In just a few days, we will be seeing Lee Jong Suk, one of Korea’s most popular actors. Since his acting debut in 2010, many had fallen for his charms, whether he is playing an aloof schoolboy or a hard-hitting prosecutor.
As we gear up for his Crank Up fan meeting this Sunday, let’s take a walk down memory lane and look at 10 of Lee Jong Suk’s roles that made us swoon:
1 | Han Tae Sun, Secret Garden
Though Jong Suk played a supporting role to Hyun Bin and Yoon Sang Hyuk, he nevertheless received praise for his role as Tae Sun. Here, he plays a young musician with savage one-liners who is later revealed to have feelings for Sang Hyuk’s character, Choi Woo Young.
2 | Ahn Jong Seok, High Kick 3
Jong Suk’s popularity rose after his appearance on this sitcom. There’s no denying the amazing chemistry he has with the cast, especially f(x)’s Krystal, who plays his younger sister. And who could forget his aegyo? Wouldn’t you want to give him everything now?
3 | Go Nam Soon, School 2013
His role on School 2013 as Go Nam Soon, a seemingly ordinary but quiet student living a complicated life, served as his breakthrough role, and with good reason. The drama itself is relatable to different kinds of people, not just students, and Jong Suk’s subtle but engaging acting helped contribute to its success. He also proved he could do action scenes, by jumping from the roof of a four-story building without having a stunt double. And can we talk about his scenes with Kim Woo Bin?
4 | Park Soo Ha, I Can Hear Your Voice
If there is one word to mostly describe Jong Suk on I Can Hear Your Voice, it would be “soft.” Although the drama is hardly all fluff—given that there’s the supernatural and the Korean justice system involved—his role as Park Sung Ha, a high school student who can read people’s minds, his moments with leading lady Jang Hye Sung (played by Lee Bo Young) are definitely a much-needed break from all the drama in the show.
5 | Jung Woo Sang, No Breathing
We’re back to seeing an aloof Jong Suk in this coming-of-age movie. Here, he stars alongside Seo In Guk (yes, Seo In Guk and Lee Jong Suk in ONE movie) as rivals both in swimming and in romance. Did we mention he’s shirtless for a lot of parts in this movie? His character is a swimmer, after all.
6 | Park Hoon, Doctor Stranger
A big-time K-Drama actor’s career will never be complete without starring in a medical drama. On Doctor Stranger, Jong Suk plays not only a doctor but also a genius doctor who happens to be a North Korea defector. His acting, plus the intense plot with some romance in between, makes Doctor Stranger a good watch.
7 | Choi Dalpo, Pinocchio
Jong Suk may already have a formidable filmography by the time he filmed Pinocchio, but his portrayal of Choi Dalpo is definitely one of his most emotionally engaging roles. And coupled with Park Shin Hye, the romance between their characters is something to look forward to in the drama. Who could forget that intense Toast Kiss scene?
8 | Kang Chul, W – Two Worlds
Ah, the role that perhaps got him mainstream critical acclaim. There’s just really something alluring about encountering a man from a fantasy world, especially if it’s one as good-looking as Jong Suk. Not to mention his character is charming, so it’s no surprise that he won everyone’s hearts in this drama.
9 | Kim Kwangil, V.I.P.
We’ve seen him mostly as the leading man, but Jong Suk’s role in V.I.P. proved that he could play a villain, too. And he played that role really well. His suave looks contrasting his bloodthirsty personality makes V.I.P. a chilling watch.
10 | Jung Jaechan, While You Were Sleeping
You’d think that the sight of an actor in the same drama genre would wear you out. Fortunately, that is not the case with Jong Suk, even as he returns to the courtroom as a prosecutor in While You Were Sleeping. The twist is that he has an uncanny ability to dream about the future, which he shares with leading lady Nam Hong Joo (played by Suzy). The fresh take on the courtroom drama plus his chemistry with Suzy makes this drama a must-watch.
Which Lee Jong Suk role made you fall for him? Let us know in the comments.
Catch Lee Jong Suk at his Crank Up fan meeting on November 18 at the SMART Araneta Coliseum. This event is brought to you by PULP Live World.