Kim Woo-bin

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Kim Woo-bin
Actor Kim Woo-bin arrives at the red carpet event of the Pifan in Bucheon on July 17, 2014.jpg
Kim Woo-bin at the 18th PiFan opening ceremony in Bucheon on July 17, 2014
BornKim Hyun-joong
(1989-07-16) July 16, 1989 (age 25)
Seoul, South Korea
EducationJeonju University
OccupationActor, model
Years active2009-present
AgentSidusHQ
Height187 cm (6 ft 1 12 in)
ReligionRoman Catholic
Korean name
Hangul김우빈
Revised RomanizationGim U-bin
McCune–ReischauerKim U-pin
Birth name
Hangul김현중
Hanja
Revised RomanizationGim Hyeon-jung
McCune–ReischauerKim Hyŏn-jung
Website
Official Website
 
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Kim Woo-bin
Actor Kim Woo-bin arrives at the red carpet event of the Pifan in Bucheon on July 17, 2014.jpg
Kim Woo-bin at the 18th PiFan opening ceremony in Bucheon on July 17, 2014
BornKim Hyun-joong
(1989-07-16) July 16, 1989 (age 25)
Seoul, South Korea
EducationJeonju University
OccupationActor, model
Years active2009-present
AgentSidusHQ
Height187 cm (6 ft 1 12 in)
ReligionRoman Catholic
Korean name
Hangul김우빈
Revised RomanizationGim U-bin
McCune–ReischauerKim U-pin
Birth name
Hangul김현중
Hanja
Revised RomanizationGim Hyeon-jung
McCune–ReischauerKim Hyŏn-jung
Website
Official Website

Kim Woo-bin (born Kim Hyun-joong on July 16, 1989) is a South Korean actor and model.[1] Kim Woo Bin originally debuted under the name Kim Hyun Joong, but changed it at the end of 2011 and began acting under his new stage name in the sitcom Vampire Idol.

Career[edit]

2009: Modelling Career[edit]

Instead of desiring to become an actor, Kim wanted to pursue a modeling career since his high school years. He debuted as a runway model in 2009 at the age of 20 and has since been appearing in prêt-à-porter and Seoul Fashion Week collections until the present.[2] His career slowly made its way up and soon enough, he started doing commercials which required basic acting skills. Obviously, he was lacking in this area. Not only he obtained a role model (Won-joo Moon) in the process of receiving acting lessons, this is the first time where he fell in love with the acting career.[3]

2011-2012: Acting Career beginnings, birth of his stage name Kim Woo-bin[edit]

When he was asked to act at pre-meetings for commercials, Woo-bin began studying acting to become a better model. He said, "But, in the course of doing so, I found myself feeling the same thrill and enthusiasm that I felt the first time I came to walk on the runway."[1] Under the stage name Kim Woo-bin, he made his acting debut in 2011, starring in mystery drama White Christmas and the cable sitcom Vampire Idol which was originally scheduled for 120 episodes, low viewer ratings lead to the show’s end at only 79 episodes.[4][5]

In 2012, he had a supporting role in the romantic comedy A Gentleman's Dignity.[6][7][8] Also, he appeared in the drama To the Beautiful You.

2013: Rising popularity[edit]

2013 became his breakout year.[9] First, he joined the ensemble cast of up-and-coming actors in the teen drama School 2013.[10][11]

This was followed by Kim Eun-sook's high-profile trendy drama The Heirs, in which he played the rebellious chaebol heir to a hotel and resorts chain who falls into an unrequited love.[12][13][14] His popularity rose after The Heirs, which led to increased advertising contracts and acting offers.[15][16][17]

Later that year, Kim appeared in his first major film role in Friend 2, the blockbuster sequel to Kwak Kyung-taek's 2001 box office hit.[18] Calling his role of a rising Busan gangster as "the ultimate in rebel roles," Kim said he loved the original film so much that when he heard a sequel was being developed, he pursued getting cast without even reading the script, gaining 9 kilograms for his role.[19][20][21][22]

He also became the host of cable music program M! Countdown beginning August 15, 2013.[23][24][25]

2014: Big Screen, International fame[edit]

Kim Woo Bin has been casted in two upcoming films: the heist movie Criminal Designer, in which he plays a top safe-cracker,[26] and indie director Lee Byung-heon's sophomore effort Twenty, about the lives and loves of a trio of friends who have just turned 20.[27]

