Kim Seon Ho’s comeback to the theatre stage 9 months after his controversy is highly anticipated.
Actor Kim Seon Ho is resuming his activities as a musical actor 9 months after being embroiled in a controversy over his personal life. This will be his first public schedule since the scandal broke out. Fans are showing great support as Kim Seon Ho goes back to his roots, the theatrical stage where he began acting. All tickets for his upcoming play, “Touching the Void”, have been sold out.
Starring Kim Seon Ho, “Touching the Void” is a play based on the true story of British mountaineers Joe Simpson and Simon Yates, who climbed the West End of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes, which had not been climbed by anyone, in 1985. It contains the huge snow mountain with a blizzard, the fear of being trapped in the harsh nature, and the fighting spirit of survival.
Kim Seon Ho, along with Shin Sung Min and Lee Hwi Jong, will take on the role of Joe, who is isolated on a snowy mountain due to a distress accident, and perform his first stage at 7 pm KST on July 9th.
Currently, the second round of tickets for “Touching the Void”, is open for reservation until August 15th. Of these, all seats for Kim Seon Ho’s appearance were sold out. Among the three actors who play Joe, Kim Seon Ho is the only one who sold out all the tickets.
Kim Seon Ho, who gained great popularity thanks to his role in tvN’s drama “Hometown Cha Cha Cha” and KBS’s variety show “2 Days & 1 Night”, got embroiled in allegations of pressuring his ex-girlfriend A to have an abortion in October 2021. He later apologized for his “inconsiderate behavior” and dropped out of “2 Days & 1 Night”. He also withdrew from 2 movies, “Dog Days” and “2 O’Clock”, and only stayed in the cast of “Sad Tropics”.
However, as the testimony of acquaintances against A and reports defending Kim Seon Ho continued to surface, public opinion leaning to one side gradually shifted, and fans’ support for Kim Seon Ho grew stronger.
Kim Seon Ho proved his strong fandom by winning two awards, including the “RET Popularity Award” and the “U+Idol Live Popularity Award,” at the 2021 Asia Artist Awards, even during his controversy. Foreign fans also put up an advertisement video promoting Kim Seon Ho’s next film, “Sad Tropics”, on a billboard in New York’s Times Square.
In May, Kim Seon Ho updated his Instagram for the first time since the scandal broke out, and said, “I’m sorry to have caused you a difficult time due to my lacking side. Thank you for congratulating me on my birthday this year too. I will become an actor who can repay your support.”
Currently, the Korean public view of Kim Seon Ho’s comeback is divided into a positive view of ‘he has self-reflected enough’ and a negative view of ‘too early’. Attention is focusing on whether Kim Seon Ho, who is about to make a comeback to the theatrical stage, can capture the hearts of the public and stand up as a ‘trending actor’ once again.