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    19 Fun Facts Worth Knowing About Actor Steven Yeun

    Get familiar with the Minari star — if you aren't already.

    1. To start, Steven Yeun's real name is actually Yeun Sang-Yeop.

    Steven Yeun at Comic-Con in 2016
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    2. He was born on December 21, 1983 and originally hails from Seoul, South Korea.

    Steven Yuen attending the 18th Annual Unforgettable Gala
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    3. His family moved to North America when he was 4. They first settled in Saskatchewan then eventually moved to Michigan.

    Steven Yeun at the premiere of "Burning"
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    4. Before launching his onscreen career, Yeun lended his voice talent to video games including Warhead and Crysis.

    Steven Yeun on the Red Carpet
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    5. He previously had guest roles on The Big Bang Theory, Law & Order: LA, and American Dad!

    Steven Yeun at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival
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    6. In 2010, the actor made his debut as Glenn Rhee on AMC's The Walking Dead. He appeared on the show until 2016 and this is his longest recurring role to date.

    Lauren Cohan and Steven Yeun at the Talking Dead Live in 2016
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    7. After leaving The Walking Dead, Yeun spoke out about having an existential crisis from the show.

    Steven Yeun and Norman Reedus sitting together at a panel
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    “I left [The Walking Dead] and I kind of had an existential crisis. Not because I longed to be back there but because I was made to feel the loneliness of life, which is that decisions aren’t made for you,” he revealed to IndieWire. “You get swallowed up by whatever thing that you’re a part of.”

    8. Yeun's appeared as K in 2017's Okja and the role was written with him in mind.

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    "Director Bong is a Korean native, and he’s gracious and intelligent enough to know there is a Korean American struggle and put light to it," Yeun revealed in an interview. "But the nuances are still specific to me and you in a way they’re not to him, and we got to explore it to his extent."

    9. Outside of acting, Yeun attended Michigan's Kalamazoo College and graduated with a degree in psychology focusing on neuroscience.

    Steven Yeun at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival
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    10. During his college years, he was part of a comedy troupe.

    Steven Yeun at the live read of "When Harry Met Sally..."
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    11. He has been featured in a number of animated shows including Tuca & Bertie, Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia, Voltron Legendary Defender Motion Comic, and Wizards.

    Steven Yeun at the annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association
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    12. The actor tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend Joana Pak, back in December 2016. The pair wed in an intimate ceremony in Los Angeles, California.

    13. He's a proud parent to two kids. His son and daughter were welcomed to the world in 2017 and 2019 respectively.

    Steven Yeun and Joana Pak posing together
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    14. He has over 3 million followers on Instagram.

    15. He's bilingual and can speak Korean.

    Steven Yeun at the premiere of Crazy Rich Asians
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    16. Yeun is a dog lover and has a mini black goldendoodle named Agnes at home.

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    17. The actor is 5'9" in real life.

    Steven Yeun at the Vanity Fair party in 2019
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    18. Yeun portrays Jacob in 2020's Minari alongside Alan S. Kim, Yeri Han, and Noel Cho.

    19. Not only does he have a starring role in Minari, but he also is serving as an executive producer.

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