Seo In-guk

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Seo In-guk
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Background information
Also known as Seo In-gook
Born (1987-10-23) October 23, 1987 (age 26)
Ulsan, South Korea
Origin South Korea
Genres K-pop, Ballad, R&B, J-pop, dance
Occupations Singer, actor
Years active 2009-present
Labels Jellyfish Entertainment/CJ E&M (South Korea)
Irving Entertainment/Nippon Crown (Japan)
Website Official Korean website
Official Japanese website
Korean name
Hangul 서인국
Hanja
Revised Romanization Seo In-guk
McCune–Reischauer Sŏ In'guk

Seo In-guk (Hangul: 서인국; born October 23, 1987) is a South Korean singer and actor. He launched his singing career after winning the talent reality show Superstar K in 2009, and made his acting breakthrough in the 2012 cable TV series Reply 1997.

Early life[edit]

Seo In-guk came from a poor family in Ulsan who collected recyclables for a living.[1] He started dreaming of becoming a singer when he was 10, after listening to rocker Kim Jung-min. Being a timid boy, 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 some of the biggest entertainment agencies.[2] After being repeatedly rejected and told to lose weight, Seo struggled with bulimia but the vomiting only damaged his vocal cords temporarily.[3][4]

Career[edit]

2009: Superstar K[edit]

Despite the setbacks, he never gave up completely and in 2009 he joined Mnet's talent reality show Superstar K. He was declared the music program's season 1 winner.

The spotlight came with a hectic schedule of recordings, photo shoots, interviews and television broadcasts, followed by chart-topping singles and albums.[5] But Seo also had to deal with the negative consequences of fame, including plastic surgery rumors, cold-shoulder treatment from the three major networks for cable stars like him, and the unfair label of being an "instant star."[6][7]

2012: Acting debut and Reply 1997[edit]

In 2012 Seo became part of the cast of homegrown jukebox musical Gwanghwamun Love Song.[8] He then made his onscreen acting debut with a supporting role in KBS's Love Rain.[9][10][11] Aiming to expand his career in Japan, he also signed with Japanese agency Irving Entertainment.[12][13][14]

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. The drama brought huge fame and recognition for Seo in acting field.[15][16][17][18][19][20]

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.[21][22][23][24][25]

2013: Return to singing and first film[edit]

Seo joined the newly launched reality/variety show I Live Alone in January 2013 (he later took a break from the show six months later in June, due to work commitments).[26] 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.[27]

But more significantly, 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, and actress Ku Hye-sun appeared in the music video, which depicts the agony after a break up.[28][29][30] Ku also composed the music and lyrics for the track Were We Happy.[31][32] This was followed several weeks later by his Japanese debut, with the release of the single Fly Away.[33][34]

In June 2013, he was cast in Master's Sun, a horror-romantic comedy TV series written by the Hong Sisters, playing Kang Woo, a former soldier who served in the Zaytun Division and after his discharge becomes the head of security of a shopping mall company.[35][36]

In October 2013, he starred in his first big-screen leading role in No Breathing, a coming-of-age film about two swimming rivals,[37][38] alongside Lee Jong-suk and Kwon Yuri.

2014: Acting career continues[edit]

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 on Taekwang Group-owned cable channel Dramacube (also airing on BTV and YouTube).[39]

Wanting to try a different genre, Seo was cast as a young gangster in the 2014 action-noir film Wild Dog,[40] but like Police Family, it ran into investor troubles and was unable to begin production. 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.[41][42][43][44][45][46]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2012 Love Rain Kim Chang-mo (1970s)
Kim Jeon-seol (2012)
KBS2
Reply 1997 Yoon Yoon-jae tvN
The Sons Yoo Seung-gi MBC
2013 I Live Alone himself MBC
Master's Sun Kang Woo SBS
Reply 1994 Yoon Yoon-jae
(cameo, ep 16-17)
tvN
2014 Another Parting Ahn Young-mo Dramacube
High School King of Savvy Lee Min-seok/
Lee Hyung-seok
tvN

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
2013 No Breathing Won-il

Music Video appearance[edit]

Year Title Artist
2012 Please Don't... K.Will
2013 Would You? Swings feat. Seo In-guk
Pick Up the Phone Phone

Musical theatre[edit]

Year Title Role
2012 Gwanghwamun Love Song Hyun-woo

Discography[edit]

Album information Tracklisting
부른다 (Calling)
달려와 (Run to Me)
Just Beginning
애기야 (Aegiya) Repackaged Album
Take
Jelly Christmas
  • Digital single
  • Released: December 6, 2010
  • Label: Jellyfish Entertainment
Broken
Shake It Up
Jelly Christmas 2011
Fate (Like a Fool)
Perfect Fit
Love Story - Part 1
Love Story - Part 2
Jelly Christmas 2012 Heart Project
  • Digital single
  • Released: December 6, 2012
  • Label: Jellyfish Entertainment
Y.BIRD from Jellyfish Island with Seo In-guk
With Laughter or with Tears
Fly Away
No Matter What
Bomtanaba (Mellow Spring)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2009 Cyworld Digital Music Awards Male Newcomer of the Year
Calling
Won
2012 5th Korea Drama Awards Best New Actor
Reply 1997
Won
Best Couple Award with Jung Eun-ji Won
5th Style Icon Awards Top 10 Style Icons with Jung Eun-ji Won
1st K-Drama Star Awards Rising Star Award Won
Best Couple Award with Jung Eun-ji Won
Best OST "All for You" (with Jung Eun-ji) Won
14th Mnet Asian Music Awards Best OST[51] Won
4th Melon Music Awards Best OST Won
MBC Drama Awards Best New Actor The Sons Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Best New Actor Love Rain Nominated
2013 2nd Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards Song of the Year (September) "All for You" (with Jung Eun-ji) Won
49th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (TV) Reply 1997 Nominated
SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Master's Sun Won
2014 3rd Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards Song of the Year (December) "Loved You" (with Zia) Won
50th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actor (TV) Master's Sun Nominated

Music programs[edit]

Seo In-guk's wins on Korea's televised music shows. M! Countdown and Music Triangle are aired on cable channels Mnet and KM, respectively.

M! Countdown[edit]

Year Date Song
2010 May 20 사랑해 U ("Love U")

Music Triangle[edit]

Year Date Song
2012 September 19[52] "All For You" (with Jung Eun-ji)

References[edit]

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