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On 1/2/2021 at 6:47 AM, jelly said:

I hope SALT takes it a bit back, and eases up. Don't accept every offer that comes to him. Too much over exposure isn't good either.

 

I'm agree with you. I just saw Amazing Saturday and can't help but notice that even though he was all bubbly and smiling but his eyes look tired. Yes his next project is very crucial since I saw a tweet about an article mentioning that he is one of the most anticipated actor in 2021.

 

 

About his appearance in MBC, I notice that after hearing him sing some fans want him to record some song or at least sing a soundtrack of his future drama. For me that would be nice if he wants to, I just hope he wont do something he doesn't feel comfortable with just for the sake of fan service. (sorry if this sounded harsh).

 

@SeriousClouds I think we have to wait until his play wrapped. If I'm not mistaken it's around March? 

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Thanks for the info @ixxdhx81    Btw, isn't he the sweetest     

Waahhh. Great discussion here! Kinda busy right now. I'll edit and join the discussion later. I'll share how he was in theater, how passionate he was when doing the play and acting.  

eng sub to his winning speech!          I died watching this. So proud of the 2D1N team, especially KSH! 

hello everyone! I'm a new fan of Seonho :wub: I am now watching 2D1N because of him but I ended up loving the whole cast :wub:

Anyway I went to this forum because I know I will find like-minded people here. I just saw another tweet of a toxic anti. These antis are getting on my nerves. I hope they would just focus on their fave and not drag seonho (and now they're even dragging YoonA :angry:) everytime seonho has a new promo or event. I just hate them.
 

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On 1/3/2021 at 5:11 AM, levine1244 said:

think we have to wait until his play wrapped. If I'm not mistaken it's around March? 


TY for info. I wish I could see play. Long wait :( 

18 hours ago, cheeserat said:

hello everyone! I'm a new fan of Seonho :wub: I am now watching 2D1N because of him but I ended up loving the whole cast :wub:

Anyway I went to this forum because I know I will find like-minded people here. I just saw another tweet of a toxic anti. These antis are getting on my nerves. I hope they would just focus on their fave and not drag seonho (and now they're even dragging YoonA :angry:) everytime seonho has a new promo or event. I just hate them.
 


welcome :) Haters everywhere. No surprise. 

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On 1/4/2021 at 8:14 PM, cheeserat said:

Anyway I went to this forum because I know I will find like-minded people here. I just saw another tweet of a toxic anti. These antis are getting on my nerves. I hope they would just focus on their fave and not drag seonho (and now they're even dragging YoonA :angry:) everytime seonho has a new promo or event. I just hate them.

It's okay, we can just ignore them and focus on supporting Seonho. Let his achievements speak for itself :D.

 

On 1/5/2021 at 2:37 PM, SeriousClouds said:

Haters everywhere. No surprise. 

Seonho's breakthrough through Han Jipyeong is quite interesting. While there are many many people fall for this character, it's also true that the character is quite controversial and polarizing. Most viewers would either love him or resent him. It's unfortunate that some people are immature and cannot differentiate between the character from the actor, hence disliking Seonho because they don't like Jipyeong character. 

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@levine1244 Yeah. I think he was pretty packed for Dec. That also coupled with his plays/MC/variety/CF's/etc. Of course, as his star rises, SALT is taking advantage of that b/c who wouldn't? At the end of the day, they need to select long term effects for his career. Don't go down the easy fame route for KSH. It doesn't suit him, and would send his career in a bad path if they chase short term fame prospects. Too much of him could lead to backlash, so he and SALT should be aware of that.

 

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About his appearance in MBC, I notice that after hearing him sing some fans want him to record some song or at least sing a soundtrack of his future drama. For me that would be nice if he wants to, I just hope he wont do something he doesn't feel comfortable with just for the sake of fan service. (sorry if this sounded harsh).

 

IA. Don't worry about sounding harsh. I think most of us are concerned that he's being turned into a prop, when its the furthest thing he wants to be. The fan service can be nice time to time, but too much giving into is isn't good either. He's doing another one on the 17th, and it made me sad that on his day off, he couldn't just enjoy it freely :(. I personally think even though he appreciates his fans, he does keep a line. He said to his fans not to give him any gifts. (He didn't disclose what cologne he used). He also friend zoned his fan lol, by stating friend instead.

