Recently coming across new pictures of Ha Ji Won and Lee Seung Gi promoting The King 2 Hearts brings back such fond memories of that drama, and intertwined in all those memories are of the adorable and talented Jo Jung Seok who played the unforgettable Eun Shi Kyung, the slightly stodgy and incredibly earnest King’s guard. I pile hope upon hope that his rumored leading man involvement with the upcoming weekend drama The Incredible Lee Soon Shin with potential leading lady IU comes true because I think he’s due for a leading man role and I want him back onscreen as soon as possible. His latest pictorial for High Cut magazine goes a long way to easing the wait because it captures what makes Jo Jung Seok so darn appealing. He’s quirky but not weird, handsome but not cookie-cutter perfect in that K-actor uniformity we see more and more often, and he’s refreshingly low key and sincere. I still haven’t finished What’s Up? (despite my love for Im Joo Hwan) but for Jo Jung Seok I still have plans to finish it one day. I’m still annoyed he didn’t contribute a track to the TK2H OST (and even more annoyed that singer-actor Lee Seung Gi also didn’t get to record a song for that drama) but he did sing in the drama itself and that was a nice treat. I would say 2012 was a breakout year for him as well so here’s to hoping he rides the momentum into 2013 and picks great projects to cement his status as a great actor and a genuine multi-talented star. I realized afterwards that the awesome TK2H MV I posted last week didn’t feature anything on the heartbreaking secondary love story between Shi Kyung and Princess Jae Shin. Let me rectify that now and y’all can swoon and sniffle alongside me as you watch the MV below and enjoy some brand spanking new pictures of Jo Jung Seok for your collection.
Shi Kyung-Jae Shin “My Heart Will Go On”