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Yoo Yeon Seok Joins Fellow KingKong Artists in UNICEF ‘WeAction’ Campaign

Yoo Yeon Seok and fellow KingKong Entertainment artists (Kim Bum, Kim Ji Won, Lee Kwang Soo, Lee Dong Wook, Park Hee Son, and Jo Yoon Hee) join hands in supporting The Korean Committee for UNICEF’s 2016 ‘WeAction [#every child]’ year-end campaign.

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The 2016 ‘WeAction’ campaign will benefit refugee children as well as girls and children under the age of 5. Donation can be sent through a specific online LINK and it will be translated into protective facilities, medical supplies, relief supports, and schools. One thousands donors (1000 people) to the campaign will receive UNICEF brackets. The campaign run for 12 weeks from 28 November 2016 to 19 February 2017.

Personal messages from KingKong Entertainment’s artists will be featured on different dates. Yoo Yeon Seok and Kim Bum’s messages will be the last one to be rolled out in 16 January 2017.

This is not the first time that KingKong Entertainment and UNICEF join hands for a greater good. In 2012, KingKong artists including Yoo Yeon Seok donated their personal belongings in UNICEF Birthday Donation Campaign, ‘Star Sharing Bazaar’. The campaign benefited mothers and children living in Africa continent.

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[Jan 2015] Yoo Yeon Seok and Kim Bum Cosmopolitan Interview


I was looking for the things you have in common and I realized that not only you belong to the same agency, but you were also its first members.

Yoo Yeon Seok: I didn’t have an agency when I debuted through “Old Boy”. Once I came back from the army, I joined my current agency. This is when I met Bumie for the first time. It’s already been 7 years.
Kim Bum: Before, Yeon Seok-hyung, Kwang Soo-hyung and I would get together often to have a drink. We’re all busy today, so it’s hard to bring everybody together.
YYS: Just like a family, we even go on an exercusion with our managers.
KB: We went on a MT trip, right? When you went on that MT trip, you also played the guitar. You can’t really play, though. I still have one of the polaroids we took back then.
YYS: Right! I have one too!

What do you think change or remain the same about the other throughout the years?

YYS: The thing that didn’t change about him is that he’s a good drinker? Haha. If you want to talk about what has changed, I knew since the first time I saw him that he was someone who thought a lot and he’s more mature now. Before, he seemed to be a bit more like an adult because he wanted to become one quickly, but I think he’s just getting older in a natural way.
KB: I know what he’s talking about. When I was young, I thought I knew many things compared to my age because I started working at a young age and I wanted to become an adult fast. However, when I look back now, I really wonder why I wanted to become an adult so much, why I wanted to know everything about life.

Is YYS exactly the same as before?

KB: I think he has always been good at smiling and taking care of anyone. He has a big sense of responsibility to protect those he cares about. If something changed about him, it’d be the fact he definitely acts with more freedom.

What is the first memory you have about each other?

YYS: I don’t really remember the first time we met. I think my oldest memory is when I opened the door of my agency the first time and we worked together on a project. It was the drama “Dream”. When we walked on the set the first time, we knew about each other, but we had never gotten the chance to actually talk to each other. Our first scene was a fight scene. Since we had to fight each other right after meeting each other, I wanted us to be close, so I told him “Bum-ah, let’s do well!”.
KB: Really? I must have been very embarrassed. I felt like a newbie back then, so I didn’t know what I was supposed to do and it must have been very embarrassing for me.
YYS: Well, I think I would have been embarrassed too if someone had said the same thing to me. But Bumie never showed he didn’t like it. On the contrary, he reacted well. I started boxing for this drama and I’m still boxing today. I really practiced hard back then. The set up had me always losing to Bumie, so there must have been something left unachieved here. If you take into the consideration the fact that I’m still boxing today. Haha.
KB: You’re still boxing today? After that drama, I never went back on a boxing ring. Haha.

Do you often talk about your projects? Do you monitor each other?

KB: For me, I’m comfortable with listening to the advice veteran actors give me, but I think you can be a bit sensitive when it’s said between actors who don’t have a big age difference. Unless it’s a close friend, I can’t monitor people.

Your most recent project was a saeguk for both of you. Yeon Seok, your movie “The Royal Tailor” is about to premiere. Bum, you didn’t give him any advice?

