Meet Ahn Bo Hyun: The Versatile Actor Currently Playing Goo Woong In K-Drama “Yumi’s Cells”

He can play any role!

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If you’ve been watching the K-Drama adaptation of Webtoon Yumi’s Cells, you probably were watching and thinking that there were some familiar faces. There’s not only Kim Go Eun as the titular character and SHINee‘s Minho as Woogie…

Kim Go Eun (left) and Ahn Bo Hyun (right).

There’s also the actor who acts as Goo Woong. Meet Ahn Bo Hyun!

Ahn Bo Hyun.

He portrays Yumi’s current love interest Goo Woong. He’s a straightforward yet kindhearted video game developer.

Kim Go Eun (left) and Ahn Bo Hyun (right).

Out of anyone, he looks most like his Webtoon character. The resemblance is really uncanny!

Ahn Bo Hyun as Goo Woong (left) and Woong in Webtoon (right). | TVING & Webtoon

But if you’re an avid K-Drama-watcher like us, you probably thought that he not only looked like his Webtoon character but someone else entirely. Well, where have you seen him before? Actually, probably, many different places, but he barely looks anything like he does as Woong.

Before he found himself acting, he was an athlete. He graduated from Busan Sports High School, and he had participated in boxing competitions, even winning a gold medal.

Ahn Bo Hyun then entered the entertainment industry, originally debuting as a model under FN Entertainment. It’s no wonder, too, as he’s very handsome and taller than average at around 187 centimeters (6 feet, 2 inches).

| FN Entertainment

But acting truly turned out to be his calling as he is quite the versatile actor. Some viewers don’t even immediately recognize him in his various K-Dramas because he can play different characters so well.

Believe it or not, he actually first started acting way back in 2014. Since then, he started getting supporting roles in K-Dramas, such as KBS2‘s Golden Cross and Two Mothers, then tvN‘s My Secret Hotel.

A younger Ahn Bo Hyun. | FN Entertainment via

The next year, his career continued to progress more as he was cast in MBC‘s The Dearest Lady. He played Lee Bong Gil.

Screenshot from “My Dearest Lady.” | MBC

After that, he was cast in his first movie role that was also one of his first starring roles. He played Jin Sang in the 2016 film Hiya.

2016 was a great year for Ahn Bo Hyun as he started to appear more and more in K-Dramas as well. This is when many of us first started to see him. He appeared in My Runway and acted as Cha Kang Woo in tvN’s After the Show Ends, then as one of the members of the Alpha Team in KBS2’s Descendants of the Sun, one of our favorite dramas.

In 2017, he had a cameo in MBC’s All Kinds of Daughters-In-Law as James Seo/Seo Jun Young. That year, you might have also seen him in SBS PlusWednesday 3:30 PM as Baek Seung Kyu, KBS2‘s Girls’ Generation 1979 as Young Choon’s old friend, or Netflix‘s My Only Love Song as Moo Myung, the love interest of Princess Pyunggang.

He acted as Baek Do Hoon in the 2018 K-Drama Hide and Seek for MBC. His role as Pyo Tae Jin for the action web series Dokgo Rewind especially got recognition from viewers that year.

From left: Cho Byung Kyu, Ahn Bo Hyun, and EXO’s Sehun in “Dokgo Rewind.” | Kakao Page & oksusu

2019 was an interesting year as he actually acted in a Chinese drama that Korean director Shin Woo Chul directed. He played Bi De, Yin Jiao’s aide, in Hunan TV‘s Investiture of the Gods.

“Investiture of the Gods” poster | Hunan TV

Ahn Bo Hyun had his second movie role around the same time. He acted as Tae Goo in the Korean Japanese healing drama film Memories of a Dead End.

Ahn Bo Hyun (left) and Sooyoung Choi (right) in “Memories of a Dead End.” | Zoa Films & Cinema Skhole

Also, in 2019, tvN released the romantic comedy Her Private Life. He played the second male lead, judo instructor Nam Eun Ki, the lifelong friend of Park Min Young‘s Sung Deok Mi.

Ahn Bo Hyun (left) and Park Min Young (right) in “Her Private Life.”

In Her Private Life, he acted alongside many more great actors, such as Kim Jae Wook. It’s another fan-favorite drama of his!

Kim Jae Wook (left) and Ahn Bo Hyun (right) in “Her Private Life.”

It was only up from there! In 2020, his acting career took a major turning point with JTBC and Netflix’s hit series Itaewon Class. He played CEO Jang’s first son and heir to Jangga Group, Jang Geun Hon.

Ahn Bo Hyun as Jang Geun Hon in “Itaewon Class.”

Yes, he’s that bully who fought with Park Seo Joon‘s character!

Park Seo Joon (left) and Ahn Bo Hyun (right) in “Itaewon Class” | Netflix & JTBC

And just last year, he had another breakout role. He appeared in MBC’s Kairos as Seo Do Kyun.

Ahn Bo Hyun (left) and Nam Gyu Ri (right) in “Kairos.” | MBC

This ended up winning him the “Best New Actor” award at the 2020 MBC Drama Awards!

Now we come to 2021, where he is currently starring as Goo Woong in Yumi’s Cells for tvN and TVING! It’s so different from all of his previous roles, showcasing his talents as an actor.

Kim Go Eun (left) and Ahn Bo Hyun (right). | tvN & TVING

That’s not all either. He most recently appeared as Detective Jeon Pil Do in Netflix’s highly anticipated crime-action thriller series My Name, starring Nevertheless‘s Han So Hee and directed by Extracurricular director Kim Jin Min. The entire cast is phenomenal, but he especially was a fan favorite!

Ahn Bo Hyun’s solo “My Name” poster.

In addition to acting, you can also see him on the occasional variety show, which highlights his true personality! He has been on MBC’s I Live Alone, Netflix’s Busted!, specifically episode 7 in season 3, and recently, the season finale of Season 2 of Sixth Sense.

If you’ve completely fallen for him, as the rest of us have, you can check out his Instagram (@bohyunahn), which he frequently updates. There, you can also see him for his true self!

And, he surely has not given up his modeling career either! Recently, he has modeled for SWAGGERTrek Bicycle Corporation, and Italian designer brand Gianfranco Lotti.

If you want to get to know Ahn Bo Hyun even better, he actually has his own YouTube channel (브라보현/Bravo Hyun). He started it in February of 2019 and still occasionally updates it at least every couple of months.

He posts a variety of content, from vlogs of fishing and camping trips and foreign travels to working out and, of course, behind-the-scenes of his K-Dramas, so there’s something for everyone. As of now, he has over 257,000 subscribers!

Ahn Bo Hyun is definitely an actor to watch!

Watch the evolution of Ahn Bo Hyun’s acting career below:

Source: AsianWiki and Wikipedia

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