“There are, like, 10 people on the email list [that sends me my schedule] - agents, assistants, my manager, my publicist. I'm exhausted. I have no personal life. But I have to remind myself, 'No, you can't be tired. This is the stuff you dreamed about as a kid.'” Aaron Yoo
Beginning his career off Broadway, Aaron Yoo made his film debut in 2004 with "The Franklin Abraham" and has since played supporting roles in such films as "Rocket Science" (2007), "American Pastime" (2007), "Disturbia" (2007), "The Wackness" (2008), "21" (2008), and "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" (2008). He will next be seen in the upcoming films "Friday the 13th," "Game," "The Good Guy," "Labor Pains," and "Kid Cannabis."
“I feel like after acting, the other half of why I love this business is the opportunity to work with and meet people who inspire you. That it pays my rent is a good bonus.” Aaron Yoo
On the small screen, this 5' 7½" actor has guest starred in an episode of "Ed," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Love Monkey," and "ER." He also costarred as James Fong on The WB romantic drama series "The Bedford Diaries" (2006), alongside Penn Badgley, Matthew Modine, and Milo Ventimiglia.
“It's still hit or miss. I don't really know how to deal with it. No crazy stories really. The funny thing I realize is that the photographers, paparazzi and all of those cats, none of them have seen our movie. They're not exactly our target audience. There are times when they're like, ‘Wait a minute, he's that kid!’ They'll click off a photo or two, but most of the time they're just like, ‘Um, I see some random Asian kid. He's got some crazy hair, though.’ I was at the ‘Transformers’ premiere and a bunch of guys were clicking photos and I knew some of them had no idea who I was. They were probably thinking, ‘Well, he's standing there in the middle of the blue carpet, so he must be someone. Either that or he's just lost.’” Aaron Yoo (on being recognized)
Childhood and Family:
“I'm an actor in between jobs right now, so I kind of live the life of a 7 year old.” Aaron Yoo
Korean descendant Aaron Yoo was born on May 12, 1979, in East Brunswick, New Jersey. In the fifth grade, Yoo was placed in a special program called TAG for gifted kids. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003, where he was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity.
In his free time, Yoo enjoys playing soccer and video games. His favorite movies are “City of Gods,” “Once Upon a Time in the West,” and “In the Mood for Love,” and his favorite books are “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho, “The Namesake” by Jhumpa Lahiri, and “Blindness” by Jose Saramago.
“Doing Shakespeare in the park has always been a dream. Everyone else says Hamlet, but I want to play Romeo.” Aaron Yoo
Initially pursuing a career in writing, Aaron Yoo eventually decided to become an actor after attending a summer Shakespeare course. He subsequently went to New York to hone in on the craft and began working in off Broadway theaters and commercials. During this time, off Broadway saw Yoo star in multiple U.S. and world premiere productions, including “Where Do We Live” at the Vineyard Theatre, “Wave and Savage Acts” for the Ma-Yi Theatre Company, “Cellophane” at the Flea Theatre, and the National Asian-American Theatre Co.'s “Fuenteovejuna.” He was also credited in New York City productions of “The Gifted Program” at the LA Byrinth and “Karaoke Stories” for the Imual Theatre Company.
Yoo began appearing on television playing guest roles in an episode of NBC’s series starring Tom Cavanagh, "Ed," NBC’s police procedural drama "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," and the short-lived CBS/VH1 drama "Love Monkey," which was based on a book of the same name by Kyle Smith and also starred Tom Cavanagh. He also played a DVD reviewer on the AZN television weekly half-hour talk show, "Cinema AZN."
On the big screen, Yoo was first seen in "The Franklin Abraham" (2004), a dramatic film written and directed by Jonah Freeman. He followed it up with roles in "Things That Go Bump in the Night" (2005), a 6-minute short comedy film by Adam Salky, and "Dry Clean Only" (2006), a 6-minute drama by J.P. Chan.
