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Seo Woo (born on July 7, 1985 as Kim Moon-joo) is a South Korean actress. Her first notable role took place in the film Crush and Blush[1] (2008). She is best known for her roles in the films Paju and The Housemaid, as well as her roles in the TV dramas Tamra, the Island, Cinderella's Sister and Flames of Desire.[2][3] In June 2016, she signed an exclusive contract with Cube Entertainment.[4]

Seo Woo
Seo Woo signing at the 2010 Allure Green Campaign at N Seoul Tower 010.jpg
Seo Woo in 2010.
Born Kim Moon-joo
(1985-07-07) July 7, 1985 (age 33)
Seoul, South Korea
Occupation Actress
Years active 2007-present
Agent Cube Entertainment
Korean name
Revised Romanization Seo U
McCune–Reischauer Sŏ U
Birth name
Revised Romanization Kim Mun-ju
McCune–Reischauer Kim Mun-chu



Seo Woo first became known to the public as the "4D Girl" (wacky girl) in the popular "Ok me wa ka" commercial promoting the Lotte ice cream brand. After her debut as a supporting actress in the 2007 film My Son, she successfully auditioned and landed the part in the sitcom Kimchi Cheese Smile.

The following year, Seo Woo received her breakout role in the black comedy Crush and Blush. She received considerable attention and numerous awards for her success in the part.[5][6] In 2009 Seo Woo took on the lead role in the cult favorite Tamra, the Island, a period drama set on Jeju Island.[7][8] She then contributed her vocals to "My Fair Lady," one of the tracks in Lee Seung-hwan's 20th anniversary album Hwantastic Friends.

Seo Woo continued to challenge herself, delivering a much-praised turn in arthouse film Paju,[9][10][11] and landing a role opposite celebrated actress Jeon Do-yeon in The Housemaid, which screened in competition at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.[12][13]

She and Moon Geun-young played siblings in the popular modern fairytale retelling Cinderella's Sister,[14][15][16][17] but Seo Woo later said she considers it her worst performance, despite being the character she worked hardest on.[18] Afterwards she played a complex character in the critically lauded melodrama Flames of Desire.[19]

In the family drama If Tomorrow Comes she played a cheerful daughter to veteran actress Go Doo-shim.[20][21] She next portrayed a calm yet brave art major in the fantasy-horror TV movie Knock, about a magical mask passed down in a shaman family.[22][23]

From 2013 to 2014, she played a Baekje-era femme fatale in the daily period drama The King's Daughter, Soo Baek-hyang.[24][25]

On June 2016, Seo signed with new management agency Cube Entertainment.[26]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 My Son Yeo-il
2008 A School Rep. Sun-ah short film[27]
Crush and Blush Seo Jong-hee
2009 Handphone Jung Yi-gyu's sister (cameo)
Paju Choi Eun-mo
2010 The Housemaid Hae-ra

Television seriesEdit

Year Title Role Network
2007 Kimchi Cheese Smile Seo Woo MBC
2009 Tamra, the Island Jang Beo-jin MBC
2010 Cinderella's Sister Goo Hyo-sun KBS2
Flames of Desire Baek Soo-bin/Baek In-ki MBC
2011 If Tomorrow Comes Yoon Eun-chae SBS
2012 Knock Jung-hwa MBN
Glass Mask Kang Yi-kyung/Seo Jung-ha tvN
2013 The King's Daughter, Soo Baek-hyang Seol-hee MBC
2015 Late Night Restaurant Doctor Hyo Jin (guest appearance, episode 12) SBS

Music videoEdit

Year Song title Artist
2009 "Wonderful Day (Good Day 2)" Lee Seung-hwan
2010 "Right Now" Psy
2012 "Irresistible Lips" BtoB

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2008 29th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actress
Crush and Blush
28th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Won
7th Korean Film Awards Won
11th Director's Cut Awards Won
2009 45th Baeksang Arts Awards Nominated
18th Buil Film Awards Won
MBC Drama Awards Most Popular Actress
Tamra, the Island
Best New Actress Won
2010 5th Asia Model Festival Awards Fashionista Award N/A Won
46th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (TV)
Tamra, the Island
Best Actress
3rd Korea Drama Awards Best New Actress
Cinderella's Sister
4th Asia Pacific Screen Awards Best Actress
47th Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actress
The Housemaid
8th Korean Film Awards Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Best New Actress
Cinderella's Sister
2013 MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama
The King's Daughter, Soo Baek-hyang


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  2. ^ Choi, Ji-eun (28 April 2010). "INTERVIEW: Actress Seo Woo - Part 1". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-20.
  3. ^ Choi, Ji-eun (28 April 2010). "INTERVIEW: Actress Seo Woo - Part 2". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-20.
  4. ^ Jang, Ju-young. "서우 큐브와 전속계약 "안정적 시스템 하 좋은 시너지"". 2016-06-20. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  5. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (2 October 2008). "Kong Hyo-jin Shines in Crush". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-20.
  6. ^ Cho, Jae-eun (23 September 2011). "Director displays guts and playfulness in her first outing". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on 26 June 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-20.
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  9. ^ Shin, Hae-in (22 October 2009). "(Movie Review) Paju examines female psyche through forbidden love, social disorder". Yonhap. Retrieved 2012-11-20.
  10. ^ Paquet, Darcy. "Paju". Retrieved 2012-06-20.
  11. ^ "Seo Woo Courted by Foreign Directors". The Korea Times. 27 October 2009. Retrieved 2012-11-20.
  12. ^ Lee, Ji-hye (4 May 2010). "Im Sang-soo says Jeon Do-youn is "full-fledged artist"". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-20.
  13. ^ "Glamorous Actress Seo Woo getting popular after Cannes film festival". The Korea Times. 27 May 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-20.
  14. ^ Kim, Jessica (25 March 2010). "Cinderella is not quite the fairy tale, says Taecyeon (1)". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-20.
  15. ^ Kim, Jessica (25 March 2010). "Cinderella is not quite the fairy tale, says Taecyeon (2)". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-20.
  16. ^ Choi, Ji-eun (12 May 2010). "On the set of TV series Sister of Cinderella". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-20.
  17. ^ "Actress Seo Woo joins 20-20 club". The Korea Times. 1 June 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-20.
  18. ^ "Seo Woo featured in July's Cosmo and Bazaar". Dramabeans. 22 June 2010. Retrieved 2014-07-24.
  19. ^ "Best Performance by an Actress: Seo Woo for Paju". 2010 Asia Pacific Screen Awards Nominee. Retrieved 2012-11-20.
  20. ^ Park, So-jung (22 September 2011). "Seo Woo to star in SBS weekend series". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-20.
  21. ^ Choi, Eun-hwa (22 November 2011). "Ha Seok Jin Praises Seo Woo in If Tomorrow Comes". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-20.
  22. ^ Ko, Hong-ju (26 June 2012). "Seo Woo to Star in Horror TV Movie, Knock". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-20.
  23. ^ Hong, Lucia (27 June 2012). "Seo Woo cast to star in horror TV movie". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-20.
  24. ^ Kang, Jung-yeon (30 August 2013). "Seo Woo Confirms Villain Role in New Drama". 10Asia. Archived from the original on 13 April 2014. Retrieved 2013-09-06.
  25. ^ Kim, Hee-eun (20 March 2014). "Seo Woo seeks new management". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-04-10.
  26. ^ Cho, Na-young (20 June 2016). "서우, 큐브와 전속계약 확정..비스트·현아 한솥밥". OSEN. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  27. ^ "A School Rep". IndieStory. Retrieved 2014-06-14.

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