‘The Penthouse’ Actor Kim Young-dae: Profile, Career, and Drama Appearances

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Meet the Rising Actor Kim Young-dae!

Thanks to his appearance in the Korean hit drama The Penthouse (2020) as Joo Seok-hoon, Kim Young-dae’s popularity has started to roar. Previously, the name Kim Young Dae first skyrocketed after taking a role in the popular drama Extraordinary You (2019). Even though he was not the main character in the drama, he still caught the eyes of K-drama lovers.

For those of you who are not familiar with this one actor, let’s take a look at his profile, as well as interesting things about Kim Young-dae!


Kim Young-dae’s Profile


Birth Name: Kim Young-dae (김영대)
Birthday: March 2nd, 1996
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Height: 185 cm (6′1″)
Nationality: Korean
Instagram: @youngdae0302

Kim Young-dae’s Dramas

  • Office Watch 2 (오피스워치 시즌2) (Naver TV Cast, 2018)
  • Just Too Bored (단지 너무 지루해서) (Naver TV Cast, 2018)
  • What to Do with You (너, 대처법) (Naver TV Cast, 2018)
  • Crushes Reverse (짝사랑 전세역전) (Naver TV Cast, 2018)
  • Room of Romance (사랑방손님) (VLive, 2018)
  • It’s Okay To Be Sensitive (좀 예민해도 괜찮아) (Naver TV Cast, 2019)
  • It’s Okay To Be Sensitive 2 (좀 예민해도 괜찮아 시즌 2) (Naver TV Cast, 2019)
  • Item (아이템) (MBC, 2019)
  • Office Watch 3 (오피스워치 시즌3) (Naver TV Cast, 2019)
  • To My Beautiful Woo Ri (아름다웠던 나의 우리에게) (Naver TV Cast, 2019)
  • Extraordinary You (어쩌다 발견한 하루) (MBC, 2019)
  • When the Weather Is Fine (날씨가 좋으면 찾아가겠어요) (jTBC, 2020)
  • Penthouse: War in Life (펜트하우스) (SBS, 2020)
  • Cheat On Me, If You Can (바람피면죽는다) (KBS2, 2020)
  • True Beauty (여신강림) (tvN, 2020)
  • The Penthouse 2: War in Life (펜트하우스2) (SBS, 2021)
  • School 2021 (학교 2021) (KBS2, 2021)


Kim Young-dae’s Movies

  • Drama Special Season 9: The Expiration Date of You and Me (드라마 스페셜 시즌9 – 너와 나의 유효기간) (2018)


