Actor Jo Jung Suk is currently a hot topic in Korea as people are giving their praises to the actor for deciding to voluntarily cut his salary in his appearance fee in Hospital Playlist.
In a TV Daily exclusive report, the actor has decided to lower down his pay to a roughly 25% of his fee for his role as Lee Ik Joon in one of the most talked-about Netflix and tvN drama Hospital Playlist.
Originally, Jo Jung Suk agreed to receive the payment between 90 million KRW to 100 million KRW (USD 73,782-81,980) per episode. However, he voluntarily decided to cut his appearance fee to approximately 70 million KRW (USD 57,386) per episode.
Jo Jung Suk suggested to the production team of the drama his intentions about how he would want to receive an acceptance fee reduced, highlighting his role in the series itself. Through this, he has gained a lot of praise.
Jo Jung Suk is one of a highly-valued actor in the entertainment industry because he is always chosen as a top actor when a drama is casting. His rate as an actor is usually around KRW 90 million to KRW 100 million per episode. But he decided to cut down his fee because of his faith in Shin Won Ho PD and writer Lee Woo Jung.
Some people are aware that Shin Won Ho PD is recognized for his ways in casting an actor in a particular project, in which he does not give value to the name brand of the actors and actresses. Instead, he promises to find and discover brand new faces in the industry.
Recently Jo Jung Suk is done filming for Hospital Playlist, which has four more episodes to air.
Jo Jung Suk is married to singer Gummy, who he was in a relationship with since 2013. In June of 2018, they declared that they would tie the knot in fall. Everyone was surprised when the news came out that the couple got married privately.
Early this year, Gummy's agency confirmed that she is already on her 7th-week pregnancy, and this is the couple's first child.
Jo Jung Suk was born on December 26, 1980. He started his career in theatrical acting, starring in musicals and plays, such as "Spring Awakening," "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," and the stage adaptation of "The Harmonium in My Memory."
After nearly a decade of acting on stage in theaters, Jo Jung Suk made his film debut in the mainstream industry as a comedic supporting actor in the 2012 box office hit, "Architecture 101," his breakthrough role. His acting prowess was further exhibited on various television series, such as "The King 2 Hearts" (2012), "You're the Best, Lee Soon-shin" (2013), "Oh My Ghost" (2015), "Don't Dare to Dream" (2016), as well as films "The Face Reader" (2013), "My Love, My Bride" (2014), "My Annoying Brother" (2016) and "Exit" (2019).