Byeon Woo Seok Captures Hearts Every Minute in ‘Lovely Runner’: The Rise of a Rom-Com Genius

byeon woo seok lovely runner
byeon woo seok lovely runner
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Byeon Woo Seok is taking the home theater by storm with his enchanting charm in tvN’s new drama Lovely Runner, which marks his first title role. Known for his portrayal of the sexy villain Ryu Shi Oh in JTBC’s Strong Girl Nam-soon, Byeon now opens new horizons in romantic comedy, heralding the arrival of a “rom-com genius.”

Only five episodes in, Lovely Runner has already topped TV-OTT drama buzz rankings and actor popularity charts. The series, which continues Byeon’s trajectory as a youth icon from his roles in Netflix’s 20th Century Girl and the movie Soulmate, features him in a youth romance that transcends dimensions. His portrayal of Ryu Seon Jae combines innocence and a nostalgic air, reminiscent of first loves, enhancing his character’s appeal.

Byeon expressed his ambition at a press conference, saying he aspires to earn the title of “rom-com genius.” His return to the romance genre has been successful, turning expectations into certainties. The way he looks at Lim Sol, filled with warmth and tender affection, conveys the thrill of first love with flawless execution. His gentle eyes and nuanced gestures elevate the chemistry with his co-star Kim Hye Yoon, intensifying the romantic tension.

byeon woo seok lovely runner
Credit: tvN
byeon woo seok lovely runner
Credit: tvN

Furthermore, Byeon’s portrayal of Ryu Seon Jae is as authentic as it gets. When Lim Sol time-travels to save her favorite star Ryu Seon Jae in the past, it’s revealed that the younger Ryu had harbored a crush on Lim Sol first, garnering enthusiastic fan reactions. Byeon’s heartfelt confessions and the palpable excitement of first dates bring the high schooler Ryu Seon Jae to life, making him indistinguishable from the character.

Byeon Woo Seok’s journey through what arguably is the hottest phase of his career cements his status as the next big thing in romantic comedy. With each episode, anticipation grows for the Monday and Tuesday evening broadcasts of Lovely Runner on tvN at 8:50 PM KST.

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