Meet ‘Shut Up Flower Boy Band’ Actor and EXO’s Chanyeol Look-Alike Yoo Min-kyu

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Handsome Actor Yoo Min-kyu

Do you know one of EXO’s best singers and dancers, Lee Chanyeol? But hold on, in this case we’re going to talk about about Chanyeol’s doppelganger. Yes! He is Yoo Min-kyu. Yoo Min-kyu, who was born September 18, 1987, is a South Korean actor. He began his career working as a runway and magazine model in 2006. He then joined and won the audition competition Flower Boy Casting: Oh! Boy in 2011, which led to his acting debut in the television series Shut Up Flower Boy Band alongside Lee Min-ki, Kim Myung-soo and Kim Min-seok in 2012.

Because of the drama, people started to recognize him, and he he appeared in several other dramas. In the same year, he had one of the roles in the drama To the Beautiful You, and by 2014, Yoo was finally awarded his first leading role, in Kim Jho Gwangsoo’s indie film One Night (part of the omnibus One Night Only), and another in the cable series Be Arrogant.

Are you curious on Yoo Min-kyu? You can see Yo Min-kyu’s full profile here, along with his latest news, and take a look at his resemblance to EXO’s Chaenyeol. Check this out!

Yoo Min-kyu’s Profile

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Name: Yoo Min-Kyu
Hangul: 유민규
Born: September 18, 1987
Birthplace: South Korea
Height: 188 cm
Blood Type: A
Zodiac: Virgo
Agency: Management Soop

Yoo Min-kyu’s Filmography

Television series

Year Title Role Network
2012 Shut Up Flower Boy Band Kim Ha-jin tvN
To the Beautiful You Jo Young-man SBS
2013 Master’s Sun Ji-woo (guest, episode 5) SBS
Drama Special “Na-ra’s Rain” Son Woo-ki KBS2
Shining Romance Kang Ki-joon MBC
2014 Cheo Yong Park Min-jae OCN
Dodohara (Be Arrogant) Noh Chul SBS Plus
2017 Live Up to Your Name, Dr. Heo Yoo Jae-ha tvN

Films

Year Title Role Notes
2014 One Night Only Geun-ho segment: “One Night”

Variety shows

Year Title Network Notes
2011 Flower Boy Casting: Oh Boy! tvN Contestant

Music videos

Year Song Title Artist
2013 “You” Monday Kiz

Theater Productions

Year Title Role
2012-2013 Kisaragi Miki-chan Iyemoto

 

EXO’s Chanyeol and Yoo Min-kyu

Fans who watched Yoo Min-kyu in Shut Up Flower Boy Band realize the similarity between Yoo Min-kyu and Chaenyeol during the History era. Here are some comparison pictures of the two men — Take a look!

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Here arepictures of Yoo Min-kyu and Chanyeol that look really similar. We could tell from the curly hair and sharp nose that they really look alike. Not to mention their small eyes that crinkle every time they smile or laugh. Aren’t they cute?

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Yoo Min-kyu’s Leading Role in One Night

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In November, 2014, Yoo Min-kyu was cast in a new film project which was particularly interesting because it was the next film by Kim Jo Gwang-soo, an out director who has had modest success with two queer films: the short film Boy Meets Boy and the feature Just Friends?— which, by the way, featured an early-career Lee Je-hoon (Bleak Night) and Yeon Woo-jin (Arang and the Magistrate).

Both were small coming-of-age stories depicted with a sensitive touch, and the film, One Night, wasn’t any different in those regards. Centering around three friends, Geun-ho, Yong-woo, and Sang-soo, the film follows one them on one “hot” night after they take their university entrance exams. (Read the “hot night” descriptor as a sort of intense passionate-youth experience, not a sexual one.) They meet a man who’s traveling on business, and decide to follow him up to Seoul on a whim. The description doesn’t depict any gay character story arcs  or feature queer love lines. Yoo Min-kyu was playing the main character Geun-ho, and had a “melo” encounter with the businessman, Joon, and it’s their connection that leads the whole group on their overnight trip.

The story is unique and comes up with characters on the cusp of adulthood going on a free-spirited ride. And while Yoo Min-kyu was still a very new actor, he’s got a fresh-faced exuberance about him and lots of experience with onscreen bromance. More of that is never a bad thing.

The other two friends were played by Jo Bok-rae and Kim Ri-hoo, who are stage actors. In fact, most of the film’s cast are either seasoned veterans of the stage, or at least have some theater experience, including the actor playing Joon, 38-year-old Jung Won-jo.

There’s one more interesting tidbit about this low-budget indie production, which is that it openly asked for fan and public support in funding the project, as posted on director Kim Jo Gwang-soo’s website (http://blog.naver.com/petrkim). It sounds similar to a Kickstarter-style campaign and the producers promised to include the name of every supporter who donated 10,000 won or more (translates to about 10 dollars US) in their ending credits.

After the release, the film hit in the top of short indie movies, and many people started to recognize Yoo Min-kyu. Hopefully, that may mean that Yoo will return to the big screen, which would please his fans a lot.