Go Soo (born October 4, 1978), also known as Ko Soo, is a South Korean actor. He has appeared in television series such as Piano, Green Rose and Will It Snow for Christmas?, as well as the films White Night and The Front Line.
Go Soo in 2017
(m. after 2012)
|Revised Romanization||Go Su|
Early life and educationEdit
1998–2005: Debut and breakout fameEdit
When Go Soo first came to Seoul, he acted on stage, but he lacked money that time. Since he lacked money, he decided to put his stage acting on hold for later and eventually stopped. From then on, he began presenting his profile photo to numerous agencies. Go first appeared in a soft drink TV commercial, followed by a role as an extra in the 1998 music video "Last Promise" by the band Position. He made his television debut in 1999 through the MBC sitcoms My Funky Family and Jump and KBS2 drama series Ad Madness. Go drew critical praise for his performance in the television drama Piano in 2001, with one review describing him as an "actor with precision".
Go made his big screen debut as a drug crime officer in 2004's Some, in which he performed his own stunts and was later recognized as Best New Actor at the Grand Bell Awards. Go reunited with Ad Madness co-star Park Ye-jin in TV series When A Man Loves A Woman in the same year. In 2005, he starred in the revenge drama Green Rose, which was shot on location in China and Korea. He played a simple man who falls in love with a rich woman and gets accused of a crime he did not commit. Then in the romantic comedy Marrying a Millionaire, Go played a delivery man who is asked by a TV producer to act like a rich bachelor to attract several women on a televised reality dating show.
Go began his two-year mandatory military service on March 2, 2006 and he was assigned as a Civil Service Personnel in Gangnam District, Seoul. He was discharged on April 25, 2008, and received recognition for being an outstanding Public Interest Service Personnel.
For his first post-army project, Go surprised fans by choosing a stage play. Invited to join the "Best Play Series" by veteran actor Cho Jae-hyun (Jo was his costar in Piano, and the senior colleague he "most respects"), Go made his theater debut as the lead actor in The Return of President Eom, which ran from May 23 to August 3, 2008.
In 2009, he starred in the dark mystery film White Night, based on the Japanese novel Byakuyakō by Keigo Higashino. Go said he was "completely absorbed by the intriguing storyline." Go then made his television comeback in the melodrama Will It Snow for Christmas?, a tale of rekindled childhood love penned by renowned TV writer Lee Kyung-hee. He described his character as "hurt by love and tries to overcome that pain."
His next film Haunters, in which he played the only man immune to a psychic's supernatural powers, was a box office hit in 2010. In May 13, 2011, he signed under the management of Lee Byung-hun known as BH Entertainment. He next played a soldier in the Korean War-set The Front Line, then a grieving firefighter in the 2012 romance drama Love 911.
Afterwards, he collaborated with the makers of The Chaser for Empire of Gold, a TV series about the power struggle within a rich family living through Korea's turbulent economy of the 1990s, produced by SBS; in this series, he played an antihero. Later that year, he starred in melodrama film Way Back Home, playing the devastated husband of a woman wrongfully accused of drug smuggling. Go said the reason he chose the film was because he wanted to work with acclaimed actress Jeon Do-yeon, and that through his character he "was able to tackle the challenge of internal and external change".
In 2014, Go appeared in two short films. Directed by Kang Je-gyu, Awaiting is about a married couple separated for sixty years by the division of North and South Korea. Awaiting was one of the four short films comprising Beautiful 2014, an omnibus project that premiered at the 38th Hong Kong International Film Festival. Meanwhile, Myohyangsangwan ("View of Mount Myohyang"), which depicted the rendezvous of a South Korean painter and a North Korean waitress in a North Korean restaurant, is a collaboration by contemporary artists Moon Kyung-won and Jeon Joon-ho, and combined a theatrical plot, experimental imagery, dance and performance art. He then starred in the period film The Royal Tailor, in the role of an upstart new designer whose talent and instincts challenges the traditional master artisan of royal attire.
In 2017, Go starred in Lucid Dream, a psychological thriller in which Go played a former journalist who attempts to find his kidnapped son using lucid dreaming. The same year, Go starred in The Tooth and the Nail, a film based on the 1955 mystery novel by Bill S. Ballinger in which a magician discovers the incinerated teeth and fingernails of his missing butler. He next starred in period epic film The Fortress.
Go began dating Kim Hye-yeon, an art student eleven years his junior, shortly after meeting her in 2008. The couple married on February 17, 2012 at the Shilla Hotel in Seoul. Their son was born on January 28, 2013, and their daughter was born on April 17, 2015. On September 13, 2017, his wife gave birth to their 3rd child, who is their 2nd son.
