Aaron Yoo

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Aaron Yoo
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Born (1979-05-12) May 12, 1979 (age 40)
OccupationActor, director, producer, screenwriter, voice artist
Years active2000–present
Fara Homidi (m. 2014)

Aaron Yoo (born May 12, 1979) is a Korean American[2] actor. He is best known for appearing in the films Disturbia (2007), 21 (2008) and Friday the 13th (2009) as well as playing Russell Kwon in the sci-fi series The Tomorrow People (2013–14).


He starred in the 2007 films Disturbia and American Pastime, the 2008 film 21, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, The Wackness,[3] and Labor Pains, and had a role in the 2009 version of Friday the 13th.[4]

Yoo had his appendix removed shortly before filming of Friday the 13 began, and could not film his scenes right away. As soon as he was ready for filming, the director Marcus Nispel immediately hung him upside down in some rafters, exposing the staples over his surgical wound, for the character's post-death shot.[5]

He co-starred in HBO's Rocket Science, as the protagonist's best friend, Heston.

His stage credits include the premiere of Christopher Shinn's Where Do We Live, the anthology production Savage Acts (both 2004), Mac Wellman's Cellophane (2003) and a 2002 revival of Lope de Vega' Fuente Ovejuna.

Personal life[edit]

Aaron Yoo was born in Dallas, Texas to Korean[2] parents. He moved from Edison to East Brunswick, New Jersey at the age of 8.[6] He has an older sister.[7] He attended East Brunswick High School where he played cello in the orchestra and ran track until he graduated in 1997. Afterwards, he studied at the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated in 2001 with a degree in theatre[6], he was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity there.[8]

He is married to Fara Homidi, who works in the fashion industry as a make-up artist. In his spare time, he practices DJ-ing, pole-vaulting and playing the cello.[6] He is fully bilingual in Korean and English.[2]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Things That Go Bump in the Night Brad
2006 Dry Clean Only Dry Cleaners Clerk
2007 Rocket Science Heston
American Pastime Lyle Nomura
Disturbia Ronald "Ronnie" Chu
2008 The Wackness Justin
21 Choi
364 Cranes Tommy
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist Thom
2009 Friday the 13th Chewie Wong
The Good Guy Steve-O
Labor Pains Miles
Gamer Humanz Dude
2010 A Nightmare on Elm Street Marcus Yeon Uncredited
2011 She Wants Me Max
10 Years Peter Jung
2013 McCanick Carl
2014 Kid Cannabis Brendan Butler
2015 Demonic Donnie
Someone Else Jamie
Everything Before Us Ben
2016 Money Monster Won Joon
2017 Killing Gunther Yong


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Ed Student Ethan 1 episode
2004 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Tommy 1 episode
2005 Cinema AZN DVD reviewer Unknown episode(s)
2006 Love Monkey Staffer #2 1 episode
The Bedford Diaries James Fong Recurring role
2008 ER Kwan Li 1 episode
2010 Drop Dead Diva Edward Kim 1 episode
2013–14 The Tomorrow People Russell Kwan Main role
2016-2017 StartUp Alex Bell VC
2018 Hawaii Five-0 Hideki Tashiro 2 episodes


  1. ^ "Aaron Yoo & Fara Homidi Wedding". Luster. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Hamlin, Andrew (2016). "Korean American actor stars in new TV series". Northwest Asian Weekly. Archived from the original on 2019.
  3. ^ The Wackness at ComingSoon!
  4. ^ "'Shark' Co-Star Floats to 'Friday the 13th'". The Hollywood Reporter. Zap2it. 2008-04-16. Archived from the original on 19 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-18.
  5. ^ "Interview: Friday the 13th Marcus Nispel". Shock Till You Drop. February 9, 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-02-13. Retrieved February 24, 2009.
  6. ^ a b c Makin, Cheryl (2016). "East Brunswick actor ready to 'StartUp'". My Central Jersey. Archived from the original on 2019.
  7. ^ Jordan, Chris. "Keep an eye on this guy", Home News Tribune, April 13, 2007. Accessed February 13, 2011. "Disturbia costar and East Brunswick native Aaron Yoo..."
  8. ^ Aaron Yoo on IMDb Aaron Yoo worked for Siemens corporate from 2001 to 2003.

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