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A Soft Spot For: Lee Jong Suk

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With all the reviews and Pure Pretty that’s been flooding the blog lately, I realize it’s been a while (gasp! More than 3 months!) since my last k-love confession post (Mmmm.. Kim Soo Hyun!).

And since I did promise that this year I’d be introducing y’all to more of my, uh.. smaller? lesser? medium-sized? milder? (argh. I can’t decide which word works best. You guys know what I mean, right?) k-loves, I thought it fitting that I introduce you guys to Lee Jong Suk, whom I’ve got a big soft spot for.

My affection for Lee Jong Suk is slightly more dongsaeng-esque than all of my other featured k-loves so far, but I do sincerely think he’s pretty special, and special deserves a little bit of the loving spotlight, dontcha think?

Come appreciate this boy-man with me, y’all.

이바디 (Ibadi) – Hello Hollow (헬로할로)

Technical Beginnings

I’m gonna hafta admit that the first two times that Lee Jong Suk actually graced my screen, I paid him practically no attention whatsoever. Oopsie.

Prosecutor Princess

The first time that happened was in early 2010.

I was completely smitten with Park Shi Hoo at the time and watched Prosecutor Princess solely for him. Twice. This, despite the fact that I didn’t think it was that great a drama, and that I found the OST much too in-yo-face and quite grating on the ears. Yessir, I had some major Park Shi Hoo fangirl love goin’ on.

Which is why I did a double take when I belatedly realized that Lee Jong Suk had been in this show. I was all, What? Really? Where??

The evidence speaks for itself, however, and I cannot deny that Lee Jong Suk was indeed in Prosecutor Princess, and that despite the fact that I had seen the show twice in its entirety, I hadn’t taken notice of him. At all. Eep.

I plead Temporary Park Shi Hoo Insanity. Plus, Han Jung Soo was cute too.

Secret Garden

The second time I basically ignored Lee Jong Suk on my screen was in late 2010.

I was watching Secret Garden, and the whole Hyun-Bin-is-hawt effect had me completely and effectively unable to pay proper attention to anything and anyone else on my screen. That I managed to register that Yoon Sang Hyun was hilarious as Oska was a feat unto itself, really.

But, again, the evidence speaks for itself. Lee Jong Suk was indeed, in fact, in Secret Garden.

In my defense, it was a pretty minor supporting role. I do concede, though, that he was suitably angsty and totally looked the part of a broody, talented muso.

See? I actually noticed Jong Suk this time. Sorta.

Attention, Grabbed: School 2013

Ahhh.. School 2013. This is where Lee Jong Suk got my attention good and proper. I loved his portrayal of Go Nam Soon, so much.

Just looking at him here gives me the feels, all over again:

Lee Jong Suk played Nam Soon with such quiet sensitivity, managing to convey so much, even when his character said so little.

Jong Suk made Nam Soon the everyman’s hero, doing his best to live well, while working hard to make up for regrets tied to the past; putting himself out there to protect others; willing to throw everything away for what mattered most to him. All while looking like he was just quietly trying to shuffle through life while blending into the background.

How could I not like such an earnest, quiet boy-hero??

Of course, I was most blown away by the bromance between Nam Soon and Heung Soo (played pretty much to perfection by Kim Woo Bin).

I was completely invested in the bromantic arc of the show, and was thoroughly addicted to their story. I just couldn’t get enough of these two together.

How cute are they as a pair, right??!?

After the show’s final credits rolled, I was in unexpectedly serious Heung-Soon withdrawal, and went on to explore interviews and BTS clips of these 2 adorable boys together.

I was tickled pink by the knowledge that these 2 had become besties while filming School 2013, and I just loved watching them banter with each other in joint interviews. I eagerly lapped up all the bromantic goodness I could lay my hands on; interviews, variety appearances, BTS clips – I inhaled every tidbit that crossed my path.

As many of you know, that resulted in me walking away with an unplanned, humongous fangirl obse-, er, love for Kim Woo Bin, heh. Which put me firmly in Woobie-biased territory.

I did come away from all this with a big soft spot for Jong Suk, though. Coz of how wonderfully he portrayed Nam Soon. And coz, well, how could I not love Woobie’s bestie, right??

Swooned Out: I Hear Your Voice

With my soft spot for Jong Suk firmly in place, I just couldn’t not watch I Hear Your Voice when it came out later that year.

I was still very much in like with Nam Soon, and welcomed another chance to have Lee Jong Suk on my screen. Happily for me, I Hear Your Voice turned out to be a pretty cracky watch.

