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Steven Yeun Takes Conan O’Brien to a Korean Spa

by JAMES S. KIM | @james_s_kim

There’s never a dull moment when The Walking Dead star Steven Yeun is with the always zany Conan O’Brien. The last time Yeun appeared on Conan, he told O’Brien about how all Asians don’t look alike. Before that, Yeun explained why he used a photo of a male underwear model as his Twitter profile picture, invited the television show host to an Atlanta strip club, and even confided to O’Brien that he was ashamed of his tiny nipples.

If you thought those instances were a bit too intimate, this latest adventure between O’Brien and Yeun knocks down whatever barriers remained between them. The Korean American actor brought the TBS talk show host to Wi Spa, a Korean spa in Koreatown, Los Angeles, where they stripped to the buff for a true Korean spa experience, including a scrub-down and time in the sauna.

To his credit, when O’Brien found out that the men’s bathhouse and saunas are only traversed in one’s birthday suit, he accepted without too much complaint. Who knew he could be even paler under his shirt?

Once the men are inside the spa, things get pretty hilarious–or in the case of O’Brien’s skin, an incredibly bright shade of red. Yeun and O’Brien move from the hot tub to the steam room, talking (and hugging) with other naked Korean men, then cool off in the ice bath. They even get a full body scrub to get rid of dead skin, leading to some piercing screams from the two guests.

Back in the co-ed area of the spa, Yeun and O’Brien don the Princess Leia bun towels and doze off in a jjimjilbang, haunted by dreams of evil body scrubbers and tall naked Irish men.

“No, no, it was not fun,” a smoother-skinned O’Brien tells Yeun after it was all over. “It was painful, and I think life-shortening. I will be dead within 48 hours.”


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[VIDEO] Steven Yeun Says Not All Asians Look Alike

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo

Steven Yeun came on Conan last night with a mission.

“Once and for all, we don’t all look alike,” said Yeun, referring to people of Asian descent. “That’s what I’m here to tell you.”

The Walking Dead star told talk show host Conan O’brien that he was baffled by how many fans said they were mistaken for him on several occasions, despite bearing no resemblance to the actor.

“It’s wild. People will come up and [say], ‘I get mistaken for you all the time.’ And I’m like, ‘You’re 55 years old! Or you’re a 12-year-old girl. What are you talking about?'” Yeun said.

Furthermore, the Korean American actor said that when fans do recognize him, he feels compelled to not lie about his identity because he wants to break the stereotype that all Asians look the same.

He joked that he almost wants to congratulate the more observant fans by saying, “Yes, you’re right. The one Asian guy you recognize is the Asian guy that you thought it was gonna be.”

Yeun also revealed that he’s combating the stereotype by finding celebrity look-alikes of different races on Reddit. To prove his point, he presented photos of a black Matt Damon and an Asian Brad Pitt.

“So, if all Asians look alike, then Brad Pitt’s Asian,” Yeun concluded. “And I’ll take that.”


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TBT: Steven Yeun on ‘The Big Bang Theory’

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo

Before Steven Yeun skyrocketed to fame for his portrayal of Glenn Rhee in AMC’s The Walking Dead, he played a supporting role in the sitcom The Big Bang Theory. 

In an episode titled, “The Staircase Implementation,” Yeun plays Sheldon Cooper’s former roommate, Sebastian. He is seen leaving the elevator and advising Leonard, Sheldon’s new prospective roommate, to “run fast and far.”

You can watch the clip below:

Although the scene is brief, Yeun showcases his comedic chops and solid acting. It’s hard to believe that it’s already been almost five years since he joined the The Walking Dead cast.

Since the horror drama’s first season, Yeun’s acting career has flourished by tackling new projects, such as voicing the character Wan for the animated series Legend of Korra, executive producing and starring in the forthcoming film The Aquariums of Pyongyang and acting in a comedy web series with 2NE1’s Dara.


2NE1’s Dara and Steven Yeun Collaborate in Comedy Skit


2NE1’s Dara becomes Walking Dead‘s Steven Yeun’s girlfriend in a hilarious a comedy mini-series titled, “What’s Eating Steven Yeun?”

Produced by Be FUNNY Studios, the mini-series follows a fictionalized version of Yeun, who leaves his girlfriend Dara behind in L.A. and travels to South Korea in an attempt to break into the country’s acting industry. However, upon arrival, Yeun is coerced by his new manager to start his career in Korea’s most recent viral craze, Mokbang aka “broadcast eating.”


The skit series celebrates the launch of Be FUNNY Studios, a digital studio based in Seoul and L.A. The studio was created in a partnership with Funny or Die, CAA (Creative Artists Agency) and Korea’s largest PR firm PRAIN. According to Koreaboo, the studio will feature more collaborations between Hollywood and Hallyu celebrities, and all content will be available in English and various Asian languages.

This is not the first time Be FUNNY Studios has produced a Hollywood-Asia collaboration, Soompi reports. The studio had previously teamed up with Funny or Die to create a video featuring Anna Kendrick joining SM Entertainment’s girl group f(x) as well as a walk-off between singer Rita Ora and K-pop star HyunA.

You can watch all three episodes of “What’s Eating Steven Yeun?” here. To learn more about Be FUNNY Studios, follow them on Facebook and twitter.


