I’m sure longtime Lee Jong Seok fans must find it amusing that I’ve grown fond of him through arguably his crappiest drama Dr. Stranger. I don’t know why but perhaps crap is the leave to make his charisma flower shine? Hahahaha, that’s a terrible analogy so I’ll just zip it and enjoy liking him now and worry zilch about why I didn’t like him before. His face still looks weird so I am totally there with folks who find watching him just off-putting, but for me he’s now settled comfortably into my visual rolodex so his oddness no longer bugs me. I actually really want him to accept Pinocchio, he’s so young still with a career that is clearly capable of weathering projects that turn out to be turkeys. That means he needs to keep on acting rather than go all Lee Min Ho on us and take forever to do dramas.
An actor learns by acting and being too selective means letting the craft lay dormant while raking in money through CFs and other ventures that may whet his fans appetites but does nothing for steadily getting better. I’m iffy on Park Shin Hye as a romantic interest like many out there, she’s got more misses than hits in that front, but as a leading lady she’s pretty darn solid in bringing a character to life. I’ve also heard great feedback about I Hear Your Voice and the production team behind that drama is the same one that’s prepping Pinocchio. I’m not going to be covering Lee Jong Seok news all the time, or maybe I’ll turn around in a year and look back and realize I ended up doing just that, but for now I’m quite enamored of his latest pictorial for InStyle Korea. Not sure why he’s overdoing the come hither eye stare in all the pictures but I do love his natural comfort as a model posing. There’s both dramatic intensity that comes from the acting side as well as ease in front of the lens from his modeling roots.