Published on November 7th, 2013 | by dinoseoul0
Hot Guy of the Week: Yoo Yeon Seok
If you ask us, Reply 1997 barely had any competition when we talk about the two male leads vying for Sung Shiwon‘s (Jung Eunji) affections. Sorry Daddy Long Legs Yoon Tae Woong (Song Jong Ho), you might have been the ideal fatherly figure, but your brother Yoon Jae (Seo In Guk) definitely stole the show – and our hearts – a million times over.
With current Reply sequel taking over our screens every weekend, we are happy to announce that the contenders gunning for our favourite boys have gotten way harder – albeit in a good way. Trash oppa (Jung Woo) might be silly and dependable, but who can resist Yoo Yeon Seok‘s charms whenever he’s on our screens? Not us. And certainly not you, after we point out the reasons why we can’t get enough of this 29-year-old in four of his recent acting roles. This might include spoilers, but we insist you read on anyway.
1. Whether or not you have feelings for him, he’s the one guy we all want to have crushing on us.
Admit it. Who doesn’t love the attention one gets when we’ve got someone crushing on us, even if we don’t like the person back? Na Jung doesn’t know it yet, but she is going to Fall. Big. Time. Besides, Yoo Yeon Seok’s Reply 1994 character Chilbongie is just everything we’d love in a guy. Star pitcher of the baseball team? Check. Number 1 at sucking up to dad? Check. Shoots adorable, goofy gazes at you whenever you are around? CHECK CHECK CHECK. As the only suave Seoul-born boy of the boarding house lot, he constantly has the group ooh-ing and ahh-ing at his knowledge and worldly experience in travelling abroad for baseball games. Best yet? He knows how to please the ladies – as seen in Na Jung (Go Ara) and mum’s reactions to his overseas souvenir – with Chanel No. 5, no less.
2. He does bad…so good.
Last year’s A Werewolf Boy not only saw Song Joong Ki‘s fangirl club multiply tenfold, it also had Yoo Yeon Seok’s villainy portrayal of Ji Tae perpetually scarring us with his cold, stuck-up and downright evil demeanour. From treating the townsfolk without an ounce of respect or humility to cruelly taunting Chul Soo (Song Joong Ki), we were on the edge of our seats the entire time either sobbing or wanting to punch…his pretty face. Really sucks when the bad guy looks this good, huh?
3. He might not be the best sageuk warrior out there, but he sure makes a loyal one.
Gu Family Book wasn’t the best role for Yoo Yeon Seok, especially when he was under the enemy’s curse and believed Kang Chi (Lee Seung Gi) killed his father in the show, which had his character Park Tae Seo chasing Kang Chi and screaming bloody murder most of the time. Okay we exaggerate but…you get it. Still, his character’s saving grace was that he did so out of loyalty, and constantly sought to protect his sister, whom he believed Kang Chi was still in love with. And hey, they made up in the end, which had us bemusedly grinning over all the bromance!
4. He might not always get a leading role…but he got to romance the nation’s first love Suzy!
In case we all forget, Yoo Yeon Seok was in Introduction to Architecture as Lee Je Hoon‘s rival in nabbing Bae Suzy‘s character when they were teenagers. In the show, he had Lee Seung Min (Lee Je Hoon) believe that Yang Seo Yeon (Suzy) was dating him, which caused Seung Min to eventually give her up and move on. His role might not have had the most screen time or anything (it took me forever to find a movie still that has him in it), but let’s be real: without his character, the Introduction storyline of Seung Min and Seo Yeon meeting years later wouldn’t even have come to fruition.
Which Yoo Yeon Seok role was your favourite? Is there a particular role you would like to see him in? Leave us a comment below!