Yeo Jin-goo (Korean: 여진구; Hanja: 呂珍九, born August 13, 1997) is a South Korean actor. Yeo began his career as a child actor, debuting in the film Sad Movie (2005). Nicknamed "Nation's Little Brother", he went on to play the younger characters of the lead roles in movies and television dramas such as in A Frozen Flower (2008), Giant (2010), Moon Embracing the Sun (2012), and Missing You (2012). He is known for playing the title character in the action thriller Hwayi: A Monster Boy (2013), for which he won Best New Actor at the Blue Dragon Film Awards.
Yeo Jin-goo in 2019
August 13, 1997
Seoul, South Korea
|Other names||Yeo Jin-gu|
|Revised Romanization||Yeo Jin-gu|
Since then, he has taken on lead roles in the films Shoot Me in the Heart (2015), The Long Way Home (2015), and Warriors of the Dawn (2017). He has also starred in the dramas Orange Marmalade (2015), The Royal Gambler (2016), Circle (2017), Reunited Worlds (2017), The Crowned Clown (2019), My Absolute Boyfriend (2019) and Hotel Del Luna (2019).
Early life and educationEdit
Yeo was born on August 13, 1997. He is the eldest of two siblings and has a younger brother. As a child, Yeo wanted to appear on television and therefore asked his parents to let him try acting. With the support of his parents, he took acting lessons and eventually made his debut on the big-screen with Sad Movie (2005).
2005–2011: Beginnings as a child actorEdit
In 2005, Yeo made his debut at the age of eight in the film Sad Movie. He auditioned for the role of Park Hwi-chan and was chosen among 150 candidates despite having no previous acting experience. In 2006, he appeared in his first television drama I Want to Love, playing a sickly child of a single mother; followed by his first role in a sageuk drama Yeon Gaesomun as young Kim Heum-soon.
In 2010, he starred in the drama Giant as the younger counterpart to Lee Beom-soo's character. According to Yeo, this was the first time he fully immersed himself in a role and began taking acting seriously.
In 2011, he played the younger part of the title character in the historical drama Warrior Baek Dong-soo. He also made a brief appearance as teenage Ddol-bok in the drama Deep Rooted Tree. The appearance was upon the request of its lead actor Jang Hyuk, who took a liking to Yeo when the latter portrayed his younger version in the drama Tazza.
2012: Rising popularityEdit
In 2012, Yeo rose to prominence when he starred in the fantasy-period drama Moon Embracing the Sun, playing the role of a young crown prince. The drama surpassed 40% in ratings and gained "national drama" status. This was followed by a well-received turn in melodrama Missing You. He won Best Young Actor at the 2012 MBC Drama Awards for his portrayal in both dramas.
2013–present: Transition to lead rolesEdit
In 2013, Yeo starred as the titular character in action thriller Hwayi: A Monster Boy, for which he garnered praises and won several Best New Actor honors from annual award ceremonies such as Blue Dragon Film Awards and Korean Association of Film Critics Awards. He is the youngest male actor to receive the Best New Actor award in the history of Blue Dragon Film Awards, at the age of sixteen. In the same year, he was also cast in the sitcom, Potato Star 2013QR3 as an aspiring mobile application developer.
In 2014, he starred in the film "Mr. Perfect" [Revised romanization: Baekpeuro, Hangul: 백프로] alongside actor Yoon Si-yoon. He played the role of Lee Byeong-joo [이병주] a young student who is also a resident on the island where Mr. Baek (Yoon Si-yoon) was invited to work as a temporary teacher.
In 2015, he starred in the film Shoot Me in the Heart, based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Jeong Yu-jeong. He had his first leading role on television with teen vampire series, Orange Marmalade, based on the webtoon of the same name. In the same year, he appeared in the Korean War film, The Long Way Home. Veteran actor Sol Kyung-gu, his co-star in the film, strongly recommended Yeo for the role of Yeong-gwang, and only signed the movie contract once Yeo's casting had been finalized.
In 2017, Yeo starred in tvN's science fiction drama Circle, and historical movie Warriors of the Dawn, both of which premiered in May. He was also cast for a special appearance in the star-studded film, 1987: When the Day Comes, based on the June Democratic Uprising. The movie reunited him with Director Jang Joon-hwan and actor Kim Yoon-seok of Hwayi: A Monster Boy. In July, he starred in SBS's romance drama Reunited Worlds.
