Song Hye-kyo is a South Korean actress. She gained international popularity through her leading roles in the television dramas Autumn in My Heart (2000), All In (2003), Full House(2004), That Winter, the Wind Blows (2013), Descendants of the Sun (2016), Encounter(2018) and The Glory (2022). Her film work includes Hwang Jin Yi (2007), The Grandmaster (2013), My Brilliant Life (2014), and The Queens (2015).
|November 22, 1981
Daegu, South Korea
|United Artists Agency
Jet Tone Films
(m. 2017; div. 2019)
Early life and education
After a two-year hiatus, she returned in the small screen with romantic-melodrama Encounter alongside Park Bo-gum. In 2021, Song starred in SBS romantic drama Now, We Are Breaking Up, playing a team leader of design department of a fashion company.
In 2022, Song reunited with Descendants of the Sun writer Kim Eun-sook in the Netflixseries The Glory. The series was well received by the audience and Song’s portrayal of Moon Dong-eun, a victim of brutal high school bullying who dedicates her adulthood to plot revenge against perpetrators, was met with praise by the critics.For her performance in the series, Song won Best Actress – Television at the 59th Baeksang Arts Awards.
On July 5, 2017, Song and Descendants of the Sun co-star Song Joong-ki announced through their respective agencies that they were engaged.They married in a private ceremony on October 31, 2017, at Youngbingwan, Hotel Shilla in Seoul, amid intense media interest across Asia. The ceremony was attended by the couple’s closest family and friends, including actors Lee Kwang-soo, Yoo Ah-in, and Park Bo-gum, who also played the piano at the receptiom
On June 27, 2019, Song Joong-ki revealed that he had filed for divorce with Song Hye-kyo the previous day. The divorce was finalised in July 2019.
On July 25, 2019, Song Hye-kyo filed a complaint against fifteen online netizens for “spread of false information, defamation of character and insult.”
In August 2014, following inadvertent exposure by a politician overseeing the administration of the National Tax Service of South Korea,Song made a public apology for committing tax evasion when she claimed undocumented expenses. In response to allegations that she had underpaid income tax from 2009 to 2011 totaling ₩2.56 billion, she argued that her accountant had mishandled her paperwork without her knowledge. After receiving notification from the NTS in October 2012, Song paid the tax balance due plus understatement of income tax penalties in the aggregate of ₩3.8 billion (US$3.7 million). Song was again billed another ₩700 million in April 2014 against her 2008 tax filing, a result of the legally required five-year audit neglected since the 2012 notification.[
Song actively participates in voluntary work, especially with animals. She participates in activities related by tioo.
Song is also known for her frequent large charitable donations.
Collaboration with Professor Seo Kyung-duk
A representative from Song’s agency said, “Because Song has travelled extensively for work, she has become aware of how important it is for tourists to be able to read information in their own language.” Song, in collaboration with professor Seo Kyung-duk of Sungshin Women’s University, donated brochures of information in Korean to various historic Korean sites, art galleries, and museums in the world. Professor Seo praised Song for supporting her country quietly. In January 2012, Song and Seo funded publication of a new MoMA Korean guidebook in New York City. “Song covered the cost of publishing a new Korean guidebook for MoMA,” said Seo. In April 2012, Song covered the cost for the production of the new Korean brochure for Yun Bong-gil Memorial Hall in Shanghai, China.
In October 2012, Song funded the creation of an application for smartphone users to provide information on museums associated with Korea overseas. It was launched to mark Hangeul (Korean alphabet) Day. In November 2012, Song and Seo installed a promotional video box about Korea at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Song is acutely aware of the challenges faced by the visually impaired when she played a blind person in That Winter, the Wind Blows. In March 2013, she sponsored the publication of guidebooks for the blind at the Independence Hall of Korea in Cheonan. In August 2013, Song and Korea PR expert Seo Kyung-duk donated a relief work of three independence fighters to the Yi Jun Peace Museum in The Hague, Netherlands. In October 2013, Song and Korea PR specialist Seo Kyung-duk donated guidebooks in Korean at An Jung-geun Memorial Hall in Harbin, China. In November 2013, Korea PR specialist Seo Kyung-duk and the fan club of Song Hye-kyo announced that they had donated Korean guidebooks to National History Museum in Uzbekistan.