Kim Jae-wook (born April 2, 1983) is a South Korean model and actor. He is best known for his roles in the hit series Coffee Prince (2007), comedy film Antique (2008), mystery drama Who Are You? (2013), Voice (2017), The Guest (2018), Her Private Life (2019) and Crazy Love (2022). He is fluent in Japanese, and played the role of Sō Takeyuki, the Japanese husband of Princess Deokhye, in the film The Last Princess.[1]

Kim Jae-wook
Kim in 2019
Born (1983-04-02) April 2, 1983 (age 40)
Seoul, South Korea
Other namesKim Jae-wook
EducationDankook High School
Seoul Institute of the Arts
  • Actor
  • model
  • singer
Years active2002–present
AgentManagement SOOP
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Jae-uk
McCune–ReischauerKim Chae-uk

Early life edit

Kim was born in Seoul, and grew up in Tokyo, Japan until he was seven years old before returning to South Korea.[2] His father worked as a journalist and was transferred to Japan as a foreign correspondent.[3] He started out performing in a band, and began modelling at age 17.[4] Due to the time he spent in Japan, he can speak fluent Japanese.[5]

Career edit

2002–2011: Career beginnings and breakthrough edit

In 2002, Kim debuted as the member of an indie band in the MBC drama Ruler of Your Own World.[6] After this first role, he concentrated on his modeling career for 5 years.[7] In 2007, he auditioned for and won the role of No Sun-ki in the 2007 hit drama series Coffee Prince.[8] The role shot him to fame in both South Korea and several Asian countries.[9] He later appeared in the 2008 drama The Kingdom of The Winds,[10] and served as the ambassador of goodwill for the 9th Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) in May 2008.[11]

Kim then starred in his first film, Antique, based on the manga Antique Bakery, which was invited to the 59th Berlin International Film Festival.[12] He played a gay chef working at a bakery.[13] He won the Best New Actor award at the 16th Korean Entertainment Awards. In October 2009, he formed a modern rock band named Walrus, where he served as guitarist and vocal. The name of the group came from the Beatles single "I am the Walrus".[14]

Kim got his first leading role in Bee TV's South Korean-Japanese drama Give Me Your Memory: Pygmalion's Love, which aired in March 2010.[15] The same year, he starred in the melodrama television series Bad Guy,[16][17][18] and featured in the romantic comedy series Marry Me, Mary!.[19]

Before enlisting to military service in 2011, he played in rock musical, Hedwig And the Angry Inch, from May 14 until June 19, 2011.[citation needed]

2013–2016: Comeback edit

After finishing his mandatory military service, Kim made his comeback in the 2013 television series Who Are You?, playing the dead boyfriend of So Yi-hyun's character.[20] In 2014, Kim was featured in KBS' period action drama Inspiring Generation as Kim Hyun-joong's rival, but quit after episode 8 due to unavoidable circumstances.[21]

In 2015, Kim was cast for the lead role in the fantasy comedy film Plank Constant, playing a script writer with weird sexual fantasies.[22][23]

The following year, Kim took on the role of a Japanese nobleman who marries Son Ye-jin's character Princess Deokhye in the period film The Last Princess.[24] The same year, Kim took a leading role in the film Two Rooms, Two Nights as a popular movie director who tries to maintain secretive romantic relationships with both: his current girl friend and ex-girl friend.[25][26]

2017–present: Rising popularity edit

In January 2017, Kim starred in romance film Another way, playing the role of a police officer who finds Seo Yea-ji's character online and forms a suicide pact.[27] He then played the antagonist in OCN's hit thriller drama Voice, earning acclaim for his performance as a serial killer.[28] In July the same year, Kim was cast as in the romance drama Temperature of Love, playing a rich businessman.[29]

In 2018, Kim was cast in the musical Amadeus in triple casting, alongside Jo Jung-suk and Kim Sung-kyu.[30] Kim's Japanese film Butterfly Sleep was released in Japan in May 2018.[31][32] The same year, he was cast in OCN's supernatural thriller The Guest.[33][34]

In 2019, Kim was cast as the main lead in the romantic comedy drama Her Private Life alongside Park Min-young.[35] The show marks Kim's first time as a primary lead in a romantic comedy.

In 2020, Kim created "My Margiela", a 5-episode video series on the Belgian fashion designer Martin Margiela.[36]

In 2022, Kim stars alongside Krystal Jung in KBS2 television series Crazy Love, playing a maths instructor and CEO of a top math institute.[37]

Personal life edit

In May 2011, along with fashion models Jang Yoon-ju, Ji Hyun-jung, Han Hye-jin and Song Kyung-ah, he co-authored Top Model, a book based on their experiences in the industry.[38] He then enlisted for mandatory military service on July 5, 2011 for 21 months of active duty after five weeks of basic military training.[39] In June 2015, Kim signed an exclusive contract with management agency Better ENT.[40] In June 2017, he left Better ENT and signed with new management agency Management SOOP.[41]

Filmography edit

Film edit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2006 Monopoly
2008 Antique Min Sun-woo (Ono)
2010 Heart of Gold Yoo-sung
Bang Alex [42]
2015 C'est Si Bon Kang Myung-chan Cameo [43]
Planck Constant Kim Woo-joo
2016 Two Rooms, Two Nights In-sung
The Last Princess So Takeyuki
2017 Another Way Soo-wan
2018 Butterfly Sleep Soh Chan-hae

Television edit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2002 Ruler of Your Own World Ki-hong Band member
2007 Coffee Prince Noh Sun-ki
Dal-ja's Spring Choon-ha [44]
2008 The Kingdom of The Winds Chu Bal-so
2010 Give Me Your Memory: Pygmalion's Love Kim Gyeon
Bad Guy Hong Tae-sung
Marry Me, Mary! Byun Jung-in
2013 Who Are You? Lee Hyung-joon
2014 Inspiring Generation Kim Soo-ok
Drama Festival "4teen" Adult Joon-yi Cameo
2015 Sweet Temptation Seok-min [45]
2017 Voice Mo Tae-gu
Temperature of Love Park Jung-woo
2018 The Guest Choi Yoon
Quiz of God: Reboot cameo
2019 Her Private Life Ryan Gold
2022 Crazy Love Noh Go-jin [37]

Web series edit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2023 Death's Game Jung Gyu-cheol Cameo [46][47]
2024 Hong Rang Grand Prince Hanpyeong [48]

Video games edit

Year Title Role Publisher Ref.
2023 Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name Homare Nishitani III Sega Speaks in Japanese. Credited as "KIM JAE-UCK" in credits.

Theater edit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2018 Amadeus Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
2011 Hedwig and the Angry Inch Hedwig
2021 Minstrel Park in hwan

Awards edit

Year presented, name of the award ceremony, award category, nominated work and the result of the nomination
Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2007 1st Korea Drama Awards Netizen Popularity Award Coffee Prince Won [49]
2008 16th Korean Culture Entertainment Awards Best New Actor Antique Won [50]
Asia Model Awards Fashionista Award Won [51]
2013 Japan's Korean Wave 10th Anniversary Korean TV Drama Awards Jury Special Award Won [52]
2017 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Monday–Tuesday Drama Temperature of Love Nominated [53]
2019 StarHub Night of Stars 2019 Best Male Asian Star Her Private Life Won [54]

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