Song Hye-kyo’s 5 iconic performances before Now, We Are Breaking Up

From Descendants of The Sun to Full House, here are five of K-drama queen Song Hye-kyo’s most memorable roles

Netflix is filling their portfolio with popular K-dramas recently, from Squid Game to My Name. If you’ve binge-watched all of these, check out Song Hye-kyo’s latest drama Now, We Are Breaking Up. This is Song’s first drama after her divorce from Song Joong-ki.

Here we take a look back at the roles that built her career. See the five television milestones that put her on the map as the Queen of K-Drama.

All In

Her first lead role in drama Autumn in My Heart garnered a 40 per cent rating in 2000. The show’s success led Song to her breakout role in All In. The 2003 drama starred famous South Korean actor, Lee Byung-hun, and allowed Song to showcase her acting abilities.

There were many top actors in this casino-themed drama, including Ji Sung and Han Ji-min. Song gained various awards from this drama, including the Best Actress award from SBS Drama Awards. If you’re interested in the story of professional poker players, this one’s for you.

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Full House

In the following year, Song Hye-kyo was in another hit drama with the K-pop megastar Rain. The role proved her ability for spotting hits. This romantic comedy series became the blueprint for modern South Korean romantic comedy series to come and scored a 30 per cent ratings. The show’s soundtrack also became a hit, including the “Three Bears” song to which Song Hye-kyo frequently danced to in the drama.

That Winter, The Wind Blows

If you enjoy romance, this sad romantic melodrama is for you. This Japanese drama-based series was written and directed by renowned South Korean scriptwriter, Noh Hee-kyung, and director, Kim Kyu-tae. 

The show stars actor Hyun Bin who plays an orphan left heartbroken after his first love’s death. Song Hye-kyo played a blind woman who doesn’t believe in love. The chemistry is intense between the two leads – Hyun Bin and Song Hye-kyo fell in love during filming and dated for two years.

Descendants of The Sun 

One of Song’s most famous roles also landed her in a marriage with co-star, Song Joong-ki. This army-themed drama was a major hit in South Korea, where it drew a peak audience share of 38.8 per cent. It even received several awards, including the Grand Prize in television at the 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards. 

The actress plays a cardiothoracic surgeon who travels alongside Song Joong-ki’s army character, to among other places, scenic Greece.


The first drama after her marriage to Song Joong-ki and the last drama before her divorce, she took the lead role in the series Encounter with the popular South Korean actor, Park Bo-gum. Soong plays a hotel executive who finds love as she opens up to a young employee, played by Park. This drama was praised for its beautiful cinematography and for capturing the beautiful scenery of Cuba.

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