Kim Min-jae (actor, born 1996)

Kim Min-jae (Korean김민재) also known as, is a South Korean actor and rapper. He starred in television series Second 20s (2015), My First Time (2015), Dr. Romantic (2016), Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (2016), Tempted (2018), Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency (2019), Dr. Romantic 2 (2020), Do You Like Brahms? (2020), Dali & Cocky Prince (2021), and Poong, the Joseon Psychiatrist (2022). He was also a contestant in the rap competition Show Me the Money 4 in 2015.

Kim Min-jae
Kim Min-jae (김민재) Poong, the Joseon Psychiatrist Script Reading (2).jpg
Kim in 2022
Born (1996-11-01) November 1, 1996 (age 26)
Daegu, South Korea
EducationChung Ang University
  • Actor
  • rapper
Years active2015–present
AgentYAMYAM Entertainment
Korean name
Revised RomanizationKim Min-jae
McCune–ReischauerKim Minchae

Early life and educationEdit

Kim studied composition and piano-playing at a music academy in middle school. Kim then auditioned for CJ E&M and became a first generation trainee of the company[1] for four years from his first year of high school, at Seoul Performing Arts High School (SOPA).[2]

Since March 2016, Kim attends Chung-Ang University.[3]


2014–2015: Debut and Show Me the Money 4Edit

Kim was featured in music stages of CJ E&M artists as a rapper since 2014 and was one of the first generation of trainees from CJ E&M.[2] Kim debuted as an actor in 2014 in a joint South Korean-Vietnamese drama Forever Young.[4] He also had a cameo role in the tvN drama I Need Romance 3 (2014) as an idol singer preparing for debut.[4]

While he was preparing for his debut as an idol singer, he was cast in Mnet's drama Perseverance Goo Hae-ra in 2015 after going through several auditions.[4][5] Kim then made a cameo appearance in KBS2's drama The Producers as one of 2 Days & 1 Night – Season 5 cast members.[6] In June the same year, Kim joined the rap competition Show Me the Money 4 as a contestant.[7][8]

Kim was then cast in supporting roles in the dramas Second 20s (2015)[9] and My First Time (2015).[10] Kim also featured in the singles "Our Feeling" for the OST of My First Time with Park So-dam and Lee Yi-kyung,[11] and "Star" for the OST of Second 20s with Mamamoo's Solar.[12]

On November 21, 2015, Kim, alongside Kim Sae-ron, started hosting MBC's music program Show! Music Core.[13] They left the show in September 2016.[14]

2016–present: Rising popularityEdit

In 2016, Kim featured in MBC's family drama My Little Baby.[15] Kim then featured in the medical drama Dr. Romantic and received a New Star award for his role at the SBS Drama Awards.[16] He also made a special appearance in tvN's hit fantasy drama Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (2016), which garnered him increased recognition.[17]

In 2017, Kim starred in KBS2' variety drama Hit the Top.[18] The same year, Kim was cast in the film Love+Sling which marked his big screen debut.[19] He was also cast in Feng Shui, the third installment of the "divining art trilogy" by Han Jae-rim.[20]

In 2018, Kim was cast to play a wealthy playboy in MBC's romance thriller Tempted.[21]

In 2019, Kim starred in the youth historical drama Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency which marked his first leading role.[22] In June, Kim signed up with a new agency YamYam Entertainment.[23]

In 2020, Kim reprised his role of Park Eun-tak in Dr. Romantic 2.[24] The same year he starred in SBS drama Do You Like Brahms?, playing Park Joon-young, a world-renowned pianist[25] for which he received Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Fantasy/Romance Drama[26] and Best Couple Award with Park Eun-bin[27] at 2020 SBS Drama Awards.

