Kim Tae Hee made her acting debut in 2001 with the movie Last Present. Shortly after that, she was involved in the short movie Living in New Town in 2002.
Her career took a steady pace from there and in 2003, she starred in the drama series Screen and A Problem at My Younger Brother’s House.
That very year, she experienced a breakthrough as an actress by joining the cast of the drama series Stairway to Heaven, which soon turned into a massive hit in South Korea.
Her successful acting pursuits in both drama series and movies led her to be chosen as one of the most sought after actresses for television advertisements.
In 2008, she was delegated to the CF Queen after Korea Broadcast Advertising Corporation picked her as the top commercial actress of the year.
Besides working on movies, drama series, and commercial films, she also modeled for several music videos, for example, Don’t Go Away (2004) by Park Yong Ha and Only (2003) by The Jun.
- Real Name: Kim Tae Hee (김태희)
- Stage Name: Kim Tae Hee (김태희)
- Also Known as: Kim Tae Hui, Gim Tae hui
- Nickname: Tae Hee (태희)
- Birthday: March 29, 1980
- Birthplace: Ulsan, South Korea
- Zodiac Sign: Aries
- Nationality: South Korean
- Height: 163 cm (5’6”)
- Weight: 55 kg (133 lbs)
- Blood Type: O
- Religion: Catholicism
- Profession: Actress
- Education: Seoul National University (Fashion Design), Ulsan Girls’ High School, Samshin Elementary School
- Hobby: Diving
- Parents: Kim Yoo Moon (Father)
- Siblings: Lee Wan (Brother), Kim Hee Won (Sister)
- Husband: Jeong Ji Hoon (Rain) (Married 2017 – )
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- Tae Hee has a younger brother and an elder sister.
- Her father, Kim Yoo Moon, was the founder and chairman of Hanguk Union Transportation Company in 1984.
- She said it took quite a while for her to get close to someone new.
- Her brother, Lee Wan, is also an actor.
- She spent most of her childhood in Ulsan, but then she moved to Seoul to study fashion design at Seoul National University in 1999.
- Tae Hee joined the Women’s Ski Club at university.
- She did a few volunteer work since she was a teenager like helping struggling people and broken families in her neighborhood.
- Tae Hee first debuted as a model.
- Fans named her CF Queen because she has starred in a lot of commercial films.
- She is famous in Japan.
- Verda is her baptismal name.
- She shares the same agency as her younger brother.
- Her husband, Jeong Ji Hoon, also known as Rain, is an actor and a singer.
- She has two daughters who were born in 2017 and 2019.
- Tae Hee is friends with a fellow actress as well as beauty pageant queen Lee Honey.
- She and her husband were married at Gahoedong Cathedral.
- Tae Hee took a temporary leave from the entertainment industry after getting married.
- Her high school friends named her Headbanger.
- She liked drawing as a kid.
- Tae Hee once met her husband’s father at his café by coincidence.
- She gets bored easily, especially when she is not working.
- Tae Hee does not drink alcohol.
- She is a quiet person.
- Tae Hee said she laughs and cries easily.
- She likes to ride a bike or go to Namsan in Seoul in her spare time.
- Age is just a number for her.
- She does not put on makeup on a daily basis.
- Tae Hee admitted that she is shortsighted as in she often does not plan for the future.
- She thinks highly of people who work in creative fields.
- In 2019, Tae Hee bought a $2 million USD worth of a house in California where she spent time during her second pregnancy.
- She was a tomboy when she was a kid, never wore skirts, and only wore pants.
- Tae Hee liked to observe and pay attention to pretty, lady-like classmates during her days as an undergraduate.
- She likes wearing comfortable clothes.
- Tae Hee used to be afraid of water because of a traumatic accident she experienced in the past.
- She has a scuba-diving certificate.
- Tae Hee has a lot of romantic imagination.
- Her ideal type is a good-looking and humorous man.
- Her net worth is around $16 million.
