Who is Ki Tae-young?
Ki Tae-young is a South Korean actor, known for playing important roles in television series such as ‘Creating Destiny,’ ‘Make a Wish,’ ‘Mom's Dead Upset,’ and ‘Living in Style.’ In 2008, he was nominated for ‘Best New Actor’ award at ‘KBS Drama Awards’ for his performance in ‘Mom's Dead Upset.’ In 2014, he received a nomination for ‘Excellence Award’ at ‘MBC Drama Awards’ for portraying Kang Jin-hee in ‘Make Your Wish.’ In 2016, he won the ‘Excellence Award’ at the 15th ‘KBS Entertainment Awards’ for appearing in the popular reality-variety television show ‘The Return of Superman.’ Apart from appearing in TV series and films, Ki Tae-young has also released singles and albums. On April 23, 2012, he released an extended play (EP) titled ‘Cherish.’ Later that year, he came up with a single titled ‘Oh My Fairy’ which was released under ‘SP&J Entertainment’ and ‘Sony Music’ labels.
Childhood & Early Life
Ki Tae-young was born on December 9, 1978, in Seoul, South Korea. After graduating from high school, he went to ‘Daejin University’ in Pocheon City, Gyeonggi-do where he studied Theater and Film.
He started his acting career by playing a minor role in the 1997 television series ‘New Generation Report: Adults Just Don't Know.’ The following year, he was cast to play Vectorman Eagle in a TV series titled ‘Vectorman: Warriors of the Earth.’
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Ki Tae-young landed his first recurring role in 1999 when he was cast to play Yoo Shin-hwa in a TV series titled ‘School.’ He appeared in four episodes in the series, showcasing his acting skills from start to finish.
From 2000 to 2006, he played minor roles in TV series, such as ‘KAIST,’ ‘I Still Love You,’ ‘HDTV Literature The Outdoor Lamp,’ and ‘MBC Best Theater Tongjeong.’ In 2007, he played Yeom Dong-il in the television series ‘Behind the White Tower’ which is based on Japanese novelist Toyoko Yamasaki's work ‘Shiroi Kyotō.’
In 2008, he was cast to play Kim Jung-hyun in ‘Mom's Dead Upset.’ Subsequently, Tae-young received a nomination for ‘Best New Actor’ at ‘KBS Drama Awards’ for his performance in the television series. In the same year, he reprised his role as Kim Jung-hyun in another TV series titled ‘Dad's Dead Upset.’
He received his breakthrough role in 2008 when he landed an opportunity to play Son Ha-young in ‘Star's Lover.’ He played the role from 2008 to 2009, appearing in 20 episodes. In 2009, he played Kim Yeo-joon in a television series titled ‘Creating Destiny.’ While shooting for ‘Creating Destiny,’ he met actress Kim Yoo-jin (Eugene) whom he would later marry.
He made his television movie debut in 2010 when he was cast to play Kwon Tae Joon in Sung-Soo Park-directed TV film ‘I'll Teach You Love.’ In the same year, he made a guest appearance in one of the episodes of a period medical drama television series titled ‘Jejungwon.’
Ki Tae-young made his feature film debut in 2011 when he played Sang-woo in Lee Jeong-hyang-directed South Korean film ‘A Reason to Live’ which premiered at the 2011 ‘Busan International Film Festival.’ In the same year, he played Kang Choong Ki in 18 episodes of romantic-drama series ‘Royal Family.’ He was also cast to play Choi Shin-hyung in the popular weekend family drama series ‘Living in Style.’
In 2012, he played a minor role in a film titled ‘In Between’ and then appeared in the popular variety show ‘Super Couple Diary.’ On April 16, 2012, he released his debut single ‘Happy Person,’ followed by his debut EP ‘Cherish’ on April 23. On July 23, 2012, he released his second single ‘Oh My Fairy.’ The following year, he appeared in a television series titled ‘The Scandal.’
In 2014, he played the recurring role of Kang Jin-hee in the drama television series ‘Make Your Wish.’ He appeared throughout the series (120 episodes) and was nominated for ‘Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama’ at ‘MBC Drama Awards.’ In 2015, he portrayed Kang Myung-joon in a feature film titled ‘Han River’ and then played Kang Joon-soo in 12 episodes of comedy-drama TV series ‘The Eccentric Daughter-in-Law.’
From 2016 to 2018, Tae-young appeared in the popular South Korean reality-variety television show ‘The Return of Superman.’ In 2019, he appeared in another variety show titled ‘I Want to Live Like This’ along with his wife and daughter.
Family & Personal Life
Ki Tae-young met South Korean actress and singer Eugene on the sets of ‘Creating Destiny.’ Though their relationship was strictly professional during the first few months of filming, they gradually started liking each other. After dating for a couple of years, Tae-young and Eugene decided to tie the knot on July 23, 2011. Their wedding took place at the ‘Seoul Central Church’ in Anyang.
Ki Tae-young and Eugene became the first couple to be featured in the reality TV show ‘Super Couple Diary,’ which follows the married life of celebrity couples. In April 2015, Tae-young and Eugene were blessed with a daughter named Ro-hee. In one of his interviews, Tae-young spoke about his daughter and the challenges he faces as a father. On August 18, 2018, Eugene gave birth to her second daughter, Ro-rin.
In 2019, Ki Tae-young and Eugene visited Paris as part of their new variety show ‘I Want to Live Like This.’ While filming for the show, they met Guillaume and Claire who invited them to their home in Normandy. They then visited fashion designer Oh Sung Ho's home in Paris. Tae-young and Eugene considered their visit to Paris as something special as Paris was their honeymoon destination eight years ago.
Ki Tae-young is active on social media. He often posts pictures depicting his personal life on his verified Instagram page. He currently lives in South Korea along with his wife and two daughters.