Choi Hyun Wook is winning K-drama fans over with his acting chops and boyfriend-like visuals. Born on January 30, 2002, he debuted in 2019 as Moon Ye Chan in the teen web drama Real:Time:Love. The binge-worthy series—which ran for four seasons—followed teens in search of love and the crazy things that happened in their quest to find it. It was in the second and third seasons of the show when fan support for Hyun Wook began to rise.
He was cast in more dramas and even copped Best New Actor at the 2021 SBS Drama Awards for his roles in Taxi Driver and Racket Boys. Here are essential shows to watch that will convince you that he is one aspiring actor to definitely watch out for:
1. Pop Out Boy! (2020)
Based on the webtoon Comic Book Boy Girl, this romantic drama revolves around Han Sun Nyeo (Kim Do Yeon), a regular high school girl who bears an uncanny resemblance to the heroine of a comic book famous more than a decade ago. Sun Nyeo's world turns upside down when she meets the comic book’s leading man, Chun Nam Wook (Kim Min Kyu), who magically comes to life. While Sun Nyeo is floored with questions such as how Nam Wook found himself in her world and how she can help him make his way back to his, our comic book leading man acquaints himself with Sun Nyeo's world and attempts to win her over. Get ready to immerse in second lead feels with Hyun Wook stepping up as aspiring model Non Ye Joon—a friend of Sun Nyeo who secretly has a crush on her!
2. Taxi Driver (2021)
Unable to avenge the death of his mother, who was killed in cold blood when he was young, Kim Do Gi (Lee Je Hoon) graduates from the Korea Military Academy to work as a taxi driver for Rainbow Taxi Services, a company that offers "on-call revenge" services to clients who seek to get back at their offenders. Do Gi and his vigilante crew will keep you on the edge of your seat as they serve their unconventional brand of justice one case at a time. See Choi Hyun Wook cross over to the dark side as an evil bully in episodes three and four!
3. Racket Boys (2021)
What do you get when a group of clumsy boys from a rural town decides to pursue their dream of playing badminton? A funny and inspiring drama, of course! Racket Boys tells the story of a group of aspiring teens: Lee Yong Tae (Kim Kang Hoon), a badminton know-it-all who can't stop talking; Bang Yoon Dam (Son Sang Yeon), the team captain who loves being the center of attention; Na Woo Chan (Choi Hyun Wook), the school's sweet and friendly hip hop fashionista; and Yoon Hae Kang (Tang Joon Sang), an ex-Seoulite baseball player who was forced to relocate to the province against his will. When news breaks that there are plans to disband their badminton team, the boys come together to achieve the unexpected.
4. Jirisan (2021)
Seo Yi Gang (Jun Ji Hyun) is a seasoned ranger at Jirisan National Park, who is tasked with showing mysterious newbie ranger Kang Hyun Jon (Ju Ji Hoon) the ropes. As someone who knows the mountain inside and out, Yi Gang soon realizes that things are just not right. When people start to disappear and a plague of serial killings arise, Yi Gang races to solve the mystery behind the mountain and its visitors before it is too late. Keep your eyes peeled for Choi Hyun Wook as the teen version of Yi Gang's first love, Lim Cheol Kyung in episode six!
1. Twenty Five, Twenty One (2022)
This coming-of-age drama takes viewers back to 1998 and tells the story of Baek Yi Jin (Nam Joo Hyuk) and Na Hee Do (Kim Tae Ri), who meet for the first time at the age of 22 and 18 and fall in love when they are reunited at age 25 and 21. Joining the pair are a string of fan favorites who complete the Taeyang High School crew: WJSN’s Bona plays national fencing athlete Go Yu Rim; Choi Hyun Wook embraces his inner fashionista as influencer Moon Ji Woong, and Lee Joo Myung portrays super-smart class president Ji Seung Wan (who is secretly a rebel at heart). The drama's charm lies in the chemistry of its characters and their ability to inspire and tug at one's heartstrings.
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