Park Hae-soo is a South Korean actor known for his work in the South Korean television series Prison Playbook (2017-2018) and Squid Game (2021).
Park Hae-soo was born on Saturday, November 21, 1981 (aged 41; as of 2022) in Suwon, Gyeonggi, South Korea. His zodiac sign is Sagittarius. He was educated at Bundang Jungang High School, Buljeong-Ro, Gyeonggi, South Korea. He graduated in Theater and Film from Dankook University, Yongin, South Korea. Daum
Family & Ethnicity
In 2017, he met a woman who he eventually started dating. On January 14, 2019, the couple tied the knot in a private ceremony after a year of dating. His wife is not a celebrity and is six years younger than him. The moderator of their wedding was Lee Ki-Seop, an old friend of Hae-soo and a musical artist.
He met South Korean actress Lim Kang-hee while working in the musical The Chorus – Oedipus (2013). They soon started dating and after three years of dating, they broke up at the end of 2016.
- BH Entertainment (from 2021)
- DMCC Entertainment
In 2007, he made his theater debut with the play “Chuigang Comedy Mr. Robbie” (lit. The Strongest Comedy Mr. Robbie). He then appeared in the stage play “Annapurna” (2007) before appearing in his first musical “Puberty” (2008) as “Yeongmin”. He also appeared in musicals.
In 2012, he made his television debut with MBC’s Kdrama “God of War” as “Kim Yun-hu”.
In 2013, he played the role of “Appa” (father) in the South Korean drama ‘Me and Mom and Dad and Grandma and Anna.’
In 2015-2016, he played the role of “Yi Ji-ran”, the founder of the Chonghae Yi clan of the Joseon Dynasty, in “Six Flying Dragons”.
He then appeared in the Kdrama super hit “Legend of the Blue Sea” (2016) as “Hong Dong-Pyo”, a detective investigating antagonist Dae-young’s crimes and leading Joon-Jae’s scams.
In 2017-2018, he appeared in the Kdrama “Prison Playbook” in his first-ever lead role as “Kim Je-hyuk”, a superstar baseball player who is convicted of assault.
In 2019, he appeared in the anthology TV series “Persona” in the “Collector” segment directed and written by Yim Pil-sung. He played the lead role of ‘Baek Jeong-U’ in the series.
He also made appearances in the Kdramas films The Liar and His Lover (2017), Memories of the Alhambra (2018), and Racket Boys (2021). In 2021, he appeared in the Netflix survival drama television series “Squid Game”, which was broadcast and distributed by Netflix. He played the lead role of ‘Cho Sang-woo’ (#218), the former head of an investment team at a securities firm and classmate of Gi-hun (Lee Jung-Jae), who is wanted by the police for stealing money from his clients and failing to pay massive debts from investments. The series was a huge hit around the world as it became Netflix’s most-watched series when it launched. The series is also the first South Korean drama to top Netflix’s ten most-watched weekly TV shows worldwide.
He also played the lead roles in Kdramas like Chimera (2021) as “Cha Jae-Hwan” and Money Heist (2022) as “Berlin”.
In 2014, he made his film debut with the South Korean film “The Pirates” as “Hwang Joong-Geun”.
He then had minor roles in the South Korean films Minority Opinion (2015) and Master (2016). In 2019, he played his first leading role as “Lee Chan-woo” in “By Quantum Physics: A Nightlife Venture” (South Korean).
He also appeared in lead roles in the South Korean films Time to Hunt (2020) and Yacha (2021).
- Korea Drama Award for New Male Lead in 2011.
- Dong-A Theater Award for Yoo In-chon Rookie of the Year in 2012.
- The Seoul Award for Best New Actor – Drama for ‘Prison Playbook’ in 2018.
- Blue Dragon Film Award for Best New Actor for the film “By Quantum Physics: A Nightlife Venture” in 2019
- Chunsa Film Art Award for Best New Actor for “By Quantum Physics: A Nightlife Venture” in 2020
Facts / Anecdotes
- His hobbies include physical exercise, playing the piano, and swimming.
- In an interview, when asked what convinced him that he was in the right profession (actor), he replied that while performing in the play “Puberty”, a high school student watching his performance started crying. Seeing the reaction, Hae-soo started to cry and walked off stage towards the student and hugged him. The student’s friend said Hae-soo,
I thought I wanted to end my life, but when I saw the show, that feeling disappeared.
Hearing this, Hae-soo claimed that he wanted to stay on as an actor.
- In an interview, Hae-soo confessed that he was once jealous of South Korean actor Park Ho-san who he previously worked with within the stage play “Seagull” and then in Prison Playbook (2017). He explained that in the play “Seagull”, he was given the role of Treplef, a rookie writer, while Ho-san played “Tri Gorin”, a genius writer. He said,
He’s a genius writer and a new writer, but I just didn’t want to see him. I just didn’t want to see him. He changed the long monologues written by the best writer Anton Chekhov to his liking. But it’s true. I was jealous.”
Later, he said he no longer felt that way.
- He is good friends with South Korean actress Choo Ja-Hyun.
- In 2021, after his appearance in Squid Game, many began to suspect him of wearing a wig or having had a hair transplant. This was due to the circulation of his photos from the past in which he had thinning hair in the front. As more and more images began to circulate, there were theories that he lost his hair and underwent treatment before filming for “Prison Playbook”.
- He blew up the internet by posting his picture on Instagram with the British actor, Benedict Cumberbatch.