Kim Seol-hyun (Korean: 김설현; born January 3, 1995), better known by the mononym Kim Seolhyun, is a South Korean singer and actress. She is a member of the South Korean girl group AOA and has starred in television dramas Ugly Alert (2013) and My Country: The New Age (2019) and movie Memoir of a Murderer (2017).
2012–2014: AOA and acting debut
In 2010, Kim Seolhyun won the 8th Smart Model Contest (스마트 모델 선발 대회), a competition in which ordinary students wear uniforms. At the event, several talent agencies were present, and Seolhyun was scouted by her current management, FNC Entertainment. She has also appeared in the music video for boy band F.T. Island’s song “Severely” from the EP Grown-Up.
On July 30, 2012, Kim Seolhyun made her debut as a member of AOA on Mnet’s M Countdown with the song “Elvis” from their debut single album, Angels’ Story Soon afterwards, she made her acting debut in the television drama My Daughter Seo-young, playing the role of Lee Jung-shin’s girlfriend.
In 2013, she was cast in the daily drama Ugly Alert. She played the youngest daughter of the family, a bright girl who dreams of becoming an actress. Kim Seolhyun stated, “I’m nervous about doing a new project, and I’m also burdened. But I want to work hard again by thinking of it as another learning experience. I also want to touch the hearts of people”.
2015–present: Solo activities and rising popularity
Kim Seolhyun first attracted attention with her appearance on the KBS variety show, Brave Family (2015), where she charmed viewers with boyish and unaffected demeanor. Later that year, she gained fame through a commercial for SK Telecom which led to increased advertising offers for the star.
With actor Park Bo-gum, both were voted by marketing executives as Top Celebrity Endorsers of 2017
The same year, Kim Seolhyun starred in KBS’s vampire romance Orange Marmalade. Although it racked a mere two percent viewer ratings, the show brought her praise for her acting. She also featured in the action noir film Gangnam Blues, and won a “popular star” award at the 36th Blue Dragon Film Awards. Kim Seolhyun, along with Gangnam co-star Lee Min-ho were selected as promotional ambassadors for “Visit Korea Year”.
In January 2016, Kim Seolhyun was named “Model of the Year” at the 2015 TVCF Awards; having modeled for noteworthy brands across industries such as fashion, food and beverage, cosmetics and e-commerce. She placed second in a study conducted by Korea Broadcast Advertising Corporation (Kobaco) to select the top spokesmodel by consumers. In March 2016, Kim Seolhyun was selected as an official ambassador to Korea national elections in 2016.
In May 2017, Seolhyun was cast in historical film The Great Battle, directed by Kim Kwang-sik. Principal photography starts in August and the film premiered in 2018. She then starred in the thriller Memoir of a Murderer, playing the role of a murderer’s daughter.
In 2019, Seolhyun was cast as female lead in JTBC’s historical drama My Country. This marks her first small-screen role in four years