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Kim Hye Yoon’s Extraordinary Journey in the Kdrama Industry

How do you define hard work? For me, it’s Kim Hye Yoon.

Kim Hye Yoon started her acting career in 2013. Before ‘Sky Castle’ and ‘Extraordinary You’, you have probably seen her in other Kdramas. Did you know that Hye Yoon started appearing in Kdramas as an extra? This was because she concentrated on her studies first, having been secured of a full scholarship to Konkuk University, one of Korea’s top universities.

Below you will get to see Kim Hye Yoon’s extraordinary journey, from her small roles to becoming one of today’s most sought-after actresses.

2013

Kim Hye Yoon debuted with the KBS drama ‘Samsaengi’. This was followed by guest appearances in the television series ‘King of Ambition’, ‘I Can Hear Your Voice’, and ‘The Suspicious Housekeeper’.

KBS drama, Samsaengi
I Can Hear Your Voice, episode 1

2014

Hye Yoon has given a supporting role in the OCN drama ‘Bad Guys’. This was the time that she decided to focus on her studies, and only took on extra roles for few dramas.

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OCN drama, Bad Guys

2015

Kim Hye Yoon’s guest appearance in several Kdramas:

SBS drama, The Return of Hwang Geum-bok (episode 7)
tvN drama, Hidden Identity (episode 14)

2016

Hye Yoon appeared in popular television series such as ‘The Doctors’, ‘Cinderella and the Four Knights’, ‘Shopping King Louie’, and ‘Legend of the Blue Sea’.

The Doctors, episode 2
Kim Hye Yoon as convenience store cashier in Cinderella and the Four Knights, episode 2
Shopping King Louie, episode 13
Legend of the Blue Sea, episode 3

2017

Hye Yoon appeared in ‘Goblin’, ‘Tunnel’, and ‘Radiant Office’.

Goblin, episode 15
Tunnel, episode 13
Radiant Office, episode 8

2018 – Rising Popularity

Hye Yoon was able to land a supporting role in the MBC drama ‘Man in the Kitchen’. She also had guest appearances in ‘Oh, the Mysterious’, ‘Come and Hug Me’, and ‘Let’s Eat 3’.

Come and Hug Me, episode 7 (Hye Yoon at the back)

Sky Castle

After almost five years of taking small roles, the right time has come for Hye Yoon to audition for bigger roles.

‘Sky Castle’ was a big hit drama that led the actress to stardom. Hye Yoon’s portrayal of an ambitious and hateful high schooler gained her the Best New Actress award at the 55th Baeksang Arts Awards.

Kim Hye Yoon as Kang Ye Seo in Sky Castle

In 2019, Hye Yoon starred in her first leading role with ‘Extraordinary You’ along with SF9’s Rowoon and Lee Jae Wook. The series was a success especially overseas which further increased Hye Yoon’s recognition.

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Kim Hye Yoon as Eun Dan Oh in
Extraordinary You

Kim Hye Yoon also had cameo appearance in the following dramas:

Record of Youth, episode 1
Live On, episode 1
True Beauty, episode 4

Meanwhile, Hye Yoon is preparing for her upcoming drama, ‘Snowdrop’ co-starring Jung Hae In, BLACKPINK’s Jisoo, and more.

She is also in talks to join Ok Taec Yeon in upcoming tvN drama ‘Tale of the Secret Royal Inspector and Jo Yi’.

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