Seoul, South Korea – September 19, 2023
With his charming and dreamy looks, Rowoon, also known as Kim Seok-woo, first made his mark as a K-pop idol in 2016 when he became the lead singer of the all-boy group SF9. But like many K-pop idols, Rowoon’s talents expanded beyond the stage, leading him to carve out a successful career in acting. Reflecting on his journey, he once stated, “If there’s something that I’ve learned while working in the entertainment industry, it’s that nothing works out just because you’re good-looking. I want to make myself better on the inside rather than my outer appearance, and I hope I can show that through my music or acting.”
In 2017, Rowoon ventured into acting with his debut role in the hit series “School 2017,” where he brought his real-life experiences as an idol to the screen, portraying the character Issue, a student member of a boy band. This role set the stage for his subsequent appearances in shows like “About Time” and “Where Stars Land,” where he played supporting roles.
However, it wasn’t long before Rowoon’s acting prowess propelled him into lead roles, making him a fan favorite. Viewers have since been captivated by his performances in series like “Extraordinary You” (2018) and “The King’s Affection” (2021).
Currently, Rowoon has been sweeping audiences off their feet with his stunning presence, impeccable comedic timing, and irresistible on-screen chemistry with Jo Bo-ah in the ongoing Korean romance drama “Destined With You.” The storyline centers on Jang Shin-yu, an attorney ensnared by an ancient curse, and Lee Hong-jo, a government official who possesses the means to secure Jang Shin-yu’s liberation through a banned book.
In addition to his starring role in “Destined With You,” Rowoon also made a cameo appearance in the time-travel romance drama “A Time Called You,” where he portrayed Tae-ha, a character harboring romantic feelings for his best friend Koo Yeon-jun.
While fans continue to savor Rowoon’s emotional range and his portrayal of love for the beloved civil servant Hong-jo, here are some of the Korean dramas featuring Rowoon that deserve a spot on your watchlist:
1. “Extraordinary You” (2019)
- Cast: Kim Hye-yoon, Rowoon, Lee Jae-wook, Lee Na-eun, Jung Gun-joo, Kim Young-dae, Lee Tae-ri
- Synopsis: Derived from a webtoon titled “July Found By Chance,” “Extraordinary You” follows the life of Eun Dan-oh, a high school student with a congenital heart condition who discovers that she’s a character in a fantasy webtoon called “Secret.” Determined to take control of her fate and become the main character of her story while finding true love, Dan-oh crosses paths with Ha-ru, also known as student Number 13, who changes her life in more ways than one. Rowoon’s portrayal of Ha-ru showcases his exceptional acting skills, earning him recognition as a breakout star.
2. “She Would Never Know” (2021)
- Cast: Rowoon, Lee Hyun-Wook, Won Jin-ah, Lee Kyu-Han, Lee Joo-bin
- Synopsis: Yoon Song-ah, a senior staff member of a beauty brand’s marketing division, dreams of starting her own business one day. When Chae Hyun-Seung joins her team, their close collaboration leads to romantic feelings. However, Song-ah hesitates to pursue a relationship with someone younger than her. Rowoon’s character, with his charm, adds depth to this office romance.
3. “The King’s Affection” (2021)
- Cast: Park Eun-bin, Rowoon, Nam Yoon-su, Choi Byung-chan, Bae Yoon-kyung, Jung Chae-yeon
- Synopsis: Set in the Joseon period, this series narrates the tale of fraternal twins born to the crown prince’s wife. While the daughter, Dam-yi, is almost killed due to superstition, she’s secretly sent away by her mother. After the son’s demise, Dam-yi returns disguised as a prince to claim her rightful place, all while concealing her identity. Rowoon’s character, Jung Ji-woon, an optimistic and attractive tutor, aids her on this extraordinary journey.
4. “Tomorrow” (2022)
- Cast: Rowoon, Kim Hee-sun, Yoon Ji-on,Lee Soo-hyuk
- Synopsis: Based on a popular Korean webtoon, “Tomorrow” follows Choi Jun-woong, a struggling job seeker who becomes half-human and half-spirit following an accident. Rowoon’s role as Jun-woong, a humorous character, adds a light touch to the series as it delves into heavy themes.
Rowoon’s exceptional acting and diverse roles have earned him nominations and awards in the industry, making him a rising star to watch. As he dedicates more attention to his acting career following his departure from SF9, fans eagerly await more captivating performances from this talented artist.
So, whether you’re a longtime fan or just discovering Rowoon’s talents, these K-dramas are a must-add to your watchlist.