 

"I just hope he wont do something he doesn't feel comfortable with just for the sake of fan service." Same here. I do worry about SALT in that regards. It's great he's trying out new things, but at the end of the day, he shouldn't feel pressured to do something he doesn't want to do for fan service. This is what I'm worried about when it comes to KSH, as he gets more famous. Please don't turn him into a commodity for fans to gawk at. His career should be about longevity and becoming a well respected actor.  

 

@levine1244 There was a new vid that came out today, where he and a few of the 2d1n members danced as a result of them winning. I worry a bit about that fan service aspect, and Dindin saying he has to give his fans his all. I didn't like that advice. Am I too negative in thinking that while its great he is friendly with Dindin/Ravi, that I do worry about is him getting stuck into the music industry which is as Lee Joon said "An animal kingdom." I worry that he'll befriend hanger on's and fall into waters with not so good people. Ah, maybe I'm over thinking this..?

 

@petra IA. What intrigues me is HJP as a role is sharp tongued and can be callous at times. There are some clips I re-watched, where I noticed that HJP was quite harsh/fickle. But somewhere in that, we saw through that. What I worry is HJP was such a breakthrough role for him, so I'm cautious if he'll get either type-casted as HJP like roles or it'll always attach to him no matter what project he takes on? Maybe I'm jumping too fast on that? IA, that some people need to realize actors doesn't = their roles lol. When it gets to that level, its just turns into chaos. I do worry a bit is KSH isn't good w/ handling criticism/hate, so as he gets more into K-entertainment is how he'll handle it going forward? I heard SALT doesn't sue naysayers (?). B/c unfortunately, he'll only start to get more rumors/anti-'s as he gets more famous :( It's a sad price to pay for fame.

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On 1/6/2021 at 3:50 AM, petra said:

Seonho's breakthrough through Han Jipyeong is quite interesting. While there are many many people fall for this character, it's also true that the character is quite controversial and polarizing. Most viewers would either love him or resent him. It's unfortunate that some people are immature and cannot differentiate between the character from the actor, hence disliking Seonho because they don't like Jipyeong character. 


tea spill, some people no tell difference between drama and real life. KSH is only actor. People need to think right and logic :lol:

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@jelly I'm so glad I'm not the only one thinking that he shouldn't be pressured to do fan service :tears: 

Most of the fan on twitter want him to record a song or an OST, but I don't think it would be wise if he does it just to please his fans. 

 

 

About the video, is it the video where they do a live youtube broadcast I saw his IG Story which promoting this broadcast and boy he looked so tired. I guess it related with their pledge if 2D1N win an award? I saw someone sharing the video. I will share it here if I happen to find it again.

 

Regarding his FanMeet, as much as I excited for the event, it also caught my attention that his schedule is really packed. I heard he's been shooting CF and rehearse for his play. I just hope he got some time off!

 

About hate comments, last time @ixxdhx81 write in this forum mentioning that SALT hasn't got any policy regarding that. I hope they will act soon, moreover they have Park Shin Hye and Kim Ji Won.

 

 

On 1/5/2021 at 2:37 PM, SeriousClouds said:

TY for info. I wish I could see play. Long wait :( 

 

 

No worries! I saw a news where he said he already picked ICE as his theatre comeback long before Start Up started, and if I'm not mistaken we only heard about it after he finished shooting Start Up. So yeah, I guess he already picked his role but we have to wait.

 

Btw have you guys watched this? Dindin was calling Seon Ho in this show. In this show Dindin have to pick 5 person he wanted to thanks to but the one who pick up his phone are only his sister and Kim Seon Ho. I love that he always try to make some time to his friends.

 

Side note: someone said a fan write on the comment section that is since Kyuhyun is a toppoki lover just like Seon Ho, both of them should do a show together. 

 

 

 

 

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On 1/1/2021 at 3:47 PM, jelly said:

The PD of Start Up fixed their shooting schedule for him. Ah, this is his going to be his biggest dilemma going forward, as he gets more choice pop up.

@jelly, yes. I agree.  Not every director is going to tailor make the schedule for him.

 

 

On 1/1/2021 at 12:37 AM, sanghyuk said:

I like the Mr. Hong project with SMA. SMA has finally solidified her acting after the chief. She was very cute and adorable in her early dramas like Arang and the magistrate when she was a lot younger. And, this is a studio dragon production, if the writer is good, he/she can come up stories for each household in the village and would give a good platform to show off KSH's acting skills.

I like this project and your thoughts on it, @sanghyuk
 

 

On 1/1/2021 at 3:47 PM, jelly said:

SMA being cast, does give him a nice burden off his shoulders as she's taken, so people won't be shipping him with her/rumors flying left/right

@jelly, good point!
 

 

On 1/4/2021 at 5:14 AM, cheeserat said:

hello everyone! I'm a new fan of Seonho

Hello, @cheeserat. Welcome to Kim Seon-Ho thread :)

 

 

On 1/4/2021 at 8:35 AM, rocher22 said:

The Godfather vibes


@rocher22 I love this photo, and the other one of him dressed in black - detective 2 - that you posted.

 

On 1/6/2021 at 3:50 AM, petra said:

It's okay, we can just ignore them and focus on supporting Seonho.


@petra, exactly!  
 

On 1/7/2021 at 11:28 PM, jelly said:

At the end of the day, they need to select long term effects for his career. Don't go down the easy fame route for KSH. It doesn't suit him, and would send his career in a bad path if they chase short term fame prospects. Too much of him could lead to backlash, so he and SALT should be aware of that.


@jelly, I agree.  Also, Kim Seon Ho was pretty methodical in advancing his career. He does not strike me as one to make rush decisions, and yet there is certainly more pressure on him now.
 

 

On 1/7/2021 at 11:28 PM, jelly said:

What intrigues me is HJP as a role is sharp tongued and can be callous at times. There are some clips I re-watched, where I noticed that HJP was quite harsh/fickle. But somewhere in that, we saw through that


@jelly, exactly what I thought too.  HJP was a complex character and Kim Seon-Ho gave a brilliant layered performance.  Even in the Drama, initially it is only Halmoni who can see him how he really is. And their relationship was the best part of the Drama (for me.)
 

 

On 1/8/2021 at 12:31 AM, SeriousClouds said:

some people no tell difference between drama and real life. KSH is only actor. People need to think right and logic 


@SeriousClouds, exactly.... and if he played a criminal, does that make him one?  That is an insane thinking.
 

 

6 hours ago, levine1244 said:

Regarding his FanMeet, as much as I excited for the event, it also caught my attention that his schedule is really packed. I heard he's been shooting CF and rehearse for his play. I just hope he got some time off!

@levine1244, Me too.
 

 

6 hours ago, levine1244 said:

moreover they have Park Shin Hye and Kim Ji Won.

@levine1244, personally, I hope they will give him too,  good movies opportunities. (Park Shin-Hye's movie "The Call" got 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. That's huge!


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Below is an article about the fan meeting.

Kim Seon-ho of 'Start Up' to hold first global online fan meeting

https://www.instagram.com/p/CIXcxMyDf2l/

 

According to a statement, the “Start Up” actor will hold his first global online fan meeting exclusively on TikTok at 7 p.m. on January 17. 
 

Titled “TikTok Stage Connect – Seon-ho’s Favorite,” netizens on the social media platform can look forward to a variety of sessions, including listening to behind-the-scenes stories of “Start-Up,” participating in a telepathy game to guess Seon-ho’s preferences, and watching him discover his fans’ wishes.
 

There will also be pre-events on TikTok’s event page, where fans can submit requests on what they want to hear from Kim Seon-ho. 
 

The pre-event is expected to air globally, with participants from different countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan and Korea.
 

“As a short-form video app with a mission to spread creativity and bring joy, we hope to continue to provide opportunities for global fans and artists to connect on the platform,” said John Castro, user and content operations manager of TikTok Philippines. 
 

“Kim Seon-ho has certainly captured the hearts of many and brought happiness through his TV dramas, and we look forward to jointly hosting this online meet-up with SALT Entertainment,” he added.
 

Meanwhile, Kim’s agency SALT Entertainment said this is their response to the overwhelming love and support the actor received.

“We sincerely appreciate the attention and support that fans have given to Kim Seon-ho in 2020,” the agency said.

“To relieve the sadness of not being able to meet in person due to COVID-19 and show appreciation for all the support, we have prepared the first global online fan meet-up. We ask for your huge support and active participation as we work hard to organize the virtual event.”

The English version of the online fan meeting will be streamed on the TikTok Stage account (@tiktok_stage), while the Korean version will be on Kim Seon-ho’s personal account (@seonho_kim).



source

 

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13 hours ago, irilight said:

personally, I hope they will give him too,  good movies opportunities. (Park Shin-Hye's movie "The Call" got 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. That's huge!

 

I tottaly agree with you! Hoping to hear him casted in a movie this year. Who knows he will win some awards or maybe become a Chungmuro actor.

