Yoon So Yi

So Yi Yoon


  • First Name: So Yi
  • Family Name: Yoon
  • Native name: 윤소이
  • Also Known as: Yun So Yi; Mun So Lee; So Yi Mun;
  • Nationality: South Korean
  • Gender: Female
  • Born: January 5, 1985
  • Age: 34

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So Yi Yoon

Yoon So Yi

  • Name: Yoon So Yi
  • Native name: 윤소이
  • Given name: Moon So Yi
  • Also Known as: Yun So Yi; Mun So Lee; So Yi Mun;
  • Nationality: South Korean
  • Gender: Female
  • Born: January 5, 1985
  • Age: 34
Yoon So-yi debuted as a model in Graffiti Magazine in 2001. After a few years of print and commercial modeling, she auditioned for Ryu Seung-wan's action comedy Arahan in 2004. Based on a popular South Korean comic, Arahan explored the consequences of unleashing an ancient evil spirit into a modern city, with Yoon's character part of a hidden school of ancient masters who train a naive young policeman to fight this evil force. Yoon underwent strict training for six months in a film action school, where she had to overcome her phobia of heights. The film was a relative commercial success, with one review describing her as "tall and attractive in an excellently non-cutesy way." She received a Best New Actress nomination at the 2004 Blue Dragon Film Awards.

Yoon next starred in the TV drama Say You Love Me, a dark, twisted love story between four people. This led to a friendship with her co-star Kim Rae-won, with whom she starred in a series of advertisements for Samsung Digital Plaza. When Kim later launched his own management company Bless Entertainment, she would also join his stable of stars.

After playing Jung Joon-ho's love interest in The Twins, Yoon was cast in Shadowless Sword, a wuxia martial arts epic set in ancient China. In the role of a beautiful young swordswoman who protects the future king, Yoon says that she was inspired by Anita Mui in The Heroic Trio, and that the strong-willed female character appealed to her. She learned wushu for three months in Korea, then wire action from the Chinese stunt team.

In 2006 she became part of the ensemble cast of Goodbye Solo, written by renowned drama writer Noh Hee-kyung. Even though her dramas do not attract a large number of viewers, Noh has gained a cult following for her in-depth portrayal of ordinary characters, taking a more human natural approach through realistic and yet emotional lines. Goodbye Solo featured seven characters of different generations and backgrounds, as they reflect on human relationships and nature. Yoon would later work again with mostly the same crew in the 2-episode TV special Several Questions That Make Us Happy.

Goodbye Solo's writer Noh and veteran actress Bae Jong-ok introduced Yoon to Join Together Society (JTS), a Seoul-based Buddhist international relief agency (Yoon herself is a Buddhist). Since then she has been extremely active in charity work for JTS, spearheading street fund drives and various programs to benefit underprivileged children in North Korea and developing countries.

An athlete in junior high, Yoon was a Sports Model major at Dongduk Women's University, but eventually dropped out due to showbiz commitments. She later enrolled in Dongguk University as a Theatre and Film major, slowing down her acting activities to focus on her studies and becoming known in the Korean press as one of the very few celebrity model students. Yoon graduated in 2011.

Her next project Auction House attempted a different format from the standard serialized Korean drama. The twelve-episode season 1 had four directors and four writers, airing one episode every week, with each director producing his own segment in his own style, crossing genres. The episodic format was not a hit with Korean audiences (despite a season 2 focusing on plastic surgeons with a completely different cast).

Yoon played a former reporter struggling to adjust to life as a chaebol daughter-in-law in Glass Castle; the drama was a modest success. In 2009 she was cast as a last-minute replacement leading lady in the quirky Lee Jun-ki-starrer Hero. Despite being praised as a well-acted and solid drama, Hero received low ratings. Yoon's next film Try to Remember, about lovers in the past whose love transcends time and brings them together in the present day, premiered at the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival.

In 2011 she starred in a specially commissioned 20-minute film for the Gyeongju World Culture Expo. Titled Byeongnucheon ("The Bracelet of Blue Tears"), the fantasy adventure aims to spearhead Korea's nascent stereoscopic film industry, and combines live action sequences with 3D animated computer graphics.

Yoon recently joined the microblogging site Twitter with the handle "soy00".

