Gong Hyo-Jin (born April 4, 1980) is a South Korean actress. She is best known for her leading role in the film Crush and Blush (2008), as well as for her popular television series Sang Doo! Let's Go to School (2003), Thank You (2007), Pasta (2010), The Greatest Love (2011), Master's Sun (2013), It's Okay, That's Love (2014), The Producers (2015), and Don't Dare to Dream (2016). She is considered to be the queen of romantic comedies due to her successful portrayals in her rom-com dramas.
Recently, she made her small-screen comeback in the romantic comedy thriller When the Camellia Blooms alongside Kang Ha-neul. Both Crazy Romance and When the Camellia Blooms are commercial successes, and solidified her position as romantic comedy queen.
In 2010 Gong published a collection of essays on the environment titled Gong Hyo-Jin's Notebook (Korean: 공책; RR: Gong Chek, which is a play on her surname and the Korean word for "notebook"). In it, Gong gives a look inside her personal lifestyle habits and offers practical and simple tips. The book has sold over 40,000 copies and is on its fourth printing.
She recorded the duet "I Think I Love You" for K-pop singer MY Q's 2011 album Ready for the World.
Gong, along with fellow actresses Kim Min-hee and Choi Kang-hee, is considered an influential fashion icon by Korean women in their 20s and 30s. In 2010 she collaborated with shoe brand pushBUTTON to produce the capsule collection "Excuse Me + pushBUTTON." Two years later, Suecomma Bonnie, another shoe brand, released her "Excuse Me x Suecomma Bonnie" line. In 2012 she designed a selected line of apparel for the fashion shop Los Angeles Project, a brand located inside Shinsegae Department Stores. Her neon-colored and patterned items were sold under the name "LAP by Gong Hyo-Jin."
She was named jury president for the 2009 International Women's Film Festival in Seoul. Gong was also a jury member for the 2011 Asiana International Short Film Festival, 2006 Mise-en-scène Short Film Festival and 2006 Jecheon International Music & Film Festival.
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