Another happy discovery? The fact that when Lee Jong Suk’s Soo Ha smiled, I felt like my screen was literally exploding with rainbows and unicorns.

Eeee! How cute is he, right? I just wanted to ruffle his hair and squish him and put him in my pocket. If my pocket could fit all 6’1 (1.86m) of him, that is.

I loved how Jong Suk played Soo Ha. With all-in intensity and vulnerability, wearing his heart on his sleeve.

I was very impressed with Lee Jong Suk and the way he handled difficult scenes. He was fully immersed in his character, and it showed.

Even more than that, I loved – like, really, really LOVED – Lee Jong Suk’s smitten faces.

Eeeeeee!!! And! Swoooonn.

I have a thing for smitten faces, and my top pick for Most Melty Smitten Face is Gong Yoo in Coffee Prince. Seriously, though, while watching Soo Ha going all melty over Hye Sung (Lee Bo Young), I squee-ed out loud and I felt like Soo Ha was giving Choi Han Gyul a serious run for his money. Which, for me, is a pretty huge deal.

Besides going melty over Soo Ha’s lovely smitten faces, I also happily discovered Lee Jong Suk’s sexy side.

I mean, when he delivered this kiss, I swooned. And of course, pressed replay about 5 or 12 times:

Rawr.

Nuthin’ boyish about that kiss; that was all man.

At the same time, my eyes happily discovered Lee Jong Suk’s shoulders, which looked very strong and manly all of a sudden:

Mmmm. Yum.

Suddenly, with just this one drama, Lee Jong Suk firmly graduated in my mind, from sweet school-boy to swoony man-boy. A very significant transition indeed.

Thank you, Show.

Discovering Awesome: Interviews & Variety

I hafta admit, at first, I wasn’t really all that interested or motivated to check out Lee Jong Suk’s interviews and variety appearances. I mean, I enjoyed all the joint stuff I’d seen him do with Woobie, but with my Woobie passion – and hunger! – burning strong, I just didn’t have the bandwidth to check out more of Jong Suk’s stuff. After all, a fangirl with limited time has to prioritize, y’know ;)

But an intriguing comment by blog reader Asmi changed all that.

Here’s an excerpt of what Asmi said:

“I think I might actually legitimately have fallen in love with LJS. His real life personality doesn’t help either. Awkward, dorky, surprisingly candid, and often saying the “wrong” thing (as opposed to pulling from the set of “right” answers your PR manager hands you) and making interviewers uncomfortable, he’s just such a lovable piece of shit. But my favorite thing about him is definitely his passion for acting. Have you read any of his interviews? It’s both so beautiful and tragic when he talks about what acting means to him. Ahhh, this boy, he makes my heart hurt.”

My interest was piqued. Beautiful and tragic? Whatever did that mean?

I promptly delved into some Lee Jong Suk interviews, and I really liked what I found.

I really love when an actor can speak candidly in interviews and be interesting, instead of dishing out pre-manufactured politically correct textbook answers. And Lee Jong Suk does just that. He’s candidly thoughtful and interesting, and that’s rather similar to bestie Kim Woo Bin. Except Lee Jong Suk is a lot less measured, and has a propensity for stream-of-consciousness type answers, which basically results in him awkwardly and adorably putting his foot in his mouth.  On a regular basis. GOLD.

While I can totally imagine Jong Suk’s management facepalming and headdesking their way through any of his interviews because of his tendency to say politically incorrect things, I feel that it is precisely this quality about him that endears him to his fans.

With Jong Suk, you never feel like you’re getting a polished-up, edited version of the truth. Instead, you always feel like he’s telling it like it is. Unfiltered and unadulterated. Just pure Jong Suk; unpolished, raw, transparent. And that’s pretty great.

I love that in Jong Suk’s stream of consciousness answers and musings, you never see an ounce of self-pride in his words. He’s always humble, giving others credit instead of basking in his own. And he’s always striving to do better, consistently looking at how he could’ve done better, rather than basking in what he did right. Such a purist, and so dedicated to his craft. Which is a quality that I really respect. I believe that it’s this very hunger to do better that will propel him to great heights.

Interviews:

Here are a couple of interviews that I enjoyed reading.

1. High Cut, August 2013: here

2. Ceci, October 2013: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3

3. Yes! Magazine, April 2014: here

4. kdramastars.com, April 2014, where he talks about looks, dating and his new drama Doctor Stranger: here

Here’re a couple of snippets from the kdramastars interview:

About Park Hae Jin, his co-star in Doctor Stranger: “I was awed by his good looks and taste in fashion… Watching the recordings for each scene made me realize that Park Hae Jin was way too good looking. It made me feel inferior.”