In 2021, Kim participated in composing the lyrics of "I'm Jealous" on his label mate Punch's second mini album FULL BLOOM.[28] Later that year, Kim starred in the drama Dali & Cocky Prince, which premiered in September on KBS2.[29] He played the role of Jin Moo-hak, rich young man who has little education and no background but knows to make money[30] for which he received Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries at 2021 KBS Drama Awards.[31]

In 2022, Kim played the titular Yoo Se-poong in the tvN historical medical drama Poong, the Joseon Psychiatrist.[32]

In 2023, Kim reprised his role of Park Eun-tak in Dr. Romantic 3.[33]

Personal lifeEdit

Military serviceEdit

In February 2023, Kim told the media that he plans to enlist in the mandatory military service this year or in 2024.[34]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2018 Love+Sling Sung-woong Lead role [19]
Feng Shui Crown Prince Hyomyeong Cameo [20]
Swing Kids voice of Ro Ki-Jin Cameo [35]

Television seriesEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2014 Forever Young Kay [4]
I Need Romance 3 Idol trainee Cameo
2015 Persevere, Goo Hae-ra Sa Gi-joon Supporting role [5]
The Producers Himself Cameo (Episode 4, 10, 12) [6]
Second 20s Kim Min-soo Supporting role [9]
My First Time Seo Ji-an Main role [10]
2016 My Little Baby Yoon Min Supporting role [15]
2016–2023 Dr. Romantic Park Eun-tak Supporting role (Season 1–3) [16][24]
2016 Guardian: The Lonely and Great God Wang Yeo Cameo (Episode 1, 7–13)
2017 Hit the Top Lee Ji-hoon Main role [18]
2018 Tempted Lee Se-joo [21]
Mr. Sunshine adult Do-mi Cameo (Episode 24) [36]
2019 Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency Ma Hoon Lead role [22]
2020 Do You Like Brahms? Park Joon-Young [25]
2021 Dali & Cocky Prince Jin Moo-hak [29]
2022–2023 Poong, the Joseon Psychiatrist Yoo Se-poong Lead role (Season 1–2) [37]

Television showEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2015 Show Me the Money 4 Contestant Episode 1–2 [7]
Mari and Me Cast member [38]
2016 Celebrity Bromance (Season 1) Cast member with BTS' V (Episode 1–4) [39]

Web showsEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2019 Busted! Guest appearance Season 2 (Episode 1, 2, 5, 7, 10) [40]


Title Date Notes Ref.
Show! Music Core November 21, 2015 – September 24, 2016 with Kim Sae-ron [13]

Music video appearancesEdit

Year Song title Artist Ref.
2015 "Celepretty" Park Boram [41]
"Good Luck" Hong Dae-kwang [42]
2017 "Would U" Red Velvet [43]
2019 "이 마음 (Heart)" Punch [44]



Title Year Album
(with Solar)
2015 Second 20s OST
"Our Feeling"
(Lee Yoon Chan feat. Kim Min-jae, Park So-dam & Lee Yi-kyung)
My First Time OST
(with Younha)[45]
2017 Hit the Top OST
"That's The Way It Goes
(ft. Kim Min-jae (REAL.BE))"[46]
2018 Prison Playbook OST
"I'm Jealous"
(Punch ft. Kim Min-jae (REAL.BE)) [28]

Songwriting creditsEdit

Year Album Song Lyrics
Credited With
2015 Twenty Again OST "Star" Yes Cosmic Sound, Cosmos
2017 Hit the Top OST "Dream" Yes Ji Hoon
2021 FULL BLOOM "I'm Jealous" Yes Punch

Awards and nominationsEdit

Name of the award ceremony, year presented, category, nominee of the award, and the result of the nomination
Award ceremony Year Category Nominee / Work Result Ref.
APAN Star Awards 2018 Best New Actor Tempted Nominated [47]
2021 Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Do You Like Brahms? Nominated [48][49]
Asia Artist Awards 2020 Popularity Award (Actor) Kim Min-jae Nominated [50]
Baeksang Arts Awards 2017 Best New Actor – Television Dr. Romantic Nominated [51]
MBC Drama Awards 2018 Best New Actor Tempted Nominated [52]
KBS Drama Awards 2021 Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Dali & Cocky Prince Won [31]
Best Couple Award Kim Min-jae with Park Gyu-young
Dali and the Cocky Prince
Won [53]
SBS Drama Awards 2016 New Star Award Dr. Romantic Won [54]
2020 Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Fantasy/Romance Drama Do You Like Brahms? Won [26]
Best Couple Award Kim Min-jae with Park Eun-bin
Do You Like Brahms?
Won [27]
Soompi Awards 2019 Best Supporting Actor Tempted Nominated [55]
The Seoul Awards 2017 Best New Actor (Drama) Hit the Top Nominated [56]


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