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"I truly have nothing but gratitude for my unnies. I’m just so thankful and I really can’t say anything other than just thank you." —Seohyun

Seo Ju-hyun (born June 28, 1991), best known by her stage name, Seohyun, is a South Korean singer and actress. Seohyun is a member of K-pop girl group, Girls' Generation and its first sub-unit, TaeTiSeo. She made her solo singing debut with the lead single, Dont Say No and mini-album of the same name.

As an actress, Seohyun, is best known for her roles in the musicals, Moon Embracing The Sun, Gone With The Wind and Mamma Mia and the dramas Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo, Good Thief, Bad Thief and Time.

Early life and career beginnings[edit | edit source]

Seohyun was born as Seo Ju-hyun in Guro-dong, Guro-gu, Seoul, South Korea. Her mother is Kim Young-al, who worked as the chairman at a piano school, whilst her father's identity has not been revealed to the public. Seohyun is their only child.

Seohyun's mother taught her to play the piano, violin and Korean drums from the age of five. She also learnt ice-skating and horseback riding in her childhood.

SM Entertainment scouts spotted Seohyun when she was riding on a subway train and offered to let her become an apprentice at the SM Academy. She is known for singing children's songs for her audition unlike other applicants who usually sing pop and dance songs. She trained for a total of six years and a half in SM Entertainment for her singing career.

Before her debut in Girls Generation, Seohyun was a model for SMART uniform.

Career[edit | edit source]

Music[edit | edit source]

Seohyun began her career as a member of the girl group, Girls Generation, which debuted in August 2007. She was given the roles of a lead vocalist, and the maknae (youngest member) in the group.

In 2012, Seohyun debuted as a member of Girls Generation's first sub-unit, TaeTiSeo with fellow GG members, Taeyeon and Tiffany. Seohyun was given the roles of the leader, maknae, main dancer and lead vocalist in TaeTiSeo.

Seohyun has been credited as a songwriter, she has written songs with her Girls Generation bandmates. She also wrote the song, Only U for TaeTiSeo.

In January 2017, Seohyun made her debut as a solo singer, with the lead track, Don't Say No and mini-album of the same. She also performed in concerts across Korea, as a soloist.

Seohyun sang several OSTS, before making her official solo-singing debut in 2017, a few of these OSTs are Journey with TVXQ, Dreams Come True with Lee Donghae, The Magic of The Yellow Ribbon with Kim Hyun-joong and Don't Say No with Yoon-gun. In August 2016, Seohyun and fellow Girls Generation member, Yuri sang an SM Station song, named Secret, which was released with a music video, to promote the hair care brand, Pantene.

In October 2017, it was reported that Seohyun, alongside her fellow Girls Generation members, Sooyoung and Tiffany, didn't renew her contract under SM Entertainment. Seohyun revealed that she wanted to mainly focus on her acting career under a different management. Due to this, it was decided that Girls Generation and TaeTiSeo, would go on hiatus.

In February 2018, Seohyun performed the song, Our Wish with the Samjiyon Orchestra, a North Korean classical music band at the Seoul National Haeoreum Theater. In April 2018, Seohyun, performed the song, Spring is Coming in a K-pop cultural concert in Pyongyang, North Korea.

Filmography [edit | edit source]

Show-hosting[edit | edit source]

Seohyun was an occasional host for the annual televised music festival show, Gayo Daejun in 2012. From 2013 til 2014, she was a host of the show, Music Core, alongside Taeyeon and Tiffany. In 2017, she was the host of the OnStyle's reality TV-show, What Its Like Living Alone.

Variety shows

Seohyun appeared in the variety show, We Got Married 2. She was the virtual wife of Jung Yong-hwa, from February 2011 until March 2012 in the series.

In December 2014, Seohyun appeared on Infinity Challenge, she replaced Eugene (who was heavily pregnant at the time) in an S.E.S reunion performance of I'm Your Girl on the show.


