Kim Min-kyu facts

From debuting in 2013 with a small cameo role to featuring in big-name films as part of the main cast, Kim Min-kyu has been making a steady rise to stardom over the years. Here are 11 facts about Kim Min-kyu so that you can get to know the rising actor even better.

1. He swam for nearly a decade 

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After his debut on Mnet’s Monstar in a cameo role, Kim Min-kyu played a minor character in KBS’ Who Are You: School 2015 as Nam Joo-hyuk’s best friend from the swimming team.

In the drama, he has a few scenes showcasing his swimming skills, and it seems like it’s not just his acting abilities that got him the role, but also his experience in the sport.

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In an interview on the television program Showbiz Korea, Min-kyu shared that he wanted to be a swimmer and had trained for nearly 10 years.

His favourite stroke is the freestyle, and he likes all sorts of water sports.

In 2015, he guested on the KBS variety show Cool Kiz on The Block and showcased his swimming skills alongside other guest stars.

You can watch the full episode here:

Cool Kiz on the Block | 우리동네 예체능 - Training with Jang Yesol (2015.09.15)
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Cool Kiz on the Block | 우리동네 예체능 - Training with Jang Yesol (2015.09.15)

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2. He made it to the last round of I Can See Your Voice 

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In 2017, the actor managed to catch the eye of the public in the fourth season of the music mystery game show I Can See Your Voice.

In the third episode of the season, he appeared as a contestant and managed to stay till the final round of the game, when he was eventually voted out.

With his attractive visuals and sweet voice, Kim Min-kyu captured the hearts of the audience and cast members.

The YouTube clip where he revealed his real voice surpassed 22 million views, and can be watched here:

I Can See Your Voice 4 입덕 1초전♥ 역대급 사기캐! 시그널 황의경 ‘그대를 사랑하는 10가지 이유’ 170316 EP.3
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I Can See Your Voice 4 입덕 1초전♥ 역대급 사기캐! 시그널 황의경 ‘그대를 사랑하는 10가지 이유’ 170316 EP.3

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3. He was cast for an idol group

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With his good looks and singing abilities, it’s unsurprising that Kim Min-kyu was once cast for an idol group. Min-kyu revealed this tidbit in an interview with Showbiz Korea and shared that rejected the offer. He admitted that he was not a great dancer and had never dreamt of releasing an album under his name.

However, he did sing two OSTs for the dramas he acted in: Drawing Paper for Special Laws of Romance and Answer for Drunk in Good Taste.

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Cover image of his OST for Drunk in Good Taste
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4. He is a cat lover 

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Despite his fans claiming that he resembles a large dog when he talks, Kim Min-kyu is actually a cat lover.

He has two short haired cats, Sian and Shami. He often posts about them on his social media, showing off his daily life with the felines.

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5. He wanted to act because of The Lord of The Rings

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Kim Min-kyu shared that his dream to become an actor began around the time he was in elementary or middle school.

Kim Min-kyu watched the well-known fantasy movie The Lord of The Rings and felt a desire to be involved in a production like that.

Watch his full interview with Showbiz Korea here:

[Showbiz Korea] Kim Min-gyu(김민규) who's a good-looking actor armed with stable acting skills
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[Showbiz Korea] Kim Min-gyu(김민규) who's a good-looking actor armed with stable acting skills

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6. He was rumoured to be dating a fellow actress 

In 2019, Kim Min-kyu participated in the variety program Love Me Actually.

The show featured him and four other celebrities, including INFINITE’s Jang Dong-woo and comedian Yang Se-chan, travelling around the country with other female cast members while trying to form romantic relationships with them.

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Cast members from Love Me Actually
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In the program, he had a love pairing with actress Chae Ji-an, who starred in the drama The Ghost Detective.

Through the different games and activities they played, the pair showed off good rapport that intrigued viewers and even the other cast members.

In fact, this pairing was so well-received that viewers questioned whether the two would actually date in real life.

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Chae Ji-an (left) and Kim Min-kyu (right)
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To that query, Kim Min-kyu answered that he was unsure of what the future would hold, but he was very thankful for the audience’s support for the both of them.

He revealed that the two of them were very busy with their own careers and only contacted one another to check up on each other.

However, the actor admitted that he saved only her number out of the other female cast members, showing the strong friendship between the two.

Check out the two attractive actors’ compatibility in this clip from the show:

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[HOT] Play the game 호구의연애 20190609

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7. He was nicknamed “tofu boy”

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During the broadcast of Love Me Actually, the actor revealed that his nickname used to be “tofu boy”.

He explained that he was given such a nickname because people saw him as someone who could easily match his lover’s whims, but was also a pushover.

While his dating style was recognised as rather easygoing, it also meant that he could be easily influenced by other people, which may be frustrating for some.

8. He is a fan of DAY6

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In a 2019 interview in with Top Star News, Kim Min-kyu shared that he has been a big fan of the pop-rock band DAY6 for a long time. He has listened to all of their songs, and his favourite track was You Were Beautiful.

He mentioned that he had planned to attend one of their concerts, but was unable to do so due to conflicting schedules. Kim Min-kyu also confessed that he wants to become friendly with the band members. 

9. His ideal type is older women 

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In an interview during Love Me Actually, the actor revealed that his ideal type is someone who has a mature mindset and carries herself neatly, and from whom he can learn values.

He reckoned that that must be the reason why he tends to date older women. He once even dated a woman who was seven years older than him! 

10. He has never thought of changing his name

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The actor shares the same name with SEVENTEEN’s Mingyu and idol-actor Kim Min-kyu, who participated in Produce X 101.

However, despite sharing the same name with so many other celebrities, Kim Min-kyu has never thought of changing his name or going by a stage name.

In an interview with TV REPORT, he reasoned that his name is valuable as it was given by his parents. He even joked that his profile pops up first when you search for his name on Korean portal sites, so it’s not a problem to him.

He also expressed that he wants to become friends with Produce X 101 contestant Kim Min-kyu, and engage in friendly competition with the other celebrities with the same name.

11. He thinks his eyes and dimples are his most charming features

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Kim Min-kyu’s good looks are undeniable, even for himself.

He once admitted that he likes his monolids the most as he thinks that double eyelids would not suit him well.

He was also pleasantly surprised that many fans adore his deep dimples, and explained that his dimples are hereditary from his father’s side of the family.

He expressed that he is the most confident about his dimples and eyes, and given how many fans he has attracted with those features, it’s not hard to see why.

Kim Min-kyu facts to pull you into his fandom

Kim Min-kyu has proven his ability to pull off pretty much any role, from a heart-fluttering younger man in Perfume to the cold-blooded and ruthless Joo Gyeok-chan in Snowdrop.

Kim Min-kyu’s most recent drama, Business Proposal, is currently on air. If you’re interested to watch how the talented actor manages to play the character of Cha Sung-hoon, a stern chief secretary who also loves to exercise, you should check out the drama.

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