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FILMOGRAPHY

❄️ TV Shows ❄️

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  • Hospital Playlist (tvN, 2020)
  • Mr. Sunshine (tvN, 2018)
  • Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim (SBS, 2016)
  • Warm and Cozy (MBC, 2015)
  • Reply 1994 (tvN, 2013)
  • Gu Family Book (MBC, 2013)
  • What is Mom (MBC, 2012)
  • Tasty Life (SBS, 2012)
  • Late Night Hospital (MBC, 2011)
  • Pure Pumpkin Flower (SBS, 2010)
  • Running (MBC, 2010)
  • Soul (MBC, 2009)
  • Dream (SBS, 2009)
  • General Hospital 2 (MBC, 2008)

❄️Movies ❄️

  • Perfect Proposal (2015)
  • The Mood That Day (2015)
  • Beauty Inside (2015)
  • The Royal Tailor (2014)
  • Whistle Blower (2014)
  • Hwa-yi (2013)
  • Born to Sing (2013)
  • Wolf Boy (2012)
  • Scary Stories (2012)
  • Two Weddings and a Funeral (2012)
  • Architecture 101 (2012)
  • Eighteen, Nineteen (2012)
  • Moscow (2011)
  • Re-encounter (2011)
  • Short! Short! Short! 2009 (2009)
  • A Mercy Killing (2008)
  • Old Boy (2003)

 

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RECOGNITION/NOMINATIONS

  • 2018 3rd Asia Artist Awards :Artist of the Year - Television / Film
  • Best Actor Award
  • 2018 2nd Seoul Awards : Best Supporting Actor (Mr. Sunshine)
  • 2016 SBS Drama Awards
  • Excellence Actor in Genre Drama (Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim)
  • Best Couple Award with Seo Hyun Jin (Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim)
  • Best Kiss Award with Seo Hyun Jin (Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim)

 

 

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  • BangBang
  • Beanpole Accessory
  • Maeil Cafe Latte
  • Everland
  • Goodfeel
  • Median Dental Care
  • KakaoTalk Stickers
  • We Make Price
  • Clarisonic
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  • The North Face – White Label Collection
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  • Hot 6 Light Drink
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  • Olleh 4G LTE
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  • Maxim Iced Coffee
  • Nintendo Wii
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On 8/27/2020 at 5:25 AM, kiklaminho said:

Is it me or Yoo became more handsome lately?thats me watching YYS's videos

I think he’s always been handsome :smug: , and  he ages well . So I like how he looks now even more 

 

The actors from HP see their stars shine brighter after S1 

In his latest advertorial with Lee Chung Ah ! 

 

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I watched SteelRain2 in amazonprime and I liked it.

I like this type of movies so I knew I will be a fan of it.Only difference is if YYS was not in I would not spent my money to watch it.

On the 26 min of the movie YYS appears with that particular hairstyle and I started fangirling all bymyself in my living room.

I love his acting and one of the reasons I stan him is that I know he always gives his 100% in everything he does.

Drama, movies, cf, variety shows etc.

I have no idea of Korean language but my boy said he tried hard to learn the North Korean accent thus I paid extra attention to compare   Jung Woo' accent  as SK president and YYS and  I noticed it.

YYS had a great chemistry with the actor who plays the american president

and YYS english is pretty good.He did a good job there.In steel rain 2 the NK chairman portrayed different from what I used to watch up to now and I liked that. Steel Rain 2 has nothing to do with the first one.I like both even though they are different.

I am not going to write a review for the movie in YYS thread but I recommend it.

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Ooo @kiklaminho it’s airing in the cinemas in Malaysia , where I’m from. Hmm should I watch it on the big screen ? 
 

His pictorial for 1st Look was posted on their Twitter account

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Lucky, here in US in my state movie theaters are still closed and only few selected theaters show K movies anyway even prior covid.

As a fan of YYS you will enjoy it more in the big screen.Get ready for his english.Lol he is doing a good job there.

But the first and last half hour of the movie he does not appear.

Also, go with open mind.It's more political not much action.As the director said he emphasized more in the characters.  When you watch it let me know what do you think.

Today was his Werther premiere. I am excited to learn how it went. Need  to learn reading Hangul ASAP.

