When Descendants Of The Sun (DOTS) first dropped in 2016, it became an instant hit because of its exciting plot and the incredible chemistry between its lead actors. The K-drama follows the story of Special Force Captain Yoo Si Jin (Song Joong Ki) and Dr. Kang Mo Yeon (Song Hye Kyo) as they try to work out their relationship in the midst of a war. The show enjoyed so much popularity that several adaptations of it have been picked up by China, Vietnam, and even the Philippines!
A lot of things have happened since the show aired—including the sad divorce of its main stars, Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo, who married in 2017—but it remains to be one of the best dramas in the past decade. Curious as to what its cast has been up to since then? Catch up with their latest activities below!
Song Hye Kyo
Legendary actress Song Hye Kyo, who played Dr. Kang Mo Yeon in DOTS, has enjoyed her fair share of public attention since the 2016 drama wrapped up. She made headlines when she and DOTS co-star Song Joong Ki announced their sudden engagement in July 2017 and then marrying just three months later. She kept a pretty low profile after, only picking up her acting activities in 2018 when she starred in the drama Encounter as CEO Cha Soo Hyun who struck a scandalous relationship with Park Bo Gum's Kim Jin Hyuk.
In June 2019, news broke out that she and Joong Ki agreed to divorce due to "differences in personality" that they have been "unable to overcome." The case was settled just 26 days after it was petitioned, with the two agreeing to go without any alimony payment or division of their assets.
Hye Kyo kept away from the public eye since then, except for doing appearances for some brands she advertises. In September, it was reported that she enrolled at an art school in New York.
Song Jong Ki
Song Joong Ki first broke the hearts of fangirls when he announced that he was going to get hitched in 2017, and then once more when it was confirmed that he is calling it quits with Song Hye Kyo. News sources say that it was he who filed the divorce petition.
In a statement that he released via his lawyer, he said that "rather than denouncing one another and arguing over who is to blame, I hope that the divorce process can be wrapped up amicably." He also asked for his fans' understanding saying, "It is difficult to discuss the details of my personal life, and I will recover from my current wounds and do my utmost as an actor to repay you through great productions in the future."
In terms of activities, Joong Ki has taken more projects since DOTS. He was one of the main cast members in the 2017 period film Battleship Island and also had cameos in other dramas like The Sound Of Your Heart and Man To Man. This year, he took on the main role in the drama-fantasy series Arthdal Chronicles where he reunited with DOTS alumna Kim Ji Won. He is going to star in the movie The Victory next year.
Kim Ji Won
Kim Ji Won, who played lovable but hard-headed First Lieutenant Yoon Myung Joo, in DOTS has definitely been more active in the big and small screen after the hit drama turned her into a household name in Korea. In 2017, she got her first lead role in the hit rom-com Fight For My Way where she played Choi Ae Ra, a regular department store employee who dreams of becoming an announcer. Ji Won's acting chops were once again praised in the drama, as well as her incredible chemistry with co-star Park Seo Joon who played Ko Dong Man, Ae Ra's best-friend-turned-lover.
She also experimented with more genres. She appeared in her first period drama role in 2018 in Detective K: Secret Of The Living Dead where she played Wol Young, a woman blessed with extraordinary strength. In the same year, she and DOTS love interest Jin Goo made a cameo in the hit television series Mr. Sunshine. The pair agreed to do their special appearance out of respect for its director Kim Eun Sook who was also behind DOTS.
In 2019, she also reunited with Song Joong Ki in the series Arthdal Chronicles where she played his love interest Tanya, the head of the Wahan tribe.
Much like Kim Ji Won, Jin Goo enjoyed more of the limelight after his breakthrough role as Master Sergeant Seo Dae Young (or Wolf) in DOTS. He has done a variety of projects since then, including a lead role in the melodrama Night Light which was aired during the latter half of 2016. Here he played Park Gun Woo, a son of a wealthy family who was betrayed by the love of his life for the sake of her ambitions.
He then starred in the crime-thriller film One Line in 2017 where he played Suk Goo, a legendary swindler who teamed up with a college student to pull off a bank heist. He followed this up with the action-melodrama Untouchable where he took on the role of Jang Joon Seo, a detective who was trying to solve the mystery behind his wife's death. He then reunited with co-star Kim Ji Won in Mr. Sunshine in 2018 where his character set one of the most major plot movements in the story.
His latest project is the 2019 series Legal High, a remake of a Japanese TV series of the same title which was produced in 2012. He plays the role of Go Tae Rim, a successful but arrogant lawyer who ends up being paired with passionate rookie Seo Jae In (Seo Eun Soo).
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