At Style Icon Asia 2016
September 19, 1985 |
Dong District, Daejeon, South Korea
|Revised Romanization||Song Jung-ki|
Song Joong-ki (Hangul: 송중기; born September 19, 1985) is a South Korean actor. He rose to fame in the historical drama Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010) and the variety show Running Man as one of the original cast members when it premiered in 2010. Song played his first TV leading role in the melodrama The Innocent Man (2012). He has also starred in feature films, notably as the title character in the box office hit A Werewolf Boy (2012).
After completing his mandatory military service, Song took on the lead role in the pan-Asia hit drama Descendants of the Sun (2016) which made him as a top Hallyu star. He placed 7th in Forbes Korea Power Celebrity list in 2013, and ranked 2nd in 2017.
- 1 Early life and education
- 2 Career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Filmography
- 5 Discography
- 6 Bibliography
- 7 Fan meeting
- 8 Awards and nominations
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Early life and education
The second of three siblings, Song was raised in the rural outskirts of Daejeon. He competed in short track speed skating and represented his home city of Daejeon at national level (he would go on to portray a national speed skater in the TV series Triple). Unfortunately an injury forced him to give up the sport during his first year of high school. He excelled in his studies all through high school and scored 380 points out of 400 on his national college entrance test, gaining admission to Sungkyunkwan University. While in Seoul preparing for the entrance test, he was scouted on the subway by an agent but did not immediately enter the entertainment industry as he was still ambivalent about his career path and partly because his father had initially been against him becoming an actor. He continued to study part-time after deciding to enter the entertainment industry full-time during his third year of university, eventually graduating with a degree in Business Administration (minor in broadcasting) in 2012.
Song first appeared in a TV show as a contestant on KBS's Quiz Korea, substituting a senior who was sick. Song eventually won second place. This brought him significant attention and became a cover model for university magazine College.
2008–2011: Career beginnings and breakthrough
Song made his acting debut in the 2008 period film A Frozen Flower. The following year, he appeared in the couple-swapping segment "Believe in the Moment" of omnibus Five Senses of Eros and continued to take on small but notable roles in Triple and Will It Snow for Christmas?. Song also became a regular host of KBS Friday music program Music Bank from 2009 to 2010. He then appeared in the 2010 medical drama OB/GYN Doctors, and animal movie sequel Hearty Paws 2.
Song's breakout role came in the fusion historical drama Sungkyunkwan Scandal where he played the role of an 18th-century Joseon-era rich, indolent playboy. Despite stable but unspectacular ratings, the drama became a cult hit and his on-screen "bromance" with a then-unknown Yoo Ah-in was popular with viewers. Song also joined the cast of variety program Running Man from 2010 to 2011.
Song later released the book Beautiful Skin Project, a bestselling health and beauty guide for men (which was re-released in Japan in 2013). In late 2010, he went on a bicycling tour around Sydney, which aired two episodes on TV via ELLE, an offshoot of the eponymous fashion magazine. Moreover, a TV special of the actor's trip to Japan entitled I'm Real: Song Joong-ki aired two parts in early 2011. Song later became an MC for jTBC audition program Made in U.
In 2011, Song starred as a jobless deadbeat in the romantic comedy Penny Pinchers. His acting performance was praised by critics, declaring him a "charismatic, swoon-worthy leading man with a viable presence."
Song took on the role of the young king Sejong in Deep Rooted Tree (2011). Critics praised Song's performance, calling it a portrayal of a genius who "realizes the futility of power early in life" and hides in his books to cope with growing up under the rule of his tyrannical father Taejong. Song received the PD Award at the 2011 SBS Drama Awards for the role.
He later narrated the six-part documentary Tears of the Antarctic for MBC program Tears of the Earth (2012), which focuses on pressing environmental issues on the planet and donated his entire salary to charity. He reprised his role as narrator when the series was re-edited and released in theaters as Pengi and Sommi (2012). He later went on a fan-meeting tour called Song Joong-ki Asia Fan Meeting Tour – THRILL & LOVE, holding fan meetings in Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan and South Korea.
2012–2015: Leading roles and military enlistment
Song described 2012 as a "phenomenal year" for his career. He played the titular character in fantasy romance film A Werewolf Boy, which premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. In preparation for his role, Song watched nature documentaries and observed stray dogs on the streets to learn how to mime and imitate the body movements of an animal. He also repeatedly watched Tim Burton's 1990 romantic fantasy Edward Scissorhands, Matt Reeves' 2010 vampire flick Let Me In, and Gollum in The Lord of the Rings. The film was screened at the Busan International Film Festival and became the most successful Korean melodrama of all time, with more than 7 million tickets sold.
