5 Lee Jong-suk roles we can’t get enough of

Don Kevin Hapal
From a talented journalist to a dashing webtoon character, we list down the different Lee Jong-Suk roles that caught our fragile hearts

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With his killer smile and delicate features, it’s hard not to admire Korean actor Lee Jong-suk.

Seriously, we can just stare at this guy on-screen for hours – he won’t even have to do anything! Good thing though, he is as good in acting as he is good looking, so we’re never out of Jong-suk films and television series to binge-watch.

From a talented journalist to a dashing webtoon character, we list down the different Lee Jong-suk roles that caught our fragile hearts:

The genius reporter

Okay, fine, being journalists ourselves may be part of the reason why we’re drawn to the 2014 drama Pinocchio. Here, Jong-suk plays the role of Dal-po, a genius with a tragic past who decides to become a journalist to find his older brother and clear their family’s name. In the process, he becomes rivals with his childhood friend and love interest, who also works as a journalist for a different network.



Fair warning: His character’s conflicted and tortured persona, and Jong-suk’s superb acting skills will get you wishing you can jump into his world and give Dal-po all the love he needs. Try not to break that screen!

The dreamy comic character

As if Jong-suk isn’t impressive enough in real life, W gives him to us as a dreamy, cool-headed, and almost perfect webtoon character. As Kang Chul, Jong-suk plays the role of a rich tycoon and Olympic gold medalist seeking revenge against his family’s murderer. Unbeknownst to him, his life – both cool and dreadful – is all part of a popular webtoon series, read and loved in the real world.



Student Jong-suk

We love seeing Jong-suk as a cool and overcapable adult, but fragile and lovable student Jong-suk is also our favorite.

In his first lead role, Jong-suk played School 2013‘s Go Nam-soon, a meek and bullied underachiever, made the class president of his school’s most problematic class, which is a hodgepodge of bullies and good-for-nothings.

The series is known for its relatable plot that puts a spotlight on important school issues like bullying, and what is touted as the “bromance that ends all bromances” – the conflicted but beautiful friendship between Nam-soon and Park Heung-soo, played by actor Kim Woo-bin. (Fun fact: Lee Jong-suk and Kim Woo-bin are also best friends in real life!)



Meanwhile, in the courtroom drama I Can Hear Your Voice, we saw Jong-suk as Park Su-ha, a teenager who gained the ability to read people’s minds after witnessing his father’s murder. During the hearing, a high school girl bravely testified in court against his father’s killers. Soo-ha has always admired her since, only to find her, 10 years later, as a pragmatic and selfish lawyer.

Future-seeing prosecutor


In the 2017 drama While You Were Sleeping, Jong-suk plays the role of a rookie prosecutor who gains the ability to see the future in his dreams. The cold and serious prosecutor teams up with a field reporter and  a police officer, who both also have precognition, to stop crimes and disastrous events before they happen.

In Secret Garden, Jong-suk plays the role of Han Tae-sun, a gay musical prodigy. Screenshot from Secret Garden

Gay musician

In one of his earliest appearances on television, Jong-suk played a supporting role in the hit drama Secret Garden as Han Tae-sun, a musical prodigy discovered by Oska, one of the lead characters,. Later on in the series, the sassy and talented Tae-sun comes out as gay.

When asked how he felt about playing a gay character, AllKpop reported Jong-suk saying: “Working as a model, you come across a lot of gay people in the industry, and I’ve been close with many of them since I was younger, so I’m used to it. I felt no pressure at all.”

Did we miss your favorite Jong-suk role? Let us know in the comments below! – Rappler.com

Don Kevin Hapal

Don Kevin Hapal is Rappler’s Head of Data and Innovation. He started at Rappler as a digital communications specialist, then went on to lead Rappler’s Balikbayan section for overseas Filipinos. He was introduced to data journalism while writing and researching about social media, disinformation, and propaganda.