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Fortunately, there are more opportunities than before. It was incredibly difficult to get work in the past, but now I’m able to find work with more ease.

—Park Seo Joon[4]

Park Seo Joon (박서준; born December 16, 1988) is a South Korean actor. He is best known for his roles in the television dramas Kill Me, Heal Me (2015), She Was Pretty (2015), Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth (2016–2017), Fight for My Way (2017), What's Wrong with Secretary Kim (2018), and Itaewon Class (2020); and the films Chronicles of Evil (2015), Midnight Runners (2017), and The Divine Fury (2019).

Early life

Park was born on December 16, 1988 in Seoul, South Korea. He began his mandatory military service in 2008, when he was 19 years old, and was discharged in 2010.

Career

Park made his entertainment debut in 2011 by appearing in the music video of Bang Yong Guk's single "I Remember." He then appeared in television dramas Dream High 2 (2012), Pots of Gold (2013), One Warm Word (2013), and A Witch's Love (2014). From October 2013 to April 2015, he was the host of Music Bank.

His breakout roles came in 2015 with the dramas Kill Me, Heal Me and She Was Pretty. The same year, Park featured in thriller film The Chronicles of Evil.

In 2016, Park starred in youth historical drama Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth alongside Go Ara.

Park found success in the 2017 youth romance drama, Fight for My Way alongside Kim Ji Won. The television series was a major hit in South Korea and topped ratings in its time slot. The same year, he played his first big-screen leading role in action comedy Midnight Runners with Kang Ha Neul. Park won the Best New Actor award at major film award ceremonies such as the Grand Bell Awards and Korean Association of Film Critics Awards.

In June 2018, his contract with Content Y expired and he signed with Awesome ENT a month later. Awesome ENT was established by his longtime manager.

In tvN's 2018 romantic comedy drama What's Wrong with Secretary Kim, Park starred alongside Park Min Young. The series was a hit and Park received positive reviews by critics for his performance, being dubbed the "master of romantic comedy" by Korean press.

More recently, Park starred in the occult film The Divine Fury (2019). The same year Park served as the special juror for the Asiana International Short Film Festival. He also made a guest appearance in the Oscar-winning movie Parasite (2019).

In 2020, Park starred in JTBC's drama Itaewon Class as a restaurant owner, based on the webtoon of the same name. The drama was a success, and was praised for its interesting story development and colorful performances. He is also set to star in the sports film Dream as a soccer player turned coach named Yoon Hong-Dae, directed by Lee Byeong Heon.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Perfect Game Chil Goo
2015 The Chronicles of Evil Cha Dong Jae
The Beauty Inside Woo Jin Cameo
2017 Midnight Runners Park Ki Joon
2018 Be with You Ji Ho Cameo
2019 The Divine Fury Yong Hoo
Parasite Min Hyuk Cameo
2021 Dream Yoon Hong Dae Lead role
2022 Concrete Utopia Min Sung

Television series

Year Title Role Network
2012 Dream High 2 Si Woo KBS2
Shut Up Family Cha Seo Joon
2013 Pots of Gold Park Hyun Tae MBC
Drama Festival: Sleeping Witch Kim Him Chan
One Warm Word Song Min Soo SBS
2014 A Witch's Love Yoon Dong Ha tvN
Mama older Han Geu Roo (Cameo) MBC
2015 Kill Me, Heal Me Oh Ri On
She Was Pretty Ji Sung Joon
2016–2017 Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth Moo Myung / Kim Sun Woo KBS2
2017 Fight for My Way Ko Dong Man
2018 What's Wrong with Secretary Kim Lee Young Joon tvN
2020 Itaewon Class Park Sae Royi JTBC
Record of Youth Song Min Soo (Cameo) tvN

Variety show

Year Title Network Notes
2013–2015 Music Bank KBS2 Host
2014 Running Man SBS Guest (Episode 184, 198, 246, 263, 295, 362)
2016 2 Days 1 Night KBS2 Guest (Season 3; Episode 154, 155)
2018 Youn's Kitchen Season 2 tvN Cast member
2019 Three Meals a Day Guest (Mountain Village: Episode 9, 10, 11)

