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Considered one of South Korea's most popular child actresses since her acting debut at the age of 4, Kim Yoo-jung (김유정) has since been dubbed "Korea's Little Sister" by the media. From a young age, she became one of the most in demand child actresses in Korea. She received her first award for "Best Child Actress" for her role in Iljimae in 2008. In 2012, she appeared in the fantasy-period k-drama Moon Embracing the Sun. Moon surpassed 40% ratings and gained "national drama" status. Kim's performance in Thread of Lies drew massive critical acclaim.
Kim's first starring role was in the drama Secret Door in 2014. She began hosting music show Inkigayo in November 2014 and left the show in April 2016. In 2015 she starred in the television series Angry Mom which tackled bullying and school violence. The same year, she reprised her role as a cat-turned-woman in Love Cells. Kim also played a murderer's daughter in the thriller film Circle of Atonement.
In August 2016, Kim Yoo-jung starred in her first adult leading role, alongside Park Bo-gum, in the youth historical drama Love in the Moonlight. Kim won the "Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama" at the 30th KBS Drama Awards for her role in Moonlight. In 2017, she starred with Cha Tae-hyun in the romantic-comedy film Because I Love You. Kim also ranked in the Top 10 on Forbes Korea Power Celebrity List. She was the youngest individual on the list at 17-years-old.
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