2008–2012: Beginnings

Kim was trained in singing and acting but chose to pursue the latter. She was a background vocalist for the singer Younha and appeared in her music video “Gossip Boy” in 2008 with the stage name “JessicaK”. She rose to fame by appearing in commercials, and became known as the “Oran C Girl” and “Lollipop Girl”. She was also called Little Kim Tae-hee due to her resemblance to the actress. Kim made her acting debut in the drama Mrs. Saigon.

2013–2016: Rising popularity and breakthrough

In 2013, Kim starred as one of the lead roles in the KBS Drama special Waiting for Love, about how four different youths with different views toward love  start seeing each other.The same year Kim co-starred in teen drama The Heirs, wherein she played a chic and haughty heiress. The drama’s popularity raised Kim’s profile, and won her the New Star Award at the SBS Drama Awards

2017–present: Leading roles

In 2017, Kim was cast in her first leading role in KBS2’s romance comedy drama, Fight for My Way alongside Park Seo-joon; as a department store employee at the information desk but dreams of becoming an announcer.The series was a success and solidified Kim’s status as leading actress. Kim once again won the Excellence Award at the KBS Drama Awards