The Nation’s Little Brother, Yoo Seung-ho
Yoo Seung-ho received this nickname as he started his career in such a young age. He first made an appearance in a phone advertisement in 1999 after his mom sent in a photo of her son to an ad agency. Turns out his cute face and good acting skill lead him in paving his start as a child actor. One significant film that boosted his popularity and gave him the title ‘Nation Little Brother’ is called The Way Home (집으로…) (2002) in which he played a bratty city boy who learns to appreciate country life when he’s forced to spend the summer with his deaf-mute grandmother.
Since then, Yoo Seung-ho began to act more and make his name known to the public as one of Korean top actors. When you first hear his nickname you must think that he’s very innocent and adorable like a typical little brother, but don’t be fooled by his appearance and young age! Along with all the films and dramas he had shot, the number of women he had kissed, starting from new aspiring actresses to grade A actresses, is beyond the number of our fingers. Now, Yoo Seung-ho sure doesn’t seem like a little brother anymore, right? Recently, he is known for his role as Kang Bok-soo in his recent drama My Strange Hero partnering with Jo Bo-ah.
If you’re one of the persons whose heart he managed to snatch, keep on scrolling because you sure don’t want to miss out everything you need to know about Yoo Seung-ho in this article!
Yoo Seung-ho’s Profile
- Birth Name: Yoo Seung Ho (유승호)
- Birthday: August 17, 1993
- Zodiac Sign: Leo
- Nationality: Korean
- Height: 175 cm (5’9″)
- Blood Type: A
- Education: Baekshin High School
- Instagram: @dandyoo93
Yoo Seung-ho’s Facts and Trivia
- He is the youngest of two siblings.
- He is known as “Little So Ji Sub” for his resemblance to the said actor.
- He decided not to pursue college because he wants to concentrate on his acting career.
- He is signed under San Entertainment.
- He is born and raised in Gyeyang District, Incheon, South Korea.
- He came from a poor family.
- He earned the title, “Nation’s Little Brother” due to the success of ‘The Way Home’ at such a young age.
- Along with Park Shin Hye, he starred in So’s music video, Eraser
- He enlisted for his mandatory military service, as a regular soldier on March 5, 2013.
- He was discharged on December 4, 2014.
- He sang a duet with IU titled Believe in Love for the charity program Love Request. The song’s lyrics were actually based on a that he had written while seeing orphans of war in Sri Lanka.
- He trained in swordplay and martial arts in his role as an assassin in Warrior Baek Dong-soo (무사 백동수) (2011).
- His favorite member of APink is Hayoung.
- He prefers someone who is around his age, “A four year age difference is ideal,” he said in an interview with the Korean media outlet Newsen. And she should ideally be a non-celebrity. “I like women who look innocent,” said Seung-ho. “My ideal type has changed since I returned from the army. I like women who have long, wavy hair.”
- During the KBS interview with Park Shin Hye, he also described his ideal woman as someone who wears dark colors, loves animals and loves to read books. But he’s in no hurry to get married and his acting schedule is more hectic than it was before he enlisted.
Yoo Seung-ho’s Career
His career as an actor started in 2000 when he was 7 years old as he debuted as a child actor with television series Daddy Fish (가시고기) (2000). But, he rose to stardom in his first movie The Way Home which gained him the title Nation Little Brother. Thereafter, he also starred in animal movie Heart Is…(마음이) (2006) about a boy and his beloved dog, and Unforgettable (서울이 보이냐) (2008) about school children from a remote island who go on a field trip to a candy factory in Seoul during the 1970s.
Aside from acting as the main character, Yoo Seung-ho also actively takes part in playing younger counterparts of male protagonists in television dramas, including general Yi Sun-sin in Immortal Admiral Yi Sun-sin (불멸의 이순신) (2004), King Seongjong in The King and I ( 왕과 나) (2007), and Gwanggaeto the Great in The Legend (태왕사신기) (2007)
In his teenage years, he was cast in one of the major roles in Master of Study (공부의 신) (2010), a Korean screen adaptation of Japanese manga Dragon Zakura and it got him nominated for several awards in various movie awards in Korea.
