There are young actors like Joo Won, who I swear is on track to work himself into an early retirement. He’s done three drama’s back-to-back-to-back, all while juggling a reality show, and has already committed to a movie before he’s even done with his current drama. I have no complaints about his hardworking attitude, but conversely there is a young actor like Lee Min Ho who takes long breaks between projects. He’s pretty much done a drama a year on average, starting when he broke out with Boys Before Flowers which led to Personal Taste followed by City Hunter and culminating in last year’s Faith. He typically signs on to projects pretty early in advance but we’re already into Spring of 2013 and I haven’t heard a peep about his next gig yet. Faith was a massive letdown for me and with it my affection for Lee Min Ho cooled considerably. That happens on occasion but the goodwill is still there that one great role and/or project will revive my appreciation for him quickly. He’s insanely popular in China these days and I wouldn’t be surprised if he expands that fanbase by taking on a C-drama, though with the current dearth of decent quality fare it’ll be hard to find one that’s not a turkey. Last month he traveled to Australia with Yoona of SNSD to film the Spring 2013 ad campaign of sports wear brand Eider, which the two of them have been endorsing since last year. Compared to some of the other Korean sports wear brands, Eider actually looks designed for functionality more than trendy look, and the ads also reflect actually sporting activities (as opposed to Kim Soo Hyun and Suzy adorably but ridiculously “glamping” for Bean Pole) such as jogging in the sun or the rain. If you miss Lee Min Ho, these pictures will be a nice temporary fix.
Lee Min Ho and Yoona BTS for Eider 2013 Spring/Summer: