With his pretty looks and amazing acting, Song Joong-ki has found a permanent place in many hearts. Song’s career spans over 13 years, with roles in fan favourite productions such as Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010), Running Man (2010-11), Descendants of the Sun (2016) and most recently, Vincenzo (2021). Descendants of the Sun was particularly important, not only because the show was such a global hit and it further cemented his popularity, but also because it was where he met his now-divorced wife Song Hye-kyo.
Outside of acting, which he has won many awards for, Song Joong-ki is also big on philanthropy. He has been an advocate for children suffering from cancer and has also helped raise awareness and funds for the Korea Childhood Leukemia Foundation. He had also donated money to aid post-earthquakes efforts in Sichuan and Nepal. Most recently, Song quietly donated money to help curb the spread of Covid-19.
2021 has been a busy year for Song Joong-ki. Both the film Space Sweepers and the TV drama Vincenzo were released on Netflix in February. The former garnered millions of views and a sequel has since been scheduled to be produced while the latter made it as the tenth highest-rated drama in Korean cable television history. Song has also been filming for the criminal thriller movie Bogota on and off due to the pandemic-related delays.
Song Joong-ki’s achievements aside, we’re celebrating his 36th birthday (on September 19) with 10 interesting facts you might not know about him.