KB: Because I have never played a high profile character like the king he played. Haha.
YYS: In “Gu Family’s Book” that aired before “Goddess of Fire”, I played a young master. The stylists told me that I’do well in the role of a king if I get the opportunity to play one. Back then, I said “someone needs to make me king”. I’m quite happy that I got this good opportunity.

What do you do when you take a break?

YYS: I have many hobbies. I travel around and take pictures or I exercise through various sports. I play music and I make furniture. If I focus on something else that is not about acting, I let all my other feelings out when I’m acting.
KB: I go out. Instead of staying at home all by myself, I force myself to go out and see many people. I also exercise with my friends.

You debuted 7 years ago and you are now lead actor material. What do you think will have changed 7 years from now?

KB: 7 years from now, one of us will probably be married.
YSS: I must get married because I don’t want to live a life different from regular people. I want my acting to be something people can relate to, so I think I must live like other people at some extent. Once I’m at the age to get married, I want to give it a try.
KB: Give it a try?
YSS: No. I must do it only once. Haha.
KB: I think I never thought about when I should absolutely get married. I think it can change according to the person I’m in a relationship with.

Since we’re talking about marriage, how about recommending each other the kind of spouse that would be the right partner?

YYS: I think a woman who can be by his side, take care of him and support him because he gets lonely if he loves someone and there’s no one by his side.
KB: He’s a family man, so it’s obvious he will be good to his wife. So I think the most important thing will be how much they love each other.

But honestly the two of you don’t seem ready for marriage yet.

YYS: I must do a little bit more of melo and get married.
KB: I think I’ll be able to play in a melo even if I’m married. On the contrary, I won’t be able to do it because it’s been quite a while since I did a melo. I focused on characters such as an angel, a monster, a psychich, so I can play such characters, but melo or rom-coms are very unreal for me.
YYS: I’m the opposite. I’m able to focus and relate to characters you can see in real life rather than characters who are far from reality. If I get to play a melo, I want the story to be about two people loving each other, about how love begins.

Original article: Cosmopolitan
Translation: thesunnytown.com

More photos here and the subbed BTS video is here.

[20141222] Yoo Yeon Seok and Kim Bum Show Off Bromance in Cosmopolitan Photo Shoot


Actors Yoo Yeon Seok and Kim Bum showed off their bromance in a photo shoot for Cosmopolitan.

On December 22, the two actors’ agency, King Kong Entertainment, revealed Cosmopolitan’s January issue photo shoot in which Kim Bum and Yoo Yeon Seok appeared.


In the photo, Kim Bum has a bright smile on his face with a bottle of champagne in one hand. In another contrasting image, he is staring into the camera with Yoo Yeon Seok with a charismatic expression on his face, revealing his more masculine side.

In one of the revealed photos, Yoo Yeon Seok is posed as if he about to change for the holidays, making female fans swoon.

Yoo Yeon Seok and Kim Bum showed the perfect teamwork throughout the photo shoot since they have been in the same agency, which they were the starting members of, for seven years.

In the interview that went along with photo shoot, Yoo Yeon Seok and Kim Bum had an honest talk about the behind story of their seven years of friendship, future plans, and new year resolutions.

Meanwhile, Kim Bum has been solidifying his title as a Korean star through his work is China while Yoo Yeon Seok will be meeting fans through the movie “The Tailors” on December 24.

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Below is the BTS video of the photoshoot themed “Team Play”


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‘Cosmopolitan’ has released several teaser pictures of their recent photoshoot with actors Yoo Yeon Seok and Kim Bum for their ‘TEAM PLAY’ themed pictorial.


In the pictures released, both Yoo Yeon Seok and Kim Bum are dressed perfect for the holiday festivities in bright patterns paired with blazers, keeping things classy. In addition, during the interview, the actors revealed that they have known each other for almost seven years now and keep close ties with each other.

Kim Bum revealed to ‘Cosmopolitan’, “Yoo Yeon Seok hyung and Lee Kwang Soo hyung and I meet up often and have a drink,” while Yoo Yeon Seok added that he had gone on a vacation with Kim Bum, along with their managers, confirming their close relationship.

The two actors are also continuing to make a name for themselves with Kim Bum recently broadened his career by appearing in a Chinese film and Yoo Yeon Seok featuring in the upcoming movie, ‘The Tailors’, which is set to premiere on December 24.

For the full interview and pictorial of Yoo Yeon Seok and Kim Bum, you can check it out in the January 2015 issue of ‘Cosmopolitan’.

Lifted from allkpop