Song Joong-ki: Who’s Who in Korean Variety
As there is a lack of English language information on Korean MCs and TV personalities, I came up with this “Who’s Who in Korean Variety Television” series to help out fans of Korean variety shows.
This series is designed to provide background and context to help viewers understand Korean variety shows more thoroughly.
Since I am aiming to create comprehensive biographies, which will take a lot of time, I plan to continue updating each post for two weeks after publishing them. This post is currently a work in progress.
The first round of information for the “Who’s Who in Korean Variety Television Series” will be based on information from Naver profiles, official website biographies, and the Korean version of Wikipedia.
Subsequent updates of this post will rely on a variety of sources including television appearances, news interviews, official biographies, and more.
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Song Joong-ki was born on September 19, 1985 in Daeduk County which was a rural area of South Chungcheon Province that later became incorporated into Daejeon city. He has an older brother and a younger sister and is of the Eunjin Song clan.
Ever since his first year at Daejeon Sungmo Elementary school, he competed in short track speed skating competitions and even represented the city of Daejeon in three national level competitions.
However, during his second year at Daejeon Hanbat Middle School, he injured his ankle and had to quit the sport.
He was popular in school for his bright and witty personality as well as his good looks. He was elected student president in middle school and was vice president while attending South Daejeon High School.
Although he dreamed of being an actor, his parents were strongly against it, so rather than pursing an acting major, he then attended Sungkyunkwan University as a business administartion major.
During his third year of univesity, Song Joon-ki decided to act on his dream of becoming an actor and signed up for acting lessons at a private academy. For the next seven months, he studied acting intensively and worked as an extra in various works. He was discovered by manager Kim Jung-yong and scouted into Sidus HQ which is a major company for actors.
Song made his official acting debut in the 2008 period film “A Frozen Flower.” This was followed by bit roles and then larger roles in “My Precious You,” “Triple,” “OB/GYN Doctors,” “Hearty Paws 2.”
Song Joong-ki’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. Song Joon-ki also joined the cast of variety program Running Man from 2010 to 2011 for a total of ten months.
In 2011, Song Joon-ki took on the role of the younger version king Sejong in “Deep Rooted Tree.” Although this was a short role where was replaced by Han Seok-kyu, Song Joong-ki gained widespread acclaim and received the PD Award at the 2011 SBS Drama Awards for the role.
Song Joon-ki’s rise as a leading man came in 2012 where he played the titular character in fantasy romance film “A Werewolf Boy,”
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.
In February 2013, after his contract with entertainment agency Sidus HQ expired, Song Joong-ki signed with Blossom Entertainment.
He then served his two-year mandatory military service, in August 27 at the 102nd draft camp in Chuncheon. Song Joong-ki was discharged on May 26, 2015.
Song Joon-ki made his small screen comeback in “Descendants of the Sun” alongside actress Song Hye-kyo, playing the leader of a special UN peacekeeping unit.
My Precious You (2008)
Music Bank (2009-2010)
Take Care Of The Young Lady (2009)
Will It Snow At Christmas? (2009)
Obstetrics And Gynecology Doctors (2010)
Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010)
I’m Real Song Joon-ki (2011)
Deep Rooted Tree (2011)
Tears of the Antarctic (2011-2012)
Made in U (2011-2012)
The Innocent Man (2012)
Star, Fall in Love with Travel (2013)
Descendents of the Sun (2016)
Frozen Flower (2008)
Five Senses Of Eros (2009)
The Case Of Itaewon Homicide (2009)
Hearty Paws 2 (2010)
Penny Pinchers (2011)
Rio (2011) (dubbing)
Pengi and Sommi (2012) (narration)
The Grand Heist (2012) (cameo)
A Werewolf Boy (2012)
Battleship Island (2017)