When it comes to being oppa-material, actor-model Kim Woo Bin has it all. He is tall, handsome, has experience on the runway, and also has pretty versatile acting chops that have made his name big in the K-drama scene. In 2017, he broke a lot of hearts when he announced that he will be temporarily halting his activities because he was diagnosed with nasopharynx cancer. Good news, though! In November 2019, he made his much-awaited comeback after his successfully receiving treatment. His many fans were ecstatic about his return that they couldn't help but share all their ~feels~ on social media!
Excited to see him on your screens again? While we're all waiting for his official comeback project, why don't we all take a little refresher by watching our favorite ~bad boy~ in his iconic TV and film roles?
1. White Christmas (2011)
Woo Bin debuted to the public as a model in 2009, but it wasn't until 2012 when he decided he wanted to transition to the small screen. His first acting project was White Christmas, a mystery and thriller series that followed the story of eight students in an isolated school as they face a series of deaths. Woo Bin played the role of Kang Mi Reu, the wild and adventurous one in the unlikely group. He was credited in the series as Kim Hyun Joong, which, BTW, is his real name.
2. A Gentleman's Dignity (2012)
One year after nabbing his first role in television, Woo Bin got more attention from the public when he appeared in a supporting role for A Gentleman's Dignity, a rom-com that was broadcasted internationally including the Philippines in 2012. He took on the role of Kim Dong Hyub, a cheeky student who has a crush on his teacher Yi Soo (Kim Ha Neul). The series paved the way for Woo Bin's rising success as a favorite pick for bad boy roles on television.
3. School 2013 (2012)
In the same year as his stint in A Gentleman's Dignity, Woo Bin was given a bigger opportunity that solidified his title as the resident bad (but lovable!) boy of K-Dramaland. He was cast in the fifth installment of School 2013, an iconic television series in South Korea that first aired from 1999 to 2002. The story tackles the common struggles of modern-day youth, including violence, suicide, and bullying. Woo Bin took on the role of Heung Soo, a new transfer to Victory School who has a violent past. He was nominated for several awards for his role, including the Best New Actor Award for TV at the 49th Baeksang Awards and 20's Booming Star Male Category at the 7th Mnet 20's Choice Awards.
Fun fact: Woo Bin acted alongside Lee Jong Suk in the drama. The two became best friends in real life after working on the same project.
4. The Heirs (2013)
Who could ever forget this super *kilig* show starring Lee Min Ho and Park Shin Hye? Fresh off his successful portrayal of the bad-guy-but-good-guy trope in his first few dramas, Woo Bin took on the second lead role in this widely-popular show set in a high school for the elite. He played Choi Young Do, Kim Tan's (Lee Min Ho) former best friend, who also has his eyes set on Cha Eun Sang (Park Shin Hye). Woo Bin was nominated again for a series of big awards for the drama including the 9th Seoul International Drama Awards' People's Choice Actor and 7th Korea Drama Awards' Excellence Award for Actor Category.
5. Uncontrollably Fond (2016)
Woo Bin finally got his first leading role in this rom-com drama co-starring Bae Suzy. It follows the story of two childhood friends who were brought together again after being separated by unlikely circumstances during their teens. Once again, he brought his signature cocky acting into the mix when he played Shin Joon Young, a successful actor and singer who wanted to get back with Noh Eul (Bae Suzy). The series was very well-received when it aired across Asia, raking in a cumulative four billion views in China alone.
Uncontrollably Fond was also Woo Bin's last drama before went on a two-year hiatus for his treatments.
In between doing dramas, Woo Bin also solidified his title as one of the hottest actors in South Korea by starring in movies in between. His first major big-screen role was in the blockbuster sequel Friend: The Great Legacy (2013) where he got recognition for his portrayal of Choi Sung Hoon, an ex-gang member who was invited to help overthrow a criminal organization. He followed this up with The Con Artists (2014) where he played Ji Hyuk, the ringleader of a group set on stealing 150 billion KRW. The film was also released in the Philippines in 2015.
Woo Bin also starred in the hilarious coming-of-age film Twenty (2015) with Kang Ha Neul and Lee Jun Ho. He then switched back to the action-crime genre in 2016 with Master where he played an ally of a con-artist. In 2017, he was cast in the crime movie Wiretap but filming was halted indefinitely after he decided to go on hiatus because of his health. Woo Bin is rumored to be in talks now for his comeback movie (which will be called Alien) in 2020.
In more happy news though, Woo Bin has been in a long-term relationship with model-actress Shin Min Ah since 2015. This year, rumors broke that the two are planning to get married in 2021. Woo Bin also assured his fans that his health is better after finishing his treatments. He personally announced on his fan site that he is focusing now on recovering by doing regular check-ups.
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