It is rare to star twice in Shin Won Ho PD’s works.
Actor Yoo Yeon Seok is attracting attention as the only person who has captured the heart of director Shin Won Ho PD twice.
Yoo Yeon Seok has been cast in Shin Won Ho PD’s new work, ‘Doctor Playbook’ / ‘Wise Doctor Life’, which will be broadcast on cable channel tvN in December. Through this, he is going to work together with Shin PD after 4 6 years since Reply 1994 in 2013.
What is attracting attention is that Yoo Yeon Seok is the only face among the ‘young actors’ who have starred in Shin PD’s dramas to be participating twice in his works. Except for Sung Dong Il and Lee Il Hwa who has appeared in all of the Reply series, this is the first time for it to happen. The fact that Shin PD having a strong faith in Yoo Yeon Seok can be seen through this. There are talks in broadcast circles that Shin PD would try to avoid as much as possible from working together again with the same actors he has previously worked with. This is because of his unwavering tenacity in pursuing something new.
Shin PD has used the year of 1997’s, 1994’s and 1988’s time period as ‘Reply’ series’ subject matters. In ‘Prison Playbook’ / ‘Wise Prison Life’, he attempted various contents and settings that could hardly be seen in other dramas when dealing with the stories of inmates with a prison serving as the background. Accordingly, his boldness in hiring theater play actors as well as rising stars has added freshness in the new story.
However, Yoo Yeon Seok has became the exception to Shin PD’s own ‘ironclad principle’. In ‘Doctor Playbook’ / ‘Wise Doctor Life’, Yoo Yeon Seok will play the role of a doctor who is in charge of the Emergency Room, creating a human story that blooms between patients and doctors in an urgent space where people struggling for their lives. Previously in ‘Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim’, he has acted as a doctor whose goal are success and advancement in life and now all eyes are on him to see how his brand new look will be unfolded.
Since broadcasting channels have their own award shows during year end, while cable channels didn’t, TV Daily came up with their own ‘acting award’ for cable channel dramas by surveying a total of 15 PDs and officials from cable channels – tvN, OCN, Olive Channel as well as the four general programming cable TV broadcasters – JTBC, TV Chosun, Channel A and MBN.
And among the awards, Yoo Yeon Seok was picked as the winner of ‘Always One Step Behind You Award’ (aka Second Lead of the Year).
“In every drama, the ones who ‘always stand one step behind’ the main leads are the second leads. Gu Dong Mae of tvN’s Mr. Sunshine, played by Yoo Yeon Seok took the first place for the saddest, whom the main leads never turn around to see even once, ‘Male and Female Second Lead of the Year’ award.
The character of Gu Dong Mae who was both cold but also pure hearted (in love) was portrayed in a three dimensional portrayal by Yoo Yeon Seok, creating the ‘lovesick for Gu Dong Mae’ (syndrome).
The officials from tvN, JTBC, Channel A who picked him stated the reasons why they supported Yoo Yeon Seok, “No one can win over Gu Dong Mae”, “His charms and acting are comparable to Lee Byung Hun’s”, “It’s an undisputable transformation of Yoo Yeon Seok. The ‘sad, evoking tears (character)’ was shooting straight towards women’s hearts”. ”
On December 12, 2018 when he became a guest on SBS Power FM, Choi Hee Jung Power Time radio, a listener mentioned about Yoo Yeon Seok’s father.
A listener shared an anecdote, “Mr. Yoo Yeon Seok’s father was an academic advisor in a university. Mr. Yeon Seok looks like the spitting image of Professor (Ahn).”
To this Yoo Yeon Seok said, “I saw photos of my father from the days of his youth and his eyebrows and nose looked so cool. My father’s nose is much more prominent than mine, our eyebrows are exactly the same. Whenever I get my make up done, (the make up on) my eyebrows are rarely done, so that was how I resemble him. And I think my meticulous nature is also similar to my father’s”, as he mentioned his Professor of Engineering father.
On December 12, 2018 when he became SBS Power FM Choi Hee Jung’s Power Time guest with actor Han Ji Sang, Yoo Yeon Seok told the listeners about wishing to go on a vacation with his A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’s team to Nha Trang, Vietnam.
He said “If our musical do well, I want to travel to Nha Trang (with the team). Recently the cast have been chanting ‘Nha Trang’ instead of ‘fighting’ (before their performance). I think if we’re given a lot of love, we can go to Nha Trang. It is our wish to go with more staffs”
Yoo Yeon Seok explained, “I couldn’t eat dinner properly when I’m preparing for my evening (musical) performance. If I eat too much, I’d feel stuffy so I can’t eat a lot.”
“When I return home after the 8 pm performance, it’ll be around 12:30 am to 1 am. That is the time when I eat dinner properly.”
He then tell the radio on what kind of late-night meals he has recently. “Recently I ordered squid sashimi for delivery and they gave out some sushi as well. Even deep fried squid were given as a service (free-of-charge).”
“Though I’d have one or two glasses of soju to go with it, I’d eat them while comforting my heart saying that squid is protein.” He also revealed that he eats Jokbal (trotters) a lot, too.
“Sometimes fans would treat us with snacks too. There were times when I couldn’t eat them well before the performance, so I’d pack them and eat them at home”. He also expressed his gratitude towards his fans.
So, during the Bangkok fanmeet that happened on Dec 8, 2018, Yoo Yeon Seok revealed his daily schedule chart that he has drawn by himself. It’s a chart that shows his daily schedule, more specifically on the days he has weekdays ‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’ performance.
YeoNiverse has tried our best to squint hard at the photo that we sneaked to snap during the fanmeet (the guards were seriously on their toes, they were everywhere and keep on telling fans off whenever they saw any of us were secretly taking photos / filming ^^;;), and tried our best to translate on what we could read off the chart. hehe.
So, his schedule is so adorable just like him. lmao. He has enough sleep per day, about 8 hours and another 1 hour where he just lying on the bed, tossing and turning . So adorable.
His schedule is so packed, but he goes through it like a pro every day. We wish we’re as disciplined and productive as him daily. Haha. And we’re so happy to see those bits about him reading through the new scripts and scenarios! WE . CAN’T. WAIT. FOR. HIS. NEW. ACTING. PROJECT. Yay!
On December 8, 2018 (Sat), a few of us from YeoNiverse got the chance to attend Yoo Yeon Seok’s All About YOO fanmeeting in Bangkok!!!
We had a blast and our fangirling hearts was filled to the brim throughout the 2 hours + time spent with him. Thank YOO, Yeon Seok. He is gorgeous, he is handsome, he is sexy, he is adorable, he is silly, he is funny. He is everything. Sobs.
We got to meet fellow Yoo Yeon Seok fans from Thailand and from other countries as well and we were so happy to meet them ❤
Now we don’t think we’d do a long post to detail all about it cuz our memories of the fanmeet were rather scrambled actually. Lol. But we plan to do separate posts on the interesting bits that we could remember of. We shared most of them on our social media accounts already but this space here could do some documentation of it too, no?
For now, here are a few photos from the fanmeet venue~