Get to Know ‘Heartstrings’ Actress and In Gyo-jin’s Wife So Yi-hyun

Who is So Yi-hyun?

So Yi-hyun, born under the name Jo Woo-jung, is a South Korean actress, who has had leading and supporting roles in Hyena, Assorted Gems, Gloria, Heartstrings, Glowing She, Cheongdam-dong Alice, and Who Are You? She married her longtime bestfriend, actor In Gyo-jin. So Yi-hyun married actor In Gyo-jin on October 4, 2014. The two of them had been friends for a decade before dating; they were co-stars in Aeja’s Older Sister, Minja and Happy Ending. They have two daughters together.

In this article, Channel-Korea will bring you up to date and up close and personal with actress So Yi-hyun!

So Yi-hyun’s Profile and Facts
Stage name So Yi-hyun
Birth name Jo Woo-jung
Born August 28, 1984 (age 34)
Jeonju, North Jeolla Province, South Korea
Other names So E-hyun
Soh Yi-hyeon
Education University of Suwon – Theater and Film
Occupation Actress
Years active 2002–present
Agency KeyEast
In Gyo-jin (m. 2014)
Children 2

Facts about So yi-hyun:

  • So Yi-hyun has the reputation of a good actress, who is able to embody every character she plays. That is why she can win two of the three Excellence Award nominations, both from SBS and KBS.
  • So Yi-hyun, who has the nickname “Penguin,” likes a number of things, including watching movies, taking pictures, riding, traveling, and dancing.
  • So Yi-hyun was given the opportunity to show off her fashion tastes in the Cheongdam-dong Alice drama. Her elegant appearance in the drama attracted the attention of many young Korean women in their 20s and 30s. Her name immediately became the most searched keyword on the local search engine ‘Naver’ shortly after each episode ended, because fans wanted to know more about the clothes she was wearing in the episode.
  • So Yi-hyun was in a relationship with singer Koh Yoo-jin in 2006. The news broke after Yi-hyun was seen at Yoo-jin’s concert. But a year later they broke up for unspecified reasons.
  • So Yi-hyun calls her co-star in the Who Are You? drama, 2PM’s Taecyeon, the most professional partner in her career.
  • So Yi-hyun calls her baby “Ki Bbeum” which means happiness.

So Yi-hyun’s Husband and Family

In 2012, In Gyo-jin revealed that he was dating his longtime friend So Yi-hyun. They were in the same agency, Keyeast Entertainment, for 12 years and became co-stars in the dramas Fairy and Swindler (2013), Aeja’s Older Sister, Minja (2008), and Happy Ending (2012). After being friends for a decade, they decided to date. Two months into dating, their relationship was announced to the public. Not long after their dating news broke out, they also announced that they were getting married. The wedding took place at Raum, a wedding hall located in Yeoksam-dong, Southern Seoul, on October 4, 2014.

At the press conference for their wedding, So Yi-hyun revealed her thoughts:

“I’ve known him for 14 years, so he’s more like my brother now. I see him more as my family than my lover,” she said.

After the ceremony, they flew to Bali, Indonesia, for their honeymoon. In December 2015, So Yi-hyun gave birth to a baby girl named In Ha-eun. In Gyo-jin and Ha-eun appeared in the show The Return of Superman along with actor Oh Ji-ho and rapper Yang Dong-geun and their daughters. In the show, they shared their experience in taking care of their children. In October 2017, So Yi-hyun gave birth to her second baby girl. For now, their comedic little family can be watched on the show Same Bed, Different Dreams 2 – You Are My Destiny.

Did So Yi-hyun Undergo Plastic Surgery?

So Yi-hyun appeared on MBC Section TV, where she talked about different stories of her life.

During her appearance, the reporter asked her how she maintains her young look, and she said, “I’ve never done any plastic surgery. I’m just getting old naturally.”

Right after the broadcast, a number of old photos of So Yi-hyun were uploaded on different community boards and one that was taken back in 2001, when she participated in Super Model tournament, particularly draw the attention of many people.

In the photo, So Yi-hyun is looking a bit younger compared to how she looks now, but it seems that she did not change as much.

Netizens who saw the photo left comments, such as “I wish I could have a girlfriend like her,” “She really hasn’t done any surgery,” and “She is so pretty.”

So Yi-hyun’s Filmography

SBS Drama “3 Days”

So Yi-hyun always leaves an impact with every role she plays. Every production she has participated in has always been a success. Her acting also never disappoints. For her hard work, she has won many awards ever since her debut and up until now. Here is a list of all So Yi-hyun’s movies, television dramas, variety shows and awards!

Television series

Year Title Role Network
2003 Yellow Handkerchief Yoon Na-young KBS1
Fairy and Swindler Ji-na SBS
Punch Oh Hae-mi
2004 April Kiss Jang Jin-ah KBS2
Where Are Arrows We Shoot?
(MBC Best Theater ep. 569)
Hee-young MBC
2005 Resurrection Lee Kang-joo KBS2
2006 Special Crime Investigation: Murder in the Blue House Park Hee-young
Hyena Lee Jung-yoon tvN
2008 Before and After: Plastic Surgery Clinic Hong Ki-nam MBC
Aeja’s Older Sister, Minja Lee Chae-rin SBS
2009 Swallow the Sun Yoo Mi-ran
Assorted Gems Gung Ryu-bi (Ruby) MBC
2010 Gloria Jung Yoon-seo
2011 Heartstrings Jung Yoon-soo
2012 Glowing She Jeon Ji-hyun KBS Drama
Happy Ending Park Na-young jTBC
Cheongdam-dong Alice Seo Yoon-joo SBS
2013 I Can Hear Your Voice Min Joon-gook’s lawyer
(cameo, episodes 1, 12)
Who Are You? Yang Shi-ohn tvN
2014 Three Days Lee Cha-young SBS
2016 Secrets of Women Kang Ji-yoo KBS2
Entourage Cameo tvN
The Sound of Your Heart KBS2
2018 Fate & Fury Cha Soo-hyun SBS


Year Title Role
2004 Father and Son: The Story of Mencius Choi Hyun-jung
2006 Dark Forest Kim Jung-ah
The Restless Hyo
2013 Top Star Mi-na

Variety shows

Year Title Network Notes
2004–2005 Music Bank KBS2 MC
2011 It City: So Yi-hyun’s Taste of Indochina[13] Olive TV Travel
2013 Section TV MBC MC
2018 Same Bed, Different Dreams 2: You Are My Destiny SBS Cast Members Eps 31-now

Music videos

Year Korean Title English Title Artist
2002 감기 “Cold” Lee Ki-chan
2006 마지막 은영이에게 “To Eun-young, for the Last Time” KCM
태양의 눈물 “Tears of the Sun”

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2003 SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Punch Won
2013 MBC Entertainment Awards Excellence Award for Variety Shows, Female Section TV Won
2013 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Cheongdam-dong Alice Nominated
2014 Three Days Won
2016 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Daily Drama Secrets of Women Won