Yoon So-hee is a Germany born South Korean actress, who despite all odds, including the backlash from her own family, succeeded in making it big in the South Korean entertainment world. She made her television debut as a teenager with the South Korean variety show ‘Hit the S Style’. The show highlighted the campus style icons and her adorable looks attracted general public as well as the agents. She then made an appearance in a music video for SHINee’s song ‘Why So Serious?’ From then on, she started bagging roles in TV series’ and made her official television debut with ‘The Blade and Petal’ in 2013, which happened to be a moderately successful period drama. Yoon only had a small part in the series, but she got the exposure she needed and the wait for key roles was ended when she bagged a role in ‘Let’s Eat’, a comedy series. She then was featured in ‘Memory’ and ‘Ruler: Owner of the Mask’. These two series brought her further success. She then made her film debut in the year 2016 with the South Korean-Chinese film ‘Life Risking Romance’. Although she just happens to be in the starting phase of her career, she is looking ahead for a brighter future as she is well aware of her place in the industry.
Childhood & Education
Yoon So-hee was born on 7th May 1993 in Stuttgart, Germany to an affluent family. During their early days in Germany,the family had a well-established business. But somehow, the business incurred losses and her father started working as a delivery man to make the ends meet. This also took a toll on their family and her parents’ marriage ended up in divorce while Yoon was in her fourth grade. This also affected her and her elder sister. The family then moved back to Seoul when Yoon was six years old.
Her father then started working as a professor in a technical university. Yoon inherited a strong academic mind from her father and was known as the topper in earlier grades. The sisters lived with their father, who trained his daughters in martial arts and compelled them to work out every morning. He also cultivated in them, healthy eating habits. This resulted in Yoon growing up faster than other kids.She was also healthier and more beautiful than most of her contemporaries. She also became increasingly good in sports, thanks to the physical training she received as a kid and was known as a bright student.
She had already appeared in an independent film at the age of 12 and expressed her desire to work in the entertainment industry. But her father knew her abilities and knew that she could do great academically and hence opposed her decision. Her mother also didn’t support Yoon, but her sister did, in whatever ways she could.
In 2011, she had already been enrolled into the prestigious KAIST University, which is known as one of South Korea’s most popular science and research universities. She studied molecular and chemical engineering at the college. She kept auditioning for roles in films and TV at the same time. When her first opportunity came in the form of a variety show, she took a leave of absence from her college and pursued her acting career.
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Yoon started her acting career with the series ‘The Blade and Petal’ in 2013, in which she essayed a minor role as Nang-ga. In the same year, her appearance in the comedy series ‘Let’s Eat’ saw her playing one of the four lead characters.The characters live together in the same apartment with their individual issues with each other, finally brought together by the common love they share for food. Her adorable screen presence made producers to take note of this new actress, who then offered her more roles, but not quite the ones she desired.
2014 proved to be a big year for her as she made her appearance in back to back TV stints. First she appeared in ‘Love in Memory 2’, which happened to be a mobile drama. She was then seen in ‘Wild Chives and Soy Bean Soup: 12 Years of Reunion’. The series revolved around high school kids, and Yoon played the younger version of the lead character in the show.
Yoon then appeared in the drama titled ‘Big Man’, in which she played a supporting role. Although the time of her screen presence was considerably increasing, she was still looking to find a strong footing in the industry.
Yoon then appeared in ‘Marriage, Not Dating’, and essayed a role of a bright-eyed girl who falls in love with a man with whom she once had a one night stand. In her last TV appearance in 2014, she featured in 11 episodes of the period drama ‘Secret Door’ as Seo Ji-dam.
Yoon kicked off 2015 with a role as the younger version of the show’s leading character in ‘Beloved Eun-dong’, which also happened to be her only TV appearance that year. She also made her film debut in the same year with a minor role in ‘Salutd’ Amour’, a romantic comedy drama.
In 2016, she took a slightly unconventional turn in her career when she did two web dramas back to back, ‘Bong Soon - a Cyborg in Love’ and ‘Iron Lady’. She also appeared in a conventional web series ‘The Day After We Broke up’. Later that year, she featured in a film titled ‘Life Risking Romance’, a South Korean and Taiwanese co-production.
In 2017, she appeared in the South Korean mini drama series ‘Queen of the Ring’, a fantasy love story, in which she played one of the major supporting characters as Kang Mi-joo. However, next up was the biggest TV series of her life, with the meatiest role she had ever portrayed. She appeared in ‘The Emperor: Owner of the Mask’, a period drama set in a fictional land. However, the show only managed to achieve moderate ratings. But it became quite successful in the neighboring countries and Yoon tasted international prominence for the first time in her career.
Apart from her film and TV appearances, she has done music videos for a couple of Korean musicians. She first appeared in SHINee’s music video for the song ‘Why So Serious?’ in 2013 and in the same year, she featured in EXO’s music videos for the songs ‘Wolf’ and ‘Growl’.
Although she had mentioned quite openly that she doesn’t really like doing variety shows, she had been part of ‘The Running Man’, the most popular and most watched variety show in South Korea. She joined the cast of the show in 2015 and her two other variety show appearances took place in the same year, first through ‘Happy Together’ and then in ‘Problematic Men’. In 2016, she also featuredbriefly in ‘After the Play Ends’ as a cast member.
Yoon So-hee leads a disciplined life in order to keep herself fit and healthy. However, she once told that her wish is to eat endless amount of ice cream without getting fat. Apart from food, her passion also includes travelling, with Hawaii being her dream destination.
Yoon is aware of her ‘average’ acting skills and has said that she is still learning and maybe someday, she could say proudly that she is a good actress.
Actor Baek Sung-hyun is rumored to be her boyfriend as they both have been spotted spending quite a lot of time together. Other than that, she has so far kept her private life a secret.