From being a skilled swordsman in ‘Love in the Moonlight’, to a kind teacher assistant in ‘Gangnam Beauty’. We have seen his potential as an actor and he keeps on getting our attention in ‘Vincenzo’.
No doubt, Kwak Dong Yeon is one of the most talented and versatile actors in Kdramaland.
Without further ado, here are the things you may want to know about him:
Kwak Dong Yeon was born on March 19, 1997 in Daejeon, South Korea. He is a Pisces.
To fulfill his dream of becoming an artist, he went to Seoul by himself when he was just thirteen years old. He learned music and also took acting lessons under FNC Entertainment.
He knows how to play the guitar, and is a member of ‘Kokoma Band’.
Fun fact: When Kwak Dong Yeon was younger, his family used to lend videotapes for a living. He said that watching a lot of movies in his childhood inspired him to become an actor. (Source: Entertainment Weekly, 2016)
At age fifteen, he made his acting debut in the 2012 television series ‘My Husband Got A Family’ wherein he gained the ‘Best Young Actor Award’.
Fun fact: During his audition for ‘My Husband Got A Family’, he only got the lines “I won’t eat it” and “Yes”. As he felt burdened on how to express those lines, he wrote down his character analysis. A dedicated actor indeed!
(Source: Entertainment Weekly, 2016)
His role model
Kwak Dong Yeon once revealed that the actor Cho Jin Woong is his role model.
“Actor Cho Jin Woong from the drama ‘Signal’ is my role model. I loved his acting since the past days and I learned a lot just by seeing him act.”-Kwak Dong Yeon during his interview with Showbiz Korea
Kwak Dong Yeon’s dramas and rising popularity
In 2013, Kwak Dong Yeon starred in the coming-of-age miniseries ‘Adolescence Medley’. This was followed by the period drama ‘Inspiring Generation’ and the romantic comedy series ‘Modern Farmer’ in 2014.
Love in the Moonlight
In 2016, we fell in love with him as Kim Byung Yeon, a charismatic and skilled swordsman in the historical drama ‘Love in the Moonlight’.
Fun fact: Kwak Dong Yeon said in one interview that while preparing for his role in ‘Love in the Moonlight’, he watched the Japanese movie ‘Rurouni Kenshin’ many times. He said that the lead character in the said movie was similar to Kim Byung Yeon when it comes to being a warrior with excellent swordsmanship.
(Source: Showbiz Korea interview)
It is a fantasy-romance drama starring Yeo Jin Goo, Lee Yeon Hee, and Ahn Jae Hyun. Dong Yeon played the role of Sung Hae Chul, younger brother of Sung Hae Sung (Yeo Jin Goo).
A 2018 romance drama featuring Kim So Hyun, Yoon Do Joon, Yoon Park, and Girl’s Day Yura. In this drama, Kwak Dong Yeon played the role of a Psychiatrist.
A romantic-comedy drama based on the webtoon of the same name. It stars Cha Eun Woo, Im Soo Hyang, Kwak Dong Yeon, and Jo Woo Ri.
My Strange Hero
Another romantic-comedy series for the talented actor, Kwak Dong Yeon, with Yoo Seung Ho and Jo Bo Ah.
An MBC drama aired in November 2019 to March 2020. The series stars Kwak Dong Yeon and Park Se Wan with Youn Yuh Jung, Oh Ji Ho, Ye Ji Won, and Park Ah In.
It’s Okay to Not Be Okay (special appearance)
In 2020, Dong Yeon made a special appearance in the tvN drama ‘It’s Okay to Not Be Okay’. As expected from a brilliant actor that he is, Dong Yeon managed to gain the viewer’s attention and received praises for his portrayal of a patient with the manic syndrome.
A 2021 television series starring Song Joong Ki, Jeon Yeo Been, Ok Taec Yeon, Kim Yeo Jin, and Kwak Dong Yeon. A story of an Italian lawyer and consigliere, this drama is thrilling and comedic.
We usually see Dong Yeon portraying kind and loving characters. In Vincenzo, we will get to see a new side of him as he plays the role of Jang Han Seo.
Let’s keep on supporting Kwak Dong Yeon as he continues to become a better version of himself. 😍