 

 

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On 9/1/2020 at 12:42 PM, kiklaminho said:

I am not going to write a review for the movie in YYS thread but I recommend it.

 

You wrote a pretty good recommendation. I'm tempted to search it out to watch. Thank you!

 

I've had a soft spot for YYS since Chilbongie. And then the Youth Over Flowers trip to Laos sealed the deal for me. He's a very good actor, and he seems like a good person as well! Plus, smart, organized, and a little bit tricky and mischievous, too.

 

Can't forget about the blushworthy kiss scenes in Dr. Romantic 1.

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I wrote it many times. I always knew YYS as a good K actor. Never searched him though.

I started HP first for Kyung Ho and after for Jung Suk.But the moment I saw YYS in the first episode  how he delivered his emotions after the loss of his little patient I got sold and the rest is history.Fortunately, you tube has many videos of him.I love YOF and CF.There you can see his personality.And I liked a lot what I saw.He is such a carrying , thoughtful person.He really loves to give to others.

Steel Rain 2 is not the usual movie about N/S korea.Some did not like it i hv to say .I liked it .Its a different approach and  not as heavy as other similar movies.

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It was early Sunday morning and I was debating if I should go for a brief walk when I got notification that user Yoo_Yeonseok is live.

I thought it was one of his fansites but still with trembling hands I did the right clicks and watched my papi!

So cute and sweet like any other time. He thanked his fans for the supporting messages and the food (i think he meant the food cart )they sent.

He is a busy bee and you can see in his eyes that he needs to rest.

But I doubt he can do it when he has his performances for Werther and he will start filming a new movie.

Papi rest a little.

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@kiklaminho I caught it too. He’s so cute. But he really does look tired ! This man is an overachiever . But he’s just so driven & i really admire his work ethic . 
this Twitter did some translations 

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Some stuff for Werther 

 

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I am a new fan of YYS but definitely i am here to stay.

YYS is the only K actor that made me leave my only bias for a decade aside and put him in my avatar.

Unfortunately, I have no idea with posting stuff and pics and I can not help.

I can see what do you mean with the updates.We need some fans that have the time and knowledge to update his page especially with YYS doing so many things every time.

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his schedule starts to worry me.

I start to believe when HPS2 begins filming then it will be  his rest time bc he will have only the drama in his schedule.

 

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Since his 2003 debut in Old Boy, the most famous South Korean film of all time, the path of actor Yoo Yeon-seok has been a fascinating one.  From dry spells, to “overnight success” in the TV drama, Reply 1994; Yoo has constantly reinvented himself in both character roles in films like A Werewolf Boy, Architecture 101, The Royal Tailor and The Whistleblower, and romantic leads in The Beauty Inside and Love, Lies.

 

I’m very honoured to present my exclusive interview with Yoo Yeon-seok, his first to an US publication.  We spoke days before the confirmation of his newest role in the upcoming TV drama, Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim (About which I did ask, but was not allowed by his agency to receive an answer due to the announcement.). 

Yoo and I chatted about the devotion to acting that kept him motivated through the tough times, his international fandom, and his hopes and expectations for the future.

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The Lady Miz Diva:  Thank you so much for speaking with me.  I understand this is your first US interview, is that correct?

Yoo Yeon-seok:  Yes, that’s right.  It’s a great honor that audiences in the world have good feelings about me and I’m so thankful for having a US journalist interested in me.

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LMD:  I think many of our readers will know you from your role as Chilbong from REPLY 1994.  At that point, you had already been working as an actor for a decade.  Did you sense this was a breakthrough of some kind, or did it seem like a natural progression?

 

YYS:  I didn’t know that the drama would be so big.  I couldn’t have known.  I was sure that audiences would like the drama because the previous series was really cool, and when I first read the script, it was so interesting.  So I knew that the audience would like it, but I didn’t know that it would be a big hit.

 

LMD:  What did that role do for you professionally?

YYS:  That role gave me the great chance to be recognised in front of many audiences in Korea.  Before the drama, I barely had any chances to do many acting roles, but after that, I was able to have many different chances to play different roles.

 

LMD:  You easily traverse between feature films and television dramas.  Is there a difference in preparation for the two mediums?  Does it require a different way of thinking?

 

YYS:  There isn’t a specific way to prepare for a movie or a drama.  There is just one character.  It doesn’t really matter if it is a drama or a film, because I try to immerse myself in the role, in the acting.  Whether it is a drama role or a movie role, I don’t differently prepare for anything; I try to submerge into the role.

I majored in film arts at university, so I understand different circumstances in the movie industry.  I debuted in the movie called OLD BOY, which was my first work.  I understand the processes of the movie industry, as well, so it is not very hard to go back and forth between movies and dramas.

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LMD:  You’ve played some pretty unsavoury characters in movies like HWAYI: A MONSTER BOY, HORROR STORIES and A WEREWOLF BOY.  Do you have to find something redeeming or relatable about those types of characters before you are able to realise them?

 

 

YYS:  I always try to find the reason why those villains or darker characters should be like that.  I don’t really care what I do in the movie, but I do try to find out why they are like that and how they have become that way.  They don’t really realise that they are doing bad things, and like any individual person, they have their own reasons why they are like that; so I need to find out why they became like that.

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LMD:  Do you go through the work of creating a backstory for those characters?

 

YYS:  I try to communicate with the director a lot, and also, yes, I also try to think about their backgrounds that is not written in the script.  Sometimes I even try to write letters and diaries as that person.

 

LMD:  When you invest so much time and energy playing some of these darker roles, are you able to leave that character on the set at the end of the day, or are you an actor that immerses himself in that persona for the duration of the shoot?

 

YYS:  When I’m shooting, I really don’t know whether I have the role inside me or not  I cannot say that I really leave the character on the set after shooting, because, for example, when I’m acting a villain, all my friends around me say that my smile and the way I act is kind of different.  So, I think I do try to have the roles in my life in reality, as well. 

 

That’s why when I finish my work, I try to go abroad and experience different things and travel.  Whatever I do as Yoo Yeon-seok, the actor, I do the work, and then naturally, I just get back to me.

 

LMD:  If you could choose the perfect project or aspect of a character that you believe would allow you to best show your talents and abilities, what would it be?

 

YYS:  I’ve been doing little action scenes in dramas in movies, but I haven’t tried a real “man’s man” character, yet.  I’d like to have more roles where I could do more action scenes, or more like a “man’s man.”  Whenever I get the chance to act in a big action sequence, I would always try to do it myself, unless it’s extremely dangerous.

 

LMD:  In my interview with director Yim Soon-rye, she told me she felt so lucky that you took the title role of THE WHISTLEBLOWER, because the part wasn’t very big, but she revealed that your main motivation for taking it was because you wanted to work with actor Park Hae-il. 

That was interesting because not only was it a supporting role, but it was also your first time playing a father, which many young actors would hold off as long as possible, but you did it.  Is the opportunity to work with talent you admire often a motivating factor to you?

 

YYS:  Park Hae-il was my role model.  That was one of the reasons why I chose the movie.  Working with someone like that could be one reason whenever I choose a movie.  Also, the character was kind of interesting to me because the title of THE WHISTLEBLOWER in Korean is REPORTER.  So, even though my character sacrificed himself, he fought for justice, so the character is very interesting to me, as well.

 

LMD:  I’m quite surprised because when I hear a story like that, because I think, this is an actor without ego in a business where everything is driven by ego.  Is it possible to survive in this business without being calculating or ego-driven?

 

 I do have a little bit of consideration as to whether a movie or a drama is a success in terms of business, but it could be risky because nobody is ever sure whether a project will succeed or not.  So, as an actor, I first consider the art.

 

LMD:  Director Lee Wonsuk mentioned in our interview for THE ROYAL TAILOR, how on the set, the pair of you had to be told to be quiet because you were laughing too much and having too good a time.  Is that the type of set you prefer to work on, or do you prefer for the set to reflect the mood of the film or character if it’s a heavier or darker role?

 

YYS:  I prefer friendlier circumstances on the shooting set, because whenever you shoot, it takes a long period of time, and if it’s too serious, it’s hard to stay there.  It’s much better if we have “healing time.”  “Healing time” is like talking with the coworkers together.  So, that is more relaxed and that helps me to get focused when I’m acting.

