Go Ah-sung

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Go Ah-sung
Ko Ah-Sung.jpg
Born (1992-08-10) August 10, 1992 (age 24)
Seoul, South Korea
Other names Ko A-sung
Ko Ah-sung
Education Sungkyunkwan University - Psychology
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004–present
Agent 4 Doors Entertainment
Korean name
Hangul 고아성
Hanja 高我星[1]
Revised Romanization Go Aseong
McCune–Reischauer Ko A-sŏng

Go Ah-sung (born 10 August 1992) is a South Korean actress. She began her career as a child actress, notably in 2006 top-grossing blockbuster The Host. This was followed by major roles in Snowpiercer (2013), Thread of Lies (2014) and Office (2015), as well as the TV dramas Master of Study (2010) and Heard It Through the Grapevine (2015).


Go Ah-sung was four years old when she appeared in her first commercial, and she joined the 2002 stage musical Peter Pan when she was ten. At thirteen, Go began her acting career in the KBS children's program Oolla Boolla Blue-jjang (2004).

Having worked together in the MBC omnibus drama Beating Heart (2005), actress Bae Doona recommended Go to director Bong Joon-ho when he was casting for his much-anticipated monster film. After an extensive audition process, Go made her film debut in 2006 with a starring role in The Host.[2] Bong praised her work, saying that she "showed really mature acting for her age, and that's one of her defining charms as an actress."[3] Go was also applauded by film critics, with Stephen Hunter of The Washington Post complimenting her "exquisite performance,"[4] and Megan Ratner of the Bright Lights Film Journal noting her "unforced naturalness, reminiscent not only of Ana Torrent but of Zazie's Catherine Demongeot."[5] Go received several acting nominations, and won Best New Actress at the 2006 Blue Dragon Film Awards.[6]

She continued her film career with supporting roles in The Happy Life (2007), Radio Dayz (2008), and A Brand New Life (2009).[7] In 2010, Go appeared in the high school series Master of Study, a Korean drama adaptation of the Japanese manga Dragon Zakura.[8][9] It scored the highest ratings in its timeslot during its run.[10]

Go starred in her first leading role in Duet (2012), an indie romance about an aspiring Korean singer on a tour of England and the British guy she meets who shares her interests in music, photography and travel.[11][12]

In 2013, she reunited with The Host costar Song Kang-ho in the blockbuster sci-fi thriller Snowpiercer, Bong Joon-ho's first English-language film.[13][14][15][16] Go next appeared opposite Kim Hee-ae in Thread of Lies (2014), a film adaptation of Kim Ryeo-ryeong's novel Elegant Lies about a willful girl seeking the truth behind her sister's suicide.[17][18][19][20]

Go signed with an American agency, Untitled Entertainment in 2014.[21] She returned to television in 2015 with Heard It Through the Grapevine, a black comedy about the chaos an unplanned teenage pregnancy causes in a wealthy, powerful family.[22] Go then headlined the mystery thriller Office, which made its world premiere in the Midnight Screenings section at Cannes; she won Best Actress at Fancine for her role as an intern who becomes a person of interest in a murder investigation.[23][24][25][26][27]

In early 2017, Go challenges her first romantic comedy in the MBC's drama Radiant Office, as a twentysomething woman who, after a failed suicide attempt and possible terminally-ill diagnosis, thinks she has nothing to lose and tackles her job and life with new perspectives.[28]

Other activities[edit]

Go enjoys traveling alone and taking pictures. She became interested in photography through friend and frequent costar Bae Doona.[29] Go's photographs were exhibited at the 5th annual Seoul Open Art Fair in 2010, alongside artwork by Ha Jung-woo and photos by Uhm Tae-woong.[30]

Another of her interests is music. She did her own singing for the film Duet, and has performed live on stage at Mudaeruk in Hongdae.[31]

Go is currently a Psychology major at Sungkyunkwan University.[32][33]



Year Title Role
2006 The Host Park Hyun-seo
2007 The Happy Life Joo-hee
2008 Radio Dayz Soon-deok
2009 A Brand New Life Ye-shin
After the Banquet Kim Mi-rae
2010 Sixteen (short film)
2012 Duet Nancy
2013 Snowpiercer Yona
2014 Thread of Lies Man-ji
2015 Office Lee Mi-rye
The Beauty Inside Woo-jin
Right Now, Wrong Then Yeom Bo-ra
2016 A Melody to Remember Park Joo-mi

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2004 Oolla Boolla Blue-jjang Noh Da-ji (Princess Blue Stone) KBS2
2005 Sad Love Story young Cha Hwa-jung MBC
Beating Heart Kim Bo-mi MBC
2010 Master of Study Gil Pul-ip KBS2
2015 Heard It Through the Grapevine Seo Bom SBS
2016 Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories Rei/Yoona Netflix Original
2017 Radiant Office Eun Ho-won MBC


Year Artist Song Title From Album
Ernest, Park Ji-yeon, Go Ah-sung
(Hangul달려; RRDallyeo)
Master of Study OST Part 2
Go Ah-sung
"Nobody Knows"
Duet OST
"Light On My Shoulder"
"Blue Blue Night"
"Wings of Rod"
Kwak Tae-hoon, Go Ah-sung, Young Jay
"Hongdae Entrance"
(Hangul홍대입구; RRHongdae Ibgu)
Collaboration single[34]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
1995 MBC Birth of a Star King of Kings N/A 1st place
2006 27th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actress
The Host
Won [6]
5th Korean Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated [35]
9th Director's Cut Awards Best Performers Award (ensemble cast) Won [36]
2007 43rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (Film) Nominated [37]
33rd Saturn Awards Best Young Actor/Actress Nominated [38]
44th Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated [39]
1st Korea Movie Star Awards Best Young Star Won [40]
2010 46th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (TV)
Master of Study
KBS Drama Awards Best New Actress Nominated
2013 50th Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actress
34th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2014 50th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
15th Jeonju International Film Festival Moët Rising Star Award N/A Won [41]
2015 51st Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (TV)
Heard It Through the Grapevine
Won [42]
4th APAN Star Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama Nominated
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special Won
New Star Award Won
25th Fantastic Film Festival of the University of Málaga Best Actress
Won [27]
2016 36th Golden Cinematography Awards Popularity Award, Actress Won


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