Profile of Lee Jae-wook, the Rumored Boyfriend of aespa’s Karina? 

As Dispatch reports that aespa’s Karina is in a relationship with Lee Jae-wook, let’s take a look at this talented actor’s profile. 

Basic Information: 

  • Name: Lee Jae-wook
  • Birthday: May 10, 1998
  • Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea 
  • Agency: C-JeS Studios 
  • Job: Actor – Model 


In December 2018, Lee Jae-wook started his acting career with a supporting role in the tvN series “Memories of the Alhambra”, where he starred alongside Hyun Bin. At the time, Lee Jae-wook was immediately recruited by Hyun Bin’s agency – VAST Entertainment.

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In June 2019, Lee Jae-wook gained attention for playing the love interest of Lee Da-hee in the tvN series “Search: WWW”. He then made his debut on the big screen with the war movie “The Battle of Jangsari” within the same year.

Lee Jae-wook’s career had its major breakthrough in October 2019 – when he starred as the second male lead in the MBC series “Extraordinary You”. This role not  only earned him the Best New Actor at the MBC Drama Awards, but got him nominated for Best New Actor (TV Category) at the prestigious Baeksang Arts Awards. 

In 2020, Lee Jae-wook started the year as a supporting role in “When the Weather is Fine”, before officially transitioning to leading characters in “Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol”. It was during this time that the actor’s previous contract expired, leading to him signing with C-JeS Studios. 

In 2022, Lee Jae-wook made a remarkable return as the male lead of the period fantasy drama “Alchemy of Souls”, and would later reprise his role in the drama’s sequel “Alchemy of Souls: Light and Shadow”. 


The 2 series were major boosts to Lee Jae-wook’s international popularity, at the same time further proves his capability as an actor. 

In 2024, he is expected to return to the small screen with Disney+ series “The Impossible Heir” and the Netflix drama “Hong Rang”.

Achievements outside of Acting 

Other than his acting career, Lee Jae-wook also enjoys success as a model, and is known to represent various brands such as AD HOC and N DOZEN. He also appeared as model for high-end fashion houses like Prada, Lancôme, Dior, Nike, Berluti, Armani, Zegna, EX NIHILO, and Fendi.

The actor is known to have been featured in various prominent fashion publications, and in 2023, earned endorsement deals with Scalp Med and high-end skin care brand La Mer. 


In 2022, Lee Jae-wook faced dating rumors with his “Alchemy of Souls” co-star – Go Yoon-jung, though the two turned out to be just good friends. 

On February 27, 2024, however, Dispatch reported that Lee Jae-wook is in a relationship with aespa’s Karina, having met for the first time at a Prada fashion show. 

“They fell in love at first sight”, an insider said, adding that the couple spent time together in Seoul and Milan, Italy, despite their busy schedules. 

As of the moment, the two’s agencies have released statements claiming that they are “looking into” the dating rumor. 

Source: Wiki, Dispatch, JoyNews24

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