Welcome to Hong Kong, Yoona! The charming and soft-hearted singer from the sensational K-pop girls band Girls’ Generation is holding a fans meeting on Saturday at the AsiaWorld-Expo. But before meeting the talented star, did you know these five amazing things about her?
1. She passed SM Entertainment’s competitive audition at 12 years old.
SM Entertainment, one of the largest entertainment companies in South Korea, creates globally famous K-pop bands such as Super Junior, EXO and TVXQ. It holds a fiercely competitive event called the Saturday Open Casting Audition. Since triumphing in this gruelling tryout, Yoona has remained one of the company’s most active stars.
2. Her first appearance on camera was in TVXQ’s Magic Castle music video
A high school student at the time of her onscreen debut, Yoona first appeared on camera in TVXQ’s Magic Castle music video, one of the boy band’s earliest pieces. Filmed at South Korea’s Lotte World, the video features Yoona sitting in an armchair next to a fireplace, dreaming of magical moments.
3. She was an actress before joining Girls’ Generation
Prior to joining the now renowned K-pop girls group, Yoona first acted in the 2007 romantic comedy TV series 9 Ends 2 Out in the supporting role of Shin Joo-young, an arrogant young girl who is obsessed with baseball player Kim Jung-joo – quite a different role for her to play at that time, considering how sweet she is in real life!
4. Yoona is an award-winning actress
In 2009, she made a huge breakthrough in her acting career, winning the Most Popular Actress and the Best New Actress titles in the Baeksang Arts Awards for starring as Jang Sae-byuk, a cheerful woman finding her way through a design competition, in the TV series You Are My Destiny. This year, she also won Asian Film Awards’ Next Generation Award.
5. She’s such a charitable young lady
This month, South Korea’s first lady, Kim Jung-sook, invited Yoona to lunch at the Blue House, the president’s office and residence, in recognition of her contribution of US$89,600 to the Community Chest of Korea which helps people suffering through poverty, illness or discrimination.