Shin Se-kyung (born July 29, 1990) is a South Korean actress. After first appearing on a Seo Taiji album cover when she was eight years old, Shin's acting breakthrough came in 2009 with the sitcom High Kick Through the Roof. Since then she has landed leading roles in film and television, including Hindsight and Deep Rooted Tree.

Career Edit

Shin Se-kyung made her entertainment debut at eight years old in 1998 when she was featured on the cover and poster forSeo Taiji's solo album Take Five. As a child actress, she also appeared on children's show Ppo Ppo Ppo ("Kiss Kiss Kiss") and 2005 historical drama Toji ("Land").

After a small part in My Little Bride, she subsequently had starring roles in Cinderella, Acoustic and the segment "Believe in the Moment" in Five Senses of Eros, as well as a well-received turn as the younger version of Princess Cheonmyeong in Queen Seondeok.

Shin failed to gain a large following until her breakthrough role as a housemaid on the second season of the popular TV sitcom High Kick! in 2009.[7][8] In 2010 she filmed a seven-episode arc for the reality show series I'm Real which profiled her everyday life while vacationing in Hawaii.

Building on her sitcom fame, the actress was signed on to numerous television commercials and print advertisements.[9] Lead roles in high-profile acting projects followed, among them film noir Hindsight with Song Kang-ho,[10][11][12] the highly rated historical drama Deep Rooted Tree with Jang Hyuk and Han Suk-kyu,[13] and aerial action film R2B: Return to Base withRain.[14][15]

After her 2012 TV series Fashion King wrapped,[16][17] Shin released her first digital single, "You Were Sweet," which she recorded to promote a coffee franchise for which she models.[18][19][20] A former singer trainee in middle school,[21] Shin has also contributed songs to the soundtrack of Hindsight,[22] the charity album Love Tree Project, and did her own singing in showcase piece Acoustic.[23] In 2012, she recorded a Christmas carol duet with Epitone Project.[24][25][26]

Shin returned to television in the 2013 melodrama When a Man Falls in Love opposite Song Seung-heon, but she received criticism from viewers for her passive character.[27][28][29][30] In 2014, she played a more "bold and confident" role in the gambling film Tazza: The Hidden Card, followed by the fantasy-action series Blade Man.[31]

In a break from her usual dramatic roles, in 2015 Shin played an aspiring comedienne in the webtoon adaptation The Girl Who Sees Smells; as the titular character, her supernatural ability to visualize scents is tapped to catch a serial killer.[32] Shin then reunited with Fashion King costar Yoo Ah-in in Six Flying Dragons, another period drama from the screenwriters of Deep Rooted Tree.[33]

Personal life[edit] Edit

On October 20, 2010, Shin and popular boy band SHINee member Jonghyun were spotted dating by a local news outlet; their agencies confirmed the relationship on October 26.[34][35] After nine months of dating, Shin and Jonghyun broke up in June 2011, citing their busy schedules.[36]

Filmography[edit] Edit

Film[edit] Edit

Year Title Role Notes
2004 My Little Bride Hye-won Bo Eun best friend
2006 Cinderella Hyeon-su
2009 Five Senses of Eros Shin Su-jeong segment "Believe in the Moment"
2010 Acoustic Se-kyung segment "Broccoli"
2011 Hindsight Jo Se-bin
2012 R2B: Return to Base Yoo Se-young
2014 Tazza: The Hidden Card Heo Mi-na

Television series[edit] Edit

Year Title Role Network
2004 The Land teenage Choi Seo-hee SBS
2009 Queen Seondeok teenage Princess Cheonmyeong MBC
High Kick Through the Roof Shin Se-kyung MBC
2011 Deep Rooted Tree So-yi/Dam SBS
2012 High Kick: Revenge of the Short Legged Se-kyung

(cameo, episode 75)

Fashion King Lee Ga-young SBS
My Husband Got a Family Shin Se-kyung

(cameo, episode 49)

2013 When a Man Falls in Love Seo Mi-do MBC
2014 Blade Man Son Se-dong KBS2
2015 The Girl Who Sees Smells Oh Cho-rim/Choi Eun-seol SBS
Six Flying Dragons Boon-yi SBS

Variety show[edit] Edit

Year Title Network Notes
2010 I'm Real: Shin Se-kyung QTV
2011 Infinite Challenge MBC Guest, episodes 269-270
Running Man SBS Guest, episodes 57-58
2012 Running Man SBS Guest, episode 103
2014 2 Days & 1 Night KBS2 Guest, episode 358
2015 Running Man SBS Guest, episode 241
My Little Television MBC Guest, episode 15[37]

Music video[edit] Edit

Year Song title Artist
1999 "MCMXCIX" 1999 Dae Han Min Guk
2010 "Don't Say Anything" BlueBrand

Discography[edit] Edit

Year Song title Artist Notes
2010 "The Snow Melts" Shin Se-kyung Track from Love Tree Project Vol. 1
"Confessions of a Dangerous Broccoli" Shin Se-kyung Track from Acoustic OST
2011 "Blue in a Summer Day" Shin Se-kyung feat. MY Q Track from Hindsight OST
2012 "You Were Sweet" Shin Se-kyung feat. Sweden Laundry Digital single
"Sweet Christmas" Shin Se-kyung feat. Epitone Project Digital single

Awards and nominations[edit] Edit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2009 MBC Entertainment Awards Best New Actress High Kick Through the Roof Won
Best Couple Award in a Comedy/Sitcom with Yoon Shi-yoon Won
2010 4th Mnet 20's Choice Awards 20's Most Influential Star N/A Won
46th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (TV) High Kick Through the Roof Nominated
2011 15th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival Fantasia Award Won
4th Style Icon Awards New Icon Award N/A Won
48th Grand Bell Awards Best New Actress Hindsight Nominated
32nd Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actress Nominated
12th Korea Visual Arts Festival Photogenic Award, TV category Deep Rooted Tree Won
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special Won
2012 6th Mnet 20's Choice Awards 20's Female Drama Star Nominated
7th Seoul International Drama Awards Outstanding Korean Actress Nominated
5th Korea Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Fashion King Nominated
SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Nominated
2013 MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries When a Man Falls in Love Won
2014 35th Blue Dragon Film Awards Popular Star Award Tazza: The Hidden Card Won
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Blade Man Nominated
2015 4th APAN Star Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries The Girl Who Sees Smells Nominated
2015 SBS Drama Awards Top 10 Stars, Excellence Award, Actress in a Series Drama "The Girl Who Sees Smells" "Six Flying Dragons" Won

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