Edited by Seo Hayne
Translated Cho EK
Minho, who has always stayed busy as a member of SHINee and solo artist, started acting with KBS’ one-act drama Pianist in 2010. Then, he appeared as a high jumper holding the best world record at the junior championships on SBS To The Beautiful You (2012). His character, Kang Tae Jun, is a much-loved athlete with great looks, and some of his image overlapped with the one he had as SHINee’s Minho. Plus, at that time, he was famous for his passion for sports and being competitive in a healthy way.
Minho continued to build his career. In the MBC medical drama Medical Top Team (2013), he took on the role of Kim Seong Woo, a 3rd-year doctor with a dashing look in a doctor’s gown. And in the historical drama KBS Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth (2016-2017), he starred as an aristocrat with his long hair. In the drama, The Most Beautiful Goodbye (2017), he played the youngest son who took care of his sick mother and made the viewers cry while watching his part.
Minho has expanded his realm not only to dramas but also to movies. In Canola (2016), he played Han Yi, who has a crush on his childhood friend, Hye Ji. Although it was a small role, he was good enough to show his stable acting skills on the big screen for the first time.
Minho has usually played a good-natured, caring character who doesn’t go through many conflicts since his debut as an actor. However, In Derailed (2016), he played an 18-year-old boy who is a leader of runaway kids. It was his first lead role in a movie, and you can see his rough and wild side he has never shown in other previous works.
In an interview, he expressed his affection for the new character. He said, “When I draw two circles each for my life and each for the characters I played, there are some parts that always overlap. But I didn’t have that common ground with my character in Derailed except that he is a boy around my age. So I was more drawn to the role.”
Nowadays, Minho is making many surprising cameos in different works. When he was discharged from the army, he made a special appearance on Kakao TV Lovestruck in the City (2020) as a warm-hearted police officer and made our hearts flutter. Recently, he showed off his charm by playing Yumi’s coworker and a crush in tvN Yumi’s Cells (2021).
Next year, we will be able to see Minho as the main character in a new series. He will be working on his first suspense-filled series, Goosebumps, on Kakao TV. Also, he will show his youthful passion, love and friendship in Netflix original series Fabulous. Minho, a passionate and determined young man, will continue telling various stories in the future.
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.