Gong Yoo, who is famously known to many Koreans as “Big-Boned Goblin” or also called by the name Gong Ji Chul, is one of South Korea’s finest actors. He catapulted to fame through his remarkable acting in the hit drama series Coffee Prince. The show made him an instant star, and since then, he has been a part of many TV shows such as Big (2012), The Innocent Man (2012), and Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (2016).
Gong Yoo became part of the popular Gong Yoo tv shows in 1996 after he was discovered by director Song Hyun Seob. He began his career as a fashion model before venturing into acting and is known as a multifaceted actor as he is equally adept in both comedic and dramatic roles. He landed his first role as a supporting character in the TV series Sisters of the World (1998).
He went on to appear in several dramas such as Flower Boy Ramyun Shop (2011), Rooftop Prince (2012), and Reply 1988 (2015). He has also starred in a couple of movies, namely The Suspect, Mr. Go, and Train to Busan. Gong Yoo’s latest venture is tvN’s Goblin that tells the story of an immortal goblin who needs a human bride to end his cursed life. In this show, Gong Yoo captivated viewers with his outstanding acting skills, especially when playing an antagonist turned protagonist.
His most recent work is entitled “The Lonely Shining Goblin,” which was released last December. It tells the story of Kim Shin, an immortal goblin who has been protecting humans for centuries until he gets abandoned by his bride during their wedding ceremony. He lives in isolation until Ji Eun Tak enters his life and becomes friends with him despite them being from two different worlds. The drama gained massive popularity in just a short span of time, and Gong Yoo is not only known as one of South Korea’s finest actors but also its sexiest heartthrob.
Gong Yoo’s outstanding acting in hit dramas not only earned him loud cheers from fans but also numerous awards, including the prestigious Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actor trophy for his role in Goblin. The warm public reception Gong Yoo is getting shows that he will become one of the most sought-after actors in South Korea.
Gong Yoo’s unusual screen name “Gong Ji Chul” was given to him by his original agency Lawless Entertainment in 1996 because he liked Jackie Chan, who was then popularly called “Big-Boned Police.” He legally changed his screen name to Gong Yoo in 1999 in preparation for his acting debut in the KBS 2TV drama series School 4 (1999).
The upcoming film, titled “A Man and A Woman,” which also stars Kim Min-Hee, Ko Chang Seok, and Bae Doo Na, is an omnibus film consisting of three short films directed by three different directors. Gong Yoo stars in the film as a father who learns that his daughter is dying and decides to take her to the place where they first met in an effort to grant her last wish. The expected release date of “A Man and A Woman” is late September or early October 2016.
Gong Yoo got involved in a controversy when he was accused by netizens of hurling racial slurs at Hispanics during Coffee Prince’s press conference held in Taiwan back in April 2010. He later apologized for his wrongdoing and assured me that such an incident would never happen again through the Korea Times website. However, such an issue did not deteriorate his popularity because he continued to receive numerous awards, especially after starring in several dramas such as Big (2012),