Yoo Ah-in

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Yoo Ah-in
Yoo Ah In.jpg
BornUhm Hong-shik
(1986-10-06) October 6, 1986 (age 28)
Daegu, South Korea
EducationKonkuk University - Film
OccupationActor
Years active2003–present
AgentUnited Artists Agency[1]
Korean name
Hangul유아인
Hanja
Revised RomanizationYu A-in
McCune–ReischauerYu A-in
Birth name
Hangul엄홍식
Hanja
Revised RomanizationEom Hong-sik
McCune–ReischauerŎm Hongsik
 
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This is a Korean name; the family name is Uhm. In stage/pen name, the surname is Yoo.
Yoo Ah-in
Yoo Ah In.jpg
BornUhm Hong-shik
(1986-10-06) October 6, 1986 (age 28)
Daegu, South Korea
EducationKonkuk University - Film
OccupationActor
Years active2003–present
AgentUnited Artists Agency[1]
Korean name
Hangul유아인
Hanja
Revised RomanizationYu A-in
McCune–ReischauerYu A-in
Birth name
Hangul엄홍식
Hanja
Revised RomanizationEom Hong-sik
McCune–ReischauerŎm Hongsik

Yoo Ah-in (born Uhm Hong-shik on October 6, 1986) is a South Korean actor. He is best known for his roles in the historical drama Sungkyunkwan Scandal and the coming-of-age film Punch.

Career[edit]

Uhm Hong-shik, a Daegu native, dropped out of high school to pursue acting. Using the stage name Yoo Ah-in, he made his acting debut in the youth series Sharp 1 in 2003. Various roles on film and television followed, from a lost teenager in low-budget indie Boys of Tomorrow, the lonely warrior in Chil-woo the Mighty, to the energetic patissier aspirant in Antique,[2] and a cheeky assistant in He Who Can't Marry.

Yoo's breakout role came in popular 2010 period drama Sungkyunkwan Scandal.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10] This was followed by his first big-screen leading role in the coming-of-age film Punch, a critical and box-office success in 2011.[11][12][13][14][15] His costar, veteran actor Kim Yoon-seok predicted that "In the next 10 years, he will be one of the biggest names in Korean cinema."[16]

But Yoo's next project Fashion King was poorly received by audiences, particularly its controversial ending.[17][18][19][20]

Considered one of the most outspoken and politically minded Korean actors of his generation, Yoo drew media attention in late 2012 when he tweeted a strongly worded criticism against the withdrawal of Ahn Cheol-soo from the presidential race.[21][22]

Cast as King Sukjong in the 2013 period drama Jang Ok-jung, Living by Love, a revisionist take on infamous royal concubine Jang Hui-bin,[23] Yoo called the role one of the biggest challenges of his career and he garnered favorable press reviews for his mature, charismatic and versatile portrayal.[16]

He then played the titular character "Kang-chul" in the film Tough as Iron, about a Busan pier worker who takes care of his mother afflicted with dementia and kidney disease.[24] Yoo and Tough as Iron costar Jung Yu-mi later collaborated again as voice actors in the animated film The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow.[25]

In 2014, he appeared in a quirky supporting role in Lee Han's Elegant Lies (this was Lee's second film adaptation of a Kim Ryeo-ryeong novel after Punch). Cable melodrama Secret Love Affair followed, in which Yoo played a piano prodigy who falls for a married, much older woman.[26] He next stars as an amoral young millionaire who faces off with a detective in Ryoo Seung-wan's crime thriller Veteran,[27] and as the tragic Crown Prince Sado in Lee Joon-ik's period drama Sado.[28]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearFilmRole
2006Boys of TomorrowJong-dae
2007Shim's Family (aka Skeletons in the Closet)Shim Yong-tae
2008AntiqueYang Ki-beom
2009Sky and OceanJin-goo
2011PunchDo Wan-deuk
2013Tough as IronKang-chul
2014The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow (animated)Kyung-chun (voice)
Elegant LiesChoo Sang-bak
2015VeteranJo Tae-oh
SadoCrown Prince Sado

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNetworkNotes
2003Sharp 1art student Yoo Ah-in
(guest appearance)
KBS2
2004April Kiss16-year-old Kang Jae-supKBS2
2005Shi-eun & Soo-haMin-sukKBS2Drama City episode
2008Chil-woo the MightyHeuksan / Kim HyukKBS2
2009He Who Can't MarryPark Hyun-kyuKBS2
2010Sungkyunkwan ScandalMoon Jae-shinKBS2
2011Yoo Ah-in's Launch My LifeHimselfMnetFashion/business reality show
2012Fashion KingKang Young-gulSBS
2013Jang Ok-jung, Living by LoveKing SukjongSBS
2014Secret Love AffairLee Sun-jaejTBC
Discovery of LoveWoodworking class student
(cameo, episode 16)
KBS2

Music video[edit]

