Song Ji-Hyo at a Fan Meeting in Malaysia with Running Man cast
15 August 1981
|Other names||Cheon Soo-yeon|
|Revised Romanization||Song Ji-hyo|
|Revised Romanization||Cheon Seong-im|
Cheon Soo-yeon (born Cheon Seong-im on 15 August 1981), professionally known by her stage name Song Ji-hyo, is a South Korean actress and model. Song was a cover model for Kiki Magazine before she made her acting debut in the feature film Wishing Stairs (2003), the third installment in the Whispering Corridors film series. She made her television debut in the romantic comedy Princess Hours (2006) and the historical Jumong (2006). Song then received wider recognition for her roles in the film A Frozen Flower (2008), New World (2013), and the TV series Emergency Couple (2014).
Besides acting, Song is one of the regular casts of the South Korean variety show Running Man since 2010, which brought her international recognition.
Song Ji-hyo was born as Cheon Seong-im on 15 August 1981, in Pohang, North Gyeongsang. Her mother was a South Korean national swimmer representative. She has a younger sister and a younger brother, Cheon Seong-moon, an actor. Song dreamed of becoming an actress during her high school years after watching Park Shin-yang in the 1998 South Korean film, Promise. She graduated with a degree in tax accounting from Kyungmoon University (now Kookje College). Before entering the acting industry, Song was cast while working a part-time job at a cafe.
Before Song debuted as an actress, she was a model for Kiki Magazine. She chose "Song Ji-hyo" as her stage name because she was inspired by the two famous actors Song Seung-heon and Song Hye-kyo, both main protagonists of Autumn in My Heart. Song then appeared in the music videos of Lee Soo-young's "And I Love You" and JTL's "Just Say Goodbye". She also made a cameo appearance in the television series Age of Innocence.
Song made her feature film debut in Wishing Stairs (2003), the third installment of the horror Whispering Corridors film series, after beating out 3000 actors in an audition. Then she was nominated for the Best New Actress at the 24th Blue Dragon Film Awards for her performance in the film. She starred in the crime thriller Some (2004), where she played a reporter.
Song made her television debut in the romantic comedy, Princess Hours (2006), where she played a ballet dancer who dreams to be a ballerina. The series became hit across Asia, contributing to the Korean Wave. In the same year, she played the role of Lady Ye So-ya, the first wife of Jumong and the mother of King Yuri in the historical television series Jumong (2006). The series was a commercial hit, receiving the highest viewership ratings of all the Korean dramas that aired in 2006. Song experienced a rise in popularity and was nominated for Best New Actress in the TV category at the 43rd Baeksang Arts Awards for her performance.
The following year, Song starred as a swimming champion who has a painful past in the comedy film Sex Is Zero 2 (2007), the sequel to Sex Is Zero (2002) opposite Im Chang-jung. She also co-hosted SBS' music show Inkigayo, with Heechul of Super Junior from 11 November 2007 to 4 May 2008. Song then portrayed the role of Queen in Yoo Ha's film A Frozen Flower (2008), alongside Jo In-sung and Joo Jin-mo. The film became one of the highest-grossing films of 2008, and led to increased recognition for Song. She later commented, "When I decided to do this film, nudity was not the central issue. How much I expose is not important to me; I thought without that scene, it would be difficult to portray the subtle changes in emotion. What mattered to me at the time was working on my facial expressions apart from the posture that the director wanted me to convey".
Song has joined the urban action variety show Running Man since 2010. She was requested to join by PD Kim Joo-hyung or also known as Myeok PD, whom she worked with while hosting Inkigayo. She appeared in the show as a guest in episode 2 to episode 5 then officially joined and became a regular cast in episode 6.
After her contract ended with Namoo Actors, Song signed with C-JeS Entertainment in early 2011 and appeared in Choo Chang-min's film Late Blossom (2011). The film is based on the comic I Love You by web cartoonist Kang Full. She reunited with Jumong co-star Song Il-gook in the police procedural television series Crime Squad (2011) where she played a role as a reporter. Later in the year, she starred in the historical television series Gyebaek (2011) as the Queen of King Uija. In November, she was appointed as promotional ambassador for the Ministry of Education along with label-mates JYJ. Song then co-starred alongside Kim Jae-joong of JYJ in the action comedy Code Name: Jackal (2012) where she played a clumsy assassin.
The following year, Song participated in dubbing for the animated film Maritime Police Marco (2013) and played a detective in Park Hoon-jung's crime film New World (2013). She also starred opposite Lee Dong-wook as a royal nurse in the historical television series The Fugitive of Joseon (2013).
Song took on the leading role in the medical romantic comedy television series Emergency Couple (2014) co-starring Choi Jin-hyuk, playing a divorced medical intern who encounters her ex-husband of an ugly divorce at an emergency room. Song also collaborated with NBA in a collaboration titled "NBA X Song Ji Hyo", which she released her own cap series called "CHO.2". In 2015, Song starred in the romantic comedy series Ex-Girlfriends' Club opposite Byun Yo-han as a film producer. She also featured and appeared in Taiwanese singer and actor Kenji Wu's music video "You Are So Cute".
