Joo Won in 2014
September 30, 1987
Seoul, South Korea
School of Art (Theatre)
|Occupation||Actor, Musical Actor, Singer|
|Revised Romanization||Mun Jun-won|
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Filmography
- 4 Discography
- 5 Awards and nominations
- 6 Endorsements
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Moon Jun-won was born in Seoul, South Korea. The youngest in the family, he takes after his father in terms of personality while his physical appearance mirrored that of his mother. His mother has tried out for a talent search during her younger days, passing two out of three examinations.
When he was eight, his parents sent him and his brother abroad to study in the U.S. However, they came back to Korea after just six months. Joo Won revealed, "If I'd known, I would have stayed a little longer".
Due to his introvert nature, his parents encouraged him to join plays in the third year of middle school. He joined an Arts and Drama high school, and continued his education on Theatre and Arts in Sungkyunkwan University. In 2013, Joo Won announced that he will be furthering his studies at Konkuk University.
2006-2009: Debut as a musical actor
With his love for singing, he became involved in Frees, a co-ed television performance group formed by SBS as part of a children's TV program. The show premiered in 2006, but Joo Won left the show quickly thereafter. Joo Won later auditioned for the stage musical Altar Boyz, based on the American musical of the same name. This musical role was a first of many to come, as he later appeared in other musicals, namely Singles, Grease, Sinsangnam, and most notably, Spring Awakening.
Originally, Joo Won was the understudy for Melchior in Spring Awakening. However, the original actor who played Melchior left the musical midway through the production, thus allowing Joo Won to perform later on in the production. His performance in Spring Awakening caught the attention of his future agency, Sim Entertainment.
2010-2013: Appearance in the small screen
Joo Won first appeared in the 2010 television drama King of Baking, Kim Takgu (also known as Bread, Love and Dreams) as the antagonist to the titular character. King of Baking, Kim Takgu recorded high viewership ratings of over 50%, earning a "national drama" status.
He went on to star in the KBS2 weekend family drama Ojakgyo Family in 2011, opposite Uee. The drama revolves around four brothers and the Ojakgyo farm, and both Joo Won and UEE have been praised for their convincing performances as rookie actors. The drama enjoyed soaring ratings, hitting 36.3%. For his portrayal as Hwang Tae-hee, Joo Won took home the Best New Actor award at the 2011 KBS Drama Awards.
However, it was Joo Won's third small screen project Bridal Mask that truly propelled him to rising popularity. His excellent portrayal of the complex Lee Kang-to - a pro-Japanese Korean police officer by day and a masked vigilante who fights for Korean independence by night - earned him much praises from critics and audiences. Bridal Mask recorded its peak rating at 22.9%, and was ranked the highest in its time slot. For his role in Bridal Mask, Joo Won took home the Popularity Award and Excellence Award at the 2012 KBS Drama Awards.
Just as Joo Won began filming Bridal Mask, he also joined the second season of Korea's popular variety program 1 Night 2 Days. Among many other traits, he has revealed himself to be an avid A Pink fan, and a man who gets stressed out by quizzes. In the spring of 2013, he starred in the MBC television series 7th Grade Civil Servant, alongside Choi Kang-hee who is 10 years his senior. The drama is based on the action-romance movie My Girlfriend Is an Agent. The drama premiered to 12.7% ratings but it steadily went down and the finale recorded a low 8.4%. At the 2013 MBC Drama Awards, Joo Won was awarded the Excellence Award for an Actor in the Miniseries category.
In May 2013, Joo Won was offered his most challenging role to date - the role of Park Shi-on, an autistic savant who becomes a genius pediatric surgeon - for the KBS television series Good Doctor. Good Doctor broke through the 20% mark and had its peak ratings of 21.5%. At the 2013 KBS Drama Awards, he swept four awards for his portrayal, namely Top Excellence Award for an Actor, Netizens' Award, PD Award (chosen by TV directors from KBS, SBS & MBC), and Best Couple Award with Moon Chae-won.
Late 2013-2014: Return to musical, and film and drama works
After four years of absence from the musical scene, Joo Won returned to the musical stage with the Korean version of Ghost the Musical. Due to schedule conflicts, he has since stepped down from 1 Night 2 Days to concentrate on his acting career. In late 2013, Joo Won starred in the romantic comedy movie Steal My Heart (also known as Catch Me) opposite Kim Ah-joong.
In early 2014, Joo Won confirmed that he would be starring in Fashion King. The film, based on a popular webtoon of the same title, tells of a male student who tries to win the heart of the most popular girl in school by becoming the most handsome and best dressed. Sulli of f(x), Park Se-young and Ahn Jae-hyun complete the line-up of the movie. Filming begun in mid-January and aims for release in the second half of the year.
In the middle of the year, Joo Won will be going back and forth between Korea and China for the filming of the Chinese film Xiao You Qiao Mu, signalling an entry into the Chinese market following the revelation of his increasing popularity in the country.
