[K-Star’s Best Character] A Refined and Versatile Actor, Jin Young

Jin Young drama

Edited by Seo Hayne
Translated Cho EK

Jin Young drama
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Jin Young debuted in 2012 with a special appearance in MBC’s The Thousandth Man. He played an ordinary young man wearing thick glasses with a warm smile on his face. The following year, he changed his image by playing a problematic high schooler in tvN’s She Is Wow. He played the son of a celebrity couple who looks happy on the outside but broken on the inside. At that time, Jin Young was considered as just another idol-singer-turned-actors from the boy group B1A4.

Jin Young drama
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In the movie Miss Granny (2014), Jin Young played Ban Ji Ha, the leader of the Indi music band ‘Underground’ and a grandson of Mal Soon, who has a potty mouth. Ji Ha’s character almost seems like an extension of his previous role in She Is Wow. He seems like a rebellious kid, but he has a strong passion for music.

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In his fifth year as an actor, Jin Young began to build a full-fledged reputation in KBS Love in the Moonlight in 2016. He played Kim Yun Seong, the only grandson and heir of a prestigious family. Endowed with everything he needs, he is ready to give up his privileges to win his unrequited love. Although it is his first historical drama, Jin Young has established himself as an ‘idol turned into actor’ by showing off his stable acting skills. The traditional hat with round brim complemented his slightly upturned eyes that he previously did not like. He won the Rookie of the Year award at the KBS Acting Awards that year for his outstanding performances in the drama.

Jin Young drama
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Netflix’s original series, My First First Love (2019), depicts the story of the first love of five young people. In it, Jin Young gained sympathy for showing a realistic portrayal of a young man. In addition, he successfully led his first film starring The Dude in Me (2019).

Jin Young is currently meeting viewers at KBS Police University as Kang Seon Ho, a hacker who wants to become a police officer. Living with no goals in life, he applies to the police academy and conducts a joint investigation with a passionate detective. It is his first drama after being discharged from the army in 2019, and it is off to a promising start.

Jin Young began his career by taking smaller roles and has come this far to establish his successful acting career. I look forward to his future performances.


Editor Seo Hayne: I like actors as they faithfully lead through their long running-time. I also like idols who accomplish everything on stage within 3 minutes.

Translator Cho EK: I’m a big fan of Korean dramas and movies.

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