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Get To Know "It's Okay To Not Be Okay" Actor Oh Jung-Se

A staple in Korean films and K-Dramas, he's a truly remarkable actor. He just won Best Supporting Actor (TV) again at the Baeksang Arts Awards (this year for "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" and last year for "When the Camellia Blooms")

Korean actor Oh Jung-se is easily recognizable, what with the sheer number of big and small screen projects he has done in his almost two-decade career.


He just won the Best Supporting Actor (TV) for two consecutive years at the Baeksang Arts Awards! He received the award at the 57th Baeksang Arts Awards for his portrayal in It's Okay to Not Be Okay, and last year for the K-Drama When the Camellia Blooms. And because he was last year's winner, he was tasked to present the nominees and announce the winner for this category this year. The expression on his face when he announced his own name as the winner was just priceless!




its okay to not be okay actor oh jung se 0Oh Jung-se accepting his Best Supporting Actor (TV) award at the 57th Baeksang Arts Awards | Screenshot from TikTok


He stars alongside Kim Soo-hyun and Seo Yea-ji in the trending healing drama It's Okay to Not be Okay (IOTNBO). In this series, Oh Jung-se's character is Moon Sang-tae, the older brother of Kim Soo-hyun's character, Moon Kang-tae; Sang-tae has an autism spectrum disorder. 


Since his previous K-Dramas were well received, Oh Jung-se was asked in a press conference whether he expects the same kind of reception for IOTNBO; to which, he replies, "I don’t have any expectations, but it always happens unexpectedly... I don’t know about the ratings, but I hope there will be good results." Oh Jung-se likes how their ongoing series is "out of the ordinary" and "fresh." A unique K-Drama that follows the story of caregiver Moon Kang-tae and bestselling children's book author Go Moon-young (Seo Yea-ji), IOTNBO puts the spotlight on mental health issues and focuses on the characters' journey to healing their emotional wounds.    


"It's Okay to Not be Okay" stars (from left) Seo Yea-ji, Oh Jung-se, and Kim Soo-hyun
"It's Okay to Not be Okay" stars (from left) Seo Yea-ji, Oh Jung-se, and Kim Soo-hyun | Photo by Chun Youngsang for Netflix
Oh Jung-se is Moon Sang-tae in "It's Okay to Not be Okay"
Oh Jung-se is Moon Sang-tae in "It's Okay to Not be Okay" | Photo by Chun Youngsang for Netflix
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Fans of the series commend its story's uniqueness, its production value, its well thought out executions, its script, among other elements that make it more compelling and appealing to the viewers. There's also no doubt about how great the chemistry is between actors Kim Soo-hyun and Seo Yea-ji. However, the brotherhood of Kim Soo-hyun's and Oh Jung-se's characters steals the show, too! The relationship between the Moon brothers is so endearing it's one of the reasons that get viewers hooked on IOTNBO. 


And while lots of positive comments point to how brilliant the male and female leads are in their character portrayals in this series, Oh Jung-se also earns praises for his acting chops. He said he really studied a lot about the character of Sang-tae and tried to deepen his approach to it, saying, "There’s a line from the drama that says 'There are more patients out there who aren’t wearing hospital gowns.' If you meet someone like Sang-tae, who is on the autism spectrum, on the street, I think it would be nice if people could think 'I would like to be with that person' instead of 'I would like to help that person.'"


Get to know character actor Oh Jung-se in the gallery below:



Lead photos courtesy of Netflix | Gallery photos from @praintpc_official