Joo Won is slated to return to the small screen in late 2014 with the Korean adaptation of Nodame Cantabile, playing a cynical and eccentric genius musician. Nodame Cantabile being one of the best-selling Japanese manga of all time, was adapted as a live-action television drama in Japan with mostly positive reviews.
|2010||King of Baking, Kim Takgu||Gu Ma-jun / Seo Tae-jo||KBS2|
|2011||Ojakgyo Family||Hwang Tae-hee|
|2012||Bridal Mask||Lee Kang-to / Sato Hiroshi / Gaksital|
|2013||7th Grade Civil Servant||Han Gil-ro / Han Pil-hoon||MBC|
|Good Doctor||Park Si-on||KBS2|
|2014||Cantabile Romance||Cha Yu-jin (original work: Shinichi Chiaki)|
|Niko 2 : Little Brother, Big Trouble||Niko||Korean dubbing|
|2013||Steal My Heart||Lee Ho-tae|
|2014||Fashion King||Woo Ki-myung|
|Xia You Qiao Mu|
|2013-2014||Ghost the Musical||Sam Wheat|
|2012||Memories of civilization - Map||Four-part series documentary|
|2010||Night Star||Himself||Episode 16, 17 (King of Baking, Kim Takgu special Part 1 & 2)||KBS2|
|Chuseok Special King of Baking, Kim Takgu||Himself|
|Happy Together||Himself||Episode 166 (King of Baking, Kim Takgu special)|
|2011||Win Win||Himself||Episode 46, secret guest for Jeon In-hwa|
|Himself||Episode 87, secret guest for Uhm Tae-woong|
|Come To Play||Himself||Episode 363||MBC|
|2012||Happy Together||Himself||Episode 236 (Ojakgyo Family special)||KBS2|
|Gag Concert||Himself||Guest for episode 647 (Sensibility segment)|
|1 Night & 2 Days Season 2||Himself||Present, permanent member (episode 233 - 317)|
|Lee Seung-yeon & 100 Women||Himself||Episode 101||Story on|
|Win Win||Himself||Episode 137||KBS2|
|2013||Happy Together||Himself||Episode 310 (Good Doctor cast - Handsome Guy Special)||KBS2|
|Entertainment Weekly||Himself||21 September 2013 Episode (Guerrilla Date)||KBS2|
|One Night of TV Entertainment||Himself||16 October 2013 Episode (with Kim Ah-joong)||SBS|
|Section TV||Himself||10 November 2013 Episode||MBC|
|You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook||Himself||15 November 2013 Episode (with Ivy)||KBS2|
|Section TV||Himself||24 November 2013 Episode||MBC|
|Gag Concert||Himself||1 December 2013 Episode (Guest for Nom Nom Nom segment)||KBS2|
|Witch Hunt||Himself||13 December 2013 Episode 19 (with Kim Ah-joong)||JTBC|
|TAXI||Himself||16 December 2013 Episode 315||TVN (South Korea)|
|2014||Global Request Show: A Song For You||Himself||Episode 15||KBS World|
|Joo Won's Life Log||Himself||Regular cast||KNTV Japan|
|2011||KBS Drama Awards|
|2013||49th Baeksang Arts Awards|
Music Video Appearances
|2010||"Miss You"||S.M. THE BALLAD|
|2012||"I Made Another Woman Cry"||2BiC|
|2010||King of Baking, Kim Takgu OST (Part 7)||"내 사랑 (My Love)"|
|2012||Bridal Mask OST||Track 5 - "심판의 날 (Judgment Day)"||with Lee Jung-hyun|
|Track 7 - "사랑 그리고 사랑 (Love and Love)"|
|2013||7th Grade Civil Servant OST||"사랑할 줄 몰라서 (I Don't Know Love)"|
|2013||Good Doctor OST||"소독약 (Love Medicine)"|
|"내가 만일 (If I Were)"|
Awards and nominations
|2009||15th Korean Musical Awards||Best New Actor||Spring Awakening||Nominated|
|2010||4th The Musical Awards||Best New Actor||Nominated|
|KBS Drama Awards||Best New Actor||King of Baking, Kim Takgu||Nominated|
|2011||Asia Model Festival Awards||Special Award - Best New Model||Won|
|KBS Drama Awards||Best New Actor||Ojakgyo Family||Won|
|2012||48th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actor in TV||Won|
|Best New Actor in Film||S.I.U.||Nominated|
|Mnet 20's Choice Awards||20's Drama Star (Male)||Bridal Mask||Nominated|
|KBS Entertainment Awards||Best Newcomer in Show/Variety||2 Days & 1 Night||Won|
|KBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor||Bridal Mask||Nominated|
|Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama||Won|
|Best Couple Award with Park Ki-woong||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award with Jin Se-yeon||Nominated|
|20th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor||Nominated|
|1st K-Drama Star Awards||Excellence Award, Actor||Nominated|
|2013||49th Baeksang Arts Awards||Most Popular Actor in TV||Nominated|
|Most Popular Actor in Film||Don't Click||Nominated|
|6th Korea Drama Awards||Male Top Excellence (Best Actor)||Good Doctor||Nominated|
|2nd APAN Star Awards||Male Top Excellence Award / Best Leading Actor||Nominated|
|KBS Drama Awards||Best Couple Award with Moon Chae-won||Won|
|Top Excellence Award, Actor||Won|
|PD Award (chosen by PDs from KBS, SBS & MBC)||Won|
|MBC Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||7th Grade Civil Servant||Won|
|2014||26th Korea Producers & Directors (PD) Awards||Best Performer||Good Doctor||Won|
|50th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actor in TV||Nominated|
|Most Popular Actor in TV||Nominated|
|Most Popular Actor in Film||Steal My Heart||Nominated|
|2010||KFC Jinger S|
|Real Company ASK|
|2012||Lotte Chilsung Cantanta Stick Coffee||With UEE|
|Nong Shim Doongji Cold Noodles|
|SK Telecom T-Store|
|2012–present||BLACK YAK MOUNTIA|
|Edwin||With Jin Se-yeon|
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- "Joo Won Reveals Moon Joon Won's Secrets (30 Questions 30 Answers)". 26 September 2012. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
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- "Actor Joo Won Used to be an Idol?". 8 April 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
- "Interview with Movist, November 2011:Part 1". 14 August 2012. Retrieved 2013-11-23.
