Joo Won attends My Sassy Girl presscon a day before enlistment

Joo Won will be discharged from the army on February 15, 2019.

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Joo Won salutes at the press conference for My Sassy Girl SBS funE

Korean actor Joo Won attended the press conference of the SBS drama "My Sassy Girl" on May 15, a day before he was scheduled to enlist in the military.

The 29-year-old star will be enlisting today at 2PM in Gangwon Province, South Korea without meeting the press in consideration of others who will be entering the training camp.

"My Sassy Girl" is based on the film of the same name that was released in 2001, which starred Jun Ji-hyun and Cha Tae-hyun.

The drama was fully pre-produced and will air in Korea starting on May 29.

"I chose it as my last work before enlistment so I made the decision more carefully," he said during the press conference.

"My Sassy Girl" is a historical romantic comedy focusing on the love story between Gyun Woo, played by Joo Won, and princess Hye Myung, played by actress Oh Yeon-seo.

Besides leaving his career for 21 months, Joo Won will also be separated from his girlfriend, singer BoA. Their relationship was revealed last January.

Joo Won said BoA told him to come back healthy from his military service.

BoA will be performing in Osaka, Japan today and will not be able to send him off but a report said they spent time together in Japan.

The two reportedly traveled from Gimpo Airport in Seoul to Haneda Airport on May 4. She went there for a concert while he attended a publicity event for "My Sassy Girl."

They were not seated together on the plane so they didn't draw attention from other passengers.

Joo Won also spent time with fans on May 13 in a fan meeting at Yonsei University called "See You Again! Talk & Concert."

He previously planned to serve as a duty police officer after passing the screening of the Seoul Police Promotion Committee last year but withdrew it and decided to join the active duty service.

The actor rose to fame through the drama "King of Baking, Kim Takgu," which aired in 2010. His other dramas included "Good Doctor" and "Yongpal."

He will be discharged from the army on February 15, 2019.