In June 2022, Son Seok-Koo had the highest brand reputation among male actors in Korea, followed by Lee Byung-Hun and Lee Joon-Gi. Given that he was a relatively unknown actor in the K-drama industry until this year, this is a significant step forward in his career. What propelled him to fame in such a short period of time?
Although he appeared in a few films and dramas as a lead or supporting actor in recent years, Son Seok-Koo received little attention from the general public.
The director Lee Sang-Yong, who cast him as the main villain in the film “The Roundup,” said he didn’t know much about Son Seok-Koo at the time. Son Seok-Koo was cast because the director thought he had a good attitude as if he were a film student.
Son Seok-Koo stated that he received a script for “The Roundup” in 2019 and that he has been without dramas or films that have been on the air for nearly two years. He stated that he felt his career had come to a halt.
Then, in 2022, his drama “My Liberation Notes” and film “The Roundup” both premiered in the first half of the year, forever altering his career. Son Seok-Koo said he got goosebumps thinking about how perfect the release dates were for him.
“My Liberation Notes” started with a 2% viewing rate in Korea, which was considered relatively low. When the drama went viral, people became more interested in the character “Mr. Gu.”
Shortly after that, the film “The Roundup” was released in theaters. Both of Son Seok-Koo’s works gained popularity at the same time.
Furthermore, there has been some overlap between the two characters, “Mr. Gu” and “Kang Hae-Sang,” which has helped him gain attention. When Mr. Gu’s past was finally revealed in “My Liberation Notes,” fans who found Mr. Gu’s tough side appealing went to see “The Roundup.”
Son Seok-Koo agreed in an interview that the universe is helping him this year. He spent a year at a tanning salon and ate a lot of high-calorie foods to gain 10 kg to build the villain Kang Hae-Sang’s physical appearance. All of his efforts were worth it.
What are his upcoming dramas or films? He was cast as the lead in the Disney+ drama “Casino,” which he recently completed filming in the Philippines. The film “Casino” is set to be released in late 2022. Following that, he is set to star alongside Choi Woo-Shik in the thriller drama “The Murderer and the Toy.”