Seo In-guk came from a family in Ulsan. He started dreaming of becoming a singer at the age of 10, after listening to Korean rocker Kim Jung-min. 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 entertainment agencies. After being repeatedly rejected and told to lose weight, Seo struggled withbulimia, but fortunately, the vomiting only damaged his vocal cords temporarily.
Despite the setbacks, in 2009 he joined Mnet’s talent reality show Superstar K. He won that first season of the show.
The subsequent spotlight came with a hectic schedule of recordings, photo shoots, interviews and television broadcasts, followed by chart-topping singles and albums. Seo also had to deal with the negative consequences of fame, including plastic surgery rumors, and cold-shoulder treatment from the three major networks for cable stars like him.
In 2012 Seo became part of the cast of homegrown jukebox musicalGwanghwamun Love Song. He then made his onscreen acting debut with a supporting role in KBS’s Love Rain. Aiming to expand his career in Japan, he also signed with Japanese agency Irving Entertainment.
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. He also recorded two singles for the soundtrack (both duets with costar Jung Eun-ji), and one of them,“All For You”, became one of the best-selling singles of the year on the Gaon Single Chart.
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.
Seo joined the newly launched reality/variety show I Live Alone from January to June of 2013. 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.
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. Actress Ku Hye-sun appeared in the music video, which depicts the agony after a break up. This was followed several weeks later by his Japanese debut, with the release of the single Fly Away.
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 who, after his discharge, becomes the head of security for a shopping mall company.
He then played a dual role in Another Parting, a five-episode miniseries about a man and a woman who meet in the final moment of their lives and spend one special day together. Produced by LOEN Entertainment, the drama premiered on February 17, 2014 onTaekwang Group-owned cable channel Dramacube (also airing on BTV and YouTube).
Wanting to try a different genre, Seo was cast as a young gangster in the 2014 action-noir film Wild Dog, but like Police Family, it ran into investor troubles and was unable to begin production (Police Family was later released as Enemies In-Law, with Hong Jong-hyun as lead actor). Instead, Seo headlined another cable romantic comedy series, High School King of Savvy, in which he played a high school student and star hockey player who leads a double life when he’s forced to take on his older brother’s job as an executive at an IT company. Later that year, Seo starred in his first period dramaThe King’s Face, playing illegitimate crown prince Gwanghae, who becomes his father King Seonjo’s rival in politics and love.
Korean Models Turn Actors That We Want To Hug Once In A Lifetime
Their tall skinny appearances might look awkward during their modelling days. But now they are charming and their talent in acting make them shine bright on screen. With their looks and charisma, these dudes definitely will make your inner fangirl squeal. Check out some of these finest Korean models turn actors that we all want to hug at least once in a lifetime.
Lee Jong Suk
Born 1989, started his acting debut in 2010, 186 cm tall with luscious lips, cute refreshing smile and that ol’ Bieber fringe. We love him so much in School 2013. Lee Jong Suk also got good eye for good dramas like I Hear Your Voice, Pinocchio and W.
Song Jae Rim
Born in 1985, started acting in 2009, 180 cm tall with gorgeous cat-like eyes, baby face, badass tattoos and apple butt. The lord of cheesy lines. We all fell in love with his manly smooth image in the reality show We Got Married and we definitely love him more in The Idle Mermaid, Unkind Ladies and the now playing Our Gab Soon.
Kim Woo Bin
Can’t forget Kim Woo Bin. Born in 1989, started acting in 2011, 188 cm tall with monster body and sharp luxurious image. He acted well as a troublemaker in Gentleman’s Dignity and School 2013. He was also perfect as a rich kid in The Heirs. He looks very mature and makes girls go Uncontrollably Fond of him.
Lee Soo Hyuk
Born 1988, started acting in 2009, 184 cm tall. The forever vampire oppa with cool mysterious charm and deep voice. Though he also looks good in mortal roles, his vampire-like face makes him really suitable as a vampire. We love him in High School King of Savvy and Scholar Who Walks The Night. Can’t wait for his latest drama - The Man Living in Our House with his close model-turned-actor friend Kim Young Kwang,
Hong Jong Hyun
Born 1990, started acting in 2008, 182 cm tall. We see him here and there as supporting actor in movies and dramas. He nailed his first leading role in a cable drama Her Lovely Heels. He was the MC of Inkigayo, he is also quite active in many variety shows like We Got Married, Style Log, Running Man and many more. He is handsome with a charming bad guy vibe. Recently we can watch his acting as villain in Scarlet Heart Ryeo.
Ahn Jae Hyun
aka Mr. Goo Hye Sun. Born in 1987. 187 cm tall with baby face and super fair white skin. We are drawn to him since his first role as Cheon Song Yi’s baby brother in My Love From Another Star. Compared to other models turn actors, Ahn Jae Hyun is quite skinny but he is fashionable. We love him in his latest wrapped drama Cinderella and The Four Knight.
Nam Joo Hyuk
The youngest in this list. Born in 1994. 188 cm tall. He stole our hearts in AKMU 200% music video. He has starred in many good dramas like Surplus Princess, School 2015, Cheese in the Trap and the recent Scarlet Heart Ryeo as the artsy 13th prince. He has this good healthy boy next door image and often been paired up with noonas in the dramas. He is popular and has been awarded a lot as Best New Actor.
Born in 1990. 187 cm tall. He began acting in 2010. He looks so mature for his age and he is awesome with kiss scenes. He is perfect with romantic roles and he’s also great as a villain. We love his acting in I Need Romance 3, Discovery of Love, Hyde Jekyll and Me, High Society and Madame Antoine.
Kim Young Kwang
Joo Won’s good sunbae in Good Doctor. Born in 1987, 187 cm tall and handsome with charming smile. We love him in Plus Nine Boys, Pinocchio, D-Day and can’t wait for his latest drama with Lee Soo Hyuk in The Man Living in Our House.
Lee Kwang Soo
The self-named Asia’s prince. Betrayal giraffe, forever sweetheart yet evil maknae in Running Man. Born in 1985. The tallest in the list - 190+ cm tall. Awkwardly handsome, humble and funny. He’s an all around entertainer with many CF, variety shows, dramas and movies. We love his acting in It’s Okay That’s Love, Dear My Friends and can’t wait for his upcoming drama Entourage.
So Ji Sub
Trained to become a swimming athlete, debut as a model and finally turned into a professional actor that we all adore. Born in 1977. 182 cm tall. The master of broad shoulders, badass tattoos and quiet manly image. He’s always remembered for his hit drama I’m Sorry I Love You. He managed his good image throughout the years in the industry and he runs his own agency company. We are head over heels with his first role as a chaebol in his romantic comedy Master’s Sun.
Cha Seung Won
The daddy of all models turned actors. Born in 1970. 188 cm tall with deep husky voice. A proven good father in real life. He’s been acting in many projects as villain, hero and even a transgender. We especially love him in romantic comedy dramas like City Hall and The Greatest Love. We also love his awkward and funny variety show appearances like in Three Meal’s A Day and Running Man.