 

btw thank you for sharing the article @irilight I've been contemplating whether I need to to install tiktok just to attend his fan meeting or not but I guess I will install it right now haha.

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@levine1244 Yeah it seems more PR focused/pushed now as opposed to his looser/more genuine Nov V Live appearance. The cutesy stuff while nice, seems a bit forced no offense. Realistically speaking, he's in his prime now. So I get why he wants to strike when the iron's hot so to speak. But at the same time, his eyes look exhausted. His recent pic at his play, his eye bags were very puffy/tired. To think he did this while doing a variety show, Start Up, & etc. I don't know how he does it, but that gives me a headache. Again, too much over exposure/hype can turn people off fyi.

 

Regarding SALT/hate comments, that's very strange/weird that they don't have a policy regarding that. Seems a bit un prepared huh? Now, I worry if SALT can even lead him well since I heard PSH got great roles b/c of her name/connections than SALT themselves. Sighs. If he wasn't loyal with SALT, I'll want him to go to a better agency who can better equip his new career/fame.

 

Not sure why they do this for KSH, but not other people from SALT to this extent? In terms of pushing towards fan stuff?

 

Tbh, Seon Ho's getting more attention from lots of people. I don't want him getting into bad crowds/party crowd. The whole K-pop industry/those people, eh, not too sure no offense. Of course this is my opinion. Anyways, I do lol for someone who says he doesn't stay in contact with people much, he does pick up for his friends. Altho only 2 people, 1 being his sis picking up for the guy seems to say something about this guy? Or am I reading too much into it? Sometimes, I think SH's niceness/people pleasing while nice, can reach a breaking point one day trying to please everyone. I hope he feels free to break from that sometimes, when needed too.   

 

@Irilight Seems he's not into dating rumors? Anyways, if SMA does get cast, he wins! She's worked w/ great actors/legends in the industry, so he's good hands if he does get to work w/ her!! Plus, less burden/shipping stuff too. Hopefully, he'll bring on the chemistry & gives us lots of swoony/kiss scenes/skin-ship ;) !!           

 

Whoever choices he makes now will impact him going forward, so I hope he doesn't box himself in on-screen, that is. Career wise, I think he should establish himself in drama first, and then he can move on to film. I think doing both mediums, makes it more interesting for an actor b/c they can show diff. sides to themselves. And it'll also open him up a bit more too? Perhaps he can learn from people who've been in the business longer than he has, that's why him and SMA together is a good thing for him, as he'll learn from her as she's a veteran.      

 

That'll become an issue as he gets more Main Leads, and has more expectations and weight on his shoulders. Some things he'll have to tailor or change in order to manage his new career going forward.   @irilight

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11 hours ago, jelly said:

@levine1244 Yeah it seems more PR focused/pushed now as opposed to his looser/more genuine Nov V Live appearance. The cutesy stuff while nice, seems a bit forced no offense. Realistically speaking, he's in his prime now. So I get why he wants to strike when the iron's hot so to speak. But at the same time, his eyes look exhausted. His recent pic at his play, his eye bags were very puffy/tired. To think he did this while doing a variety show, Start Up, & etc. I don't know how he does it, but that gives me a headache. Again, too much over exposure/hype can turn people off fyi.

 

Regarding SALT/hate comments, that's very strange/weird that they don't have a policy regarding that. Seems a bit un prepared huh? Now, I worry if SALT can even lead him well since I heard PSH got great roles b/c of her name/connections than SALT themselves. Sighs. If he wasn't loyal with SALT, I'll want him to go to a better agency who can better equip his new career/fame.

 

Not sure why they do this for KSH, but not other people from SALT to this extent? In terms of pushing towards fan stuff?

I agree with you about his last vlive. I don't know if this pr team has enough pr experience, they pretty much presented him like a start-out actor in his 20's by doing all the cutesy stuff, think he was a bit annoyed with that. Well, he is a professional and respected their efforts in preparing the vlive so he  kept his pleasant composure! 

I guess SALT is not as balanced as I thought!  They hit a jackpot with KSH and they are still an entertainment agency trying to make money from their "products" at the end of the day. They have to aggressively build up his fanbase when there are other much anticipated actors coming out in recent months. Fan meetings can be a regular stream of income. In a non-pandemic environment, SALT would have dragged him around to have all these fan meetings. I think doing fan-meeting once a year is fine with him, but if salt milks him like yg did with NJH, I am sure he won't survive.  NJH is now happier with soop and can be more focused on his acting career!

Can't compare him to PSH! If I remember correctly, PSH is one of the salt owners so she is better taken care of and she is well-established in the industry so more opportunities offered. The agency only started building their portfolio of actors/actresses in recent years (KJH is another theater actor in their portfolio). It was pretty much like Hyun Bin's vast or JJH's culture depot before.  I wonder if the non-PSH staff have good solid work experience, it's probably why they don't have policy when it comes to hate comments.

KSH is a practical person and I don't think he is loyal to SALT. He just sticks to his principles - work well with people. I've tracked his career timeline based on bits and pieces of info (might miss something):

old agency - two cops, delivery man, you drive me crazy, 100 days of prince (the role is so minor that I completely forgot that he was in it)

SALT - wakiki2, catch the ghost, start-up

His career doesn't seem to be any better with SALT. wakiki2 was not doing as good as wakiki1. It's interesting that the KJH in wakiki1 received the same new comer award with him in 2018, and he worked on more and better projects than KSH though there were some hiccups on the road. If startup director didn't recruit KSH, his career would still be floating in drama world and that was why SALT put him in 2D1N. The psychological test on the show revealed how worried he was about his career. If I were him, I would have the same feel!  And now, they warn him not to be too funny. Why bother putting him in a variety show if he is not allowed to be funny?

Who knows if KSH would have a peaceful path by staying with the old agency? I am sure he would still be recruited by startup director because of his work and reputation. Don't know when his contract with SALT ends. Maybe soop will recruit him in the future but how do they overcome the bitter feelings that KSH has gained more popularity than NJH through startup! :D KSH needs a good manager that they can do exclusive contract with any agency they prefer, but he hasn't have good connection in this drama world yet! Like PSJ with awesome, he has a good manager and he has been landing on good projects, hence he doesn't have to spend too much dealing with fan meetings!

Just wait patiently for that day to come for KSH! :hooray:

 

on a side note about him not into dating rumor, he certainly is very cautious about that! In his interview with LYY in you drive me crazy, LYY teased him about not interested in dating her after a test and he didn't say anything or not responding (don't remember the exact reaction)!

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@sanghyuk Seth Meyers Thank You GIF by Late Night with Seth Meyers 

It must be crazy for Seon Ho to be at a stage where overnight, he became a 'star.' While its great he finally has more recognition now, he now has more expectations and burden on him.

 

Now on to the more deeper dive, thank you for putting into words on why some of us feel a bit eh on the PR stuff. And its because they're marketing him like a flower boy in his 20's, when he himself said he wants to be seen in a more different light. In his recent V Live, he had to read an instruction about how its been so long, and then he proceeded to say it after lol. It seemed more affected and monitored than his Nov one. People fell for KSH b/c of his genuine nature, and how he felt 'real' in the K-entertainment industry. 

 

SALT lost a few of their big stars, Seo Hyun Jin use to be with them before departing for SOOP. They were always known as the Park Shin Hye agency, there's a reason despite her name, she's still there b/c she gets the most control/freedom/choices due to her long standing time there. While, I do understand fandom is important, I also think its apparent that SALT is pushing him to be a STAR. Not sure how it is in Korea, (But I hear agencies have a lot of say/power over stars choices).


SALT/And their choices thus far with him:

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SALT has to be careful about marketing Seon Ho, sometimes these agencies sign these young actors (them thinking this'll lead to more opportunities/bigger roles), but the truth is they get lost in the sea of actors. From then on, they build the actor's image to what fits them, and get them a publicity team. Some actors can't handle that constant do this/do that mentality, & leave their agencies to become a free agent, or set up their own agency. It's why after SM merged w/ KeyEast, Park Seo Joon/Kim Soo Hyun left as it meant more competition w/ SM stars/their roles/deals could go to them. Even Kang Ha Neul w/ his manager formed his own agency too. Why, b/c it gives them more freedom, less restrictions on what to do, and they can manage more of their financial reaps as well. Of course, Seon Ho isn't in the position nor financial advantage in his career to afford to build his own agency yet. Agencies do a lot in helping their talents secure deals (package deals/or building a project around their client), but they're also in the business of making $$$ (With SH, they now have that opportunity). But they also need to realize that by trying to push him to be a STAR/image, that they will also lose what made him special in the first place.

