Kim Min-jae (actor, born 1996)

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Kim Min-jae
텐아시아 매거진 12월호 촬영 현장 - 김민재 32s.jpg
In November 2015
Born (1996-11-01) November 1, 1996 (age 22)
Daegu, South Korea
EducationChung Ang University
  • Actor
  • rapper
Years active2014–present
AgentStone Music Entertainment
Korean name
Revised RomanizationKim Min-jae
McCune–ReischauerKim Minchae

Kim Min-jae (Hangul: 김민재, born November 1, 1996), also known as, is a South Korean actor and rapper under Stone Music Entertainment. He has featured in television series Second 20s (2015), My First Time (2015), Dr. Romantic (2016), Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (2016) and Tempted (2018). He was also a contestant in rap competition Show Me the Money 4 in 2015.

Early life and education[edit]

Kim studied composition and piano-playing at a music academy during middle school. Kim then auditioned for CJ E&M and became their trainee for four years from his first year of high school.[1]

Since March 2016, Kim attends Chung-Ang University.[2]


2014–2015: Debut and Show Me the Money 4[edit]

Kim was featured in music stages of CJ E&M artists as a rapper since 2014 and was one of the first generation of trainees from CJ E&M.[1] Kim debuted as an actor in 2014 in a joint South Korean-Vietnamese drama Forever Young.[3] He also had a cameo role in the tvN drama I Need Romance 3 (2014) as an idol singer preparing for debut.[3]

While he was preparing for his debut as an idol singer, he was cast in Mnet's drama Perseverance Goo Hae-ra in 2015 after going through several auditions.[3][4] Kim then made a cameo appearance in KBS2's drama The Producers as one of 2 Days & 1 Night – Season 5 cast members.[5] In June the same year, Kim joined the rap competition Show Me the Money 4 as a contestant.[6][7]

Kim was then cast in supporting roles in the dramas Second 20s (2015)[8] and My First Time (2015).[9] Kim also featured in the singles "Our Feeling" for the OST of My First Time with Park So-dam and Lee Yi-kyung,[10] and "Star" for the OST of Second 20s with Mamamoo's Solar.[11]

On November 21, 2015, Kim, alongside Kim Sae-ron, started hosting MBC's music program Show! Music Core.[12] They left the show in September 2016.[13]

2016–present: Rising popularity[edit]

In 2016, Kim featured in MBC's family drama My Little Baby.[14] Kim then featured in the medical drama Dr. Romantic and received a New Star award for his role at the SBS Drama Awards.[15] He also made a special appearance in tvN's hit fantasy drama Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (2016), which garnered him increased recognition.[16]

In 2017, Kim starred in KBS2' variety drama Hit the Top.[17] The same year, Kim was cast in the film Love+Sling which marked his big screen debut.[18] He was also cast in Feng Shui, the third installment of the "divining art trilogy" by Han Jae-rim.[19]

In 2018, Kim was cast to play a wealthy playboy in MBC's romance thriller Tempted.[20]

In 2019, Kim was cast in the youth historical drama Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency.[21] In June, Kim signed up with a new agency Naym Naym Entertainment.[22]



Year Title Role Ref.
2018 Love+Sling Sung-woong [18]
Feng Shui Crown Prince Hyomyeong [19]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Ref.
2014 Forever Young Kay [3]
I Need Romance 3 Idol trainee (cameo) tvN
2015 Persevere, Goo Hae-ra Sa Gi-joon Mnet [4]
The Producers Himself (ep. 4,10,12) KBS2 [5]
Second 20s Kim Min-soo tvN [8]
My First Time Seo Ji-an OnStyle [9]
2016 My Little Baby Yoon Min MBC [14]
Dr. Romantic Park Eun-tak SBS [15]
Guardian: The Lonely and Great God Wang Yeo (ep. 1,7-13) tvN [15]
2017 Hit the Top Lee Ji-hoon KBS2 [17]
2018 Tempted Lee Se-joo MBC [20]
Mr. Sunshine adult Do-mi (cameo) tvN [23]
2019 Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency Ma Hoon JTBC [21]

Variety show[edit]

Title Year Role Network Ref.
Show Me the Money 4 2015 Contestant (ep. 1-2) Mnet [6]
Mari and Me Cast member MBC [24]
Celebrity Bromance (Season 1) 2016 Cast member with BTS' V (ep. 1-4) MBig TV [25]


Title Network Date Notes Ref.
Show! Music Core MBC November 21, 2015 – September 24, 2016 with Kim Sae-ron [12]

