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11 Things You Need To Know About 'Backstreet Rookie' Heartthrob Ji Chang Wook

He actually starred in a ~musical~ with Kang Ha Neul!
PHOTO: (LEFT) Instagram/sbsdrama.official, (RIGHT) Instagram/jichangwook
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K-drama heartthrob Ji Chang Wook has been giving us so much kilig since the 2010sI mean, that face is distractingly beautiful, amiright?! And it looks like he won't be stopping anytime soon 'cause he'll be back on the small screen with the new SBS drama Backstreet Rookie. But before we start obsessing over him again every week, here's a quick rundown of fun facts every newbie Chang Wook fan should know.

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1. His birthday is on July 5, 1987, which makes him 32 years old!

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2. He's a freakin' HARD WORKER! Chang Wook's been acting in dramas every single year since his TV debut in 2008 up until 2017, the year he enlisted in the military. He now has 14 drama titles under his belt. WHOA.

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3. He actually started his acting career in musical theatre. While in the military in 2018, he went back to his theatre roots when he starred in Shinheung Military Academy Musical alongside Kang Ha Neul and Infinite's Sunggyu.

4. Yup, his singing chops are legit 'cause he's released a few singles, too! They're mostly K-drama OSTs, like "When Love Passes By" from his 2019 drama Melting Me Softly.

5. He absolutely *loves* riding his bikes. His current obsession is the Ducati MH900e.

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6. He's unapologetically an eomma's boy! Having lost his dad at a young age and being an only child, Chang Wook and his mama's relationship grew to be tighter than ever. They even live together up until now, aww.

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7. He's got that ~cool swag~ onscreen, but is a huge dork IRL! Check out these Instas if you don't believe me—you'll love him even more.

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8. In August 2019, it was revealed that Chang Wook was Bench's newest global ambassador. He was actually scheduled to hold a fan meet in the PH this year, but due to the pandemic, it's been indefinitely postponed.

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9. Chang Wook is good friends with Ju Ji Hoon and even sent a coffee truck for him on the set of Hyena. ICYDK, they've been close ever since co-starring in the 2012 drama Five Fingers.

10. His other industry friends are actor Choi Tae Joon and CNBLUE's Lee Jong Hyun. Here they are hanging out during one of Chang Wook's military breaks in 2018:

 

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11. Yup, he's a worldwide famous actor and one of his biggest fans is our very own Jinkee Pacquiao who visited him on the set of Melting Me Softly AND sent him a coffee truck.

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