The career of the top 4 Korean actresses: Jun Ji Hyun, Song Hye Kyo, Son Ye Jin and Kim Tae Hee

At the age of 40, Jun Ji Hyun, Song Hye Kyo, Son Ye Jin, and Kim Tae Hee still maintain their ‘top star’ positions in the Korean entertainment industry.

Jun Ji Hyun

Jun Ji Hyun began her career in the entertainment industry as an advertisement model and drama actress. In 1999, she officially debuted on the large screen through the movie “White Valentine”. Then, the drama “My Sassy Girl”, which aired in 2022, became a turning point in Jun Ji Hyun’s acting career. Thanks to the huge success of this series, Jun Ji Hyun gained recognition from the public and was named the “Nation’s first love”.

After that, Jun Ji Hyun continued to prove herself with her appearance in various dramas that hit high ratings, such as “My Love From The Star” and “Legend of the Blue Sea”. Turning 40, she is still one of the top Korean stars. With her unique and fancy look, Jun Ji Hyun received many invitations to be a model for advertisements and ambassador for famous luxury brands. According to Chosun Ilbo’s report, there is a high possibility that Jun Ji Hyun will become the highest-earning Korean star in 2021 with an income of about 17 billion won in total.

Song Hye Kyo

Song Hye Kyo officially debuted in 1996 as a model for a uniform company. After playing several small roles, she rose to stardom after appearing in the 2000 drama “Autumn in My Heart”. Thanks to this work, Song Hye Kyo became a rising star and a pioneer of the Korean Wave by gaining popularity not only in Korea but also in other Asian countries. After that, Song Hye Kyo continued to prove her name through many successful projects, such as “Full House”, “That Winter, the Wind Blows”, “Descendants of The Sun”, etc.

After 2 years, Song Hye Kyo finally made a comeback to the small screen with “Now, We Are Breaking Up”. For all the times that she temporarily suspended her acting activities, Song Hye Kyo was seen paying more attention to the fashion and beauty industry. She also collaborated with many luxury brands. Chosun Ilbo reported that Song Hye Kyo might become the 7th highest-earning artist in Korea this year with an income of about 4 billion won.

Son Ye Jin

Son Ye Jin has been active in the entertainment industry as an actress since the 2000s. Lovers’ Concerto and The Classic are two major films that marked the first breakthrough in the career of “Nation’s first love”. The success of these movies brought Son Ye Jin‘s popularity beyond Korea. In just a few years, she soon became one of the highest-paid Korean actresses. She was paid 50 million won (about 42,000 USD) for an episode of Alone in Love in 2006. 

With top-notch acting ability, Son Ye Jin was soon able to move past her original innocent and soft image. The actress has challenged herself in various genres in both movies and TV. She made an impression on the audience and earned many awards with every lead role she took on in successful productions such as Crash Landing On You, Something in the Rain, The Pirates, My Wife Got Married… In 2022, the actress will make a comeback to the small screen in a new drama titled Thirty Nine

Kim Tae Hee

Kim Tae Hee entered the entertainment industry after she was scouted to become an advertising model. In 2001, Kim Tae Hee received her first role in the movie Last Present. Following the success of Stairway to Heaven in 2003, Kim Tae Hee earned the “CF queen” title as she became one of the most sought-after female stars by various brands.Thanks to her delicate and radiant appearance, she was once dubbed the “nation’s beauty treasure“. 

Some most well-known dramas starring Kim Tae Hee are Hi Bye, Mama!, Iris, Love Story in Harvard, etc… In 2017, Kim Tae Hee got married to male singer Rain. Currently, the two are known as one of the most famous and richest celebrity couples in Korea. The two are owners of many high-value real estate in Seoul, California and several other areas.

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