The same year, he took on his first leading drama role in television, The Innocent Man. His assured and nuanced portrayal of an antihero received praise from critics and audience. The drama attracted high ratings, which along with the impressive box office run of A Werewolf Boy, cemented Song's image in the press as the "savior" of the melodrama genre both on the big and small screen.
Prior to his enlistment for his mandatory military service, Song held a fan meet on August 17, 2013. He then enlisted on August 27 at the 102nd draft camp in Chuncheon. He served in an infantry unit assigned to patrol and conduct reconnaissance missions along the DMZ and was discharged on May 26, 2015.
2016–present: Overseas popularity
Song made his small screen comeback in Descendants of the Sun alongside actress Song Hye-kyo, playing a military officer. The drama was incredibly popular in Korea with a peak viewership rating of 41.6% and in Asia, where it was viewed 2.5 billion times on iQiyi.
The success of Descendants in Asia made him the Korean Tourism Honorary Ambassador by the Korea Tourism Organization to actively promote Korean tourism worldwide. He was also listed as one of the Top 100 Future Generation of Leaders, at #34. He became the face of over 30 brands in 2016 alone and was one of the recipients of Korea's "Brand of the Year" award. He then embarked on a series of sold-out Asian tour spanning 10 different cities, where he met more than 60,000 fans.
Song began filming the period film Battleship Island not long after Descendants aired. He stars alongside actors So Ji-sub and Hwang Jung-min and portrays a member of the Korean independence movement, who sneaks onto Hashima Island to rescue a fellow member.
On July 5, 2017, Song and his Descendants of the Sun (2016) co-star Song Hye-kyo announced through their respective agencies that they are engaged, and will marry on October 31, 2017.
|2008||A Frozen Flower||쌍화점||No-tak|
|2009||Five Senses of Eros||오감도||Yoo Jae-hyuk|
|The Case of Itaewon Homicide||이태원 살인사건||Jo Jong-pil|
|2010||Hearty Paws 2||마음이 2||Dong-wook|
|2011||Penny Pinchers||티끌모아 로맨스||Chun Ji-woong|
|Rio||Blu (Korean dubbing)|
|2012||Pengi and Sommi||황제펭귄 펭이와 솜이||Narrator|
|The Grand Heist||바람과 함께 사라지다||Older Jung-goon (cameo)|
|A Werewolf Boy||늑대소년||Chul-soo|
|2017||The Battleship Island||군함도||Park Moo-young|
|2007||Get Karl! Oh Soo-jung||칼잡이 오수정||Reporter 2 (bit part)||SBS|
|2008||Love Racing||러브 레이싱||Younger male||YTN|
|My Precious You||내사랑 금지옥엽||Jang Jin-ho||KBS2|
|My Fair Lady||아가씨를 부탁해||Head butler
(cameo, episode 1)
|Will It Snow for Christmas?||크리스마스에 눈이 올까요?||Han Ji-yong||SBS|
|2010||OB & GY||산부인과||Ahn Kyung-woo|
|Sungkyunkwan Scandal||성균관 스캔들||Gu Yong-ha||KBS2|
|2011||Deep Rooted Tree||뿌리깊은 나무||Teenage Yi Do||SBS|
|2012||The Innocent Man||세상 어디에도 없는 착한남자||Kang Ma-ru||KBS2|
|2016||Descendants of the Sun||태양의 후예||Yoo Si-jin|
|The Sound of Your Heart||마음의 소리||Cameo|
|2017||Man to Man||맨투맨||Bankteller (cameo)||JTBC|
|2008||Pretty Boys: A Wrong Situation||꽃미남 아롱사태||Mnet|
|2009||Let's Go Dream Team! Season 2||출발 드림팀2||KBS2||Guest (episode 1, 10-13)|
|Star Golden Bell||스타골든벨||Guest (episode 258)|
|2009–10||Music Bank||뮤직뱅크||Music show, as MC|
|2010||Oh! My School||오 마이 스쿨||Guest (episode 2)|
|Strong Heart||강심장||SBS||Guest (episode 22)|
|Happy Together||해피투게더||KBS2||Guest (episode 155)|
|2010–2011||Running Man||런닝맨||SBS||Cast member (episodes 1–41)
Guest (episode 66)
Special Appearance (episode 251)
|2011||I'm Real: Song Joong-ki||I'm Real 송중기||QTV|
|Everyone Dramatic||에브리원 드라마틱||MBC|
|Made in U||메이드 인 유||jTBC||Audition show, as MC|
|Gag Concert||개그 콘서트||KBS2||Guest (episode 619)|
|2011–12||Tears of the Antarctic||남극의 눈물||MBC||Documentary, as narrator|
|2012||Infinite Challenge||무한도전||Season 4 episode 305, guest|
|Trunq Daegu||Tokyo MX||With Fujii Mina|
|2016||Hurry Up, Brother||런닝맨 중국||Zhiejiang Television||Season 4 episode 7, guest|
|2012||"Men Are All Like That"||남자가 다 그렇지 뭐||Kim Jong-kook|||
|2009~2010||KBS2||Music Bank||With Seo Hyo-rim|
|2010||MelOn Music Awards||MC|
|KBS2||KBS Drama Awards||With Choi Soo-jong|
|2011||Mnet||20's Choice||With Suzy|
|KBS2||Dream Concert||With Kim Hee-chul|
|2012||JTBC||Made in U|||
|2012||"Really"||정말||track from The Innocent Man OST|
|2010||Beautiful Skin Project||피부미남 프로젝트||Song Joong-ki, Hwang Min-young||Antenna Books|
|September 20, 2009||Seoul||First Fan Meeting Birthday Party||Seoul Asian Art Hall|
|November 25, 2011||Kobe||1st Japan Fan Meeting||Kobe Portopia|
|November 27, 2011||Tokyo||Sanrio Puroland|
|April 2012||Bangkok||Love and Thrill: Asia Fan Meeting Tour||Paragon Hall|
|June 2012||Hong Kong|
|July 22, 2012||Seoul||Kyunghee University Crown Hall|
|April 17, 2016||5th Fan Meeting in Seoul||Kyunghee University Pavilion|
|May 7, 2016||Bangkok||2016 Asia Fan Meeting Tour||Thunder Dome, Muangthong Thani|
|May 14, 2016||Beijing||Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium|
|May 21, 2016||Wuhan||Wuhan Lobby, China Culture Expo Center|
|May 27, 2016||Guangzhou||Guangzhou International Sports Arena|
|May 28, 2016||Shenzhen||Shenzhen Bay Sports Center|
|June 11, 2016||Hong Kong||AsiaWorld–Arena|
|June 17, 2016||Chengdu||Chengdu Sports Centre|
|June 25, 2016||Taipei||National Taiwan University Sports Center|
|July 16, 2016||Shanghai||Shanghai Indoor Stadium|
Awards and nominations
|2010||3rd Style Icon Awards||New Style Icon (TV Actor)||N/A||Won|
|31st Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best New Actor||Hearty Paws 2||Nominated|
|SBS Entertainment Awards||Best Newcomer in a Variety Show||Running Man||Won|||
|KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama||Sungkyunkwan Scandal||Nominated|||
|Best Couple Award with Yoo Ah-in||Won|
|2011||6th Asia Model Festival Awards||BBF Fashionista Award||N/A||Won|||
|7th Korea Drama Awards||Best New Actor||Sungkyunkwan Scandal||Nominated|
|SBS Drama Awards||Producer's Award||Deep Rooted Tree||Won|||
|2012||6th Mnet 20's Choice Awards||20's Male Drama Star||Nominated|||
|5th Style Icon Awards||Style Icon||N/A||Won|||
|19th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor||The Innocent Man||Won|||
|1st K-Drama Star Awards||Won|||
|KBS Drama Awards||Won|||
|Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award with Moon Chae-won||Won|
|2013||49th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actor (Film)||A Werewolf Boy||Nominated|||
|6th Nickelodeon Korea Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Actor||Won|||
|7th Mnet 20's Choice Awards||20's Male Movie Star||Nominated|
|50th Grand Bell Awards||Popularity Award||Nominated|
|8th Seoul International Drama Awards||Outstanding Korean Actor||The Innocent Man||Nominated|
|Outstanding Korean Drama OST||"Really"
(The Innocent Man OST)
|52nd Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actor (TV)||Descendants of the Sun||Nominated|||
|Most Popular Actor (TV)||Won|
|iQiyi Global Star Award||N/A||Won|
|Korean Consumer Forum Awards||Korea's Brand of the Year||N/A||Won|
|11th Seoul International Drama Awards||Outstanding Korean Actor||Descendants of the Sun||Won|
|5th APAN Star Awards||Daesang (Grand Prize)||Won|||
|Best Actor in a Miniseries||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award with Song Hye-kyo||Won|
|Best APAN Star Award||N/A||Won|
|9th Korea Drama Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang)||Descendants of the Sun||Nominated|
|7th Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards||President's Award||N/A||Won|
||Most Popular Actor||
||Daesang (Grand Prize)||Won|||
|Top Excellence Award, Actor||Nominated|
|Excellence Award, Actor in a miniseries||Nominated|
|Best Couple with Song Hye-kyo||Won|
|Netizen Award, Actor||Nominated|
|Best Asia Couple with Song Hye-kyo||Won|
|Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards||Asia Popular Artist Award, Male||N/A||Nominated|
||Best Performer Award||
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