Seo In-guk

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Seo In-guk
Seo In-guk from acrofan.jpg
Background information
Also known asSeo In-gook
Born(1987-10-23) 23 October 1987 (age 26)
Ulsan, South Korea
GenresPop, Ballad, K-pop, R&B, J-pop, dance
OccupationsSinger, actor, model, dancer
Years active2009-present
LabelsJellyfish Entertainment/CJ E&M (South Korea)
Irving Entertainment/Nippon Crown (Japan)
WebsiteOfficial Korean website
Official Japanese website
 
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Seo In-guk
Seo In-guk from acrofan.jpg
Background information
Also known asSeo In-gook
Born(1987-10-23) 23 October 1987 (age 26)
Ulsan, South Korea
GenresPop, Ballad, K-pop, R&B, J-pop, dance
OccupationsSinger, actor, model, dancer
Years active2009-present
LabelsJellyfish Entertainment/CJ E&M (South Korea)
Irving Entertainment/Nippon Crown (Japan)
WebsiteOfficial Korean website
Official Japanese website
Korean name
Hangul서인국
Hanja
Revised RomanizationSeo In-guk
McCune–ReischauerSŏ In'guk

Seo In-guk (born October 23, 1987) is a South Korean singer and actor. He launched his singing career after winning the talent reality show Superstar K in 2009, and made his acting breakthrough in the 2012 cable series Reply 1997.

Early life[edit]

Seo In-guk came from a poor family in Ulsan who collected recyclables for a living.[1] He started dreaming of becoming a singer when he was 10, after listening to rocker Kim Jung-min. Being a timid boy, the young Seo discovered his talent by standing on stage at family gatherings and school events. He studied Applied Music at Daebul University, and eventually started to audition at some of the biggest entertainment agencies.[2] After being repeatedly rejected and told to lose weight, Seo struggled with bulimia but the vomiting only damaged his vocal cords temporarily.[3][4] In the TV show Mamma Mia attended by both In-guk and his mom, it was surprisingly revealed that In-guk was conceived immediately after his parents met each other in December 1986. In-guk's father did not even know In-guk's mother was seven years older than him until after In-guk was born and they went to register their wedding and pick up In-guk's birth certificate.[5]

Career[edit]

2009: Superstar K[edit]

Despite the setbacks, he never gave up completely and in 2009 he joined Mnet's talent reality show Superstar K. He was declared the music program's season 1 winner.

The spotlight came with a hectic schedule of recordings, photo shoots, interviews and television broadcasts, followed by chart-topping singles and albums.[6] But Seo also had to deal with the negative consequences of fame, including plastic surgery rumors, cold-shoulder treatment from the three major networks for cable stars like him, and the unfair label of being an "instant star."[7][8]

2012: Acting Debut and Reply 1997[edit]

In 2012 Seo became part of the cast of homegrown jukebox musical Gwanghwamun Love Song.[9] He then made his onscreen acting debut with a supporting role in KBS's Love Rain.[10][11][12] Aiming to expand his career in Japan, he also signed with Japanese agency Irving Entertainment.[13][14][15]

He landed his first leading role later that year, in cable channel tvN's '90s nostalgic hit drama Reply 1997. Seo's portrayal of a teenage boy in unrequited love with his childhood best friend won praise from both audiences and critics.[16][17][18][19][20][21]

Shortly after, he appeared in MBC's The Sons (also known as Rascal Sons), saying he chose the 50-episode weekend family drama because he wanted to watch and learn from his senior colleagues in the ensemble cast.[22][23][24][25][26]

2013: Return to Singing and First Film[edit]

Seo joined the newly launched reality/variety show I Live Alone in January 2013 (he later took a break from the show six months later in June, due to work commitments).[27] He was also cast in the romantic comedy film Police Family, about a girl from a family of policemen who marries a young man from a family of criminals.[28]

But more significantly, Seo returned to the music scene in April 2013 with the single With Laughter or with Tears. The title song is the first time he sang a soulful ballad, and actress Ku Hye-sun appeared in the music video, which depicts the agony after a break up.[29][30][31] Ku also composed the music and lyrics for the track Were We Happy.[32][33] This was followed several weeks later by his Japanese debut, with the release of the single Fly Away.[34][35]

In June 2013, he was cast in Master's Sun, a horror-romantic comedy TV series written by the Hong Sisters, playing a former soldier who served in the Zaytun Division and after his discharge becomes the head of security of a shopping mall company.[36][37] In October 2013, he starred in his first big-screen leading role in No Breathing, a coming-of-age film about two swimming rivals.[38][39]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNetwork
2012Love RainKim Chang-mo (1970s)
Kim Jeon-seol (2012)
KBS2
Reply 1997Yoon Yoon-jaetvN
The SonsYoo Seung-giMBC
2013I Live AlonehimselfMBC
Master's SunKang WooSBS
Reply 1994Yoon Yoon-jae (cameo, ep 16-17)tvN

Film[edit]

YearTitleRole
2013No BreathingWon-il

Music Video appearance[edit]

YearTitleArtist
2012Please Don't...K.Will
2013Would You?Swings feat. Seo In-guk
Pick Up the PhonePhone

Musical theatre[edit]

YearTitleRole
2012Gwanghwamun Love SongHyun-woo

Discography[edit]

Album informationTracklisting
부른다 (Calling)
달려와 (Run to Me)
Just Beginning
애기야 (Aegiya) Repackaged Album
Take
Jelly Christmas
  • Digital single
  • Released: December 6, 2010
  • Label: Jellyfish Entertainment
Broken
Shake It Up
Jelly Christmas 2011
Fate (Like a Fool)
Perfect Fit
Love Story - Part 1
Love Story - Part 2
Jelly Christmas 2012 Heart Project
  • Digital single
  • Released: December 6, 2012
  • Label: Jellyfish Entertainment
Y.BIRD from Jellyfish Island with Seo In-guk
With Laughter or with Tears
Fly Away
No Matter What

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
2009Cyworld Digital Music AwardsMale Newcomer of the Year
Calling
Won
20125th Korea Drama AwardsBest Couple Award with Jung Eun-ji
Reply 1997
Won
Best New ActorWon
5th Style Icon AwardsTop 10 Style Icons with Jung Eun-jiWon
1st K-Drama Star AwardsRising Star AwardWon
Best Couple Award with Jung Eun-jiWon
Best OST"All for You" (with Jung Eun-ji)Won
14th Mnet Asian Music AwardsBest OSTWon
4th Melon Music AwardsBest OSTWon
MBC Drama AwardsBest New ActorThe SonsNominated
KBS Drama AwardsBest New ActorLove RainNominated
20132nd Gaon Chart K-Pop AwardsSong of the Year (September)"All for You" (with Jung Eun-ji)Won
49th Baeksang Arts AwardsBest New TV ActorReply 1997Nominated
SBS Drama AwardsNew Star Award
Master's Sun
Won

Music programs[edit]

Seo In-guk's wins on Korea's televised music shows. M! Countdown and Music Triangle are aired on Korean cable channels Mnet and KM, respectively.

M! Countdown[edit]

YearDateSong
2010May 20사랑해 U ("Love U")

Music Triangle[edit]

YearDateSong
2012September 19[44]"All For You" (with Jung Eun-ji)

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Han, Sang-hee (10 November 2009). "Superstar Winner’s First Step to His Dream". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  3. ^ Ho, Stewart (19 April 2012). "Seo In Guk Reveals His Battle With Bulimia For a Past JYP Audition". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
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  5. ^ "[Mia - Mamma Mia]" (in Korean). Mamma Mia. 2013-06-16. 2 minutes in. KBS.
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