You may wonder… who is Joo Won?
And why is Kang Dong Won up there instead?
Maybe this will enlighten you a bit more…
Nope, it’s not Kang Dong Won up there… but r00kie actor Joo Won, who plays Ma Jun, the rival of Yoon Shi Yoon’s character Tak Goo in the recent hit drama, Baker King Kim Tak Gu.
He looks a whole lot like Kang Dong Won, doesn’t he? =O I was like WOAH when he first came out in the drama! First I thought Yoon Shi Yoon looked a lot like Lee Jun Ki, then now we have a Kang Dong Won look alike to pitch’em against each other? To think that I once thought that Lee Jun Ki and Kang Dong Won looked alike back in the days (more so because of their feminine features)…hehe..:P
Joo Won is seen featured in the August 2010 issue of STYLE H magazine here. Contrary to his sort-of evil/antagonist character Ma Jun in Baker King, Kim Tak Gu, here he displays more of his boyish and youthful charms. He is also voted by “HOMME*HANDSOME” of STYLE H as the most anticipated new actor of the year.
When interviewed during the shoot of the photo spread, Joo Won said, “The actors I’m working with recently (Baker King Kim Tak Gu) have been displaying really solid and passionate acting in their roles. I learned a lot from them.” ” I also want to be like them…to emulate them in being able to find joy and a sense of fulfillment in acting.” “I have been researching and thinking a lot lately on how to portray and bring out the complexity of my character… I’m working very hard on it.”
Joo Won plays the evil but pitiful Ma Jun in Baker King Kim Tak Gu, who struggles and goes all out to gain his father’s recognition as well as the love of the woman he loves Yoo Kyung (Eugene). Pitted against the protagonist, Kim Tak Gu, he is always seen in a more unfavourable and negative light. However, viewers have been impressed with the actor’s portrayal of his character and are looking forward to see how far he will go with his driven desire to topple and surpass his rival Tak Gu.
Albeit this being Joo Won’s debut on screen project, he hasn’t shown any signs of being a rookie and has been able to portray the complexity and intensity of Ma Jun excellently. Viewers have been mounting praises and compliments for his eye-acting abilities… for they can express both intensity and calmness without much words said. Having come from a musical theatrical background (with plays such as Alta Boys, Grease, Spring Awakening..etc), this 185-cm tall actor is waiting for his big break in a more visible popular play, and is on his way to melt the hearts of us ladies out there.
News source: TV daily Kr
Chinese Translations: lovekoreastar
I personally don’t see the “IT” factor in Joo Won yet… but I do admit that he has potential. Not only does he look like Kang Dong Won, the way he emotes thru his eyes kind of resembles the way Kang Don Won acts with his eyes too. The intensity in the gazes, it’s definitely there. I hope with a few more projects, he’ll be able to find his niche and acting style.. and then we’ll go, that’s Joo Won. Not the Kang Dong Won look-alike anymore.. ^^