Joo Won

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Joo Won
BornMoon Jun-won
(1987-09-30) September 30, 1987 (age 26)
Seoul, South Korea

School of Art (Theatre)
Sungkyunkwan University (Film and Television)

Graduate School of Mass Communications at Konkuk University
OccupationActor, Musical Actor
Years active2007-present
Korean name
Revised RomanizationJu-won
Birth name
Revised RomanizationMun Jun-won
McCune–ReischauerMun Chun-wŏn
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Joo Won
BornMoon Jun-won
(1987-09-30) September 30, 1987 (age 26)
Seoul, South Korea

School of Art (Theatre)
Sungkyunkwan University (Film and Television)

Graduate School of Mass Communications at Konkuk University
OccupationActor, Musical Actor
Years active2007-present
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 well known for his roles in Bridal Mask, King of Baking, Kim Takgu, Ojakgyo Family and Good Doctor.

Early life[edit]

Moon Jun-won was born on 30 September 1987 in Seoul, South Korea. He is the youngest child of the family, and has an older brother who is five years older. He takes after his father in terms of personality, while his physical appearance mirrored that of his mother. His mother has even tried out for a talent search during her younger days, passing two out of three examinations.[2]

When he was eight years old, his parents sent him and his brother abroad to study in the U.S. However, the brothers 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 be involved in plays when he was in the third year of middle school.[4] He joined an Arts and Drama high school, 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.[5]


2006-2009: Career beginnings, stage name, and musical debuts[edit]

Upon making it into college, Joo Won's father came up with the stage name "Joo Won" for him.[2] The Hangul pronunciation of the name sounds similar to "God-willing".[6] Joo Won worked harder than anyone else in the university to pursue the dream of becoming an actor, upon realizing this as his passion.[4] Given the opportunity, he participated in as many plays and musicals as possible during his studying years.

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 after.[7] Later, Joo Won auditioned for the Korean version musical known as Altar Boyz, with the support of his university seniors. Armed with singing, acting and dancing abilities, Joo Won landed a role in the musical.[4] This musical role was a first of many to come, as he later became involved with other musicals, namely Singles, Grease, Sinsangnam, and most notably, Spring Awakening.

In Spring Awakening, Joo Won was the understudy for the main character, Melchior. Kim Mu Yeol originally played Melchior but had to leave due to personal reasons.[8] As a result, Joo Won stepped up to play the lead. Even before getting the big break, Joo Won always made sure he was a diligent understudy, "Although I couldn’t perform when Mu Yeol hyung was acting, but out of the 100 performances Mu Yeol hyung gave, I watched more than 80. Aside from the times were I had to go and sit for my exams and other unavoidable situations, I always went to watch the performance. Everytime Mu Yeol hyung saw me, he would always say to me 'Why do you come so diligently?'"[8]

Nevertheless, Joo Won's professional attitude translated well into his performance in Spring Awakening, thus catching the attention of his future agency, Sim Entertainment.[9] Representative Sim explained, "That ability to act a two-and-a-half-hour performance over eight months without rotating with another actor, to do it all by himself, it’s really awesome. At that time, his role was a physically demanding one. So I asked Joo Won, ‘Will you survive after these performances are over?’ Joo Won answered that within a month from the start of his performance, he lost 10 kg. At that time, I said to myself, 'Ah, this friend is really too honest'.".[9]

2010-2011: Early recognition in the small screen[edit]

However, it was not until his first television drama in 2010, King of Baking, Kim Takgu, where he caught the attention of television viewers. King of Baking, Kim Takgu recorded high viewer ratings of over 50%,[10] earning a 'national drama' status.[11] In the drama, Joo won took on the role of the main antagonist, where he played the jealous and bitter, yet pitiful half-brother of the protagonist, Kim Tak gu. Joo won's portrayal of a character with deep emotional scars evoked viewer's sympathy. Together with Yoon Shi-yoon, both emerged as next generation's stars.

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] The drama enjoyed soaring ratings, hitting 36.3%.[13] For his portrayal as an edgy, taciturn but fillial Hwang Tae-hee, Joo Won showcased his acting range and took home the Best New Actor award at the 2011 KBS Drama Award.[14]

2012-2013: Rise in popularity, and growth as an actor[edit]

In 2012, he appeared in his third small screen project, the KBS 2012 blockbuster drama Bridal Mask, in which he played the title character. Bridal Mask ended on a high note, recording its highest viewer ratings at 22.9%, which was ranked the highest in its time slot.[15] His excellent portrayal of the complex character Lee Kang To earned him much praises and propelled him to further stardom.[16] For his role in Bridal Mask, Joo won took home the Popularity award and Excellence award in the 2012 KBS Drama Award.[17]

Around the same time when Joo Won began filming Bridal Mask, he became the permanent cast of the second season of Korea's popular variety program 1 Night 2 Days.[18] His fan base also significantly widened thanks to his appearance on the variety show.[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.[20] The drama is based on the action-romance movie My Girlfriend Is an Agent.[21] Here, he portrayed a bright and dynamic character, a sharp contrast to his usual darker roles, thus showing a different colour to who he is.[22] The drama premiered to strong ratings at 12.7% but it steadily went down and the finale recorded a low 8.4%.[23][24] During the 2013 MBC Drama Awards, Joo Won was awarded the Excellence Award for an Actor in the mini-series category.[25]

In May 2013, Joo Won was offered the role of Park Shi-on, an autistic savant who becomes a genius pediatric surgeon, for the KBS television series Good Doctor.[26] Good Doctor broke through the 20% mark and had its peak ratings of 21.5%.[27] At the 2013 KBS Drama Awards, he took home four awards for his portrayal as Park Shi-on, namely Top Excellence Award for an Actor, Netizens' Award, PD Award (chosen by PDs from KBS, SBS & MBC), and Best Couple Award with Moon Chae-won.[28]

After four years of absence from the musical scene, Joo Won chose to return to the musical stage by participating in the Korean version of Ghost the Musical.[29] Due to schedule conflicts, he has since stepped down from 1 Night 2 Days to concentrate on his acting career.[30]

Late 2013-2014: Film Works[edit]

In late 2013 Joo Won has begun to undertake various casting for movies, releasing his latest film Catch Me and possibly taking on upcoming movies for 2014. Rumors had surfaced online of Joo Won possibly taking on the role of the Male lead of the Korean movie Fashion King starring alongside Sulli. The movie's production company announced on 27 December 2013, "Joo Won, f(x)'s Sulli, and Kim Sung Oh have been confirmed to star in the film 'Fashion King'." A rep from Joo Won's agency Sim Entertainment stated, "After being in talks for 'Fashion King', it is true that Joo Won's casting was recently confirmed."'Fashion King' (not to be confused with the past drama or the survival variety show of the same title) is based on a popular webtoon and portrays the story of a male student Woo Ki-Myung (Joo Won) who becomes interested in fashion and tries to become the most handsome and best dressed man around. The reason for his decision is due to his wish to become a cool enough guy to catch the attention of the ulzzang girl in his class portrayed by Park Se-young. [31] Sulli will be taking on the role of Kwak Eun-Jin (Sulli) likes Woo Ki-Myung. She attempts to change her style to catch his attention. [32] Filming for Fashion King had began in mid January and will be released by the second half of the year.

In early 2014, Joo Won had received an offer for C'est Si Bon a biopic based on the '70s Korean folk band.[33] Joo Won has yet to accept the offer but is reviewing the role positively. If Joo Won decides to take the offer filming will begin by the second half of 2014.


Television drama[edit]

2010Bread, Love and DreamsGu 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 Shi-onKBS2


2011Special Investigation UnitKim Ho-ryong
2012Don't ClickJoon-hyuk
Niko 2 : Little Brother, Big TroubleNikoKorean dubbing
2013Catch MeLee Ho-tae
2014Fashion King[34]Woo Ki-myung
C'est Si BonPending

Musical theatre[edit]

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


2012Memories of civilization - MapFour-part series documentary

Variety Appearances[edit]

2006FreesHimselfPermanent memberSBS
2010Night StarHimselfEpisode 16, 17 (Bread, Love and Dreams special Part 1 & 2)KBS2
Chuseok Special Bread, Love and DreamsHimself
Happy TogetherHimselfEpisode 166 (Bread, Love and Dreams 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 (singer))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


2011KBS Drama Awards
2013The 49th PaekSang Arts Awards


Music Video Appearances[edit]

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


2010Bread, Love and Dreams OST (Part 7)"내 사랑 (My Love)"
2012Bridal Mask OSTTrack 5 - "심판의 날 (Judgment Day)"with Lee Jung Hyun
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)"

Awards and nominations[edit]

200915th Korean Musical AwardsMale Rookie AwardSpring AwakeningNominated
2010The 4th Musical AwardsMale Rookie AwardNominated
KBS Drama AwardsBest New ActorBread, Love and DreamsNominated
2011Asia Model Festival AwardsModel Special Rookie AwardWon
KBS Drama AwardsBest New ActorOjakgyo FamilyWon
201248th Baeksang Arts AwardsBest New Actor in TVWon
Best New Actor in FilmSpecial Investigation UnitNominated
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 (Serial Drama)Won
Best Couple Award with Park Ki-woongNominated
Best Couple Award with Jin Se-yeonNominated
Popularity AwardWon
20th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards[35]Top Excellence Award, ActorNominated
1st K-Drama Star Awards[36]Excellence Awards, ActorNominated
201349th Baeksang Arts AwardsMost Popular Actor in TVNominated
Most Popular Actor in FilmDon't ClickNominated
Korea Drama Awards[37]Male Top Excellence (Best Actor)Good DoctorNominated
APAN Star Awards[38]Male Top Excellence Award / Best Leading ActorNominated
KBS Drama Awards[39]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[40]Male Excellence Award for Mini-series7th Grade Civil ServantWon


2010KFC Jinger S
Real Company ASK
2012Lotte Chilsung Cantana Stick CoffeeWith UEE
Nong Shim Doongji Cold Noodles
SK Telecom T-Store
EdwinWith Jin Se-yeon


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