Who is Lee Jong Suk - 'Most Handsome Korean Actor': Surpassed Hyun Bin, Lee Min Ho and Song Joong Ki
|Who is Lee Jong Suk, 'Most Handsome Korean Actor'|
Previously, the new site KingChoice opened a poll for “Most Handsome Korean Actor”, and recently revealed its Top 20 results.
Among strong contenders, Lee Jong Suk was excellently crowned to be the most dashing actor in the Korean showbiz. With his scholar yet extremely sexy vibes, the male actor often lands top positions in monthly visuals rankings.
In the second half of this year, Lee Jong Suk will return alongside the idol-actress YoonA in the law drama “Big Mouse”. With an interesting plot and explosive visual combination, the series is already held in high anticipation.
Coming in 2nd place is Lee Min Ho, who recently delivered a spectacular acting performance in the Apple TV+ project “Pachinko”. While the actor still receives quite many mixed reactions for his acting skills, his stunning appearance is simply undeniable.
The 3rd position belongs to none other than Song Joong Ki. Despite having crossed the age of 36, the actor looks not a day older than 20. After the success of “Vincenzo”, Song Joong Ki will soon return with the revenge K-drama “The Youngest Son of The Chaebol Family”, which will air on JTBC this year.
Hyun Bin, with his masculine physique and features, came 6th in the rankings. He recently married famous actress Son Ye Jin in a grand wedding and received blessings from fans all across Asia. While the actor missed out on entering the top 5, he is still undoubtedly one of the most attractive men there is.
KingChoice’s full ranking of “Top 20 Most Handsome Korean Actors” is as follows:
- Lee Jong Suk
- Lee Min Ho
- Song Joong Ki
- Lee Dong Wook
- Park Bo Gum
- Hyun Bin
- Ji Chang Wook
- Park Seo Joon
- Lee Jun Ki
- Kim Woo Bin
- Kim Soo Hyun
- Gong Yoo
- So Ji Sub
- Park Hae Jin
- Lee Dong Gun
- Jung Woo Sung
- Song Seung Heon
- Seo Kang Joon
- Seo In Guk
- Kim Hyun Joong
Who is Lee Jong-Suk: Biography, Early Life and Education
Lee Jong-Suk is a famous South Korean Actor and Model. Lee Jong-Suk is also known by his stage name Giving angel. Lee is an actor and official model famous for his role in Romance Is a Bonus Book (2019), I Hear Your Voice (2013), and While You Were Sleeping (2017). Actor Lee Jong-Suk was born on 14 September 1989 in Yongin, South Korea in a middle-class family. He is the elder son of his father Lee Han-kyu and his mother Lui. Lee has appeared in several films and dramas such as Hot Young Bloods, No Breathing, and The Face Reader. Lee Jong-Suk was the youngest male model for Seoul Fashion Week. Lee made his acting debut in the year 2012.
Lee Jong-Suk was born in Yongin, South Korea. He has completed his graduation from the Kon Kuk University in Motion Pictures and Art. He begins his career at the age of 15. Lee begins his career with modeling. He was the winner of the Seoul Collection walkway in 2005. The contrast makes him the youngest male model at Seoul Fashion Week. Following the Seoul Collection walkway. He walked in several fashion shows like a model. Lee Jong-Suk signed a contract with a casting agency after his successful modeling shows. lee trained as an idol group member for three months. After three months lee quit after the agency broke its promise of debuting him as an actor
Lee Jong-Suk Family
Lee was born to his mother Lui and her father Kim Jong- Suk who used to work as a supermarket cashier. Lee Jong Suk is the elder child of his parents. He has a brother who is two years younger and his sister is four years younger.
When Lee Jong Suk was only 3 years old his father had injuries due to a significant accident, through which Lee had to go through a lot of traumas. But growing up in Seoul, his parents did not find any difficulty in raising him. He has two younger siblings as well. Due to his introverted nature, he was a quiet kind of person.
Lee Jong Suk Girlfriend and Relationship
Lee Jong-suk is famous for his close friendship with his fellow actor and model Kim Woo-bin. The two are the costars of the TV drama School 2013. Even before working together on this drama, Woo-bin and Jong-suk knew each other since their modeling days.
Talking about the actor’s relationship status, he is single at present. There are no confirmed past relationships and affairs either. However, Jong-suk has been involved in numerous rumors related to this dating life. Many have speculated that Jong-suk was romantically involved with his on-screen lovers in his real life too.
Some actresses that he has been linked with in the past are his co-stars Bae Suzy, Jin Se Yeon, Park Shin-Hye, and Han Hyo-Joo. Besides his co-stars, there was also a rumor in August 2019 that he was romantically involved with Kwon Nara. He and Kwon share the same talent management agency, A-Man Project.