In 2016, Song was cast alongside Taiwanese actor Chen Bolin in the reality variety show We Are In Love, the Chinese version of We Got Married. Song then starred in two Chinese films, the romantic drama 708090 opposite Kenji Wu and the action comedy Super Express. She then made her small-screen comeback, starring in the remake of a Japanese television series Listen to Love co-starring Lee Sun-kyun. In December, Song signed with the management agency, My Company, after ending her contract with C-JeS Entertainment.
In 2017, Song co-hosted the beauty program Song Ji-hyo's Beauty View with Gong Myung. She next starred in the web series 29gram and acted in the one-act drama Chief B and the Love Letter co-starring Jo Woo-jin. Song produced and launched her first own reality program I Am Jyo Unnie in December 2017.
In 2018, Song starred in the romantic comedy film What a Man Wants alongside Lee Sung-min, Shin Ha-kyun, and Lee El. She co-hosted another beauty program Song Ji Hyo's Beautiful Life  and a reality program Pajama Friends in which enjoys a 2 Days 1 Night hotel vacations. Song was also cast in the romance horror drama Lovely Horribly alongside Park Si-hoo, which premiered in August. Song then starred in the action thriller film Unstoppable alongside Ma Dong-seok.
In 2019, Song starred in the suspense and thriller film Daughter which was directed by Sun yuan-ping, alongside Kim Moo-yeol.
|2003||Wishing Stairs||Yoon Jin-sung|
|2007||Sex Is Zero 2||Lee Kyeong-ah|
|2008||A Frozen Flower||Queen|
|2011||Late Blossom||Kim Yeon-ah|
|2012||Code Name: Jackal||Bong Min-jung|
|2013||Maritime Police Marco||Lulu||Korean dubbing|
|New World||Lee Shin-woo|
|2016||708090||Duan Yu Rong||Chinese film|
|Super Express||Maggie / Meixi|
|2018||What a Man Wants||Mi-young|
|2002||Age of Innocence||Min-jung||SBS||Cameo, Episode 16|
|2006||Princess Hours||Min Hyo-rin||MBC|
|Jumong||Lady Ye So-ya|
|2011||Detectives in Trouble||Jo Min-joo||KBS2|
|2013||The Fugitive of Joseon||Hong Da-in||KBS2|
|2014||Emergency Couple||Oh Jin-hee||tvN|
|2015||The Girl Who Sees Smells||Herself||SBS||Cameo, Episode 1|
|Ex-Girlfriends' Club||Kim Soo-jin||tvN|
|2016||Listen to Love||Jung Soo-yeon||JTBC|
|Entourage||Herself||tvN||Cameo, Episode 3|
|2017||Drama Stage - Chief B and the Love Letter||Bang Ga-young||One-act drama|
|2018||Lovely Horribly||Oh Eul-soon||KBS2|
|2017||29gram||Yeon Yoo-jin||DIA TV|
|2010-2011||TV Entertainment Tonight||Presenter|
|2010-present||Running Man||Guest (Episode 2-5) |
Regular cast (Episode 7-present)
|2016||We Are In Love||Jiangsu TV||Regular cast; with Chen Bolin|
|2017||Song Ji-hyo's Beauty View||JTBC2||Host|
|I Am Jyo Unnie||Naver Corporation||First own reality show|
|2018||Song Ji-hyo's Beautiful Life||OnStyle||Host|
|2001||"Just Say Goodbye"||JTL|
|"And I Love You"||Lee Soo-young|
|2006||" ? ?"||Stay|
|2010||"Don't Listen To This Song"||Young Jee|
|2011||"? ? "||Young Jee|
|2012||"Be Happy"||Young Jee, Lee Kyu-hoon|
|2016||"Lonely Night"||Gary feat. Gaeko|
|2003||24th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best New Actress||Wishing Stairs||Nominated|
|2007||43rd Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actress (TV)||Jumong||Nominated|
|2009||45th Baeksang Arts Awards||Most Popular Actress (Film)||A Frozen Flower||Nominated|
|2010||4th SBS Entertainment Awards||Special Award in Variety||Running Man||Won|||
|2011||5th SBS Entertainment Awards||Excellence Award in Variety||Won|||
|Netizen's Popularity Award||Nominated|
|MBC Drama Awards||Excellence Actress Award in a Miniseries||Gyebaek||Nominated|||
|KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Actress Award in a Miniseries||Detectives in Trouble||Nominated|
|2012||48th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Female Entertainer||Running Man||Nominated|
|2013||49th Baeksang Arts Awards||Nominated|
|7th SBS Entertainment Awards||Top Excellence Female Award||Won|||
|Best Couple with Gary||Nominated|
|KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Actress Award in a Mid-length Drama||The Fugitive of Joseon||Nominated|
|6th Macau International Movie Festival||Best Supporting Actress||708090||Nominated|
|2015||3rd Annual DramaFever Awards||Best Actress of the Year||Emergency Couple||Won|||
|9th SBS Entertainment Awards||Top Excellence Award in Variety||Running Man||Won|||
|2016||Sina Weibo Night Awards||Best Trans-boundary Female Artist||N/A||Won|||
|2017||Mapo Tax Office||Model Taxpayer Award||N/A||Won|||
|2018||KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Lovely Horribly||Nominated|