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Get to know the South Korean actor Kwak Dong Yeon

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:

Photo from Instagram @kwakdongyeon0

’97 liner
Kwak Dong Yeon was born on March 19, 1997 in Daejeon, South Korea. He is a Pisces.

Independent person
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)

teenage Kwak Dong Yeon
(Photo from Instagram @kwakdongyeon0)

Debut drama
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’.

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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)

‘My Husband Got A Family’ drama poster
(Photo from Pinterest)

Social media accounts
You can follow Dong Yeon on Instagram @kwakdongyeon0 and on Twitter @kwakdongyeon97.

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.

Kwak Dong Yeon as Choi Jung Woo in Adolescence Medley (Photo from Pinterest)

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’.

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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)

Kwak Dong Yeon as Kim Byung Yeon
(Photo from Instagram @kwakdongyeon0)

Reunited Worlds
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).

Kwak Dong Yeon as Sung Hae Chul
(Photo from Pinterest)

Radio Romance
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.

Kwak Dong Yeon as Jason
(Photo from Pinterest)

Gangnam Beauty
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.

Gangnam Beauty casts
(Photo from Instagram @kwakdongyeon0)

My Strange Hero
Another romantic-comedy series for the talented actor, Kwak Dong Yeon, with Yoo Seung Ho and Jo Bo Ah.

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Screenshots from SBS drama, My Strange Hero

Never Twice
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.

Kwak Dong Yeon with ‘Never Twice’ co-star Park Se Wan (Photo from Instagram @kwakdongyeon0)

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.

Screenshots from tvN drama, It’s Okay to Not Be Okay

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.

Kwak Dong Yeon as Jang Han Seo
(Photo from Instagram @tvndrama.official)

Let’s keep on supporting Kwak Dong Yeon as he continues to become a better version of himself. 😍

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