I haven’t been following Jang Geuk Seok for the last few months since he doesn’t have an acting project on the horizon. His singing career is the very side of him I can’t stand so whenever he focuses on that is when I tune out for my sanity’s sake. His last acting gig was the unfortunately named and underrated Pretty Boy (Bel Ami) on KBS towards the end of last year. Even with the popular idol-turned-actress IU as his costar, their combined acting and star appeal wasn’t enough to lift a pretty wacky story that is more odd than anything. I liked it but I’m used to the weird appeal of manga-turned-dramas where there is a heightened level of disbelief required to accept really far-fetched characters. IU showed me her continuing acting improvement while Jang Geun Seok redeemed himself for me with a pretty self-aware performance that poked fun at his real life persona while showing that he’s still a very charismatic actor when the cameras are turned on. Earlier this year he paired up yet again with Park Shin Hye for a cute Jeju island promotional web vignettes for the Lotte Duty Free brand. He just released his third album Driving to the Highway with his collaborator DJ Big Brother for their duo Team H. He’ll be doing a Summer eight-city Asian tour to promote the new album so fans of his music ought to check out whether he’s headed to your neck of the woods. I’ll be waiting for his next acting choice and hopefully it’ll be something that will bring back more of his early days acting fans. His just released pictorial for The Star magazine is like a breath of fresh air in showcasing his cute haircut and boy-next-door appeal.