Drama Casting & News
Joo-won: 007 Civil Servant
by | January 16, 2013 | 114 Comments

Yummy. I could almost subsist on stills alone for this drama, to tell you the truth. Who knows, it might even save me heartache in case it’s a trainwreck. But it’s not likely I’m going to pass up watching a whole bunch of this *looks up* and that *looks down.* No siree. More stills for action spy rom-com Level 7 Civil Servant, comin’ right atcha.

So… what I’m getting from these stills is: violent but pretty. Choi Kang-hee’s really going to be put through the wringer with both guys, from the looks of things. Do you suppose that the headlock will be this drama’s wrist-grab? Because OW. She gets her licks in though, judging by Joo-won’s bloody nose. It only seems fair.

The more I see of this drama’s promo stuff, the more I think it’ll be like Runaway, and not like Level 7 Civil Servant the movie at all. I’m not even sure if the leads have a chance to be spies without the other one knowing it, if they’re entering the ranks and training together. I suppose I’m fine with a rewrite as long as the tone stays light and fun — just because you have guns, don’t forget you’re a rom-com, Show.

Level 7 Civil Servant premieres next Wednesday on MBC.

Via TV Report


114 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. reglest

    ok, eom tae woong is smeking sexy there..rawr…how many episodes will he appear?
    and ju won, oho, you look crisp enough with the suit.Yummy

    • 1.1 pabo ceo reom

      1N2D guys are great and all but…..

      When did the long hair kid from High Kick get like…that?! Goddamn Chansung lol.

      • 1.1.1 MAY


    • 1.2 Dominique

      By Eom Tae Woong, are you referring to the actor shown (in several photos) next to a punching bag? Wow, he looks smoldering, smoking hot. Why is he not playing the lead role, rather than a cameo?

      Photographed next to Eom Tae Woong (or whoever the actor is), both Joo Won and the lead actress (don’t know who she is) look so bland. Seriously, Joo Won needs to sharpen his facial contours and shorten width of his cheeks, to avoid looking like a clown. Hit the gym or go through a boot camp training or something.

      It would be nice to see names next to each photo. Do agents (owners of the photos) in South Korea permit their star’s photos to be shown without proper credits?

      • 1.2.1 aa

        Ooofff that’s harsh girl…

      • 1.2.2 lemonade candy

        erk~ Even if Joo Won is a clown, he’s a mighty good looking one.

        I’d take him any day. Even without those “requirements”

      • 1.2.3 gray

        Err…not trying to offend you, but your mistake recognize which one is eom Tae woong (and mistakenly Chansung as HIM), directing harsh words to Juwon….I’m speechless
        I love Chansung to the bits, but him as male lead? I think he need to wait a few series first before stepping into lead shoe (though as a popular Idol you can get it anytime, but no, if you really want to act, you’ll wait).

        Why Juwon get the lead role while he isn’t that hot as Chansung? Juwon is the IT boy now, it was defined by the number of high rating dramas lined behind him. And even though Chansung is mighty popular as 2PM member, he isn’t as popular as Juwon. Well yes, popularity plays role a lot in Korea.

      • 1.2.4 Aqidah

        U should watch Gaksital..then u’ll understand all the raved bout Joo Won.

        Btw..thts not Uhm Tae Woong..

      • 1.2.5 Aqidah

        U should watch Gaksital..then u’ll understand all the raved bout Joo Won.

        Btw..thts not Uhm Tae Woong..u really should get to know who is who before commenting something harsh like this πŸ™‚

      • 1.2.6 Mini

        If you don’t know anything,why still commented?waste of space and hurt the feelings of fans.
        Why should a director cast a main lead based looks?They are not making a host club to attract the women.If you want Chansung to be main lead,go and watch his shows not this drama.

        And what did Joo Won do to get this kind of insults from you?Just because he is not flower boy(plastic surgery) type?If he is clown then your idol is what?Dummy?Mummy?

        • Mini

          P S:I am not anti fan of chansung.I like his singing in fact.Don’t be mistaken πŸ™‚

        • houstontwin

          Mini, I totally agree with you. It is really offensive to suggest that a tremendously talented young actor should have to go under the knife to become a mannequin. Shoudn’t we embrace what real people look like?

      • 1.2.7 Vanessa

        Wowwww you’re shallow O_O Have you even seen their acting skills? Just speechless….

