Yang Hong-seok (Korean: 양홍석; born April 17, 1994), better known by the mononym Hongseok, is a South Korean singer and actor. He debuted as a vocalist of the group boy group Pentagon in October 2016. Aside from group activities as singer, he has debuted as an actor in the Korean movie, The Love That's Left.
April 17, 1994
Seoul, South Korea
|Revised Romanization||Yang Hong-seok|
Early life and education
Hongseok was born on April 17, 1994 in Seoul, South Korea. He has an older brother named Jun-seok. He studied abroad in the United States, China, and Singapore and has lived outside of South Korea for a total of 11 years. From 2007 to 2010, he was a student at Hwa Chong International School in Singapore, where he was the school's top swimmer.
In 2014, Hongseok joined YG Entertainment and participated in the reality survival program Mix & Match as a member of TEAM B. He was eliminated in final episode alongside Jung Jin-hyeong, failing to debut as a member of iKON. In March 2015, it was revealed that he left YG Entertainment.
2016–present: Debut with Pentagon and solo activities
In late 2016, he participated in the Mnet reality survival show Pentagon Maker, ultimately making it to the final lineup of Pentagon. He officially debuted with Pentagon on October 10, 2016 with the song "Gorilla" from their self-titled EP.
In November 2017, Hongseok made his acting debut in the movie The Love That's Left.
In July 2018, Hongseok joined the cast of Visiting Tutor, a variety program where celebrities seek out a student and become their tutor. He held Chinese lessons for his student. The show ran from August to October. In September, he was cast in the variety program Real Man 300, which featured celebrities experiencing life in the military. The show end in late January 2019.
In January 2019, he co-starred in the television drama Best Chicken as Bae Ki-Bum, a likeable troublemaker. In March, he starred in his first web drama On The Campus. In May, Hongseok starred in the Naver V web drama Anniversary Anyway. He was the cover model for the July 2019 issue of Men's Health's Korea. Later that month he was cast in the reality-documentary show Law of the Jungle in Myanmar. In August, he was a contestant on King of Mask Singer, where he performed a cover of Huh Gak's "Hello".
From January to March 2021, Hongseok starred as the supporting character Shin A-jun in the SBS drama Phoenix 2020. He portrayed a police officer in the Netflix series Move to Heaven, released on May 14th. Hongseok will play the lead in the upcoming web series Blue Birthday, which is slated to be released in the summer of 2021.
Hongseok is an avid fan of fitness. He regularly posts videos online detailing his workouts and diets in a series called Hongseok is Working Out Hong Hong Hong.
Hongseok participated in the world's biggest Ice Bucket Challenge, 2019 Miracle365 x Ice Bucket Challenge Run on June 29, 2019 in Dongjak-gu, Seoul. The event was organized by Seungil Hope Foundation to raise awareness about ALS. The event raised 42 million won, and all proceeds went to build the first Lou Gehrig's Nursing Hospital in South Korea. The event started with a 3km, 5km, 7km and 8km group marathon with 1,130 participants who broke a total of 918 challenges the previous year.
Writing and production credits
|2016||Pentagon||"Find Me (나를 찾아줘)"||Non-album release||No||–||Yes||Jinho, E'Dawn, Park Jae Sun, Tiger JK|
|2019||"Round 1" (Bonus track)||Genie:us||Yes||Hui, Jinho, Shinwon, Yeo One, Yanan, Yuto, Kino, Wooseok||Yes||Hui, Jinho, Shinwon, Yeo One, Yanan, Yuto, Kino, Wooseok, MosPick|
|"Round 2" (Bonus track)||Sum(me:r)||Yes||Hui, Jinho, Shinwon, Yeo One, Yanan, Yuto, Kino, Wooseok||Yes||Hui, Jinho, Shinwon, Yeo One, Yanan, Yuto, Kino, Wooseok, MosPick|
|2017||The Love That's Left||Kim Woo-joo|||
|2019||Best Chicken||Bae Ki-Bum||MBN and Dramax|||
|2021||Phoenix 2020||Shin Ah-jun||SBS TV|||
|Move to Heaven||Park Jun-yeong||Netflix|||
|2019||On The Campus||Hee-yeol||Naver TV, V Live|||
|Anniversary Anyway||Hong Woo-jae|||
|2021||Blue Birthday||Ji Seo-jun||Naver TV
|2014||Mix and Match||Mnet||Eliminated|||
|2017||Tour Avatar||ArirangTV||Episode 5–6 with Jinho|||
|Weekly Idol||MBC Every 1||Masked Idol, ep 297, 305, 307, 310, 321|||
|Idol Tour||MBC||Episode 6 with Hui|||
|Fantastic Duo||SBS||Panelist, ep 29–30|||
|2018||Hitman||JTBC||Filmed in Vietnam|||
|Visiting Tutor||Mnet||Teaches Mandarin language|||
|Real Man 300||MBC||Korea Army Academy|||
|2019||Battle Trip||KBS2||ep 143–144|||
|Law of the Jungle in Myanmar||SBS||Cast member|||
|King of Mask Singer||MBC||Contestant, ep 217|||
|2020||Idol Cooking Class||Stark||with Hui, Shinwon and Kino|||
|2018||Simply K-pop||ArirangTV||Special MC from 26 February–10 May|||
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