Sunday, July 24, 2011

Song Hye-kyo

Song Hye-kyo (Korean: 송혜교, born February 26, 1982) is a South Korean model and actress. She gained popularity through television dramas such as Autumn in My Heart (2000), All In (2003), and Full House (2004).

Song debuted in the entertainment industry in 1996 when she won the Grand Prize in SunKyung Smart (a school uniform company) when she was finishing her third year in junior high school. It was not long until she starred in her first drama, Happy Morning. Since then, she would continue to star in a string of various dramas and sitcoms but it wasn't until the KBS drama Autumn in My Heart in 2000 with Song Seung-hun and Won Bin that she rose to fame throughout Asia.

In 2003, her popularity continued to climb when she played a leading role in the poker drama All In, alongside Lee Byung-hun. The following year, she costarred with singer Rain in the successful romantic comedy series Full House.

After the pan-Asian success of Full House, she starred in the film My Girl and I, which was panned by audiences and critics alike. She then went on a 2-year hiatus, returning to acting as the kisaeng Hwang Jin-i in the film adaptation of Hwang Jin-i, which was released in South Korea in 2007. She then made her American debut in the Hollywood indie film Fetish in 2008. In late 2008, Song starred in the KBS2 drama The World That They Live In opposite Hyun Bin.

Her latest film La Quotidienne will be released in late 2011. It is about a documentary producer who loses her fiancé.

Song is considered Korea's "Most Beautiful Woman" and has been chosen by many Korean male celebrities as the "Korean Goddess of Beauty". In 2010 she was ranked #18 in The Annual Independent Critics List of the 100 Most Beautiful Faces.
Aside from dramas and films, Song is one of the most in-demand product endorsers in Korea and has done many TV commercials and print ads over the years. She has been a spokesperson for popular brands such as Laneige, Levi's (Lady style), Etude, Whitea, Aritaum, Innisfree, Nintendo DS (Animal Crossing), Roem, McDonalds (Ice Cream), FHM and Vivien (Bra).

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