Ju Ji-hoon

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Ju Ji-hoon
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Born Joo Young-hoon
(1982-05-16) 16 May 1982 (age 34)
Seoul, South Korea
Alma mater Kyonggi University (majoring in acting)[1]
Years active 2003–present
Agent KeyEast
Universal D (Japan)
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)[1]
Weight 73 kg (161 lb)
Website www.ju-jihoon.com
Korean name
Revised Romanization Ju Ji-hun
McCune–Reischauer Chu Chihun

Ju Ji-hoon (Hangul주지훈; also romanized as Joo Ji-hoon; born May 16, 1982) is a South Korean actor. His first leading role was as Crown Prince Lee Shin in 2006 hit television series Princess Hours. His other notable works include films Antique in 2008 and as the future Sejong the Great in I Am a King in 2012 and The treacherous in 2015. He act as Choi Minwoo in his latest hit drama Mask


In 2003, Ju debuted as a model, in advertisements for clothing brands such as Calvin Klein, Levi's and Reebok. He won many awards for modeling. Before entering the entertainment industry, he studied at Tongwon College, majoring in e-Business.[citation needed]

2006–2008: Acting debut and recognition[edit]

Ju's debut drama was Old Love, but it was in 2006's Princess Hours, based on the manhwa Goong, that he was recognized as an actor, for which he won Best New Actor at the MBC Drama Awards. In the drama he starred alongside former Baby V.O.X. member Yoon Eun-hye, Song Ji-hyo and UN member Kim Jeong-hoon.

In March 2007, Ju starred in KBS2 revenge drama The Devil, opposite Uhm Tae-woong and Shin Min-a. In it he portrayed a lawyer; he reportedly lost 5 kg by eating only chicken and exercising three times a day.[citation needed] Ju received the New Asian Star of 2007 along with six other Asian actors at the 1st Astar TV Drama Awards, held on March 30 at the COEX Convention & Exhibition Center in Seoul. According to Astar TV they were chosen for their "high recognition in their respective countries, their celebrity status, and potential to emerge as top Asian stars."[2]

Ju's movie debut was in Antique, based on manga Antique Bakery, released in 2008. He played the role of a bakery owner, along with Kim Jae-wook, Yoo Ah-in and Choi Ji-ho. The film was invited to the 59th Berlin International Film Festival.[3]

2009: Drug scandal[edit]

On April 27, 2009, Ju was arrested by Seoul Metropolitan Police on drug charges. He was arrested along with 15 people and an actress identified as Yoon on suspicion of supplying ecstasy.[4] On June 23, 2009, Ju pleaded guilty in court to drug use of ecstasy and ketamine. He was sentenced to six months of jail time, suspended for one year, 120 hours of community service, and a fine of ₩360,000. The judge explained, "The nature of the crime is by no means light. However, he has reflected deeply on the crime and has not taken any drugs since the time a year and two months ago. Also, many fans from within the country and from overseas have appealed for an appropriate handling of the matter and sent petitions." Ju's lawyer also stated, "Of course he must accept the price of his crime, but wrong information kept coming out and exaggerated him as a habitual user, and some of it was unfair."

2010: Military service[edit]

On February 2, 2010, Ju enlisted in the Republic of Korea Army to serve his mandatory military service for five weeks of basic training at 306th draft in Uijeongbu of Gyeonggi Province, followed by active duty with the reserve forces.[5][6]

In August, Ju co-starred with fellow actor Lee Joon-gi in the military musical Voyage of Life. The musical, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War, was co-produced by the Ministry of National Defense and Korea Musical Theatre Association. It ran from August 21 to 29 at the National Theater of Korea.[7][8] Ju was discharged on November 21, 2011.[9][10]

2011–present: KeyEast Entertainment and comeback[edit]

In January 2011, ahead of Ju's discharge in November, he signed with entertainment agency KeyEast, owned by actor Bae Yong-joon.[11][12]

Ju's comeback project was to be the starring role of physician and poet Yuri Zhivago in the musical Doctor Zhivago in January 2012.[13][14] However he dropped out of it two weeks before the opening, due to injury to his vocal cords, and was advised by doctors to rest them.[15][16]

