, stating that it was false.

Net Worth 

His net worth is estimated at around $110 million to $120 million. He earns most of his income through acting and brand deals.

Acting

Around the end of 2012, it was reported that the actor received $500 thousand or ₩600 million for his appearance drama series.

In 2019, After he wrapped his military, his appearance fee in drama series even rose to $83,000 to $165,000 per episode.

Brand Deals

According to a report in 2013, Kim Soo Hyun earned $6.6 million or ₩8 billion from starring in TV commercials and advertisement alone. He also became the face of around 17 products by then.

The Korea Times reported that after his massive success with My Love From The Stars (2014), his fee per advertisement ranged between $720,000 to $900,000. He also reportedly starred in a total of 30 advertisement, in which 10 of them were from China.

Real Estate

The actor purchased a $3.5 million or ₩4.2 billion worth of flat in 2013. Rumors also said that he purchased a unit in one of the most expensive building in South Korea, Galeria Foret.

Plastic Surgery

There is no known information on whether he has undergone any cosmetic surgery to alter his appearance.

Facts

  • Soo Hyun works under the agency Gold Medalist since 2020.
  • He has a half-sister named Kim Ju Na, a participant in Produce 101.
  • His father was the lead of a band called Seven Dolphins.
  • He attended all-boys school during middle and high school.
  • In school, he was bullied for having a scar on his head from a car accident.
  • He idolizes Christoph Waltz.
  • He has a wax statue in Madame Tussauds at Hong Kong.
  • He once set fire to the flower bed while in high school.
  • He had a heart surgery in 2010 for supraventricular tachycardia.
  • He is good at singing.
  • He is friends with IU and Yeo Jin Goo.
  • He is left-handed but has trained her right one to become ambidextrous.
  • He failed at college entrance exam for two years in a row.
  • His personality is ENFP.
  • Soo Hyun loves various sports, such as scuba diving, football, rock climbing, badminton, cycling, and boxing.
  • He also likes doing photography.
  • He became the Promotional Ambassador for Korean tourism in 2012.
  • He was also the Goodwill Ambassador of Seoul in 2014.
  • In 2015, this actor became the honorary ambassador of Incheon International Airport.
  • He was awarded for being model taxpayer in 2015.
  • Soo Hyun really likes bowling.
  • In 2016, he applied to be a professional bowler but failed the qualification.
  • He has completed his military service on July 2019.
  • For his military service, the South Korean was going to work in public service duty instead of active duty because if his heart condition.
  • His ideal type is someone like Kaya Scodelario.

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Movies 

  • Real (2017), as Jang Tae Young
  • Miss Granny (2014), as motorbiker (cameo)
  • Secretly Greatly (2013), as Won Ryu Hwan/Bang Dong Gu
  • The Thieves (2012), as Zampano

Drama Series 

  • Queen Of Tears (tvN | 2023), as Baek Hyun Woo
  • One Ordinary Day (Coupang Play | 2021), as Kim Hyun Soo
  • It’s Okay to Not Be Okay (tvN | 2020), as Moon Kang Tae
  • Crash Landing on You (tvN | 2019-2020), as Dong Gu (ep.10,15)
  • Hotel Del Luna (tvN | 2019), as CEO of Hotel Blue Moon (ep.16)
  • The Producers (KBS2 | 2015), as Baek Seung Chan (PD of Entertainment Division)
  • My Love From the Star (SBS | 2013-2014), as Do Min Joon
  • Dream High 2 (KBS2 | 2012), as Top star who plays a character Song Sam-Dong (ep.1)
  • The Moon Embracing The Sun (MBC | 2012), as Lee Hwon
  • Dream High (KBS2 | 2011), as Song Sam Dong
  • Giant (SBS | 2010), as Lee Seong Mo (young)
  • Will It Snow For Christmas? (SBS | 2009)
  • Kimchi Cheese Smile (MBC | 2007-2008), as Kim Soo Hyun

Music Video Appearances 

  • Ending Scene (2017) – IU

Quotes 

“I often hear that I have both boyish and grown-up manly sides. It certainly is an advantage when I’m acting. Same thing with my eyes. It gives me and my acting that much spectrum.”

“Honestly, I’m not all that good looking. My eyes, my nose, they are not perfect. I think that’s good. Good looks never get in the way of my acting.”

“I don’t calculate and overthink when I act. I’m never like ‘since this is of an arguing scene, I should talk like this,’ or ‘since we are making love, I’m going to do that.’ Rather, I just react to what is there. I try to be as natural as possible, just purely acting and reacting to the emotions.”

“I’ve always been a cry-baby.”

“I like to cry. Like, the feeling I get when I’m tearing up and letting it all out. I don’t restrain my emotions much, I’m all about showing how I feel.”

“Sometimes I just want to cry for no reason. In such cases, I watch something like ‘Grave of Fireflies.’ Sometimes when I get really into it, I cry after 10 minutes of watching it.”

“I want to be like actor Christoph Waltz. More than anything, I want to become a trusted actor. I want to act all my life.”

“I first started in 2007 and somehow I’ve already found myself here. If I look back, there were abundant times to the point of excess, but there were also times when I regretted, retreated, felt a lack.”

“I can’t judge whether I was right or wrong when I look back on the past, but I also don’t feel like I should have avoided those situations. Time will pass, and whether it’s an honor or a wound, both of them leave traces. I’m still running toward a dream, and I don’t know how long I’ll be able to make myself heard as an actor, but I’m still able to endure the feelings that surround me now.”

Pics of Kim Soo Hyun

1. Soo Hyun takes such cool mirror selfie

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2. Love the classy looks

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3. His face is gorgeous

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4. Darker outfits suit him well

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5. Soo Hyun looks really cute in sweater

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FAQs

Who is Kim Soo Hyun?

He is a South Korean actor.

Who is Kim Soo Hyun’s real name?

His real name is Kim Soo Hyun (김수현).

What makes Kim Soo Hyun famous?

He became one of the most famous Hallyu stars through his appearance in various drama series such as My Love from the Star (2013–2014), and the variety-drama The Producers (2015), and It’s Okay to Not Be Okay (2020).

Where is Kim Soo Hyun from?

He was born in Seoul, South Korea.

How old is Kim Soo Hyun?

He was born in 1988, and he is 36 years old as of 2024.

When does Kim Soo Hyun celebrate his birthday?

He celebrates on the 16th of every February.

How tall is Kim Soo Hyun?

His height is 5’11” or 180 cm.

Who are Kim Soo Hyun’s parents?

His father’s name is Kim Chung Hoon, but his mother’s name is not known.

Is Kim Soo Hyun married?

He is not married. Furthermore, there is no information on whether he is in a relationship or not.

Who is Kim Soo Hyun’s ex-girlfriend?

His ex-girlfriend is not known. However, he used to be rumored to date Bae Suzy, Nana, Ahn So Hee, and Seo Yea Ji.

How rich is Kim Soo Hyun?

His net worth is around $110 million to $120 million.

What is Kim Soo Hyun’s nationality?

His nationality is South Korean.

Kim Soo Hyun has grown so much, from a shy kid to an incredible actor. His journey in the entertainment industry is truly inspirational.

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