On the big screen, Steven Yeun stars opposite Michael Pitt, Brit Marling, and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey in Mike Cahill’s independent sci-fi drama I Origins. The film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it earned raves and was sold in one of the biggest deals at the festival. Fox Searchlight released the film this past July.
Upcoming, Yeun will star in and executive produce The Aquariums of Pyongyang, the film adaptation of Kang Chol Hwan’s autobiography. Hwan was the first survivor to escape from one of the brutal North Korean concentration camps, documenting the extreme conditions in these gulags and providing a personal insight into life in North Korea.
Yeun has a number of theater credits, including the Steppenwolf Theatre’s production of Kafka on the Shore where he understudied the roles of Kafka and Crow. Yeun’s television credits include appearances on The Big Bang Theory, Law & Order: Los Angeles, Warehouse 13, and NTSF:SD:SUV. He has also lent his vocal talents to the Nickelodeon animated series The Legend of Korra.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in the city of Troy, Michigan, Yeun began his foray into acting while studying psychology at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, MI. After seeing a performance of the school’s improv group, he decided to switch his focus to acting. Following graduation, Yeun moved to Chicago, where he performed with the famed Second City Theatre comedy troupe in various shows with their Touring Company. He has been a part of several improvisational/sketch comedy groups, including Stir Friday Night, Hands, and Detective Detective.