 

Ah, yes. I remember when NJH was with YG, they knew they had a star on their hands. And made him so much things, that I think it made him freak out inside. I remember one of his fans grabbed him from behind :O He signed up to SOOP last yr, he was w/ YG when he got Start Up. As for SOOP, they've A Listers on their roster. They're an A List agency. Of course certain agencies, don't give much impetus to their talents once they are no longer deemed profitable for them. Ex. Namoo Actors (Moon Chae Won/Moon Geun Young). 

 

On PSH/SALT:

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As for the PSH/SALT thing, that's the thing that worries me is she got it the roles on her own accord/name value. And it's b/c of that, that SALT was able to reign in more talents to their roster. That being said, rn, Seon Ho is on their top priority after PSH/KJW. They're giving him their undivided attention b/c they see potential Hallyu star. IA, despite him saying he likes his agency. I do think that the principles/values he's had before his uprise in fame has to be intact. His longtime manager is at SALT, but she also works with other clients as well. She was w/ him when he first began, so dunno how well connected she is tbh. Not sure when his contract w/ SALT expires? He was w/ them after he was on 100 Days, and got more into their team in Catch the Ghost. The thing that is to note is he was signed to a small theatre agency, but all the roles he got prior to S.U, were all through auditioning/being referred to by fellow actors/PDs.

 

Old Agency: Chief Kim (PD), SDM (Got upped to 2nd ML), 2Cops (Audition after Choi Woo Shik declined), YDMC (Audition), 100 Days (Actor friend referred him to PD). What I notice is his old agency didn't help get him those roles, it did help bring him to auditions/get in as before he wasn't with an agency during Chief Kim time.

 

New Agency: Waikiki 2 (When he signed to SALT)/Catch the Ghost). Start Up his biggest role/breakthrough role was not through SALT, but b/c the PD was a fan of his during his theatre days. So, he was already a hot rising star in PD eyes during his theatre days. If he debuted onscreen & w/ a stronger agency, he would've broken out sooner. 

 

IA. 2019 should've done wonders for his career, he was leading 2 shows on Cable. He was able to rise to Main Male Lead status in just 2 years of his TV debut, that's insane! However, his roles prior to joining SALT were well selected by him (I assume his old agency judging by his answers about it weren't monitoring him/his choices), so they were quite good for a new actor. Dunno which agency KJH is in, but they did a good job w/ his career. Minus his health scare, he could've gone down the comedic/slap stick route but they pivoted him to more dramatic/serious fare thus giving him more opportunities beyond comedy. But he's also low-key, (Writer of CLOY offered him the role), so it's interesting that despite him not getting the fan love to the extent SH got online. He has been able to be in bigger projects that have been very successful. 

 

To me, that's what fascinates me is KSH said that after Chief Kim, he thought about quitting TV. He strikes me as one who lives/dies by theatre, I wouldn't be surprised if he feels the TV/K-entertainment industry is too much for him. And he saves his $$ up, so he can be better cushioned once that time comes. Right? If the PD of Start Up didn't choose him, KSH would be wallowing rn in his acting career. He would get some Main's in shows that are under the radar, before doing 2nd ML's, to being in an ensemble show or Weekender. So what happens when someone said he wasn't into fame/famous, is on that path? I seen stories where actors were marketed/monitored to be stars, & their career path/themselves have changed for the worse. 

 

I'll say is good managers will lead you to an agency, and a good agency rejects unsolicited asks and materials. SALT needs to real it back & not accept every gig/thing that's being offered to him. I think Seon Ho wasn't interested in being in variety rn, but I do think final matter was on SALT for him to be on 2d1n, b/c they knew that he was not on the same level/position as other top stars. That test on 2d1n revealed to me that before S.U, he seemed lost in his career/path. He was just in projects that he had to be in, but w/o a sense of direction. The TV/K-entertainment industry is brutal/un-forgiving/demanding. He's yet to fully see the whole industry as he's been it in for 3 yrs now, over time, it's only going to get more harder on him. I hope the once his contract with SALT ends, he can go to a better/more equipped agency the can better handle his acting career/path w/o him resorting to being made into this newbie 20's actor starting out energy. It'll pigeonhole him, and stagnant his career imo. He's 35!!! Going to be 40 in 5 yrs!! That's not long before he has go into more mature/adult (Not saying Melos but age wise) roles.

