Aw, Earnest Bot! Could you be any cuter with your dapper little suit and your whimsical umbrella? Jo Jung-seok‘s star is on the rise, and for good reason — he’s a musical stage actor who’s only barely on his third tv/film project, but he’s already being labeled a scene stealer. Here he is in two photo shoots for Sure and InStyle, looking as cute as can be.
Jo Jung-seok debuted in musical theater, and then landed his first television role on What’s Up, leading to a supporting role in this spring’s big film Introduction to Architecture, starring Uhm Tae-woong and Han Ga-in. It was a box office hit, and apparently Jo was the one who brought in all the laughs. He plays the young hero (Lee Je-hoon)’s best friend — his life and love coach, bursting with personality.
The interview below shows a few clips of him in the film, with his baggy 90s style (you know you wore pants that big once–don’t deny it), and hilarious mannerisms that he apparently ad-libbed himself. My favorite is his demonstration of french kissing, which involves this helpful description: “Your tongue… and… her tongue… they meet… mmm… rub!” followed by rubbing his hands together in the unsexiest way imaginable. Ha.
And then his third role is in the current MBC drama The King 2 Hearts, where he plays the most earnest soldier ever built, and again, he’s stealing every scene he’s in. He has this perfect way of playing his character’s 100% sincerity with zero ham-handedness. It’s all truly awkward and So. Funny. I can’t wait to see more of him, in many more projects to come.
- The King 2 Hearts: Episode 1
- Posters and teaser for Intro to Architecture
- What’s Up: Episodes 1-2
- What’s Up posters are finally out
- What’s Up completes first round of auditions