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song title Artist Ref.
2015 "Celepretty" Park Boram [26]
"Good Luck" Hong Dae-kwang [27]
2017 "Would U" Red Velvet [28]
2019 "이 마음 (Heart)" Punch [29]



Title Year Album
(with Solar)
2015 Second 20s OST
"Our Feeling"
(Lee Yoon Chan feat. Kim Min-jae, Park So-dam & Lee Yi-kyung)
My First Time OST
(with Younha)[30]
2017 Hit the Top OST

Songwriting credits[edit]

Year Album Song Lyrics
Credited With
2015 Twenty Again OST "Star" Yes Cosmic Sound, Cosmos
2017 Hit the Top OST "Dream" Yes Ji Hoon

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2016 2016 SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Dr. Romantic Won [31]
2017 53rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (Television) Nominated [32]
1st The Seoul Awards Best New Actor (Drama) Hit the Top Nominated [33]
2018 6th APAN Star Awards Best New Actor Tempted Nominated [34]
MBC Drama Awards Nominated


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  2. ^ "19살 스타들, 대입 준비하거나 포기하거나 [종합]". OSEN (in Korean). 4 November 2015. Retrieved 2017-01-22.
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  4. ^ a b "My Name, '칠전팔기 구해라' 사기준, 김민재 (2) 노력으로 완성한 꿈의 결정체". TenAsia (in Korean). 8 April 2015.
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  6. ^ a b "김민재│① "요즘은 집에서 쉴 때 강아지만 보고 있어요" : 네이버 뉴스". Naver News (in Korean). 17 January 2016. Retrieved 2017-01-22.
  7. ^ "'프로듀사' 김민재 "대스타 공효진-김수현, 편하게 대해줘"[포토엔]". Newsen (in Korean). 24 July 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Son Na Eun And Kim Min Jae Are A Fresh Campus Couple". BNT News. 14 August 2015.
  9. ^ a b "'처음이라서' 민호-박소담-김민재-이이경-조혜정 캐스팅 완료 '기대만발'". Herald Corp (in Korean). 15 July 2015.
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  11. ^ "'두번째 스무살' 김민재, 솔라 '별' 통해 유엣 '환상의 시너지'". 10Asia (in Korean). 2 October 2015. Retrieved 2017-01-22.
  12. ^ a b "Kim Sae-ron, Kim Min-jae to host 'Music Core'". The Korea Times. 15 November 2015. Retrieved 2017-01-22.
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  14. ^ a b "김민재, '마이리틀베이비'서 꽃미남 바리스타로 변신". Xports News (in Korean). 23 February 2016.
  15. ^ a b c "김민재, '낭만닥터 김사부' 출연 확정…한석규·서현진과 호흡". Asia Economic Daily (in Korean). 24 September 2016.
  16. ^ "'도깨비' 김민재의 재발견". TenAsia (in Korean). 3 December 2016.
  17. ^ a b "윤시윤·김민재, 유호진PD 신작 '최고의 한방' 주연 확정". Hankyung (in Korean). 16 March 2017.
  18. ^ a b "YOO Hae-jin and KIM Min-jae Take a Ride on LOVESWING". Korean Film Biz Zone. 14 August 2017.
  19. ^ a b "Moon Chae-won, Kim Min-jae join film". Korea JoongAng Daily. 14 July 2017.
  20. ^ a b ""The Great Seducer" Kim Min-jae-I Is a Busy Casanova". Hancinema. Newsen. 25 February 2018.
  21. ^ a b "김민재, 박지훈 만날까.."'꽃파당' 주연 확정"(공식입장)". Newsen (in Korean). 18 March 2019.
  22. ^ Park Han-il (14 June 2019). "김민재, 냠냠엔터와 전속계약 체결 "전방위적인 활동 지원할 것"". iMBC (in Korean).
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  24. ^ "In new show, stars look after unusual pets". The Korea Herald. 16 December 2015.
  25. ^ "BTS 뷔·김민재 '꽃브로' 출연확정…4일 첫 방송 [공식입장]". Sports Donga (in Korean). 1 February 2016. Retrieved 2017-01-22.
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  29. ^ 1theK (16 January 2019), [MV] Punch(펀치) _ Heart(이 마음), YouTube, retrieved 2019-01-16
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  31. ^ "[SBS 연기대상]한석규, 5년만 대상..'낭만닥터' 7관왕 쾌거(종합)- 스타뉴스". Star News (in Korean). 1 January 2017. Retrieved 2017-06-11.
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