 

LMD:  Your career has an interesting trajectory.  You debuted in an important small role in OLD BOY, which is arguably the best known Korean film, ever.  Then it was hard to find follow-up pieces.  It seems like you carried on with life and sort of bided your time until you found success with REPLY 1994.  What kept you motivated during that dry period to keep acting?

 

YYS:  I wished that there might be some movies to follow up OLD BOY, but it was hard to find, and it became a dry time back then.  But I always found my excitement and happiness through acting; and all I thought about was acting forever, all the time; so it didn’t matter if it was a dry season, or if I couldn’t really find a movie like that.  I was sure that if I kept on and continued acting, there is a good chance that I would find a follow-up to OLD BOY, too.

 

LMD:  You have been acting since you were in school.  Now you are acting beside very young actors, occasionally, like Park Bo-young {A WEREWOLF BOY}, Yeo Jin-goo {HWAYI: A MONSTER BOY}, or Baro {REPLY 1994}.  From your point of experience, do you feel an obligation to help or guide them as their senior?

 

YYS:  I try to share things for them to consider together, rather than teaching or guiding them, because they have their own career paths.  So, it’s more like coworkers discussing our thoughts together.

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LMD:  The flip side of that question is do you still value or take advice from your seniors?  Do you feel there’s still more to learn as an actor? 

 

YYS:  I like to get advice from my seniors, of course.  I’d been learning at school, but still, even as I’m acting more, I sometimes find difficulties.  Sometimes I see that there’s someone who hasn’t {formally} learned anything, but shows their talents, and I learn from that, too.  I think there’s no finish line in acting, and I should try more and learn more.

 

LMD:  Speaking of learning, you have worked with some of the most talented directors in Korea.  Has that inspired you to write or direct your own film?  Or have you considered setting up your own production company to acquire films you might want to appear in?

 

YYS:  Not yet.  I haven’t thought about it yet.  I had produced some school events - school plays, but I haven’t thought about being a movie director, yet.  I want to focus on the acting skills at the moment.

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LMD:  When I originally requested this interview, it was back when LOVE, LIES was being released.  At that time, that was your fourth feature to come out in a period of a few months {PERFECT PROPOSAL, THE BEAUTY INSIDE, MOOD OF THE DAY}, one right after the other.  That was after a drama {WARM AND COZY} where you were the lead.  I get the sense you were working nonstop since 2013.  Was it time to take a break?

 

 

YYS:  Back in the day, I couldn’t really get the roles that I wanted to play, so when I got those chances, I didn’t want to have any breaks.  I wanted to try to have many different varieties of characters to challenge me and gain experience.  After all of those projects had finished, then I thought that I needed a little break.

 

LMD:  So, what was it like for you to have time off after such a continuous schedule?

YYS:  It was my first vacation after all of those projects, and I went traveling and doing my hobbies, and I was expecting that I would be so happy to have a holiday, but I just realised that I have more excitement when I’m acting.  So, I don’t think having a break for a long time was really better to me.
 

LMD:  Workaholic!

YYS:  {Laughs}

 

LMD:  One of your projects away from film was a stage musical {LE PASSE-MURAILLE / THE MAN WHO WALKED THROUGH WALLS}.  What was that like and what perspective did it give you towards your film acting?

YYS:  I always wanted to act on the stage in a play.  It was so pleasing doing that at the time.  I was having so much happiness performing, so I don’t really know how it might affect me in film, but I’m sure it will show in my next movie.

Frankly, when I was acting on the play stage, I could feel the air and the circumstances really changed when I’m really immersed into the role.  So, I think it doesn’t really matter wherever that is, if I’m acting and putting all of my effort into it, and all my heart into that role, then I think I could change the air and the audience’s circumstances around.

 

LMD:  I’ve spoken with many film actors from the west who feel like no matter how many movies they do, at some point, they have to go back to the stage to recharge their creative batteries.  Can you understand that perspective?  Do you feel like that, at all?