 

For his old agency, he would've had a more peaceful path as they seemed more hands off, and he chose the auditions/roles he wanted to do. Even SDM, he was unsure if he could do a chaebol, but he decided to do it. However, his old agency (theatre one) would've not had the connections for him to work w/ bigger stars/projects. It's hard to say, b/c the plus side is SH is at SALT (Where he'll get the most attention/better selection of projects/but b/c he's their biggest Male star, he'll be forced to do things that he doesn't want to do for the sake of his image/more monitoring/more pressure).

 

The true test hasn't even begun yet, post Start Up projects/career path is where I'm not as confident on SALT to do for him. As in after Start Up, what roles are they looking for him to be? What projects? They need to capitalize on his post fame, b/c as you said, newer/hotter/etc. actors come in every single year. But how to do so w/o compromising his integrity/image?

 

Can I just say your comments were refreshing and honest, and un-biased!!! It's such an important discussion to have, b/c agency power is very important in navigating the business. It's why certain actors become stars/marketed in that path, and other actors who feel like they could be marketed in that path, stop short to pivot their career into a more substantial/long term route. It's also about not losing yourself in the process too. 

 

SOOP, BH Entertainment, & Namoo are A List agencies. SALT is a B List agency. So in some ways, he has an advantage at SALT. But the issue is that he's being pushed to do fan service/cutesy stuff/etc, for the sake of building up his resume. Thing is look at Park Sung Hoon (His theatre mate), he's at BH and he can do lead roles, in interesting/diverse genres/projects. But he doesn't need to do fan service/gimmicky stuff either, but he also has a private life, and is able to date w/o the fan scrutiny. If KSH didn't get S.U, I would've liked to see him taken a more low-key/actor-y route. PSJ's manager was very smart (He left Key East), as his choices have been very smart/in building his image, that he now has choices/doesn't need to do a project every yr now as he established his fanbase.

 

Let's just say, certain agencies put a lot pressure on their stars to maintain a certain image to make money, that they become obnoxious (Certain stars have admitted they became arrogant as a result).I just feel like if SALT becomes aggressive with their PR strategies, people can end up hating him, and creating a backlash a la Jung Hae In (FNC: He's their biggest/first actor client).

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KSH is a practical person and I don't think he is loyal to SALT. He just sticks to his principles - work well with people.

IA! I personally would love to see Seon Ho at BH or SOOP, where he can thrive, and do projects that he wants to do for the most part, w/o being micro managed/marketed that strips him of his integrity. They seem to be hands off for the most part with their clients, promotes them time/time, but doesn't force them to do things they aren't comfortable with either. Connections are also important too, and he doesn't have that yet. It's a lot of hierarchy/BTS stuff/package deals/star power/etc, that goes BTS that many people don't know about. So for SH, that could get to him the more he's on TV/in the media industry. He's at an age where in the next few yrs, he'll have to move on to diff. things, if he's being type-casted due to his boyishness, that'll prove to be a detriment in the future. He can do those heartthrob roles for 2 more yrs before he turns 37. 

 

Dating Rumor:

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Yeah he is lol. He's close to Moon Ga Young, she posts on his Insta, tho he doesn't interact lol. But I think that's fine b/c they're like a sibling pair, so he's not worried about rumors spreading from that. But he only posted Suzy/her on his main Insta. Yoo-na was on the Staff one. Again, I wonder b/c he picks based on roles not centered on romance (which is how these actors gain their fandoms/position in the industry at 1st), so dunno what'll happen there. I'm sure some of his fans wouldn't like that, but I don't think many of us here want him go into the mainstream/bland path. If I recall, he said he would date her role in rl, and then it said he lied lol. He said something, but he was like "Oops, sorry!" I think diverging from that path, is a smart move for him/personal life. But I also wonder, where his career will go, and where SALT will take him (B/c as you listed, his projects w/ them minus S.U (Career wise since PD gave him that role) haven't inspired much confidence in their choices). 

 

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What an interesting discussion @jelly @sanghyuk it kinda reminds me that few weeks ago, one of my friend who is a long time Seonhohada tell me about her frustration towards SALT. She have a feeling that KSH has plenty of CF offer but cannot help but wonder why does of all of those offer they pick a supplement ad. Not that she thinks that it's not good, but she thinks he could have landed on a better CF. Then about his recent CF with one of the investment app in Indonesia. Though she understand that it's for reaching a bigger market and the app is borrowing the HJP persona, but she thought it doesn't fit his image.

 

18 hours ago, sanghyuk said:

 And now, they warn him not to be too funny. Why bother putting him in a variety show if he is not allowed to be funny?

