Byeon Woo-seok Reminisces His High School Love — ‘It Was Only One-Sided’

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Seoul, May 31, 2024 – Byeon Woo-seok, the talented actor known for his captivating performances, sat down for an intimate interview with Wikitree at a café nestled in Gangnam, Seoul, on May 30th.

During the conversation, he delved into various aspects of his recent portrayal in the tvN drama “Lovely Runner”, while also reflecting on his personal experiences, notably his first love.

Byeon Woo-seok
Byeon Woo-seok
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Byeon Woo-seok’s latest venture, “Lovely Runner”, drew widespread attention and acclaim for its poignant narrative and compelling performances.

In the drama, he essayed the role of Ryu Seon-jae, a multifaceted character grappling with the complexities of love, loss, and second chances.

The actor skillfully portrayed Seon-jae at different stages of his life, resonating deeply with audiences.

Reflecting on his character’s journey, Byeon Woo-seok shared insights into the parallels between Seon-jae’s experiences and his own.

 My first love was someone I was close to in middle school, but I never expressed my feelings. As an adult, I once ran into her on the street by chance.”

-Byeon Woo-seok 

This revelation offers a poignant glimpse into the actor’s personal life, adding depth to his portrayal of Seon-jae’s emotional turmoil.

My first love was actually a one-sided love, so in a way, it might be similar to Seon-jae’s high school feelings.”

-Byeon Woo-seok 

Despite the passage of time, Byeon Woo-seok confessed that he remains uncertain about whether his first love was aware of his feelings.

“I don’t keep in touch with her now, and she probably doesn’t know I liked her. Or maybe she does. If she knows, it would be embarrassing,”

-Byeon Woo-seok 

Drawing from his own encounters with unrequited love, Byeon Woo-seok emphasized his empathy towards Seon-jae’s character.

I’ve had unrequited love and have liked someone before, so I understood Seon-jae’s emotions. But I’ve never said anything like ‘I’ll die instead of you’. I think most people haven’t. I did think about that aspect a lot.”

-Byeon Woo-seok  

He even noted that certain aspects of Seon-jae’s fervent declarations, such as “I’ll die instead of you,” were unfamiliar territory for him, prompting contemplation on the intricacies of love and sacrifice.

“Lovely Runner” concluded its run on May 28th, leaving a lasting impression on viewers and critics alike.

Throughout its airing, the drama garnered significant attention for its immersive OSTs, thought-provoking narrative, and evocative portrayal of youth and love.


Byeon Woo-seok’s nuanced performance as Ryu Seon-jae contributed to the drama’s success, cementing his status as a versatile actor with a profound understanding of human emotions.

As the interview concluded, Byeon Woo-seok expressed gratitude for the opportunity to delve into the complexities of his character and share his insights with audiences.

With “Lovely Runner” marking yet another milestone in his career, fans eagerly anticipate the actor’s future endeavors, eager to witness his continued growth and artistic evolution.

The legacy of “Lovely Runner” lives on, not just as a compelling drama but as a poignant reflection on love, loss, and the enduring power of second chances.