About his ideal woman: “I am attracted to women I can learn from… I want a woman I will lose to and who moves my heart.” Thud. So, so sweet! ❤

And he’s such a purist, losing weight for his role in Doctor Stranger because he felt it made sense for someone who grew up in North Korea. Respect.

Variety:

Aside from the Running Man episode where Jong Suk appeared with Woobie (episode 138), I hadn’t actually seen him in any other variety show.

Thanks to Asmi clueing me in, I decided to check out Lee Jong Suk’s Hwasin appearance with his I Hear Your Voice co-stars.

Despite the fact that he didn’t enjoy as much screentime as his co-stars, Jong Suk was completely endearing whenever we did get to see him, adorably sweating buckets whenever the focus was turned on him.

Jong Suk was super cute and so, so likable in his unique, slightly awkward, slightly gawky, completely honest and completely forthright way.

Like how he talked about not wanting to dress up or act cute while co-hosting with IU, yet couldn’t stop the gig coz “they” had decided amongst themselves. OMG, so politically incorrect, yet you can’t help but love him for being so upfront and honest. Gotta love how he bucks trends and rules left, right and center, without actually even trying to be a rebel!

I hafta say, even though the bits with Lee Bo Young and Yoon Sang Hyun were amusing too, I wanted more of Lee Jong Suk. More adorable, slightly clueless, blushing-like-crazy, sweaty-like-crazy Lee Jong Suk, with that super fresh, I-don’t-quite-know-whether-what-I’m-saying-is-gonna-get-me-in-trouble-but-oops-too-late-I-already-said-it quality about him.

A-dor-able. Seriously. ❤

Here’s the Hwasin episode with English subs:

For those who prefer alternative sources, you can check out this page.

Movie Moment: No Breathing

About a month or so ago, I watched No Breathing, mostly for Lee Jong Suk and Seo In Guk (of whom I am also pretty fond), and I thought they were both excellent in it.

It’s not a very complicated movie at all, but I just loved the heartwarming simplicity of it. And unlike so many k-movies that feel like a let-down at the end, this one ended on a great note, with enough closure to make me happy, and enough open-endedness to make one hopeful. I loved it.

As a bonus, we got lots and lots of shirtless eye candy, and Lee Jong Suk participated with gusto.

Not bad at all, particularly for someone so lean and lanky, right?

The Lee Jong Suk Paradox

Through all of this, I’ve come to a realization about Lee Jong Suk. He has extremely different facets to him, which can be like night and day. And yet, it’s all him.

Like, on the one hand, he is quirky and cute, like a little boy next door who just happens to be all gawky limbs and adorkable smiles.

You just wanna scrunch him when he’s like that.

And then on the other hand, he’s got this amazingly sensuous side to him that is downright uber sexy.

Rawr.

You can’t help but gulp a little and swoon at this version of him, right?

Can’t get enough? Here’s a little more Sensuous Jong Suk for ya, from his shoot for W Korea:

Faint. He can be so hawt.

I think that’s a really special quality about Jong Suk, that he’s got such diverse aspects to himself. He’s not pretending to be quirky cute. Nor is he pretending to be sensuously sexy. He’s, quite simply, both. And I dig that.

Visual Treats of the Lee Jong Suk Variety

..And I use the word variety on purpose.

Maybe it’s coz he started out as a model. And maybe it’s also coz he’s got such diversity to his personality. Lee Jong Suk’s quite the chameleon when it comes to photoshoots, as we see in this section.

Boyish Cute:

Since that was my first impression of Lee Jong Suk, I thought we’d start here. With the boyish charm that just radiates from him and makes me look at him like he’s my cute little brother.

Broody:

On a very different note, Jong Suk does pensive and broody very well too. So very different from his cute boyish side, right? It’s like he’s got an internal switch, almost. Boyish, off. Broody, on.


Cheeky:

Quite different from the broody, and also distinct from the boyish, here’s Cheeky Jong Suk. You can totally see the glint of naughty in his eyes.

Ethereal:

Again on a completely different note, here’s Ethereal Jong Suk. When he’s in this space, he’s often shown as rather delicate, quite androgynous, and very, very pretty. He almost looks unreal.

Geeky Cute:

I love these nerdy glasses on Jong Suk. He totally looks the part of the adorable geek. And it’s totally in character too, since one of his favorite things to do when he’s not working is to stay at home, watch TV, and see if he can act along with what he sees on his screen.