In August, Ju made his comeback in the period comedy film I Am a King.[17] Inspired by The Prince and the Pauper, Ju played the dual role of Grand Prince Choong-nyung and the slave Deok-chil, in a fictional period before the prince becomes King Sejong the Great.[18] This was followed by his starring role as pianist Yoo Ji-ho in the television melodrama Five Fingers, broadcast from August to November 2012.[19][20] and MBC television series Medical Top Team [21][22]

Ju made his film debut in China in Love Suspicion, a melodrama/thriller. In 2014, Ju was paired up with Ji Sung and Lee Kwang Soo for the movie, Confession aka Good Friends. The movie has become a hit in South Korea. Ju played as In Chul who struggles between friendship and ambitions yet a lovable character. Ju and Ji Sung joined Lee Kwang Soo in the 203rd episode of Running Man.

In 2015, Ju was cast in the movie "The Treacherous" as Im Sung-Jae which marked his reunion with Min Kyu-dong, the director of "Antique Bakery" and "Naked Kitchen". The movie drew much attention from the audience and The film has grossed ₩8.92 billion (US$8.09 million) from 1.11 million admissions at the South Korean box office. In May 2015, Ju made a comeback to small screen with SBS drama "Mask" with his co-star Soo Ae. Ju starred as the chaebol heir Choi Min-woo. The drama ranked high ratings and received good critical acclaims on Ju's acting. And he won the Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special and Top 10 Stars in 23rd SBS Drama Awards.

Personal life[edit]

On May 9, 2014, both Ju's and Brown Eyed Girls member Ga-In's agency both confirmed that they are dating.[23][24][25][26]



Year Title Role
2008 Antique Kim Jin-hyeok
2009 The Naked Kitchen Park Du-re
2012 I Am a King Yi Do/Deok-chil
2013 Marriage Blue Kyung-soo
2014 Love Suspicion Kang-han
Confession In-chul
2015 The Treacherous Soong-jae
2016 Asura Moon Sun Mo
With God Hae Won-maek

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2006 Princess Hours Crown Prince Lee Shin MBC
2007 The Devil Oh Seung-ha KBS2
2012 Five Fingers Yoo Ji-ho SBS
2013 Medical Top Team Han Seung-jae MBC
2015 Mask Choi Min-woo SBS

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Title Artist
2012 "처연"[27] Lowdown 30
2014 "Fxxk U" Gain feat. Bumkey

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2014 Running Man SBS Guest, episodes 202-203
2016 Infinity Challenge MBC Guest, episodes 499-500

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2004 Korea Best Dresser Swan Awards Best Male Model N/A Won
2005 Style Magazine Most Stylish Male Model N/A Won
The Photographers' Association Best Male Model N/A Won
Korea Best Dresser Swan Awards Best Male Model N/A Won
2006 42nd Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (TV) Princess Hours Nominated
MBC Drama Awards Best New Actor Won
2007 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries The Devil Nominated
2008 Asia Model Festival Awards Star Prize N/A Won
2009 45th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (Film) Antique Nominated
Most Popular Actor (Film) Won
2012 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Weekend/Daily Drama Five Fingers Nominated
2013 2nd APAN Star Awards Popular Star Award Won
MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Medical Top Team Nominated
2015 SBS Drama Awards Excellent Actor Award for Drama Special Mask Won
Top 10 Star Award Won
2016 The Night of Stars-Korea Top Star Awards Korea's Top Star (Film) Asura Won


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  15. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (10 January 2012). "Actor Ju Ji-hoon drops out of Doctor Zhivago weeks before it opens". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-12-10. 
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  22. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (26 July 2013). "Ju Ji Hoon Returns to MBC After 7 Years for Medical Top Team". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-07-26. 
  23. ^ "'Brown Eyed Girls' Ga In and actor Joo Ji Hoon revealed to be a couple!". Allkpop. May 9, 2014. 
  24. ^ BEG′s Gain and Joo Ji Hoon Admit to Dating
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  27. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4JRSDWpS7I&feature=youtu.be

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