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12 Facts About The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun


When you’re watching a television show or reading a book, you should probably try and not build an emotional connection with the characters in the series. Writers just love to ruin everything by killing off our favorite characters. For example:

  • Finnick Odair in ‘The Hunger Games’
  • Snape in ‘Harry Potter’
  • Denny in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

It seems like killing off the lovable characters is something that all writers like to do. For those that are all caught up with The Walking Dead, you may have bawled your eyes out after learning that the beloved Glenn kicked the bucket. Did you see how gruesome his eye was?!

This may be the last of Glenn Rhee but it for sure isn’t the last of actor Steven Yeun. Before he was killing zombies he was doing some other rad things. Here are 12 interesting facts about Yeun.  

Although many people tend to stay away from North Korea, the actor has visited the country before with television host Conan O’Brien.

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Before becoming an actor, Yeun was studying psychology at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan. In 2005 he got his bachelor’s in psychology with a concentration in neuroscience.


He gained an interest in improv during his freshman year in college and went on to become a part of the Stir Friday Night, a sketch comedy group composed of Asian-American members.


And even though cast and crew of The Walking Dead is one big happy family, he admits that he HATED Lori on the show.  

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One of his first television roles was his appearance on ‘The Big Bang Theory.’ He was actually Sheldon’s roommate before Leonard! He even advised Leonard to stay far, far away.


He is an investor of ‘The Bun Shop,’ a Korean-Mediterranean fusion restaurant that is owned by his younger brother Brian Yeun and business partner James Seok. If you want to drop by for some food you can find it in Koreatown, Los Angeles. 

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 Yeun uses his faith to help him get in the right mindset. “I was raised in a Christian household and heard a lot of praise music, so that€™s what helps me get to an emotional place. There€™s a church in Australia called Hillsong that specializes in the whole contemporary praise music thing, and I listen to their stuff,’ he revealed.

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Not only can the guy act, but he can also play the guitar! It seems like this guy can do it all! 


TWD may be pretty graphic at times, but the actor isn’t actually a big fan of the spooky stuff. “I’m not much of a horror fan. When it comes to ghost stuff and demon stuff, I can’t watch that,” he admitted. 


He’s a HUGE Detroit Pistons fans. It’s been reported that he’d be willing to drive from Atlanta to Detroit just to watch a Pistons game. That’s an 11 hour drive! 


 After visiting the L.A. Korean Health Spa with O’Brien, Yeun said he’d rather be in a zombie apocalypse than do this Korean beauty treatment. 


And even though he’s not a big horror fan, he’s still a believer after suffering from sleep paralysis. ” I woke up and I couldn’t move. It happens a lot to a lot of people. But I opened my eyes and saw a dark figure at the doorway just laughing. I freaked out, woke up, and then nothing was there,” he said .”It was pretty much a dream. I don’t know if it was an actual ghost but that was good enough for me.”



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