Kim Hye-jun wins Best New Actress at 58th Baeksang Awards


The Best New Actress award category at the 58th Baeksang Awards was highly competitive and unforeseeable as all five nominees proved their acting chops in their respective roles.

Despite the intense competition, Kim Hye-jun, who starred in Inspector Koo, was named the Best New Actress at the 58th Baeksang Awards. 

The award ceremony was hosted by actor Park Bo-gum, actress Bae Suzy, and comedian Shin Dong-yup.


Nominated for her role in Inspector Koo


Best New Actress 58th Baeksang - Kim Hye-jun
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Kim Hye-jun was nominated for her role in Inspector Koo, a comedy drama that follows an investigator and university student. 

The actress took on the role of Song Yi-kyung, a university student by day, and theatrical performer by night.

Yi-kyung is an intelligent and quick-witted student. But she has a hidden identity that no one knows of – she’s a serial killer.

One day, she plots a murder case in the hopes of defrauding her own insurance money. However, the murder case takes place inadvertently, and her initial plan goes haywire.


Other nominees for the Best New Actress award 


Best New Actress 58th Baeksang - the other nominees
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As expected, Kim Hye-jun was up against intense competition for the Best New Actress award. The nominees were as follows: 

  • Kim Hye-jun in Inspector Koo
  • Lee Yeon in Juvenile Justice
  • Lee Yoo-mi in All Of Us Are Dead
  • Jung Ho-yeon in Squid Game
  • Cho Yi-hyun in All Of Us Are Dead

Best New Actress 58th Baeksang - Lee Yeon from juvenile justice
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Lee Yeon was nominated for her role in Juvenile Justice, a Netflix series about juvenile delinquency and troubled teenagers.

The actress played Baek Seong-woo, one of the juvenile delinquents who was involved in the Yeonhwa Elementary School Murder Case. 

Fun fact: Lee Yeon took on the role of a male character in Juvenile Justice.

Best New Actress 58th Baeksang - Lee Yoo-mi from all of us are dead
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Lee Yoo-mi was nominated for her role in All Of Us Are Dead, a zombie apocalypse series that follows a group of high school students in their journey of sacrifice and survival.

The actress took on the role of Lee Na-yeon, a self-centred individual who is indifferent to others.

You may also recognise her from Squid Game, also known as the epoch-making Netflix series that moved a global audience. 

Best New Actress 58th Baeksang - jung ho-yeon from squid game
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Jung Ho-yeon was nominated for her role in Squid Game, a Netflix series talked about by everyone on the Internet in 2021.

Squid Game follows 456 participants who join a survival game in the hopes of paying their debts off. They put their lives on the line by playing life-and-death games – but there can only be one winner.

Jung Ho-yeon took on the role of Kang Sae-byeok, a North Korean defector who participates in the survival game for her family. 

Best New Actress 58th Baeksang - cho yi-hyun from all of us are dead
Image credit: Netflix 

Finally, Cho Yi-hyun was nominated for her role in All Of Us Are Dead. She took on the role of Choi Nam-ra, a hostile and unfriendly class president.

She’s the epitome of character development as she learns to look after not only herself, but for the people around her.

The actress was well-loved for her impressive acting skills as well as her chemistry with Park Solomon in All Of Us Are Dead. 


Kim Hye-jun awarded the Best New Actress at 58th Baeksang Awards


Congratulations to Kim Hye-jun, the winner of the Best New Actress award at the 58th Baeksang Arts Awards. We are beyond excited to see what’s in store for the actress, and we look forward to her future works.

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