Photo courtesy of Soompi


LINK ATTACK: Steven Yeun, Marvel’s Silk, the Kim Sisters

Steven Yeun of The Walking Dead Thinks You’re Watching the Show Wrong
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K-pop Pioneers: Rare Photos of The Kim Sisters
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Korean Drama Tackles Taboo Subject of Mental Illness
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Tong Yang Chief Gets 12-year Jail Term for Fraudulent Debt Sale

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Michelle Wie Says Long Injury Layoff Was a Blessing in Disguise
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DramaFever Bought by Japan’s SoftBank Corp.
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Lisa Ling: What I Learned as an Average Student
In the latest episode of Lisa Ling’s series This is Life, she explores the results of Robert Graham’s controversial project from the 80s, in which he tried to improve the intellectual capacity of the human gene pool by creating a sperm bank that recruited from some of the most intelligent men in the world. After meeting a couple of the offsprings from Graham’s experiment, Ling reflects on her own childhood as an average student.

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Park Meets Pope, Wraps Up Visit to Italy
South Korean president Park Geun-hye met Pope Francis in Vatican City on Friday, reciprocating his memorable visit to South Korea (he arrived in a Kia Soul) in August.

U.S. Army Generals and South Korean Army Representatives Lay Wreath at Memorial
“U.S. Army generals and representatives of the Republic of Korea and its Army, laid wreaths at the Korean War Memorial here, today, to commemorate those who fought in the three-year-long conflict in that country.”

Marvel Reveals Asian American Female Superhero Silk
At New York Comic Con, Marvel introduced a female Asian American superhero with spider powers named Silk, aka Cindy Moon.

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Steven Yeun on Ellen

[VIDEO] Steven Yeun Talks About His Parents on ‘Ellen’


Steven Yeun recently went on Ellen as a first-time guest to promote the return of The Walking Dead. During his interview, he talked about his parents as well as the blood poisoning injury he received on set.


After Yeun admitted that The Walking Dead was his second audition ever in L.A., Ellen asked the Korean American actor if his parents approved of his decision to pursue acting as a career.

“No, my parents are Korean, and traditionally, that first generation of Korean Americans aren’t too happy with the little curveball that you throw them when you’re a kid,” said Yeun. Although his parents weren’t happy with his decision at first, Yeun told Ellen that they were now proud of him as an actor and would even give him advice about the entertainment industry.

“My dad wanted me to wear a suit everywhere I went,” Yeun said, adding that his father would tell him to wear a suit even when shopping for oranges. “He’s like, ‘You should get a suit … what if they get you and then you’re not in a suit? Then you look stupid.'”

Later in the interview, Yeun talked about how he got blood poisoning after performing a stunt where he falls and lands on his arm. When his arm started to bleed, he wiped off the blood and thought nothing of it until his arm swelled the next morning. As a result, he had to get a steroid shot and an antibiotic shot in the buttocks.

“And the nurse, she said I had a very taut tushy. I’ve been doing squats,” Yeun said.

“What a wonderful compliment,” Ellen responded. “I love when they compliment your butt right before they put a shot inside of you.”

The Walking Dead‘s fifth season will premiere October 12 on AMC.


Steven Yeun To Adapt And Star In ‘The Aquariums of Pyongyang’


In addition to killing off zombies in the post-apocalyptic world of The Walking Dead, actor Steven Yeun will take on a new role as North Korea defector Kang Chol-Hwan in a film adaptation of The Aquariums of Pyongyang.

Teaming up with Radar Pictures, Yeun will also executive produce the film, collaborating with producers Ted Field, Mike Weber, and Michael Napoliello, in partnership with Sean Lee, according to The Hollywood Reporter.


Based on true events, The Aquariums of Pyongyang is Kang Chol-Hwan’s memoir. It was originally published in French in 2000, and later translated to English and Korean. Set in North Korea during the Korean War, Aquariums illustrates the stark contrast between the right-wing government of the South and the extreme communist stronghold of the North Korean powers. The story details the lives of Kang and his family members, suspected to be dissidents during their imprisonment at the Yodok concentration camp #2915. Over a period of 10 years, they suffered through starvation, torture, disease and public execution.

Kang’s memoir is one of the first published accounts that reveal the harsh reality of the North Korean prison system. Blending elements of horror, history, narrative, and politics, Aquariums reveals mankind’s resolve to triumph over unimaginable hardships.

Aside from Aquariums, Yeun has other projects in the works, including a role in I Origins and working as the lead voice over in the animated adaptation of Chew by John Layman and Rob Guillory.

Photo via The Hollywood Reporter


Steven Yeun to Voice Lead Character in ‘Chew’ Comic Adaptation


Steven Yeun can’t seem to get enough of comic books that make their way onto television. We don’t mind, though. After all, we can’t seem to get enough of Steven Yeun.

The 30-year-old Korean American actor is most known for his role as Glenn on AMC’s The Walking Dead. Through the show, Yeun has gained quite a large fanbase (just check out the 10 reasons Glenn would make a great boyfriend) and it looks like he’s ready to grow that base even more with yet another comic book-turned-television series.


If you thought Yeun was done with shows that focused on eating humans, you’re wrong. The comicbook ”Chew” is written by John Layman with art by Rob Guillory, and stars a character named Tony Chu. Chu is a detective and a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agent. He also happens to be a ”cibopath.” According to the comic, a “cibopath” can take a bite from anything (except beets) and get apsychic sensation of what has happened to that object.

So if Chu takes a bite out of a vegetable, he can see where it came from and everything the vegetable has been through. If he takes a bite out of bacon, he can see the life of the pig it came from. And if he takes a bite out of a corpse, he can figure out any murder mystery thrown at him.

Gross cannibalism aside, there’s definitely a plus to this—the main character is Chinese American! If you didn’t already know, we get quite excited about Asians in comics and rarely do we get to see an Asian lead character.

For the upcoming animated adaptation of Chew, Yeun will voice the main character Tony, and Felicia Day will play Tony’s love interest, Amelia Mintz.

This story was originally published on AudreyMagazine.com.