After he was discharged from the army, Yoo Seung-ho appeared in the music video for Naul’s You From the Same Time (같은 시간 속의 너) in 2015. He was next casted as a stubborn webcomic writer who raises a cat in the TV adaptation of webtoon Imaginary Cat (상상고양이) (2015-2016). Then, he followed this by starring in a Joseon-era romance film The Magician (조선마술사) (2015) directed by Kim Dae-seung, in which he plays a circus magician who falls in love with a princess. Challenging himself with another untypical role, Yoo Seung-ho also played in SBS’s legal thriller series Remember (리멤버 – 아들의 전쟁) as a lawyer with hyperthymesia who defends his father on death row.
In 2016, Yoo became the main male lead in Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River (봉이 김선달) as the titular Kim Seon-dal. Last year, he starred in MBC’s historical melodrama The Emperor: Owner of the Mask (군주-가면의 주인)and romantic-comedy I’m Not a Robot (로봇이 아니야). This year, he was a cast in SBS’s high school drama Revenge Has Returned (복수가 돌아왔다) so all of you K-drama fans, you better make sure you check that out!
Yoo Seung-ho and Social Media
“I don’t do social media because I don’t think it fits me. I tried to give interest for my job as a celebrity but I just couldn’t take selcas and upload them myself.” Said Yoo Seung-ho in an interview with Sports Hankook.
He then continued, “I found out about hashtags later on too. I was filming an ad and they kept talking about hashtags. I didn’t know what it was but learned it after they explained it to me.”
The actor added, “I don’t do much and don’t have much to say. That’s another reason why I don’t do social media. But since I don’t get to communicate with my fans, they get curious so I wonder if I need to start.”
However, he has an Instagram account now. If you want to know more about what he’s up to, you can check it out!
Yoo Seung-ho’s Love Life
Starring in numerous films and dramas and surrounded by beautiful actresses, how is Yoo Seung-ho’s love life in real life? Does he ever date one of his co-stars? Ever since his debut in 2000 until now, Yoo Seung Ho has not had a single dating rumor or controversy, which is amazing knowing how crazy paparazzi and journalists can be. Whenever there is an interview about his love life, Seung-ho always said, “To be honest, I’ve dated a few times before. I’ve never said this in the past, but I think it’s better to say it now than to hide it and lie about it.”
However, Seung-ho sure has a couple of sparks with some of these celebrities below:
Yoo Seung-ho and IU
Yoo Seung-ho and IU had collaborated several times. He sang a duet with IU titled Believe in Love for the charity program Love Request. The song’s lyrics were actually based on a song that he had written while seeing orphans of war in Sri Lanka. They also met once again in a photoshoot for G by Guess and shows amazing chemistry. In one of his interviews, Seung-ho once mentioned that IU is his ideal type. Who knows, perhaps there could really be something between them in the past.
Yoo Seung-ho and Kim So-hyun
Despite the age differences between them, it doesn’t hide the fact that there is a chemistry between Yoo Seung-ho and Kim So-hyun. They both met in the Ruler: Master of the Mask set and their friendship grows as they also play as a lover in the drama. Many questioned whether the kiss scene in the drama is real or not, knowing that Kim So-hyun is still underage, but they both got shy and said to leave it to the audience’s imagination. In the press conference, both also claimed each other as their ideal type. What do you think? Could they be dating as well in real life?
Yoo Seung-ho and Chae Soo-bin
In his recent drama I’m Not A Robot, many fans and viewers couldn’t help but to see sparks flying around whenever these two come into screen. Many also wished for this couple to become real. Here’s a Behind The Scenes footage from the drama where Yoo Seung-ho and Chae Soo-bin discussed about how they should do the kissing scene.
— withMBC (@withMBC) January 25, 2018
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Yoo Seung-ho and Plastic Surgery
Seung-ho is naturally handsome so it’s hard to assume whether he had gone under the knife or not. Perhaps you could be the judge of that by looking at these pictures below and let us know what you think about it.