      • 1.2.8 SS

        To all bothered by Dominique’s scathing remarks on Joo Won. I am a fan of Joo Won and have read enough of Dominique’s comments on Joo Won to know that she hates him to the core. Just like I love him to bits, she writes as if she’ll tear him to bits if she could. I have seen people criticising him and that’s fine, but I have never seen someone who hates an actor with so much vitriol. Maybe I haven’t seen fan wars…

        The Eom Tae Woong(a mistake anyway!) remark is a smokescreen. I doubt she is a fan of Chansung as some people might infer. She doesn’t even know his name. I only know that she loves Lee Min Ho. Not that it explains anything.

        So don’t get too worked up, not worth the trouble.

        • SS

          Forgot to add….Dominique did comment in Gaksital so I presumed she watched at least some episodes. She hates Joo Won there too, so don’t ask her if she’d watched him or his acting skills. It’s got nothing to do with it.

        • mrmz

          I’m just surprized she didn’t know who Uhm Tae Woong was loool :b I mean even if you haven’t seen his shows if you follow blogs about korean shows you are bound to know him… πŸ˜›

        • lemonade candy

          Well, that explains it. Damn. I mean, I personally am not a fan of some actors, but to be writing something so revoltingly wrong about someone for the sake of “showing hate about that person” is simply unacceptable and downright juvenile.

          Kids should not badmouth people, and just cutely drink milk or play with bunny or something…

          • cad

            LOL. LOL. LOL.

            ….. Yeah. And grownup girls will play with Joo Won and Chansung… errrrk.

        • Alex Mottis

          Yes, you haven’t seen fan wars at all. This type of comments are really common in places like ONTD, though they’re made by just a few individuals but still I’m not used to reading them in Dramabeans. You’re right about this person, she’s just trolling and trying to stir problems

          • Ivoire

            Hello Alex, what does ONTD stand for, please? I am just curious…

          • Airyn

            Ivoire: ONTD = Oh No They Didn’t. It’s a celebrity gossip site:

      • 1.2.9 aenea

        As someone here had said before: Ignorance is not an excuse to be rude.

        I suggest before you comment, please do a little research. It wouldn’t take you long, that’s what the search bar on your browser’s for.

      • 1.2.10 Nina

        Well damn, girl.

      • 1.2.11 Grace

        Well, that’s just rude.

      • 1.2.12 LoveIt

        I don’t know why people are mad. He might be an animated actor (too animated for my taste), however he is not nice to look at at all. He just looks like he should play the villain at all times.

        • LoveIt

          I am referring to Joo Won.

        • mrmz

          well playing the villain really suits him!! He does a good job at it πŸ˜‰ I like his angry face πŸ˜›

          • SS

            that’s really a compliment. Joo Won is blessed with a face and/or rather skills to play diverse characters. Hwang Taehee on Ojakgyo Brothers was such a sweet dorky guy compared to the wretched Ma Jun in Baker King. And of course, we had Lee Kangto in Gaksital, enough said.

            One of Joo Won’s strengths is his versatility. And I am sure he can play the role of a villain very well. How many actors his age can portray a bad guy convincingly? He is admittedly still raw but has blown many away with such a range in just 3 dramas. Let’s see how he can live up to expectations in this new role which is again a 180 degrees turn from that in Gaksital.

            I know you like to mess up our minds, Joo Won, but we are loving every bit of it, aren’t we?

      • 1.2.13 L-V

        Sometimes I’m confused, are you Joo won lover or hater? because you pay attention to him until the detail.. cck..cck.. whatever you say.. Joo won is the best for me and I’m sure for most of us….

  2. Ash

    Holy crap, it’s starting *next week*? Where did the first half of January go?

    • 2.1 kakashi

      Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!! *happy dance*

    • 2.2 husnaa


    • 2.3 Heidi

      Aaaaaand a teaser to make us happy πŸ˜€ Joo won’s animated facial expressions…. priceless


      turn on closed captioning, β€œCC”, to read the English subtitles

      • 2.3.1 Laurita

        thank you πŸ™‚

      • 2.3.2 Enz

        Oh wow, thanks.. Can’t wait!

  3. bjharm

    have spotted baby faced beauty hair cut! do i get points for that?
    Really for this one long as it funny and they resist trying to put too much drama into it, I think it well be just fine. Plus good action just beacuse it is a comdey dosnt mean they can go half assed with stunts and the like.

  4. Wendy

    tq gf,

    ChangSung, yummy ! yummy ! yummy !.

    • 4.1 JoAnne

      THAT’s who that is. I thought he looked familiar. I was too lazy to go back through earlier posts. SuJu? Or is it 2PM/AM? He’s not normally someone I pay attention to but he looks good here.

      • 4.1.1 come2noona


    • 4.2 niKai

      is joowon really taller than the tall chansung? or just an optical illusion?

      • 4.2.1 latteholic

        Joo Won is 1.85 m, I’m not sure about Chansung though.. But maybe there is 1 to 2 cm difference between them?

      • 4.2.2 rose

        lol…I had the same reaction! I always thought chansung was quite tall…

        I was curious so I looked up his profile…it says chansung is 184cm whereas joo won is 185cm. So, I think maybe in that last pic chansung has a wider stance and his head is tucked in so that’s probably why he appears much shorter ^^

        But regardless, they are both uber sexy XD Can’t wait for this drama!!!!!

  5. cg

    if it’s gonna be like runaway, I think I’ll enjoy it πŸ™‚

    • 5.1 zsa

      Is that Choi Kang Hee acting cute there? *cringes*…I hope not…I love Joo Won and I hope I won’t be too bothered by the heroin to continue watching the series until the end…I can still stand it but please no ‘wide-eyed surprise kiss or aegyeo from her’..it’s just not age approriate!!!

  6. KDrama Fan

    Thanks for the stills GF.

    I’m liking the look of the other guy. Not sure on his acting skills but.

    BTW is CHK’s hair a wig?

  7. Farhana

    Joo Won looks so handsome in a suit! Can he just wear one forever?

    I hope it’s not too much like Runaway! I think Joo Won had enough serious drama angst in Galsital to last him a year or so.

    • 7.1 Farhana


      Though Galsital does sound like an interesting show haha

  8. bgr

    yay! JooWon! am watching re-runs of Baker King on TV, and weekly episodes of 1N2D, and soon this show!

    p/s: chanSung is looking mighty fine EXCEPT that photo of him with his shirt up. It just looks to me as if he hasn’t cleaned his belly button for a loooooong time and d lint is spilling out. Ewww. Othet than that, he looks good. πŸ™‚

    • 8.1 Gom

      Lol! I had to go back to look again. Yeah it’s like something is spilling. But it looks sexy to me. What is wrong with me? I don’t even know his name! And he has some sort of a scar. Is that a scar? I may really have to Wikipedia this Chansung person.

    • 8.2 obsession

      Hahaha… That’s what we call a happy trail! :p

      • 8.2.1 JoAnne

        All hail the happy trail
        We love those hairy lines
        A peak of one from low cut jeans
        can make us lose our minds

        • Cynthia


    • 8.3 obsession

      Can’t wait for this drama! My 2 favourite aegyo boys, Joo Won & Chansung in one drama is just heavily heaven for me LOL.

      I bet the filming is fulled with aegyo-ness coz these 2 boys are famous with their baby attitude.

      • 8.3.1 rose

        totally agree!!! also I think it’s funny how both these guys have seemingly tough exteriors when in fact they are aegyo to the core when around their hyungs…lol…cuteness><

        also this is definitely fangirl wishing but this is how I picture them to be behind the scenes…


  9. Sammy

    Wowee!Joo won is looking mighty fine. Too bad I can’t watch this until the middle of march… Le sigh

  10. 10 Gom

    Chansung (?) is gorgeous. Seriously. He’s just… Wow. Those last four photos. He’s… Wow. Congrats on his face… and his body. Just wow.

  11. 11 rhia

    And all I can see is…Uhm Tae Woong!

    • 11.1 Sam


    • 11.2 true2u

      ain’t that the TRUTH!!!! The ABS got me tho.

  12. 12 true2u

    WOOT WOOT!!!!!!!! Finally a drama that I’m looking forward to!!!!! But that Abs pic was wrong -_-. It caught me off guard XD!!!!!!!!!! YES!!!!!!! It’s already given us some Fan service!!! Keep it come. I Like the chemistry I’m feeling between the leads already. I can not wait for them to heat up my screen!!!