So cute. So dedicated. So nerdy. Love.

Quirky:

Perhaps because Jong Suk does come across as rather quirky in interviews, he has a good number of photoshoots where the main concept is of the unconventional and offbeat variety. Here’s a small sampling of Quirky Jong Suk.

Smoldery:

How is Smoldery Jong Suk different from Broody Jong Suk? He’s fiercer, is what.

I really love the intensity in Jong Suk’s eyes in this section. Such a strong, piercing gaze. Spellbinding.

Sensuous:

Whether it’s a full-body shot or just a close-up of his face, Jong Suk is able to communicate a highly sensuous vibe.

I think it’s his eyes and lips. So luscious, so seductive and so alluring.

Shirtless:

When Jong Suk combines his sensuousness with shirtlessness, you get a dreamy kind of sexy that feels almost unreal. Sure, he’s not as built or as ripped as a lot of the other k-men gracing our screens, but that sensuous quality makes up for a lot.

Plus, Jong Suk recently unveiled new abs that really look quite delicious.

And that back. Umph. I don’t quite know why, but I find that shot of his bare back very alluring indeed.

Candid:

With such a chameleon behind it all, it’s no wonder that the candid shots of Jong Suk are eclectic and varied as well. He’s alternately thoughtful and cheerful; sleepy and bright; childlike and cool. So many different facets to just one person.

With Woobie:

I just love that Jong Suk’s besties with Woobie, seriously.

They’re both thoughtfully candid, and full of substance, so I can totally imagine them hanging out and having deep philosophical conversations with each other, amid the kidding and horsing around.

I remember Woobie was asked if he felt jealous of Jong Suk when IHYV was on and sweeping the ratings, while he didn’t have a project on the air. Woobie answered that no, he didn’t feel jealous at all, and in fact, he is happy when Jong Suk’s projects do well. AW!!! How sweet is that?? ❤ I LOVE that about their friendship, that they cheer each other on, and are happy for each other when the other is doing well.

There’s a distinct purity in their affection for each other, untainted by jealousy, envy or a need to compete. It also shows a sense of self-assuredness in both of them. They both know that they each have a unique place in the collective consciousness of the k-ent industry, and there’s really no need to try to outshine each other.

I love, love, love seeing them hang out together, at work and at play. ❤

Snuggly Cuddly:

Amid all the different facets of Jong Suk that we get to see, I think the one that comes first and foremost to my mind, is Jong Suk all snuggly cuddly. He’s got a lovely soft quality about him that makes me think he’d be lovely and warm to cozy up to. Y’know, just for his stream-of-consciousness sharing and bashful chuckles.

All in all, Lee Jong Suk’s a pretty special kinda guy, isn’t he?

I love that he’s interesting, and talented, and different. I love that raw, transparent quality about him. I love how dedicated he is to his craft. And that’s why I’ve got such a soft spot for him.

Keep on being awesome, Jong Suk-sshi. You don’t have to be like everyone else. You’re pretty awesome just the way you are.

Author: kfangurl

Proud to be a k-fangirl since 2007. Main diet of kdramas with movies and kpop on the side.

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  6. Jong Sukie!!! *tries to squee silently as it’s the middle of the night*

    I love how you have a gradation for your love! It totally makes sense, though. More than us with “Hubby, Not Quite Hubby but Still Mine, If He Asks Me Out I Won’t Say No” :P

    I haven’t seen Prosecutor Princess, so Secret Garden was the first time I’ve ever seen him. I *did* notice him but umm… I wasn’t really impressed. But like you, School 2013 came and my opinion completely changed. I still luff Nam Soon so so so much! I still remember one of the early moments in the drama, when he was reciting a poem to the kid who was being bullied…I think I cried buckets! And similarly to you, I was a goner after Voice *happy sigh*

    I’ve meant to check out No Breathing, but it just somehow slipped out of my mind. Will look for it soon! I was looking forward that movie because of the cast, but also that it came from the team who did As One/Korea (Jong Suk is in it too!), and i loved that movie.

