What’s Happening With… No Min Woo

Posted by Stephanie on July 30, 2019


Life goes humming along. You get in your routines, binge your new shows, listen to the newest batch of idols, develop new tastes and new biases. I don’t want to say we forget the biases of the past, as, do you really forget them? Or do they just sit there, waiting for your attention to return? Waiting for that moment when a single word or image reminds you of what you once loved? That happened to me when I happened to go on Facebook to see in my feed someone else’s moment, someone else’s memory of the past.

Seeing it, I was struck. No Min Woo! I loved him in Pasta, it was so freaking hot. This image here was Full House 2. Did I love him in that? Well… as it was a crapshoot of a show, no, but I choose not to hold that against him. Seeing this image, I was struck with a thought. What is happening with No Min Woo? I feel like if he were active I’d have known about it…but then again, I think that a lot and am often wrong.

I think it’s time to dust off the Wikipedia-mobile and see what our old friend has been up to!

Oooh, turns out, No Min Woo is 33, which makes him fairly age-appropriate! He was also born in Japan, which makes sense. Hey, while he was in the band TraxX, his stage name was Rose. Which makes the watermark above make sense.

So, we all knew he liked to straddle music and acting. What I just found out is that he actually had signed with SM and sued them in 2015 over his contract. Get this, he signed a SEVENTEEN YEAR exclusive contract. Woah. I’d heard of ten years before. That seemed fairly idol standard. But 17 years? That seems excessive, even for SM. Look. I know everyone gets eager to sign contracts, to make that next step to achieve your goals. Sometimes you get swept up in the offer, the idea that someone wants you, the fear that no one else will. But again, 17 years? Who looks at that and says, “Looks good! I’m sure we’re all totally going to be the same people in almost 20 years.”

Anyway, he lost the suit in 2016 in July due to insufficient and enlisted for his military service October that same year. Poor guy, makes you think he was holding out for the outcome. Then, he got out sometime in 2018, which is when he lost the appeal. What a welcome. He probably sat through the military service thinking “Just wait until I get out, I’ll get them then!” And then couldn’t.

Yeesh, this is turning out to be a bummer of a remembrance.

On the upside? Despite that hiccup, he worked pretty steadily as an actor in a bunch of shows I never watched: The Blade and Petal, God’s Gift 14 Days, Greatest Marriage, My Unfortunate Boyfriend….wait. I think I actually watched that one! Please hold while I check out this interesting turn of events. Yes, I did watch it!

It was not great! If I remember correctly, he was okay, but the heroine irritated me…but hey, I feel better knowing I haven’t completely forsaken him all of these years.

There was, unfortunately, a pretty big gap between 2015 and 2019, where he’s signed onto an actual lead roll in MBC’s Partners for Justice 2. During this time, though he didn’t have any dramas, he did have a Japanese album release, he had to deal with the lawsuits with SM, and do his military service, so don’t mind him, he was very busy.


Well, that was fun, I always enjoy our little history jaunts. This one was a rollercoaster of emotion! I feel both sad and happy for him. I’m hoping, now that I see he’s signed with a new agency and a new lead drama, everything is going to start coming up No Min Woo.


  • Reply Júlia Côrtes August 1, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    I watched every drama of his and as a fan I was suffering with all the critics over his acting skills, not because I was being biased and proud, but because I could only agree with all the harsh things I read about his performance being referred to as poor. To be honest, the more I watched the more I tried to deny the reality, but I couldn’t ignore his expressions that were so statue-like and his diction that wasn’t very good. I could only pray everyday for him to get better and I knew he would get better someday, somehow. I loved him in My Girlfriend is a Gumiho, but Partners for Justice 2 really got me by suprise; I think he finally found his thing. The role really suits him. A pretty-faced villain was definetely what he needed to showcase his ghoulish yet glamorous looks, morbid expressions and beautiful crying. I love him so much, he seems like a really good guy, he’s funny, talented, cute, handsome with some type of androgynous beauty that never fails to captivate me. He still has so much he can accomplish and I can only hope for his success. I’ll be rooting for him.

    • Reply Aisyah Frd. (@aisyahahr) April 28, 2020 at 7:55 pm

      It was news to me that his acting was critized. I liked him in Pasta, ghastly, MGIAG and Midas, and I could even tolerate FH2.. but he started to change so much in physical appearance (he lose too much weight and looked more feminine) that’s one of the reasons I stopped following him. So I couldn’t watch unfortunate boyfriend and greatest marriage because of the same reason. Yeah, in Partner for Justice he did so well and gain tons of fans and even being able to attend an award ceremony and win one. His masked singer appearance was also satisfying. I hope he continue to shine.. he was my first korean actor crush

      • Reply Stephanie April 29, 2020 at 10:25 am

        Once they chop off the hair I cry a little bit and move on 😉

  • Reply Jecxxy January 25, 2021 at 4:10 am

    I first notice him on partners for justice. He was so good and perfect. The long hair and glasses really works for him. I git quite sad with the lawsuit but I hope he will get more blessing. I am happy that he is active on instagram and youtube.

    Also, I think he is perfect to be habaek on the series the bride of habaek. No hate on Nam Joo-Hyuk of course but if you read the Manhwa No Min Woo really suits the description.

    I do hope he gets more lead role next time. He fits the mysterious role ❤️

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