K-Star’s Best Character: Lee Jin Wook Finds a Delicate Balance Between Romance and Suspense

Lee Jin Wook drama

Edited by Seo Hayne
Translated by Esther Lee

Lee Jin Wook voice
Credit: OCN

Lee Jin Wook made his debut in the entertainment industry in 2004 with MBC’s Best Theater – Bad Girl. Early in his career, Lee Jin Wook mainly worked as a commercial actor but he soon began to build up his full-time acting career by starring in SBS’ 2006 series Alone in Love as a free-spirited young man named Min Hyun Jong.

Lee Jin Wook garnered attention fairly early with his wide and bright calf eyes, heart-swooning smile, and mesmerizing voice. He received huge love for his role as Yoon Seok Hyun in tvN’s I Need Romance back in 2012, in which he played a screenwriter who is in search of his true feelings between love and friendship. Three years later, he left a deep impression on the viewers with his brief ten-minute appearance in The Beauty Inside (2015), making the audience squeal with delight on his first appearance scene.

Lee Jin Wook also did an amazing job in his thriller works. In tvN’s Nine (2013), he played Sun Woo who travels back in time with his nine magical incense sticks. Although he eventually dies at the end by using the last stick while he is trapped in the past, he played a big role in the story filled with unexpected twists and turns. In addition, he starred in the second and third seasons of Voice (2018-2019), which recorded OCN’s highest national viewership ratings. In it, he played an eerie homicide detective named Kang Woo and received rave reviews for playing the psychopathic character and showing how the character deals with conflict situations.

Following Nine and Voice, he hopped onto the Netflix Original Series, Sweet Home. Lee Jin Wook played a retired killer named Sang Wook who fights monsters to protect the others despite his tough-looking appearance. He expressed his affection for the drama, saying, “I brought out the passion in me.”

Lee Jin Wook is currently starring in tvN’s Bulgasal: Immortal Souls as Dan Hwal, a human who accidentally became a bulgasal after losing his soul 600 years ago. He is showcasing a wide range of emotions as the man who still feels the sadness and anger he’s been accumulating for the 600 years after his family’s death.

You’ll soon be able to see him in A Year-End Medley �and KakaoTV’s original show Marriage White Paper (working title) next year. Lee Jin Wook will continue to greet us on small and large screens with his ability to nail both romance and thriller works,


Editor Seo Hayne: I like actors as they faithfully lead through their long running-time. I also like idols who accomplish everything on stage within 3 minutes.

Translator Esther Lee: I’ll be providing you with up-to-date, reliable Korean entertainment news. Enjoy!

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