Go Soo at Beaker launching party, October 25, 2012
October 4, 1978 |
Nonsan, South Chungcheong Province, South Korea
|Spouse(s)||Kim Hye-yeon (m. 2012)|
|Revised Romanization||Go Su|
Go Soo (born October 4, 1978) is a South Korean actor. He has appeared in television series such as Piano, Green Rose and Will It Snow For Christmas?, as well as the films Some, White Night, Haunters, The Front Line, and Love 911.
1998-2005: Debut and breakout fame
Go Soo first appeared in a soft drink TV commercial in which he waits for his girlfriend at curfew, and in 1998, he appeared as an extra in the music video "Last Promise" by the band Position. He made his television debut in 1999 through the MBC sitcoms My Funky Family and Jump. Go drew critical praise for his performance in the drama Piano in 2001, with one review describing him as an "actor with precision." Piano was his first TV series produced by SBS; he signed an exclusivity contract with the broadcast network, and thereafter all of his dramas have been SBS-produced.
Go made his big screen debut as a drug crime officer in 2004's Some, in which he also performed his own stunts. He was later awarded Best New Actor at the Grand Bell Awards. In 2005, he starred in the revenge drama Green Rose, which was shot on location in China and Korea. He played a simple man who falls in love with a rich woman and gets accused of a crime he did not commit. In the 2005 romantic comedy Marrying a Millionaire, Go played a delivery man who is asked by a TV producer to act like a rich bachelor to attract several women on a televised reality dating show.
Go began his two-year mandatory military service on March 2, 2006 and he was assigned as a Civil Service Personnel in Gangnam District, Seoul. He was discharged on April 25, 2008, and received recognition for being an outstanding Public Interest Service Personnel.
For his first post-army project, Go surprised fans by choosing a stage play. Invited to join the "Best Play Series" by veteran actor Jo Jae-hyun (Jo was his costar in Piano, and the senior colleague he "most respects"), Go made his theater debut as the lead actor in The Return of President Eom, which ran from May 23 to August 3, 2008.
He also completed his very first photo diary, with the concept "24 Hours with Go Soo." Shot by actor-singer Ryu Shi-won, a photography hobbyist who used Go as a muse, it was published as a commemorative for Go's Japan fanmeeting on November 1, 2008. It was also released as a DVD with approximately 100 shots. Ryu, who had been active in Japan for many years as a singer, extended his support to friend and junior colleague Go when the latter decided to expand his career into the Japanese market.
For his television comeback, Go was cast in the melodrama Will It Snow For Christmas?, a tale of rekindled childhood love penned by renowned TV writer Lee Kyung-hee. He described his character as "hurt by love and tries to overcome that pain."
Go said early in his career he didn't feel confident enough to make movies, but plucked up the courage and became increasingly attracted to the medium in recent years, especially the quick and intense production schedules. In 2011 he played a soldier in the Korean War-set The Front Line, then a grieving firefighter in the 2012 romance drama Love 911.
Later that year, he starred in Way Back Home, playing the devastated husband of a woman wrongfully accused of drug smuggling. Go said the reason he chose the film was because he wanted to work with acclaimed actress Jeon Do-yeon, and that through his character he "was able to tackle the challenge of internal and external change."
In 2014, Go appeared in Awaiting (in Korean, The Day Min-woo Arrives), a short film directed by Kang Je-gyu about a married couple separated for sixty years by the division of North and South Korea. Awaiting was one of the four short films comprising Beautiful 2014, an omnibus project that premiered at the 38th Hong Kong International Film Festival.
Go began dating Kim Hye-yeon, an art student eleven years his junior, shortly after meeting her in 2008. The couple married on February 17, 2012 at the Shilla Hotel in Seoul. Their first child, a son, was born in January 2013.
