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Yoo Seung-ho’s last pre-army photo shoot
by | February 22, 2013 | 83 Comments

I know what you’re thinking: This kid is waaaay too young to be having a “last” anything. But read it and weep (perhaps even literally): Yoo Seung-ho, at the tender age of 19, is already being featured in his “last photo shoot before army duty” with March’s issue of Bazaar.

Of course, whether this actually IS his last photo shoot before army duty remains to be seen; remember Kim Nam-gil popping up with a last photo shoot before army duty at least a half-dozen times? So I’m half-expecting to see a few more for Yoo Seung-ho, which gets no complaints from me. We’ll need it to console ourselves while he goes off and gets his army abs, and then he’ll come back with his many “first photo shoot after army duty” dealios and we can laugh at how much of a little boy he once was.

Still, how crazy is it that he’s 19 and already has the full leading-man filmography of an actor heading off in his prime (aka 28 years old with the army countdown clock ticking ever louder with each day)? His credits include Immortal Lee Soon-shin, Sad Sonata, King and I, Legend, Queen Seon-deok, God of Study, Flames of Ambition, Warrior Baek Dong-soo, Operation Proposal, Arang and the Magistrate, and I Miss You. He’s played a king at least four times (and a god once — twice if you count that whole god of studying business). How accomplished do YOU feel? *weeps into cornflakes*

Yoo Seung-ho’s Bazaar photo shoot comes with accompanying interview. It appears his enlistment date is not yet fixed (or announced, at least), though we know it’ll be in the first half of this year. He reportedly does not intend to apply for the entertainers’ unit, wanting to serve in active duty with the army, or on the front line.

Via TV Report


83 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. TS

    He’s smart to get this over with.

  2. Gala

    For some reason I’m just not worried about this kid. For some, a 2-year absence can really affect a career. But for him, I think it’ll be good. After two years, he’ll be able to choose what kind of image he wants. He can choose to start off with second lead territory and still rule it; or simply jump off to lead status. Either way, I’m sure projects will be lined up for him. And by golly, when he returns, he’s still a young actor.

    • 2.1 Carol

      I totally agree with you!
      Yoo Seung Ho FIGHTING!

  3. JoAnne

    This, really – this is a genius move, and I applaud him. We adore him already, he’s a success already, he’s going to go away with noonas waiting eagerly for his return, and when he comes back he’ll be barely 21 and have the REST OF HIS INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL ADULT MANHOOD to become the huge star we rightfully expect him to be, with NO interruptions. Smooth sailing right to the top, Baby Boy. I hope you get it!

    • 3.1 cmrprindle

      Imo is dangerous πŸ˜‰

      • 3.1.1 JoAnne

        Hush. He inspires therapy-inducing conflicts in my heart. He’s the age of the boys my daughter was raised with, went through school with. I look at them and some are handsome and some are not but NONE make me feel anything but affection. Or dislike, in some cases.

        But this one here. It’s all the mom stuff PLUS the noona stuff and I just need him to go away for a little bit so I can catch my breath.

  4. DayDreamer

    I would want to weep into my cornflakes too….already 22 and still not out of school. *sobs*

    Some people are just so talented and blessed with great looks.

    • 4.1 Cherry

      hah! My feelings exactly πŸ˜‰

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  6. queencircles

    Aw. I’ll miss him

  7. Russe12

    Although I’ll probably be one of the ones weeping and waving a tear-stained handkerchief like the wackjob I am, I do have to say that I really respect him for making this career choice. Definitely proud of him!

  8. canxi

    My baby T__T

    Also this photoshoot is seriously the business. Kills it every time. Didn’t even need to take his shirt off.

    • 8.1 Soo Won

      he’s prbly saving it for the after-army shoots?!

      • 8.1.1 kdramapedia

        LOL, yes!

      • 8.1.2 nevaneva

        kekekeke… agree w/ u… ah can’t wait for the post-army photoshoot *yum*

        • Jasmin Rice

          Everybody waits for his abs… I mean him to come back.

    • 8.2 Jump Free

      Just one silly question: didn’t he got frozen to death while shooting? Or the photo shoot took place in somewhere warm, like Australia?

      • 8.2.1 Jasmin Rice

        It’s in Hawii.
        That’s why we all wondering why the shirts on.

  9. sabohee

    I thought he was older than that, like 23. What’s funny is that he’s only one and a half year older than park ji-bin (leader actor’s younger version in incarnation of money)

    • 9.1 canxi

      Isn’t he two years older? I though Ji Bin was 17

  10. 10 kdramapedia

    I think this is a super smart move. I’ve said this before, but most of our 20-something male heartthrobs are getting dangerously close to their army days. When they all leave in one swoop, there will be a gaping hole for talented male first leads. If the younger talented ones leave now, they’ll be back just in time to fill that need with washboard abs to boot!