In 2019, he starred in tvN's remake of the 2012 Korean film Masquerade, titled The Crowned Clown. The series was a commercial success and consistently topped the ratings in its timeslot against cable and public channels. Yeo also earned positive reviews for his performance in the dual roles. The same year, he was cast in Hong sisters' fantasy mystery drama Hotel Del Luna alongside IU. The drama was a commercial success, recording the highest ratings in its timeslot throughout its run.
|2010||Youth Unified Education|||
|2012||Child Protection Institution Child Abuse Prevention Day|||
|2013||Stop the School Violence|||
|2014||Vietnam Film Festival|||
|Seoul International Youth Film Festival|||
|Nanumyieum (Sharing by Connecting)|||
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2008||SBS Drama Awards||Best Young Actor||Iljimae, Tazza, Gourmet||Won|||
|2010||KBS Drama Awards||The Reputable Family||Nominated|
|2012||5th Pierson Movie Festival||Best Child Actor||Moon Embracing the Sun||Won|||
|48th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actor (TV)||Moon Embracing the Sun||Nominated|
|6th Mnet 20's Choice Awards||20's Upcoming 20's||Won|||
|4th Pierson Movie Festival||Best Child Actor||Won|||
|5th Korea Drama Awards||Best Young Actor||Nominated|
|MBC Drama Awards||Moon Embracing the Sun, Missing You||Won|||
|Popularity Award||Moon Embracing the Sun||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award with Kim Yoo-jung||Nominated|
|5th Herald Donga TV Lifestyle Awards||Style Icon Rookie||N/A||Won|||
|6th Style Icon Awards||Child Actor to Man||N/A||Won|||
|28th Korea Best Dresser Swan Awards||The Rising Star||N/A||Won|||
|21st Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards||Best New Actor (Film)||Hwayi: A Monster Boy||Won|||
|33rd Korean Association of Film Critics Awards||Best New Actor||Won|||
|34th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Won|||
|2014||5th KOFRA Film Awards||Won|||
|50th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actor (Film)||Nominated|
|Most Popular - Actor (Film)||Nominated|||
|14th Director's Cut Awards||Best New Actor||Won|||
|23rd Buil Film Awards||Nominated|
|51st Grand Bell Awards||Nominated|
|6th Pierson Movie Festival||Trend Choice Award||N/A||Won|||
|2015||4th Marie Claire Film Festival||Rookie Award||Shoot Me in the Heart||Won|||
|51st Baeksang Arts Awards||Most Popular - Actor (Film)||Nominated|||
|52nd Grand Bell Awards||Best New Actor||Nominated|
|KBS Drama Awards||Orange Marmalade||Won|||
|Netizen Award, Actor||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award with Kim Seolhyun||Nominated|
|2016||SBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama||The Royal Gambler||Won|||
|Best Couple Award with Jang Keun-suk||Nominated|
|2017||tvN Movies Awards||Most Promising Actor||Hwayi: A Monster Boy||Won|||
|SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Wednesday-Thursday Drama||Reunited Worlds||Nominated|
|2018||54th Baeksang Arts Awards||Most Popular Actor||Warriors of the Dawn||Nominated|||
|2019||55th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actor (TV)||The Crowned Clown||Nominated|||
|V LIVE Favorite Artist (Male)||Nominated|||
|SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama||My Absolute Boyfriend||Nominated|||
- "Stars are students, too". Kpop Herald. Retrieved 2017-03-20.
- "중앙헤럴드". The Chun-Ang Herald. 8 May 2016. Retrieved 2017-01-16.
- 졸업 여진구, 단체 사진과 함께 소감 밝혀 "나의 친구들아!". Herald Corporation (in Korean). 5 February 2016.
- "Yeo Jin-gu graduates from high school". Kpop Herald. 5 February 2016.
- "Yeo Jin-goo accepted to Chung-Ang University". Kpop Herald. 4 November 2005. Retrieved 2016-12-20.
- "장래희망은 우성이형 같은 멋진 영화배우가 되는거죠". Nocutnews (in Korean). 6 August 2005.
- "Yeo Jin-goo at ease with transition from child to adult actor". The Korea Herald. 24 May 2017.
