“Honestly, I can’t say that I was so happy…”, Kim Tae-ri made headlines with her acceptance speech when receiving Best Actress at Baeksang

Kim Tae-ri was honored with Best Actress at the 58th Baeksang Arts Awards.

On May 6th, the 58th Baeksang Arts Awards was held at the 4th Hall of KINTEX in Ilsan, Gyeonggi-do and broadcast live on JTBC. After two years being held without spectators due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Baeksang Arts Awards finally welcomed audiences for the first time as the social distancing regulation has been removed.

The event was hosted by Shin Dong-yeop, Suzy, and Park Bo-gum and attended by popular culture artists who are active in TV series, film and theatre categories.

Last year’s winners Shin Ha-kyun and Kim So-yeon appeared as the presenters for Best Actor and Actress in the TV series category. In the Best Actress section, “Twenty-five, Twenty-one” Kim Tae-ri, “Juvenile Justice” Kim Hye-soo, “The King’s Affection” Park Eun-bin, “The Red Sleeve” Lee Se-young, and “My Name” Han So-hee were nominated. 

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Kim Tae-ri of “Twenty-five, Twenty-one” was announced as the winner. Surprised by the result, she came on the stage while covering her mouth.


Holding the Best Actress trophy in her hands, Kim Tae-ri said, “I was thinking that it would be okay if I didn’t get the award and I didn’t even expect to win it. When receiving the Popularity Award, I forgot to mention the director, the writer, staff, and fellow actors who worked with me. I was thinking if I were to go up on the stage (to receive the Best Actress), I would thank them for their hard work”.


Kim Tae-ri said “I’m really sorry” as she was too emotional to give a proper speech. She continued, “I recently read an article I wrote in my early 20s again. I wrote, ‘Actors steal things from others and don’t care about anyone else’. I think it was somehow true. I stole a lot from Hee-do. I learned a lot from her. I feel so grateful that the kid named Hee-do came to me so that I was able to portray this character. Honestly, I can’t say that I was so happy about that. I think I was more thankful”.

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She wrapped up her acceptance speech by saying, “But I feel so good since I was loved a lot, I won Best Actress and people who worked hard for this drama have all received congratulations. I want to say thank you to everyone. I will continue to work hard and become a better actress”.

Baeksang Arts Awards, a comprehensive arts award ceremony covering all categories, including TV series, film and theatre, selected nominees for contents provided on terrestrial, general, cable, OTT, and web channels as well as works released in Korea from April 12th, 2021 to March 31st, 2022.

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