    • 10.1 Dominique

      Don’t worry about a gaping hole. There is no chance of that, even if, as you say, all leave in one sweep.

      There are so many more -Bins and -Gis and -Hwans and -Seoks waiting in line ready to step in and take over at a moment’s notice than the drama industry knows what to do with. In the current South Korean economy, this (along with the opportunity to make big bucks by winning CF contracts) has become a most highly sought-after profession. And then, there are those “idols” looking to become “heartthrobs” as their retirement or transition gig.

      As such, I would rather see new ones in every new drama, if not every night of the week, than the same old ones. Unless it is Lee Min Ho.

      The real problem in the South Korean drama industry is the dearth of girls who can play leading ladies plausibly, even though they don’t get drafted to the military duty.

      • 10.1.1 Nanaki

        I think there’s a lot of talented, beautiful under30 actresses as well. It’s just that DBies and drama-watchers in general are usually straight women (enthusiastically so, in the case of DB), so the focus skews that way both on this website and in the industry.

  11. 11 cherkell

    He ain’t gone yet, and I am thankful because it’s tough trying to prepare myself for the inevitable. I’ve been watching him rock the Puppy King Sejong role in “The King and I” these days, and all I can say is (in Dongsoo-yah voice):


    Screw the cornflakes – I’m openly weeping into my second shot of soju… *sobsobsob*

    • 11.1 Rovi

      It’s not Sejong hun, it’s Seongjong (Sejong is his great-grandfather: Sejong>Sejo>Crown Prince Uigyeong>Seongjong)…are you watching Arirang TV by chance??? XD It’s Puppy King before Angsty King And His 2nd Queen XD

      • 11.1.1 dee

        Hey, I watched it last night too! Never watch King and I, and I quite shock when I looked at the him as a king. And the young solhwa is park bo young? Whoaa.. probably they can do a drama together after his army.

  12. 12 Rashell

    I think this is a brilliant career move for this kid. He’s already acting at the level of a leading man, but at 19 is still too young to pull off some of these lead roles. This gives him 2 years to grow up, and he’ll return right as the Lee Min Ho’s, Song Joong Ki’s, Kim Soo Hyun’s et al (I say with a wince) will be preparing to leave. Perfect timing for him to swoop right back into his leading man career and he won’t have to prepare to leave at his peak. He can just keep going to be the wonderful actor we all know he can be. Sky is the limit for this guy.

    • 12.1 JoAnne

      oh good lord, that’s right…they’re all going to be gone together.

      Did Yoo Ah In do his service yet?

      • 12.1.1 pogo

        I don’t think so, he’s a 1986-er.

        (but nothing makes me feel old like the way people the same age as me are now off to the military service – all of them are either gone, or will be soon enough πŸ™ )

  13. 13 Wendilynn

    I’m with him on going in early and getting it out of the way. He’s had some great roles so its not like he has to prove anything still. His looks will only get better as he loses the babyface that we all love. Tone that body that already makes us older women sigh and that time will be gone in a flash.

  14. 14 Maricel

    He doesn’t look 19 to me, i thought he was older…omg, he must be very talented. I only watched him in Arang and he was very likeable.

    I still can’t believe it. Maybe that’s why i don’t find him attractive, just a baby…He must have started acting at a very young age, younger age XD

  15. 15 Nafi

    Would someone mind telling me about the entertainer’s division of the army and how it differs from the not entertainers division XD… no but really I’m wondering.

    • 15.1 Rovi

      Entertainer’s division is somehow pretty lax with the rules and somehow they have priviliges unlike the others, and if you’re aware of what’s been happening last January (aka Rain’s probation) at allkpop, you’ll understand why…

    • 15.2 Gala

      (copy&pasted from below)

      I think, and don’t quote me on this one, the β€œentertainers” usually do public service– office work, performances, hosting…

    • 15.3 maldita

      They basically be the PR people of the army. Some (like Lee Junki) are assigned to go around the country and talk nice things about the army to entice early enlistments. Some, like Boom, Lee Dongwook, Lee Donggun, Andy, Tony An, Kim Jisuk, etc., get tasked to host military events or do variety shows that are meant to entertain the troops. Others, like Joo Jihoon and Leeteuk, get tasked to be in military plays or musicals.

      Basically, whatever they normally do as celebrities, they do for free for the military.

  16. 16 Boo

    Wow, I didn’t realize he was so young. I thought he was in his 20’s already.

    I’ve only seen him in Arang. He hasn’t left a major impression on me yet.