- "문근영, 2008 SBS연기대상大賞". The Dong-a Ilbo (in Korean). 1 January 2009.
- "[INTERVIEW] Child actor Yeo Jin-goo". 10Asia. 6 July 2010. Retrieved 2017-03-20.
- "[Interview] Yeo Jin Goo Says He Has Yet to Experience First Love". enewsWorld. Newsen. Archived from the original on 2016-12-21. Retrieved 2016-12-21.
- 여진구 "만날 얻어맞다 세자 되니 기분 최고". Naver (in Korean). 5 January 2012.
- Lee, Ga-on (29 March 2012). "INTERVIEW: Actor Yeo Jin-goo Pt. 1". 10Asia.
- Lee, Ga-on (29 March 2012). "INTERVIEW: Actor Yeo Jin-goo Pt. 2". 10Asia.
- "Yeo Jin Gu and Kim So Hyun Film for 'I Miss You'". Mwave. 24 October 2012. Archived from the original on 2013-12-14.
- "'해품달' 여진구-김유정-김소현, '아역상' 품었다 (MBC 연기대상)". The Dong-a Ilbo (in Korean). 30 December 2012.
- Lee, Seung-mi (24 February 2014). "Yeo Jin-goo a veteran at just 16". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-02-26.
- "[청룡 D-2] 최민식-김혜수 주연 3회 최다...장동건-이정재 '트리플 크라운'". Naver (in Korean). Sports Chosun. 23 November 2016. Retrieved 2017-01-15.
- Lee, Eun-ah (10 July 2013). "Yeo Jin-goo to Crack Up TV Audience in New Sitcom". 10Asia. Archived from the original on 31 March 2014. Retrieved 2013-07-15.
- "'Shoot Me' leads are cast". Korea JoongAng Daily. 8 April 2014.
- Kwon, Ji-youn (27 January 2015). "Actor Yeo Jin-goo, 17 going on 25". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2015-03-06.
- Kim, Jae-heun (13 May 2015). "Yeo Jin-goo promises romance in Orange Marmalade". The Korea Times.
- Koo, Yu-rim (28 August 2015). "Film depicts friendship in Korean War". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2015-09-12.
- "Becoming friends on screen and off". Korea JoongAng Daily. 22 September 2015.
- "Yeo Jin-goo to star in a new period drama". Korea JoongAng Daily. 26 March 2016.
- "SBS Drama Awards 2016 Winners". HanCinema. 31 December 2016. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
- "Yeo Jin-goo, Kim Kang-woo to star in tvN's new drama 'Circle'". The Korea Herald. 3 March 2017.
- "Yeo Jin-goo, Lee Jung-jae cast as prince, army leader in upcoming period flick". The Korea Herald. 25 August 2016. Retrieved 2016-12-20.
- "1987 Adds YOO Hae-jin, YEO Jin-gu and SUL Kyung-gu". Korean Film Biz Zone. 6 April 2017.
- "[단독] 여진구, SBS '다시 만난 세계' 남주 확정..이연희와 호흡". OSEN (in Korean). 9 June 2017.
- "Yeo Jin-goo Might Feel Like A Prince". BT News. 18 July 2017.
- Hwang Hye-jin (30 May 2018). "'절대그이' 측 "여진구X민아 출연 확정, 홍종현 검토 중"(공식)". Newsen (in Korean).
- "Yeo Jin-goo To Be Absolute Boyfriend in "Absolute Boyfriend"". Hancinema. 26 April 2018.
- "SBS 측 "'절대그이' 5월 수목극 확정…'배가본드' 9월 금토극 편성은 검토"[공식]". entertain.naver.com (in Korean). Retrieved 2019-06-05.
- "[공식] 여진구X이세영, '광해' 리메이크작 tvN '왕이 된 남자' 주연". Sports Chosun (in Korean). 29 August 2018.
- "tvN begins 2019 with period drama 'The Crowned Clown'". The Korea Times. 7 January 2019.
- '왕이 된 남자' 여진구, 김상경 희생으로 해피엔딩…'걸작사극' 호평 속 12.8% 기록 ['The Crowned Clown' Yeo Jin-goo gets a happy ending from Kim Sang-kyung's sacrifice... 'a masterpiece sageuk' with favorable reviews, setting a 12.8% record]. entertain.naver.com (in Korean). Retrieved 2019-06-04.
