Gong Hyo Jin is a South Korean actress under Management SOOP Corporation. She is considered to be the queen of romantic comedies due to her successful portrayals in her rom-com dramas.
When she was a junior in high school, she moved to Australia with her mother and younger brother, while her father remained in Korea to support the family. Gong attended high school at John Paul College in Brisbane. Gong has spoken fondly of her memories of her time there, and in 2011 she was designated as one of the goodwill ambassadors for “Year of Friendship”, the 50th anniversary of bilateral relations between Australia and South Korea.
After three years in Australia, the Gong family moved back to Korea in 1997 due to the IMF crisis.
Upon her return to Korea, Gong began working as a model. She appeared in advertisements, notably the “Happy to Death” commercial for telecom 700-5425. After a year and a half of modeling, she made her acting debut in a supporting role in “Whispering Corridors 2: Memento Mori” (1999).