4 Korean actors whose visuals are perfect to play dreamy male leads but have a fear of romantic K-dramas
These handsome actors are not fans of romantic K-dramas.
Romance is the strength and the main genre of Korean dramas. Most Korean actors achieved success and shot to fame thanks to starring in romantic series. However, there are some Korean actors who are not really fond of this genre although they are considered perfect for it. Let’s take a look to see who they are.
Lee Jun Hyuk
Lee Jun Hyuk recently had guest appearances in 2 dramas Secret Royal Inspector & Joy and Our Beloved Summer, a modern drama and a historical one but both are romantic series. Lee Jung Hyuk has the visuals and aura that suit romantic dramas well, but surprisingly, he has never actually starred in one.
Lee Jun Hyuk is an actor who worked his way up from supporting roles to main ones. During his 22-year career, the actor often chose to star in series of the suspenseful investigation genre. He once said: “I will still accept romantic dramas if there is a good script. But in romantic dramas, I feel that it’s not easy to show my handsome side, it’s too different from who I am.” With a face that is too suitable for romantic dramas like Lee Jun Hyuk, viewers are waiting for the day when he is ready to transform into a dreamy male lead in dramas of the romance genre.
It comes as a surprise that Gong Yoo actually has a fear of romantic K-dramas. In fact, Gong Yoo rose to stardom thanks to Coffee Prince – a typical rom-com, then even more popular with Goblin – a melodrama. But if you look back at Gong Yoo’s filmography, you will see very clearly that he is very picky about the genre. He even rejected many works of famous screenwriters.
Gong Yoo always creates great chemistry with his female co-stars, but the actor is in favor of movies and works with strange and challenging themes such as science fiction, fantasy, action, social reality ,etc. such as “Train To Busan” and “Silent Sea”. The reason is that Gong Yoo really wants to use his reputation to convey good messages to the audience. Romantic dramas are often dreamy and have the least message, so the male god of the film industry is not very interested.
Speaking of Won Bin, many Korean movie fans also feel a lot of regret because he has a perfect face and excellent acting skills but is not very active in the field, especially in the romantic genre. After “Autumn in My Heart” in 2002, it has been 20 years since Won Bin last acted in a drama and even if he returns to act, it may not be a melodrama.
The outstanding cinematographic works of the Korean actor are all action, survival, psychosocial realism, investigation… but absolutely no romantic love between couples. Fans are also curious why this actor is so against this genre, but now it’s already difficult to see Won Bin act in a movie, let alone a romantic one.
Yoo Tae Oh
Yoo Tae Oh made a strong impression thanks to his tall appearance and cool aura, which is very suitable for the typical roles of the CEO in melodrama. The actor rose to new heights in his career with two works, “Arthdal Chronicles” and “Vagabond”, even though he only played a supporting role. After becoming more famous, Korean movie fans all think that Yoo Tae Oh is very suitable for romantic movies, but he only chooses action and investigation films, which is a pity for his face and body.
The romance genre is the mainstay of the Korean film industry, so these “anti romance” names are quite rare. With the beauty and aura of these male actors, it’s a pity we can’t see them in romantic genre. Do you feel the same?