BY Julie Jones | Mar 24, 2015 01:48 PM EDT
Joo Jin Mo is a star. As an actor he made a name for himself in both k-dramas and films. And that experience of stardom is about to come in handy.
The actor recently confirmed that he will play the role of Ji Eun Ho, a top star in the JTBC weekend drama "Eun Dong Ah, Whom I Love."
"Joo Jin Mo will act in the upcoming Friday-Saturday drama 'Eun Dong Ah, Who I Love,' after 'Falling For Innocence' ends," said a JTBC representative.
Ji Eun Ho may have mistaken "drama love" for real love. Ji Eun Ho is so idealistic that he cannot forget his first love and believes it is the only true love he will ever truly experience. "Eun Dong Ah, Whom I Love" follows that unrequited love story over a period of 20 years.
It has been more than a year since the 40-year-old actor appeared on the small screen. He played the role of Korea's king Wang Yoo in the 51-eisode MBC saeguk "Empress Ki." His character was in love with Seungnyang, played by Ha Ji Won, who eventually becomes Empress Ki. During that drama his character fought for her and the sovereignty of his country.
During his year-long absence from the small screen, he appeared in the film "Friend: The Great Legacy," directed by Kwak Kyung Taek. He also played the role of Rhett Butler in a musical production of the novel "Gone With The Wind."
"Rhett Butler is a character every actor dreams of playing," he said in an interview with the Korea Herald
Joo Jin Mo is best known for playing tough guys, but he welcomes roles that also allow him to express vulnerability.
"All male actors dream of playing macho men at one point or another, but they also dream of playing emotionally complex roles. I'm the same," Joo said at a press conference for his film "Gabi." In that film he played a Russian sniper.
He is best known for his roles in the critical hit drama "Happy End," the boxing film "Punch" and the gangster romance "A Love." In his most controversial film, "A Frozen Flower," he played a king involved in a love triangle with his queen, played by Song Ji Hyo and his guard played by Jo In Sung. The king was in love with his guard and not his queen.
"Eun Dong Ah, Whom I Love" is scheduled to air in June.
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