In 2006, Yoo costarred as James Fong, alongside Penn Badgley, Matthew Modine, and Milo Ventimiglia, in The WB romantic drama series "The Bedford Diaries." He subsequently spent the next year acting in the films "Rocket Science," a comedy written and directed by Jeffrey Blitz, and "American Pastime," a drama set in the Topaz War Relocation Center in which Yoo portrayed Lyle, one of the American-born children born to Japanese-born parents. He was also cast in an updated version of Alfred Hitchcock's classic film "Rear Window" (1954), "Disturbia," a thriller directed by D.J. Caruso in which Yoo costarred with Shia LaBeouf as his best friend Ronnie. About working with Shia LaBeouf, Yoo recalled, “I met him at our first rehearsal. That first rehearsal I walked in and thought, ‘I have the script. Okay, let's just play around.’ We were going to do the scene where we first see Ashley swimming, right before she comes over. I remember D.J. was saying we were going to use the window in his office and we looked out the window and saw an empty parking lot. It was funny because at the end of the day when we were filming, we were looking at lights. Once we had seen the playback, we had to just go into the set and look out the window and agree on points and then just make it all up as we went along. At the first rehearsal I came in thinking, ‘Okay, let’s go.’ Shia walked in at 183 percent and I was at 40 percent so I started to think, ‘I'm getting blown off of the lot.’ I made it through that first rehearsal and went home, threw the script on the bed and promised myself I was going to be prepared the next day. Then we got to spend time together and hang out.”
In 2008, Yoo shared the screen with Ben Kingsley, Josh Peck, Famke Janssen, and Olivia Thirlby in writer/director Jonathan Levine's drama film "The Wackness," and starred in the 14-minute short drama film by Vincent Lin, "364 Cranes." He also won a Special Award for Best Ensemble at the ShoWest Convention for his work in Robert Luketic's drama film inspired by the true story of the MIT Blackjack Team, "21," which also stars Jim Sturgess, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey, Jacob Pitts, Kate Bosworth, and Laurence Fishburne. About the film “21,” Yoo commented, "It’s like poker porn the way Russell [Carpenter] and Rob [Luketic] shot this thing. It’s so sexy. They did these straight-up, extreme close-ups of fingers sliding a stack of five thousand dollar chips across the table."
Yoo recently guest starred in an episode of the hit NBC medical drama series “ER.” He was also cast alongside Michael Cera and Kat Dennings in Peter Sollett's romantic teen comedy based on the novel by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" (2008). His latest film, a remake of "Friday the 13th" which was directed by Marcus Nispel, is set for a Friday, February 13, 2009, release. Yoo, who was cast in the film at the last minute (replaced David Blue, who was the first choice), will team up with Jason Voorhees, Jared Padalecki, and Amanda Righetti in the lead roles.
“I've been blessed. I've had a very short, very very very fantastic career. I'm getting through the all-star team of young Hollywood actors. The kind of people who, it doesn't matter their age, you still learn stuff from them. Then you get what I call the cheat sheet, which is like Kevin (Spacey) and Laurence (Fishburne). I got to see a lot of Kevin's work and from day one it was like, 'Wow, that's acting! Oh my God, what am I doing?' And when you see an actor bring something to the role that wasn't on the page, you're like 'Did I miss that class?' I love people who love their work.” Aaron Yoo
Yoo has completed his next film, "Game," a sci-fi thriller written and directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, which costars Gerard Butler, Michael C. Hall, Milo Ventimiglia, John Leguizamo, and Kyra Sedgwick. He will soon wrap up Julio DePietro's romantic comedy "The Good Guy," which features Scott Porter, Alexis Bledel, Bryan Greenberg, Andrew McCarthy, and Anna Chlumsky, and Lara Shapiro's comedy "Labor Pains," starring Lindsay Lohan. He is currently working on John Stockwell's drama "Kid Cannabis," which is based on the true story of Nate Norman, a 19-year-old who grew a multi-million dollar marijuana operation.
ShoWest Convention: Special Award - Best Ensemble, "21," 2008