girlfriday: So… get ready to cry. Yoo Seung-ho announced that he’s enlisting in the army early next year, right after his current show I Miss You is over. But! He’s so widdle!
javabeans: Although in the scheme of things this is really a more “normal” age for someone to go.
girlfriday: Yes, true. It’s actually when all his peers would go — other 19- or 20-year olds, either right out of high school or in the middle of college.
javabeans: Really, this is smart of him; you see the guys dragging it out to the last minute and it’s just bad all around. Especially if you get yanked off mid-drama and they have to cut episodes and hire a body double for you.
girlfriday: What do you mean? That was totally believable. It fit right into the story, just like all the other nonsensical things in that plot.
javabeans: Being bad in a sea of bad does not make you less bad. You just maybe don’t get noticed as much.
girlfriday: Yeah army duty is one of those big sticking points when it comes to celebrities for many reasons, including the constant postponements till the last possible second you have to go. The “I’m going, no really this time” headlines, followed by “No really REALLY” ones aren’t the most graceful.
javabeans: If you consider also that Yoo Seung-ho is a rare case where he hit such superstardom at such a young age and started doing adult roles when he was 17, it’s also a case of: Well, what now?
girlfriday: True, he’s been acting for 12 years already, so despite being young, he’s no newbie.
javabeans: Because dramaland just doesn’t have a niche for headliners his age — you’re a child actor or you’re a leading man (or lady). So instead of looking awkwardly young in adult roles for years, or taking small roles in ensembles to be age-appropriate, you go off and do your time and get your abs.
girlfriday: Heh, it’s like killing your acting-adolescent bird and army-duty bird with one stone, and then you come back from army a man, literally both ways.
javabeans: When you’re back, poof, leading man material without the asterisk reminding you not to lust after jailbait.
girlfriday: What asterisk? There’s an asterisk?
Via Star News
- I Miss You: Episode 1
- Yoo Seung-ho’s poster shoot for I Miss You
- Yoo Seung-ho joins I Miss You as Yoochun’s rival
- Behind the scenes of Arang and the Magistrate
- Arang and the Magistrate: Episode 1
- Meet the otherworldly beings of Arang and the Magistrate
- Movie Review: Blind
- Operation Proposal: Episode 1