Biography of Lee Jong-sukLee Jong-suk is a highly sought-after actor and model who became the youngest fashion show participant in the history of Seoul Fashion Week in 2005. He has won more than twenty film awards, including the South Korean television award Drama Awards, and gained fame for his roles in popular series such as "School 2013," "Pinocchio," "I Can Hear Your Voice," "While You Were Sleeping," and "W."
He is also known for his involvement in creating music videos, particularly for tracks like "Love Is" by the duo Davichi, "My Valentine" by singer Jeong Yeop, and "Don't Play Around" by the girl group "CHI-CHI."
ChildhoodThe artist, rightfully called "talented, charming, brave, and charismatic", was born on September 14, 1989, in Yongin. He grew up as a very shy, quiet child who avoided social interactions. He was the eldest of three children in the family: in 1991, his parents welcomed a son, and two years later a daughter. His younger brother and sister were more lively, not as introverted as he was.
The eldest child always felt fear towards his father, who treated him as the eldest with particular strictness and demands. Even as he grew older, the young man usually felt uncomfortable in his father's presence and never dared to argue back.
Presumably, to develop his son's strength and self-confidence, his father sent him first to the Boy Scouts, then to a taekwondo class. Although the boy preferred drawing, playing the piano, or the board game "Go", he diligently attended training and eventually earned a black belt. His family did not allow him to quit martial arts even after a knee injury when Lee had an accident and tore his ligaments.
Star PathDuring his middle school years, a young man began his modeling career by showcasing a men's clothing collection from the well-known brand Seoul Collection during the 2005 Fashion Week in the Korean capital. The event was attended by leading designers and fashion enthusiasts from different countries around the world. He then became the youngest model in the country to participate in shows of such scale.
During the same period, he started training in one of the idol groups, signing a contract which also covered his acting debut. However, after three months, he terminated the contract due to the counterparty's failure to fulfill obligations regarding acting.
Afterwards, he successfully passed the actor selection at the Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS) and at 16, he first appeared on screen in the short film "Sympathy". That same year, he was voted the winner among novice models and received the South Korean Superstar Selection Competition award. In 2006, he also topped the list of contenders for the SMART Model Contest in the "Most Photogenic" category.
For the next three years, he continued to participate in shows and auditions, but with no success. Due to failures and his parents' dissatisfaction, Lee fell into depression and stopped leaving the house and interacting with friends. But in 2010, he finally landed a supporting role in the romantic multi-episode drama "Prosecutor Princess", which tells the story of Ma Hye-Ri (played by Kim So-Yeon), who gradually becomes an excellent lawyer. He also made his big-screen debut in the horror movie "Ghost".
By the end of 2010, the young actor began filming in the dorama "Secret Garden", where he played the small role of the talented homosexual musician Han Tae-Sun, who had a romantic interest in pop singer Oska (Yoon Sang-Hyun). The fledgling actor started being recognized on the street, and even his strict father praised his efforts and performance.
The young man gained even more popularity after the 2011 release of the comedic romantic dorama "High Kick: Revenge of the Short Legged". He was trusted with the role of hockey star Ahn Soo-Jung, the brother of the heroine played by actress and singer Krystal Jung. For his brilliant performance, he received a nomination for the Baeksang Arts Awards.
In the wake of success in 2012, Lee appeared in four projects at once. He played rookie pilot Ji Seok-Hyun in the feature film "R2B: Return to Base" about the times of the Korean War, as well as a minor role of North Korean Choi Kyung-Sub in the sports drama "As One", which told about the events that took place during the table tennis competitions in 1991 in the city of Chiba (Japan), when the United Korean team won gold.
In the same year, he performed the central role of student Go Nam-Soon in the dorama "School 2013", dedicated to incidents from the life of students of a problematic educational institution in Seoul. He very convincingly and realistically conveyed the deep experiences of his hero and earned his first KBS Drama Awards in the category "Best New Actor".
Lee successfully demonstrated his acting talent in the melodrama "My Prettiest Moments". He transformed into the main character Yoon Jong-Hak, a handsome student. While visiting a friend in the hospital, his character met a very cute girl. She aroused such strong feelings in him that the young man was faced with a very difficult choice - what to do and whom to prefer?
During the same period, the actor was a guest on the entertainment TV shows "Strong Heart" and "Happy Together", and also became the host of the show "The Music Trend" on the SBS channel.
