What’s Happening With Jang Geun Suk? Anyone? Anyone?

Posted by Stephanie on January 9, 2017



This morning I woke up with a sudden, startling urge to find out what happened with Jang Guen Suk. Why did he popped into my head as I hit the snooze button again, trying to ignore the ever approaching reality of having to get out if bed? Why was I so concerned over his whereabouts?  No idea. I blame the power that is Monday.

So. As soon as I was settled onto the bus, I set to Googling—because this was a question that stayed with me. Watering the cat— remember when he was so popular he proclaimed himself the Prince of Asia? Brushing my teeth —I tried to convince myself I remembered him heading off for military service. Packing my lunch—remembering he wanted his last drama to bring him back to his (popular) acting roots. Putting on my coat —I wondered if Jackpot was the big success/revival he needed it to be. Leaving the house —realizing that if I had to spend my meager precommute wondering about him, then no, it probably wasn’t the success he was looking for.

So you see where my need to Google came from.

Turns out there are still some very loyal and faithful Jang Guen Suk fans out there as the Wikipedia entry had only been updated hours before, here are random Jang Geun Suk facts which may or may not be interesting to you.

Answer #1 Yes, he is still alive and kicking.

Answer #2 turns out no, he did not begin his military service. Subconscious,  please stop trying to convince me of things which are not true.

Answer #3 He was indeed found innocent on the tax evasion charges. (Wonder if he still had to pay that huge mother of a fine. As it was an error done by the management company themselves, I hope they felt bad enough to pick some of that up. Not just because it’s a lot of money they caused but also due to the damage it did to his reputation and the fact that it effectively stalled his comeback.)

Answer #4 Daebak was not the huge or even moderate success he hoped it would be. I know nowadays expectations for ratings have dropped with the rise of online viewing and cable networks, but Daebak never broke double digits, the best night being the finale which came in at a 9%.

Answer #5 did you know he released a cookbook? No way! It had about 20 recipes, some essays, and photos he took. (Which of course makes me think of Love Rain.)

Answer #6 His music as Team H is actually a lot more popular than I had anticipated. Or it’s huge in Japan, which shouldn’t be a super surprise considering how popular he is there. As I actually really like Team H, this news makes me happy. It sold tons, was on the top of the charts, and he and Big Brother had a bunch of stadium concerts.

Answer #7 He was appointed a visiting professor at Hanyang University and did a few special lectures. I’m guessing on acting? But turns out, what do I know?

Answer #8 He was on a tvN variety show that I had never heard about called My Heart’s Candy for 10 weeks. Apparently, this is a show where a star talks to another unknown star on the phone? Sounds riveting. *ahem*

Answer #9 Apparently, he’s being heckled for some weight gain he’s been experiencing lately. Uncool netizens, uncool. Although, is it me or does he now look more like Roy Kim?

Answer #10 Okay. I have no 10. But I couldn’t leave the list at 9. Couldn’t do it guys, couldn’t do it.

So, in conclusion, Subconscious. Jang Geun Seuk seems to be doing okay. He hasn’t risen back to the top, the Prince of Asia top as he’d been hoping would happen in 2016, but he seems to keep plugging along. I guess that’s all we can ask.


This very important Jang Geun Seuk has been brought to you by a very ridiculous me. Over and out.


  • Reply mary January 10, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    #10 is… he was a host in the recent SBS Drama Awards? I’m just glad his career is still alive somewhat. http://www.hancinema.net/jang-geun-seok-to-host-sbs-drama-awards-for-first-time-in-7-years-101842.html

  • Reply Rebekah Roberts January 13, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Thank you for the update… I was wondering and worrying about him myself recently as I was making a kdrama 2017 calendar for myself. Hopefully, he can get on another drama soon and get things back into high gear… but glad to know he is plugging along.

  • Reply Rebekah Roberts January 13, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    PS I don’t mind weight gain… he was always so skinny… (So hates can shut it) but I do kinda see what you are saying about Roy Kim… The weight makes his face rounder (and younger?) looking.

  • Reply Anonymous May 11, 2017 at 7:13 am

    I so miss him now. Viewing his dramas over and over again. Pls update on his next kdrama or movie… Thanks a lot for this article as well.

  • Reply Anonymous July 2, 2017 at 12:30 am

    cute jks

  • Reply lourdes v satera July 13, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    i do really miss JKS.since Love Rain.Its crazy but everyday of my life I wake up and sleep thinking of him.My morning and evening routine starts and end with me listening to his songs.Hope to see him in person and be able to kiss and hug him.What a wildest dream.

    • Reply Stephanie July 18, 2017 at 8:26 pm

      I do wish he’d come back in a real drama, he’s an exceptional actor.

  • Reply Koteuni August 1, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    I do agree, he needs to come back. I been wondering what is going on with him because everything I have seen him in is not recent. He is my favorite Asian actor, Prince of Asia or perhaps, King of Asia? That has a ring to it. I been wondering where he went too, and he needs to do more dramas and movies. I haven’t seen his pretty boy drama, or baby and me movie as neither interested me, but I loved all his others. I love his singing! He needs to sing more as well, I mean songs by him. He only has 2 songs. He needs to make a comeback and step it up! Fighting!!

  • Reply Anonymous August 11, 2017 at 12:47 am

    Iv’e just discovered Kdramas and the one that really impressed me was the actor JKS. He is incredibly unique and soooo good looking. Expressive eyes and the best cross dresser ever. How I wish to see more of him. I love his voice, acting and most of all his looks! Please more romantic dramas for JKS!

  • Reply Cristina Valencia October 10, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    He acttually won three awards thanks to his Daeback role so it was huge for him and his reputation as an actor. He realised a new album and it topped the charts in Japan, he lost all the weigh and now he is better than ever. He will release a movie in 2018 with his first sex scene so everything good

  • Reply Mary December 26, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    I love Jang! I really do! I hope he makes a huge comeback and wipes the floors with those stupid netizens! They always have something stupid to gripe about! I still blame them for Jonghyun!

  • Reply Susan Dennie December 18, 2020 at 9:56 am

    He is still the best kdrama actor his singing beats everybody. I miss him so much. Hated that netflix took love rain off. That was my main joy. Please come on back we all really miss you. Dont waste your talent and your career.youre still very loved. No one can match you. Really miss you. Fans of every age love you. Fighting.

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