Known as the big sister of the group, Kim Jisoo was born in Sanbon, Gunpo City in the Gyeonggi-do province in South Korea. She lived with her parents, sister, brother, and grandparents.
Jisoo wanted to be a writer or a painter, although she assures she couldn’t paint very well. She joined the drama club when she was in 11th grade, where Jisoo was told she should try auditioning because she needed the experience. Her first audition was at YG Entertainment. Jisoo didn’t know much about YG before she arrived there the first day, since she never thought acting would be something she’d be doing for real.
Jisoo passed the audition and trained for five years alongside the other BLACKPINK members, taking three to four dance lessons a day in addition to vocal lessons from two to three teachers. She is now the lead vocalist of the group and co-wrote Lovesick Girls from the group’s first-ever album, THE ALBUM. Producer and songwriter Teddy Park describes Jisoo as a smart woman with a professional poker face.
“I’ve know Jisoo for, let’s say, a good six years. I’ve seen her cry, once. She’s super smart. A lot of people might think she’s book smart, but I would say she’s street smart.” — Teddy Park
In addition to her work as a BLACKPINK member, Jisoo has acting creds under her belt. She has made cameo appearances in shows such as The Producers and Arthdal Chronicles and will play the lead in the upcoming Korean drama Snowdrop. Jisoo is also a certified fashionista, landing campaigns with the likes of Dior and Cartier. In fact, Jisoo was Dior’s muse and modeled for the fall/winter 2020 collection.
Jisoo is trilingual; she speaks Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and has a white Maltese dog named Dalgom.