July 7, 2022

Gong Yoo: who is this South Korean actor that we see absolutely everywhere

Is he Netflix’s new nugget?

Gong Yoo, 42, is one of South Korea’s hottest actors. Thanks to the success of Squid Game on Netflix but not only since this descendant of Confucius intends to reoffend with The silent sea, a science fiction series coming to Netflix. We make the presentations.

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Gong Yoo: his shy beginnings

Gong Yoo was born in Busan, South Korea, July 10, 1979. His real name is Gong Ji-cheol. Her stage name is a combination of her father’s last name (Gong) and her mother’s (Yoo) last name. And there is a celebrity in his family. He counts among his very – very very distant ancestors a certain … Confucius. During a meeting with fans in 2017, the actor explained that his parents told him that he was the 79th generation of descendants of the Chinese philosopher who lived from 551 to 479 BC. JC.

He studied theater and film at university but before embarking on an acting career it was as mannequin – for magazines and television commercials – that he started out earning a living. He has also appeared in sitcoms and dramas, he has also been a host of a musical program. It was in 2007, thanks to the success of the series The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince which he gained in popularity in his country. In this series, in which he played the role of a wealthy cafe owner who falls in love with a member of his staff whom he (mistakenly) believes to be a man.

From the beginning of 2008 to the end of 2009, during his military service, compulsory in South Korea (which ranges from 20 to 24 years depending on the army in which one serves), Gong Yoo exercised his talents as a DJ for the Korean army radio where he hosted a daily two-hour program .

Gong Yoo at the top since 2016

2016 was the most important year of his career thanks to the successes of the fantasy series Goblin and movies Last train to Busan (presented out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016) and The Age of Shadows. Exhausted, Gong Yoo gave himself a break of two years to breathe.

In Squid Game, he is not one of the “players” but the “recruiter“. And Gong Yoo knows the creator of the series, Hwang Dong-hyeok very well, since in 2011 he was the hero of his film. Silenced.

Better late than never … Gong Yoo is very attached to his privacy and he is not a fan of social networks that he fled until very recently. After hesitating for a long time, he ended up opening his account Instagram December 1, 2021. In less than 12 hours, it attracted over a million subscribers. The first photo he posted? That of a squid of course!


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