This rumor was quite shocking as the two remarkable actors never shared on-screen romances like other previous rumors of Jong-suk. However, their agency strongly denied this rumor and confirmed that he and Kwon share a junior-senior relationship within the agency
After that, the rumored Lee Jong Suk is dating Han Hyo Joo after they appeared in the drama W Two Worlds. Likewise, their chemistry raised an eyebrow of a few fans, but they both denied it. Once Lee Jong said that he felt comfortable with Hyo, on the other hand, the actress did not give any comments. Similarly in one of the drama’s press conferences, Han said that,
Han Hyo Joo "Lee Jong-suk plays the role of a handsome, sexy guy. His character in the drama has great manners just like Lee Jong Suk’s real-life personality. Lee Jong-suk is a man who does not lack anything."
Lee Jong Suk "In response to this, Lee praised her back, saying Han Hyo is tall, bright, and pretty. She has a charming way of talking. Despite all this, both of the stars have not confirmed their dating status."
Lee Jong-Suk Career
In 2005, Lee Jong-suk began his modeling career at the age of 15. He became the youngest male model to debut on the Seoul Collection walkway at the Seoul Collection program for Seoul Fashion Week. He has walked in several fashion shows since then. He made his acting debut after a few years in the South Korean TV series 'Prosecutor Princess' which aired in 2010.
The same year, Lee also made his movie debut in 'Ghost' a horror movie. He came to popularity after playing the role of a musical genius in the 2010 South Korean television drama 'Secret Garden'. The show was a huge hit.
He gained further popularity after portraying a role in the TV series 'School 2013', which aired in 2012. Lee's role was appreciated and it won him his first acting award.
After the success of 'School 2013', Lee was cast in an important role in the 2013 South Korean drama series 'I Can Hear Your Voice'. The series was a success and Lee received the 'Korea Drama Award' for his brilliant performance.
In 2014, he appeared in the medical drama series 'Doctor Stranger' as well as in the romantic comedy film 'Hot Young Bloods'. Both the film and the drama series did well, winning multiple awards.
Lee Jong-suk gained fame for his role in the South Korean drama series 'Pinocchio', which started airing the same year. He played a just and honest reporter in a world where everyone tries to hide facts. The show became hugely popular and was broadcast in several countries. Lee's role was appreciated and earned him several awards such as the 'Grimae Award' for Best Actor.
In 2016, he played the lead role in the South Korean TV series 'W'. The series was praised for its unique storyline. It won multiple awards and was broadcast in several countries such as Indonesia and Philippines.
Lee's popularity started increasing on an international level, especially in China. In 2017, he was cast in his first Chinese drama series 'Jade Lovers'. The same year he also appeared in the South Korean thriller film 'VIP' as well as in the South Korean drama series 'While You Were Sleeping.'
He enlisted for the mandatory national military service on 8 March 2019. Due to his car accident at the age of 16 years, he tore his anterior cruciate ligament. As a result, the actor was deemed unfit for an active-duty soldier for his military service. Therefore, he worked as a public service officer. The actor was actually expected to complete his service on 31 December 2020. However, Jong-suk discharged from the military on 2 January 2021.
Lee Jong-Suk Major Works and Recognition
Lee, in 2010 made his acting debut in Korean Series’ Prosecutor Princess’. He started gaining popularity through his supporting role in the hit drama series’ Secret Garden’.
He further gained popularity in his unique role in the TV series ‘School 2013’, which aired in 2012, and with this, he got his first acting award. Further after ‘School 2013’ success, he started another successful drama series named ‘I Can Hear Your Voice’. Through this series, due to his excellent performance, he received his next award, ‘The Korean Drama Award’.
Lee also has a supporting co-star role in ‘Run to Base’- R2B in 2012. In 2014, he performed in the romantic comedy film ‘Hot Young Bloods’ and drama series called ‘Doctor Strange’ both the film and series were blockbuster hits and gave immense success to Lee.
After several regular hits, he again gained massive fame in his South Korean Drama series named ‘Pinocchio’, in which he gave a cameo role as an honest reporter. And this show again became a huge hit.
Among his most significant works, there is his South Korean thriller film VIP(2017). This movie brought little criticism due to extreme violence against women. And the director of this movie was Park Hoon-Jung.
Television Series List of Lee Jong Suk
- School 2013 (2012)
- I Can Hear Your Voice (2013)
- Doctor Stranger (2014)
- Pinocchio (2014)
- W (2016)
- While You Were Sleeping (2017)
- The Hymn of Death (2018)
- Romance Is a Bonus Book (2019)
Lee Jong-Suk Awards and Achievements
Lee has been awarded many prestigious awards, mainly for his outstanding performances in the dramas ‘Pinocchio’ and Doctor Strange, a blockbuster.
He won the SBS Drama Award and Style Icon Award for his character in ‘I can hear your voice throughout his career.’
Lee became the youngest actor to win the Best Actor Award at 27th Grimae Award. He also received Male Top Excellence Award at the 8th Korean Drama Awards, including the MBC drama award.
