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Military Service[edit]

He started his mandatory service in 2008, which ended a year later, on December 8, 2009. He did eight months of active frontline service in Cheorwon and was transferred to the Defense Media Agency, where he served in the public relations department and hosted as a DJ for the army radio station. It reminded fans of his time as a video jockey on Mmnet on 2000 and his time as music host in music program Music Camp in the year 2004.

2010s[edit]

He made his acting film comeback in the 2010 romantic comedy Finding Mr. Destiny, which in turn was an average box office success. As his next film project, Gong Yoo set out to get a theatrical adaptation of Gong Ji Joung's novel The Crucible, the movie ended up being made and internationally released under the title Silenced. Upon its release, it ignited a public outrage among the public, and later a fierce debate started to gain nationwide attention. This led to a reopening of the investigations into the incidents on which the novel and film are based. Public demand for legislative reform reached the National Assembly, where a revised bill to target sex crimes against minors and the disabled, dubbed the Dogani Bill after the Korean title of the film, was successfully passed in late October 2011.

Gong Yoo later searched for the best-suited drama for him to make his drama comeback, he took the lead role opposite Lee Ming Jung in 2012, romantic-comedy series Big, its audience ratings were often decent, it received mixed reviews from critics and viewers alike, although its conclusion was heavily criticized.

He later returned after a two-year gap as the lead role in the spy-action film The Suspect, it was box office success and boosted his leading man appeal in the mind of moviegoers. Also in 2013, Gong Yoo was appointed as a special representative of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Korea, he has visited following his appointment several countries around the world to raise awareness of the situation of children in underdeveloped countries.

His career reached new heights in the year 2016, he appeared in several hits over the course of the year, he starred alongside the equally talented Jeon Do Yeon in the melodrama A Man and a Woman, both received critical acclaim for their performances. He then starred in the successful zombie blockbuster a Train to Busan, a box office benchmark nationwide and worldwide. He then starred in the box office hit The Age of Shadows, his acting, in particular, was singled out by critics by being one of his best, the action-thriller film was even selected the South Korean entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards, but it was not nominated.

Almost at the end of 2016 he appeared in Kim Eun Sook's fantasy-romance drama Goblin, the drama was a huge success among viewers, Gong Yoo even won the Best Actor at the Baeksang Awards for his performance. Currently, Gong Yoo is preparing to take once again a lead role in a film rumored to be released in 2019.