If you read my recent review of She Was Pretty, and particularly if you’ve known me for a while, you’d probably have guessed that this Pure Pretty spotlight on Si Won was soon in the coming.
I mean, not only did he deliver the role with an impressive amount of nuance that felt raw and heartfelt, he made it all look so effortless. From the hammy & funny, to the glimpses of sorrow & poignance, he made it all feel natural, like it was a genuine extension of himself. He was the character, all the way through. And I was, quite literally, blown away.
On top of all of that acting awesome, he looked fantastic. Just, how could I not give him a piece of my heart? <3
See that screenshot up there? That’s the moment that Si Won basically stole my heart. Such a quiet, tender moment, with barely a spoken word, yet delivered with so much feeling. Augh. It totally made me see Si Won in a whole new light.
I mean, yes, I’d enjoyed Si Won on my screen before. I’d found him extremely ab-tastic in Oh! My Lady (2010), and then, hilariously hammy in King of Dramas (2012). Both times, I’d been impressed on some level, but this time, he completely blew the lid off what I’d previously thought him capable of, as an actor.
After amazing me with his acting ability (and, not forgetting, stealing my swooning fangirl heart in the process), he showed up on my screen looking like this:
Doesn’t he look completely unreal here? Such chiseled Hollywood handsome, with that gentle sunshine dappling off his features. Then there’s that gentle curl of the lip. And then there’s That Gaze. Such a subtly complex mix of intensity, gentleness and quiet strength, that I can only flail helplessly as I melt into an appreciative puddle. Swoon.
This was the definitive moment, when I decided that I needed more Si Won on my screen. I was like, Where have you been all this time, Si Won? Where have you been hiding all this acting awesome?? Dramaland needs you!!
…And then it hit me. Si Won is enlisting in MS something like, now, and She Was Pretty is his last acting project for at least the next 2 years.
Sadness. How bittersweet is this, that he unveils the impressive scope of his acting prowess, and steals our hearts, just as he ups and leaves for MS?
This is why we need a spot of Si Won Pure Pretty. Methinks we need at least a little something to console ourselves in his absence from k-ent, right?
MULTIPLE SHADES OF SI WON AWESOME
For the record, I never did have any Si Won pix in my possession, until I decided to do this post. Man, can I just say, there is So Much – seriously, SO MUCH – Si Won Pretty on the interwebs. Everywhere I looked, with every virtual corner I turned, there were so many Si Won photos to be found that I felt like I was drowning (Yes, I know this is a happy problem).
This means that this gallery is far from comprehensive. I basically picked the photos that I liked best, from the vast number of photos that are available. What can I say? I guess this is one of those times when it comes in handy that the object of our attention and affection is part of one of the most popular kpop groups out there.
Also, I realize that in general, I prefer Si Won’s more recent pictures compared to his earlier ones. He just looks more manly in the recent pix, which, rawr. I did include a number of his earlier pix too, though, just for good measure.
As always, I’ve included large, HD sizes where possible. So you just might find your new Si Won wallpaper in this gallery. 😉 Enjoy.
Boy Next Door
I decided that Boy Next Door would be a great place to start, simply because in many of his personal photos, he looks so approachable and normal. Just like he could be the regular dude who lives next door, and who just happens to be, well, unreasonably good-looking.
That picture of him with the ice-cream is extra delicious, coz I mean, Si Won + ice-cream + the open-collared shirt = melty delectable goodness.
My favorite pic, though, is the one further down, where he’s standing on the outdoor stairs, looking right into the camera. So normal and approachable, and so bright and cheery, yet so ruggedly handsome, all at the same time. Mmm.
My favorite thing about clean-cut Si Won, is that there’s something so wholesome about him. It makes me think of healthy, wholesome clean-living. And milk and cookies.
I love the happy, breezy vibe of this first pic. And yes, I know that he’s technically not clean-shaven in the picture on the boat, lower down in the set. But, he looks so crisp, sharp and warm in it, that I just couldn’t leave it out.
Although I feel like I don’t know a whole lot about Si Won, he strikes me as a guy with many thoughts; a man with substance. So when I look at these photos with the pensive thoughtful vibe, I feel like I’m getting to see Si Won contemplating the important things in life.
My favorite photo in this set is the 5th one, the close-up of Si Won from a side angle. The whole feel is thoughtful, with a lovely touch of dreamy. I can’t stop staring at his lashes and his brows.
Also, I really dig that last photo. That wonderful mix of facial fuzz, with the open-collared white shirt, and that tan, and that thoughtful, contemplative intensity. It all just comes together to make me swoon.
A set that goes hand-in-hand with the pensive-thoughtful ones, these photos showcase Si Won’s more serious side. When contrasted with the playful hammy side of him that we’ve seen in his last 2 roles in k-dramaland, I find the serious vibe a little startling, and quite refreshing indeed.
