Yang Se-jong (born December 23, 1992) is a South Korean actor and model. Yang became well known when he starred as a young chef in the 2017 romance drama Temperature of Love which won him three Best New Actor awards at the SBS Drama Awards, Baeksang Arts Awards, and the 6th APAN Star Awards. His other works included Dr. Romantic (2016)Duel (2017)Still 17 (2018) & My Country: The New Age (2019).

Contents

  • Early life and education
  • Career
  • Personal life
  • Filmography
    • Film
    • Television series
    • Television show
  • Theater
  • Awards and nominations

Early life and education

Yang was born on December 23, 1992 in Anyang, Gyeonggi. In his first two years of high school, Yang worked at a book and DVD rental store as a part-time job. While in his second year of high school, Yang began to dream of becoming an actor after watching school plays with his friends. Before choosing acting as his career, Yang participated in Taekwondo competitions and received a scholarship from The Samsung Foundation to attend a sports university which he turned down to focus on acting lesson. He worked as a fashion model in 2011 for a short period. In 2012, Yang enrolled in Korea National University of Arts, majoring in Theater and Film.

Career

Yang at Duel Press Conference

After a month of finishing filming for Saimdang, Memoir of Colors, Yang auditioned for Dr. Romantic and got cast in the hit medical drama, which marked his acting debut. He attracted attention after playing the role of Yoo Yeon-seok’s rival.

In January 2017, Yang played the roles of young Song Seung-heon and Lee Young-ae’s assistant in SBS’s historical drama Saimdang, Memoir of Colors. The same year, he starred in OCN’s sci-fi thriller Duel, gaining praise for his portrayal of three different characters. He then starred in the romance series Temperature of Love by Ha Myung-hee, which won him the Best New Actor award at the SBS Drama Awards, 54th Baeksang Arts Awards and the 6th APAN Star Awards. Following his acting roles, Yang experienced a rise in popularity and was labeled “monster rookie” by the press. Yang was included in the 2017 Forbes Korea 2030 Power Leaders List placing fourth for his outstanding performance starring in four dramas in the first year of his acting career.

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In 2018, Yang was cast in the romance comedy drama Still 17, playing the role of a stage designer who suffers a trauma at the age of seventeen. Yang won the Excellence Award at the SBS Drama Awards for his performance.

In 2019, Yang joined tvN reality show Coffee Friends, a project to raise awareness toward giving and aiding others, small amounts at a time. In the same year, he starred in the historical action drama My Country.

In 2020, Yang’s old agency contract expired during his military service.

In 2021, Yang signed with new agency Blossom Entertainment.

Personal life

On May 12, 2020 Yang enlisted for his mandatory military service at the 27th Division in Hwacheon, Gangwon Province.

On November 1, 2021, it was reported that Yang would be discharged from military service on November 15, 2021 without returning to the unit after his last vacation in accordance with the Ministry of Defense guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotesRef.
2013The Voice From InsideShort film[24]
Things We Don’t Know

Television series

YearTitleRoleNotesRef.
2016Dr. RomanticDo In-beomseason 1[3]
2017Saimdang, Memoir of Colorsyoung Lee Gyum / Han Sang-hyun[6]
DuelSung-joon / Sung-hoon / Yong-sup[9]
Temperature of LoveOn Jung-seon[12]
2018Still 17Gong Woo-jin[15]
2019My Country: The New AgeSeo Hwi[18]
2020Dr. Romantic 2Do In-beomCameo[25]

Television show

YearTitleRoleNotesRef.
2019Coffee FriendsCast memberwith Son Ho-jun Yoo Yeon-seok and Choi Ji-woo[17][26]

Theater

YearTitleRoleNotesRef.
2014Time to go to school, AliceSeoul Fringe Festival[27]

Awards and nominations

Award ceremonyYearCategoryNominee / WorkResultRef.
APAN Star Awards2018Best New ActorTemperature of LoveWon[28]
K-Star AwardNominated[29]
Asia Artist Awards2020Popularity Award (Actor)Yang Se-jongNominated[30]
Baeksang Arts Awards2018Best New Actor – TelevisionTemperature of LoveWon[31]
SBS Drama Awards2017Best New ActorWon[32]
Best Couple AwardYang Se-jong with Seo Hyun-jin
Temperature of Love
Nominated
2018Excellence Award, Actor in a Monday-Tuesday DramaStill 17Won[16]
Soompi Awards2018Breakout Actor AwardTemperature of LoveNominated
The Seoul Awards2017Best New Actor (Drama)Saimdang, Memoir of ColorsNominated[33]

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