- Gong Yoo’s name is actually Gong Ji-chul, however Yoo is actually his mother’s family name.
- Gong Yoo went on a diet for three months to reduce his body fat. He learned the Russian martial art Systema for the film’s fight scenes, and performed car chases, rock climbing and skydiving at the Han River without using stuntmen, for his role on The Suspect back in 2013.
- In 2014 Gong Yoo appeared in Kim Dong Ryul’s music video titled “How I Am.” The song depicts a man who misses his lover.
- His movie “Train to Busan” is the first Korean film of 2016 to break the audience record with over 10 million theatergoers.
- Gong Yoo became the most popular actor in South Korea for August 2016.
- Gong Yoo will be starring in TV series called “Goblin,” his first drama series after 2012.
- Gong Yoo played the role of a father for the fourth time in “Train to Busan.” In the past he played the role of a father in “The Suspect,” “Silenced,” and “A Man And A Woman.”.
- Gong Yoo was named as an ambassador of the National Tax Service of South Koreain 2014.
- In 2016, Gong Yoo has resurgence in his career by starring in two major movies at the same time, Train to Busan (the first movie in 2016 to score 10 millions viewer) and The Age of Shadows (as the South Korea contender for the submission for the 89 Oscar for Best Foreign Movie).
Personal Quotes (9)
- [On his experience on Train to Busan] I thought zombie and action films were a piece of cake, but I struggled.
- [On his experience on Train to Busan] There were so many times a zombie caught up to me while we were filming. I heard the director yell cut and stood in place, but the zombie actors behind me couldn’t hear it and kept running after me. So there are lots of behind-the-scenes videos of me looking pretty stupid.
- [On his experience on Train to Busan] I naturally get scared easily. When I was young, I hated going to haunted houses. So filming with zombies for this movie was too scary for me.
- [ On his acting career] I’ve grown more apprehensive. I have these ambitions that I don’t want to lose sight of. I think might become self critical about the things I try to change about myself as I grow older and more knowledgable, more so than before.
- [On his experience on Train to Busan] I’ve filmed realistic action films before so I thought they were doable, but fighting with the zombies was extremely complicated.
- [On his role as a father] It gave me a chance to think about how I would treat my child in the future if I have children. I don’t want to crush the child’s sense of hope, but I also don’t want to lie. It actually made me more afraid of raising a child,
- I think (social media) is so scary, I think it’s a tool that makes people lonelier. You feel insecurities you don’t need to feel on social media.
- I prefer old Korean music like Lee Seung Hwan, Lee Moon Se, and Yoo Jae Ha. However, among the current musicians, I think GD [G-Dragon] and IU have really nice sensitivity. They’re really cool. Anyway, after taking a drink, the music I play is from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. I’m really getting old, right?
- Some day I will marry and become a father, but I should’ve already had 2 kids considering my current age. In fact, my friends are parents of elementary students, but despite my age, I am still very young [mentally]. Just by what I see from others around me, I can tell that getting married, creating a family, and having kids is extremely difficult. I think that’s also why my younger, married friends seem more like brothers to me.