- "Sim Entertainment CEO mentions Joo Won". 30 August 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-23.
- "Joo Won: 'I Achieved My Dream with Rookie Male Actor Award'". 11 January 2012. Retrieved 2013-10-19.
- "'Ojakgyo Brothers' adds eight more episodes to series". 30 December 2011. Retrieved 2013-10-19.
- ""Ojakgyo Brothers" Achieves All-Time High Ratings for Finale Episode". 10 February 2012. Retrieved 2013-10-19.
- "2011 KBS Drama Awards : Winners List @ HanCinema :: The Korean Movie and Drama Database". Hancinema.net. 2011-12-31. Retrieved 2013-10-27.
- "'Kim Ung Soo "Joo Won is the key of Gaksital’s success, he is a great actor".
- "'Bridal Mask' comes to an end with its highest viewer ratings". 7 September 2012. Retrieved 2013-10-19.
- "2012 KBS Drama Awards (Winners List)". 1 January 2013. Retrieved 2014-04-05.
- "Thoughts on 1 Night 2 Days Season 2". 24 January 2012. Retrieved 2014-04-05.
- "1 night 2 days Joo Won is really an actor: "How can he's so different with his character?"". 5 June 2013. Retrieved 2014-04-05.
- "Joo Won confesses his love for A Pink on '1 Night 2 Days'". 6 October 2013. Retrieved 2014-04-05.
- "Joo Won confesses he gets stressed out by quizzes on '1 Night 2 Days'". 11 April 2013. Retrieved 2014-04-05.
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- "Winners from the 2013 MBC Drama Awards". 30 December 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-04.
- "Joo won, offered to be the lead actor in upcoming KBS2 drama "Green Scalpel"". 21 May 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-02.
- ""Good Doctor" breaks through 20%". 24 September 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-02.
- "Joo Won sweeps off multiple awards at the 2013 KBS Drama Awards". 4 January 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-04.
- "Korea's Busiest Entertainer Joo Won to Headline Stage Musical Ghost". 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-28.
- "Joo Won to leave "1 Night, 2 Days" Due to Schedule Issues". 30 September 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-23.
- "Kim Ah Joong reveals a kiss scene with Joo Won felt like kissing a baby". 7 December 2013. Retrieved 2014-04-07.
- "Joo Won Promises to Sing While Eating Chicken on "Cultwo Show"". 17 December 2013. Retrieved 2014-04-07.
- "Joo Won Becomes A Student For "Fashion King"". 29 January 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-05.
- "Joo-won, Sulli take on Fashion King adaptation". 28 December 2013. Retrieved 2014-04-05.
- "Park Se-young joins Joo-won in Fashion King". 5 January 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-05.
- "Joo Won, Park Se Young, & Sulli cast in "Fashion King" movie (not related to the horrible drama)". 5 January 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-05.
- "Joo Won to act alongside Hangeng in new Chinese film 'Xiao You Qiao Mu'". 5 May 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-18.
- "Joo Won confirmed for 'Nodame Cantabile' + Shim Eun Kyung in talks to join as female lead". 29 April 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-02.
- "Joo Won confirms he will play Chiaki-senpai in Korean version of Nodame Cantabile". 30 April 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-02.
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- "한국PD대상 수상자들, 세월호 실종자 무사 귀환 기도 배우 주원 "진도에서 기적이 일어나길 바란다"". email@example.com. 2014-04-17. Retrieved 2014-04-17.
- "Joo Won for McCOL". 5 March 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-28.
- Joo Won at HanCinema
- 주원 at Cine21 (Korean)
- 주원 at Naver 영화 (Korean)
- Sim Entertainment (Korean)
- Moon Jun Won's Website
- Joo Won on Twitter