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The Daily Dose: Daily Oppas (Part 2)

Updated: Oct 1, 2023

As our Valentine's gift to all our followers, each day in February, an actor who is either the next big thing, or an established heartthrob whom we all love, is featured.


February 15: Ahn Bo-hyun (안보현), The Lust Cell

GwenchaNoona The Daily Dose: Ahn Bo-hyun, The Lust Cell

Ahn Bo-hyun has such a lethal combination of intensity and charm that his mere presence onscreen—even before he utters a word of dialogue—is enough to make viewers sit up, notice, and inevitably swoon.

And swoon we did.

His path to stardom has certainly not been easy. He began acting in 2014 and featured in several minor roles, most notably in “Descendants of the Sun” (2016), where he played First Sergeant Im Kwang-nam (code name: Piccolo). But he still needed part-time jobs, even working in construction to help pay for his living expenses.

Four years passed, and things looked bleak. That was until he portrayed the saturnine chaebol heir Jang Geun-won in “Itaewon Class” (2020). His unforgettable turn as a slick villain who blended the persona of a reprehensible bully with that of the desperate son seeking his father’s acknowledgment earned him a nomination for Baeksang Best New Actor for TV that same year.

But before anyone could pigeonhole him as a bad guy, he did a complete 180 and even generously flaunted his tanned muscles to woo Yumi (Kim Go-eun) in the semi-animated hit “Yumi’s Cells.” As the awkward yet adorkable Woong, he was again a premium blend of the lovable and smart boyfriend everyone wishes they had (lucky you, Ji-soo!). Then almost immediately, he returned to his boxing roots for his role as a narc detective in “My Name." He even delicately handled the risqué scene with Ji-woo (Han So-hee). We hear his fans have still not recovered.

In real life, Ahn Bo-hyun is a proud softie despite his intimidating profile and radiant masculinity. He has appeared as a fun guest in several variety shows, showing his impressive cooking, camping, and fishing skills. When he's not making us swoon in K-dramas, he can be found in his fun vlogs. As a certified YouTube star, he received the Silver Play Button for his channel “Bravo Hyun.”

With all the buzz surrounding him now, his fans can only expect more complex and adrenaline-pumping roles in the future with him as a bona fide lead. In fact, the next one is coming right up. This February 28, Ahn Bo-hyun returns in tvN's “Military Prosecutor Doberman" as an indifferent soldier-prosecutor.

Hold on to your seats, ladies and gents. There's more swooning to do.


February 16: Kim Soo-hyun (김수현), Our Love from the Stars

GwenchaNoona The Daily Dose: Kim Soo-hyun, Our Love from the Stars

Kim Soo-hyun can probably win a contest for actor most likely to wring tears from a rock. And we’re not just talking about his beautifully toned rock-hard abs. Over the years, he’s honed his talent to such a level that he can quite believably and effortlessly inhabit one complex character after another.

In his latest role as a college student wrongfully accused of rape and murder in “One Ordinary Day,” the cops take one look at his pretty face and ask aloud how anyone could say no to that. Even if the role required him to tone it down, he could not hide the sensuality simmering underneath the doe eyes and sharp jawline. He has an appeal that toes the line between the every day and the ethereal.

Yet beyond the pretty, his depth and finesse as an actor are also well-known, ever since he starred in the teen musical drama "Dream High" (2011). He then steadily rose to superstardom after his hit dramas "Moon Embracing the Sun" (2012) and "My Love From the Star" (2013), winning awards and even featuring in both soundtracks. He has also done well for himself in the movies, featuring on both box-office hits and in art films. It was only a matter of time before all that hard work would reportedly make him Korea’s highest-paid actor in 2021. And if the accolades weren’t enough, this beautiful man with soulful eyes also proved that he has the heart to match—he also donated 100 million won to support low-income families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

His latest performances in 2020’s “It’s Okay to Not Be Okay“ and 2021’s “One Ordinary Day” are Kim Soo-hyun at his best—quiet, riveting, and powerful. No ordinary Hallyu star could have pulled it off like he did.


February 17: Lee Je-hoon (이제훈), The Hero

GwenchaNoona The Daily Dose: Lee Je-hoon, The Hero

The sexiest thing about a man… is his intelligence. And if it comes dressed in Lee Je-hoon’s intense gaze and softened by his disarming smile, we’ll take it as a gift from the Hallyu gods.