Yoo Seung-ho Filmography
|2002||The Way Home||Sang-woo|
|2003||Happy Ero Christmas||Children’s angel choir|
|2004||Don’t Tell Papa||Kim Cho-won|
|2009||Astro Boy||Astro Boy (voice, Korean dubbed)|
|City of Fathers||Kim Jong-chul|
|4th Period Mystery||Han Jung-hoon|
|2011||Leafie, A Hen into the Wild||Greenie (voice)|
|2012||Fragments of Sweet Memories (3D short film)|
|2016||Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River||Kim In-hong / Kim Seon-dal|
|2000||Daddy Fish||Jung Da-um||MBC|
|2001||Boys Don’t Cry||Doo-san||Drama Special|
|It Happened in the Parking Lot|
|2003||All That Ramen||Joon-young|
|Winter Bird’s Dream||Joon-ho|
|Love Letter||young Lee Woo-jin|
|2004||“Hi, Clementine”||Se-beom||Drama Special|
|Sweet Buns||young Lee Shin-hyuk|
|Immortal Admiral Yi Sun-sin||young Yi Sun-sin||KBS1|
|Precious Family||Park Joon-yi||KBS2|
|2005||Sad Love Story||young Seo Joon-young||MBC|
|Magic Warriors Mir & Gaon||Mir||KBS2|
|2006||Alien Sam||Wang Hae-ryong||Tooniverse|
|2007||The King and I||young Seongjong||SBS|
|The Legend||young Damdeok||MBC|
|2009||Queen Seondeok||Kim Chunchu|
|You’re Beautiful||Customer at convenience store||SBS||Cameo, episode 9|
|2010||Master of Study||Hwang Baek-hyun||KBS2|
|Flames of Desire||Kim Min-jae||MBC|
|2011||Warrior Baek Dong-soo||Yeo Woon||SBS|
|2012||Operation Proposal||Kang Baek-ho||TV Chosun|
|Arang and the Magistrate||Jade Emperor, King of Heaven||MBC|
|Missing You||Kang Hyung-joon / Harry Borrison|
|2013||Homo Academicus||Documentary narrator||KBS1|
|2015||Imaginary Cat||Hyun Jong-hyun||MBC Every 1|
|2017||The Emperor: Owner of the Mask||Lee Sun||MBC|
|2017–2018||I’m Not a Robot||Kim Min-kyu|
|2018–2019||Revenge Has Returned||Kang Bok-soo||SBS|
|2010||“Believe in Love”||Duet with IU|
|2013||Travel Letter, Spring Snow, And…||Wisdom House||Photobook|
Awards and nominations
|2002||24th Young Artist Awards||Best Young Performer in International Film||The Way Home||Won|
|2005||KBS Drama Awards||Best Young Actor||Immortal Admiral Yi Sun-sin, Precious Family||Won|
|2007||1st Korea Movie Star Awards||Heart Is…||Won|
|SBS Drama Awards||The King and I||Won|
|2008||2nd Mnet 20’s Choice Awards||Hot Younger Male||N/A||Won|
|2009||4th Andre Kim Best Star Awards||Male Star Award||N/A||Won|
|MBC Drama Awards||Best New Actor||Queen Seondeok||Won|
|2010||46th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actor (TV)||Master of Study||Nominated|
|Best New Actor (Film)||4th Period Mystery||Nominated|
|26th Korea Best Dressed Swan Awards||Best Dressed, TV Actor category||Master of Study||Won|
|KBS Drama Awards||Best Couple Award with Park Ji-yeon||Nominated|
|Netizens’ Award, Actor||Nominated|
|Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Nominated|
|2012||MBC Drama Awards||Arang and the Magistrate, Missing You||Nominated|
|2013||New Soldiers Education Unit||Excellence Award from the Battalion Commander||N/A||Won|
|2016||9th Korea Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor||Remember||Nominated|
|SBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Genre Drama||Won|
|2017||MBC Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries|