Formerly Know as Jota of Madtown, Check Out Lee Jong-hwa’s Profile!

Lee Jong-hwa’s Acting Career

Lee Jong-hwa made his acting debut as Choi Tae-hoon in the drama series “Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo”.

Lee Jong-hwa’s Cameo in Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo

Lee Jong-hwa’s Cameo in Touch Your Heart

Lee Jong-hwa’s Filmography


Variety shows

Year Title Network Role Notes
2015-2016 Let’s Go! Dream Team Season 2 KBS2 Fixed member Jota won 2nd place in the episode 259, and 1st place in 267,278,317,329
Cool Kiz on the Block Cast member Judo (Episodes 131–143, 168, 170)
Volleyball (Episodes 146–163)
Wrestling (Episodes 166-167)
2016 Law of the Jungle in Tonga SBS Cast member Episodes 203–207
We Got Married MBC Cast member with Kim Jin-kyung (Episodes 321–350)
Real Men (TV series) MBC Cast member Manly Men Special
King of Mask Singer MBC Contestant as “Sexy Brain Scarecrow” (Episode 85)
2017 Idol Acting Competition – I’m an Actor K Star Main cast Episodes 1-12
2018 Law of the Jungle in Mexico SBS Cast member Episodes 314 – 320


Year Title Network Role Notes
2016 Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo MBC Choi Tae-hoon Cameo (Episodes 1, 15)
2019 Touch Your Heart tvN Lee Jong-hwa Cameo (Episode 8)

Lee Jong-hwa’s Awards and Nominations
Year Award Nominated work Category Result
2016 SBS Entertainment Awards Law of the Jungle in Tonga Bromance Best Couple Award (with Seo Kang-joon) Nominated
MBC Entertainment Awards We Got Married Best couple (with Kim Jin-kyung) Nominated

Lee Jong-hwa’s Appearances in Law of the Jungle

MADTOWN’s Jota Signs With New Agency + Announces Name Change

MADTOWN’s Jota will be officially returning to the industry!

On October 9, King Kong by Starship announced that Jota signed an exclusive contract with them, and plans to be active as an actor under his real name, Lee Jong-hwa. King Kong by Starship is home to many singers and actors, like MONSTA X, WJSN, Lee Dong-wook, Lee Kwang-soo, Kim Ji-won, and Yoo Yeon-seok, to name a few.

The agency stated, “Lee Jong-hwa has become a part of our King Kong by Starship family. We are happy to begin his journey as an actor with him. We will not hold back in wholeheartedly supporting the multi-talented Lee Jong-hwa’s new start and growth. We ask for your love and interest.”

Lee Jong-hwa expressed, “I am thrilled and happy to become a new member of the King Kong by Starship family. I will do my best so that I may perform well as an actor. I hope you keep an eye on me with interest and affection.”

Lee Jong-hwa debuted in 2014 as a part of MADTOWN, under the stage name Jota. While quite active on various TV programs, he was on hiatus due to legal disputes until earlier this year when he made another appearance on SBS’s “Law of the Jungle.”