The curious case of Jang Geun Seok‘s entertainment career since his acting career high moment with 2009 K-drama You’re Beautiful is one where his diehard fans have it right and the casual fans are just off the mark because we don’t get him. He’s finally venturing back into K-ent to start off 2016 by being a producer and MC for the variety elimination program Produce 101, which starts off with 101 girl K-pop trainees competing for 10 spots to form a girl group for one year. He would have been back last year with hit variety show Three Meals a Day: Fishing Village but for his tax scandal derailing his participation, which I totally found an overreaction.
But seeing Jang Geun Seok lately, and cemented with this recent New Year’s day photo spread and interview for a variety of K-news outlets, I sense that he’s really happy with his life and is content with his choices, and that makes me want to sigh and move on from any lingering sense of disappointment that he’s not been a serious actor these past few years. Jang Geuk Seok spoke about how he grew up poor, with the hit song “Yanghwa Bridge” basically a reflection of his own childhood, and he initially became an actor solely to make money. But now he realizes that desire is like a snowball and he wants to stop, instead election to do many charitable activities and donations each year while pursuing the career choices of his own election.