Seo Woo

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim. In stage/pen name, the surname is Seo.
Seo Woo
Seo Woo.jpg
Born Kim Moon-joo
(1985-07-07) July 7, 1985 (age 29)
Seoul, South Korea
Occupation Actress
Years active 2007-present
Agent Sim Entertainment
Korean name
Hangul 서우
Revised Romanization Seo U
McCune–Reischauer Sŏ U
Birth name
Hangul 김문주
Revised Romanization Kim Mun-ju
McCune–Reischauer Kim Mun-chu

Seo Woo (born Kim Moon-joo on July 7, 1985) is a South Korean actress. After her breakout role in 2008's Crush and Blush,[1] Seo Woo continues to act in film and television, notably in Paju and The Housemaid, and the TV dramas Tamra, the Island, Cinderella's Sister and Flames of Desire.[2][3]

Career[edit]

Seo Woo first became known to the public as the oddball 4D Girl in the popular "Ok me wa ka" commercial for a Lotte ice cream brand. After her debut in a supporting role the 2007 film My Son, she successfully auditioned for a part in the sitcom Kimchi Cheese Smile.

The following year, her breakout role came in the critically lauded black comedy Crush and Blush for which she received considerable attention and numerous awards.[4][5] In 2009 Seo Woo took on the lead role in the cult favorite Tamra, the Island, a period drama set on Jeju Island.[6][7] She then contributed her vocals to "My Fair Lady," one of the tracks in Lee Seung-hwan's 20th anniversary album Hwantastic Friends.

Seo Woo continued to challenge herself, delivering a much-praised turn in arthouse film Paju,[8][9][10] and landing a role opposite celebrated actress Jeon Do-yeon in The Housemaid, which screened in competition at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.[11][12]

She and Moon Geun-young played siblings in the popular modern fairytale retelling Cinderella's Sister,[13][14][15][16] but Seo Woo later said she considers it her worst performance, despite being the character she worked hardest on.[17] Afterwards she essayed a complex character in the critically lauded melodrama Flames of Desire.[18]

In the family drama If Tomorrow Comes she played a cheerful daughter to veteran actress Go Doo-shim.[19][20] She next portrayed a calm yet brave art major in the fantasy-horror TV movie Knock, about a magical mask passed down in a shaman family.[21][22]

From 2013 to 2014, she played a Baekje-era femme fatale in the daily period drama The King's Daughter, Soo Baek-hyang.[23][24]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 My Son Yeo-il
2008 A School Rep. Sun-ah short film[25]
Crush and Blush Seo Jong-hee
2009 Handphone Jung Yi-gyu's sister (cameo)
Paju Choi Eun-mo
2010 The Housemaid Hae-ra

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2007 Kimchi Cheese Smile Seo Woo MBC
2009 Tamra, the Island Jang Beo-jin MBC
2010 Cinderella's Sister Goo Hyo-sun KBS2
Flames of Desire Baek Soo-bin/Baek In-ki MBC
2011 If Tomorrow Comes Yoon Eun-chae SBS
2012 Knock Jung-hwa MBN
Glass Mask Kang Yi-kyung/Seo Jung-ha tvN
2013 The King's Daughter, Soo Baek-hyang Seol-hee MBC

Music video[edit]

Year Song title Artist
2009 "Wonderful Day (Good Day 2)" Lee Seung-hwan
2010 "Right Now" Psy
2012 "Irresistible Lips" BtoB

Variety Shows[edit]

Year Title Network
2014 Running Man (Episode 213) SBS

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2008 29th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actress
Crush and Blush
Nominated
28th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Best New Actress Won
7th Korean Film Awards Best New Actress Won
11th Director's Cut Awards Best New Actress Won
2009 45th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress Nominated
18th Buil Film Awards Best New Actress Won
MBC Drama Awards Most Popular Actress
Tamra, the Island
Won
Best New Actress Won
2010 5th Asia Model Festival Awards Fashionista Award N/A Won
46th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (TV)
Tamra, the Island
Nominated
Best Actress
Paju
Nominated
3rd Korea Drama Awards Best New Actress
Cinderella's Sister
Won
4th Asia Pacific Screen Awards Best Actress
Paju
Nominated
8th Korean Film Awards Best Supporting Actress
The Housemaid
Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Best New Actress
Cinderella's Sister
Nominated
2013 MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama
The King's Daughter, Soo Baek-hyang
Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Choi, Ji-eun (4 December 2009). "Seo Woo's Movie Picks: Movies with the strongest impression, regardless of genre". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  2. ^ Choi, Ji-eun (28 April 2010). "INTERVIEW: Actress Seo Woo - Part 1". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  3. ^ Choi, Ji-eun (28 April 2010). "INTERVIEW: Actress Seo Woo - Part 2". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  4. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (2 October 2008). "Kong Hyo-jin Shines in Crush". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  5. ^ Cho, Jae-eun (23 September 2011). "Director displays guts and playfulness in her first outing". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  6. ^ Choi, Ji-eun (10 August 2009). 서우: 탐나는 배우, 서우로다. 10Asia (in Korean). Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  7. ^ Choi, Ji-eun (10 August 2009). "서우: My name is..." [My Name Is: Seo Woo]. 10Asia (in Korean). Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  8. ^ Shin, Hae-in (22 October 2009). "(Movie Review) Paju examines female psyche through forbidden love, social disorder". Yonhap. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  9. ^ Paquet, Darcy. "Paju". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2012-06-20. 
  10. ^ "Seo Woo Courted by Foreign Directors". The Korea Times. 27 October 2009. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  11. ^ Lee, Ji-hye (4 May 2010). "Im Sang-soo says Jeon Do-youn is "full-fledged artist"". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  12. ^ "Glamorous Actress Seo Woo getting popular after Cannes film festival". The Korea Times. 27 May 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  13. ^ Kim, Jessica (25 March 2010). "Cinderella is not quite the fairy tale, says Taecyeon (1)". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  14. ^ Kim, Jessica (25 March 2010). "Cinderella is not quite the fairy tale, says Taecyeon (2)". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  15. ^ Choi, Ji-eun (12 May 2010). "On the set of TV series Sister of Cinderella". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  16. ^ "Actress Seo Woo joins 20-20 club". The Korea Times. 1 June 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  17. ^ "Seo Woo featured in July's Cosmo and Bazaar". Dramabeans. 22 June 2010. Retrieved 2014-07-24. 
  18. ^ "Best Performance by an Actress: Seo Woo for Paju". 2010 Asia Pacific Screen Awards Nominee. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  19. ^ Park, So-jung (22 September 2011). "Seo Woo to star in SBS weekend series". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  20. ^ Choi, Eun-hwa (22 November 2011). "Ha Seok Jin Praises Seo Woo in If Tomorrow Comes". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  21. ^ Ko, Hong-ju (26 June 2012). "Seo Woo to Star in Horror TV Movie, Knock". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  22. ^ Hong, Lucia (27 June 2012). "Seo Woo cast to star in horror TV movie". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  23. ^ Kang, Jung-yeon (30 August 2013). "Seo Woo Confirms Villain Role in New Drama". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-09-06. 
  24. ^ Kim, Hee-eun (20 March 2014). "Seo Woo seeks new management". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  25. ^ "A School Rep.". IndieStory. Retrieved 2014-06-14. 

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