|1999||My Funky Family||Go Soo||MBC|
|2000||Mothers and Sisters||Jang Kyong-bin||MBC|
|Say It With Your Eyes||Ki-woong's brother||MBC|
|2002||New Nonstop||guest appearance||MBC|
|Age of Innocence||Tae-seok||SBS|
|2003||My Fair Lady||Shin Young-ho||SBS|
|2004||When a Man Loves a Woman||Ji-hoon||SBS|
|2005||Green Rose||Lee Jung-hyun||SBS|
|Marrying a Millionaire||Kim Young-hoon||SBS|
|2009||Will It Snow For Christmas?||Cha Kang-jin||SBS|
|2013||Empire of Gold||Jang Tae-joo||SBS|
|2009||White Night||Kim Yo-han|
|2011||The Front Line||Kim Soo-hyuk|
|2013||Way Back Home||Kim Jong-bae|
|2014||Awaiting||Min-woo||short film from Beautiful 2014|
|2000||"U Got the Funk"||Lee Hyun-do|
|2001||"I'll Be Back"||Yoo Seung-jun|
|"A Sad Gift"||Kim Jang-hoon|
|"I Still Bite My Lips"||Lee Soo-young|
|"Burying My Face in Tears"||Jang Na-ra|
|2008||The Return of President Eom|
|2006||I Will Be Happy||Poetry readings|
- Sony Korea
- Narangd Cider
- Orion Shower Gum
- Sunny 10
- Haitai Beverage
- Hite Beer
- Uno Cosmetics
- Basic House
- Hana Financial Group
Awards and nominations
|2000||MBC Drama Awards||Best New Actor||Won|
|2001||SBS Drama Awards||Popularity Award||Piano||Won|
|New Star Award||Won|
|2002||SBS Drama Awards||Top 10 Stars||Age of Innocence||Won|
|Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special||Won|
|2003||Korea Best Dresser Awards||Model Line - Popularity Award||N/A||Won|
|2004||25th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best New Actor||Some||Nominated|
|2005||42nd Grand Bell Awards||Best New Actor||Won|
|SBS Drama Awards||Top 10 Stars||Green Rose||Won|
|Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Planning Drama||Won|
|2010||14th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival||Fantasia Award||White Night||Won|
|2011||Style Icon Awards||Top 10 Style Icons||N/A||Won|
|32nd Blue Dragon Film Awards||Popular Star Award||The Front Line||Won|
|2013||2nd APAN Star Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor||Empire of Gold||Nominated|
|SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special||Nominated|
- Chung, Ah-young (25 May 2006). "Theater Series Much Closer to Audience". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-03-18.
- Lee, Hyo-won (21 October 2009). "Son Ye-jin, Ko Soo to Bring Mystery Romance". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-03-18.
- Han, Sang-hee (1 December 2009). "New Drama to Bring Warmth This Christmas". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-03-18.
- Oh, Jean (2 December 2009). "Is SBS' new melodrama classic or stale?". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-03-18.
- Kang, Myoung-seok (27 November 2009). "SBS drama Will It Snow On Christmas? is all about love". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-03-18.
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- Wee, Geun-woo (4 November 2010). "INTERVIEW: Actor Ko Soo - Part 2". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-03-18.
- Park, Sung-hee (16 June 2011). "The Front Line spotlights the Forgotten War". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-03-18.
- "Ko Soo Out to Prove He's More Than Just a Pretty Face". The Chosun Ilbo. 15 December 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-18.
- An, So-hyoun (23 April 2013). "Go Soo to Star in Drama Empire of Gold". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2013-04-27.
- Jang, Seo-yoon (1 July 2013). "PREVIEW: SBS Mon/Tue Drama Golden Empire". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-07-01.
- Tae, Sang-joon (14 November 2013). "WAY BACK HOME Nears Release Date: Cast and Director Participate in Press Conference". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
- Tsui, Clarence (25 March 2014). "Beautiful 2014 (Mei Ho 2014/Mei Hao 2014): Filmart Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2014-06-17.
- Sunwoo, Carla (11 January 2012). "Actor Ko soo to wed in February". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-03-18.
- "Actor Ko Soo to Exchange Vows with Art Student". The Chosun Ilbo. 12 January 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-18.
- "Bells are ringing as actor Ko Soo gets ready to tie the knot tomorrow". Korea JoongAng Daily. 16 February 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-18.
- Sunwoo, Carla (27 August 2012). "Ko Soo to take on new role of father". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-03-18.
- "Actor Ko Soo is happy to be a dad". Korea JoongAng Daily. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-18.
- "Ko Su Poem Reciting - I will be Happy". YesAsia. Retrieved 2013-03-18.