Seo Ye-ji (Korean pronunciation: ) is a South Korean actress. Her acting career began with the sitcom Potato Star 2013QR3 (2013–2014). Following this, she starred in the period drama Diary of a Night Watchman (2014), the thriller Last (2015), and the fantasy Moorim School: Saga of the Brave (2016). Save Me (2017) and Lawless Lawyer are two of her notable lead roles in television series (2018). She shot to fame with the romantic comedy It's Okay to Be Okay (2020).
Career s2013–2016: Debut and a variety of roles
Seo had no intention of pursuing a career in acting until she caught the attention of the CEO of her then-management company, Made in Chan Entertainment, who persuaded her to do so. In March 2013, she made her debut in the entertainment industry by appearing in an SK Telecom advertisement. In May 2013, she starred as Min-joo in the Samsung Galaxy S4 short film Love. She made her acting debut in the tvN sitcom Potato Star 2013QR3, which aired for 120 episodes between September 23, 2013, and May 15, 2014.
She then starred in the MBC historical drama Diary of a Night Watchman (2014), in which she played a major role and was nominated for Best New Actress at the 2014 MBC Drama Awards. This was followed by her appearance as a civil servant in the tvN television series Super Daddy Yeol (2015) and the notable jTBC television series Last (2015).
After capturing viewers' attention with her drama Last, Seo made her feature film debut with the hit historical drama film The Throne (2015), in which she played Queen Jeongsun. Her film Circle of Atonement came after that (2015). She also appeared in the "Let's Not Fall In Love" music video by South Korean boy band Big Bang (2015).
In 2016, she starred as one of the main characters in the KBS drama Moorim School: Saga of the Brave (2016), and she followed that up with a supporting role in the film Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River (2016). Following that, she played a supporting role in the KBS drama Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth (2016–17).
After her contract with her management company expired in 2016, Seo left Made in Chan Entertainment and joined King Entertainment.
From 2017 to the present: Another Way and rising popularity
Seo's first leading role was in the film Another Way (2017), which dealt with the issue of suicide pacts. When she starred in the OCN thriller mystery television series Save Me, Seo was dubbed the "New Thriller Queen" by viewers (2017).
She then appeared in the world's first 4DX VR film, Stay With Me (2018), alongside Kim Jung-hyun. She co-starred with Lee Joon-gi in the tvN drama Lawless Lawyer (2018) as a lawyer who struggles to control her temper. The show was a commercial success and one of the highest-rated Korean dramas in cable television history. The National Police Agency appointed Seo as an honorary police officer in response to her role.
She appeared in the 2019 films Warning: Do Not Play and By Quantum Physics: A Nightlife Venture (2019).
Seo joined the newly formed entertainment agency Gold Medalist on January 1, 2020.
Seo's first project with her new management company was the romantic comedy It's Okay to Not Be Okay, which aired on tvN and Netflix (2020). She co-starred with Kim Soo-hyun in the role of a bestselling children's book author with a personality disorder. Her portrayal of the character was critically acclaimed by Manila Bulletin, The Hindu and The New York Times named the series one of "The Best International Shows of 2020" and called Seo's performance as "mesmerising". Seo's popularity skyrocketed, capturing the attention of the Korean and international media.
In 2021, she co-starred in the acclaimed mystery-thriller film Recalled, directed by Seo Yoo-min, alongside Kim Kang-woo. On its first weekend, Recalled dominated the local box office. Seo's contract with the Gold Medalist will be renewed in December 2021.
Seo appeared in the tvN melodrama Eve in 2022.
In April 2021, Seo was accused of being the reason for Kim Jung-behavior hyun's at a The Time press conference in 2018 and his departure from the series. On April 12, the South Korean local tabloid Dispatch published alleged text messages between Kim Jung-hyun and Seo in which the actress demanded that Kim refrain from making physical contact with female actors in the drama The Time. She allegedly instructed him to have the romantic scenes cut from the script. He eventually left the project in the middle of it, citing eating and sleeping problems.
In response, Gold Medalist, Seo's agency, denied that she was the reason for Kim's behaviour and abrupt exit from the series. They claimed that "it is unreasonable to assume that a lead actor would make a decision that would jeopardise his career in the absence of free will," and that they had "confirmed" this with Kim Jung-hyun. The agency argued that messages exchanged between them were "very misleading" and were "merely jealous quarrels about shooting scenes". In the midst of these allegations, Seo stepped away from the ongoing production of the Korean drama Island. Her character would be recast and rewritten, according to the production.
Kim Jung-hyun revealed in May 2021 that he had terminated his contract with his agency, accusing them of forcing the 2018 press conference on him despite his health problems. Kim also stated that he would take legal action against the agency for filing false claims against him since that time. Furthermore, Kim denied Seo's involvement in how he acted, reiterating his health problems and the company's mistreatment.
|2015||The Throne||Queen Jeongsun|
|Circle of Atonement||Kang Yoo-shin|
|2016||Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River||Gyu-young|
|The Bros||Sa-ra||Special appearance|
|2018||Stay With Me||Yeon-soo||4DX VR film (also known as Meet the Memories - First Love)|
|2019||Warning: Do Not Play||Mi-jung|
|By Quantum Physics: A Nightlife Venture||Seong Eun-yeong|
|2013||Potato Star 2013QR3||Noh Soo-young|
|2014||Diary of a Night Watchman||Park Soo-ryeon|
|Drama Special – "The Three Female Runaways"||Soo-ji||One-act drama|
|Drama Festival – "Gabon"||Kyung Hee|
|2015||Super Daddy Yeol||Hwang Ji-hye|
|2016||Moorim School: Saga of the Brave||Shim Soon-duk|
|Another Oh Hae-young||Oh Seo-hee||Cameo (Episode 15)|
|Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth||Princess Sook-myung [ko]|
|2017||Save Me||Im Sang-mi|
|2018||Lawless Lawyer||Ha Jae-yi|
|2020||It's Okay to Not Be Okay||Ko Mun-yeong|
|2015||World Changing Quiz [ko]||MC||Also known as Three Wheels|
|2015||"Let's Not Fall in Love"||Big Bang|
|Award ceremony||Year||Category||Nominee / Work||Result|
|APAN Star Awards||2021||Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||It's Okay to Not Be Okay||Won|
|Popular Star Award, Actress||Won|
|KT Seezn Star Award||Seo Ye-ji||Nominated|
|Asia Artist Awards||2020||Best Artist Award||It's Okay to Not Be Okay||Won|
|AAA Hot Issue Award||Seo Ye-ji||Won|
|Baeksang Arts Awards||2017||Most Popular Actress – Film||Another Way||Nominated|
|2021||Best Actress – Television||It's Okay to Not Be Okay||Nominated|
|Most Popular Actress||Seo Ye-ji||Won|
|Brand of the Year Awards||2020||Actress of the Year||Won|
|Buil Film Awards||2020||Popular Star Award||By Quantum Physics: A Nightlife Venture||Won|
|MBC Drama Awards||2014||Best New Actress||Diary of a Night Watchman||Nominated|
|Soompi Awards||2019||Actress of the Year||Lawless Lawyer||Nominated|