How I became addicted to Korean actor Lee Jong Suk

Published October 30, 2018, 4:05 PM

by Hannah Torregoza 

I have always liked K-pop culture but never got addicted to it.

Lee Jong Suk (
Lee Jong Suk

I mean, I love the music of, say, Sandara Park’s girl group 2NE1, sang Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” and danced to the beat of Momoland. But I could never understand why TV host and actress Anne Curtis would travel to Korea and re-enact her favorite K-drama scene, or why actress Candy Pangilinan would watch K-dramas on her laptop on set between tapings.

All my questions were answered when I was introduced to actor Lee Jong Suk via K-drama “While You Were Sleeping.”
It was my cousin who brought me to K addiction. I visited her and caught her crying over one scene of that TV drama. I sat down to watch it with her and in a few minutes, my eyes were welling up with tears only to end up laughing then crying again in the next five minutes.

We were like crazy patients in a ward. The worst part was when she gave me an USB and said, “That’s the complete season. I also included Lee’s other drama ‘W’ so you won’t need to come back for it. I know you live far. By the way Lee is coming here to Manila so let me know if you want to buy tickets. I already have one.”

On my way home, I turned on my laptop and plugged in the USB to continue watching “While You Were Sleeping.” It was the beginning of an addiction I could not stop – till 4 a.m. the next day!

What’s happening?!? Was I becoming like one of them, a K-Drama addict? I finished all 31 hours of “While You Were Sleeping” in 48 hours. My husband thought it was over but my fingers clicked on “W,” another Lee Jong Suk starrer. Thank goodness it only had 16 episodes so I was able to finish it in a day.

Then the recurring dreams began. In them, I was hugging Lee Jong Suk and was talking to him face to face. What is happening to me? The last time I had dreams “starring” a movie actor was at 15 years old. I dreamed of Aga Muhlach in the movie “Bagets.”

I may be married now and with two kids, but a fan knows neither age nor marital status.

My message to Lee Jong Suk: I will see you in your fan meet “Crank up” at Araneta Coliseum on Nov. 18. I will cheer for you like I did when I saw Ricky Martin of Menudo several three decades ago.

I will fill-up the storage of my camera with pictures of Lee’s poreless face. And if I neither get to hug nor ask for an autograph, then I shall see you in my dreams. Again.

(Tickets for the “Crank Up Lee Jong Suk Fan” meet are available at