- "[TV북마크] '왕이 된 남자' 여진구, '갓진구' 됐다 (ft.인생캐 탄생)" ['The Crowned Clown' Yeo Jin-goo has become 'God Jin-goo' (ft. appearance of his life character)]. entertain.naver.com (in Korean). Retrieved 2019-06-04.
- "IU, Yeo Jin-goo cast in tvN drama". Korea JoongAng Daily. March 7, 2019.
- "'Hotel Del Luna' most watched TV series on weekend primetime". The Korea Times. August 4, 2019.
- 박지빈, 남지현, 여진구, 청소년 통일교육 홍보대사 위촉. Uni Korea (in Korean). 8 November 2010.
- 여진구, '아동학대예방의 날' 홍보대사로 위촉. BNT News (in Korean). 19 November 2012.
- '멈춰 학교폭력' 홍보대사 여진구. JoongAng Ilbo (in Korean). 31 October 2013.
- "Yeo Jin Goo! To Attend '2014 Vietnam Film Festival'". TenAsia. 15 April 2014.
- "Youth Film Festival to Open in Late August". The Chossun Ilbo. 15 July 2014.
- 나눔이음 홍보대사에 배우 여진구씨 위촉. Kuki News (in Korean). 1 December 2014.
- 타이완관광청, 배우 여진구 홍보대사 선정. Asia News Agency (in Korean). 13 May 2016.
- 하정우 최고배우상, 젊은 감독 인정 받았다 ‘女최고배우 박보영’. Newsen (in Korean). 13 November 2012.
- "Winners announced at 6th Mnet 20's Choice Awards". 10Asia. 29 June 2012.
- "Ha Jung-woo and Park Bo-young, The Best Actor and Actress". Hancinema. TV Report. 12 November 2012.
- "Herald Donga TV Lifestyle Awards presented". The Korea Herald. 6 December 2012.
- "[SIA] Yeo Jin Goo Talks Kiss Scenes and Entering His 20s at '2013 SIA'". enewsWorld. 24 October 2013.
- "[NW포토]여진구 "제가 베스트 드레서랍니다~"". Newsway (in Korean). 19 December 2013.
- 여진구 중앙대학교 연영과 합격, 훈男 새내기 된다. Asiae (in Korean). 4 November 2015.
- "SNOWPIERCER won the Best Film Award by Korean Film Critics". Korean Film Biz Zone. 19 November 2013.
- "HOPE Scores Best Film at 34th Blue Dragon Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. 25 November 2013.
- "Korean Film Reporters Name SNOWPIERCER Best of 2013". Korean Film Biz Zone. 28 January 2014.
- "백상예술대상, 영화-TV부문 인기투표 시작…최고 인기스타는 누구?". 매일경제 (in Korean). April 28, 2014.
- 송강호-심은경-여진구-천우희, 디렉터스 컷 어워즈 수상자 등극. Star MBN (in Korean). 11 August 2014.
- 여진구, 피어선영상페스티벌 트렌드초이스상 수상. Sports Khan (in Korean). 26 November 2014.
- 살빠진 여진구, 고3인데 성인남자 느낌 물씬[포토엔]. Newsen (in Korean). 27 February 2015.
- "2015 51st PaekSang Arts Awards : Most Popular Actor in a Movie Nominees List". May 15, 2015.
- "Check out the Winners from '2015 KBS Drama Awards'". BNT News. 4 April 2016.
- "[2016 SBS 연기대상] 여진구-김지영, 장편 드라마 부문 男女 우수연기상 수상". 10Asia (in Korean). 31 December 2016.
- "tvN Movies Results". tvN Movies Facebook.
- "54th Baeksang Arts Awards 2018 : Most Popular Actor Nominees List". April 16, 2018.
- Yoo, Chung-hee (April 4, 2019). "김서형·염정아·김혜자 등 '백상예술대상' TV부문 최종 후보 공개". Ten Asia (in Korean). Naver. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
- "'V LIVE Favorite Artist' of the 55th Baeksang Arts Awards!". vlive. April 18, 2019.
- "조정석·이하늬, 중편드라마 최우수상". 일간스포츠 (in Korean). January 1, 2020.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Yeo Jin-goo.|
- Yeo Jin-goo at Janus Entertainment (in Korean)