    Thanks for the VIP reminder, unni! <3

    • HAHA. Yes I do have gradation for my love, even if I can’t find the right word to categorize it! XD

      Oh my, YESSS. That scene where he read the poem had me blubbering in tears! He made Nam Soon so wonderfully vulnerable, yet so quietly heroic. LOVE. And then IHYV – I never expected to swoon over Jong Suk, especially since he was very much Nam Soon in my mind, but man. Soo Ha had me in a big melty puddle, almost all the way through the show! ❤

      I haven’t seen As One – and I didn’t realize Jong Suk is in that too! I will have to look for that. But yes, definitely check out No Breathing! It’s a very good watch, even if you don’t count the Lee Jong Suk and Seo In Guk awesome ^^

  7. Yessssssss! Squeeeeeeeee!! Thank you hehe… Beautiful….

    • Gasp, thud. Most of these pics I have seen or pinned, but a few I hadn’t heeeee! He’s just really natural and expressive, and mostly unfiltered. Just a rare purity… Love flower boy-men, it’s totally my type. Been into kpop more recently, haven’t ogled him in months… Thanks for the well-written, organized happy post ;)

      • Aw, glad you enjoyed the post, lyricalpeach! :D I do remember that you’ve got a big soft spot for Jong Suk too! He really is very expressive, isn’t he?? He’s got the ability to make you feel like he’s got every emotion written on his face. Which is a pretty cool thing, for an actor :) Plus, he is so pretty!

  8. Lee Jong Suk, the Prince of Shoulder Porn. Love this guy.

    • HAHA! Prince of Shoulder Porn?!?? You really DO have a way with words! XD But I have to agree, those shoulders are extremely delicious. So broad, and so strong. YUM.

  9. Thank you is not enough to express how grateful I am with this post… ;-)

  10. Love it. LJS is another newly discovered k-entity for me. Like you a lightbulb flashed in my head recently – along the lines of “Ahhhh, THAT was Lee Jong Suk in Secret Garden?” Followed quickly by “You’re kidding.”
    You’ve put into words that elusive quality he has. I would only add that despite the boyishness there is a streak of ambition a mile wide in that child. It comes out as being assured but also as being cocky sometimes, only because he is young. Give him 5 more years and this Ahjuhmma will be claiming Noona status on the LJS love train. :D
    Also, you do realize that you are doing besties in your love/pure pretty posts? SJS and SSH. Woobin and LJS. Which bromance next? Lee Seung Gi and Cha Seung Won? My k-ent knowledge doesn’t pull any other pair to mind, but I am sure you know of more!

    • Tee hee! I can just imagine that lightbulb moment for you! Coz mine was really similar with his appearance in Prosecutor Princess! XD

      I hafta say, I haven’t yet come across the cocky moments with LJS.. Maybe I just happened to check out the interviews where that didn’t show up so much. But I can imagine how he might come across all wrong trying to express something, and inadvertently sound cocky. The vibe I get mostly, though, is that he’s pretty hard on himself, especially when it comes to acting. He was particularly regretful about his performance in Face Reader; he felt that he hadn’t done justice to the role. I do love that he sets high standards for himself and strives to do better :)

      Oh, I totally hadn’t realized that I was creating a bestie pattern here! XD With Woobie and Jong Suk, I was aware. But both the SJS and SSH posts were a result of requests and informal voting. XD I don’t have any firm plans to cover more bestie pairs, though Lee Seung Gi and Cha Seung Won are definite contenders ^^ Maybe I should also cover Jo In Sung, since I’ve already got bestie Gong Yoo all over the blog ;)

  11. I totally missed him in Prosecutor Princess as well but then I ff’d through most of it so I’m not surprised, LOL! I did notice him in Secret Garden though, his character’s crush on Oska was rather cute. :) Yeah, like with everyone and their dog, it was School 2013 where I really took note. But then, I liked the whole young cast a lot and he was just one of them, albeit a bit more front and center.

    I’m not as taken with the boy as many of his fans, he’s made pretty good progress since his debut as an actor but there’s ways go yet. Besides, as much as I like to oggle The Pretty Young Things, I’m much more partial to the ‘older’ actors. What they have going for them is something that only life lived and experience can give. Though there are exceptions, the young ‘uns rarely have that particular ‘aura’, which I find hella appealing btw. XD

    • Lol. I am totally not surprised by your take, Timescout! XD I know what you mean about the more mature actors.. The experience in their eyes is undeniably sexy. I like ‘em too. I guess I just have wide-ranging taste..? XD

      I can only imagine how these younger actors will improve as they get older and get more life experience under their belts. I already think some of them are pretty awesome, so having that leveled up just makes me excited ^^

  12. Thank you kfangurl! I just officially fell in love with LJS last week from watching Doctor Stranger so your post is making my heart flutter! Haha. Like you said, I love how he blushes, and his ears got all red during a sweet scene with his love interest, and it was so darn cute. He looks good in a suit too. Rawr! I think he’s my #2 after gong yoo now of course. :)

    • Hee, what great timing then! :D I haven’t checked out Doctor Stranger, but have heard generally positive buzz. I can totally imagine what you described though – Jong Suk blushing and being cute. And looking good in a suit! Those are things that he does do extremely well, lol ;) Also! #2 after GY?? That’s a pretty big deal! ^^

  13. Ah what are you doing to my poor fangirl heart?!

    Secret Garden was the first korean drama I ever watched, and Lee Jong Suk really stuck out to me. In fact, he was the first Korean actor whose name I learned.

    I quite recently finished watching School 2013 and now I’m madly in love with both Lee Jong Suk and Kim Woo Bin (I started becoming very KWB biased during Heirs though). He’s just such a cutie! But he’s also sexy. And deep. And clever. And funny. Ah, he’s just the whole package! He and Woo Bin are both definitely among my absolute favorite k-actors.

    • Tee hee. I had no idea I was overwhelming your fangirl heart, Admin A! XD

      I am totally Woobie-biased, of course. But I totally see the Lee Jong Suk appeal. He’s a complete cutie, and so very unique! I LUFF those boys together, and I wish they’d reunite on our screens sometime soon! I know, it’s not terribly likely to happen anytime soon, but a fangirl can dream, right? ;)

  14. I think I like in a similar way you do. I wouldn’t put him in my list of hotties tho, I can’t lust over someone I see as a little (well not so little) brother, but I think I would’ve a few years ago. I do like something about him. While he is not physically my type he does have this charm. And more importantly he is one of my favorite young actors. You mentioned his passion for acting. Oh there is nothing sexier than that to me and this passion of his shows. He has been choosing roles that appeal to me as well, like the one in I Hear your voice and now with only two eps of Dr Stranger I’m in love again. That drama started soooo good! Great post as usual kfangurl :)

    • Aw, thanks DF, I’m glad you enjoyed the post! :D Yes, he’s very dedicated and serious about his acting, and I do love that about him. I totally get what you mean when you say he’s physically not your type. He’s not my usual type either, but he’s definitely grown on me. He’s just got this way of putting himself in a role to the extent that his character just draws you in and then grips you by the heart. And when that is channeled into romantic arcs like the one he had in IHYV.. Thud. That, plus he’s beefing up in degrees, and I like where it’s going ;) Those shoulders have gotten so broad and so strong. And those abs have been getting so.. chocolatey ;) And that sensuous, sensuous vibe. YUM.

      • I don’t even know when I say “not my type” cause I don’t even have a type lol! My pattern is, I start liking a guy for “reasons” and then he turns into “my type”. LJS is certainly sexy. I just, you know? I think its the age thing mostly. But I do see why others would drool over him.

        • Oh, I know how that works, DF! :D I never thought Woobie was my type either. Until he snuck up on me and stole my heart, and now, he’s TOTALLY my type, Lol! XD

  15. I know exactly how you feel. This man-child is not just gorgeous, he’s also uber talented and comes off as such an awesomely candid character. I luff him. The bromance with Woo-bin is just cherry on top of an already glorious sundae.

    • Hee. He really is a man-child isn’t he? Even when I was all swooned-out watching him in IHYV, I still very much saw that sheen of innocent child about his swoony leading man. I do wonder how he will continue to evolve as he grows older and more mature.. because that man-child quality is so much of a part of him right now, it’s rather difficult to imagine him without it.

      I do love how talented and dedicated he is, and I do genuinely enjoy watching him on my screen. And oh, that bromance with Woob! It’s one of my fangirl wishes, to see them reunite onscreen again, preferably still playing besties. Ahhhh, that would be so awesome!

  16. ..your blog site is raining men!….allelujah!!!..so this is where your dreamboy Woobie’s pal landed!….the boyish, flower boy looking Lee Jong Suk is your current k-love post….oh, oh and ohhhhhhhlalalalalala….awesomeness overload…i love all the high-def. photos of him plus extra special bonus are the photos of him with his bestie Woobie<3 i am sure all your visitors and that includes me are going to go crazy over your lovable and yummy post over the photos you posted they are all LOVELY!!..i love it so much….i have fun on the video too i have also a favorite video of him from Ceci…you have them on your still photos but i'd love to share the vid here it is…

    • Ooh, thanks for the vid, evez! :D That sensuous quality in Jong Suk totally comes out in this vid, where we get to see him in motion. Verryyy nice indeed ;)

      Tee hee. I do love how happy you are that the blog’s raining men, my dear. Yay that you’re enjoying the posts! Also, I’m so tickled by the fact that while I try to keep the blog from being overly fangirly by not posting these Pure Pretty / k-love posts too often, that you ladies actually look forward to these posts and get excited when I do post them! Maybe I should just throw caution to the wind and let these posts loose whenever I feel like it? ;) Lol.

