Ku Hye-sun (born November 9, 1984) is a South Korean actress, singer-songwriter, director and artist. She gained widespread recognition in the television dramas Pure in Heart (2006), The King And I (2007), Boys Over Flowers (2009), Take Care of Us, Captain (2012), Angel Eyes (2014) and Blood (2015).
Ku Hye-sun's family consists of her mother, father, and one older sister. While growing up, Ku initially dreamed of becoming a singer. She eventually formed a vocal band with college friends, but due to her gaining popularity through the internet as a model she put those goals on hold.
As an actress
Ku Hye-sun entered the entertainment industry after gaining popularity on the Internet as an ulzzang. She used to be a trainee under SM Entertainment, before switching over to DSP Media and preparing to debut in a girl group called Ria. But after it didn't work out she then signed under YG Entertainment, her management from debut until now. Originally set to debut as a singer (supposedly in a three-member girl group with 2NE1's Park Bom and Sandara Park), YG Entertainment CEO Yang Hyun-suk advised Ku to pursue acting rather than music. She made her debut in a CF for Sambo computers and then made her television debut in the KBS horror series Anagram, and continued to appear in one-act dramas. Her performance as Hye-jin in the 2004 MBC sitcom Nonstop 5 attracted the audience's attention.
Ku soon rose to fame in the 2006 television drama Pure in Heart and surprised critics with her performance in the historical drama The King and I. She then starred in the martial arts drama Strongest Chil Woo.
After a year in limbo with no broadcasting slot, her first pre-produced drama The Musical finally aired in September 2011. Ku next starred as a female pilot in the SBS series Take Care of Us, Captain, followed by Absolute Darling, the Taiwanese drama adaptation of the manga Absolute Boyfriend.
Ku then made a small screen comeback acting in SBS's wekeend drama Angel Eyes in 2014. She played a legally blind woman who gets her vision back in an operation and decides to embrace life with passion by becoming an emergency rescue worker.
In February 2015, Ku starred in KBS's vampire drama Blood. She plays an arrogant genius physician who entered medical school at a young age of 17. However, Blood suffered low ratings in Korea and Ku was criticized for her bad acting. On November 6, 2015, Ku was confirmed to be starring in a Chinese drama The Legendary Tycoon which tells the life story of Run Run Shaw, a self-made entertainment mogul from Hong Kong.
As a singer-songwriter
In recent years, Ku has displayed her vocal talents through soundtrack releases as well as digital singles. In 2005, she released her first single "Happy Birthday to You" for Nonstop 5. In 2006, she released the track "Sarang Ga" ("Love Story"), which became the title song of Pure in Heart. In 2012, Ku released her first self-composed soundtrack, titled "Fly Again" for SBS's Take Care of Us, Captain, which she stars in.
Ku released her first album Breath in 2009, an album of new-age music which included her composed song for her friend and singer, Gummy, entitled "Around the Alley". She then released her self composed and written digital single "Brown Hair" in 2010, with the music rearranged by bossa nova pianist Choi In-young. In 2012, Ku released "It's You" and its music video. She not only wrote the music and lyrics of "It’s You", but also filmed and edited the music video. In 2014, Ku released her 5th digital single "Happy", which is also a remake to Seo In-guk's song "Were We Happy". She released another self-written single titled "Must" the same year, which also serves as the soundtrack of her film My Daughtr.
In 2015, she released a second album titled Breath 2, which serves as a follow up to her 2009 album Breath. The title track "After 10 Years 100 Years" is a remake of the OST from the film The Peach Tree. Ku held her first concert the same year.
In 2016, Ku released the song "Written and Erased", which is a collaboration song of Ku with The Blind. On April 28, she released her first regular album And Spring that consist of 11 tracks including her singles "Stupid", "Brown Hair", and "It’s You."
As a director
Ku made her official debut as a director through her short film The Madonna. The film which was centered around the topic of assisted suicide, debuted at the 2009 Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival. The film was featured in several film events, including the Asiana International Short Film Festival and the Pusan Asian Short Film Festival where it won "Audience Award" category. The Madonna also won the "Spotlight Award" at the 12th Short Shorts Film Festival which was held in Tokyo from June 10 through 20, 2010. She shared that the reason of herself making film was "It’s not like I dreamed of becoming a filmmaker since I was young. I’m interested in many things, including music, art and literature, and I thought I could incorporate all those things by making a film."
The following year, Ku directed her first feature-length film Magic. The film was invited and screened at the 6th Jecheon International Music & Film Festival (JIMFF) from August 12 to 17, 2010 and the 23rd Annual Tokyo International Film Festival. She continued directing short films such as You (2010) Fragments of Sweet Memories (2012), as well as trailers for film festivals. Fragment of Sweet Memories was selected as one of Korea's outstanding 3D films, and was shown at the Cinemountain in Busan Cinema Center during the International 3D Festival (I3DF), which Ku serves as the promotional ambassador of. The film was also selected as a finalist for the Seoul Senior Film Festival, and received citation from the Mayor Park Won-soon.
In 2011, Ku established her own company, Ku Hye-sun Film, under which she would produce and film her projects. Her second directorial feature The Peach Tree was the first film made under her newly established production company. She also wrote the theme song and novel version of the film. On October 25, 2012, she was awarded the Minister Commendation at the 14th Annual Republic of Korea Design Award for The Peach Tree.
In 2013, Ku directed a short film for Samsung Galaxy S4, as part of the project "Story of Me and S4". The same year, she served as the jury for the 9th Jecheon International Music and Film Festival.