|2009||White Night||Kim Yo-han|
|2011||The Front Line||Kim Soo-hyuk|
|2012||Love 911||Chun Kang-il|
|2013||Way Back Home||Kim Jong-bae|
|2014||Awaiting (short film)||Kim Min-woo|
|View of Mount Myohyang (short film)||South Korean painter|
|The Royal Tailor||Lee Gong-jin|
|2016||The Last Princess||Prince Lee Woo (cameo)|
|2017||Lucid Dream||Choi Dae-ho|
|The Tooth and the Nail||Lee Suk-jin / Choi Seung-man|
|The Fortress||Seo Nal-soi|
|My Funky Family||Go Soo|
|2000||Say It With Your Eyes||Jang Ki-woong's brother|
|Mom and Sister||Jang Kyung-bin|
|2002||Age of Innocence||Tae-suk|
|2003||My Fair Lady||Shin Young-ho|
|2004||When a Man Loves a Woman||Ji-hoon|
|2005||Green Rose||Lee Jung-hyun / Jang Joong-won|
|Marrying a Millionaire||Kim Young-hoon|
|2009||Will It Snow for Christmas?||Cha Kang-jin|
|2013||Empire of Gold||Jang Tae-joo|
|2016||The Flower in Prison||Yoon Tae-won||MBC|
|2018||Heart Surgeons||Park Tae-soo||SBS|
|2019||Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency||Crown Prince (Cameo, Ep. 1)||JTBC|
|2020||Money Game||Chae Yi-hun||tvN|
Music video appearancesEdit
|2000||"U Got the Funk"||Lee Hyun-do (Deux)|
|2001||"I'll Be Back"||Yoo Seung-joon|
|"A Sad Gift"||Kim Jang-hoon|
|"I Still Bite My Lips"||Lee Soo-young|
|"Burying My Face in Tears"||Jang Na-ra|
|2008||The Return of President Eom||Eom Go-soo|
|2006||I Will Be Happy||Poetry readings|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2000||19th MBC Drama Awards||Best New Actor||Mothers and Sisters||Won|||
|2001||9th SBS Drama Awards||New Star Award||Piano||Won|||
|2002||10th SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor||Age of Innocence||Nominated|
|Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special||Won|||
|Top 10 Stars||Won|
|2003||20th Korea Best Dresser Swan Awards||Model Line - Popularity Award||N/A||Won|||
|11th SBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special||My Fair Lady||Nominated|
|2004||25th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best New Actor||Some||Nominated|
|2005||42nd Grand Bell Awards||Best New Actor||Won|||
|13th SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor||Green Rose, Marrying a Millionaire||Nominated|
|Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Planning Drama||Green Rose||Won|||
|Top 10 Stars||Green Rose, Marrying a Millionaire||Won|||
|2010||14th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival||Fantasia Award||White Night||Won|||
|31st Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best New Actor||Nominated|
|2011||4th Style Icon Awards||Top 10 Style Icons||N/A||Won|||
|32nd Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Actor||The Front Line||Nominated|
|Popular Star Award||Won|||
|2013||2nd APAN Star Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor||Empire of Gold||Nominated|
|21st SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special||Nominated|
|2014||34th Golden Cinema Festival||Best Actor||Way Back Home||Won|||
|2016||5th APAN Star Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang)||The Flower in Prison||Nominated|
|Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama||Nominated|
|35th MBC Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Project Drama||Nominated|
|2018||26th SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Wednesday-Thursday Drama||Heart Surgeons||Nominated|
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- "Ko Soo back in Christmas drama". Korea JoongAng Daily. 2 December 2009.
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- "Ko Soo was "shocked" by 1st-time war flick experience". 10Asia. 14 June 2011. Archived from the original on 11 August 2017.
- Park, Sung-hee (16 June 2011). "The Front Line spotlights the Forgotten War". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on 2012-10-28. Retrieved 2013-03-18.
- "Ko Soo, Han Hyo-joo Ask to Dial Love 911". 10Asia. 22 November 2012.
- "Ko Soo Out to Prove He's More Than Just a Pretty Face". The Chosun Ilbo. 15 December 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-18.
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- "Ko Soo, Lee Yo-won to Struggle for Power and Money in New TV Series". 10Asia. 24 May 2013.
- "Jeon Do-yeon and Ko Soo's New Film Project to Start Shooting". 10Asia. 7 January 2013.
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- Lee, Seung-mi (19 December 2014). "Go Soo lightens up for The Tailors". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
- "[단독] 고수, BH와 아름다운 결별…신생 회사 새 둥지". Nate (in Korean). 2 June 2015.
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- "'Flower in Prison' set to be next hit drama". The Korea Times. 8 May 2016.
- Kim, June (21 January 2015). "KO Soo and SUL Kyung-gu Star in LUCID DREAM". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2015-06-18.
- "[INTERVIEW] Go Soo sympathizes with father character's instinctive love in 'Lucid Dream'". The Korea Times. 20 February 2017.
- Jin, Min-ji (19 June 2015). "Go Soo will star as magician in film". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2015-06-19.
- "LEE Byung-hun, KIM Yun-seok and PARK Hae-il Tapped for NAMHANSANSEONG FORTRESS". Korean Film Biz Zone. 21 November 2016.
- Jeon Hyeong Hwa (15 June 2018). "Go Soo In New Medical Drama". Star News.
- Suwoo, Carla (11 January 2012). "Actor Go Soo to wed in February". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-18.
- "Actor Go Soo to Exchange Vows with Art Student". The Chosun Ilbo. 12 January 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-18.
- "Bells are ringing as actor Go Soo gets ready to tie the knot tomorrow". Korea JoongAng Daily. 16 February 2012. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-18.
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- "Actor Go Soo is happy to be a dad". Korea JoongAng Daily. 31 January 2013. Archived from the original on 4 February 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-18.
- "Actor Go Soo welcomes birth of daughter". The Korea Times. 17 April 2015. Retrieved 2015-06-18.
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- 고수, ‘집으로 가는 길’로 제34회 황금촬영상 남우주연상 수상. Financial News (in Korean). 22 December 2014.