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2 April 1983 |
Seoul, South Korea
|Occupation||Actor, Model (profession)|
|Revised Romanization||Kim Jaeuk|
Jae Wook was born in Seoul, South Korea, but his family went to Japan later on. Kim Jae Wook grew up in Japan until he was 7 years old, then returned to Korea. He started out performing in a band, but when he was 17, he started to model. Due to the time he spent in Japan, he can speak fluent Japanese.
In 2002, Jae Wook debuted in the role of a member of an indie band, in the MBC drama Ruler of Your Own World. After the first role, he concentrated on his modeling career.
In 2007, he auditioned for and won the role No Sun-ki in the 2007 hit drama series The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince, more commonly known as just Coffee Prince, which made him more popular in South Korea and several Asian countries. This role allowed him to use his Japanese language skills. He later appeared in the 2008 drama The Kingdom of The Winds.
Jae Wook served as the ambassador of goodwill for the 9th Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) in May, 2008.
His first movie in 2009, Antique, which is based on the manga Antique Bakery, grossed a total of $5,608,515 in South Korea, and was invited to the 59th Berlin International Film Festival. In this movie, he plays Min Seon-woo, a gay chef who works at Antique cake shop. The role won him the Best New Actor award at 16th Korean Entertainment Awards. The same year, he also won the Special Model Award at the Asia Model Festival Awards.
Jae Wook worked as the Grand Mint Festival (GMF, one of Korea's representative music festivals) Guy in October, 2009. At the same time he formed a modern rock band 「Walrus」 and was in charge of the guitar and the vocals. The name of the group came from the Beatles single 「I am the Walrus」 released in 1967.
Jae Wook played the leading part in Bee TV's first original Korean Drama 「キミの記憶をボクにください〜ピグマリオンの恋〜 (Please give me the memory of you~A Romance of Pygmalion~)」. The drama will be aired in March, 2010. For this role he spoke Japanese and Korean.
In May 2011 Jae Wook along with fashion models, Jang Yoon-ju, Ji Hyun-jung, Han Hye-jin and Song Kyung-ah, co-authred a book titled Top Model. It is based on their experiences in the industry and includes beauty, makeup and styling tips.
He also co-starred in Golden Heart, a miniseries featuring Janice Man of Hong Kong, in which he spoke English.
He completed filming for Mary Stayed Out All Night (also known as Marry Me, Mary!) and enlisted for mandatory military service on 5 July 2011 for 21 months of active duty after five weeks of basic military training.
He made his comeback in TVN television series Who Are You, playing the dead boyfriend of Seo Yi-hyun's character
In June 2015, he signed an exclusive contract with his new management agency Better ENT.
|2008||Antique||Min Seon-woo (Ono)|
|2015||C'est Si Bon||Kang Myeong-chan (cameo)|
|2015||Planck Constant||Kim Woo Joo|
|2002||Ruler of Your Own World||Ki-hong (band member)||MBC|
|2007||The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince||Noh Sun-ki||MBC|
|2008||The Kingdom of The Winds||Chu Balso||KBS2|
|2010||Bad Guy||Hong Tae-sung||SBS|
|Mary Stayed Out All Night||Byun Jung-in||KBS2|
|2013||Who Are You?||Lee Hyung-joon||tvN|
|2014||Inspiring Generation||Kim Soo-ok||KBS2|
|Drama Festival "4teen"||Adult Joon-yi (cameo)||MBC|
- 2007 1st Korea Drama Awards: Netizen Popularity Award (The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince)
- 2008 Asia Model Festival Awards: Special Male Model Award
- South Korean Yearly Box Office - 2008
- "6 Korean Films to Screen at Berlin Festival". Chosun Ilbo. 30 January 2009. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
- Applegate, Ben (3 April 2009). "Pretty boys serve up a musical dramedy". Joongang Daily. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
- "Models Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Secrets in New Book". Chosun Ilbo. 12 May 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
- "'군입대' 김재욱, 짧은머리 2년후 정신차려올게요" Nate News. 5 July 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-10 (Korean)
- "'Kim Jae Wook, the new agency nest ... Chae Jung Ahn, Song Seung Hun and hansotbap'". Star News. June 5, 2015.
- Kim Jae Wook on HanCinema