Joo Won

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Joo Won
Joo Won at Fashion King VIP Premiere
BornMoon Jun-won
(1987-09-30) September 30, 1987 (age 27)
Seoul, South Korea
EducationKaywon High School of Arts
Sungkyunkwan University (Film and Television)
Graduate School of Mass Communications at Konkuk University
OccupationActor, Singer
Years active2007-present
AgentSim Entertainment
Korean name
Revised RomanizationJu-won
Birth name
Revised RomanizationMun Jun-won
McCune–ReischauerMun Chun-wŏn
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Joo Won
Joo Won at Fashion King VIP Premiere
BornMoon Jun-won
(1987-09-30) September 30, 1987 (age 27)
Seoul, South Korea
EducationKaywon High School of Arts
Sungkyunkwan University (Film and Television)
Graduate School of Mass Communications at Konkuk University
OccupationActor, Singer
Years active2007-present
AgentSim Entertainment
Korean name
Revised RomanizationJu-won
Birth name
Revised RomanizationMun Jun-won
McCune–ReischauerMun Chun-wŏn

Joo Won (Hangul: 주원; born Moon Jun-won, September 30, 1987) is a South Korean actor.[1] He is best known for starring in King of Baking, Kim Takgu, Ojakgyo Family, Bridal Mask and Good Doctor.

Early life[edit]

Moon Jun-won was born in Seoul, South Korea. The youngest in the family, he takes after his father in terms of personality while his physical appearance mirrored that of his mother. His mother has tried out for a talent search during her younger days, passing two out of three examinations.[2]

When he was eight, his parents sent him and his brother abroad to study in the U.S. However, they came back to Korea after just six months. Joo Won revealed, "If I'd known, I would have stayed a little longer".[3]

Due to his introvert nature, his parents encouraged him to join plays in the third year of middle school.[4] He joined an Arts and Drama high school - later revealed to be Kaywon High School of Arts[5] - and continued his education on Theatre and Arts in Sungkyunkwan University.[4] In 2013, Joo Won announced that he will be furthering his studies at Konkuk University.[6]


2006-2009: Debut as a musical actor[edit]

Upon making it into college, Joo Won's father came up with the stage name "Joo Won" for him as the Hangul pronunciation of the name sounds similar to "God-willing".[2][7]

With his love for singing, he became involved in Frees, a co-ed television performance group formed by SBS as part of a children's TV program. The show premiered in 2006, but Joo Won left the show quickly thereafter.[8] Joo Won later auditioned for the stage musical Altar Boyz, based on the American musical of the same name.[4] This musical role was a first of many to come, as he later appeared in other musicals, namely Singles, Grease, Sinsangnam, and most notably, Spring Awakening.

Originally, Joo Won was the understudy for Melchior in Spring Awakening. However, the original actor who played Melchior left the musical midway through the production, thus allowing Joo Won to perform later on in the production.[9] His performance in Spring Awakening caught the attention of his future agency, Sim Entertainment.[10]

2010-2013: Appearance in the small screen[edit]

Joo Won first appeared in the 2010 television drama King of Baking, Kim Takgu (also known as Bread, Love and Dreams) as the antagonist to the titular character. King of Baking, Kim Takgu recorded high viewership ratings of over 50%,[11] earning a "national drama" status. He went on to star in the KBS2 weekend family drama Ojakgyo Family in 2011, opposite Uee. The drama revolves around four brothers and the Ojakgyo farm, and both Joo Won and UEE have been praised for their convincing performances as rookie actors.[12] For his portrayal as Hwang Tae-hee, Joo Won took home the Best New Actor award at the 2011 KBS Drama Awards.[13]

However, it was Joo Won's third small screen project Bridal Mask that truly propelled him to rising popularity. His excellent portrayal of the complex Lee Kang-to - a pro-Japanese Korean police officer by day and a masked vigilante who fights for Korean independence by night - earned him much praises from critics and audiences.[14] For his role in Bridal Mask, Joo Won took home the Popularity Award and Excellence Award at the 2012 KBS Drama Awards.[15] Just as Joo Won began filming Bridal Mask, he also joined the second season of Korea's popular variety program 1 Night 2 Days.[16] Among many other traits, he has revealed himself to be an avid A Pink fan, and a man who gets stressed out by quizzes.[17][18][19] In the spring of 2013, he starred in the MBC television series 7th Grade Civil Servant, alongside Choi Kang-hee who is 10 years his senior. The drama is based on the action-romance movie My Girlfriend Is an Agent.[20] At the 2013 MBC Drama Awards, Joo Won was awarded the Excellence Award for an Actor in the Miniseries category.[21]

