Park Seo Joon, one of the most promising Korean actors today, is recently dubbed as the “Asian Ryan Gosling.” Well, I would not want to doubt that. Why bother? He has the looks, the amazing voice, he’s the sexy leading man everyone dreams about, and dynamic acting skills—great physique also, by the way.
Need more proof? Well, let’s take a quick look at some of his remarkable dramas which actually paved its way to the realm of Philippine television. If you haven’t seen all of it, well I’m here to convince you to go watch all of it.
Kill Me, Heal Me
Kill Me, Heal Me is a 2015 South Korean Drama which portrayed the triumph and struggles of a man with Dissociative Identity Disorder or DID along with the people around him. The drama was locally aired in GMA Network in 2016.
Park Seo Joon plays the character of Oh Ri On. He played the stepbrother of the female protagonist, Oh Ri Jin (played by Hwang Jung-Eum). Seo Joon’s character was externally a dimwit and a peculiar man in his mid-20s. It’s only in the latter part of the drama that Seo Joon’s character got exposed for what he really is—an intelligent and determined writer who actually has hidden feelings for his stepsister.
Seo Joon is a really outgoing character in this drama. His character even sparked bromance with one of the male protagonist’s (Ji Sung) multiple personalities. If not for the great chemistry of Cha Do-hyun (played by Ji Sung) and Oh Ri Jin in this drama, I would be really devastated that Oh Ri On and Oh Ri Jin (played by Hwang Jung-Eum) did not end up together!
She Was Pretty
Although we did not get the full-package romance between Park Seo Joon and Hwang Jung-Eum in Kill Me, Heal Me (2015), the two did not disappoint in She Was Pretty (2015). GMA Network again aired this drama in 2017, and had it renamed to Pretty Woman.
In this romantic-comedy drama, Park Seo Joon played a young, attractive, and efficient, chief editor for a fashion magazine. Unlike in Kill Me, Heal Me (2015), Park Seo Joon’s role, named Ji Sung-joon, is someone who does not hide his intelligence at all. He is caring yet arrogant and stubborn. After living overseas, he comes back to South Korea to search for his first love. Little did he know that while he’s searching, he is already experiencing a lot of mischief with his first love, Kim Hye-jin (played by Hwang Jung-Eum)—who he cannot completely recognize. If you believe that physical appearance is not important as you fall in love with a person, you have to watch this!
Hwarang (2016) is primarily known for the star-studded cast it contains—beware of their visuals! Hwarang was all about a group of ‘elite’ knights finding their own paths and passions set in the time of Silla Kingdom. This time, ABS-CBN got to air it in 2017.
Park Seo Joon had a lot of names for this drama, (you’ll have to watch to find out why) but one of which is Kim Sun-woo. Unlike in his earlier dramas, Seo Joon adapts a cold, ruthless yet soft and loving character in Hwarang. He appears to be full of spite, but he just wants to do what is right. He strongly seeks revenge for his best friend (played by Lee Kwang Soo) who is killed by the King. That became his strong force to enter the training to become a Hwarang. In his quest, he meets new people and establishes new relationships until he discovers the truth about who he really is.
Fight for My Way
It’s not your typical coming-of-age drama where the plot starts when the characters are in their teenage years, falls in love, then easily reaches for their dreams. It’s not like that. Fight for My Way (2017) is the unusual and realistic drama about adulthood struggles of four individuals. It aired in GMA Network in 2018.
The plot actually starts with introducing the middle-aged crisis of the main characters. In this drama, Park Seo Joon is a mixed martial arts artist who is best friends with an aspiring announcer (Kim Ji-Won), an intelligent home shopping network employee (Ahn Jae-hong), and a wife-material customer service agent (Song Ha-yoon).
Seo Joon, named Ko Dong-man, presents a strong, determined, jolly, and warmhearted man. While chasing his dream to be a renowned mixed martial arts artist, he falls in love with his childhood best friend (Kim Ji-Won) who doesn’t actually like seeing him hurt inside the MMA ring. Seo Joon did a very good run for the character. He successfully gave life to a character who loves his family and friends more than himself.
What you’ll actually like about this drama (aside from its cinematography) is how the plot was written with sympathy and empathy to every struggling adult in this day and age. It tackled the core of reaching for one’s dreams, managing finances, and of course maintaining relationships with people —both friendly and romantic ones. Plus, you might wanna check out the numerous aegyos the characters did in this drama (yes, Park Seo Joon did an aegyo)!
What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim?
Lastly, we have seen Park Seo Joon as a handsome yet narcissistic CEO. He gets extremely frustrated by his long-time secretary Kim Mi-so’s (played by Park Min-young) resignation. That’s why the drama was titled What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim? (2018). It’s actually one of the top searched K-Dramas in 2018. It also aired in ABS-CBN last 2018.
Personally, Park Seo Joon’s character, Lee Young Joon, boosted the comical part of the drama. Although some may find it really cringey when he gets narcissistic and all, but you see it’s for the comedy! But even without the funny parts of the drama, this drama is for keeps for its plot and the unspeakable connection Park Seo Joon and Park Min-young has. You may wanna watch it to find out what’s really wrong with Secretary Kim—look out for the kissing scenes!
All of Park Seo Joon’s dramas always give its audience amusement, inspiration, and envy! Because we all wish we’d be Park Seo Joon’s leading lady in this life!
But don’t fret. This coming September 29, at the Mall of Asia Arena, get ready to fan girl your hearts out for Park Seo Joon’s fan-meeting in Manila as the newest Bench endorser! Who knows, you might be his next leading lady!