Kim Seon-ho (김선호) is definitely one of the most popular K-drama actors right now. The handsome actor’s fame skyrocketed after giving viewers serious second lead syndrome through “Start-Up” last year.
With fans anticipating his next drama role since then, the wait is finally over as the heartthrob returns to our TV screens – as the male lead, no less! – in “Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha” over the weekend. While we eagerly await more episodes of his new drama, let’s check out some of his roles we fell in love with below.
1. Hong Du-sik in “Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha”
In “Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha”, Kim Seon-ho portrays jack-of-all-trades handyman Hong Du-sik. He’s the sweet, easygoing chief of the seaside village of Gongjin. While he doesn’t have an official occupation, he has a long list of certifications and licenses. In every kind of situation, the villagers can always count on him whenever they need help. Whether it’s working as a barista or brokering real estate contracts, Hong Du-sik can do it all. On top of all of his capabilities, he’s a genuine and kind person.
2. Han Ji-pyeong in “Start-Up”
Countless fans first fell in love with Kim Seon-ho after watching his character Han Ji-pyeong in Start-Up. While Ji-pyeong is not always the best at expressing his feelings, he truly fits the Good Boy nickname assigned to him by Dal-mi’s grandmother. He’ll go out of his way to help the people he cares about and doesn’t expect anything in return. It was heartbreaking to see him belatedly realise his feelings for Dal-mi and struggle as he comes to terms with losing his opportunity.
3. Cha U-sik in “Welcome to Waikiki 2”
One of Kim Seon-ho’s funniest roles is Cha U-sik from Welcome to Waikiki 2. Cha U-sik is an aspiring singer who ends up running a guesthouse with his longtime friends. Eager for his career to take off, U-sik works multiple jobs from singing at weddings to teaching singing lessons. He’s super hard working and is always there for his friends. From hilarious moments like when he’s playing a recorder with his nose, to swoonworthy moments like when he’s singing a song to the woman he loves, U-sik is absolutely delightful.
4. Jung Je-yun in “100 Days My Prince”
Thanks to “100 Days My Prince”, we have proof that Kim Seon-ho looks just as handsome in traditional hanboks. His character Jung Je-yun also induces second lead syndrome with his pure admiration for Hong-sim. He works for the police bureau but has prosopagnosia or face blindness, and is only able to recognise Hong-sim. Despite his feelings for her, he doesn’t let it affect his respect and loyalty toward Lee Yul who becomes his romantic rival. Smart, funny, and charming, Jung Je-yun is the complete package.
5. Oh Jun-gyu in “Strongest Deliveryman”
Kim Seon-ho’s character Oh Jin-gyu has one of the best character arcs in “Strongest Deliveryman”. Jin-gyu is a spoiled heir who appears to enjoy a life of frivolity. Underneath the surface, he is actually very lonely and has poor self-esteem due to his abusive father. After becoming a part of the deliveryman community, Jin-gyu experiences reformation as he chooses to be a better person. It’s heartwarming to see him be able to experience true friendship and happiness. He’s a character that you can’t help but root for.
6. Seon Sang-tae in “Good Manager”
Following his successful career as a popular theatre actor, Kim Seon-ho made his TV debut through “Good Manager”. His character Seon Sang-tae is the youngest employee in the accounting department. Innocent and hardworking, Sang-tae does his best to not inconvenience his team members. With a bowl cut and glasses, Sang-tae pulls off the cute nerd look so well. He’s so good-natured and a true romantic. Sang-tae becomes even more loveable when his love life starts to blossom as well.
Have you seen all of these shows starring Kim Seon-ho? Watch them all on Netflix, and don’t miss out on his latest series “Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha” with new episodes every Saturday and Sunday!