YYS:  I feel 100 percent sure it is a kind of different acting in front of the camera: There’s a difference in how I spend my energy.  Or like when I’m acting on the stage and I have to say very long lines from the script in one breath.  So I feel pretty sure that could be very recharging when you’re acting on the play stage.

 

LMD:  Are there characters in older films or plays that you would like to perform? 

YYS:  It’s a really old one, BRAVEHEART, {with} Mel Gibson.  So, if there is any movie in Korea that is kind of like that, in the same genre, and if it is historical, then I would like to try it.  I’m looking forward to a movie like that that would be made in Korea, because BRAVEHEART is about the independence of Scotland, and I think that Korea has the same in common, and I think we should have that kind of film, too.  I’m looking forward to that.

 

LMD:  Well, now that you’ve brought that up…  We see so many movies lately depicting what Korea endured under the Japanese occupation.  You even made LOVE, LIES, where your character is arrested and beaten by Japanese policemen.  You’ve just done a fan meeting in Japan that I understand went over very well.  As an actor who has international fans, do you worry about the controversy in taking a role that might affect a particular fandom?  Or perhaps your Japanese fans seeing that and saying, ‘Oh, Yeon-seok doesn’t like us’?

YYS:  I don’t want to worry about offending and I don’t really care, because acting is just a role.  So, I think a real fan of mine will follow my path, so I don’t think that I have to have those worries in advance.

 

LMD:  Can you tell us about this film called CHUNGMONG {A QUIET DREAM} by Zhang Lin, who directed the hit movie, GYEONGJU?

YYS:  The movie CHUNGMONG will be the opening movie in the Busan Film Festival soon.  I just took a little cameo role, but I am really happy that it is the opening movie as a participant.

 

LMD:  When I first introduced myself to your staff as a journalist from New York City who wanted to interview you, the very cute receptionist said, “Really?” sounding quite surprised.  How aware are you of your non-Asian fans?

YYS:  I didn’t expect that non-Asian fans existed in America, or other places.  I was so surprised, too, that you wanted to interview me.  Also, when I went traveling to Seattle and some people wanted to take pictures of me.  It is a great honour and I am very happy to have those fans around the world.

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LMD:  What is the best way that western fans can support you?

 

YYS:  I would really appreciate if they love the work that I do.  And further, if they could know more about Korea and visit here - that would be awesome.  But it’s not easy, so there might be some social network that we can use these days, so we can communicate there and I can share my thoughts with them.

 

LMD:  Do you have a message for your western fans?  They don’t get to hear from you often.

YYS:  Thank you so much for all the support and love from abroad from the western fans; for their constant love and interest in me.  I’m so happy and grateful to have those fans.  And I’m looking forward to doing more global work, so I can try to get those chances to meet those western fans, as well.  So tell them that I’ll do my best for that and I’m looking forward to it.

 

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Some updates from his current theatre work Werther ..curtain call

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Another IG live yesterday where he said that HP will likely start filming end November

 

And this so darn cute ...since it is Chuseok

 

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I am back lol at least now because tomorrow my busy schedule will start again running from one job to the other.

I created a new account as Kiklaminho1 cause I forgot my password lol.

I missed all his IG live except the first one and I will miss again his appearance in a radio show this Wed 10/7.

Why I have to work when my boy will captivate everyone as usual with his voice and wit.

 

Lol I am quoting part of  @bluepebbles post with YYS interview:

"YYS:  I didn’t expect that non-Asian fans existed in America, or other places.  I was so surprised, too, that you wanted to interview me.  Also, when I went traveling to Seattle and some people wanted to take pictures of me.  It is a great honour and I am very happy to have those fans around the world"

 

hahaha boy , wait few years and God willing you will see in front of you this non -Asian adjumma saving every penny and travel thru the pacific ocean to come and see one of your performances on stage!

Dont be surprised Mr.Yoo because we exist and we love you the same  like all  your other fans.

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He appeared in Kyuhun’s latest MV . Lol , it’s like such a depressing video . I read on Twitter that the background story is because he lost his wife . But actually the wife was in love with his BFF - Kyuhyun 

more of the back story here 

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@kiklaminho1 @lifeisfullofdrama have you both seen these lovely stills of YYS posted by Kingkong

This was from Werther

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There are so many that I really could not choose

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