The next significant project in Lee's career was the series "I Can Hear Your Voice", released in 2013, which brought him several new film awards for the best male role. In this captivating romantic comedy-drama, he appeared as a young man named Park Soo-Ha, who can hear thoughts. His character was in love with a beautiful lawyer (Lee Bo-Young), who was investigating complex crimes, and he tried his best to help her.
The actor's fans could also see him in one of the highest-grossing films of 2013 - the historical drama "The Face Reader", where he played Jin-Hyeong, the son of the main character Nae-Kyung (actor Song Kang-Ho). In addition, he appeared in a key role as a swimmer in the sports melodrama "No Breathing".
2014 was marked by the release of three films featuring the actor in the lead role, including the melodramatic comedy-thriller "Dr. Stranger", which had over 600 million views by the end of the season and brought the performer the SBS Special Award, and the detective sitcom "Pinocchio". For his role in the latter, he was awarded the Drama Awards in two categories (best male role and couple / with actress Park Shin-Hye).
In 2016, the artist graduated from Konkuk University with a degree in "Professional Cinematography and Art", and starred in three projects. He played the key role of Kang Chul in the fantastic series "W". According to the script, his character, a comic book character, had romantic relations with a girl from the real world Oh Yeon-Joo (actress Han Hyo-Joo).
A year later, fans enthusiastically welcomed his two new works - in the feature film "VIP", where their idol played the role of the son of a high-ranking official who committed crimes with impunity, and in the series "While You Were Sleeping", which told about how his character, Prosecutor Jung, successfully cooperated with the girl Nam (Bae Suzy), who had prophetic dreams.
In 2018, the historical dorama "The Hymn of Death" was released, telling about the tragic romance of the outstanding theater playwright Kim Woo-Jin (played by him) and the first soprano of Korea Yoon Sim-Deok (Shin Hye-Sun).
In 2019, the comedy TV series "Romance is a Bonus Book" was released, about the development of relationships between a young chief editor of a publishing company, brilliant writer Cha Eun-Ho, played by Lee, and the beauty Kang Dan-I (Lee Na-Young). According to the plot, she is a former talented copywriter and his old acquaintance, who has employment problems. Fans were thrilled by a series of intimate episodes, for example, when she fell asleep on his shoulder, and he, without the girl's knowledge, gently touched her lips with his.
In March of the same year, the actor was drafted for compulsory military service. But due to the aftermath of a car accident injury sustained at 16 (ruptured cruciate ligament), he was deemed unfit for direct army service. He served his military duty until January 2021 as a public service worker.
On January 2, 2021, Jong-Suk was discharged, and two weeks later he appeared on the cover of Esquire Korea. In an interview with the magazine, he admitted that he was nervous about being back in the spotlight, as if he had forgotten how to pose in front of cameras in two years of service. He also revealed that he had gained about ten kilograms over these two years, which he had to lose urgently, and since gyms were closed due to the pandemic, he had to exercise at home and maintain a strict diet.
Personal Life of Lee Jong-sukThe actor tries to keep his private life out of the public eye. He mentioned that he dreams of meeting a girl with a high level of intellect to motivate the development of his own abilities.
Various rumors linked him romantically with model and actress Han Hyo-joo, "Miss A" member Bae Suzy, and co-stars from the series "Pinocchio" Park Shin Hye and "I Hear Your Voice" Lee Bo Young.
The star's most recent alleged lover was the singer from "Hello Venus," Nara. However, in August 2019, a representative from his agency, "A Man Project," denied this information.
On the other hand, his relationship with singer and actress Lee Ji-eun, better known as IU, was confirmed. Their relationship started in the summer of 2022.
Lee speaks about his girlfriend with undisguised adoration:
It may sound cliché, but her existence gives me strength and the will to live. She not only helps me but also many other people who find comfort through her music
Lee Jong-suk NowIn 2022, to the delight of fans, Jong-suk returned to the screen after his service, appearing in the second part of the horror film "The Witch" as the head of a secret government agency searching for the main character.
In the same year, he played the lead role in the detective dorama "Big Mouth". His character, Park Chang-ho, is a mediocre but very talkative lawyer (hence the nickname Silent Sea), who gets into a bind. He is mistaken for a fraudster nicknamed Big Mouse. Ending up in jail, Chang-ho tries to find out who set him up.
Also in 2022, the premiere of the military thriller "Decibel", in which Jong-suk played one of the key characters, took place.
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