Seohyun, portrayed herself in the 2012 biographical film, I Am, the 2014 drama film, My Brilliant Life, the 2015 documentary film, SMTown The Stage and the 2015 television drama, The Producers. She only had a cameo in each of the dramas, whilst she had a more prominent role in the films.

In 2010, Seohyun voiced the character, Edith, in the Korean dub of the movie, Despicable Me, she took this role again for Despicable Me 2 in 2013.

In 2008, Seohyun portrayed a member of Bulgwang-dong's Seven Princesses Gang in episode 64 of the TV-series, Unstoppable Marriage.

Seohyun, made her big acting breakthrough in the 2013 drama, Passionate Love, where she portrayed Han Yoo Rim, the love interest of the lead male character.

In 2015, Seohyun portrayed Hwang Yoo-ra in episode 13 of the drama, Warm and Cozy.

In 2016, Seohyun played Irene, in the Chinese Romantic Comedy Film, So I Married An Anti-fan, which was based on the manhwa of the same name by Jiwan. Later that year, Seohyun portrayed Woo-hee, in the historical drama, Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo, and played the character, Hwan-hee, in episode 12 of the television series, Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo.

In 2017, she portrayed the female lead character, of the 2017 drama, Bad Thief, Good Thief, Kang So-joo, she was given this role after portraying Lee Ruby, the main female protagonist of the web-series, Ruby Ruby Love.

In 2018, Seohyun portrayed Seol Ji-hyun, the lead female character of the television series, Time.

Theater[edit | edit source]

Seohyun made her debut as a musical theater actress, portraying Heo Yeon-woo in the theater adaptation of the Korean drama series, Moon Embracing the Sun in 2014. She subsequently played Scarlet o' Hara in the Korean version of the musical, Gone With the Wind in 2015. Her latest role in musical theatre was Sophie Sheridan in the Korean version of musical Mamma Mia! in 2016.

Personal Life[edit | edit source]

Education[edit | edit source]

For her education, Seohyun attended Seoul Middle School and Daeyoung High School, she then transferred to Jeonju Arts High School, from which she graduated on February 9, 2010. Subsequently, she attended Dongguk University, with her fellow Girls Generation member, Yoona. Seohyun was made one of the ambassadors for the university and eventually graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Theatre/Acting and an Achievement Award on August 21, 2014.

Philanthropy[edit | edit source]

In 2010, Seohyun was made by the Seoul Metropolitan Office, South Korea's Goodwill Ambassador for Student Fitness. In 2011, she worked with the UNICEF's “Help Children in Africa” project and became admitted as a UNICEF envoy. Subsequently, Seohyun was appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador at the United Nations Pavilion Expo 2012. On November 19, 2013, Seohyun gave 1 million won to Dongguk University, as funds for disadvantaged students studying at the university. Seohyun talked about her philanthropic act saying, “I learned many things while studying at Dongguk. I wished to be of help to students who have a big dream, and yet don’t have a choice but to give up education because of family matters.” In 2014, Seohyun involved herself in the charity concert “Happy Day,” she sold donated some of her possessions in order to raise money to support children in Syrian refugee camps.

Facts[edit | edit source]

  • Seohyun's nicknames are Maknae, Seororo, Seobot, Seobaby, Kerohyun and Innocent Seohyun.
  • She is Agnostic.
  • Her bloodtype is A
  • She is of Korean descent.
  • Her height is 168 cm and weight is 49kg.
  • Her natural hair colour is black and natural eye colour is dark brown.
  • She's only dyed her hair once.
  • Seohyun was voted by her fellow Girls Generation members, as being the member who changed the most since debut. She used to be very quiet and timid and now has become more confident and talkative.
  • She can speak fluent Korean and Chinese and basic Japanese and English.
  • Seohyun owned a pet dog Dubu, whose name means Tofu, she unfortunately passed away on September 29, 2015.
  • Out of her fellow Girls Generation members, Seohyun is the closest to Hyoyeon.
  • Seohyun has a very healthy diet, she likes to eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Seohyun hates and always avoids eating junk food.
  • According to Tiffany, Seohyun never makes mistakes in dancing.
  • She loves the song, "Shake It" by Sistar.
  • Her favorite food is sweet potato.
  • Her motto is "If your dream is alive, then one day it will come true".
  • Seohyun's real name, 'Ju-hyun' means 'scarlet/red' and 'virtuous', whilst 'Seohyun' means 'dignified' and 'virtuous' in Korean.
  • Just before releasing her solo song "Don't Say No" in January 2017, Seohyun said she wanted to break her maknae image.
  • She is a skilled pianist.
  • One of Seohyun's dreams when she was younger, was to be a ballerina.
  • Seohyun is classed as the second best vocalist in Girls Generation by professional vocal instructors, she is considered the third best of the group by SM Entertainment.
  • Her vocal type is a Light Lyric Soprano.

Discography[edit | edit source]

Mini albums[edit | edit source]

Digital singles[edit | edit source]

Collaborations[edit | edit source]

  • "Jjalajajja" (with Joo Hyun Mi) (2009)
  • "2011 Asia Song Festival with UNICEF" (with Donghae) (2011)
  • "Don't Say No" (with Yoon Gun) (2012)

OSTs[edit | edit source]

Year Title Song Artist
2007 Thirty Thousand Miles in Search of My Son OST "Touch the Sky" with Taeyeon, Jessica, Sunny and Tiffany
2008 Hong Gil-dong OST "The Little Boat"
2009 Heading to the Ground OST "Motion"
2010 My Friend Haechi "Haechi"
Kim Soo Ro OST "It's Okay Even If It Hurts" Solo
2011 Paradise Ranch OST "Journey" with TVXQ
2012 Fashion King OST "I'll Wait for You" Solo
2014 Make Your Move OST "Cheap Creeper" with Taeyeon, Jessica, Sunny and Tiffany

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Drama[edit | edit source]

Year Title Channel Role Note
2008 Unstoppable Marriage KBS2 Bulgwang-dong's Seven Princesses Gang Cameo (Ep.64)
2013 Passionate Love SBS Han Yoo-rim Supporting role
2015 Warm and Cozy MBC Hwang Yoo-ra Cameo (Ep.13)
2016 Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo SBS Woo-hee Supporting role
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo MBC Hwan-hee Cameo (Ep.12)
2017 Bad Thief, Good Thief Kang So-joo Lead role
2018 Time Seol Ji-hyun

Web Drama[edit | edit source]

Year Title Channel Role Note
2017 Ruby Ruby Love Naver TV
Lee Ruby Lead role

Television[edit | edit source]

Year Title Channel Role Note
2010-2011 We Got Married MBC Main Cast Season 2 (with Yonghwa)
2012-2013 Show! Music Core Co-host with Taeyeon and Tiffany
2017 What's It Like Living Alone OnStyle Host

Movies[edit | edit source]

Year Title Role Note
2010 Despicable Me Edith (Voice-over) Korean Version
2013 Despicable Me 2
2016 So I Married An Anti-fan Irene Supporting role

Music Videos[edit | edit source]

Year Song Artist Role
2010 Oh! My Goddess TRAX

Theater[edit | edit source]

Year Title Role Note
2014 The Moon That Embraces the Sun Yeon Woo Lead role
2015 Gone with the Wind Scarlett O'Hara
2016 Mamma Mia! Sophie Sheridan

Endorsements[edit | edit source]

Caribbean Bay

  • [2011-2013] The Faceshop Faceshop
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  • [2013] SK LTE Intercomm (Along with Yoona)
  • [2014-2017] MIXXO (TTS)[1]
  • [2015] Lotte Buon gelatto (TTS) https://youtu.be/wPMkSeN2V8Y]
  • [2016-2018] Pantene with Yuri
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  • [2018] Peacock
  • [2018] Jayjun cosmetic masks [2]
  • [2019-] ITMichaa Miccha
  • [2020-] Secret day Sanitary pad

Awards[edit | edit source]

  • [2010.12.29] MBC Entertainment Awards: Popularity Award

MV[edit | edit source]

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