Music video appearances

Year Song title Artist
2011 "I Remember" Bang Yong Guk feat. Yang Yo Seob
2014 "One Two Three Four" The One
2017 "Dream All Day" Kim Ji Soo

Discography

Year Title Notes
2012 "New Dreaming" from Dream High 2 OST; duet with JB
2014 "Come into My Heart" from A Witch's Love OST
2015 "Letting You Go" from Kill Me, Heal Me OST
2015 "Long Way" from She Was Pretty OST
2017 "Our Tears" from Hwarang OST

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2013 6th Korea Drama Awards Best New Actor Pots of Gold Won
2nd APAN Star Awards Nominated
32nd MBC Drama Awards
2014 50th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (TV) One Warm Word
7th Herald Donga Lifestyle Awards Best Style of the Year N/A Won
SBS Drama Awards New Star Award One Warm Word
Best Couple Award (with Han Groo) Nominated
2015 52nd Grand Bell Awards Best New Actor The Chronicles of Evil
36th Blue Dragon Film Awards
Popular Star Award Won
1st Fashionista Awards Best Fashion in TV She Was Pretty
4th APAN Star Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Kill Me, Heal Me, She Was Pretty Nominated
MBC Drama Awards Won
Popularity Award, Actor
Best Couple Award (with Ji Sung) Kill Me, Heal Me
Best Couple Award (with Hwang Jung Eum) She Was Pretty Nominated
Top 10 Stars Award Kill Me, Heal Me, She Was Pretty Won
2016 InStyle Star Icon Best Actor (Drama) Nominated
11th Max Movie Awards Best New Actor The Chronicles of Evil
21st Chunsa Film Art Awards
52nd Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (Film)
1st tvN10 Awards Romantic-Comedy King A Witch's Love
2017 26th Buil Film Awards Best New Actor Midnight Runners
54th Grand Bell Awards Won
37th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards
1st The Seoul Awards Best New Actor (Film) Nominated
2nd Asia Artist Awards Fabulous Award Fight for My Way Won
Best Star Award
6th Korea Film Actors Association Awards Popular Star Award Midnight Runners
KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Fight for My Way, Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth
Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Fight for My Way Won
Netizen Award, Actor
Best Couple Award (with Kim Ji Won)
2018 54th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (TV) Nominated
KBS WORLD Global Fan Awards Best Couple Award (with Kim Ji Won) Won
13th Seoul International Drama Awards Outstanding Korean Actor
9th Korea Film Reporters Association Film Awards (KOFRA) Best New Actor Midnight Runners
23rd Chunsa Film Art Awards Best New Actor Nominated
11th Korea Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor What's Wrong with Secretary Kim
6th APAN Star Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Won
K-Star Award Nominated
2018 Cosmo Beauty Awards Annual Shining Beauty Idol N/A Won
8th Korea Tourism Awards Special Merit Award
2019 13th Asian Film Awards AFA Rising Star Award
14th Annual Soompi Awards Best Actor of the Year What's Wrong with Secretary Kim Nominated
Best Couple Award (with Park Min Young)
2020 56th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (TV) Itaewon Class

Trivia

  • He has two younger brothers.
    • One of his brothers is already married and has a two-year-old daughter.

He was signed under Content Y, until June 2018, when his contract expired.

  • Park Seo Joon is close friends with Park Hyung Shik, Kang Ha Neul, Choi Woo Shik, Choi Si Won, Lee Hyun Woo, and Kim Tae Hyung (BTS). He is also close to all of the members of SISTAR.
  • He has an outgoing personality, which makes him easy to work with for both women and men alike.
  • He is open to portraying a gay character in the future.
  • Park Seo Joon's ideal type is someone with pretty hands and a charming smile. But most importantly, she would be easy to talk to and should be able to carry a conversation.
    • According to himself, he is better at asking out or seducing people when he's alone rather than when he's with a group of friends. He also stated that he's been popular even before he became famous.
I care a lot about first impressions. Also, our communication styles should match.

—Park Seo Joon about his ideal type


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