In May 2013, Joo Won was offered his most challenging role to date - the role of Park Shi-on, an autistic savant who becomes a genius pediatric surgeon - for the KBS television series Good Doctor.[22] At the 2013 KBS Drama Awards, he swept four awards for his portrayal, namely Top Excellence Award for an Actor, Netizens' Award, PD Award (chosen by TV directors from KBS, SBS & MBC), and Best Couple Award with Moon Chae-won.[23]

Late 2013-2014: Return to musical, and film and drama works[edit]

After four years of absence from the musical scene, Joo Won returned to the musical stage with the Korean version of Ghost the Musical.[24] Due to schedule conflicts, he has since stepped down from 1 Night 2 Days to concentrate on his acting career.[25] In late 2013, Joo Won starred in the romantic comedy movie Steal My Heart (also known as Catch Me) opposite Kim Ah-joong.[26][27]

In early 2014, Joo Won confirmed that he would be starring in Fashion King.[28] The film, based on a popular webtoon of the same title, tells of a male student who tries to win the heart of the most popular girl in school by becoming the most handsome and best dressed.[29] Sulli of f(x), Park Se-young and Ahn Jae-hyun complete the line-up of the movie.[30] The film premiered in theaters on 6th November 2014.[31]

In the middle of the year, Joo Won went back and forth between Korea and China for the filming of the Chinese film Passion Heaven, signalling an entry into the Chinese market following the revelation of his increasing popularity in the country.[32]

Joo Won returned to the small screen in the fall of 2014 with Cantabile Tomorrow, the Korean adaptation of Nodame Cantabile, playing a cynical and eccentric genius musician.[33][34][35][36] Nodame Cantabile being one of the best-selling Japanese manga of all time, was adapted as a live-action television drama in Japan with mostly positive reviews.[37]


Television drama[edit]

2010King of Baking, Kim TakguGu Ma-jun / Seo Tae-joKBS2
2011Ojakgyo FamilyHwang Tae-hee
2012Bridal MaskLee Kang-to / Sato Hiroshi / Gaksital
20137th Grade Civil ServantHan Gil-ro / Han Pil-hoonMBC
Good DoctorPark Si-onKBS2
2014Cantabile TomorrowCha Yoo-jin


2011S.I.U.Kim Ho-ryong
2012Don't ClickJoon-hyuk
Niko 2 : Little Brother, Big TroubleNikoKorean dubbing
2013Steal My HeartLee Ho-tae
2014Fashion KingWoo Ki-myung
Passion HeavenQu Wei Ran

Musical theatre[edit]

2007Altar BoyzMatthew
2009SinsangnamYeon Ha-nam
Spring AwakeningMelchior
2013-2014Ghost the MusicalSam Wheat


2012Memories of civilization - MapFour-part series documentary

Variety shows[edit]

2006FreesHimselfPermanent memberSBS
2010Night StarHimselfEpisode 16, 17 (King of Baking, Kim Takgu special Part 1 & 2)KBS2
Chuseok Special King of Baking, Kim TakguHimself
Happy TogetherHimselfEpisode 166 (King of Baking, Kim Takgu special)
2011Win WinHimselfEpisode 46, secret guest for Jeon In-hwa
HimselfEpisode 87, secret guest for Uhm Tae-woong
Come To PlayHimselfEpisode 363MBC
2012Happy TogetherHimselfEpisode 236 (Ojakgyo Family special)KBS2
Gag ConcertHimselfGuest for episode 647 (Sensibility segment)
1 Night & 2 Days Season 2HimselfPresent, permanent member (episode 233 - 317)
Lee Seung-yeon & 100 WomenHimselfEpisode 101Story on
Win WinHimselfEpisode 137KBS2
2013Happy TogetherHimselfEpisode 310 (Good Doctor cast - Handsome Guy Special)KBS2
Entertainment WeeklyHimself21 September 2013 Episode (Guerrilla Date)KBS2
One Night of TV EntertainmentHimself16 October 2013 Episode (with Kim Ah-joong)SBS
Section TVHimself10 November 2013 EpisodeMBC
You Hee-yeol's SketchbookHimself15 November 2013 Episode (with Ivy)KBS2
Section TVHimself24 November 2013 EpisodeMBC
Gag ConcertHimself1 December 2013 Episode (Guest for Nom Nom Nom segment)KBS2
Witch HuntHimself13 December 2013 Episode 19 (with Kim Ah-joong)JTBC
TaxiHimself16 December 2013 Episode 315TVN (South Korea)
2014Global Request Show: A Song For YouHimselfEpisode 15KBS World
Joo Won's Life LogHimselfRegular castKNTV Japan
Running Man[38]HimselfGuestSBS
Happy TogetherHimselfEpisode 370 (Fashion King (film) - Fashion People)KBS2
Witch HuntHimselfEpisode 64 (with Ahn Jae-hyun)JTBC


2011KBS Drama Awards
201349th Baeksang Arts Awards


Music Video Appearances[edit]

2010"Miss You"S.M. THE BALLAD
2012"I Made Another Woman Cry"[39]2BiC


2010King of Baking, Kim Takgu OST (Part 7)"내 사랑 (My Love)"
2012Bridal Mask OSTTrack 5 - "심판의 날 (Judgment Day)"
Track 7 - "사랑 그리고 사랑 (Love and Love)"
20137th Grade Civil Servant OST"사랑할 줄 몰라서 (I Don't Know Love)"
2013Good Doctor OST"소독약 (Love Medicine)"
"내가 만일 (If I Were)"
2014Cantabile Tomorrow OST"이노센트 (Innocente)"

Awards and nominations[edit]

200915th Korean Musical AwardsBest New ActorSpring AwakeningNominated
20104th The Musical AwardsBest New ActorNominated
KBS Drama AwardsBest New ActorKing of Baking, Kim TakguNominated
2011Asia Model Festival AwardsSpecial Award - Best New ModelWon
KBS Drama AwardsBest New ActorOjakgyo FamilyWon
201248th Baeksang Arts AwardsBest New Actor in TVWon
Best New Actor in FilmS.I.U.Nominated
Mnet 20's Choice Awards20's Drama Star (Male)Bridal MaskNominated
KBS Entertainment AwardsBest Newcomer in Show/Variety2 Days & 1 NightWon
KBS Drama AwardsTop Excellence Award, ActorBridal MaskNominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial DramaWon
Best Couple Award with Park Ki-woongNominated
Best Couple Award with Jin Se-yeonNominated
Popularity AwardWon
20th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards[40]Top Excellence Award, ActorNominated
1st K-Drama Star Awards[41]Excellence Award, ActorWon
Drama Fever AwardsBest Bromance AwardWon
201349th Baeksang Arts AwardsMost Popular Actor in TVNominated
Most Popular Actor in FilmDon't ClickNominated
6th Korea Drama Awards[42]Male Top Excellence (Best Actor)Good DoctorNominated
2nd APAN Star Awards[43]Male Top Excellence Award / Best Leading ActorNominated
KBS Drama Awards[44]Best Couple Award with Moon Chae-wonWon
Top Excellence Award, ActorWon
PD Award (chosen by PDs from KBS, SBS & MBC)Won
Netizens' AwardWon
MBC Drama Awards[45]Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries7th Grade Civil ServantWon
201426th Korea Producers & Directors (PD) Awards[46]Best PerformerGood DoctorWon
50th Baeksang Arts AwardsBest Actor in TVNominated
Most Popular Actor in TVNominated
Most Popular Actor in FilmSteal My HeartNominated
9th Seoul International Drama AwardsOutstanding Korean ActorGood DoctorNominated
People's Choice Award (Korea)Nominated


2010KFC Zinger S
Real Company ASK
2012Lotte Chilsung Cantanta Stick CoffeeWith UEE
Nong Shim Doongji Cold Noodles
SK Telecom T-Store
EdwinWith Jin Se-yeon and Ha Yeon-joo
LAB SERIES Age Rescue + Water-Charged Gel Cream[48]


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  3. ^ "Joo Won Reveals Moon Joon Won's Secrets (30 Questions 30 Answers)". 26 September 2012. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  4. ^ a b c "Joo Won, the Genuine Instrument, Becoming the Uprising Lucky Star". 2 September 2012. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
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  12. ^ "'Ojakgyo Brothers' adds eight more episodes to series". 30 December 2011. Retrieved 2013-10-19. 
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  31. ^ "'Fashion King' releases BTS photos of its fashion-forward cast". 11 November 2014. Retrieved 2014-12-06. 
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