Shin Hye-sun’s journey to a breakout star was not an easy one. The actress is garnering praise for her new hit drama, See You in My 19th Life. From humble beginnings to becoming a sought-after actress, Shin Hye-sun has come a long way.
With her talent, charisma, and fearless approach to acting, she’s quickly become one of South Korea’s most beloved actresses. But how did she get here? In this article, we’ll take a closer look at Shin Hye-sun’s journey to fame, exploring the highs, the lows, and everything in between.
She Made Her Debut with the School 2013
Shin Hye-Sun was not the lead actress in her debut role. However, she managed to bag a minor role in School 2013 which also starred Lee Jong Suk and Kim Woo-bin. Landing her first role was not a cakewalk for the Mr. Queen actress. She made her debut in her early 20s in a supporting role.
In an interview, she shared that she cut her hair short for her first audition to make an impression and stand out from the crowd.
She’s Known to be a ‘late bloomer’ in the Kdrama Industry
While School 2013 marked the beginning of her career in the Kdrama industry, the actress failed to bag a leading role for quite some time. For the first few years, she played supporting roles in Kdramas like She Was Pretty, The Legend of the Blue Sea, and Oh My Ghost.
She did seven supporting and two second lead roles before bagging a lead role. 2017 was a breakthrough year for Shin Hye-sun as she got cast for the first lead role in My Golden Life. It was one of the highest-rated shows of 2017 and put her on the map. She won two excellence awards for her acting performance as well as a couple award with Park Si Hoo.
She was Classmates with Lee Jung Suk and Kang Ha Neul
Yes, you read it right. Lee Jung Suk, Kang Ha Neul, and Shin Hye-sun were classmates. For her education, she attended the National High School of Traditional Korean Arts and Sejong University.
She is Incredibly Blessed in the Height Category
While many Korean actresses are short and petite, Shin Hye-sun is taller than most people think. She is 172 cm (5.8″) tall, undoubtedly, she is blessed when it comes to height.
She Learned Ballet for Angel’s Last Mission: Love
Shin Hye-sun received praise for portraying the role of a former ballerina in Angel’s Last Mission: Love. However, it was not easy portraying that character for the Still 17 actress as she had to go through six months of grueling ballet lessons. Due to her strong commitment to lessons and practice, she portrayed the character like a pro.
She is a Dog Person
When asked if she is a dog or a cat person? The actress revealed that she is a dog person. The 33-year-old actress has a Bichon Frise to keep her company.
She Finds it Hard to Speak Her Mind
Shin Hye-sun debuted on the silver screen with the legal film Innocence in 2020. When asked in an interview if she relates to the character, the actress replied she’s the opposite. She can not blatantly speak her mind and find it difficult to tell people if she likes something. She cares about people’s opinions and ends up pretending to like things when she doesn’t ‘feel anything in particular.’
She Appeared in Multiple Music Videos
Besides gracing dramas and movies, Hye Sun has appeared in three MVs so far. You can see her nailing it in the music videos of What Women Want’s Curious, g.o.d’s Snowfall, and Naul’s Feel Like.
It is so great to see Shin Hye Sun finally making her mark and getting due recognition. Hopefully, her amazing acting performance in See You in My 19th Life will continue to open many doors for the all-rounder actress.