We often remember our favorite K-drama actors by the roles they've taken on. Cha Eun Woo will always be Lee Su-ho, Park Seo Joon will always be Vice Chairman Lee Young-joon, and Gong Yoo will always be Goblin. Though, what we may not know about these stars is that they've taken on different names even in real life—meaning the names we know them as are only screen names.
Another example of this would be Yoo Yeon Seok, who, to many of us, is Hospital Playlist's Dr. Ahn Jeong-wan. After years in the industry, the actor has taken on various titles and names, with his venture as David Park in Netflix's Narco Saints being his latest one. Learn more about him below:
10 Facts About Yoo Yeon Seok
1. Yoo Yeon Seok is an Aries
Born on April 11, 1984, Yeon Seok was raised in Seoul, South Korea.
2. Yoo Yeon Seok wanted to be an actor since he was in junior high school
In an interview during his early days in show biz, Yeon Seok shared how his family moved to South Gyeongsang province because of his father's job. When he discovered his knack for acting in junior high school, Yeon Seok moved back to the city with his brother in hopes of studying the craft at Sejong University.
3. Yoo Yeon Seok went to the same college as Song Hye Kyo
And study the craft he did. Before beginning his on-screen career, Yeon Seok first earned his degree in Film Arts at the prestigious school. FYI, Sejong University was also the alma mater of K-pop songstress Chungha and Hallyu superstar Song Hye Kyo.
4. Yoo Yeon Seok's name isn't really Yoo Yeon Seok
Yeon Seok's first screen credit came by way of the 2003 film Oldboy. He played the younger counterpart of Yoo Ji Tae's character after a friend of his, who just so happened to be part of the movie's costume team, noticed his resemblance to the leading man.
It was partly because of this that he adopted a screen name upon signing with talent agency King Kong by Starship. Borrowing Ji Tae's surname, the person once known as Ahn Yeon Seok officially took on the name Yoo Yeon Seok in all of his projects.
5. Yoo Yeon Seok rose to popularity with his role in Reply 1994
After portraying a couple of small roles here and there, Yeon Seok finally broke into mainstream popularity with his role in 2013's Reply 1994. The coming-of-age series had the actor play Chilbong, a proficent baseball player who gets romantically involved with Na-jung, portrayed by Go Ara. He hopped on a duet on the show's OST with his co-star Son Ho Jun.
The success of the show led him to getting parts in more major projects. He topbilled the 2015 rom-com Warm and Cozy, was cast in films Whistle Blower and The Royal Tailor, and even appeared in travel-reality show Youth Over Flowers.
6. Yoo Yeon Seok has been in more than one medical drama
One character we'll always love Yeon Seok for is Dr. Ahn Jeong-won in the critically-acclaimed show Hospital Playlist. The medical drama was beloved by many that it spawned two seasons (which, ICDYK, is rare for K-dramas).
Though, that wasn't the first time the actor put on medical garb for a role. His first ever TV series role was for 2008's General Hospital 2, which was succeeded by Dr. Romantic in 2016.
7. Yoo Yeon Seok is also a theater actor
Alongside Yeon Seok's TV and film career were stints on the theater stage. He made his debut in 2008 via a local adaptation of German title The Good Person of Szechwan. Other Korean productions he's performed in include runs of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Werther, and A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder.
8. Yoo Yeon Seok has been nominated for several acting awards
It would be a crime if a talent like Yeon Seok went by unnoticed for all of these years. His most acclaimed performance to date remains to be as Goo Dong-mae in historical drama Mr. Sunshine, for which he got nods from the Asia Artist Awards, the Baeksang Arts Awards, and the Seoul Awards.
Other trophies he's brought home include an SBS Drama Award for Dr. Romantic, and a Best New Actor recognition for The Royal Tailor.
9. Yoo Yeon Seok is a dog dad
Right by Yeon Seok's side is Rita, his pet dog of many years. Rita celebrated her birthday last August, and the 38-year-old actor threw the most adorable party for her. Aww!
10. Yoo Yeon Seok is a YouTuber
To catch even more of Yeon Seok, go subscribe to his YouTube channel and enjoy vlogs of him travelling and taking us behind-the-scenes at his shows. He also has an Instagram account you can follow here.
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