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).
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.
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.
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.
|Year||Korean Title||English Title||Role|
|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|
|2003||Sharp 1||Lee Ye-rim||KBS2|
|2006||Stranger Than Paradise||SBS|
|Love and Hate||SBS|
|Money's Warfare||Park Eun-ji
(cameo - episode 7)
|2008||Drama City "LoveForSale.com"||Choi Hee-ju||KBS2|
|Returned Earthen Bowl||Seo Soo-jin||KBS2|
|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|
|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|
Music video appearances
|2002||LUV||"I Still Believe in You"|
|2003||Maesta Wu feat. Seven||"White"|
|2006||Big Mama||"Never Mind"|
|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
|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|