Becoming an Actor
Lee Ki-seop began his acting career in 2011. He started his acting career in an MBC sitcom titled Real School along with his fellow bandmate Eli Kim. The duo acted in a 40-episode series, transforming into high school students who reside at an “English Village” in an attempt to face and crack their fear of speaking English. In February 2011, Ki-seop along with bandmates Dongho, Hoon, and Soohyun filmed a movie with Jay Park, Kim Soo Ro, and Park Yejin with the working title Mr. Idol.
In 2012, Ki-seop, Soohyun, Eli, and Kevin participated in the drama KPOP The Ultimate Audition. They had a small cameo appearance in three episodes acting as a senior idol group to the main cast. In 2013, Ki-seop participated in his first musical Summer Snow along with his fellow members Soohyun and Kevin. The same year, he was cast in Goong Musical with Hoon from July 11th to July 15th, 2013. He was cast again in Goong Musical with his bandmates Soohyun, Hoon, and Kevin in 2014.
Leaving U-KISS and Future Plans
Lee Ki-seop’s Departure From the Band
On May 16th, 2019, U-KISS’ agency, NH Media announced, “The exclusive contracts of U-KISS members Eli and Ki-seop with NHEMG have expired, and the exclusive contracts with the Japanese agency Avex have also expired. Eli and Ki-seop, who have been promoting as U-KISS members for a long time, discussed with the agency for a long time and decided not to renew their contracts.” They added, “Of the U-KISS members who have time remaining in their contracts, Soohyun and Hoon enlisted in the Army and Marine Corps, respectively, and are fulfilling their military duties, while the youngest Jun will continue promoting with solo activities and as an actor through musicals and dramas. We express sincere gratitude to the many fans who have given love and support to U-KISS for a long time, and we are sincerely cheering on Eli and Ki-seop for their days ahead,” the statement concludes.
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안녕하세요. 키스미 여러분 기섭입니다. 우선 기사를 통해서 소식을 알게 되신 팬분들께 미안하고 죄송한 마음으로 글을 올립니다. 10년 동안 기쁘고 슬프고 행복하고 많은 일들이 있었죠? 이 모든 순간들을 저와 함께 해주셔서 감사합니다. 그동안 큰 사랑을 받으면서 “나도 이렇게 웃을 수 있구나”라고 팬 여러분 덕분에 행복이란 걸 알게 되었습니다. 오랜 기간 동안 사랑해주시고 응원해주셔서 다시 한번 감사드립니다. 새로운 도전을 하기 위해서 오랫동안 고민하고 회사와 논의한 끝에 결정하게 되었습니다. 끝이라는 말보다는 더 나은 날들을 위해서 앞으로 끊임없이 노력하겠습니다. 회사 식구들 멤버들… 그리고 키스미 고맙고 사랑해 – キスミとすごした時間はキソプのたからものです。 またかならず会えるようにキソプはがんばるから みなさんもからだを大切にしてまっていて下さい。 本当にかんしゃしています。 本当にキスミありがとう。 大好き。 – Dear KISSme, Thank you so much for your love and support during the past 10 years. After a lot of deliberation, I’ve decided to start a new path in my life. Please continue to support my future endeavors. I am forever grateful for KISSme, NH EMG staff, and my members. I love you.
Lee Ki-seop also wrote to their fans regarding their departure from the group. He uploaded a picture with Korean, Japanese, and English captions on an Instagram post. He said, “Dear KISSme, Thank you so much for your love and support during the past 10 years.
After a lot of deliberation, I’ve decided to start a new path in my life. Please continue to support my future endeavors. I am forever grateful for KISSme, NH EMG staff, and my members. I love you.”
After leaving U-KISS, Lee Ki-seop announced that he would be marrying model/actress Jung Yoo Na. He announced it through his Instagram on August 1st, 2019. Ki-seop also shared that he wanted to be a husband that could support his wife like a pillar so that she could do what she wanted to do and eat what she wanted to eat. Jung Yuna said that she wanted to become a supportive and responsible wife that respects and cares for her husband.
Love Story with Actress Jung Yoo-na
Former U-KISS member Ki-seop, and actress and model Jung Yuna finally tied the knot on August 24th, 2019. The wedding ceremony took place at a hotel in Seoul and was hosted by comedian Kim Yong Myung. U-KISS leader Soohyun and Huh Gak sang the congratulatory song. Before the wedding ceremony, the couple organized a press conference at Ruby Hall of The Riverside Hotel, Seoul at 3 p.m. (KST) and shared their feelings about getting married, their proposal, as well as their plan on having kids.
Ki-seop opened up, “Today, we have prepared a pure white outfit to give off an angelic vibe and youthful aura of teenage boys and girls. I am also looking forward to holding her hands and taking photos with this make-up style. Today, I am grateful for achieving my dream and feel hopeful about the future.”
Jung Yuna, the bride-to-be, also shared, “When we were still dating, both of us always treated each other like friends. But when we become a married couple, we have to understand and care about each other and live together with respect. Although I’m worried about that, I feel excited and look forward to our future as well.”
Ki-seop stated that the nervous feeling he had during the wedding ceremony was completely different from that when he stood on stage as a U-KISS member for the past 10 years. He said, “I’ve been standing on stage for 10 years, but today is a whole different kind of nervousness. It’s a new feeling. I looked forward to this day, but now that my dream has come true, it’s deeply moving. Today is a day in which I look forward to the future.” Ki-seop also shared that the U-KISS members supported his marriage from the beginning and said, “It could have been a bad thing for the group that I met my wife while we were promoting together. But the members were always supportive. I talked to them a lot and they gave me advice. I feel both apologetic and deeply grateful to them.”
Ki-seop also added that the couple currently had no plans for children. “People have said, ‘Why are you suddenly getting married?’ and implied that it was because we’re expecting a baby. That’s absolutely not true. My wife is working as a model and I have to finish my public service worker duties. We are planning to have children around 3 or 4 years from now, around when we’re 33 or 34. We’re not getting married because she is pregnant.”