Wednesday, November 18, 2015

[Under the Spotlight] Rising Star Ryu Joon Yeol

I did not see this coming. As a hard-line fan of Reply series, I’m so excited about the third installment of Reply franchise, which is no other than Reply 1988. 

Looking at the show's stars lineup, I thought that it’s going to be a battle between Sun Woo (Go Kyung Po) and Taek (Park Bo Gum). You know the meaning of a battle I mentioned right? I mean the battle of winning the female lead, Sung Duk Seon’s (Hyeri) heart. I have no idea that Kim Jung Hwan (Ryu Joon Yeol) is going to be the strongest candidate in winning that battle. And…(most importantly) I never thought that I’m going to fall hard for this fella. Thank you Lee Woo Jung writer-nim and Shin Won-Ho director-nim for finding and noticing this guy’s talent and bringing him to the surface.


The fact that the actor is currently become an internet (or at least Reply’s viewers) sensation is amazing, considering how he used to be under the radar. I’m so happy with the casting team of Reply series because they are always able to notice and find a good and new talent to be launched into stardom (what a good eyes!).


It’s all thanks to the scenario and his acting who managed to make girls’ heart flutter. Odd, right? Because as a drama enthusiast myself, it’s always about the face (and body, ehem) for me to have a crush on a male character. Looking at Joon Yeol’s case, I find that my preferences are no longer that shallow. I mean, to be honest, he’s not that handsome, actually he’s ugly at times, and his body is not as hot as So Ji Sub’s or Siwon’s *Reporter Kim!* Nevertheless, I still fall for him, hard! It’s because his acting is so good and he is bursting with charms every time he looked at or cared about Deok Sun. It showed that visual is not really important as long as you have the right attitude and genuine heart.

To be honest, Ryu Joon Yeol reminds me of Jung Woo or Garbage oppa in Reply 1994. Though Jung Woo has played in a number of productions (whether it’s drama series or movies), no one really knew about him until the Reply series found him and raise him into one of the hottest actors he is now. And..Jung Woo is also not that handsome, but his character in Reply 1994 bringing out his overflowing charisma.


I know it is still too soon to call Ryu Joon Yeol as having a same “luck” as Jung Woo because the series has only reached its 4 out of its 20 episode, but hey, try google his name or write #RyuJoonYeol or #Reply1988 in your Instagram’s explore page, then you’ll see that I’m not the only one who fall for him.


Speaking of his role, I have a strong feeling that he’s probably going to end up with Duk Seon in the end of the series, mainly because his looks is not that different with Kim Ju Hyeok – who by the way played Duk Seon’s future husband – and his personality is also the same with him, which is grumpy and always want to bicker with Duk Seon.

Yes, the future of him and Duk Seon is still unsure because it’s anyone’s guess for now but I’m officially will declare myself as #TeamJunghwan from now on. I hope I’m also in the right team this time, because in Reply 1994, I was in #TeamGarbageOppa.

Anyway, let’s wrapped the Kim Jung Hwan-craze-talk and let’s move on to the actor Ryu Joon Yeol.

Apparently, Ryu Joon Yeol is a rookie actor, though he’s born in 1986. Before Reply 1998, he did a cameo in popular series “The Producers.” You can spot him in the early episode of the drama, in which he played the role of an intern, along with the series’ male lead, Kim Soo Hyun. I’m so blinded by Kim Soo Hyun’s charm at that time and didn’t realize that he existed in the series.

Ryu Joon Yeol in Socialphobia

Ryu Joon Yeol also has starred in a number of movies. Based on his wiki page, his 2015 movie is Socialphobia. According to people who have watched that movie, Joon Yeol was doing a great job in that production, though he’s not the lead role.

Glory Day/ One Way Trip

What makes me even more excited for him is that he also starred in an upcoming movie called “Glory Day.” The movie is about the four 20-year-old friends whose fate changed right after an unexpected incident. Why am I excited about this movie? It’s because his co-stars in this movie is no other than the cute and sexy Ji Soo!!

I don’t know if I should call this coincident or not, but when I first fall for him, I thought that he looked a bit like Ji Soo, since he also have that strong cheekbones, sharp eye, deep gaze, and plumpy lips. I’m so glad when I found out that the two is going to show off their charms in one screen *sexiness overload alert!*.


Other than dramas and movies, Ryu Joon Yeol also has involved in a number of photo shoots, including the above Bean Pole photo shoot, where he exhibit his magic properly.

That is by far what I know about him and his career. I hope that he has nothing left but to go up from here. Really really looking forward for him (and for Jung Hwan!).

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  1. Junghwan is so adorable! He is so not subtle with his crush.
    BTW I did a double take when I saw the picture of him in Producers...I think I wanna check that out in the drama. ;)
    And he does really look like Jisoo, now that you've mentioned it!

    1. IKR, he is so cutee with his crush! makes me love him even more^^

    2. Had a hard time moving on from the series and from the character of jung hwan. Reply 1988 is just my 4th series to watch. After autumn in my heart, fullhouse and stairway to heaven. Many years back. I learned about it from an fb post of JH and DS scene in a bus. Got curioused so I watched it. Just lately.
      Reply 1988 is really something. Esp the the character of JH. I cant believe I searched about ryu jun yeol in google just because i appreciate him that much. I just hope he translates his IG posts in English^^

    3. hi there! Yes, indeed, Reply 1988 is simply amazing! I'm also finding it hard to move on to another series after Reply 1988.
      You can follow @eyesonryu instagram to read the english version of his IG post. There's also . It's Ryu Jun Yeol's global fanbase and they always translate every Ryu Jun Yeol-related things to English. Very helpful for Ryu Jun Yeol's fan who's not speaking Korean like me^^