Kim Seon Ho as Han Ji Pyeong

5 Reasons Why We Can’t Help But Fall in Love with Kim Seon Ho’s Han Ji Pyeong

Kim Seon-ho’s Start-Up character Han Ji-pyeong gave viewers such intense second lead syndrome that it has been dubbed “Kim Seon-ho Syndrome.” Thankfully, there’s more of Kim Seon-ho to enjoy through this exclusive interview where we get to learn more about the actor. Also, check out some reasons why we already miss Han Ji-pyeong below!

1. He’s basically a knight in shining armor

Han Ji-pyeong feels indebted to Dal-mi’s grandmother and seeks to repay her kindness. He finds an opportunity to repay her when she wants to help Dal-mi find her first love and pen pal. Ji-pyeong starts out fulfilling this request, but finds himself constantly coming to the rescue and helping Dal-mi and Do-san. He’s always there to protect her however he can.

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2. He can be adorably petty and jealous

Not being accustomed to liking someone, Ji-pyeong doesn’t realize his feelings for Dal-mi and initially denies them. However, his affection for her becomes apparent as he realizes he’s jealous of Do-san. He’s just too cute when he notices Dal-mi give Do-san a larger piece of fish. 

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3. He gives good advice and tells it like it is

Ji-pyeong is very candid and doesn’t mince words. While others might be reluctant to give criticism, the savvy investor understands that blunt honesty is necessary for fledgling start-ups. While it was hard for Do-san to hear critiques coming from Ji-pyeong, Do-san realized Ji-pyeong was right and he only said those words to help them. 

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4. He owns up to his mistakes

Although he never says harsh words with malicious intent, sometimes people do get hurt by them. When Yong-san accuses Ji-pyeong of killing his brother with his words, Ji-pyeong feels guilty and even becomes physically ill. Also, when he made a comment to intentionally make Do-san feel jealous, Ji-pyeong immediately called Dal-mi to tell her the truth. A truly decent guy, Ji-pyeong apologizes for his actions and doesn’t seek to hurt people.


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5. He’s a good boy

Dal-mi’s grandmother clearly has a good eye! Underneath his cool exterior, Ji-pyeong is a good boy then and now. Even though he outwardly complains, he always does as grandma asks. While he was initially reluctant to be Dal-mi’s pen pal, he started to enjoy the exchange and was comforted through her letters. Even though he has a luxury apartment and fancy belongings, all he really wants is a family.

Fall in love with Kim Seon Ho’s Han Ji Pyeong all over again by rewatching Start-Up on Netflix.

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Drama / Romance
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Studio Dragon


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