  13. 13 Nina

    Photos galore! Wahhh im too excited!
    Tae-woong is lookin’ like a BOSS. Work it. πŸ™‚

    Joo-won ahh! So gorgeous in a suit! I have to make a collage of all the suits he’s worn in his lifetime. So many!
    Oh and his bloody nose is giving me a bloody nose. *won’t stop…*

  14. 14 asdjkfl

    niyiheeeeheeee i’m so excited

    JooWon waahhh I love you! ^^ *fangirling*

  15. 15 Olivia

    thanks gf,

    CHANGSUNG ! a bullet hole and a scar ? ,

    sexy smecky !.

  16. 16 aria

    sorry, but i can’t see the chemistry between leads…

  17. 17 kfangurl

    OMG Joo Won is smoking hot in a tux!! So delicious that I can’t stop staring! >.<

    Chansung & UTW look good & all, but I'm in this for Joo Won! <3

  18. 18 crazedlu

    Hee. I love how greasy Uhm Taewoong looks. And I hope the drama’s a riot.

    Joowon. ~

  19. 19 TammieR

    Egads there is a whole lot of pretty goin’ on! I’m in!

  20. 20 ck1Oz

    Jeepers * nosebleed * Joo Won and his hyung. Prefer him dorky and happy at his wedding though. He looks to serious to be dorky here.

    But man, pretty, pretty pretty pretty. Between this and FBND am going to be really happy in Feb.

  21. 21 Cad

    Yummy. Ma boy is freaking hot. I’m gonna be like a silly girl once again, grinning and blushing in front of my screen.

    I did that while watching him in Ojakgyo Brothers and Gaksitaaaaaaaaaaaaal.

    Wednesday.. Palli palli!!

    • 21.1 latteholic

      This is going to be like when I watched Gaksital… I’ll keep thinking “Is it Wednesday yet?” or “Why isn’t it Wednesday already?” πŸ˜€

  22. 22 ladysarahii

    I’m in! This looks like fun.

  23. 23 latteholic

    Yeay! So excited for next week! πŸ˜€

    But I’m still wondering about press conference though, are they not going to have it after all?

  24. 24 Candy

    Joo Won <3
    Really hoping it'll be an awesome drama!! πŸ˜€

  25. 25 Nina

    Ooooh another new teaser out! Wuth UhmForce! Does this mean there’s no press conference around the corner or somethin’?


    • 25.1 R

      WOW. Looks great ! 23 january please come quickly !

  26. 26 skelly

    Train wreck is written all over this one. Runaway plus a bunch of guys that look to be about 14 or so. I love a good espionage tale, but this looks like circa 1970’s Bond – as performed by the Mickey Mouse Club. Staying FAR away.

  27. 27 rose

    I wish teawoong was one of the casts!!!:(

  28. 28 Startulle


  29. 29 MariD

    Kdramas are seriously the gateway drug, they seem to always lead you kpop. Iris 2 made me google Mblaq, now civil servant makes google 2pm. How did I not notice him b4? I knew of Taecyeon & Wooyoung because of Dream High, Nichkhun because of Running man. This will teach me to pay more attention to the rest of the group.

  30. 30 lovin it

    majority of the cast is so young..

    yay uhmtaewoong cameo!

  31. 31 Sintia

    Joo Won looks gorgeous. I just can’t wait!

  32. 32 ANO

    As proven as one of the excellent young actor, I’m looking forword in how will Joo Won portray his role this time.. I’m a fan since his Baker King days. He was so damn fine in Ojak Brothers and Gaksital and adorkable in 1n2d.

    Not sure about the story this time but man, my baby looks sooooo fine in those suits… Like his previous work, I believe he will give his 100% commitment in his new drama.

  33. 33 amadrama

    mmmm i love a man in a suit! looks so yummy!

  34. 34 Midgee

    Me likey! Me likey! Me likey! I call dibs. Mine!

    • 34.1 JoowonLover:P

      Tooooo Late. lol!

      • 34.1.1 Midgee

        I’m willing to share. I’ll have him during nights πŸ˜€

        • JoowonLover:P

          Aha! Sneaky~!

  35. 35 Ann

    An old fashioned Texas Daammmmm! Can’t wait.

  36. 36 bjharm

    hmm sounds like you should have skipped the photo with the abs..cold showers for fangirls only $1 get it now.

