In case you missed the memo, Chae Jong Hyeop is the rising star to watch, and seeing as he’s once again ignited a clamor for the second lead on JTBC’s Nevertheless, he might well be on his way to becoming your next K-actor obsession. We've already rounded up ten fast facts you might want to know about Jong Hyeop, but if you already did your homework, then it’s about time you watch him in other roles outside of Yang Do-hyuk.
Here are eight K-dramas featuring Chae Jong Hyeop
1. No Bad Days (2017)
Lee Haru navigates the highs and lows of her 20s as she juggles work with her personal relationships, alongside a budding romance.
Also starring: Bang Eun Jung
2. Come and Hug Me (2018)
Watch on: Netflix
A romantic mystery drama spanning 12 years, Come and Hug Me starts with two childhood friends, Yoon Na-moo and Gil Nak-won, who meet and fall in love despite being polar opposites. However, their relationship is cut short when a violent tragedy strikes their families and their bond is severed forever. Each with a new identity years later, they eventually meet again and are finally forced to deal with the love they lost and the trauma that comes along with it. Jong Hyeop plays a supporting character on the show, named Jung Eui-ah.
Also starring: Jang Ki Yong, Jin Ki Joo, Heo Joon Ho
3. Rumor (2019)
Watch on: YouTube
When Lee Ji-won is promoted at work, she’s turned into an office pariah by her jealous colleagues. As a malicious rumor is spread about her, Ji-won gives into the pressure and takes her own life. An internal investigation in the company, however, reveals that there’s more to the tragedy than her officemates are letting on.
Also starring: Kim Da Ye, Bae Jung Hwa
4. Hot Stove League (2019)
Watch on: Netflix, Viu
Having placed last for four seasons straight, professional baseball team Dreams hires Baek Seung-soo as their new manager. The catch? Though a number of champion sports teams have trained under his watchful eye, he has no experience in baseball whatsoever. Nevertheless, he uses his outside knowledge and expertise to get the team back on track, and hopefully lead them to their first trophy in years. Playing a skilled pitcher, Jong Hyeop taught himself baseball for the first time, working especially hard on perfecting his poses and pitching positions.
Also starring: Namkoong Min, Park Eun Bin, Oh Jung Se
5. Sisyphus: The Myth (2021)
Watch on: Netflix
Faced with the truth behind his brother’s untimely death, a genius engineer embarks on a harrowing journey that opens him up to the world's dangerous secrets. To add to his load, he crosses paths with a woman from the future who’s come looking for him. Jong Hyeop takes on the role of Sun or Choi Jae-sun, a restaurant worker who willingly helps the main characters because of his unrequited crush on one of them.
Also starring: Jo Seung Woo, Park Shin Hye, Sung Dong II
6. Nevertheless (2021)
Watch on: Netflix
Sparks fly when Park Jae-on, an unapologetic flirt who refuses to take relationships seriously, meets his match in Yu Na-bi, a girl eager to play into the dating game despite her own reservations about love caused by a past trauma. Jong Hyeop portrays the second lead in the series, Yang Do-hyuk, Na-bi's tenderhearted childhood friend who might just win her heart over.
7. The Witch’s Diner (2021)
This dark fantasy drama follows Jo Hee-ra, a witch and restaurant owner who claims her customers’ souls after granting their deepest desires through her food. Jong Hyeop plays Lee Gil-young, a high school student who works part-time at Hee-ra’s diner.
Also starring: Song Ji Hyo, Nam Ji Hyun
8. Going to You at a Speed of 493 km (2022)
This sports drama centers on Jong Hyeop as Park Tae-joon, a badminton player who naturally fell into the sport since his parents run a badminton equipment business. Though his passion has died out, his love for badminton is soon reignited when he meets Park Tae-yang, a former aspiring Olympian who had to give up on her dreams after being involved in a scandal.
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