Jo Jung Suk became more globally popular through his recent drama ‘Hospital Playlist’. Aside from being a great actor, he is also known for his good personality. But there’s a lot more that you didn’t know about Jo Jung Suk.
Curious? Here are the 8 facts about Jo Jung Suk that will turn you into his number one fan.
Jo Jung Suk is a Capricorn
Jo Jung Suk was born on December 26, 1980, a 40-year-old Capricorn.
Those who are under this sign are recognized for being the hardest working bunch and they can make anything happen once they put their mind to it.
They’re ambitious but also realistic. In short, Capricorns are the kind of people you’d love to work, be friends, and fall in love with.
He made his career debut as a theater actor
Before gracing the small and big screen, Jo Jung Suk took the theater stage by storm and was cast in a long list of musicals. This includes Grease, Hedwig, and Blood Brothers, to name a few.
Jo Jung Suk established his name as an actor thanks to the movie Architecture 101
By 2012, after playing a supporting role in the K-drama What’s Up as Kim Byeong Gun. He then started gaining more popularity after his supporting role in the blockbuster movie Architecture 101.
The movie made him won numerous awards (including Best New Actor at the esteemed 33rd Blue Dragon Film Awards) for his role as Nap Duk. Also, Hospital Playlist co-star Yoo Yeon Seok is also a cast member in that film.
He considers his 30’s as the peak of his success
The following years proved to be immensely busy for Jung Suk. He appeared in a movie with box office hits and critically acclaimed K-dramas. According to him, that period is “the prime” of his life.
He tells more about this in an interview: “Although many people remember Architecture 101 as my start, it was before that for me. I filmed MBN’s 2011 drama What’s Up for around a year and didn’t perform [in plays] for a while.”
He added, “That was when I began to appear in media, and if you count my start from there, that was all my thirties consisted of. That’s why my thirties were so happy for me and why I remember it as my prime.”
Jo Jung Suk can sing well and a pro at playing the Guitar
Last year, his remake of this 2001 song “Aloha” that placed number one on charts and stayed in the same spot for weeks.
Not only that, the song was awarded as Best OST in numerous awards shows like the 2020 Melon Music Awards (ICYDK, Melon is South Korea’s largest music platform).
“It’s a song that I sang for the drama and I had no idea it would receive this much love. I’m very happy and grateful,” he said in response to the track’s success.
He voluntarily asked for a pay deduction for his casting in Hospital Playlist
Jo Jung Suk is reportedly one of the highest-paid actors in South Korea. He was supposed to receive 90 million won to 100 million won (around P3.9 to P4.3 million) per episode for his role as Ik Jun, but he reduced his payment to 70 million won (around P3 million).
The reason? He wanted to help the production team financially, as reported by SBS Star. At the same time, he also trusts Shin Won Ho PD-nim and Lee Woo Jung writer-nim.
Jo Jung Suk is married to singer Gummy
Jo Jung Suk is already taken and he’s now a father. Jo Jung Suk and Gummy tied the knot in 2018 and became parents to their first child last year.
Gummy shared more about their first encounter in an episode of KBS 2TV‘s Come Back Home. The OST queen said that they met through her friend, Bubble Sisters‘ Young Ji, who was Jo Jung Suk‘s co-actor in the musical Hedwig.
One day, Young Ji was supposed to meet Jo Jung Suk for some reason and she asked Gummy to come with her. “It wasn’t her intention to set us up,” Gummy clarified. After that, they met again during her birthday party and the rest, as they say, is history. “It happened really naturally. From a certain point on, our feelings changed.”
Jo Jung Suk is not on Instagram
The actor doesn’t have an Instagram account (yet) but go ahead and follow his agency, JAM Entertainment, for more updates about him.