  17. I got under his spell not long ago – like two months and but I’m over the hill with him now. But I’ve seen him in Secret Garden long ago and noticed him. But nothing really more. Then after years I kept seeing his name in the news and knew that he is doing well. And after wathing some other dramas two months ago I remembered him and wanted to see something with him and I wathed – I heare your voice. Oh, my, I was totally sold. Then I frantically started to seach for every little piece where he was into. So then goes School 2013 – he touched me so many times there. When I was the prettiest – he acted so bold there. High Kick – I’m still not finished with it – only on ep.83 because I didn’t find subs for further eps. Procecutor Princess, I didn’t know that he would be there literally 10 minutes in total but oh well. The Face Reader, even though he was only playing minor role I liked the plot a lot. No Breathing was really not a great movie, generic, if not for LJS I wouldn’t even watch it in the first place. Return to Base – completely wasted my time – such a boring movie, don’t like Rain at all so it didn’t help also. As One – the plot was moving, LJS was good as expected. And the best I’m saving for the end – Hot Young Bloods – I absolutely love this movie – he was totally great playing village casanova – I recommended it to all people I know and everyone liked it! Shows – I watched his both appearences in Strong heart – loved this girls’ dance:) Unfortunately couldn’t find subbed Happy Together with him. Saw both appearences in Running Man – one with Woo Bin (sorry I don’t like him at all – School and White Christmas didn’t help) and without him the most recent one – while promoting Hot Young Blood. Saw him in Hwasin and read I guess majority of interviews as well as videos on runways.

    So yep, I was waiting so bad for his new drama Doctor Stranger and should I say the obvious? I totally fell for the new character – Park Hoon – I’m enjoying every moment of the drama, especially with LJS ones.

    • Wow Ager, you do have major Lee Jong Suk love, seeing how you’ve seen all his stuff! :) I loved IHYV and School 2013, and thought that he was amazing in both shows. I recently watched Hot Young Bloods too, and really liked it as well. I don’t generally do movie reviews, but I really had so many thoughts after watching Hot Young Bloods that I decided to write it a quick review. You can check it out here if you like ^^

      In order to manage my drama time more effectively, I mostly check out dramas after they’re done. I definitely have Doctor Stranger on my watch list, and it’s great to know that you’re enjoying it! Fingers crossed that it stays good all the way to the end! Even if the story goes downhill, I’m confident that Jong Suk will put in a great performance, but I’m hopeful that the story will hold up too. ;)

  18. Jong Sukkie oppa is so adorable! In everything I’ve watched him in, I love the sincerity that he brings to his roles. I’m so glad that you suggested I watch School 2013 earlier in the year! The cuteness from him and Woobie was well received from this girl. :)
    I’m positive that I’ll enjoy seeing LJS grow into an even more established and accomplished actor.

    • You’ve totally hit the nail on the head, Muffin! Yes, Jong Suk does bring a great deal of sincerity to his roles. In each role that I’ve seen him in so far, he’s got this way of drawing you in to his character, and holding you there, as he bares his heart. SO GOOD. ❤

      Yay that you enjoyed School 2013! It’s literally one of my favorite dramas of all time, largely because of Woobie and Jong Suk, but also coz it’s well written. Have you seen I Hear Your Voice, Muffin? Jong Suk is so swoony in there, I’m sure you’d enjoy watching him in that! And definitely yes, I do believe that Jong Suk is going to go far as an actor; he demands so much of himself and applies himself so intently on interpreting his characters. Love that quality about him ^^

      • I have seen IHYV and I really enjoyed it. I had a goofy grin throughout the entire drama. Park Soo Ha was such a nurturing person and Jong Suk gave life to that quality.

        And I am certainly planning to marathon Doctor Stranger when it finishes.

        • IHYV is a pretty great watch, isn’t it?? Jong Suk as Soo Ha was just GOLD. I LUFFED him! ❤ He really has this great full-on vulnerability to his delivery which just grabs me.

