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Song Joong-ki is a well-known South Korean actor best known for his role in the renowned historical drama series ‘Sungkyunkwan Scandal.’ Song, who was born in South Korea’s Dong District, began his acting career when he was barely a high school graduate. He began acting full-time considerably later, when he was in his third year of university, because he was still unsure about his career choice. With ‘A Frozen Flower,’ a South Korean historical film directed by Yoo Ha, he made his acting debut. The film was a box office success and received numerous accolades. After appearing in the South Korean historical drama ‘Sungkyunkwan Scandal,’ he became well-known. The series gained a lot of traction and was nominated for multiple awards. Song later joined the cast of ‘Running Man,’ a South Korean variety show. He did, however, leave after a short period. His reputation expanded over time, and he participated in a number of films in pivotal parts. In the South Korean fantasy romance film ‘A Werewolf Boy,’ he played a major role. The movie was a huge success. He has also written a book called ‘Beautiful Skin Project,’ which is a health and beauty advice for men, in addition to performing. The book went on to become a best-seller.

Childhood and Adolescence

Song Joong-ki was born on September 19, 1985, in Daejeon, South Korea’s Dong District. He is the second of three brothers and sisters. Song used to be a competitive speed skater when he was in school. In the national games, he represented his hometown. After an injury, he stopped skating and concentrated only on his education. He was a brilliant intellectual student who excelled in his academics.

After graduating from high school, he was given the opportunity to begin his acting career. His parents, on the other hand, did not want him to pursue a career in acting. As a result, he went to university and majored in Business Administration. Song began his professional acting career during his third year of college.

Career of Song

Song Joong-ki made his acting debut in the 2008 South Korean historical film ‘A Frozen Flower,’ in which he had a supporting part. The film, directed by Yoo Ha, was partially based on King Gongmin of Goryeo’s reign in Korea during the 14th century. The film was a commercial success and received numerous accolades. Song rose to prominence in 2010 after appearing in the historical drama ‘Sungkyunkwan Scandal’ after a series of minor appearances.

The film was directed by Kim Won-seok and was based on Jung Eun-bestselling gwol’s novel “The Lives of Sungkyunkwan Confucian Scholars.” The story centred around a woman who had to pass herself off as her brother in order to make a living because women were not allowed to work at the time. The film was a commercial success and received numerous accolades. Song began participating on the variety show ‘Running Man’ the same year. He did, however, leave the show after a year. In 2011, he played the character of a jobless deadbeat in the romantic comedy film ‘Penny Pinchers.’ Kim Jung-hwan was the director of the picture.

Despite the fact that the film was not an economic success, Song was praised for his performance. Song also starred in the television series ‘Deep Rooted Tree’ in the same year. In 2012, he became even more well-known after starring in the smash fantasy romance film ‘A Werewolf Boy.’ The film, directed by Jo Sung-hee, became the most successful Korean melodrama of all time. Song’s performance in the South Korean TV series ‘The Innocent Man,’ in which he portrayed the lead character, was likewise well-received.

He enlisted for his obligatory military service from August 2013 to May 2015. Following his discharge from the service, he starred in the South Korean TV series ‘Descendants of the Sun,’ in which he played the lead role. The show was a big success, garnering a lot of attention. It also received a slew of accolades. Song’s most recent film appearance was in the 2017 South Korean film ‘The Battleship Island.’ The movie was a commercial success and received largely positive reviews.

Major Projects of Song

‘Penny Pinchers,’ a 2011 South Korean romantic comedy film written and directed by Kim Jung-Hwan, is one of Song’s most noteworthy works. The plot centred around the follies of an unemployed college graduate looking for work, and how his interactions with various people influenced his life. The film received a nomination for ‘Best Director’ at the ’48th Baeksang Arts Awards.’

Song’s most successful effort, ‘A Werewolf Boy,’ is a 2012 South Korean fantasy romance film directed by Jo Sung-hee. The story centred around a teenage girl’s romance with a feral boy she meets. The film was not only a commercial success when it was released in September 2012, but it also became the most successful Korean melodrama of all time. Several prizes and nominations were also given to the film.

Song starred in the South Korean television series ‘The Innocent Man.’ The series was a dark melodrama with themes of treachery and passion, directed by Kim Jin-won and Lee Na-jeong. The show followed a bright medical student who fell in love with his next-door neighbor, a news reporter. However, after meeting a wealthy CEO, she turns her back on him, determined to escape poverty. Several prizes were given to the series.

‘Descendants of the Sun,’ a South Korean TV series that premiered in 2016, is one of Song’s most recent and successful works. The series, directed by Lee Eung-bok and Baek Sang-hoon, stars Song as the leader of a fictional elite Special Forces team. In South Korea, the series was a tremendous hit and received multiple prizes. It was also televised in Indonesia, China, and Greece, among other nations.

Achievements & Awards

Song Joong-ki has received various accolades and nominations throughout his career. He has won eight ‘KBS Drama Awards,’ one ‘SBS Drama Award,’ and one ‘Korean Producer Award,’ among other honors.
He became the face of more than 30 brands in 2016, earning him the Korean Consumer Forum Awards’ ‘Brand of the Year’ title.

Personal Experiences of Song

Song Joong-ki is engaged to Song Hye-kyo, a South Korean actress with whom he co-starred in the film ‘Descendants of the Sun.’ They are planning to marry on October 31, 2017.
The Korean Tourism Organization named him Honorary Ambassador of Korean Tourism with the goal of promoting Korean tourism abroad.

Estimated Net Worth

Song Joong-ki is one of the wealthiest and most well-known actors in Hollywood. Song Joong-net ki’s worth is estimated to be at $24 million, according to Wikipedia, Forbes, and Business Insider.