Breathe if you like Lee Dong Wook. Yea, I thought so. There are so many reasons to be a fan of Lee Dong Wook. He’s super good looking, he’s both hot and cute, he’s got a great sense of humor, he’s known for taking care of his co-stars, he’s a solid MC, and… he’s a great actor. And while it may seem like he’s a rom-com staple, Lee Dong Wook has actually been in quite a few different genres, from melo to rom-com, from fantasy to horror. He’s tried his hand at a little bit of everything, and each time, he completely submerges himself in the character, proving just how much range he has as an actor.

Here are eight K-dramas that showcase the talent Lee Dong Wook has, choosing some of the more unique entries in his extensive filmography:

My Girl (2005)

Lee Dong Wook debuted as an actor around 1999 and since then has been consistently acting. While he did win “Newcomer” awards for his early works such as in “Land of the Wine” in 2003, it wasn’t until 2005 when he hit the jackpot with the “My Girl” that he became a household name.

“My Girl” is a bubbly, quirky rom-com that stole our hearts when it first aired. It’s about a grandson, Seol Gong Chan (Lee Dong Wook), who fulfills his grandfather’s dying wish to meet his long-lost granddaughter by recruiting an expert scammer (Lee Da Hae). But after meeting this “granddaughter” of his, the grandfather is so thrilled he makes a miraculous recovery and insists she moves in to the family home so the whole family can be together. Cue shenanigans.


“My Girl” introduced us to not one, but two heartthrobs that are still mesmerizing us with their visuals and talents today — Lee Dong Wook and Lee Joon Gi. We also fell in love with the chemistry-filled pairing of Lee Dong Wook and Lee Da Hae, so fans around the world rejoiced when they reunited for another drama close to a decade later, in “Hotel King.” So if you’re keen for more of the Dong Wook-Da Hae pairing, be sure to check this love story between a hotel heiress and the general manager out.

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La Dolce Vita (2008)

“La Dolce Vita” is a dark melodrama that tackles themes of marriage and adultery, all wrapped in a murder mystery. When Hye Jin (Oh Yeon Su) discovers that her husband has been having an affair, she flees to Japan to end everything. There, she meets the alluring Lee Joon Soo (Lee Dong Wook), but unknown to her, this Joon Soo also happens to be involved with her husband’s mistress. This causes the relationships between these four individuals to become even more hopelessly entangled.

This is a terrifically written drama with noir-stylings and intricate details. It’s so honest and raw at times that it may be uncomfortable to watch because it has the viewer confront their own deep dark desires. Lee Dong Wook was one of the “greener” actors among a solid, veteran cast, but he, and his “My Girl” co-star Park Si Yeon, more than held their own and successfully lured us into their bittersweet lives.

And let’s not forget about the outstanding OST either: