Lim Ju-hwan (Korean: 임주환; born May 18, 1982) is a South Korean actor. He is best known for his leading roles in the television dramas Tamra, the Island (2009), Ugly Alert (2013), Uncontrollably Fond (2016) and The Bride of Habaek (2017).
Lim Ju-hwan in May 2019
|Born||May 18, 1982|
|Other names||Im Joo-hwan|
(Theatre and Film)
|Revised Romanization||Im Ju-hwan|
Early life and educationEdit
When he was a senior in high school, Lim joined the theater group called Kwangto, an acronym of Kwangdae Tokkaebi referring to traditional performers and hobgoblins in Korean, where he was first introduced to theatrical performance. Lim then played the role of the pastor in The Good Doctor by Neil Simon and won the prize of best performance in the Fourth Youth Theater Festival in 2000. He also directed the play, Pay Tuition Back, at the school festival. He continues to maintain a good friendship with fellow actor Shin Dong-wook, whom he met at the time.
After graduating from high school, Lim began his professional career in modeling at The Men, a modeling and acting agency. He also enrolled at Daejin University for his undergraduate and graduate studies in theatre and film.
Lim made his first professional television debut on Magic, aired on SBS in 2004, and made his film debut in A Millionaire's First Love in 2006, followed by a series of supporting roles, notably in The Snow Queen (2006) and Boys Over Flowers (2009). He received favorable reviews for his performance as a blind painter in episode 10 of Auction House, a 2007 TV series revolving around the art world which aired on MBC.
2009–2010: Rising popularity and breakthroughEdit
Lim's breakthrough came in his first leading role in the 2009 MBC series Tamra, the Island. Set in Jeju Island, Haenam in South Jeolla Province, it was a hybrid form of TV drama that combined romantic comedy and historical fiction. It portrayed the relationship between Koreans and foreigners in 17th century Joseon. Though it received low ratings, Tamra, the Island gained a cult following. Lim later won New Actor of the Year at the 2009 Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards for his performance.
To capitalize on his growing fan base in Japan due to Tamra, the Island, Lim starred in the 2-episode special drama Marriage War of Doenjang-kun and Natto-chan, about a Korean man and a Japanese woman who fall in love while working together on a Korea-Japan joint project.
2011–2012: Military enlistmentEdit
What's Up, the long-delayed musical campus drama that Lim filmed in 2010, finally aired on cable channel MBN in 2011. It was written by renowned drama scribe Song Ji-na (Sandglass) and is the story of college students learning acting and performance arts in the university's musical theatre department. Lim played the leading role of Jang Je-hun, a cynical outsider who becomes completely immersed in the world of musicals. He followed that with a supporting role as a warm-hearted homeless man with Tourette's syndrome in the film The Suicide Forecast in 2011.
In 2011, Lim enlisted for his mandatory military service. During basic training, he fainted due to heart problems and was hospitalized for 3 months. He then completed his service despite being given the option for an early discharge. Prior to entering military service Lim left his agency Yedang Entertainment.
2013–present: New agency and comebackEdit
After his military discharge he moved to Blossom Entertainment. In 2013, he made his acting comeback in the lead role as a devoted brother in 2013 SBS daily drama Ugly Alert, followed by a villain role in the 2014 film The Con Artists as well as supporting roles in historical drama Shine or Go Crazy and romantic comedy series Oh My Ghost in 2015, romance melodrama Uncontrollably Fond in 2016, and fantasy romance series The Bride of Habaek in 2017. He acted as a Japanese prosecutor Fukuda in 2019 MBC's period spy drama, Different Dreams.
|2006||A Millionaire's First Love||Seung-joon|
|Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do||Jae-kwang|
|2008||A Frozen Flower||Han-baek|
|2011||The Suicide Forecast||Kim Young-tak|
|2014||The Con Artists||Lee Jo-hwon|
|2017||Because I Love You||Chan-young|
|2005||A Love to Kill||KBS2|
|The Snow Queen||Seo Geon-ho|
|2007||The Return of Shim Chung||Lee Hong|
|Drama City: Pure Soon-yi|
|Auction House||MBC||Guest (Ep. 10)|
|2008||Single Dad in Love||Min Hyun-ki||KBS2|
|General Hospital 2||Lee Min-soo||MBC||Guest (Ep, 6-7)|
|2009||Boys Over Flowers||So Il-hyun||KBS2|
|Tamra, the Island||Park Gyu||MBC|
|2010||Marriage War of Doenjang-kun and Natto-chan||Kim Dae-chun|
|2011||What's Up||Jang Jae-hun||MBN|
|2013||Ugly Alert||Gong Joon-soo||SBS|
|2014||Drama Festival: The Diary of Heong Yeong-dang||Kim Sang-yun||MBC|
|2015||Shine or Go Crazy||Wang Uk|
|Oh My Ghost||Choi Sung-jae||tvN|
|2016||Uncontrollably Fond||Choi Ji-tae||KBS2|
|2017||The Bride of Habaek||Hoo-ye||tvN|
|2018||Drama Special: Such a Long Farewell||Bae Sang-hee||KBS|||
|The Great Show||Kang Joon-ho||tvN|
|2020||The Game: Towards Zero||Gu Do-kyung||MBC|||
|The Spy Who Loved Me||Derek Hyun|||
|2006||"Key of Heart"||BoA|
|2017||"Miss You"||Huh Gak|
|2000||The Good Doctor|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2009||17th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards||Best New Actor||Tamra, the Island||Won|||
|MBC Drama Awards||Nominated|
|2013||SBS Drama Awards||New Star Award||Ugly Alert||Won|||
|Best Couple Award with Kang So-ra||Nominated|
|2019||14th Asia Model Awards||Korean Model Star||N/A||Won|
|MBC Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Monday-Tuesday Miniseries||Different Dreams||Nominated|
- "Tamra the Island - Concept". iMBC.com (in Korean). Retrieved 2011-03-16.
- Hong, Lucia (26 February 2010). "Actor Lim Ju-hwan to open official Japanese website". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-03.
- Hong, Lucia (25 October 2010). "Lim Ju-hwan holds first ever meet-and-greet in Japan". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-03.
- "Mister Kimchi and Miss Teriyaki's Wedding War". MBC Global Media. Retrieved 2013-06-17.
- Kim, Jessica (5 December 2011). "REVIEW: MBN TV series What's Up - 1st episode". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-03.
- Hong, Lucia (12 May 2011). "Actor Lim Ju-hwan to enter military this month". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-03.
- Ko, Kyoung-seok (27 June 2011). "Lim Ju-hwan admitted to hospital during military training". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-03.
- "Im Joo-hwan in the military hospital for 'heart problems'". Hancinema. 31 August 2011.
- "Lim Ju-hwan profile" Archived 2011-02-10 at the Wayback Machine. Yedang Entertainment. Retrieved 2013-06-22.
- "Production press conference of new daily series with young stars". BNT News. 15 May 2013.
- Park, Sunghee (28 January 2014). "Im Joo Hwan, Comes Back To Screen With New Movie The Technician". BNTNews. Retrieved 2014-02-23.
- "Lim Ju-hwan to star in "Shine or Go Crazy"". Hancinema. Nate. 20 November 2014.
- "Park Bo Young, Jo Jeong Seok, Im Joo Hwan, Kim Seul Gi, and Park Jung Ah Confirm for ′Oh My Ghostess′". enewsWorld. 14 May 2015.
- "Stars confirmed for Kim Woo-bin and Suzy's new rom-com". Kpop Herald. 11 November 2015.
- "Lim Ju-hwan to star in 'Bride of the Water God'". Kpop Herald. 16 March 2017.
- "[공식] 임주환, '이몽' 캐스팅 확정…유지태X이요원과 호흡". The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). 28 September 2018.
- "Lim Ju-hwan Confirms Novelist Role in "Drama Special - The Long Goodbye"". Hancinema. 30 August 2018.
- "임주환, MBC '이몽' 출연확정…유지태X이요원과 호흡[공식]". JoongAng Ilbo (in Korean). 28 September 2018.
- Jo, Yoon-sun (September 19, 2019). "[공식] 임주환, MBC '더 게임:0시를 향하여' 캐스팅 확정…옥택연X이연희와 호흡". Sports Chosun (in Korean). Naver. Retrieved December 5, 2019.
- Park, A-reum (June 22, 2020). "'나를 사랑한 스파이' 문정혁X유인나X임주환 호흡 확정 "10월 첫 방송"(공식)". Newsen (in Korean). Naver. Retrieved June 22, 2020.
- 소녀시대·송승헌·설경구 문화연예대상 대상. Star News (in Korean). 30 November 2009.
- Cory Lee (2 January 2014). "Lee Bo-young Grabs 1st Top Prize at the 2013 SBS Drama Awards". TenAsia. Archived from the original on 28 March 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-20.