Kim Young-dae’s Fun Facts

  • Kim Young-dae studied at Fudan University, China.
  • When Kim Young-daewas in his first year of high school, he went to Harbin, China to study abroad.
  • Kim Young-daespeaks Chinese fluently.
  • Kim Young-dae’s agency is Outer Korea.
  • Kim Young-dae can play the guitar and piano.
  • Kim Young-dae often appeared in web dramas before starring in television dramas.
  • Kim Young-dae is often said to be similar to the top actor Kang Dong-won.
  • Regarding Kim Young-dae’s resemblance with actor Kang Dong-won, he said in an interview, “I hear it sometimes. Whenever I hear someone say that, I am very grateful. But I try not to pay too much attention to it. Because I try to show talent through acting.”
  • Kim Young-dae starred in “The First Night” MV by Major9 Ben and 4MEN.
  • Kim Young-dae walked the Song Zio’s designer show “SONGZIO HOMME” at the S/S Hera Seoul. Fashion Week at Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul on October 17th, 2019.
  • Thanks to Kim Young-dae’s appearance in the 2019 MBC drama Extraordinary You he won the Best New Actor Award at the 2019 MBC Drama Awards.
  • Kim Young-dae made a cameo appearance as a rookie pitcher in the JTBC Welcome to Waikiki 2 (2019) Episode 2.
  • Kim Young-dae gained popularity after playing Joo Seok Hoon, the son of Joo Dan-tae (Uhm Ki-joon) and Shim Soo-ryun (Lee Ji-ah) in the SBS drama The Penthouse.
  • In the drama Cheat On Me If You Can Kim Young-dae played the role of Cho Yeo-jeong‘s lover.
  • Kim Young-dae studied at a prestigious university named Fudan University in China, Shanghai.
  • During Kim Young-dae’s university vacation, he met the representative of his current agency and received an actor’s proposal.
  • Kim Young-dae started acting because he thought, “I want to learn a new area by working in a field completely different from what I have been studying so far.”
  • Kim Young-dae’s family opposed him when he first started as an actor.
  • In Kim Young-dae’s early days, there was a lot of criticism about his acting skills.
  • A lot of people said that Kim Young-dae looks cold, but in reality, he is warm and talks a lot.
  • Kim Young-dae chose actor Park Hae-jin as the actor he wants to resemble.
  • Kim Young-dae really likes tteokbokki, from spicy tteokbokki to jajang tteokbokki.
  • Kim Young-dae likes sweets like chocolate, candy, and mint chocolate.
  • Kim Young-dae prefers Soju over beer.
  • At Kim Young-dae’s first fan meeting, Kim Young-Dae FIRST FAN DATE, he performed songs while playing the guitar and piano.
  • Kim Young-dae is often referred to by his role name rather than his real name.
  • There were two or three times when Kim Young-dae received casting offers from management staff even when he was in middle school.
  • Kim Young-dae attended Gwanghyeon Church in Gwangjin-gu, Seoul.
  • During Kim Young-dae’s acceptance speech of the Popularity Award at the 2020 KBS Drama Awards, he said, “All this glory, I give it to God.”
  • Kim Young-dae’s official fan café is operated by the agency.


Kim Young-dae’s Career Journey


Until 2017, Kim Young-dae was still a student at one of the prestigious universities in China, Fudan University, majoring in Commerce. But, for the sake of pursuing a career as an actor, he was willing to quit college.

After completing the first year, Kim Young-dae decided to return to Korea and meet the CEO of the agency who will oversee his activities as an actor. His parents opposed this tough decision. However, he managed to persuade them so, in the end, his family allowed him to turn around in the acting world.

Kim Young Dae started his career in the South Korean entertainment industry in 2017 as a model. At that time, the 24-year-old actor first showed his acting skills through the mini-drama Secret Crushes: Special Edition (2017) as a cameo. Then, Kim Young-dae was represented by the agency called Outer Korea.

At the beginning of his career, Kim Young-dae often starred in short web dramas. The web dramas that he starred in are Office Watch 2 (2018), Just Too Bored (2018), What To Do With You (2018), Crushes Reverse (2018), Room of Romance (2018), It’s Okay To Be Sensitive (2018), About Youth (2018), and It’s Okay To Be Sensitive 2 (2019).

Finally, Kim Young Dae got an offer to star in his first television acting project through the drama Item (2019). At that time, he played the character of the younger version of the male lead, Kang Gon (Joo Ji-hoon).

Not long after, Kim Young-dae returned to greet the public by taking part in the romantic fantasy drama Extraordinary You (2019). The drama got so popular because it stars many beautiful actors and actresses.

Then, came 2020, which seems to be Kim Young-dae’s breakthrough year. In that year, he took on three drama projects at once. At the beginning of the year, the actor starred in the drama When the Weather is Fine as a supporting character. He acted with top actors such as Park Min-young, Seo Kang-joon, and Lee Jae-wook.

Towards the end of 2020, Kim Young-dae took part in two dramas at once on different television stations. On one side, he played Joo Seok-hoon in the SBS drama The Penthouse. He is described as the son of a conglomerate family. On the other side, he played the role of a part-time employee named Cha Soo-ho in the KBS drama Cheat On Me If You Can.

It turns out, his appearance in The Penthouse brought him major success. He even set up to star in the 2021 drama School 2021. He is truly an actor on the rise.