Who is Jo Seung-woo?
Jo Seung-woo is one of the most successful musical actors in South Korea. He has participated in many major musical productions since 2000, such as Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Jekyll & Hyde, and Werther. The combination of strong vocals, detailed acting, and a handsome figure shot him into popularity. Aside from musical theater, he has also starred in many major films and television dramas. Recently, Jo Seung-woo was nominated in the categories for Best Actor and Grand Prize Awardee at the 54th Baeksang Arts Awards.
Full profile of Jo Seung-woo
- Name: Jo Seung-woo/Cho Seung-woo (조승우)
- Occupation: Actor, musical actor
- Date of Birth: March 28th, 1980
- Age: 40 years old
- Birthplace: South Korea
- Height: 173 cm
- Weight: 63 kg
- Star sign: Aquarius
- Blood type: B
- Education: Dankook University majoring in Theater and Film, Dankook University Graduate School of Culture, Arts and Design
- Years active: 2000–present
- Agency: Good Man Story Entertainment (2015–present)
Interesting facts about Jo Seung-woo
Influenced by his sister, Seung-woo also began wanting to be a performer in musicals. Jo Seung-woo grew up in a musical family: his father Jo Kyung-soo is a singer, and his older sister Jo Seo-yeon acts in musical theater. During his high school years, Seung-woo was notorious for his disregard for education. He often carried musical CDs in his backpack rather than books. He then continued his studies at Dankook University majoring in Theater and Film.
His love for musicals quickly took a back seat to acting in films after Jo Seung-woo auditioned for the role of Im Kwon-taek in Chunhyang and received the main role from among a field of 1,000 actors. Chunhyang would screen as the first Korean film in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, although domestically, it failed to attract much of an audience. He also participated in some musical productions alongside his career on the big and small screen.
Jo Seung-woo’s popularity rose in early 2005 with the smash hit movie titled Marathon, where he played an autistic young man who only finds release in running. The film sold over 5 million tickets. Jo Seung-woo won several awards for his performance, including Best Actor at the 2005 Grand Bell Awards and Best Actor in the foreign film category at China’s Hundred Flowers Awards. Nonetheless, he continued to pursue his career in musicals, with critically acclaimed appearances in Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Jekyll and Hyde. His success at pursuing both film and musicals made him an unusual case among musical actors.
In December 2008, Jo Seung-woo enlisted in the South Korean military for his mandatory two-year service. After completing his mandatory military service, he made his comeback in the 2010 production of Jekyll and Hyde. The musical was especially meaningful to Jo since the actor rose to stardom when the show premiered in Korea in 2004. In this stage, Jo Seung-woo reportedly got the highest salary for any musical theater actor in Korean history.
Jo Seung-woo made his small screen debut in 2012 with the drama The King’s Doctor, a period drama based on a true story about a Joseon era low-class veterinarian specializing in the treatment of horses who rises to become the royal physician. He won the Grand Prize award (the highest award) at the MBC Drama Awards for his performance in The King’s Doctor. He then returned to the stage in 2013 with Hedwig, one of his most memorable musical roles.
In 2017, Jo Seung-woo starred in tvN’s mystery thriller drama Stranger, playing a prosecutor who lacks empathetic abilities. Stranger (also popular with the title Secret Forest) was a South Korean television series starring Jo Seung-woo and Bae Doo-na. It aired on tvN every Saturday and Sunday at 21:00 (KST) from June 10th, 2017 to July 30th, 2017. It aired simultaneously on Netflix, which purchased the series for $200,000 per episode.
The series was a hit among both domestic and international viewers, and gained favorable reviews for its tight plot, gripping sequences, and strong performances. It was featured in the New York Times list of Best TV Shows of 2017, and won several awards including the Grand Prize for television at the 54th Baeksang Arts Awards. Jo Seung-woo won the Best Actor award at the same event.
In 2020, Jo Seung-woo will return to star in the sequel drama from Stranger, namely Stranger 2. At the press conference, before it was aired, Jo Seung-woo talked about the pressure he felt when starring in the second season of this drama. However, they finally got over the pressure and filmed well.
Based on data released by Nielsen Korea on Sunday, August 16th, 2020, the Korean drama Stranger 2 has won an amazing rating, which is an average of 7.6 percent with the highest rating of 8.9 percent. The last episode that aired on October 4th, received the highest rating as the peak, 9,408% nationwide, according to AGB Nielsen’s survey.
Recently, Jo was reportedly active in the production of the drama Sisyphus: The Myth, partnering with Park Shin Hye. Later this year, Jo will be appearing in the musical Man of Lamancha, tickets went on sale on October 19–20, 2020.