 

This is exactly what confused me. When watching that episode I was thinking is this for real or is he just joking around? I mean that's the risk of putting him in a variety show right?

 

I agree on the PR stuff. As much as I'm happy knowing that he will held a fan meeting this Sunday, but another part of me was thinking "Why so soon?". Is this because most of his new fans are quite young and they are interested in this type of PR stunt? Well, this is just my assumption and I could be wrong.

 

14 hours ago, jelly said:

I personally would love to see Seon Ho at BH or SOOP, where he can thrive, and do projects that he wants to do for the most part, w/o being micro managed/marketed that strips him of his integrity.

 

Oh yes! I agree! Both Suzy and NJH are look happier and relaxed since they joined SOOP and Kim Go Eun is more well managed since she joined BH so I guess these agency can help him thrive even more.

 

About dating rumour I was wondering did he has a dating rumour with Moon Geun Young? I stumble upon a shipper account yesterday which they said that they once post a picture of them together on their IG but that pic has been deleted. Is it because of a dating rumour? Or is he just being cautious?

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Hmm, interesting discussion? But why so somber?

IMO I do think that Kim Seon Ho already play his card right. If you read his interviews, he wants to do both tv and theaters. I've done some readings and for an actor to transition from theater to tv is not an easy feat. In 2018 he tried to juggle both but exhausted, so now he'll only do tv and theater in different schedulle.

 

Catch the Ghost is an underated drama, but it manage to be career propelers for four somewhat new TV actors. These four actors of Catch the Ghost (2019) TvN really get their breaktrough roles in 2020 dramas (all co-produced Studio Dragon, beside Once Again all aired in Netflix as Netflix Original):

1. Kim Seon Ho (Start Up)

2. Ki Do Hun (Once Again)

3. Kim Gun Woo (Record of Youth)

4. Lee Hong Nae (The King: Eternal Monarch, Uncanny Counter)

From this drama, Kim Seon Ho was offered as permanent cast as 2N1D members. It was Moon Geun Young who convinced him to take the job.

 

If you watch 2N1D religiously, actually many of his strange choices you all mention above are explainable.

1. Why food suplement CF? Kim Seon Ho in 2N1D often teased as the weakest. Then he jokingly "brag" that he'll became more famous & get food suplement CF, so he'll be stronger. So became a food suplement ambassador is like fulfiling his own promise. The perks of being ambassador, he got to share those suplements with his drama crews and 2N1D staff.

2. As being an investment mobile app ambassador, it seems like casts of startup except the Suzy & NJH committed to do something related to startup. Kang Hanna also did a mobile app CF. Stephanie Lee & other Samsan Tech Boys help promoting startup incubators if I am not mistaken. So I am not surprise if he was okay being cf mobile app ambassador. Even a more established actor Park Seo Joon accept an offer to be startup ambassador of Indonesia marketplace Blibli. Other Indonesian marketplace already used Blackpink & BTS as their ambassador, so not a bad image I suppose.

3. I see his silly hats on vlive as a nod to 2N1D episodes where he tell the members that he is an idol of Daehangno, theater idol. Those what make his staff prepare all sort of idol thing, as an inside joke. Also inline with their 2N1D idol cover dance Move. Those type of silly hats are usual variety show items (2N1D, Running Man, Knowing Bros). His staff was projecting his fun variety persona more in that vlive. Nothing to do his fan age group.

4. Also about actor ruin their image in 2N1D, it's actually an inside joke of since Season 2 of 2N1D. Every actors member of Sunday Variety always get this "ruining image scare inside joke", like last season late Gyutae Hyung. So nothing to take too seriously. Even Namoo Actor's CEO once were dragged into 2N1D as guest and forced to ruin his image.

 

Seems to me Salt still relatively small agency and Seonho are free to pick his own CF and projects (either TV/theatre). But they seems to have good relationship with Studio Dragon x Netflix. Park Shin Hye, Kim Ji Won, Kim Jo Hun were in their own netflix originals. A good move coz VoD business are present & future of entertainment. Netflix already invest 800 B KRW into kdramas and will expand their presence this years with opening 2 production facilities. Seeing how Swoon now whipped for Kim Seon Ho, I can see him became a netflix sought after actor in the future.

 

I see his company PR's move is actually a buying time strategies. He still busy with Ice, while fans already hungry for confirmation of his next project. While he needs to plan his next work carefully. So buying time with dropping behind the scenes activity of his previous photoshot or hjp are a good move.

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