Song Joong-ki is one of the most popular Hallyu stars from South Korea. Song Joong-ki is a remarkable actor and model. He has been in the entertainment industry since 2008 and has appeared in numerous films, TV dramas, variety shows, philanthropic projects, ambassadorships, and endorsements.
Table of Biography
Early Life and Education
Song Joong-ki was born on September 19, 1985, and he is currently 35 years old. Joong-ki is a native of Dong District, Daejeon, South Korea, and his zodiac sign is Virgo. His name is written in Hangul (Korean) as 송중기 and in Hanja as 宋仲基. His name can also be spelled as Song Jung-ki.
Talking about his family, Joong-ki is the second/middle child among the three siblings. Young Song Joong-ki competed in short-track speed skating. The young talent eventually represented his home city at the national level. Later on, in his acting career, Song Joong-ki portrayed a national speed skater in Triple, a TV series.
Sadly, an injury forced Song Joong-ki to give up this sport during the high school first year. Likewise, Joong-ki excelled in his studies. On the national college entrance test, Joong-ki earned 380 points out of 400. This helped Joong-ki gain admission to Sungkyunkwan University.
College and Scouting
Song Joong-ki was preparing for the entrance test in Seoul. At this time, an agent scouted Joong-ki on the subway. However, Song didn’t enter the entertainment industry immediately. Back then, Joong-ki was ambivalent about his career path and also his father was against Joong-ki being an actor.
Hence, Song Joong-ki continued his studies. Later, he started studying part-time when he decided to enter the entertainment industry full-time. This was back when Joong-ki reached his third year of university. In the year 2012, Song Joong-ki graduated from Sungkyunkwan University with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in broadcasting.
Further, the actor appeared in a TV show for the first time as a contestant on Quiz Korea. He was actually substituting for a senior who was sick and eventually won #2. Joong-ki gained fame following this and he also appeared as a cover model for the university magazine College.
Career and Professional Life
Professionally, Song Joong-ki is one of the most popular actors in South Korea and also a leader of the Hallyu. Joong-ki gained immense popularity for his roles in various TV dramas including Sungkyunkwan Scandal, The Innocent Man, The Sound of Your Heart, Man to Man, Arthdal Chronicles, Descendants of the Sun, and Vincenzo among numerous others.
Song Joong-ki was also a castmate of Running Man from 2010 to 2011. He was one of the original cast members of this variety show including Yoo Jae-suk, Haha, Jee Seok-jin, Kim Jong-kook, and Lee Kwang-soo among others.
Moreover, Song Joong-ki has also appeared in several popular films including A Frozen Flower, Hearty Paws 2, Penny Pinchers, A Werewolf Boy, and The Battleship Island among several others.
Talking about the beginning of his acting career, Song Joong-ki’s debut role was in the 2008 film A Frozen Flower. The actor then followed this with Five Senses of Eros, Triple, and Will It Snow for Christmas?
Joong-ki also gained fame as a regular host of Music Bank from 2009 to 2010. He also authored the bestselling health and beauty guide for men – Beautiful Skin Project. This book was re-released in Japan in the year 2013. The actor then received the “PD Award” in the year 2011. This award was for Joong-ki’s role in Deep Rooted Tree.
Furthermore, Song Joong-ki described 2012 as a phenomenal year for his career. He was the narrator of Tears of the Antarctic in 2012. It is a six-part documentary for the MBC program Tears of the Earth. This program focuses on pressing environmental issues on the planet. Song Joong-ki then donated his entire salary from this program to charity. Joong-ki again narrated Pengi and Sommi in 2012. It is the same MBC program that was re-edited and released in theaters.
For his role as a werewolf in the film A Werewolf Boy, Song Joong-ki watched several nature documentaries, observed stray dogs on the streets, and also watched several films like Edward Scissorhands, Let Me In, and The Lord of the Rings’ Gollum.
A Werewolf Boy premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and it was also screened at the Busan International Film Festival. After he completed his military enlistment, Song Joong-ki made his small-screen comeback with Descendants of the Sun. The female lead for this TV drama was actress Song Hye Kyo. Moreover, Joong-ki portrayed the role of a military officer. This drama eventually reestablished Song Joong-ki as a leader of the Hallyu and also topped popularity polls across Asia.
In the year 2017, Joong-ki worked alongside popular actors So Ji-sub and Hwang Jung-min for the period action film The Battleship Island. Recently, in the year 2021, the actor worked in the film Space Sweepers. He also portrayed the role of Vincenzo in the Netflix series Vincenzo. The actor is also set to work with actors Lee Hee Joon and Kwon Hae Hyo for the film Bogota.
Awards and Honors
In the years 2012 and 2017, Song Joong-ki was Gallup Korea’s “Actor of the Year”. Forbes Korea included Joong-ki in its “Power Celebrity” list for the first time in 2013. That year, Joong-ki ranked #7. Then in 2017, he ranked #2, and again in #7 in 2018 in the same list. Joong-ki’s appearance in numerous successful projects established him as a top Hallyu star internationally. Song Joong-ki is also one of the highest-paid actors in his country.
In the year 2012 alone, actor Song Joong-ki bagged the “Top Excellence Award” at the 20th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards, 1st K-Drama Star Awards, as well as the KBS Drama Awards.
Furthermore, the Korea Tourism Organization made Song Joong-ki the Korean Tourism Honorary Ambassador. This appointment was so that the actor could actively promote Korean tourism worldwide. Joong-ki also became the 1st actor invited to the nationwide live prime-time news show KBS News 9.
Likewise, the actor was raked at #34 in the list of “Top 100 Future Generation of Leaders”. In the year 2016 alone, Joong-ki was the face of over 30 brands. Song Joong-ki then received Korea’s “Brand of the Year” award; Daesang (or Grand Prize) at the 30th KBS Drama Awards; and the 5th APAN Star Awards.
This top Hallyu star also took home the Best Actor (TV) award at the 11th Seoul International Drama Awards as well as the 29th Korean Producer Awards for his acting performance.
Song Joong-ki enlisted for his mandatory military service on August 27, 2013. His enlistment was at the 102nd draft camp in Chuncheon. The actor then served in an infantry unit assigned to patrol and conduct reconnaissance missions along the DMZ. Joong-ki then completed his military service and discharged on May 26, 2015.
Song Joong-ki is actually a divorcee. He was engaged to Song Hye Kyo and this news was shared on July 5, 2017. The then-couple shared the vows on October 31, 2017. It was a private ceremony at Youngbingwan, Hotel Shilla in Seoul. However, on June 26, 2019, the actor filed for a divorce from his ex-wife.
Joong-ki and Hye Kyo’s divorce was finalized in July 2019. Song Joong-ki and Song Hye Kyo were an on-screen couple on Descendants of the Sun and were widely popular as the Song-Song couple long before they confirmed their relationship.
Song Joong-ki’s height is approximately 5′ 10″ or 1.78 meters and his weight is 68 kgs. Likewise, Joong-ki has black hair and eyes of the same color.
Social Media and Net Worth
Song Joong-ki is available on Instagram under the username @hi_songjoongki. This account boasts 4 million followers and is run by his management agency, History D&C.
The actor established his fan cafe in early 2006. This was the only way for Joong-ki to communicate with his official fandom before his agency set his Instagram account. His fandom is called “Ki Aile” a.k.a. “Ki’s wings.” Moving on, Song Joong-ki has a net worth of approximately $15 million US dollars.