Lately, I’ve been COMPLETELY taken in by Han Kang from 49 Days, so I thought why not dedicate this week’s fanvid of the week to the man behind the character - JO HYUN JAE? In retrospect, I guess we should have seen this coming when in my first impression review of 49 Days, I started going off on a tangent about how Jo Hyun Jae’s eyes remind me of Park Yong Woo’s. The warning signs were loud and clear. I just chose to ignore them.
But it’s too late now as I’m in deep and find myself spending countless hours searching anything and everything about Jo Hyun Jae. For example, did you know that when you search “Jo Hyun Jae” on Naver (a Korean search engine à la Google), a related search that shows up is “Jo Hyun Jae in person” (조현재 실물)? Apparently, many people consider him to be one of the least photogenic actors in Korea because he’s so much BETTER looking in person. Yeah, and who says life is fair?
Anyway, there are two video clips of Jo Hyun Jae’s past that I wanted to share this week.
First is of Jo Hyun Jae in 1998 when he was a member of the short-lived boy band, Guardian. He is seen lip-synching to their song “Sad Fate” with his bandmates, which includes rapper-turned-actor, Kim Kang Woo. Oh.Em.Gee. Umm, I just don’t know what else to say, but for “check this out.”
And here is Jo Hyun Jae winning the New Star Award at the 2003 SBS Drama Awards for his performance in First Love (SBS, 2003). Oh my, can a person look any more uncomfortable standing on stage to receive an award as he does? I love how shy and awkward he looks here.
JHJ: Hello, it’s Jo Hyun Jae.
MC: How does it feel to win an award?
JHJ: Ahh, I’m very thankful.
MC: I have nothing to say. You’re so good looking from up close.
JHJ: No/that’s not true.
MC: What is your proudest feature from your face?
JHJ: …..I’m not sure.
MC: I think it’s your eyes.
MC: And your nose.
JHJ: Thank you.
MC: And your lips.
MC: Let’s do a handshake just once.
(They shake hands.)
MC: They say that if we shake each other’s hands like this, we will be born with our face swapped in our next life…
Okay, that’s it. I’m claiming Kim Jae Dong in his next life!