One can’t help but be captivated by the smoldering looks of Jo In Sung. With his killer smile and lean and tall physique, he is definitely leading man material. Moreover, it is his impressive performance both on television and the big screen that catapulted him to be one of South Korea’s most sought-after actors.
Jo In Sung (or Zo In Sung) was born in July 28, 1981. He and his younger brother were born and raised in Cheonho-dong, Gangdong-gu, South Korea. He is skilled in taekwondo, basketball, and baseball. He is a member of a celebrity baseball team called “Play Boys” with other actors including Gong Yoo, Gong Hyung Jin, and Kim Seung Woo. Jo In Sung enjoys reading and collects hats as a hobby. He majored in Performing Arts at Chunnam Science College but later transferred to Dongguk University. Unfortunately, he was kicked out of school because he was frequently absent due to his work commitments.
In December 2008, Jo In Sung made his debut as a model for Georgio. He then starred in the second season of the sitcom Nonstop. In 2002, he was offered a role in his first drama Piano. That same year, Jo In Sung made a cameo appearance in Daemang and later starred in SBS’ Shoot for the Star. He played Ku Sung-tae, a waiter who ambitions to be an actor but suffers from dyslexia. 2002 was also the year Jo In Sung debuted on the big screen with the movie Public Toilet. He starred in more films in the following years including Madeleine, Classic, and Love of South & North.
In 2004, Jo In Sung made his comeback on television with the popular drama What Happened in Bali (Something Happened in Bali) opposite Ha Ji Won. His portrayal of a spoiled and arrogant chaebol in the drama earned him praise and recognition including the Best Actor award at the 2004 40th Baeksang Arts Awards. The drama was also aired in other Asian countries earning him a wider fan base. Jo In Sung had another lead role the following year in SBS’ Spring Day. He also appeared in two episodes of the variety show Infinity Challenge on March of 2011.
Jo In Sung had the opportunity to work with the renowned film director Yoo Ha twice; first in 2006 with the movie A Dirty Carnival and later in 2008’s historical film A Frozen Flower. In A Dirty Carnival, Jo In Sung played a gangster who was torn between his criminal career and his devotion to his family. His portrayal of this charismatic thug won him the 2006 Korean Film Award for Best Actor and other nominations. In A Frozen Flower, he played Hong-rim, a military commander during the Goryeo Dysnasty who was also the king’s gay lover. The story progressed as Hong-rim fell in love with the queen after he was ordered by the king to impregnate her. The controversy surrounding the premise of the film made it one of 2008’s most attended films in South Korea. Moreover, the rights of the film were sold to different countries around the world.
On April 7, 2009, fans wished Jo In Sung luck as he enlisted for his two-year military service, which is mandatory in South Korea. He was assigned at the Osan Air Force headquarters located in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi where he completed 25 months of service. He was discharged on May 4, 2011.
After having completed his military service, it took a while before Jo In Sung was seen once again on television. He made a comeback in 2013 when he starred opposite Song Hye Kyo in the romantic melodrama That Winter, The Wind Blows in which he played a struggling gangster who pretended to be the long-lost brother of a blind heiress. The drama and the cast were rewarded with numerous nominations and awards for the success of the production. Jo In Sung’s current project is playing the role of the mystery writer and radio DJ Jang Jae Yeol in the SBS drama It’s Okay, That’s Love which will air in July 2014.
Although Jo In Sung is known to be somewhat selective when it comes to acting projects, fans are assured that when he does appear in a film or drama, he delivers a performance that is worth the wait. His good looks and charisma aside, his portrayal of different characters (whether a gangster, a spoiled chaebol, or even a gay lover) has impressed many, thus making him worthy of being called one of South Korea’s most talented actors.