'Romance is a Bonus Book': Before Lee Na Young, here are the actors who shared great chemistry with Lee Jong-suk
'Romance is a Bonus Book', which is being aired on tvN and Netflix, has become widely popular and the show, in fact, recorded its highest rating during the March 9-10 weekend. One of the main reasons for the rising popularity happens to be Lee Jong-suk's chemistry with actor Lee Na Young who plays Dan-yi in the show. Jong-suk plays the role of Cha Eun-ho, an editor in a publishing company. Dan-yi and Eun-ho's crazy love story had us look back on other love stories featuring Jong-suk.
1. 'While You Were Sleeping'
The 2017 drama 'While You Were Sleeping' saw Lee Jong-suk play the role of a prosecutor Jung Jae-chan who is initially irresponsible and negligent about how his attitude might affect the lives of people that he deals with every day. He meets Nam Hong-joo, played by Bae Suzy, when the two are young. The fated meeting changes their lives and an unexplainable phenomenon occurs: Jae-chan dreams about Hong-joo's death and wakes up to find that his dream is turning into her reality. The chemistry between Jong-suk and Bae Suzy garnered a lot of attention for the show. It also fetched the onscreen duo an award at the 25th SBS Drama Awards for Best Couple.
2. 'The Hymn of Death'
'The Hymn of Death' is a Netflix miniseries that originally aired on SBS in 2018. The show is a period drama based around the time Japan occupied Korea and tells the tale of Joseon's (Korea) first soprano singer Yun Sim-Deok who falls in love with a genius playwright Kim Woo-Jin. The tragic love story between a married chaebol (rich) man and a woman from a lower class features heartbreaking chemistry between lead actors Jong-suk and Shin Hye-sun.
'Pinocchio' is one of the earlier shows that served Jong-suk with a big break. The actor played the role of a journalist who was affected by corrupt journalist's reports when he was a young boy. To exact revenge, he prepares to become a reporter and beat the corrupt senior correspondent at her own game. In the show, Jong-suk was cast opposite Park Shin-hye and their chemistry was so good that is sparked rumours of the actors dating, which they denied.
4. 'Hot Young Bloods'
In the 2014 film, Jong-suk played the role of a high school student who is a playboy. His aim is to hook up with all the girls in his class and he follows a routine. He takes them out for jjajangmyeon (Chinese-Korean noodles) and woos them. He, however, stays away from Young-sook (Park Bo-young) who is the head of a female gang in his school as he is scared of Gwang-sik, the leader of a male gang. Bo-young, however, has a secret crush on him and the film is about how the two explore their feelings about each other. The chemistry between the two characters is not as cheesy or romantic as other Jong-suk shows and films, but it is an interesting watch.
'W' is a 2016 Korean series that features a love story between a character from the world of a webtoon and a girl from the real world. Han Hyo-joo was cast opposite Jong-suk in the series and the fan base for Jong-suk grew bigger after the release of this show. The show was praised for an interesting concept and the chemistry between its lead actors.