He plays Jung Ji-un, a tutor to the Crown Prince, who becomes confused about his burgeoning feelings for his royal student. What’s definitely not confusing is the legion of fans Rowoon is gaining every day with his sensitive, funny, nuanced and charming portrayal of a man in love with a woman disguised as a prince (played to perfection by Do You Like Brahms?’s Park Eun-bin) in The King’s Affection. The Korean sageuk, or period drama, set in the Joseon era, starting airing on October 11, and has seen rising ratings, and nabbed the No. 1 spot on Netflix charts around the region.
Before the K-drama ends its run and its lead actor’s star explodes into the stratosphere, here’s what to know about 25-year-old Rowoon.
1. Rowoon is his stage name — He was born Kim Seok-woo in Seoul
His real name, Seok-woo, was given by his grandfather, and part of it means “to help”, as he hoped his grandson would be someone who would help the world. When he made his showbiz debut, he adopted the stage name Rowoon. We’re not sure what it means, but Rowoon makes us Ro-swoon.