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Oh Yeon-seo

Oh Yeon-seo

South Korean actress
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro South Korean actress
Countries South Korea
Occupations Singer Film actor Actor
Gender female
Birth 22 June 1987 (Daegu)
The details
Biography

Oh Yeon-seo (born Oh Haet-nim, on June 22, 1987), is a South Korean actress and former member of South Korean girl group, LUV. She is best known for her roles in television dramas My Husband Got a Family (2012), Jang Bo-ri is Here! (2014), Shine or Go Crazy (2015) and Please Come Back, Mister (2016).

Early life

Oh Yeon-seo was born in Jinju, South Gyeongsang Province and grew up in Changnyeong County. In the second year of middle school, Oh followed a group of friends to an audition for S.M. Entertainment, held in Daegu, but was rejected. However, another company contacted her saying that she had qualified and she moved to Seoul, debuting in just four months at the age of 15.

Oh was accepted into Anyang Arts High School after her band's disbandment and went on to become an actress. It was then where she changed her name from Haet-nim to Yeon-seo after consulting a shaman with her mother.

Oh then entered Dongguk University, joining the theater and film department.

Career

Beginnings

Oh Yeon-seo made her entertainment debut in 2002 when she was only 15 years old under her real name Oh Haet-nim, with the band LUV, alongside Jo Eun-byul and Jeon Hye-bin. They released their first album "Story" that year, which included the singles "Orange Girl" and "I Still Believe in You". However, the band was short-lived and disbanded barely after six months due to their low popularity. Oh then shifted to acting and made her debut appearance in the 2003 drama Sharp, but remained unknown for a long period of time.

2012–2013: Rising popularity

Though she had a major part in the 2009 film A Blood Pledge, it wasn't until she was cast in the family drama My Husband Got a Family (2012) that she gained minor attention. She then joined the popular variety program We Got Married alongside MBLAQ's Lee Joon. Towards the end of 2012, Oh was cast in daily drama Here Comes Mr. Oh where she had her first lead role.

In 2013, Oh played a thoracic resident surgeon in medical drama Medical Top Team. She was appointed an ambassador for the first annual Animal Film Festival in Suncheon along with Kim Min-joon and Gal So-won to help raise awareness for animal rights and welfare in August. Oh was also appointed a Red Cross Ambassador together with actor Ryu Soo-young.

2014–present: Breakthrough

Oh played the lead role of Jang Bo-ri, a compassionate and selfless person, in the highly acclaimed series Jang Bo-ri is Here! (2014). The drama's ratings peaked at 40.4%, and led to a surge in popularity for Oh. She had a hard time playing the character as she grew up in Gyeongsang-do but her character had to speak the Jeolla-do dialect, which she had never used in her entire life.

In 2015, Oh played Shin Yool, the last princess of Balhae, in the historical drama Shine or Go Crazy, co-starring Jang Hyuk. The series was a modest hit, and topped ratings in its timeslot throughout its run.

Oh then starred alongside Rain in the SBS drama Please Come Back, Mister, which aired from 24 February to 14 April 2016. She played Han Hong-nan, a male character reincarnated in a female's body. Oh was praised for her chemistry with co-star Lee Ha-nui, whom she has acted with in her previous project Shine or Go Crazy. She also impressed viewers through her comedic portrayal of her masculine role. The same year, she starred in Take Off 2, the sequel to the 2009 movie Take Off where she plays a member of the first South Korean woman's national ice hockey team.

In 2017, Oh starred in the historical drama remake of the 2001 box office hit My Sassy Girl alongside Joo Won. She was also cast in the film adaptation of the Cheese in the Trap alongside Park Hae-jin, who also played the role of Yoo Jung in the drama. On August 2017, Oh signed with new management agency Celltrion Entertainment.

Filmography

Film

Year Korean Title English Title Role
2007 허브 Herb Female teacher
두사람이다 Someone Behind You Jung Eun-kyung
울어도 좋습니까? May I Cry?
2008 울학교 이티 Our School's E.T. Soo-jin
2009 여고 괴담 5 A Blood Pledge Yoo-jin
2010 반가운 살인자 Happy Killers Magazine model
2011 소중한 날의 꿈 Green Days: Dinosaur and I (animated) Han Soo-min (voice)
2012 저시트 프렌즈 Just Friends Song Eun-ji
2016 국가대표2 Take Off 2 Park Chae-gyeong
2017 치즈인더트랩 Cheese in the Trap Hong Seol

Television series

Year Title Role Network
2003 Sharp 1 Lee Ye-rim KBS2
Nonstop 4 Cameo

(episode 33)

MBC
2006 Stranger Than Paradise SBS
Love and Hate SBS
2007 H.I.T Son Seong-ok MBC
Money's Warfare Park Eun-ji

(cameo - episode 7)

SBS
2008 Drama City "LoveForSale.com" Choi Hee-ju KBS2
Returned Earthen Bowl Seo Soo-jin KBS2
King Sejong Eori KBS1
2010 The Great Merchant Lee Eun KBS1
More Charming by the Day Red Shoes ghost MBC
Dong Yi Queen Inwon MBC
2011 Baby Faced Beauty Lee So-jin KBS2
2012 My Husband Got a Family Bang Mal-sook KBS2
Here Comes Mr. Oh Na Gong-joo MBC
2013 Medical Top Team Choi Ah-jin
2014 Jang Bo-ri is Here! Jang Bo-ri
2015 Shine or Go Crazy Shin Yool/Gaebong
2016 Please Come Back, Mister Han Hong-nan SBS
2017 My Sassy Girl Princess Hye-myung

Variety show

Year Title Role Episode Network
2012 Happy Together Guest (My Husband Got a Family Special) 252 KBS2
Strong Heart (TV series) Guest (3rd Anniversary Special) 149-150 SBS
We Got Married Season 4 Herself (paired with Lee Joon) 3-23 MBC
Golden Fishery: Radio Star Guest (WGM Special) 304 MBC
Live Talk Show Taxi Guest 260 tVN
2014 Happy Together Guest (Actress Special) 364 KBS2
Running Man Guest 218 SBS
2016 Boys24 MC Mnet
Running Man Guest 310-311 SBS

Music video appearances

Year Artist Song Title
2002 LUV "I Still Believe in You"
"Orange Girl"
2003 Maesta Wu feat. Seven "White"
2006 Big Mama "Never Mind"
BGH4 "Please"
2007 Kim Jang-hoon "Smile, Because I Am a Man"
2008 Fly to the Sky "Drunken Truth"
Big Bang "With U"
2009 Im Chang-jung "Long Time No See"
Yim Jae-beom "Because of Love"
2010 2AM "You Wouldn't Answer My Call"
2011 Kim Hyung-jun "Oh Ah!"
2012 E2RE "Deep Night Sad Song"

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2009 4th Asia Model Festival Awards CF Model Award N/A Won
2012 5th Korea Drama Awards Best New Actress My Husband Got a Family Nominated
1st K-Drama Star Awards Rising Star Award Won
MBC Drama Awards Best New Actress Here Comes Mr. Oh Won
KBS Drama Awards Best New Actress My Husband Got a Family Won
2013 2nd APAN Star Awards Popular Star Award Here Comes Mr. Oh Won
2014 7th Korea Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Jang Bo-ri is Here! Won
MBC Drama Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama Won
2016 2016 Asia Model Awards Popularity Award (Female) Please Come Back, Mister Won
5th APAN Star Awards Best Actress Nominated
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Fantasy Drama Won
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