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Ji Chang-wook (지창욱)

There can only be one explanation for the perfection that Ji Chang-wook is: He was born to be a star.

GwenchaNoona | Actor's Profile: Ji Chang-wook

Photo from HanCinema

Birthday: July 5, 1987

Instagram: @jichangwook

YouTube: @jichangwook

He is equally legendary for intense action scenes that make fans out of men (even when he’s kicking ass buck naked in a shower room full of equally exposed men), and for passionate kissing scenes that make millions of women swoon. He can melt us with his smouldering gaze, and just as easily disarm us with his boyish grin. He can serenade us on any stage, and entertain us even through hilarious Instagram posts.

Raised by a single mom (who occasionally appears on his Instagram), he initially pursued theater and acting partly because he wanted to give her a better life. But it’s clear he was made for the stage. Just a couple of years after debuting on the small screen, the thespian found well-deserved fame and recognition for his talents with his first lead role in the daily drama Smile Again (2010) and as the titular role in Warrior Baek Dong-soo (2011).

Displaying tremendous dedication to his craft, Ji Chang-wook brings more than just a perfectly chiseled body to action k-dramas like Healer (2014) and The K2 (2016). He is known to train for months with martial arts teams to execute complex action stunts himself. But he’s equally at home in rom-coms, surprising fans with his diversity and charm as a prosecutor-turned-lawyer in Suspicious Partner (2017).

That same year, he was cast for his debut film Fabricated City (2017), because the director said he looks “unrealistic,” like a character from a comic. Yet, he says he still feels “average” enough to still frequent public saunas when he wants to relax.

Even the military couldn’t keep him away from the stage, and he spent part of his enlistment performing in the army’s musical Shinheung Military Academy. In one of his interviews after completing his mandatory military service, he said his goal is simply to be able to act in good health for a long time.

He has since appeared in dramas like Backstreet Rookie (2020), Lovestruck in the City (2021), and The Sound of Magic (2022). He also starred in If You Wish upon Me (2022), inspired by the Ambulance Wish Foundation, in the Disney+ crime k-drama The Worst of Evil (2023) and the Netflix romance Welcome to Samdal-ri (2023). In August this year, he is set to take on a villainous role in the movie Revolver opposite Hallyu juggernaut Jeon Do-yeon.

It certainly looks like he’s making good on his goal.

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