Here is a list of all the awards received by Lee Jong-Suk
- South Korean Superstar Selection Competition
- SMART Model Contest
- 4th Style Icon Awards
- KBS Drama Awards
- 6th Korea Drama Awards
- 6th Style Icon Awards
- 21st Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards
- 2nd APAN Star Awards
- SBS Drama Awards
- 9th Asia Model Festival Awards
- 27th Grimae Awards
- SBS Drama Awards
- 51st Baeksang Arts Awards
- 2015 Korea Brand Stars
- 8th Korea Drama Awards
- 6th Korean Popular Culture & Arts Awards
- MBC Drama Awards
- SBS Drama Awards
Lee Jong Suk’s Net Worth in 2022
As of press time, reports estimate that Lee Jong Suk’s net worth is around $50 million, making him one of the top paid actors in South Korea.
He began earning whopping salaries when he officially made his acting debut in the TV series, Prosecutor Princess, in 2010. That year, he also starred in the movie Ghost.
It was not until Secret Garden’s arrival that experts and filmmakers saw his full potential as an actor. He played the supporting role of a talented and young composer who falls in love with the second lead. The actor expanded his career, even more, when he joined the cast members of High Kick Season 3.
Lee Jong Suk then continuously landed breakthrough roles, including I Can Hear Your Voice, Doctor Stranger, Pinnochio, W, While You Were Sleeping, The Hymn of Death, and Romance is a Bonus Book.
While his exact earnings from these dramas remain undisclosed, it has been revealed that he made $50,000 per episode in most of the aforesaid Korean dramas.
Lee Jong Suk real estate
Aside from being a good actor, Sukki is also good at putting his hard-earned money into profitable investments. Reports state that he bought a $4.2 million-worth (around P203 million) villa at Nine One Hannam while he was enlisted in the military last year. This high-end apartment complex in Seoul is where the most influential live, such as BIGBANG's G-dragon, and each property here "is equipped with its own private elevator and yard."
His real estate purchases don't stop there—per Manila Bulletin's story, the actor also owns three more properties in the affluent neighborhood of Hannam-dong which amounts to a staggering $13.6 million (P653.5 million).
For his other entrepreneurial ventures, Sukki acquired an abandoned building in Sinsa-dong in 2016 worth $4.5 million (around P217 million). Although some were confused by his decision (the location wasn't the best area to invest in), he did reap the rewards eventually. Sukki turned the building into a cafe restaurant named 89 Mansion and it was a huge success! Many people, not just his fans, visited the place and it became a must-visit tourist location of its own. In an interview with ELLE, he mentioned that putting up 89 Mansion was the best decision he ever made in 2017: "It's my decision to open a cafe. I've always wanted to open a cafe of mine. Whenever I don't have anything scheduled, I wake up and head straight to the cafe. I've almost never been interested in anything other than acting, so it feels like a whole new world (to own a cafe)."
Lee Jong Suk’s Other Sources of Income
Aside from his acting career’s contributions to the hefty amount on his bank account, Lee Jong Suk also has other sources of income that keep his net worth blooming.
Like many other Korean stars, he also holds fan meeting events and shows worldwide. He then puts his money into investments, including real estate. For what it’s worth, he famously bought a $4.2 million-worth of the villa at Nine One Hannam while he was serving the military last year.
He also acquired an abandoned building in 2016 for a whopping $4.5 million. The actor crossed out one of the items on his to-do list when he turned it into his dream café.
"It's my decision to open a cafe. I've always wanted to open a cafe of mine. Whenever I don't have anything scheduled, I wake up and head straight to the cafe. I've almost never have been interested in anything other than acting, so it feels like a whole new world (to own a cafe),” he told ELLE in 2017.
Unfortunately, his business closed down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To avoid massive losses, he sold the building for $6.8 million.
Lee Jong Suk got another business when he launched his own entertainment agency, A-Man Project.
Following his discharge, Lee Jong Suk would surely earn more again in different industries as he lands on several projects.
Lee Jong Suk opens up his marriage plans
During the interview, the ‘Pinnochio’ star spilled the beans about his future plans as he shared his deep desire to have his own family. When asked about what Jong Suk would like to do if he could rest for a long time, he took no time to answer that he would opt for ‘husband (groom) classes’, a popular brief learning session in South Korea.
Explaining his decision, Koreaboo quoted his answer, “Husband class. When I look back on the interviews I did back in my 20’s, I often said I wanted to get married when I was young and still at my peak. I’m now at an age where marriage is no longer a weird thing, so I would want to prep myself by taking a husband class if I got an opportunity to rest for a long time.”
“I’ve always had a dream of having my own family for a long time. For my future wife, I would want to learn how to cook or how to give good massages. I also believe I could learn valuable lessons to create a happy family in the future” it added.
Lee Jong Suk who is currently considering future plans seriously, also opened up about his ideal partner. He shared that someone who is ‘wise, strong-minded and cute’ whom he can respect would be perfect for him. However, he thinks it’s not easy to fulfil his requirements.
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