Ji Chang Wook, star of Korean drama The K2, is getting a lot of attention lately due to the success of the series. As Inquisitr previously reported, the show, which premiered on the Total Variety Network (tvN) in late September, has been getting a lot of good reviews so far from k-drama fans. The ratings for the show’s latest episode have been the best so far. It garnered over 8 percent of the audience in Seoul and 6 percent in the nation overall based on figures collected by Nielsen Korea.
The success of any new k-drama series bring more fans for the lead actor and The K2 is no different. So we thought we’d put together a list of fun facts about Ji Chang Wook for new fans who may know little about the popular actor.
He once starred in a nude fight scene
Ji Chang Wook’s nude scene was shot for Healer, a Korean drama that aired in 2015. In the scene, Chang Wook is all soaped up as he fights a group of men in a shower. As the Kpop Herald reported at the time, The K2 actor admitted to exercising a lot to prepare for the nude scene. It wasn’t an easy experience, Chang Wook recalled.
“I exercised a lot for the nude scene. Sadly, it was screened a month after the drama shooting, by which time I ruined my figure. I felt sorry for that,” he said.
He also felt that Healer had too many intimate scenes, according to an article on Soompi.
“[Healer] had the most affectionate scenes out of all the dramas I’ve done so far,” he said in an interview with a news outlet, Soompi reports. “To the point that I would say to [Park Min Young] noona, ‘We have to hug again’ and ‘We’re doing it again.’ She also said that it was the most affectionate scenes she’s had.”
Ji Chang Wook didn’t always dream of being a K-drama actor
Ji Chang Wook did not want to be an actor when he was young, according to an article on K-Drama Amino. He actually wanted to be an architect among other professions.
“During high school I wanted to work in architecture or engineering for no particular reason. When I was even younger, my dreams kept changing,” he said in an interview transcribed by K-Drama Animo. “I wanted to be in the police force, a teacher, a judge, lawyer, doctor and other jobs. Of course, my mind changed as I started to face reality.”
— Ji Chang Wook PH (@JCWPhilippines) October 9, 2016
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Ji Chang Wook made his debut in musical theater, so he can sing too!
According to an article on Miner8, even though he didn’t initially want to be an actor, Chang Wook eventually found his way to musical theater, where his acting chops were developed. After those early stints on stage, he made his film debut in 2006’s Days. Ji was later cast in You Stole My Heart, a Korean drama which aired in 2008. The drama that really made him famous was Smile Again (2010-2011) where he played the character Dong Hae.
He once said he’s attracted to actress Song Hye Kyo but doesn’t have a “type”
According to an article on KDrama Stars, Ji Chang Wook once confessed that he was attracted to Song Hye Kyo, star of Descendants Of The Sun and one half of SongSong, the couple name that fans have given to her and her co-star Song Joong Ki.
— Ria Orbe-Oblea (@RiaLity05) October 3, 2016
“I don’t have an ideal type based on physical appearance,” Chang Wook once said in an interview. “I like someone I can comfortably talk with, someone I can connect to and who is fun. We have to have interesting conversations but I’m not going to say that I don’t look at physical appearance.”
The K2 may be the last action drama we ever see Ji Chang Wook in
As Inquisitr previously reported, Chang Wook recently admitted that he will probably not be doing any Korean action dramas after production on The K2 wraps. The reason? The stunts for this particular drama took too much of a toll on his body.
“It’s so difficult. It led to me telling myself that I would never do action again. The K2 will be Ji Chang Wook’s last action drama,” he said at a press conference before the series started airing. “I thought that as the episodes went on, the action would get reduced. It’s so difficult; it’s the most tiring project I’ve ever done,” he added.
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