Lee Yi-Kyung, riding high on the success of TVN’s “Marry My Husband,” has become a prominent figure for his portrayal of a less-than-ideal husband. His compelling performance in the Mon-Tue drama has propelled him to the forefront of the entertainment scene.
Beyond his acting endeavours, Lee Yi-Kyung is extending his influence to diverse platforms, making notable appearances on entertainment programs such as SBS Plus ENA’s “I Am SOLO” and MBC’s “Hangout With You.”
In “Marry My Husband,” Lee Yi-Kyung takes on the role of Park Min-hwan, a character that has garnered attention for its complex and negative traits. The drama’s success, with a recent peak viewer rating of 11%, has solidified Lee Yi-kyung’s standing as one of the industry’s hottest actors.
Simultaneously, his presence in varied entertainment programs showcases his versatility, offering audiences a glimpse of the actor’s diverse talents and engaging persona beyond the scripted drama.
“Marry My Husband” Lee Yi-Kyung – The worst husband on Earth
In the immensely popular drama “Marry My Husband,” with a recent peak viewer rating of 11%, Lee Yi-Kyung takes on the role of Park Min-hwan, arguably the worst husband on television. He engages in an affair with Jung Soo-min (Song Ha-yoon), the best friend of his wife Kang Ji-won (Park Min-young).
Expressing concerns about his character during the script reading, Lee Yi-Kyung shared, “Min-hwan’s lines are all severe. I’m devoted to it because it’s my role. Many lines will be impactful if they go online. I even wondered, ‘Is this guy okay?’”
At the drama’s press conference, he hinted at Park Min-hwan’s ‘trash’ image, stating, “I hate him even when I watch the drama. Please criticize him more. I know the drama will be loved a lot,” revealing he would even take the remote control away at home to spare his mother the shock.
Park Min-hwan’s character is thoroughly flawed, engaging in an affair, attempting insurance fraud, and ultimately committing murder. Lee Yi-kyung’s portrayal has left a lasting impression, with viewers taken aback by the character’s callousness and cruelty.
Rumours even circulated that this role might mark his retirement due to the intensity of the character.
“I Am SOLO” Lee Yi-Kyung – The right man in the right place
Contrary to the despicable character in “Marry My Husband,” Lee Yi-Kyung showcases a different persona on entertainment shows like “I Am SOLO” and “Hangout with Yoo.”
Serving as an MC in the dating program “I Am SOLO,” he exudes a dandy charm and empathetic nature. Offering advice from the audience’s perspective, he supports cast members in their quest for love.
On “Hangout With Yoo,” Lee Yi-Kyung injects humour, wit, and camaraderie. His interactions with Yoo Jae-suk, Haha, Joo Woo-Jae, Lee Mi-joo, and Park Jin-joo add a vibrant dynamic to the show.
Praised by PD Kim Jin-young for his positive influence and social skills, he noted, “I think Yi-Kyung can become the focus point. He’s very friendly and he never gets tired.”
In essence, Lee Yi-Kyung seamlessly navigates between his villainous on-screen persona and his amiable real-life self, leaving an indelible mark on both scripted drama and unscripted entertainment programs. As he continues to showcase his versatility, audiences eagerly anticipate his future roles and appearances.