Rising star actor Lee Sang-yi praised for comforting appearance in drama 'Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha'

연합뉴스 / 2021-09-15 12:16:32
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▲ This photo, provided by tvN, shows actor Lee Sang-yi who stars in the tvN drama "Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha." (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


SEOUL, Sept. 15 (Yonhap) -- Rising star actor Lee Sang-yi, who appears in the tvN drama "Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha," is gaining popularity for his pleasant charm.

Lee, who plays an entertainment producer Ji Sung-hyun, is a rival against actor Kim Sun-ho's chracter Hong Doo-sik, however rather than seeming hateful, he portrays a bright and clumsy appearance. Lee officially appears in the fourth episode and calmly plays his role whenever tension is needed. Since the drama is on the proper rise with the increase of viewership, Lee's acting is set to boost more popularity.



▲ This photo, provided by PLK Entertainment, shows actor Lee Sang-yi 

Having graduated from Anyang Arts High School and Korea National University of Arts, Lee is actually not a "new face" in the entertainment industry. The 29-year-old actor made his debut with the musical "Grease" in 2014 and started to star in dramas from 2017.

In the beginning, Lee made a surprisingly strong impression through his role as a villain. Sergeant From being Sergeant Oh Dong-hwan in tvN's "Prison Playbook" and Yang Tae-soo from MBC TV's "Special Labor Inspector" are some of Lee's representative evil characters.

After gaining experience with various supporting roles, Lee ultimately rose to fame last year after his performance as Yoon Jae-seok in KBS 2TV's weekend drama "Once Again." Along with actress Lee Cho-hee, who plays Da-hee, the two play the most beloved couple in the drama, which has helped Lee show off his friendly and gentle charm from then on.



▲ This photo,provided by MBC, shows actor Lee Sang-yi as a member of MSG Wannabe. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

Looking for opportunities for a potential "step-up" in his career, Lee succeeded in drawing attention on entertainment shows. Lee was selected as a member of MSG Wannabe, an all-male act that formed on the popular Korean TV show "Hangout With Yoo." The actor participated on the show under the stage name of Kim Nam-gil and received praise from the fictional character Yooyaho played by the show's host comedian Yoo Jae-suk for his unique voice. Lee's duet with singer Parc Jae-jung, who was also part of MSG Wannabe, also drew a lot of attention.

The actor's popularity from MSG Wannabe has now led to his role in "Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha."

On Wednesday, Gong Hee-jung, a drama critic, said, "Lee's comfortable and gentle acting makes the audience feel as if they know the actor in real life and he portrays a similar yet different appearance in every work."



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