I cannot believe that it is already October – another year is coming to an end and sometimes I don’t even realise it. As with the time, dramas come and go at great speed. It feels like Moon Lovers (or Scarlet Heart: Ryeo) just aired yesterday, but we have gone beyond the drama’s half-mark. Some of the acting performances from the ensemble cast are one of the best and this brings me to the star of our feature, Hong Jong-hyun who plays 3rd Prince Wang Yo, the main antagonist of the show. I think I have newfound appreciation for the actor because his portrayal of the villainous character has been quite impressive – he has this strong presence that I feel whenever he is in front of his brothers. I’m sure they feel it too, especially the younger ones.
This feature will complete the trio of the three main princes in Moon Lovers, after Lee Jun-ki and Kang Ha-neul. Although Hong Jong-hyun is really selling his evil prince Yo persona, he is absolutely cute and charming in real life. I have not seen many of his dramas, but his stints on SBS variety show Running Man are winning ^^ His recent guest appearance with his Moon co-stars again allowed him to display his good abilities at the games. He began his career as a model in 2007, and has since been building up his acting resume.
ELLE May 2015
2011 was the year that really kick-started his acting career, where he starred in White Christmas as well as sitcom Vampire Idol. It was also during the filming of White Christmas that he became close friends with fellow model-turned actors Kim Woo-bin, Lee Soo-hyuk, Kim Young-kwang and Sung Joon. In interviews he has mentioned that he’s really thankful for his friends ❤ Kim Woo-bin and Kim Young-kwang turned up at his fan-meeting in May last year, surprising both the actors and his fans. Awww
HIGH CUT Volume 131 (August 2014)
SURE May 2015
Hong Jong-hyun joined MBC’s variety program We Got Married in mid-2014 and was a couple with Yura of Girls’ Day. I remember them sharing great chemistry on the show over the course of their on-screen married life, and they look really good together by the way! It has been some time since I last watched the show, but they were certainly unforgettable 🙂 They left the program in February last year to focus on their solo activities.
Singles March 2014
여성중앙 May 2015
The actor started being on SBS Inkigayo as an emcee in December 2014, hosting the music show alongside actress Kim Yoo-jung and Kwanghee of ZE: A. He performed the song “Some” with Soyou of girl group Sistar on his first day. A couple of months later, he announced his departure from the program.
bnt international February 2015
His character in Moon Lovers is his first time playing a villain on a drama, and during the press conference he said that he never expected that it would be such an evil character but since Wang Yo is very bad he is going to do it properly to portray the character viciously. He also looks up to his fellow actors Lee Jun-ki and Kang Ha-neul for their hard work during filming and are inspired by them 😀
InStyle October 2016
THE STAR October 2016
BONUS! Last February, Hong Jong-hyun modeled for Jill Stuart’s Love Edition Accessory Collection, which I think was in conjunction with Valentine’s Day. Seeing him in these shots just makes me think that he is totally Mr Right material, haha XD
Watch a clip from behind-the scenes below!
I will leave you with a self-made collage of Prince Wang Yo 😉