    Those ~2 years will fly by for him and it’ll be interesting to see what new roles he’ll take on after he’s out of the army.

    • 16.1 Gala

      I think, and don’t quote me on this one, the “entertainers” usually do public service– office work, performances, hosting…

      • 16.1.1 Gala

        Oops sorry, thus reply wasn’t meant for you…

  17. 17 Cynthia

    Love this kid! He’s one, smart cookie to take the long view and set his priorities. More actor/idol young men should take note of this and follow.

    Had to laugh at JB’s comment of the suspicious ‘last’ shoot of YSH or KNG before entering the military – just brought to mind the (seemingly) dozens of ‘last’ events for the over-publicized SJ Leeteuk. God – it was like he was NEVER going to leave!

    Good luck for the next 24 months, pretty boy. May you fill out, abs-up and have a successful military career!

    • 17.1 Gala

      I’ll take the photo shoots than the whining, have-sympathy-interviews that SUJU boy did. I used to respect him. Heechul was more popular than him but he wasnt that hungry for attention when he enlisted!

      • 17.1.1 maldita

        THIS. I got so much more love and respect for Heechul for being so uncharacteristically low-key about his enlistment and just did it like everybody else. He didn’t even let any of the Super Junior members watch him leave or even have any questions asked by reporters. To think he’s much more popular and much higher in SM hierarchy than Leeteuk is.

  18. 18 Chels

    Smart kid. Early (well, sort of) AND active duty. It makes me like him even more.

  19. 19 asdjfkl

    AWWW :””> YOO SEUNG HO I”m gonna miss you!!

  20. 20 Sabah

    “How accomplished do YOU feel? *weeps into cornflakes*” Seriously? You’re so awesome and have accomplished much by which of course I mean the well respected and trail blazing ‘Dramabeans’ blog! Your sitemeter is proof enough. Though of course I have no idea what your own personal goals were and how far they might fall short but please don’t lose sight of what you have achieved.

    I, on the other hand should feel really terrible. If I’m still here, i.e. in the same place not just alive, when he returns I might just have to do something…or maybe not.

  21. 21 hawaiianseoul

    Butbutbut he is a 1993-er.

    What a brave kid.

  22. 22 malta



    That ocean represents all my tears.

    I will faithfully await his return.

    Yoo Seung Ho FIGHTING!

  23. 23 Roxy

    He still hasn’t left yet? Honestly, I want him to leave already so that he’ll come back earlier. T_T

    Really, I’m just trying to mature about this since it IS a good idea to get this over with earlier. But…but… I really feel like weeping.

  24. 24 ...

    only 19… i feel so old and unaccomplished T.T

  25. 25 Jinny

    :(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((( I will have to rewatch him being cute in God of Study over and over and maybe finally finish Flames of Ambition while I wait for him to come back. AS;LDKFJAL; why must he be so smart and see that it’s a brilliant career move to go to the army now (seriously it makes me happy that he/his management is so smart but ARGH deprive me for 2 years…).
    I LOVE everything about the second picture. Perfect everything<3

  26. 26 kfangurl

    Aw man, I’m gonna miss him <3 I think he's really smart to get his MS done early, but that doesn't mean I won't miss seeing him on my screen T.T

    I can only imagine how smoking hot he'll be when he comes out of the army.. even now, at just 19, his eyes get me. Every single time. *cue inappropriate swoon*

    • 26.1 Ivy

      Totally – his half-closed, half-asleep sexy bedroom eyes + his sad eyes just makes me meeeelt <3 He's just one year older than me, perfect age πŸ˜€

  27. 27 pogo

    This is a smart move, and a good one on his part – he’s so incredibly talented, but his age and youthful looks really work against him sometimes (he very nearly pulled off playing a 25-year-old in I Miss You, but not quite).

    Two years out and he’ll be only 21 when he returns – most actors haven’t even graduated to playing adults at that age, but something tells me a post-army Yoo Seung-ho will have no problems in that department, and it’ll be good to have him back when all the ’86/’87-ers have gone off to military service too.

  28. 28 dumzkeeee

    why don’t they make HIM a wax doll? that way we can all hang out at Madame Tussaud’s until he returns! XP

    • 28.1 anais


    • 28.2 Ivy

      Haha – that would be awesome! πŸ™‚ He’s much more goodlooking than Song Seung-ho (he has character and looks less like a ken-doll)

    • 28.3 Seorori

      lol. Agreed.

  29. 29 lilyJ


  30. 30 serenah451

    Army duty…please return him as he was prior to enlistment. But you may add some six packs on him during the two years you have him. Be well…we will see you in two years with a warm embrace. Come back with a HOT six pack!!!!!!

  31. 31 Abbie

    Even though we’re the same age, he seems so young. I wish him all the best of luck in the world, and I hope he’s safe and healthy and warm and he eats a lot in the army. I hope he comes back strong and healthy, with new experiences to draw on to make his acting even better than it is. Yoo Seung-ho, fighting!

  32. 32 dany

    I want to go tho the seaside, too! πŸ˜€ I hate being stuck in a polluted ugly town all year round.

  33. 33 Miranti

    I hope he’ll come back in one-piece (not in ‘that’ way of meaning) and well I also hope that he’ll find out more about himself and man up in the army (for post army six pack pictures!!)

  34. 34 hohliu

    North Korea is becoming a even bigger threat to South Korea with its recent nuclear bomb testings. Serving the army is not just a break from living regular lives, they have to prepare defend their country from real threats…

    • 34.1 Gab



    • 34.2 Mystisith

      If NK wanted to use its nukes, we wouldn’t be here talking about it: We would all be dead by now… Hopefully for everyone, the NK leaders want to have a long and luxurious life. Also, MS is an abberation by now. With all my respect, wars are not made or won by “mere” soldiers anymore: They happen in the cyberspace.
      From what I could hear, the new President of SK has in project to shorten the MS of 3 months pretty soon. I say the sooner, the better.

  35. 35 poyo

    His foundation is already so solid, I think that he is gonna be okay even after 2 years. It’s commendable that he chose to serve as an active duty. Bet that everyone is going to love him more after this πŸ˜€
    On the other hand, I was laughing out loud reading the weeps into cornflakes part hahaha.

  36. 36 tha

    I shouldn’t be looking at him and feeling guilty about it, should I?!

  37. 37 kimheami

    but he is still soooo young!!!!!

  38. 38 Ivy

    SO handsome and good! As many expressed above, I’m not worried about him – his looks and talents will have time to ‘ripen’ and 2 years is not that long πŸ™‚

  39. 39 Jasmin Rice

    Hurry back, we all gonna miss you so much.

  40. 40 Peggy

    He is so good to look at right now and when he returns he will be wunderfully handsome and stronger.

    He really is Sir Galahad right now isn’t he. Beautiful.

  41. 41 din

    By the time he gets back, I wouldn’t feel as much as a pedo noona to him.. kekeke :))))

  42. 42 Ai

    This kid is smart as fuck. He’s going to come back and rule the Korean acting world while having the respect of many.

    Four for you.

  43. 43 modew

    When he back after two years.. i want to see him play with shim eun kyung. Who is currently absent from acting and pursue her academic in US. Both are really talented actor and actress.

  44. 44 Ruth

    Okay, I’m literally old enough to be his mom so I guess I can get all sentimental.

    I’m really proud of Seung Ho. I’m impressed with his body of work, but also with his maturity in choosing to do his military service now. There are so many actors that have put it off or tried to avoid it or went the easy route once enlisted, and I’m glad that he’s not falling into any of those pitfalls. This reminds me alot of my own children leaving for college. They’re off for a few years and then we get to see what they’ve become afterward. I’m excited to see how awesome Seung Ho can be when his service is over.

  45. 45 Lilian

    He has talent and lots of potential so he will definitely not be forgotten. I will miss him though. Saw him in like so many dramas: Warrior Baek as villain, I Miss You as villain, lead in the time travel drama which wasn’t that well written and too draggy and as God in Arang. Regardless of which drama, he did well in all! =)

  46. 46 angelsysh

    he will be missed for sure – but very smart move; he looks intelligent in all his tv and movie activities and very much living with his image – nice one kid – when you get out you’ll look more mature and handsome!

  47. 47 ayujii

    He looks so damn fine in those pics. I’m so gonna miss him when he enlists. sigh.

  48. 48 Rachel

    Goodness I just stopped breathing for a while. Is this how boys/men feel with IU?

  49. 49 HandsUp

    I agree with this being a smart move, but a part of me wanted to see more of him acting in the right age. He only had a few dramas where he acted as a teenager. I know he is totally heading for that big leading male status but, once he starts acting adult roles it’d would be weird to go back and do teen roles again (I hope not). So, when he comes back from the army… well he’s still a kid. hahaha why am I fussing over this. Oh well, at least he does not have a time bomb hanging over him like all the other actors do.

  50. 50 Maris

    He made a good decision to get over with army duty young. He has established himself as an actor worth watching and with personality to match. His eyes and smile make him unique in being good-looking. Once he comes back in two years he should be even better with the added maturity and army experience. This photo shoot gives only an inkling of what he will be in the future.

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