- King of Book (2022), as Xi Xuan
- Grand Prix (2010), as Seon Joo Hee
- Iris: The Movie (2010), as Choi Seung Hee
- Venus and Mars (2007), as Jin A
- The Restless (2006), as So Hwa
- Living in New Town (2002), as Ji Soo
- Last Present (2001), as Young Park Jung Yeon
- Sage of Calligraphy Wang Xi Zhi (TBA), as Liu Xuan
- Hi Bye, Mama! (tvN | 2020), as Cha Yu Ri
- Yong Pal (SBS | 2015), as Han Yeo Jin
- Jang Ok Jung, Living by Love (SBS | 2013), as Jang Ok Jung
- Boku to Star no 99 Nichi (Fuji TV | 2011), as Han Yoo Na
- My Princess ( MBC | 2011), as Lee Seol
- Iris (KBS2 | 2009), as Choi Seung Hee
- Love Story in Harvard (SBS | 2004), as Lee Soo In
- Forbidden Love (KBS2 | 2004), as Yoon Shi Yeon
- A Problem at My Younger Brother’s House (SBS | 2003), as Park Soo Jin
- Stairway to Heaven (SBS | 2003), as Han Yu Ri
- Screen (SBS | 2003), as Kim So Hyun
- Let’s Go (SBS | 2002), as self
- Take Care of Me This Week (Naver TV Cast | 2022), as a guest
- The Return of Superman (KBS2 | 2013), as a guest
- Healing Camp (SBS | 2011), as a guest
- Win Win (KBS | 2010), as a guest
- Infinite Challenge (MBC | 2005), as a guest
- Gag Concert (KBS2 | 1999), as a guest
Music Video Appearances
- I Like You (2021) – Ciipher
- Koinonia (2014) – Korean Catholic Celebrities
- Don’t Go Away (2004) – Park Yong Ha
- Only (2003) – The Jun
- Letter (2002) – g.o.d
- 2015 8th Korea Drama Awards – Top Excellence Award (Actress) – Yong Pal
- 2015 SBS Drama Awards – Top Excellence Award (Actress in a Miniseries) – Yong Pal
- 2015 SBS Drama Awards – Best Couple Award – Yong Pal
- 2015 SBS Drama Awards – Top 10 Stars – Yong Pal
- 2013 Cosmo Beauty Awards – Asia Dream Star – Kim Tae Hee
- 2009 KBS Drama Awards – Excellence Award (Actress in a Mid-Length Drama) – Iris
- 2009 KBS Drama Awards – Best Couple Award – Iris
- 2007 – 43rd Paeksang Arts Awards – Most Popular Actress (Film) – The Restless
- 2007 3rd Pyeongtaek Film Festival – New Currents Movie Star (Best New Actress) – The Restless
- 2007 44th Grand Bell Awards – Overseas Popularity Award – The Restless
- 2007 28th Blue Dragon Film Awards – Popular Star Award – The Restless
- 2007 André Kim Best Star Awards – Female Star Award – Kim Tae Hee
- 2005 – 41st Paeksang Arts Awards – Most Popular Actress (TV) – Love Story in Harvard
- 2004 – 2nd Andre Kim Best Star Awards – Female Star Award – Stairway to Heaven
- 2004 KBS Drama Awards – Best New Actress – Forbidden Love
- 2004 SBS Drama Awards – Netizen Popularity Award – Love Story in Harvard
- 2004 SBS Drama Awards – Top 10 Stars – Love Story in Harvard
- 2003 SBS Drama Awards – New Star Award – Stairway to Heaven
- 2015 4th APAN Star Awards – Top Excellence Award (Actress in a Miniseries) – Yong Pal
- 2013 SBS Drama Awards – Excellence Award (Actress in a Drama Special) – Jang Ok Jung, Living by Love
- 2011 – 6th Seoul International Drama Awards – Outstanding Korean Actress – My Princess
- 2011 MBC Drama Awards – Top Excellence Award (Actress in a Miniseries) – My Princess
- 2011 MBC Drama Awards – Popularity Award (Actress) – My Princess
- 2011 MBC Drama Awards – Best Couple Award – My Princess
- 2010 – 46th Paeksang Arts Awards – Best Actress (TV) – Iris
- 2010 3rd Korea Drama Awards – Best Actress – Iris
- 2009 – KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award (Actress) – Iris
- 2007 15th Chunsa Film Art Awards – Best New Actress – The Restless
- 2007 44th Grand Bell Awards – Best New Actress – The Restless
- 2007 28th Blue Dragon Film Awards – Best New Actress – The Restless
- 2007 6th Korean Film Awards – Best New Actress – The Restless
- 2004 SBS Drama Awards – Top Excellence Award (Actress) – Love Story in Harvard
- 2004 SBS Drama Awards – Excellence Award (Actress in Drama Special) – Love Story in Harvard
“I think people are addicted to looking good in front of other people.”
“I think the most ordinary romance is showing your partner the way you are and leaving behind the things that we cannot understand.”
“I fear drama more than films. The amount of work and exhaustion are incomparable.”
“I enjoy shopping at local shops which I get to know by chance.”
“I always choose new dramas with a hope that all of my fans and viewers would be able to feel comforted while watching.”
“At first I thought the character Sun-young was a normal character, but later I realized that she is not after all. In some sense, she could be fierce.”
Kim Tae Hee is known for being one of the most beautiful actresses in South Korea. However, as can be seen from her past works, she is not just a pretty face but also talented.