Life after ‘Lovely Runner’ for Byeon Woo Seok

Actor Byeon Woo Seok recently shared in an interview his plans for his first Monday night after the conclusion of the drama ‘Lovely Runner’.

The drama, based on a popular web novel written by True Beauty author Lee Si Eun, has just ended its successful run.

In a June 3 interview with Sports Kyunghyang, Byeon Woo Seok discussed various aspects of “Lovely Runner” and his future plans. Adjusting to life after the tragedy was a bit unfamiliar for him.

He reflected on the first Monday without his character, Sun Jae, saying that his usual routine consisted of working out at 8 p.m. during the broadcast period.

He would return home around the end of the last episode, watch the live broadcast and then watch it again on OTT.

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A repetition of his earlier works

About his plans for June 3, Byeon Woo Seok said that he expects to feel like “Sun Jae is not coming” while enjoying delicious fruits.

He said he might just sit on the couch and enjoy fruit absent-mindedly.

He also expressed a desire to revisit his previous works, admitting that he doesn’t want to say goodbye to Sun Jae too soon and hopes to binge-watch the series from the beginning when he has the time.

“Lovely Runner” ended after sixteen episodes and eight weeks of excitement, laughter, emotions and love. Saying goodbye to Im Sol (Kim Hye Yoon) and Ryu Sun Jae (Byeon Woo Seok) was bittersweet, but the ending was extremely satisfying.

The series is a time-travel novel that asks, “What would you do if you could save your ultimate prejudice?” Kim Hye Yoon plays Im Sol, a devoted fan who travels back in time to save her favorite star, Ryu Sun Jae, played by Byeon Woo Seok.

Life illuminated by love and hope

The drama ended its broadcast on tvN on May 28, maintaining strong ratings of 5–7% and dominating several popularity metrics. Byeon Woo Seok received praise for playing Ryu Sun Jae, a character who embodies pure love.

The series explored soulmates and fate, showcasing characters destined to find each other in each timeline.

It introduced the rom-com genre to the complexities of time, grief, loss, humor amid sorrow, and the profound beauty of a life illuminated by love and hope.