Gong Yoo is reveling in a whole new surge of popularity due to the success of his new Korean drama Goblin, also known as Guardian: The Lonely and Great God.
On the Nielsen Korea TV content index, a measure of a drama's popularity, Goblin has surpassed other high-profile shows like Lee Min Ho's The Legend of the Blue. It's on its way to becoming a certified blockbuster.
With new success comes new fans who may not know that much about Gong Yoo and his career. So, we've put together five interesting facts about the 37-year-old actor from Busan.
Gong Yoo is not his real name
According to this article from Soompi, Gong Yoo is a stage name. His real name is Gong Ji Chul. His stage name brings together both of his parents last names.
DEATH BY GONG YOO????????????Coffee Prince made him famous
— GRIM REAPER (@GDtotheTOP) December 10, 2016
As Drama Fever notes, Gong Yoo did not become a household name in South Korea until he starred in Coffee Prince, a K-drama that aired in 2007. On the show, Yoo played Choi Han-Kyul, the handsome son of a wealthy man who refuses to settle down and commit to one woman. In an effort to rebel against his family's wishes Han-Kyul employs a young delivery boy, Eun Chan, to pretend to be his gay lover. Soon Gong Yoo's character starts feeling confused as he begins to develop romantic feelings for Chan. The truth is that Eun Chan isn't a boy but a girl in disguise. Coffee Prince earned Gong Yoo an MBC Acting Award in 2007.
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He is a bachelor and seems to be afraid of marriage
Although he is in his late 30s, Gong Yoo is a bachelor who doesn't seem to be in any hurry to walk down the aisle and commit himself to a bride. In fact, as the Inquisitr previously reported, he seems to be afraid of marriage.
Here's what he had to say about the subject in an interview conducted earlier this year.
"I have become more and more afraid about marriage and parenting. I think its because I am getting older," he said. "Of course, there will be a lot to learn, and I also know that the experience will help in my acting."
Our condolences to the women and girls who dreamed of one day marrying Gong Yoo.
D-Day #gongyoo #dokebi #goblin pic.twitter.com/gzpAPZulce
— Djin Ing Tan (@djin_ing) December 2, 2016
He used to be a VJ (video jockey)
We've all had jobs we took when we were younger to make a little extra cash, and Gong Yoo was no different. According to a February article on Soompi, Yoo confessed that he used to be a video jockey or VJ on an episode of Section TV.
"When I was in university, I worked as a VJ in order to make money," he said. "I remember a lot of fun experiences from back then."
GONG YOO IS MY FAVOURITE ACTOR FROM NOW ON❤️ pic.twitter.com/7GKL8L95E8He doesn't like women who are too emotional
— Sally Kang (@KIMJ1WON) December 8, 2016
During his segment on Section TV, Gong Yoo revealed his ideal type: women who aren't too emotional.
"In the past, I liked people who had many emotions, but now, women with severe and quickly changing emotions isn't as appealing," the Hallyu hearthrob said. "I like comfortable people now."
Retweeted ✨ kdrama news ✨ (@kdrama_news):#Goblin still cuts : #GongYoo #KimGoEun pic.twitter.com/2E60LodBjP https://t.co/Dmxi6DEGfZ
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Gong Yoo's Korean drama, Goblin, airs every Friday and Saturday on tvN or you can watch it online on Viki or Drama Fever.
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