Filmography[edit]

Television series[edit]

YearTitleRoleNetwork
2011Drama Special White ChristmasKang Mi-reuKBS2
Drama Special "Cupid Factory"RoyKBS2
Vampire IdolWoo-binMBN
2012A Gentleman's DignityKim Dong-hyubSBS
To the Beautiful YouJohn Kim (ep 9-10)[28]SBS
School 2013Park Heung-sooKBS2
2013The HeirsChoi Young-doSBS

Film[edit]

YearTitleRole
2012Runway Cop(cameo, last part)
2013Friend 2Han Sung-hoon
2014Criminal Designer (The Technicians)Ji-hyeok
2015TwentyChi-ho

Variety shows[edit]

YearTitleNetworkNotes
2011
Korea's Next Top Model, Cycle 2Onstyleguest
2012
Lord of the RingMBCEpisode 1
2013
Running ManSBSEpisode 138, 166
Hello CounselorKBSEpisode 115 with Lee Soo-hyuk and Hyun Woo
Hwasin – Controller of the HeartSBSEpisode 7
Style Log: PLAY BOYZOnStyleguest with Kim Young-kwang & Sung Joon
Mnet Wide StarcamMnet
2013-2014M! Countdownhost
2014
Four Sons and One DaughterMBCguest[29][30]
Running ManSBSEpisode 188-189, 191

Music video[edit]

YearSong TitleArtistRef.
2010"Kiss"Sandara Park
2013"Don't Mess With Me"2EYES[31][32]

Commercials and endorsements[edit]

'YearProductRef.
2010Samsung Securities
2012K-Food[33]
2013Cass Beer[34]
Buckaroo Jeans
Binggrae Banana Milk
Gatsby Hair Wax[35]
Trugen[36]
Lotte International Cooking Snacks[37]
Diadora[38]
2014Giordano
Sieg
Merrell[39]
Maxim Coffee[40]
Domino's Pizza

Runway shows[edit]

  • Lone Costume, 2006
  • Seoul F/W, 2008
  • Seoul F/W, 2009
  • Pret a Porter S/S, 2009
  • Seoul collection S/S, 2009
  • Maxim Fashion Show, 2009
  • Seoul collection F/W, 2010
  • Seoul collection S/S, 2010
  • Pret a Porter F/W, 2011
  • Seoul collection F/W, 2011
  • Pret a Porter S/S, 2011
  • Seoul collection S/S, 2011
  • Seoul Fashion Week D.GNAK by Kang D., 2011
  • Seoul Fashion Week Vanhart di Albazar, 2012
  • Seoul Fashion Week Dominic's Way, 2012
  • Seoul Fashion Week D.GNAK by Kang D., 2012
  • Seoul Fashion Week Vanhart di Albazar by Jung Du-young, 2013
  • Seoul Fashion Week D.GNAK by Kang D., 2013
  • Seoul Fashion Week Dominic's Way, 2013
  • Seoul Fashion Week F/W 2013: Kim Seo-ryong Homme, 2013
  • Guess Underwear Launching Show
  • Lie Sang Bong
  • Porsche
  • Louis Quatorze show
  • Loewe

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
20138th Asia Model Festival AwardsNew Star AwardN/AWon
49th Baeksang Arts AwardsBest New Actor (TV)
School 2013
Nominated
Most Popular Actor (TV)Nominated
7th Mnet 20's Choice Awards20's Booming Star – MaleNominated
6th Korea Drama AwardsBest New ActorNominated
2nd APAN Star AwardsBest New ActorWon
18th Anhui TV Drama Awards[41]Popular Foreign Actor
The Heirs
Won
SBS Drama AwardsTop 10 StarsWon
Popularity AwardNominated
20149th Asia Model Festival AwardsAsia Star AwardN/AWon
50th Baeksang Arts AwardsBest New Actor (Film)
Friend 2
Nominated
Most Popular Actor (Film)Nominated
Most Popular Actor (TV)
The Heirs
Nominated
2nd Asia Rainbow TV AwardsBest Supporting ActorNominated
18th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival[42]Fantasia AwardN/AWon
6th Singapore Entertainment AwardsMost Popular Korean TV ArtisteN/ANominated
9th Seoul International Drama AwardsPeople's Choice Actor
The Heirs
Pending

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Profile". SidusHQ. Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
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  22. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (8 November 2013). "12 years later, an iconic Friend returns". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
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