I think Lee Sang Yoon stands out in a good way amongst the sea of Korean actors currently en vogue. He’s an old-school actor with an old-school movie star charm. Think Cary Grant or Gary Cooper, tuxedos and cigars, whiskey and whispers. In the plethora of pretty boys, he reminds me that sometimes I crave a guy being a really simple and devastating manly man. He and Nam Sang Mi started dating after they filmed the long weekend drama Life is Beautiful (which also starred Lee Sang Woo, who is currently Nam Sang Mi‘s leading man in the upcoming Goddess of Marriage) and it was such a sadness to hear they broke up earlier this year. But the break up was handled with as much class and lack of fanfare as the news when they started dating, which is refreshing in this day and age where Korean netizens turn anything into a scandal. I’ve only watched one Lee Sang Yoon drama from start to finish and that was The Duo, which I started watching for Chun Jung Myung but stayed for Lee Sang Yoon. He out-acted PIE by miles and miles, and goodness did he hit all the sageuk nuance out of the park. I looked back on his body of work and realized that he was guy 2 to Yunho in Heading to the Ground. LOL to infinity thinking that he played guy 2 to arguably the worst idol-turned-actor in the industry (yes, even worse than Changmin and Kim Hyun Joong). For his upcoming sageuk Goddess of Fire Jeongi with Moon Geun Young, he plays the tragic figure of Gwanghae Gun and in the drama loves Moon Geun Young’s character but they cannot be together so he ends up protecting her and nurturing her talent. Lee Sang Yoon does restrained brooding so so well, this is going to be such a treat to watch. And to get everyone all excited, check out these amazingly classy pictures of Lee Sang Yoon in the June edition of W Korea. Man was born to wear a suit and lounge around a hotel.