All About the Rapper and ‘Goblin’ Actor, Kim Min-jae

Meet The Handsome Actor and Rapper, Kim Min-jae

Kim Min-jae (23 years old), also known as, is a South Korean actor, singer, and songwriter who has a handsome face and kinda of a flower-boy appearance. Kim Min-jae was one of the first generation trainees of CJ E&M and his first appearance as a rapper was on CJ E&M’s artist music stage in 2014. Later, he spread his wings as an actor with his debut in the South Korean-Vietnamese drama Forever Young (2014) and made a cameo in tvN’s I Need Romance 3 (2014) as an idol singer preparing for a debut.

He later made an appearance in numerous movies and television series, such as The Producers (2015), Goblin (2016), Mr. Sunshine (2018), and his famous work Dr. Romantic (2016), and The Great Seducer (2018), which made him win a number of awards and increased his popularity. He also joined the rapper competition Show Me The Money in season 4 and became an MC in MBC’s Show! Music Core. 

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Kim Min-jae’s Profile and Facts

Full Profile

Real Name/Hangul: Kim Min-jae/김민재
Nick Name:
Date of Birth: November 1st, 1996
Place of Birth: Anyang, Gyeonggi, South Korea
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
Height: 173 cm
Weight: N/A
Nationality: South Korean
Education: Chung Ang University (ongoing)
Occupation: Actor, Singer, Songwriter
Agency: CJ E&M
Years Active: 2014-present


  1. Min-jae has an older brother.
  2. He was a contestant in season 4 of Show Me The Money.
  3. He was a trainee for 4 years, since his first year of high school, and used to train with A.C.E Jun, Donghun, and Wow.
  4. He already studied composition and playing the piano at a music academy during middle school.
  5. He is BTS V’s best friend.
  6. He was featured in Red Velvet’s music video, “Would U.”
  7. He used to be an MC in Show! Music Core on MBC, from November 21st, 2015 to September 29th, the next year.

Kim Min-jae’s Discography


Year Title Singers Album
2017 “Dream” with Younha Hit The Top OST
2015 “Our Feeling” Lee Yoon-chan feat. Kim Min-jae, Park So-dam & Lee Yi-kyung My First Time OST
“Star” with Mamamoo Solar Twenty Again OST


Year Album Song Lyrics
Credited With
2017 Hit the Top OST “Dream” Yes Ji Hoon
2015 Twenty Again OST “Star” Yes Cosmic Sound, Cosmos


Television Series

Year Title Role Network
2018 The Great Seducer Lee Se-joo MBC
Mr. Sunshine adult Do-mi (cameo) tvN
2017 Hit the Top Lee Ji-hoon KBS2
2016 My Little Baby Yoon Min MBC
Dr. Romantic Park Eun-tak SBS
Guardian: The Lonely and Great God Wang Yeo (ep. 1,7-13) tvN
2015 Persevere, Goo Hae-ra Sa Gi-joon Mnet
The Producers Himself (ep. 4,10,12) KBS2
Second 20s Kim Min-soo tvN
My First Time Seo Ji-an OnStyle
2014 Forever Young Kay
I Need Romance 3 Idol trainee (cameo) tvN


Year Title Role
2018 Love+Sling Sung-woong
Feng Shui Crown Prince Hyomyeong

Variety Show

Year Title Role Network
2016 Celebrity Bromance (Season 1) Cast member with BTS V (ep. 1-4) MBig TV
2015 Show Me the Money 4 Contestant (ep. 1-2) Mnet
Mari and Me Cast member MBC

Music Video Appearances

Year Song title Artist
2017 “Would U” Red Velvet
2015 “Celepretty” Park Boram
“Good Luck” Hong Dae-kwang

Awards and Nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2018 6th APAN Star Awards Best New Actor Tempted Nominated
2018 MBC Drama Awards Best New Actor Tempted Nominated
2017 53rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (Television) Dr. Romantic Nominated
2017 1st The Seoul Awards Best New Actor (Drama) Hit the Top Nominated
2016 2016 SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Dr. Romantic Won


Show Me The Money

From a very young age, Kim Min-jae said that he really loves music, especially hip-hop. He decided to join the rapper competition Show Me The Money in season 4. In the first episode, when the contestants were being revealed, Kim Min-jae drew the attention with his handsome face, that was said to resemble that of Yeo Jin-goo and Song Joon-ki. Beside his flower-boy appearance, Kim Min-jae possesses powerful rapping skills. San E was impressed by his skills and said, “You’re really good at hip-hop.”

Time after time, Kim Min-jae choose to focus on acting because he thought that acting could release his hidden emotions through the characters he played. That doesn’t mean that he leaves music. Now he has turned it into a hobby to chill himself.

Check out Kim Min-jae’s appearance in Show Me The Money season 4!

Celebrity Bromance with BTS V

Kim Min-jae revealed that he and BTS V, or Taehyung, already know each other since their early debut era. They first met at the gym and since then they have become close. They also appeared in Celeb Bros where they met again after a year and a half.

Kim Min-jae said that it’s hard to make time for them to meet due to their busy schedules, but they keep contacting each other by phone. Kim Min-jae revealed, “I invited him to my film’s premiere but he was so busy and could not make it. However, I’m happy that we both are working hard.” Check this out to see their funny moments at Celeb Bros!

Special Appearance in Goblin

Guardian: The Lonely and The Great God, also known as Goblin, is a South Korean television series that was quite popular at the time, starring by Gong Yoo, Kim Go-eun, Lee Dong-wook, Yoo In-na, and Yook Sung-jae. It was aired on tvN, from December 2nd, 2016, to January 21st, 2017. The writer of this drama, Kim Eun-sook has also written other big hit dramas, such as Secret Garden (2010), The Heirs (2013), and Descendants of The Sun (2016). Due to its popularity, the drama reached the third highest rated drama in Korean cable television history. Luckily, Kim Min-jae made his appearance in this big hit drama as Wang Yeo in episodes 1, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13.

The story is about Kim Shin (starred by Gong Yoo), a 939 years old goblin and protector of the souls, who wants to end his immortal life by finding a human bride. Goblin is the landlord of the grim reaper (played by Lee Dong-wook), who is cursed with an afterlife due to his great sins in the past and is charged for taking the deceased souls. Meanwhile, Ji Eun-tak (played by Kim Go-eun) is a high school student who can see ghosts and is immune to the goblin’s power. After sharing some moments with him, she ends up falling in love with the goblin. Sunny (played by Yoo In-na) is a chicken restaurant owner, whose beauty is undeniable but she is confused by the grim reaper’s social awkwardness. These four characters are involved in a series of twists and turns when their lives get intertwined.

Kim Min-jae himself starred as Wang Yeo, the grim reaper’s past life, who used to be a king in the Goryeo dynasty. Kim Min-jae got a chance to act in some romantic scenes with Kim So-hyun, who acted as his Queen, the past life of Sunny. Even though their cameo’s screen time is quite short, it left a big impact on the viewers, as they show great chemistry between each other and people wish to see them more often in their future project.

Special Appearance in Mr. Sunshine

After his appearance in scriptwriter Kim Eun-sook’s work Goblin, Kim Min-jae was involved once more as a cameo, in his work on a historical romance drama Mr. Sunshine. Kim Min-jae made an appearance in the last episode, which aired on September 30th, on tvN, as the adult Do-mi. Mr. Sunshine reached the highest rating of cable television, up to 21.828% in Seoul. This drama that was praised for its excellent cinematography and storytelling even won certain honorable awards.

The story is about a young boy (played by Lee Byung-hun) who was born into slavery and escapes to the United States during the U.S. expedition to Korea in 1871. Years later, he returns to Joseon as a United States Marine Corps officer and falls in love with an aristocrat’s daughter (played by Kim Tae-ri). At the same time, he struggles to defend his country from colonization by discovering the plot of the foreigners.