  37. 37 dtp_jnr

    Can’t wait to see Joo Won on screen again…And Changsung is extra eye candy…Although so far i’m not fully getting a hang of the plot (both young guys liking Choi Kang Hee and all is not just plausible) but will still watch it….

    Predicted highest rating would be less than 20% most likely between 15-18%…..

    Baker King: 40%+
    Ojakgyo Brothers: 30%+
    Gaksital: 20%+

    • 37.1 Mira

      I really love Joo Won’s acting and he seems a very nice-sincere-adorable person so I definitively watch this drama! It looks funny and different from his previous dramas. Good that he wants to challenge himself with different types of roles.
      However, I don’t think it will have great ratings: rom-com & same time slot as jeon woo chi then iris 2 & jo in sung’s drama! He is young & not as famous as the other actors i think… Don’t know if Choi Kang Hee is popular in Korea …. Wish this drama all the best and so excited to watch this !!! I’m sure the actors will be good, just hope the script also will be good then everything will be perfect πŸ™‚

  38. 38 verte

    Doesn’t Chansung kind of look like a turtle?

    • 38.1 Aqidah

      Which part..? LOL

      • 38.1.1 sally_b

        @Aqidah – …gasp.s..cough cough choke….HAHAHAHAAA!!!


  39. 39 scarlett

    love uhm tae woong’s bag. nayone here knows the brand? thanks ^__^

  40. 40 Mini

    Love all the leads.Now all they need is good storyline.Please!No runaway:plan B again.Or I will run away.

  41. 41 picklemonster

    Can I just say that the suit Joo Won was wearing is the BEST FREAKIN’ TAILORED SUIT EVERRRRRRR?!?!

  42. 42 Annie

    Dang, this look suits Uhm Tae Woong to a T. You guys can have Joo Won and Chansung πŸ˜‰

  43. 43 meanrice

    Is that first teaser setting us up for a Nunamance (Nuna Romance)? B/c I am not sure I am feeling that, and I can’t pinpoint why. Why does the female lead HAVE to fall for the guy? Can’t she you know just keep doing her own thing?

    So Joo-Won has done a melo, a family drama, action, now rom-com, is saguek next? I kind of want to see him with a mane of glory…and no shirt.

  44. 44 Ace

    Oooh! Abs!!! That’s all.

    • 44.1 sweetspring

      I know rite! ABS!!! ChanSung owns a gym so I guess thats where those babies formed and developed but I mean that picture is killer, with his baby face & baby smooth skin over those chiselled choco abs, i just wanna stroke *drooling*… but the picture right below that, ummm I guess there really is an art to acting all anguished but manly brooding scenes.
      Joo Won in his element.
      Leading lady has to really prove acting chops up against Uhmforce and Joo Wonie… and those abs…

  45. 45 anabella

    Yayyy, Joowon is sizzling hot & UTW hyung. Super excited to watch them & counting days til 23…yahoooo.

    Side Note: Hopefully for next Joowon’s drama he will no be paired with an AJUMMA or HALMONI. It’s enough for me to watch him with Noona (no choice).

    To a certain human being who dislike JW, ohhh please sorry that our JW is super talented than your favorite actor.
    Just dance with the music & just go with the flow.

    Thanks gf.

  46. 46 chane


  47. 47 Steamy Bun

    Well, he does look good in a suit. *swoon*! Many hot guys in this drama — I might watch it just for that even though the story isn’t my usual fare. I don’t care for this actress. NOT because she’s “too old” (I really don’t care about that), but I remember her from Thank You and she really just rubbed me the wrong way. I’ve been meaning to watch Protect the Boss to hopefully change that perception.

  48. 48 Jenny

    thanks gf,

    Oh ! Changsung really look good with his “weapons” !.

  49. 49 Alex Mottis

    Ohhh, I’m lovin’ Uhm Tae Woong even with all that hair cape which obviusly doesn’t belong to him, lol

    And Joo Won is looking mighty fine in that suit, and I hadn’t noticed ’til now but the main actress (can’t remember her name, sorry) looks a little bit older than Joo Won, hopefully they’ll compensate it with good chemistry and lots of crazy adventures

  50. 50 addylovesbwood

    My baby Joo Won!! 6 more days til it airs!!!
    That chansung dude looks hot!! And from the pics, he seems to look better with choi kang hee…

    I hope choi kang and joo won can pull it off ratings n popularity wise… i’m nervous they wont hv any chemistry…. *crosses fingers*

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