YearSong TitleArtist
2004발자국 ("Footprints")T.O
2012"Only One"[29][30]BoA

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResultRef
2007Pyungtaek Film FestivalBest New ActorBoys of TomorrowWon
Pusan Film Critics AwardsBest New ActorWon
Blue Dragon Film AwardsBest New ActorShim's FamilyNominated
2008Director's Cut AwardsBest New ActorAntiqueWon[31]
2009KBS Drama AwardsBest New ActorHe Who Can't MarryNominated
2010A-Awards
(Audi Korea and Arena Homme +)
Style AwardN/AWon
KBS Drama AwardsBest Couple Award with Song Joong-kiSungkyunkwan ScandalWon
Best New ActorNominated
2011Mnet 20's Choice AwardsHot 20's VoiceN/AWon
Style Icon AwardsBonsang ("Main Award")N/AWon
2012KOFRA Film AwardsDiscovery AwardPunchWon
Mnet 20's Choice Awards20′s Male Movie StarNominated[32]
SBS Drama AwardsExcellence Award, Actor in a MiniseriesFashion KingNominated
2013SBS Drama AwardsExcellence Award, Actor in a Drama SpecialJang Ok-jung, Living by LoveNominated[33]
2014Baeksang Arts AwardsBest Actor (TV)Secret Love AffairNominated[34]
Korea Drama AwardsTop Excellence Award, ActorNominated
APAN Star AwardsTop Excellence Award, Actor in a MiniseriesNominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yoo Ah In signs with United Artists Agency". Allkpop. 5 January 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-05. 
  2. ^ "6 Korean Films to Screen at Berlin Festival". The Chosun Ilbo. 30 January 2009. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  3. ^ Lee Ji-hye, Lynn Kim (16 July 2010). "KBS TV series Sungkyunkwan Scandal press conf - Part 1". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  4. ^ Lee Ji-hye, Lucia Hong (16 July 2010). "KBS TV series Sungkyunkwan Scandal press conf - Part 2". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  5. ^ Lee Ji-hye, Jessica Kim (18 August 2010). "Song Joong-ki says will suggest Micky bed scene if ratings fall". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  6. ^ Choi, Ji-eun (12 November 2010). "INTERVIEW: Actor Yoo A-in - Part 1". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  7. ^ Choi, Ji-eun (12 November 2010). "INTERVIEW: Actor Yoo A-in - Part 2". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  8. ^ Choi, Ji-eun (12 November 2010). "INTERVIEW: Actor Yoo A-in - Part 3". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  9. ^ Lee, Ji-hye (8 December 2010). "Actor Yoo A-in's Song Picks". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  10. ^ Lee, Ji-hye (28 January 2011). "Actor Yoo A-in's Movie Picks". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  11. ^ Hong, Lucia (6 September 2011). "Actor Yoo A-in yearns for high school life". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  12. ^ "Yoo Ah In: 'I Can Do Everything in Front of Camera'". KBS Global. 17 October 2011. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  13. ^ Choi, Ji-eun (20 October 2011). "INTERVIEW: Actor Yoo A-in - Part 1". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  14. ^ Choi, Ji-eun (20 October 2011). "INTERVIEW: Actor Yoo A-in - Part 2". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  15. ^ Ki, Sun-min (21 October 2011). "Punch pushes actor into next phase of his career". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  16. ^ a b Do, Je-hae (17 June 2013). "New face of Korean drama: Yoo Ah-in steals show in SBS Jang Ok-Jung, Living by Love". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-06-28. 
  17. ^ Suk, Monica (14 March 2012). "Yoo A-in says Fashion King casts know what they are doing". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  18. ^ Choi, Bo-ran (14 March 2012). "Yoo Ah In talks about Fashion King: "We may be young, but it doesn’t necessarily mean we're amateurs"". Star News. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  19. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (17 March 2012). "Yoo Ah-in bares his fashion secrets". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  20. ^ Kim, Ji-yeon (9 June 2012). "Yoo Ah In On Fashion King End, Acting and His Goals". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  21. ^ Lee, Chul-ho (28 November 2012). "Where is Ahn Cheol-soo?". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-12-13. 
  22. ^ Lee, Tae-ho (27 December 2012). "FEATURE: Korean Celebs More Willing to Speak out Their Views". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-27. 
  23. ^ Kang, Jung-yeon (27 June 2013). "Yu A-in Bids Farewell to Fans of Jang Ok Jeong". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-06-28. 
  24. ^ "Yu A-in Gets Tough in New Flick". The Chosun Ilbo. 2 October 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-05. 
  25. ^ Conran, Pierce (27 January 2014). "The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow". Korean Cinema Today. Retrieved 2014-03-18. 
  26. ^ Lee, Jeong-bong (17 March 2014). "The cougar and the pianist". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-03-18. 
  27. ^ Jin, Eun-soo (8 March 2014). "Ryoo casts for Veteran". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-03-18. 
  28. ^ Conran, Pierce (13 May 2014). "YOO Ah-in and MOON Geun-young Confirmed for SADO". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  29. ^ Lee, Hye-ji (19 July 2012). "BoA partners with Yoo Ah-in in Only One music video". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
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  31. ^ Garcia, Cathy Rose A. (10 December 2008). "Ha, Kong Win Director's CUT Awards". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
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  34. ^ Hicap, Jonathan M. (30 April 2014). "Nominees in 50th Baeksang Art Awards revealed". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 2014-05-04. 

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