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Posted by AKP STAFF Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Lee Jong Seok discusses his role as 'Sun' in "Secret Garden"

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As you would have already guessed by his tall height, Lee Jong Seok used to be a model before he became an actor. Although he managed to climb to the top at the young age of 16, he came back down in order to pursue acting. He first debuted through SBS's "Prosecutor Princess," but didn't catch the public's attention until he became the prodigal musician 'Sun' for SBS's "Secret Garden." Now, Jong Seok is being hailed as one of the hottest new stars of Korea. The casting for 'Sun' was originally meant for singer Jay Park, but was eventually passed on to Lee Jong Seok after the production company and Jay Park's agency failed to come to an agreement. Lee stated, "Being the substitute of Jay Park and the fact that the role was of a prodigal musician put a lot of pressure on me. I practiced my singing a lot, but it was nowhere near the level of my role, which made me worried. I underwent vocal training with Cool's Lee Jae Hoon, but eventually had to lip-sync for a couple of my singing scenes. My lip-sync scenes were recorded by a singer named Ren." When asked whether he felt any pressure playing the role of a gay character, Lee calmly replied, "At the time of my audition, I already knew that there would be a gay scene with 'Oska.'  Working as a model, you come across a lot of gay people in the industry, and I've been close with many of them since I was younger, so I'm used to it.  I felt no pressure at all." Source + Photos: Osen via Daum, Sports Chosun via Daum

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