Who is Jin Goo? Jin Goo is a South Korean actor who was born on July 20, 1980. He won Best Supporting Actor at the Grand Bell Awards and Blue Dragon Film Awards for his role in Bong Joon-ho’s 2009 noir thriller Mother. He is also best known for his role in the critically and commercially successful series Descendants of the Sun.
Jin Goo married his girlfriend back in 2014. The two had their first baby boy on June 2015, and their second child on November 2016.
Jin Goo From Early Career to Fame
Everyone knows that being a public figure and a worker in entertainment industry is not an easy job, it is a tough job if you are stuck and don’t really know what you’re doing. To achieve it is even harder. And Jin Goo successfully climbed up slowly from the bottom to his current position by starring as a minor character and turning into one of the major characters. Here it is his journey through the entertainment industry:
Jin Goo made his television debut in the 2003 gambling drama “All In”, as the younger version of the protagonist character played by Lee Byung-hun. They reunited once again in Kim Jee-woon’s film noir “A Bittersweet Life”, and Jin Goo then join Lee Byung-hun when he established his own management agency, BH Entertainment.
In 2005, Jin Goo starred in the one-episode drama “Saya, Saya” (“Bird, Bird”), a drama adapted from the novel written by Shin Kyung-sook, about a mother and a son who are both deaf. It won the top award in the TV movie/miniseries category of Prix Italia, and the jury praised it as “a magical, moving, and poetic story about the power of love, with high quality performances.”
Even though he appeared in a little-seen mystery romance “The ESP Couple”, Jin Goo would become known for playing strong moody characters, such as a low-ranking thug in Yoo Ha’s “A Dirty Carnival”, and a serial killer in “Truck”. For his portrayal of a secretive doctor in arthouse horror film “Epitaph”, he received a Best New Actor award from the Golden Cinematography Awards.
Jin Goo’s breakthrough would be his critically acclaimed supporting role in 2009’s “Mother”. His performance in the Bong Joon-ho thriller earned him recognition from the Grand Bell Awards, the University Film Festival of Korea, and the Blue Dragon Film Awards.
In 2010, Jin Go shed his hardboiled image to play a down-to-earth, aspiring chef in “Le Grand Chef 2: Kimchi Battle”. He said that the film was a great pleasure to make since cooking is a hobby of his, though emulating a professional chef meant practicing”200 hours of chopping radishes” in order to perfect the motion. After the filming, he added that he was able to make kimchi with his mother, which marked as a memorable experience. 2011 was a busy year for Jin Goo. Besides appearing in conspiracy thriller “Moby Dick”, he had a starring role as one of three desperate Joseon soldiers in “The Showdown”. He also made his stage debut as Nathan in a Korean production of the musical Guys and Dolls.
In 2013, he played the titular character in TV series “Ad Genius” Lee Tae-baek, a success story about a man who comes up to Seoul from the countryside armed with nothing but a high school diploma and a gift for drawing, and through sheer hard work, fights his way to become the best ad man and art director in the business.
Supporting roles followed in thriller “The Target”, period blockbuster “The Admiral: Roaring Currents”, and nostalgic musical drama “C’est Si Bon”. In 2015, Jin Goo starred in Northern Limit Line, a naval thriller about the Second Battle of Yeonpyeong
His Rising Popularity
2016 was a year to remember for Jin Goo. He was cast as an elite special forces soldier in “Descendants of the Sun”, a romantic melodrama written by Kim Eun-sook. The drama was a big hit and commercial success in Asia, and led to a wave of popularity for Jin Goo. Later in the year, Jin Goo starred in MBC’s melodrama “Night Light”.
In 2017, Jin Goo starred in the action film “One Line”, where he played a legendary swindler that joins with a student (Im Si-wan) to rob a bank. In July, he was cast in JTBC’s drama “Untouchable” which premiered towards the end of the year.