She currently stars in the fusion sageuk Warrior Baek Dong-soo.

Year Title # Role Rating
2019 A Place in the Sun
Korean Drama, 2019, 103 eps
Yoon Shi Wol (Main Role)
Yoon Shi Wol
Main Role
2018 The Last Empress
Korean Drama, 2018, 52 eps
Seo Kang Hee [Ah Ri's Nanny] (Support Role)
Seo Kang Hee [Ah Ri's Nanny]
Support Role
2018 Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter
Korean Drama, 2018, 16 eps
Lee Ji [Black Star Fairy] (Support Role)
Lee Ji [Black Star Fairy]
Support Role
2016 Yeah, That's How It Is
Korean Drama, 2016, 54 eps
Yoo Se Hee (Main Role)
Yoo Se Hee
Main Role
2015 Hidden Identity
Korean Drama, 2015, 16 eps
Jang Min Joo (Main Role)
Jang Min Joo
Main Role
2015 Let's Eat 2
Korean Drama, 2015, 18 eps
[Mysterious woman](Ep.18) (Guest Role)
[Mysterious woman](Ep.18)
Guest Role
2014 Angel's Revenge
Korean Drama, 2014, 103 eps
Lee Sun Yoo (Main Role)
Lee Sun Yoo
Main Role
2013 IRIS 2
Korean Drama, 2013, 20 eps
Park Tae Hee (Support Role)
Park Tae Hee
Support Role
2011 The Color of a Woman
Korean Drama, 2011, 20 eps
Byun So Ra (Main Role)
Byun So Ra
Main Role
2011 Warrior Baek Dong Soo
Korean Drama, 2011, 29 eps
Hwang Jin Joo (Main Role)
Hwang Jin Joo
Main Role
2009 Hero
Korean Drama, 2009, 16 eps
Joo Jae In (Main Role)
Joo Jae In
Main Role
2008 City of Glass
Korean Drama, 2008, 51 eps
Jung Min Joo (Main Role)
Jung Min Joo
Main Role
2007 Auction House
Korean Drama, 2007, 12 eps
Cha Yun Soo (Main Role)
Cha Yun Soo
Main Role
2006 Goodbye, Solo
Korean Drama, 2006, 16 eps
Kim Soo Hee (Main Role)
Kim Soo Hee
Main Role
2004 Say You Love Me
Korean Drama, 2004, 15 eps
Suh Young Chae (Main Role)
Suh Young Chae
Main Role
Year Title Role Rating
2019 Girls' High School Friends
Korean Movie, 2019,
(Main Role)
Main Role
2018 Brothers in Heaven
Korean Movie, 2018,
Chan Mi (Main Role)
Chan Mi
Main Role
2015 The Lost Choices
Korean Movie, 2015,
Kang Ja Gyum (Main Role)
Kang Ja Gyum
Main Role
2015 Midnight Garage
Chinese Movie, 2015,
Lisa (Main Role)
Main Role
2010 Try to Remember
Korean Movie, 2010,
In-Woo (Main Role)
Main Role
2005 Shadowless Sword
Korean Movie, 2005,
Yeon So Ha (Main Role)
Yeon So Ha
Main Role
2005 The Twins
Korean Movie, 2005,
Jung Joon-ho's love interest (Support Role)
Jung Joon-ho's love interest
Support Role
2004 Arahan
Korean Movie, 2004,
Eui Jin / Arachi (Main Role)
Eui Jin / Arachi
Main Role
Year Title # Role Rating
2007 Several Questions That Make Us Happy
Korean Special, 2007, 2 eps
{Pride} Ji Soo (Main Role)
{Pride} Ji Soo
Main Role
TV Show
Year Title # Role Rating
2018 Problem Child in House
Korean TV Show, 2018, 43 eps
(Ep.41) (Guest)
2017 Guesthouse Daughters
Korean TV Show, 2017, 12 eps
(Ep.1-5) (Regular Member)
Regular Member
2016 Life Bar
Korean TV Show, 2016, 150 eps
(Ep. 9, 13-14) (Guest)
(Ep. 9, 13-14)
2010 Running Man
Korean TV Show, 2010, 500 eps
(Ep. 53) (Guest)
(Ep. 53)
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