In 2014, Ku released her fifth directed film, Daughter. Not only did she took part in producing, script-writing and directing of the movie, she also plays the main character as a mother who gives her daughter an oppressive corporal punishment. The film aims to address and make known to society the problems of child abuse. Daughter was invited to Busan International Film Festival.
As an artist and an ambassador
Aside from her acting and directional works, Ku participates in a wide range of projects, including writing and drawing as well as ambassador activities. In recognition of her versatility and talents, Ku was voted as the Best Female Artist in the Entertainment Industry in 2012. She also received the Korea Fulfillment Award, and the Ministry Award for "sharing happiness" for her charitable acts.
In 2009, Ku published her first illustrated novel Tango (탱고), centered around a 20-something young girl who goes through two separate relationships to finally mature into a woman. The book was a bestseller, selling 30,000 copies within a week. Its release coincided with her first solo art exhibition, also titled "Tango" which was held in July 2009 at La Mer Gallery and attracted a total of 10,000 visitors. The exhibition featured around 40 of Ku's illustrations, some from her novel. She held her second art exhibition in 2012, titled "Afterimage" at the Hangaram Design Arts Center in the Seoul Arts Center. She donated all proceeds from the sale of her artwork toward purchasing "clean cars" (germ-free automobiles) for the Korea Leukemia Patient Group.
From 17–31 August 2013, she held exhibition entitled "Anything That Leaves Yearning Is All Beautiful". The same year, Ku attended the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Fair. The illustration poster of her cat 'Mango' will be sold at this exhibition, where the profit will be donated to charity organization ‘Community Chest Hong Kong’. Ku was also appointed as the 2013 Cheongju International Craft Biennale (CICB) ambassador, as well as the ambassador for ArtisTree, an organization to encourage arts.
On March 11, 2016, Ku was confirmed to be dating her Blood co-star Ahn Jae-hyun since April 2015. The couple officially registered their marriage at the Gangnam district office on May 20, 2016. They announced that instead of holding a wedding party, they would donate the money to the pediatric ward of Severance Hospital. The pair is confirmed to be appearing in the upcoming reality show Newlywed Diary produced by Na Young-seok, which will showcase their married life.
|Drama City – Anagram||Nurse||KBS2|
|2005||Drama City – Everybody Cha Cha Cha|
|Ballad of Seodong||Eun-jin||SBS|
|2006||Pure in Heart||Yang Guk-hwa||KBS1|
|2007||The King and I||Queen Je-heon/Yoon So-hwa||SBS|
|2008||Strongest Chil Woo||Yoon So-yoon||KBS2|
|2009||Boys Over Flowers||Geum Jan-di|
|2011||The Musical||Go Eun-bi||SBS|
|2012||Take Care of Us, Captain||Han Da-jin|
|Absolute Darling||Guan Xiao Fei||GTV|
|2014||Heo Nanseolheon||Heo Nanseolheon/ Documentary narrator||MBC|
|Angel Eyes||Yoon Soo-wan||SBS|
|2015||Blood||Yoo Ri-ta/Yoo Chae-yoon||KBS2|
|2017||You're Too Much||Jung Hae-dang (up until Episode 6, replaced by Jang Hee-jin)||MBC|
|2007||August Rush||Girl on couch (cameo)||American production|
|2014||Daughter||San||Also director and screenwriter|
|2012||The Hospice for the Children Who Live for Today||SBS|||
|2013||Prime||MBC||I Love Wood segment|
|2014||Miracles in December||KBS1||Angel Bread segment|
|2017||Newlywed Diary||Cast||tvN||with Ahn Jae-hyun|
|2002||"We Make a Good Pair"||Sung Si-kyung|
|2004||"The Reason I Close My Eyes"||Taebin|
|2006||"Forget You"||Soul Star|
|2007||"Yesterday Is Different from Today"||Kim Ji-eun|
|2010||"Touch Your Heart"||Fahrenheit|
|"Brown Hair"||Ku Hye-sun|
|2013||"With Laughter or with Tears"||Seo In-guk|
|"It's You"||Ku Hye-sun|
|2014||"She's So High"||Beatburger|
|"Floral Rain"||Ku Hye-sun|
|2015||"After 10 Years 100 Years"|
|"A Day Without Sound"|
|2012||The Peach Tree||Director,|
(aka The Cheerful Caretaker)
|2012||Fragments of Sweet Memories|
(Samsung Galaxy S4)
singer of theme song
|Cristina Fernandez Lee|
|2009||7th Asiana International Short Film Festival||Seo Hyun-jin|
|2011||13th International Women's Film Festival in Seoul||Ku Hye-sun|
|2013||14th Persons with Disabilities Film Festival|||
|2014||10th Jecheon International Music & Film Festival||Ku Hye-sun, Seong Seung-han, Choi In-young|||
|2009||Breath||YG Entertainment||Singer, composer|||
|2005||"Happy Birthday To You"||Nonstop 5 OST||EMI||Singer|||
|2006||"Sarang Ga (Love Story)"||Pure in Heart OST||YG Entertainment|||
|2010||"Brown Hair"||Singer, composer|||
|2012||"Fly Again"||Take Care of Us, Captain OST||Pony Canyon||Composer|
|"Marry Me"||YG Entertainment||Singer, composer|||
|2015||"A Day Without Sound"||Singer|||
|2016||"Written and Erased"||In collaboration with The Blind|
|"Winter Story"||for Newlywed Diary|||
|2009||With You||Ku Hye Sun participated in Isao Sasaki's concert|
|Over the Rainbow||Ku Hye Sun, Isao Sasaki|
|2015||Summer, Autumn, Winter, and Spring||Ku Hye Sun, Choi In-young|