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Text: Priscilla Wu
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Like most child actors who grew up in the industry, Yeo Jin Goo spent most of his childhood and adolescence working on various films and television series. But the 19-year-old revealed he has never regretted his decision to launch an acting career.

“When I was young, I wanted to do a lot of things. I love to read, so I wanted to be a writer. But I have never regretted my decision to be an actor. Of course, there were times when I was physically tired, but I have never thought of quitting my job,” Yeo said in an interview with MeRadio at Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa.

He was in town last Friday (January 13) with actress Shim Eun Kyung for the launch of Korean movie cable channel tvN Movies.

Yeo, who began acting at the age of eight, is already a consummate pro with an impressive repertoire that includes MBC series Moon Embracing the Sun, comedy-drama film Shoot Me in the Heart and KBS vampire drama Orange Marmalade.

His first leading role in action-thriller Hwayi: A Monster Boy was a turning point in his career. He won Best New Actor at the Blue Dragon Film Awards for his role as a teenager raised by criminals, and most recently, he took home the Excellence Award for his latest small screen project Jackpot at the 2016 SAF SBS Drama Awards.

Asked whether he was ever envious of others his age who could spend more time studying and hanging out with friends, he responded that he rarely feels that way.  

“I was never really envious of my friends. However, there were times when my friends said they were envious of me because I get to meet popular actors and actresses,” Yeo said with a laugh.

If that is not enough to suggest how serious Yeo is about his career, he has signed on to play Prince Gwanghae, who struggles to defend Joseon during the 1592 Japanese invasion of Korea, in the upcoming historical flick Opposition Forces.

When he is not working his magic on screen, Yeo spends his time reading and watching movies, and cites “getting a little emotional” as one of his bad habits.

“I enjoy reading because I have an active imagination. When I read books, I can imagine what is actually going on in the story,” he said. “I am not sure if this is a bad habit, but I can get a little emotional at times because I have to portray a range of emotions [as an actor].”

And does he have time to date? “I don’t have a girlfriend now. I think I have to get one in my 20s. That will be my goal,” he quipped. “I hope to find someone who is bright, cute and smiles a lot.”

tvN Movies is available on StarHub TV (Ch. 818/819 HD).