I really like the 3rd pic, coz it’s with his She Was Pretty co-star Park Seo Joon, and many of you know that I also have a lot of love for Park Seo Joon. Two lovelies in the same frame – how could I not include it, right? 😉
Another pic that I really like, is the black-and-white one further down, where he’s wearing a big puffer jacket and adjusting his gloves. It gives me Healer vibes, and I can’t help picturing him being partners with Healer, all ready to parkour off a building for the greater good. <3
Smoldery Si Won is just plain sexy. Also, when that gaze, simmering with heat, is turned directly at the camera, it’s nothing short of arresting. My heart skipped several beats while gazing at these pics, seriously.
I freaking love this first pic; he exudes so much manly, confident smolder that I can hardly tear my eyes away.
The last pic also has me flailing. That mesmerizing, penetrating gaze, and that facial scruff, paired with that open-collared white shirt. Swoon.
This section’s more about Si Won’s playful side, sometimes delivered with a touch of ‘tude. It’s cheeky without being try-hard, and it’s plenty sexy.
I love the laughter in his eyes in the second pic. You can tell he’s genuinely amused, and y’know, there’s just something very sexy about a guy with a sense of humor. <3
As many of you know, I love a man in a sharp suit, and as expected, Si Won does not disappoint. He looks fabulous, whether he’s wearing the crisp sharp lines of a good suit or a luxe tux.
Extra brownie points to the pic of him doing up his tie in front of the mirror. Coz, there’s just something so sexy and intimate about that, like we’re watching him get ready to leave the house.
Of course, it’s not only when he’s in a suit that he looks sharp. You guys know I love the look of a crisp white shirt on a man. Even better when that crisp white shirt is paired with a vest. I didn’t watch Athena (2010), but I certainly dig the sharp look on Si Won.
Much as I think Si Won looks great in the clean lines of a sharp suit, I think he’s even sexier when he’s channeling a more rugged vibe. There’s just something so strong and manly about it that I really dig.
I really like the facial scruff on him in this second pic, quite possibly coz it reminds me of his character Shin Hyuk in She Was Pretty. Plus, that lovely gentleness in his eyes, which provides such a lovely contrast to the craggy beard.
Also, check out those lovely veiny arms in that last pic. I don’t know why, I just find that really sexy.
Uungh. Just, how strong and healthy and sexy does he look in these pix, where he’s showing off his sporty side?
The upside of Si Won having the habit of performing without his shirt, is that there is lots – seriously, lots – of shirtless awesome to choose from. This is a moderate sampling of the shirtless pix that I liked best, among all the ones I saw in the course of my research. (Such hard work, no? XD )
Si Won’s got a smoking hot bod, there’s no doubt about it. I think he looks fab in all of these pix, but, special shout-out to the one where he’s performing with the red beanie, coz it (again) reminds me of his character Shin Hyuk in She Was Pretty.
My favorite of the set is the last pic, coz it’s so, so beautiful. That artful lighting, so lovingly highlighting the sculpted beauty of his shirtless profile. Faint.
Also very sexy, are these pix, where Si Won looks a little undone. Whether he’s loosening his tie, or looks like he’s just gotten out of bed, there’s a very sensual vibe to these pix, which I find very sexy indeed.
I love this section. It reminds me of that screenshot at the beginning of the post, the one where I find him so beautiful that it feels unreal. Same thing here. In all of these pix, I find Si Won’s got a dreamy, beautiful sort of quality that I find quite captivating.
I love both shots of him in front of the stone wall, he’s so gorgeously lit. My favorite shot, though, is the 3rd pic, in all of his facial-scruffy glory. His eyes are so bright and intense; it’s nothing short of arresting. The light and shadow at play in the shot makes it all the more stunning. Love.
On a completely different note, Si Won looks super cute with glasses on, and this is a sampling of that geeky adorable.
I love this second pic, coz how can you not love that goofy face? XD
I love that Si Won loves his pup Bugsy, and I love that he likes taking pictures with him too. As a dog lover myself, this just melts me on so many levels. <3
I seriously love every single picture in this set, but my two favorites are the final two shots. Coz, Bugsy cuddles and Bugsy kisses. D’awww. <3
Casual / Candids
One of the things that I really appreciate about Si Won’s casual / candid / personal shots, is how approachable, relatable and normal he comes across. It just makes me like him more, really.
I love the 2 pix of him onstage in the navy v-neck tee, coz he looks so wholesome and sexy at the same time. I also love the 3rd pic – he just seems like such a regular guy, taking that selfie.
Ahhh. What a lot of Si Won awesome. I must say, I’m really liking what I see, and even though it’s 2 whole years away, I’m already looking forward to Si Won’s comeback to dramaland.
In the meantime, take good care Si Won-sshi. Stay safe, we – together with Bugsy – will be waiting for you patiently. And finally, as Shin Hyuk said to his Most colleagues, God bless. 🙂