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.
|Born||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), Hotel del Luna (2019), and Beyond Evil(2021).
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 same year, he was cast in Hong sisters' fantasy mystery drama Hotel del Luna alongside IU.
In 2020, Yeo made a special voice appearance in the drama Start Up as Jang Young Shil, the AI speaker. He also made a live action cameo in the final episode as a start-up owner named Hong Ji Seok.
In 2021, Yeo starred in the psychological thriller drama Beyond Evil alongside Shin Ha-kyun as the main leads which premiered in February and aired on JTBC. Shin Ha-kyun and Yeo previously appeared in the film No Mercy for the Rude (2006) where Yeo played the younger version of Shin's character. And in June 2021, Yeo was confirmed as an MC for Girls Planet 999 which aired on Mnet in August. 
|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
|Award ceremony||Year||Category||Nominee / Work||Result||Ref.|
|Baeksang Arts Awards||2012||Best New Actror – Television||Moon Embracing the Sun||Nominated|
|2014||Best New Actor – Film||Hwayi: A Monster Boy||Nominated|
|Most Popular – Actor (Film)||Nominated|||
|2015||Shoot Me in the Heart||Nominated|||
|2018||Most Popular Actor||Warriors of the Dawn||Nominated|||
|2019||Best Actor – Television||The Crowned Clown||Nominated|||
|V LIVE Favorite Artist (Male)||Nominated|||
|Blue Dragon Film Awards||2013||Best New Actor||Hwayi: A Monster Boy||Won|||
|Buil Film Awards||2014||Best New Actor||Nominated|
|Director's Cut Awards||2014||Won|||
|Grand Bell Awards||2014||Nominated|
|2015||Shoot Me in the Heart||Nominated|
|Herald Donga TV Lifestyle Awards||2012||Style Icon Rookie||Yeo Jin-goo||Won|||
|KBS Drama Awards||2010||Best Young Actor||The Reputable Family||Nominated|
|2015||Best New Actor||Orange Marmalade||Won|||
|Netizen Award, Actor||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award||Yeo Jin-goo with Kim Seolhyun
|KOFRA Film Awards||2014||Best New Actor||Hwayi: A Monster Boy||Won|||
|Korean Association of Film Critics Awards||2013||Won|||
|Korea Best Dresser Swan Awards||2013||The Rising Star||Yeo Jin-goo||Won|||
|Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards||2013||Best New Actor (Film)||Hwayi: A Monster Boy||Won|||
|Korea Drama Awards||2012||Best Young Actor||Moon Embracing the Sun||Nominated|
|Marie Claire Film Festival||2015||Rookie Award||Shoot Me in the Heart||Won|||
|MBC Drama Awards||2012||Best Young Actor||Moon Embracing the Sun, Missing You||Won|||
|Popularity Award||Moon Embracing the Sun||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award||Yeo Jin-goo with Kim Yoo-jung
Moon Embracing the Sun
|Mnet 20's Choice Awards||2012||20's Upcoming 20's||Moon Embracing the Sun||Won|||
|Pierson Movie Festival||2012||Best Child Actor||Won|||
|2014||Trend Choice Award||Yeo Jin-goo||Won|||
|SBS Drama Awards||2008||Best Young Actor||Iljimae, Tazza, Gourmet||Won|||
|2016||Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama||The Royal Gambler||Won|||
|Best Couple Award||Yeo Jin-goo with Jang Keun-suk
The Royal Gambler
|2017||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Wednesday-Thursday Drama||Reunited Worlds||Nominated|
|2019||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama||My Absolute Boyfriend||Nominated|||
|Style Icon Awards||2012||Child Actor to Man||Yeo Jin-goo||Won|||
|tvN Movies Awards||2017||Most Promising Actor||Hwayi: A Monster Boy||Won|||
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