Yoo In-na

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Yoo.
Yoo In-Na
Actress Yoo In-na at the Pifan opening ceremony on July 17, 2014.jpg
At the Pifan opening ceremony on July 17, 2014.
Born (1982-06-05) June 5, 1982 (age 34)
Seongnam, Gyeonggi, South Korea
Occupation Actress, DJ
Years active 2009–present
Agent YG Entertainment
Korean name
Hangul 유인나
Revised Romanization Yu In-na
McCune–Reischauer Yu In-na

Yoo In-Na (born June 5, 1982) is a South Korean actress and DJ. After supporting roles in High Kick! Through the Roof (2009-2010) and Secret Garden (2010), she rose to fame as the lead actress in Queen In-Hyun's Man (2012) which led to a supporting character role in the highly rated My Love from the Star (2013-2014). She is also the DJ of the highly rated radio program Let's Crank Up the Volume. In late 2016, she starred alongside Lee Dong Wook, Kim Go-eun and Gong Yoo in the well received Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (2016-2017)


At the age of 16, Yoo In-na joined an entertainment agency as an apprentice singer in 1998, and even came close to joining a girl group at one point. But 11 years and five different agencies later, she was unsuccessful at breaking out. Yoo said she had difficulty memorizing the dance choreography required of K-pop singers, and after practicing her dance moves for eight hours a day, six days a week, she called it quits.[1]

In 2006, Yoo joined YG Entertainment as an aspiring actress. She said, "If singing wasn't meant to be, I decided to give acting a go because it seemed fun. I never gave up. A lot of my friends did, though, even though they were prettier and more capable than me."[1] Her big break came in 2009 with the popular daytime sitcom High Kick Through the Roof on MBC.[2] Several supporting roles followed, notably as the heroine's perky best friend in 2010 SBS drama Secret Garden which won her Best New Actress at the Baeksang Arts Awards.

She was an MC for TV Entertainment Tonight from March 3, 2011 to June 4, 2012,[3] for which she won Best Variety Entertainer at the SBS Entertainment Awards.[4] She is currently a DJ for KBS Cool FM's Let's Crank Up the Volume, which is the highest-rated radio program in its timeslot across both AM and FM bandwidths.[1][5]

Having trained for years hoping to become a singer before her acting debut, Yoo's vocals was featured in Humming Urban Stereo's 2011 digital single "You, That Day" (넌 그날).[6] She also sang for the soundtrack of her 2011 film My Black Mini Dress alongside her castmates Yoon Eun-hye, Park Han-byul, and Cha Ye-ryun. Their chick flick is about the lives of four twentysomething friends as they juggle life, love and work.[7][8]

In 2012, Yoo starred in her first leading role in the tvN series Queen In-hyun's Man. The plot of the cable drama centers around obscure actress Choi Hee-jin, played by Yoo, who falls in love with time-traveling scholar Kim Boong-do (Ji Hyun-woo) from the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) who jumped 300 years to the 21st century.[9][10][11][12]

Yoo was cast in her first big-screen leading role in the melodrama Pure Couple, which began filming in December 2012.[13] In 2013, she next starred as part of the ensemble cast in family drama You're the Best, Lee Soon-shin, then as the female antagonist in My Love from the Star.[14] Due to the popularity of My Love from the Star in China, Yoo was cast in the leading role opposite Godfrey Gao in the 2014 Chinese romantic comedy film Wedding Bible (its director Heo In-moo previously directed Yoo in My Black Mini Dress).[15][16]

On March 5, 2014, Yoo began her stint as the new host of Get It Beauty, a cable program that features trends in beauty and fashion, and reviews the best cosmetic products in the market.[17][18] Later that year, she starred in the mystery-romantic comedy series My Secret Hotel, where she played a wedding planner coordinating her ex-husband's wedding amidst a murder investigation.[19]

Personal life[edit]

At a June 7, 2012 fan meeting to mark the end of Queen In-hyun's Man, Ji Hyun-woo made a surprise public declaration that he was in love with co-star Yoo In-na, shocking fans and press alike.[20][21] This sparked a media frenzy in the following days,[22][23][24][25] during which their agencies remained mum on the issue and the two stars lay low,[26][27] except for a reassuring message to his fans that Ji posted on Twitter on June 11.[28][29] Speculation about their relationship status ended on June 17, when gossip website Sportsseoul.com photographed the couple together on a midnight date at a park in Bundang, Gyeonggi, where Yoo lives.[30][31] The next day on June 18, Yoo confirmed on her radio show that they are officially dating.[32][33][34] On May 14, 2014, their respective agencies confirmed in a press release that the couple have broken up.[35][36][37]


Television drama[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2009-2010 High Kick! Through the Roof Yoo In-Na MBC
2010 Secret Garden Min Ah-Young SBS
The Greatest Love Kang Se-Ri MBC
Birdie Buddy Lee Gong-Sook tvN
2012 Queen In-Hyun's Man Choi Hee-Jin tvN
2013 You're The Best! Lee Yoo-Shin KBS2
Potato Star 2013QR3 Jogging woman (ep.4) tvN
My Love from the Star Yoo Se-Mi SBS
2014 My Secret Hotel Nam Sang-Hyo tvN
2015 The Secret Message Amy Naver
One More Happy Ending Go Dong-Mi MBC
Candy In My Ear Yoo In-Na tvN
Goblin: The Lonely and Great God Kim Sun (Sunny) tvN


Year Title Role
2010 The Fair Love Jin-Hee
2011 Little Black Dress Min-Hee
2012 Love Fiction Soo-Jung / Kyung-Sook
2014 Wedding Bible
2015 Wind Wind Wind

Radio / Variety show[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2010-2011 Heroes Participant SBS
2011-2012 TV Entertainment Tonight MC SBS
2011-2016 Yoo In-Na's Let's Crank Up the Volume DJ KBS Cool FM
2013 Little Big Hero Documentary narrator tvN
2014 Get It Beauty MC OnStyle
2015 Fashion King Korea (Season 3) MC SBS

Music video[edit]

Year Song Title Artist
2010 "Tell Me Goodbye" Big Bang
"In My Head" Brian Joo
2011 "You, That Day" Humming Urban Stereo


Year Song Title Artist From Album
2011 "You, That Day" Humming Urban Stereo feat. Yoo In-Na That Day single
"My Black Mini Dress" Yoon Eun-Hye, Park Han-Byul,
Cha Ye-Ryun and Yoo In-Na
My Black Mini Dress OST

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2011 1st Olleh-Lotte Smartphone Film Festival[38] Special Award (with Narsha) Uninvited Guest Won
47th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress in TV Secret Garden Won
4th Korea Drama Awards Best Supporting Actress Secret Garden
The Greatest Love
SBS Entertainment Awards Best Entertainer in a Variety Show TV Entertainment Tonight Won
MBC Drama Awards Best New Actress in a Miniseries The Greatest Love Nominated
2012 1st K-Drama Star Awards[39] Rising Star Award Queen In-Hyun's Man Won
2013 KBS Drama Awards Best Supporting Actress You're The Best! Nominated
2014 7th Style Icon Awards Top 10 Style Icons N/A Nominated
KBS Entertainment Awards Best Radio DJ Let's Crank Up the Volume Won


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