Jo Seung-woo’s girlfriends and dating information
His last relationship that he went public with was with Kang Hye-jung. They even starred in Love Phobia together, back in 2006. But then they broke up. While Jo Seung-woo remained single, Kang Hye-jung married rapper Tablo of Epik High in 2009. As of 2020, Jo Seung-woo’s is not dating anyone. Although the 40-year-old Korean actor has been stating that he wants to get married since his 20s, he has not found his true love.
Who is Jo Seung-woo’s wife?
Until now, Jo Seung-woo hasn’t gotten married yet. He is also far from any dating scandal. Jo has been talking about wanting to get married since he was 20 years old. He still wants it now but he thinks marriage is not something he can plan but something he needs to wait to happen.
Jo now wants to get married in his mid-40s. Jo revealed that it is quite difficult to maintain a relationship because he tries to shut himself off from the outside world while acting and because he loves his job too much, he will still be in the film industry and it will be difficult for him to keep in touch. He thinks that he has passed marriage time because of his job even though he is ready to get married anytime.
Jo has his ideal type, but he still leaves everything to feelings and relationships beyond anything he has established because he thinks he will never know what kind of woman he will meet. He is not sure what kind of physical appearance in a woman he wants, and prefers to live it and build a relationship.
Jo feels that it is more attractive to someone to do and show it through attitude than to try to look good on the outside because one’s attitude is more important than one’s physical appearance.
Jo Seung-woo’s net worth
Jo Seung-woo is one of the richest South Korean movie actors. He lives in a country that has a total of 51.64 million people with an average GDP of $1.619 trillion USD. Jo Seung-woo’s net worth has been growing significantly in 2020. So, how much is Jo Seung-woo worth? What is his salary per year and how rich is he? According to several circulating public sources, Jo Seung-woo’s fortune is around $100K–$5 Million. In 2020 his wealth will be around $100K–$5 Million and in 2019 it was approximately $50K–$ 2 Million.
Jo Seung-woo’s filmography (movies, dramas, musicals)
Here is a list of Jo Seung-woo’s appearances in movies, television dramas, and musical theater:
|Wanee & Junah||Lee Young-min|
|2002||Who Are U?||Ji Hyung-tae|
|YMCA Baseball Team||Young coachman|
|2003||The Classic||Oh Joon-ha|
|2004||Low Life||Choi Tae-woong|
|2006||Love Phobia||Cha Jo-kang|
|Tazza: The High Rollers||Kim Gon(Go-ni)|
|2008||Go Go 70s||Im Sang-kyu|
|2009||The Sword with No Name||Mu-myung(Yo-han)|
|2011||Perfect Game||Choi Dong-won|
|2012||The Peach Tree||Choi Sang-hyun|
|Inside Men||Woo Jang-hoon|
|2018||Grave Site||Park Jae-sang|
|2012-2013||The King’s Doctor||Baek Gwang-hyun||MBC|
|2013||Drama Festival: Lee Sang That Lee Sang||Lee Sang||MBC|
|2014||God’s Gift – 14 Days||Ki Dong-chan||SBS|
|2000-2001||The Last Empress||Gojong|
|2001||Subway Line 1||Newsboy|
|2002||The Sorrows of Young Werther||Werther|
|2004-2005||Jekyll & Hyde||Jekyll/Hyde|
|2005||Hedwig and the Angry Inch||Hedwig|
|2006||Jekyll & Hyde||Jekyll/Hyde|
|Subway Line 1||Salesperson|
|Hedwig and the Angry Inch||Hedwig|
|Man of La Mancha||Miguel de Cervantes/Don Quixote|
|2010-2011||Jekyll & Hyde||Jekyll/Hyde|
|2011||Subway Line 1||Singer|
|2011-2012||Zorro||Don Diego de la Vega/Zorro|
|2012||Doctor Zhivago||Yuri Zhivago|
|2013||Hedwig and the Angry Inch||Hedwig|
|2013-2014||Man of La Mancha||Miguel de Cervantes/Don Quixote|
|2014||Hedwig and the Angry Inch||Hedwig|
|2014-2015||Jekyll & Hyde||Jekyll/Hyde|
|2015||Man of La Mancha||Miguel de Cervantes/Don Quixote|
|2016||Hedwig: New Makeup||Hedwig|
|Sweeney Todd||Sweeney Todd|
Music Video Appearances
|2005||“Another Side of Memory”||Boohwal|
|“Prayer to Overcome Sadness”|