Yeo Jin-goo in 2019
|Born||August 13, 1997|
Seoul, South Korea
|Other names||Yeo Jin-gu|
|Revised Romanization||Yeo Jin-gu|
Yeo Jin-goo (born August 13, 1997) is a South Korean actor. Yeo began his career as child actor, debuting in the film Sad Movie (2005). Nicknamed "Nation's Little Brother", he went on to play the younger version of the lead roles in movies and television dramas such as A Frozen Flower (2008), Giant (2010), Moon Embracing the Sun (2012), and Missing You (2012). He is known for playing the title character in action thriller Hwayi: A Monster Boy (2013), for which he won Best New Actor at the Blue Dragon Film Awards.
Since then, he has taken on lead roles in the films Shoot Me in the Heart (2015), The Long Way Home (2015), and Warriors of the Dawn (2017). He has also starred in the dramas Orange Marmalade (2015), The Royal Gambler (2016), Circle (2017), Reunited Worlds (2017), The Crowned Clown (2019), My Absolute Boyfriend (2019) and Hotel Del Luna (2019).
Early life and education
Yeo was born on August 13, 1997. He is the eldest of two siblings and has a younger brother. As a child, Yeo wanted to appear on television and therefore asked his parents to let him try acting. With the support of his parents, he took acting lessons and eventually made his debut on the big-screen with Sad Movie (2005).
2005–2011: Beginnings as a child actor
In 2005, Yeo made his debut at the age of eight in the film Sad Movie. He auditioned for the role of Park Hwi-chan and was chosen among 150 candidates despite having no previous acting experience. In 2006, he appeared in his first television drama I Want to Love, playing a sickly child of a single mother; followed by his first role in a sageuk drama Yeon Gaesomun as young Kim Heum-soon.
In 2010, he starred in the drama Giant as the younger counterpart to Lee Beom-soo's character. According to Yeo, this was the first time he fully immersed himself in a role and began taking acting seriously.
In 2011, he played the younger part of the title character in the historical drama Warrior Baek Dong-soo. He also made a brief appearance as teenage Ddol-bok in the drama Deep Rooted Tree. The appearance was upon the request of its lead actor Jang Hyuk, who took a liking to Yeo when the latter portrayed his younger version in the drama Tazza.
2012: Rising popularity
In 2012, Yeo rose to prominence when he starred in the fantasy-period drama Moon Embracing the Sun, playing the role of a young crown prince. The drama surpassed 40% in ratings and gained "national drama" status. This was followed by a well-received turn in melodrama Missing You. He won Best Young Actor at the 2012 MBC Drama Awards for his portrayal in both dramas.
2013–present: Transition to lead roles
In 2013, Yeo starred as the titular character in action thriller Hwayi: A Monster Boy, for which he garnered praises and won several Best New Actor honors from annual award ceremonies such as Blue Dragon Film Awards and Korean Association of Film Critics Awards. He is the youngest male actor to receive the Best New Actor award in the history of Blue Dragon Film Awards, at the age of sixteen. In the same year, he was also cast in the sitcom, Potato Star 2013QR3 as an aspiring mobile application developer.
In 2015, he starred in the film Shoot Me in the Heart, based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Jeong Yu-jeong. He had his first leading role on television with teen vampire series, Orange Marmalade, based on the webtoon of the same name. In the same year, he appeared in the Korean War film, The Long Way Home. Veteran actor Sol Kyung-gu, his co-star in the film, strongly recommended Yeo for the role of Yeong-gwang, and only signed the movie contract once Yeo's casting had been finalized.
In 2017, Yeo starred in tvN's science fiction drama Circle, and historical movie Warriors of the Dawn, both of which premiered in May. He was also cast for a special appearance in the star-studded film, 1987: When the Day Comes, based on the June Democratic Uprising. The movie reunited him with Director Jang Joon-hwan and actor Kim Yoon-seok of Hwayi: A Monster Boy. In July, he starred in SBS's romance drama Reunited Worlds.
In 2019, he starred in tvN's remake of the 2012 Korean film Masquerade, titled The Crowned Clown. The series was a commercial success and consistently topped the ratings in its timeslot against cable and public channels. Yeo also earned positive reviews for his performance in the dual roles. The same year, he was cast in Hong sisters' fantasy mystery drama Hotel Del Luna alongside IU. The drama was a commercial success, recording the highest ratings in its timeslot throughout its run.
|2010||Youth Unified Education|||
|2012||Child Protection Institution Child Abuse Prevention Day|||
|2013||Stop the School Violence|||
|2014||Vietnam Film Festival|||
|Seoul International Youth Film Festival|||
|Nanumyieum (Sharing by Connecting)|||
Awards and nominations
|2008||SBS Drama Awards||Best Young Actor||Iljimae, Tazza, Gourmet||Won|||
|2010||KBS Drama Awards||The Reputable Family||Nominated|
|2012||48th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actor (TV)||Moon Embracing the Sun||Nominated|
|6th Mnet 20's Choice Awards||20's Upcoming 20's||Won|||
|4th Pierson Movie Festival||Best Child Actor||Won|||
|5th Korea Drama Awards||Best Young Actor||Nominated|
|MBC Drama Awards||Moon Embracing the Sun,
|Popularity Award||Moon Embracing the Sun||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award
(with Kim Yoo-jung)
|5th Herald Donga TV Lifestyle Awards||Style Icon Rookie||N/A||Won|||
|2013||5th Pierson Movie Festival||Best Child Actor||Moon Embracing the Sun||Won|||
|6th Style Icon Awards||Child Actor to Man||N/A||Won|||
|28th Korea Best Dresser Swan Awards||The Rising Star||N/A||Won|||
|21st Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards||Best New Actor (Film)||Hwayi: A Monster Boy||Won|||
|33rd Korean Association of Film Critics Awards||Best New Actor||Won|||
|34th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Won|||
|2014||5th KOFRA Film Awards||Won|||
|50th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actor (Film)||Nominated|
|14th Director's Cut Awards||Best New Actor||Won|||
|23rd Buil Film Awards||Nominated|
|51st Grand Bell Awards||Nominated|
|6th Pierson Movie Festival||Trend Choice Award||N/A||Won|||
|2015||4th Marie Claire Film Festival||Rookie Award||Shoot Me in the Heart||Won|||
|52nd Grand Bell Awards||Best New Actor||Nominated|
|KBS Drama Awards||Orange Marmalade||Won|||
|Popularity Award, Actor||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award
(with Kim Seolhyun)
|2016||SBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama||The Royal Gambler||Won|||
|Best Couple Award
(with Jang Keun-suk)
|2017||tvN Movies Awards||Most Promising Actor||Hwayi: A Monster Boy||Won|||
|SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Wednesday-Thursday Drama||Reunited Worlds||Nominated|
|2019||55th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actor (TV)||The Crowned Clown||Nominated|||
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