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Kim Soo-hyun (김수현)

Kim Soo-hyun could probably win a contest for the actor that's most likely to wring tears from a rock. And we’re not just talking about his beautifully toned rock-hard abs. Over the years, he’s honed his talent to such a level that he can quite believably and effortlessly inhabit one complex character after another.

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Birthday: February 16, 1988

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In his latest role as a college student wrongfully accused of rape and murder in One Ordinary Day, the cops take one look at his pretty face, and ask aloud how anyone could say no to that. Even if the role required him to tone it down, he could not hide the sensuality simmering underneath the doe eyes and sharp jawline. He has an appeal that toes the line between the every day and the ethereal.

Yet beyond the pretty, his depth and finesse as an actor are also well-known, ever since he starred in the teen musical drama Dream High (2011).

He then steadily rose to superstardom after his hit dramas Moon Embracing the Sun (2012) and My Love From the Star (2013), winning awards and even featuring in both soundtracks.

He has also done well for himself in the movies, featuring in both box-office hits and art films. His 2017 film Real was panned by the critics, but that didn't discourage him. It was only a matter of time before all that hard work would reportedly make him Korea’s highest-paid actor in 2021. And if the accolades weren’t enough, this beautiful man with soulful eyes also proved that he has the heart to match -- Soo-hyun also donated 100 million won to support low-income families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

His latest performances in 2020’s It’s Okay To Not Be Okay and 2022’s One Ordinary Day are Kim Soo-hyun at his best–--quiet, riveting, and powerful. No ordinary Hallyu star could have pulled it off like he did.

May the stars shine ever brightly for this extraordinarily talented man.

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