          I’m still on the fence about Doctor Stranger, thanks to all the mixed reactions I’m seeing. Kaiaraia mentioned rainbows and unicorns tho, in relation to Jong Suk. That might force me to check out this show, in the end ;)

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  20. I am speechless (which is a state I am not in very often) with how thorough this post is. I mean I was blown away by your reviews but figured this would just be a couple of photos of eye candy and some pithy observations and it is anything but that. I laughed my ass off at the beginning of this post because I had NO idea that he was in Prosecutor Princess which I had watched because of my love of Kim So-Yeon but fell for Park Si-hoo. I too watched it twice (even though it is not a great drama) but I loved it and I NEVER put it together that he was in that until the photo above. But I DID notice him in Secret Garden and felt he had something. I loved that is character was gay and I loved his relationship with Oskar. I did not see School 2013. Which is strange because I love Daniel Choi. I think it has to do with my dislike of how horrific school life is portrayed in Korean Dramas in general. I just can’t stomach them. Although I am close to watching it because I love both him and Woo Bin and I always like a good bromance. But this boy (and yes! he is a boy to me – a yummy off limits boy) won my heart so completely in ICHYV that I will always love him but i guess not enough to sit through yet another medical drama – sigh!

    • Tee hee. What an honor, that I managed to render you speechless for a bit! XD The k-love posts tend to be more robust. I recently started a new series called Pure Pretty, where it’s more about the photos and I have less to say. You can check those posts out here if you’re in the mood for light fangirling that doesn’t require much brain engagement! XD

      Omo. Amy, I know you don’t really love high school dramas, but I really recommend School 2013! I watched it twice, and on my 2nd watch, I was pleasantly surprised by how well-written the show is. I realized that quite a bit of thought had gone into character arcs and how they intersected. Very nice. Of course, THE big draw of School 2013 is the Jong Suk-Woobie bromance, and OMG, it’s SO GOOD. More engaging and cracky than many a romantic loveline, seriously. I could watch a hundred episodes of those boys together, seriously.

      And yes, I LOVED, LOVED Jong Suk in I Hear Your Voice! He was pretty amazing as Soo Ha, and I was mesmerized. Not only by his swoony scenes and his very nice shoulders, but also his intense, full-on delivery. He just became Soo Ha for me, basically. ❤

      Ah, Doctor Stranger. I’m not fond of medical dramas myself, but depending on what I hear about it, I might still give it a chance. After it’s done airing and proven that it didn’t tank too badly. XD

      • Doctor Stranger was good! I really love him as Park Hoon :) He showed maturity in his acting and he really improves a lot compared to “I hear your voice” hehehe so you can try watching it! It’s been long since I’m here haha do you remember me? :P

        • Of course I remember you! ^^ I’ve been hearing mixed reactions to Doctor Stranger, with many people being frustrated with the writing around the plot. Is that your experience too? It’s great to hear that Jong Suk is doing a good job tho – I already thought he was pretty excellent in IHYV, so to hear that he’s improved a lot in Doctor Stranger is good news indeed! :)

  21. Okay. I’m not into Korean Drama for such a long time to judge but I heard there are years with and years without. 2013 was definitely a without one for me since there are only two dramas I found engaging that year : ” Two weeks” and “I hear your voice”. So of course I couldn’t but notice Lee Jong Suk. But even if that year were full of great dramas, I would not have forgotten him because this guy is the epitome of weird. Physically I mean and, don’t throw stones at me, not in a good way. His face basically screams “unnatural !” , those knife-cut eyes, narrow nose, vampire-like complexion and huge lips of him… Brrrr. Plus he is way too skinny for my taste. When I read he lost weight for his new drama I wonder which bones exactly he took off because, I mean, the guy is fat-free. But from skinny he did become scrawny and that’s so unfair for all of us girls who are taking 5kg only looking at a cookie….
    So words like “sexy”, “handsome” or “hot” are the last ones coming to my mind to describe him BUT I do find him extremely endearing nonetheless. The quality of IHYV has certainly a lot to do with that. And he is a good kisser. Those huge lips moving around his partner’s in” Doctor Stranger” are also something to see. Just normal kisses happen to be so scarce in KDrama so when you encounter a great kisser who never fail how can you not dig him/her ????

    • Oh, asotss, you really made me giggle with your comment! Especially your remark about his lips and being a good kisser! XD

      Most of the time, Jong Suk falls into endearing territory for me too. But when he turns on the romantic vibes like he did in IHYV, I hafta admit that I do swoon a little. And those shoulders, they’ve become so strong and broad and quite delicious. I may be busy swooning a lot more over Woobie (& now Park Seo Joon too!), but I do still have room in my fangirl heart to cast an approving eye on Lee Jong Suk ;)

  22. Unni… I enjoyed this very much. Thanksss

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