Kim Woo Bin is everywhere these days. I can’t go to any Chinese or Korean entertainment site without bumping into news about his latest movie casting, endorsement deal, magazine covers, and now he’s even making the news in the gossip column. Those fans of Woo Bin who weren’t happy about him dating model Yoo Ji An (or those who didn’t want him dating anyone period) can relish in his return to bachelor status. Turns out the low key but public couple quietly broke up about 3 or 4 months ago but their agencies are only confirming the breakup this week. I didn’t care if he was single, dating, married, gay, asexual, or even secretly an alien. I like him because he makes crap roles and dramas better (Heirs) and makes great roles spectacular (Friends 2). He’s just that good of a young actor with equal parts charisma and acting chops.
Most have only one or the other and that’s enough for a lifetime as an actor getting gigs left and right. To have both makes my eyes sparkle when I watch him onscreen. He’s in the pages of the Spring issue of W Korea in a spread that makes me wish for some alterna-universe where he played Kim Tan in Heirs. Or even if the character of Choi Young Do was the one who went to the US to study. The reason being is the W Korea spread brings back memories of the third episode of Heirs when Park Shin Hye‘s character wandered around the desert highways of Cali and ended up at a seedy gas station motel with Lee Min Ho‘s Tan. What could have been electrifying with the whole lost in a remote environs tension ended up jokey and anemic thanks to those two’s low wattage chemistry. Oh what Kim Woo Bin lost in the desert would bring to the world of Heirs. Love these pics, especially the incongruity of how he makes a rose-printed shirt seem chic and manly when he wears it.