Once majoring in Biotechnology, the young actor pursued his artistic passion in the School of Drama at the Korea National University of Arts. There, he dabbled in student and indie films and played extras in several commercial films.

His talent couldn’t be hidden for long. With only a few movies under his belt, he was nominated for not just one but nine Best New Actor awards from prestigious award-giving bodies (Critics Choice Awards, Grand Bell Award, Blue Dragon Film Awards, and the Baeksang Arts Awards among others) for three separate films, and won seven of them.

With his natural good looks, he could have easily chosen the romantic-lead-instant-stardom path and heartthrob status. But looking at Lee Je-hoon’s filmography, one sees that he often chooses stories about complex social issues. In “My Paparotti” (2013), he plays a high school gangster who wants to be an opera singer. In “Anarchist from Colony” (2017), he plays an independence activist. In “I Can Speak” (2017), he plays a civil servant who tutors an elderly woman who used to be a comfort woman during the Japanese occupation.

Even in K-dramas, Lee Je-hoon opts to play less-than-perfect characters struggling with their own humanity but wanting to make a difference. In “Signal” (2016), he takes on dirty cops in the police force. In “Where Stars Land” (2018), he changes the lives of the people he meets in the airport where he works. In “Taxi Driver” (2021), he makes a living out of exacting vengeance on perpetrators of heinous crimes. And in “Move to Heaven” (2021), he becomes a reluctant trauma cleaner who cleans up after the dead.

He takes his role as an artist very seriously. In an interview, he said, "We are constantly thinking about how we should live and what opinions we should voice to create a positive change. As an actor, I believe the decisions I make about what projects to choose are also impacted [by such social phenomenon].”

If his intelligence shines through in his choice of projects, his talent is displayed in the vast range of characters he’s played, and his passion is revealed in his off-screen involvement in filmmaking. He opened his own entertainment company and recently released a short film he wrote and directed.


February 18: Cha Eun-woo (차은우), A True Beauty

GwenchaNoona The Daily Dose: Cha Eun-woo, A True Beauty

Cha Eun-woo is so utterly, so breathtakingly beautiful that people run the risk of obsessing over his looks and fail to notice that this man is also ridiculously talented. His elven features portray him as an ethereal, other-worldly being that was sent down from the heavens to shock and awe us with his beauty. All he needs to do is to look at you and smile, and I guarantee you will be living the rest of your life as a puddle of uwus. Fans, castmates, and even veteran MCs just end up gushing when he arrives.

His looks are so captivating that you may overlook that he’s a very talented and emotionally evocative singer, as a member of boy group ASTRO. It’s worth watching a clip of him singing Ben&Ben’s “Kathang Isip” during his 2019 Manila Fan Meet (fun fact: he studied in the Philippines for six months back in elementary!). He also excels at playing the piano and songwriting, which he demonstrated in the YouTube Originals drama "Top Management." He was also the ace player in the basketball reality show "Handsome Tigers." Seriously, what did he do in his previous life to warrant such an abundance of talent?

With all these things under his belt, you’d think he’d be arrogant—but he’s a shy introvert who even admitted to never having the courage to confess to his school crush. Most people may know him from his most recent starring role as tsundere Suho in “True Beauty,” but he’s been cutting his teeth as an actor as far back as 2014, even before his official debut with ASTRO. More seasoned fans will recognize him from “My ID is Gangnam Beauty,” his first starring role. Since then he’s been a regular in the K-drama circuit, gaining leading roles in shows every single year (“Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung,” “True Beauty”). He’s also a regular cast member in the variety show “Master in the House” / “All the Butlers." There’s no reason for this young oppa’s meteoric rise not to continue its trajectory!


February 19: Park Hyung-sik (박형식), The Boyfriend

GwenchaNoona The Daily Dose: Park Hyung-sik, The Boyfriend

From the way his eyes turn into adorable crescent moons when he laughs to the intense gaze that can melt you when he stares into the camera, or the captivating innocence he exudes when his eyes go wide, it’s evident Park Hyung-sik was created by the gods with extra doses of irresistible boy-next-door charm.

And that’s before you even hear him sing. Endowed with what should be an illegal amount of talent, Park Hyung-sik inevitably finds success in all areas of his life.

After successfully debuting as a member of idol group ZE:A in 2010, he appears to have found his true calling in acting. Following notable roles in “The Heirs” (2013) and the weekend drama “What Happens to My Family?” (2014-15), his breakthrough projects came: “Hwarang” (2016-17), where he met some of his closest celebrity friends, and “Strong Woman Do Bong-Soon” (2017), his wildly successful first lead role that earned him the “romantic comedy king” title. When it came time for his big screen debut—the legal film “Juror 8” (2019)—he delivered and brought home the Best New Actor award at the Korean Association of Film Critics Awards.

His real charm, though, lies in his affable personality. To the entertainment industry, he may be the multi-talented kpop-idol-turned-romantic-comedy-king. But to the people he works with on set, he’s a human vitamin, energizing any room he enters. And to close friends in the Wooga Squad—with actors Park Seo-joon and Choi Woo-shin, and singers V from BTS and Peakboy—he’s family.

After a successful post-military comeback drama with the zombie thriller “Happiness” (2021), he’ll takes his charm and talents out with Han So-hee in “Soundrack #1. ”We're eager to be charmed once more.


February 20: Song Joong-ki (송중기), The Big Boss

GwenchaNoona The Daily Dose: Song Joong-ki, The Big Boss

When Captain Yoo Si-jin first peeked from behind hospital curtains in the first episode of "Descendants of the Sun" (2016), an audible gasp reverberated across Asia. In that brief moment, millions were instantly drawn to the combination of intrigue, mystery, and warmth emanating from his gentle face and expressive eyes.

Over the next 15 episodes, a heady mix of Song Joong-ki’s gentle confidence, self-effacing humor, and sinister combat slant proved irresistible for audiences who had long wished for a modern, sensitive male lead. Almost overnight, the boyish Joong-ki was catapulted from domestic heartthrob to global Hallyu superstar.

But way before that record-breaking K-drama, the smart (he holds a business degree from the elite Sungkyunkwan University) and athletic (he was a short-track speed skater in high school) actor was already making hearts flutter. His charisma and comedic talent were on full display as a mischievous student in "Sungkyunkwan Scandal" (2010), as well as in the heart-warming rom-com "Penny Pinchers" (2011).

The following year, he proved he had serious acting chops behind all that charm, transforming into "A Werewolf Boy" (2012) and into a scorned lover seeking revenge in "The Innocent Man" (2012).

Naturally shy and private, his co-workers all attest to how easy it is to get along with him. We see snippets of this fun-loving nature in his stint as the “brainy” and “enthusiastic” cast member of the hit variety show "Running Man."

In 2019, we saw him shed his youthful looks and buff up to portray the would-be hero of a mythic ancient city in "Arthdal Chronicles". Who else can still be that attractive when covered in dirt and with unwashed hair?

Yet despite the ups and downs of his career, Song Joong-ki remains focused and unfazed, with his trademark charm still radiating from every non-existent pore. From mischievous Running Man noona-killer to now as the mob boss Vincenzo, he continues to help set the standard for modern Asian masculinity that is all at once desired by women, envied by men, and set as the impossible standard by mothers everywhere for their future sons-in-law.

We’re sure that even as a murdered conglomerate employee reincarnated as the chaebol’s youngest son in his next drama, Song Joong-ki will continue to win hearts everywhere.


February 21: Kang Ha-neul (강하늘), Wide Open Sky

GwenchaNoona The Daily Dose: Kang Ha-neul, Wide Open Sky

The indigenous name "ha-neul" is so unique in the Korean nomenclature that it is spelled with "乻", a character so rare that it isn’t even included in the official hanja registry for Korean names. "Ha-neul" is also an unusual case where the two syllables do not mean two separate ideas; instead, both characters are merged to produce only a single idea: "sky."

Given his heart, range of talents, and incredible humility, Kang Ha-neul seems to have no trouble living up to the infinite possibilities of his name.

Kang Ha-neul broke the K-drama leading man mold with his portrayal of Hwang Yong-sik, the adorkable country bumpkin cop in 2019’s "When the Camellia Blooms"—his first leading drama role and military comeback project. WTCB was both a wild critical and commercial success, for which he earned numerous acting awards, including the highly coveted Baeksang award. Before this, he had already impressed and charmed TV audiences with his performances in "Misaeng" (2014) and "Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo" (2016), and established himself as a versatile young Chungmuro star, winning acclaim for his roles in quiet films like “Dongju: Portrait of a Poet” (2016) and "Forgotten” (2017) while also headlining such huge box office hits as “Twenty” (2015) and "Midnight Runners" (2017). His most recent movie, “The Pirates: The Last Royal Treasure” is currently reigning over the box office in South Korea, and he has two dramas and one movie lined up for this year.

His success in K-drama and in cinema, impressive they may be for someone so young, is only half of his accomplishments. Many are also surprised to learn that Ha-neul is also a musical actor and a very successful one at that. With a folk singer for a father and his own degree in theater, he has starred in an impressive number of Korean musicals and is known to play the guitar at the behest of friends.

With his relentless work ethic, quiet intelligence, and easy-going demeanor, Kang Ha-neul is a sky full of stars, and we’re enjoying the heavenly view.


February 22: Nam Joo-hyuk (남주혁), The Heartthrob

GwenchaNoona The Daily Dose: Nam Joo-hyuk, The Heartthrob

Nam Joo-hyuk’s perfectly chiseled jawline could have rightly earned a modeling contract all by itself. So, for that matter, could his expressive eyes draw you in for hours, and his manly hands that look strong enough to build you a homestead with nothing but a Swiss Army knife and duct tape? But this 6’1" model-turned-actor is greater than the sum of his parts, as he has made audiences fall in love with the characters he plays on screen.

Master of the micro-gesture, Nam Joo-hyuk acts literally down to his fingers, as most fans of the K-drama "Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo" (2016) and "Start-Up" (2020) can attest. Add to that his boyish appeal that instantly makes him boyfriend fanfic material, and you’ve got a recipe for industry success. When he smiles, you smile. When he laughs, you laugh. When he cries, you want him to crawl into your lap for some cuddle time.

The effect is magnified on the big screen, where his literally larger-than-life characterizations draw you in and make you a willing hostage for the next two hours. His efforts in the historical film "The Great Battle" (2018) earned him several nominations for Best New Actor and even won him a few awards.

Need more Nam Joo-hyuk? Of course, you do. Watch him in the incredibly charming coming-of-age romance "Twenty-Five, Twenty-One" with Kim Tae-ri on Netflix.


February 23: Park Hae-soo (박해수), The Player

GwenchaNoona The Daily Dose: Park Hae-soo, The Player

Berlin, a fan favorite in Spain's "Money Heist," once ordered his merry band of burglars to refrain from calling him a psychopath. "Call me an intellectual psychopath," he admonished. "Put some taste into it." Truthful yet terrifying, Berlin shouldn't have been a fascinating character, yet Spanish star Pedro Alonso makes it work. So who better to pick up the mantle of creep and conman than someone known for his own brand of complexity?

In the upcoming Korean version of "Money Heist," the burden of becoming Berlin falls squarely on the shoulders of one Park Hae-soo. Having seen what the man has done in the roles he's portrayed thus far, we trust this will be a fine casting choice. His acting fingerprint—a fascinating trademark 15 years in the making that hovers between characters you want to protect and redeem (like in "Prison Playbook") and someone you despise and want to see punished (as in "Squid Game")—is so seamless and skillful that it people remember his characters over his own name. For actors, achieving such is a mark of technical brilliance, and no praise is higher.

It surprises many people that Park Hae-soo first entered the industry via musical theater. He soon gave up singing for the small screen. He took on one small role for another until his depiction of a baseball player-turned-prison detainee in "Prison Playbook" (2017) galvanized him as leading-man material in Korea. When he transformed into the ruthless killer Han in "Time to Hunt" (2020), he also proved he had a box office mettle. For both portrayals on the opposite ends of the acting spectrum, he was nominated in the Baeksangs for Best New Actor in both film and television.

The following year, he would also prove that he was meant for the world stage, as he took on the tricky role of Cho Sang-woo in "Squid Game." Thanks to his flawless depiction of the despicable Seoul Uni grad, the actor was rumored to have earned over 800,000 followers on Instagram the day after "Squid Game" premiered.

These days, the 40-year-old is a happy husband and doting dad to his infant son (nicknamed "Baby Squid"). But he'll have to work extra hard at balancing work and family life, as he will be extremely busy for the next few years. After finishing his stint as a detective in the murder mystery "Chimera" (2021), he returns in three Netflix shows: "The Accidental Narco," "Suriname," and, of course, as the elegant Berlin in the Korean version of "Money Heist." We trust that Park Hae-soo will always put his own spin—and very good taste—into it.


February 24: Lee Seung-gi (이승기), The Triple Threat

GwenchaNoona The Daily Dose: Lee Seung-gi, The Triple Threat

What a multihyphenate this remarkable man is. As an entertainer, host, singer, commercial model, and one of the most popular Hallyu choices when it comes to leading action-oriented k-dramas, it's no surprise that he's come to be known as the "uhm-chin-ah" or "Your Mother’s Friend’s Brilliant Son Whom You Get Compared to."

In K-dramaland, he's played the lead in "My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho" (2010), "The King 2 Hearts" (2012), "Gu Family Book" (2013), "A Korean Odyssey" (2017–2018), "Vagabond" (2019), and most recently "Mouse" (2021). In the variety realm, he was a part of the weekend variety show "2 Days 1 Night" from 2007 to 2012 and was even the youngest recipient of the Grand Award (Daesang) for "Master in the House." As a singer, he debuted with the album "The Dream of a Moth" when he was only 17 years old, and in 2010, he recorded "Smile Boy" with South Korean figure skater Kim Yuna which became the official commercial song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. While in the military, he even served as a special forces member.

To further gild the lily, this man has a degree in International Trade and Commerce and master's degrees in Trade Theory as well as Finance and Cultural Content. How he keeps delivering great performances across all media formats for his fans, only he really knows. To date, this remarkable man and top Hallyu star has won several awards for acting, singing, and hosting and won't slow down anytime soon.


February 25: Wi Ha-joon (위하준), The Next Big Thing

GwenchaNoona The Daily Dose: Wi Ha-joon, The Next Big Thing

Hwang Jun-ho, the cop who sneaks into the “Squid Game” in search of his lost brother, wasn’t even supposed to be in the Netflix global phenomenon. Originally planned as a movie, the grisly survival drama had no plans of including Wi Ha-joon’s character, but sometimes things work out for the best. “I read the script in one breath,” he tells "Men’s Health Magazine." “And I was just blown away by how immersive it was. It was something that I’d never seen before.”

You could say he had it coming. After all, a decade of diligence (and many, many hours in the gym) is the elusive mother of good fortune. And it is our extreme good fortune as well, to get to know “the hot Squid Game dude” whom "People Magazine" named one of its “25 Sexiest Men You Can Watch on TV” alongside Oscar Isaac and Penn Badgley. If you think he’s incredibly attractive in “Squid Game,” wait ‘til you see his performance as the deliciously unpredictable vigilante “K” in this year’s comedy action series “Bad and Crazy” where he flexes his wicked sense of humor and bromantic chops with Lee Dong-wook.

After playing minor roles in several films, Wi Ha-joon announced his arrival as an actor to watch in the 2018 horror film “Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum,” earning Best New (Film) Actor nominations from the prestigious Grand Bell and Blue Dragon Awards. He was then cast in supporting roles in “Something in the Rain” (2018), “Romance is a Bonus Book” (2019), for which he received a Baeksang Arts Awards nomination for Best New (TV) Actor, and “18 Again” (2020). Proving his versatility, he won praise for his role as a serial killer in the film “Midnight” last year.

What’s next for this charming actor? When he’s not flooding his Instagram with grateful posts and little dance moves for his fans, he joins Kim Go-eun and Nam Ji-hyun in the tvN drama “Little Women,” and lends his star power to the noir gangster drama "The Worst Evil."


February 26: Lee Min-ho (이민호), The King

GwenchaNoona The Daily Dose: Lee Min-ho, The King

In one of the first scenes of the fantasy K-drama "The King: Eternal Monarch," Lee Min-ho, the titular king, teleports to Seoul on a white horse. Aglow in neon lights, with everything around him slowed to a halt, Lee Min-ho is every inch the deliriously handsome royal that romance books struggle to describe.

In fact, for many of his fans, Lee Min-ho is THE Prince Charming, the gateway to the happily-ever-after world of K-dramas. However, his looks are an impossible standard since he has a face that can be reasonably described as having the golden ratio—the mathematical formula for determining beauty based on proportion and symmetry. His aura makes his appeal broad and unmistakable. Women of all ages, from high school students to your neighbor’s grandmother, gravitate toward him and the characters he plays like bees drawn to honey. Every fiber of his almost six-foot-two frame oozes charisma.

His life is as exciting as the fictional world he reigns. Lee Min-ho survived a car accident that left two of his companions dead, and Min-ho, himself in a coma for a month in 2006. He eventually recovered after a long rehabilitation period. Then, in 2009, he got his big break after he beat out the stiff competition to be cast in "Boys Over Flowers" (2009), which became a huge hit in Korea and ushered another Korean wave in Asia.

His most famous roles in K-drama series include "Personal Taste" (2010), "City Hunter" (2011), "The Heirs" (2013), "Legend of the Blue Sea" (2016), and "The King: Eternal Monarch" (2020). He joined the highly anticipated drama “Pachinko” as the morally-grey Hansu.

It’s not surprising that Lee Min-ho is treated like royalty by his loyal fandom, making him one of the most admired and followed Korean stars on social media and one of the most internationally known Hallyu stars.


February 27: Lee Jun-ho (이준호), The New Emperor

GwenchaNoona The Daily Dose: Lee Jun-ho, The New Emperor

It’s hard to imagine there was ever a time when Lee Jun-ho was the least popular member of the idol group 2PM, struggling to get cameras to focus on him and whose parts would get edited out of variety shows. Over 15 years after entering the entertainment industry as the winner of the reality talent contest “Superstar Survival,” this singer, dancer, composer-lyricist, music producer, and actor is finally enjoying his season.

Lee Jun-ho debuted as a member of 2PM in 2008. Having a passion for acting since high school, he auditioned for Jung Woo-sung’s action film “Cold Eyes” (2013) against his agency’s wishes. His performance as Detective “Squirrel” in the box office hit earned him his first Best New Actor nomination from the Buil Film Awards and caught the industry's attention, including Korea’s Cannes Queen Jeon Do-yeon. The respected actress handpicked him to join the cast of the historical film “Memories of the Sword” in 2015. That same year, he co-starred alongside Kim Woo-bin and Kang Ha-neul in the commercially successful coming-of-age comedy film “Twenty.”

After playing a supporting role in “Memory” (2016), his first television drama, he was cast as a gluttonous finance director in the office comedy “Good Manager” (2017). The drama was the biggest sleeper hit that year, and his chemistry with lead actor Namgoong Min earned them the Best Couple Award at the KBS Drama Awards on top of their individual acting trophies. He then went on to establish himself as a dependable leading man in the romantic dramas “Just Between Lovers" / "Rain or Shine” (2017) and “Wok of Love” (2018) and in the 2019 legal thriller “Confession” before his military enlistment.

While he had already achieved a degree of success before his military discharge last year, Lee Jun-ho’s acting career trajectory is aimed at even greater heights. His convincing portrayal of Yi San/King Jeongjo in the hit historical drama “The Red Sleeve” has won him critical acclaim, awards, and countless project offers, catapulting him to A-list actor status.

Outside of his acting career, his new legion of fans is discovering the many other talents, achievements, and pursuits that make him special. Like how he adopts stray cats and treats them like his children (and even composed a song and produced a music video when one of them passed away), and spent his first break in four years traveling to Ethiopia to meet the child he sponsored. And how he has over 100 copyrighted songwriting credits and recorded over 20 albums. And that he’s fluent in Japanese and knows how to play the drums, piano, and guitar.

Lee Jun-ho currently stars in the rom-com King The Land with Yoona.


February 28: Ji Chang-wook (지창욱), The Fighter

GwenchaNoona The Daily Dose: Ji Chang-wook, The Fighter

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

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 smoldering gaze and just as quickly 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 pursued theater and acting partly because he wanted to give her a better life. But 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 looked “unrealistic,” like a character from a comic. Yet, he says he still feels “average” enough to 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.” Since coming back, he’s done “Melting Me Softly” (2019), “Backstreet Rookie" (2020), and turned the heat up in “Lovestruck in the City” (2021). He currently stars with Wi Ha-joon in "The Worst of Evil." In one of his interviews after completing his mandatory military service, he said his goal is to be able to act in good health for a long time. We certainly hope so.


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