The Lee Jong Suk Story: Everything You need to Know Part 1

Lee Jong Suk is one of the first K-drama actors to have his own wax statue in Madam Tussaud’s Museum in Hong Kong. He is without a doubt one of the most hard working and influential celebrities in the history of Asia.

Early Years

Lee Jong Suk was born on September 14, 1989. He first made his debut in 2005 as a runway model. He was considered the youngest male model to join the Seoul Fashion Week. He is from Yongin originally but transferred to Seoul when he was in High school.

Lee Jong Suk is the eldest of two sons and one daughter. His brother is two years younger than him, while his sister is four years younger. Growing up, Lee Jong Suk admitted to being shy. He was so shy he could not even raise his hands to do presentations in school.

Lee Jong Suk’s father was very strict towards him, he once thought that his father was displeased at him because he is the eldest. He was quiet and timid compared with his siblings. He has confessed to being afraid of his father when he goes at home.

Lee Jong Suk learned how to play the piano, do taekwondo, draw and play baduk or Korean Chess while he was still young. He likes playing the piano, while he was forced to take Taekwondo lessons.

He got in a car accident once on the way to his Taekwondo lessons and tore his cruciate ligament. He thought that because of the accident his father would let him stop going to Taekwondo lessons, but as soon as the wounds healed, his father insisted that he take Taekwondo lessons again.

Lee Jong Suk eventually studied performing arts in school, while his brother ended having to stay put to study. Because of this his brother would tell him that “I haven’t thought of anything else because I spent all my time studying.” He would have been good in sports because he is taller than me (I’m 186 centimeters tall). He didn’t do so well on his college entrance exam last year so he’s studying to take them again. He’s at an academy all the time and he comes home every once in a while so it feels like he’s on leave from the military. (

He thought he was already old enough when he went to high school, so he did not spend too much time with his classmates. But in an interview he said that he regretted doing that. When he grew up, he had less friends on his phone book and had no one to call for a cup of coffee.

Lee Jong Suk worked as a model for the first 6 years of his career. His parents were not happy with this, because he was not seen on TV yet. Because of this frustration, there was a time when his parents told him to just enter the military instead since he did not have anything to show for. But today they are really with what he has achieved.

Lee Jong Suk has confessed once during an interview that he tried to go tanning to look more manly, because he felt his skin was too white. Even if he works out, his muscles are not noticeable because his body is really white. It took 3 years before he really landed serious roles on TV. He had to be really patient in waiting for success to arrive.

His first official breakout role in the K-drama industry is School 2013, he even became more popular after he appeared in I Can Hear Your Voice (2013), Doctor Stranger (2014), Pinocchio (2014), W (2016), While You Were Sleeping (2017), The Hymn of Death (2018) and his latest project Romance is a Bonus Book before entering the mandatory military enlistment.

Where did Lee Jong Suk Go to School?

Lee Jong Suk majored in Professional Motion Pictures and Art at Konkuk University and officially graduated in 2016. Lee Jong Suk was a brilliant student, he passed the national college entrance test with high scores. He also became the honorary ambassador for his school. Konkuk University is also the school of Jin of BTS, Lee Min Ho, and Choi Min-Ho.

2005–2010 of Lee Jong Suk

Lee Jong Suk started his modeling career when he was only aged 15 at the Seoul Collection walkway in 2005. Since that time, he has been a runway model for a number of fashion shows.

Realizing that he wanted to do more, he also joined and trained as an idol group member for three months, before getting signed in an agency for a debut. However the agency handling his contract broke their promise, they didn’t help him debut as an actor. It took sometime before he was able to enter the SBS TV station.

It was in 2010, when Lee Jong Suk had his official acting debut in the South Korean TV series Prosecutor Princess. He also made an appearance in the horror movie Ghost.

He didn’t immediately gain fame with these dramas, but it was a good start. It would take the hit drama Secret Garden to really get Lee Jong Suk noticed by fans. He played a talented young composer with an attitude. In 2011 he appeared in High Kick Season 3, and co-starred in R2B: Return to Bases in 2012 a remake of the 1986 film Top Gun.

Lee Jong Suk continued to play roles for teen dramas such as School in 2013. In 2012 he got his first acting award for the 2012 role KBS Drama Awards for Best new Actor. It was also predicted back in 2013 that he is going to be one of the most successful. He ranked 5th in the survey ‘ Actors Who Lit Up 2013’ which was a sign of good things to come.

After starring in School 2013, Lee Jong Suk starred in I Can Hear Your Voice with Lee Bo-young, wherein he played the role of an intelligent young man who has the ability to read minds. Due to the immense success of the show, they had to add two more episodes to satisfy fans. This is where he received the Excellence Award in Korea Drama Awards. He then starred in sports film No breathing, and a supporting role in the film The Face Reader.

The popularity of Lee Jong Suk continued to rise, he became a sought after actor for teen romantic comedies. He starred in Hot Young Bloods and played the role of a cheesy womanizer. After this, he got his memorable role in the hit medical drama Doctor Stranger.

He played a North Korean defector who works as a doctor in South Korea. The drama was immensely successful in China, it gained 400 million views. After this, he starred in Pinocchio, together with actress park Shin-hye where he played the role of a newbie reporter.

Pinocchio was another major hit, it earned 6.2billion won. This catapulted him to greater fame, he also won the Male Top Excellence Award at the 8th Korea Drama Awards. He also became the youngest actor to win the Best Actor at the 27th Grimae Awards.

As a way to thank his fans, he embarked on his first Asia-fan meeting tour and released a photo book titled 2014-2015 Asia Tour Story ~With~. He toured 7 Asian cities in the span of 9 months. After that he joined the cast of Jade Lovers, of what would be his first Chinese Drama together with Zheng Shuang. Jade Lovers is a fantasy drama set in the 1930’s. Lee Jong Suk is so popular in China, it led him to getting a wax figure of himself in Hong Kong’s Madame Tussauds which he revealed himself.

In December of 2015, he officially left his agency Wellmade Yedang and signed an exclusive contract with YG Entertainment on May 10, 2016.

 In July 2016, Lee Jong Suk went back to the silver screen with Fantasy thriller W together with Han Hyo-joo. It also became a successful show in Korea winning him the Daesang Grand Prize at the MBC Drama Awards. After that he did a promotional web drama First Seven Kisses for Lotte Duty Free.

In 2017, Lee Jong Suk decided to do a different project and took on the crime film VIP where he acted as a villain. After that he took on the supernatural-procedural drama While You Were Sleeping with Bae Suzy.

Due to his immense popularity and success, he was appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador for Korean Tourism by the Korea Tourism Organization.

In 2018, Lee Jong suk also took on the role for They Hymn of Death a remake of the 1991 film Death Song. After this he signed with a new management agency YNK Entertainment once his contract ended in YG Entertainment. But after just 5 months, he terminated his contract and created his own agency instead called A-Man Project.

Romance is a Bonus Book is his latest project together with Lee Na-young with Netflix.

Who are the friends of Lee Jong Suk?

Lee Jong Suk is known to be good friends with fellow model and actor Kim Woo-Bin. He is also close with Yoon Kyun Sang who played as his brother in Pinocchio and invited him to have a cameo role for While You Were Sleeping. Yoon Kyun Sang stated, “Jong Suk and I are homebodies, so we usually hang out at each other’s homes.”

Lee Jong Suk is also close to Jung Hae In, they played as rivals on While You Were Sleeping, but in real life they are good friends who travel together. Their friendship is strong, they also admitted to watching each other’s dramas.

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