Angry Mom’s breakout rookie Ji-soo joins youth movie
Agh, I love this kid. So, so much. I know that rookie actor Ji-soo’s charm is ninety-five percent Go Bok-dong, his tough-on-the-outside, gooey-cookie-on-the-inside high school badass character in MBC’s Wednesday-Thursday drama Angry Mom. My brain knows this, but the drama is still current and I haven’t really worked out the separation yet. But really, a huge part of Bok-dong’s awesomeness is that Ji-soo plays him with raw vulnerability and squeezy puppy cuteness (masked under a lot of gruffness, of course). The fact that it’s his drama debut just makes it shocking.
But already he’s being talked about as the breakout rookie who came out of nowhere and is making waves in Angry Mom, and he’s in talks to take on his next project, the youth movie Glory Day (his film debut was in last year’s critically acclaimed Han Gong-ju, though it was a tiny role).
The movie is about a foursome of 19-year-old friends whose fates change over the course of one night. It’s described as a coming-of-age movie and co-stars three other rookie actors: EXO’s Suho, Ryu Joon-yeol (Social Phobia), and Kim Hee-chan (who will be making his drama debut in Producer as Gong Hyo-jin’s little brother). Director Choi Jung-yeol, who won short film awards at both the Blue Dragon and Grand Bell Awards, will be at the helm.
I’m not at all surprised that Ji-soo was noticed so quickly, because he plays one of the best characters in Angry Mom and makes every single look and line delivery count. He’s 22 and has some theater experience under his belt, which might explain why he’s good out of the gate. I was happy just to see his role grow in the drama, but it’s exciting that his career is already going places before the show even ends. Just don’t forget that there’s an endless array of broody bad boy drama heroes in your future, mkay?
Glory Day begins filming in May.
Suho, Kim Hee-chan, Ryu Joon-yeol
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