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9 Things You Need To Know About Our OG Oppa So Ji Sub

9 Interesting Facts About Korean Actor So Ji Sub
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Our ~OG~ K-drama oppa is back! After four long years, So Ji Sub is returning with the new medical-legal drama, Doctor Lawyer. The veteran actor, who debuted way back in 1996, is most known for being a rom-com king, having acted in the popular kilig dramas Master’s Sun and Oh My Venus. Despite being in the public eye for more than two decades, there might still be a lot of facts both long-time and newbie fans don't know about the actor.

Here are nine things you need to know about So Ji Sub:

  1. So Ji Sub was born on November 4, 1977.
    He's a 44-year-old Scorpio! Those born under this star sign are known to be extremely competitive and persistent. Now that he's in his 40s, So Ji Sub revealed that being competitive is still a big part of his life. He said in an interview, "I don't look back. I seem to still be doing whatever I want. I feel alive from taking risks and not being complacent."

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    So Ji Sub
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  2. He got his start as an athlete and a model.
    Before becoming the heartthrob we all know and love, So Ji Sub was actually a professional swimmer for 11 years! His swimming background was put to good use when he starred in the film Be With You as Woo Jin, a former swimming champion.

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    Ji Sub transitioned into modeling after winning a model competition for the jeans brand Storm. This is when he met his long-time BFF and fellow actor Song Seung Hoon. In 2019, Seung Hoon posted adorable throwback photos with Ji Sub during their modeling days, and let's just say they've always looked good.

    So Ji Sub and Song Seung Hoon
    Instagram/songseungheon1005
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  3. I’m Sorry, I Love You was his breakout drama.
    So Ji Sub had a string of supporting roles before starring as the lead in the super popular 2004 romance melodrama I'm Sorry, I Love You. His heartbreaking performance as Cha Moo Hyuk earned him the Best Actor award at the 2005 Baeksang Arts Awards.

    Ji Sub talked about how the drama shaped his view of acting, saying, "I think I learned a little about acting during Memories In Bali but I think I came to like acting with I'm Sorry, I Love You."

    He added, "Moo Hyuk seems to be a different man. I like Moo Hyuk. I can't utter the words in my heart like him. As I started to feel the taste of acting little by little, I could see many shortcomings and I want to learn the basics like vocalization, and proper abdominal breathing even while taking a break."


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  4. So Ji Sub is a multi-awarded actor.
    The veteran actor has bagged multiple awards throughout his almost three-decade-long career, including the Best New Film Actor award for Rough Cut at the 2009 Baeksang Arts Awards. He finally received his first Daesang at the 2018 MBC Drama Awards for his portrayal of the lovable NIS agent and pseudo-dad Kim Bon in the spy comedy-drama My Secret Terrius.

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  5. He is a rapper.
    So Ji Sub is a big hip-hop fan! So much, to the point that he briefly promoted as a rapper under the name G and G-Sonic. He showcased his rapping skills in several OSTs for his dramas Cain And Abel and Road No. 1. He also had several music releases under his own name after that. In 2014, he dropped his third album 18 Years to mark his 18-year career as an actor.

    Despite fans' initial lukewarm reaction to his rapping, he shared, "It's something I want to do because it's fun. It's all my story. There are no lies in my songs."
    (SO JI SUB) - 18 Years (18 Years (Feat. Saetbyul)) MV
  6. He established the actor company 51K Agency.
    So Ji Sub established the then one-man company 51K Agency in 2009. On naming the company, Ji Sub thought that with a 50-50 chance, an additional one percent makes all the difference between winning and losing. It signifies his determination to always exceed 51 in the process of being an actor. Nowadays, 51K Agency is also home to 2PM’s TaecyeonVIXX’s N, Lee Dong Ha, and many more.

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    So Ji Sub and Ok Taecyeon
    Instagram/51k_official
  7. So Ji Sub is a married man.
    The actor *broke* many fans’ hearts when he announced his marriage to former announcer and reporter Jo Eun Jung in 2020. In a statement released through 51K agency, Ji Sub shared, "I have started a new beginning with my life partner. On April 7, 2020, my partner and I got married. I'd like to greet everyone as an actor and as a person with more responsibility."

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    ICYDK, the couple first met in 2018 when Ji Sub appeared as a guest in Eun Jung's SBS program One Night Of TV Entertainment to promote his film Be With You alongside Son Ye Jin.


  8. So Ji Sub has a road named after him.
    In 2010, Ji Sub added Published Author to his long list of titles when he released a photo essay book called So Ji Sub's Road. It is a collection of several essays and photographs taken against the background of the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in Yanggu, Gangwon-do. Because of this, he was named the Gangwon province's goodwill ambassador. In 2012, a trail was named "So Ji Sub Road" and it was even extended to be as long as 51 kilometers after the actor's favorite number. The trail includes six scenic spots featured in Ji Sub's photo essay book.

    So Ji Sub
    instagram/GANGWON TOURISM WEBSITE
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  9. So Ji Sub is booked and busy with the drama Doctor Lawyer.
    He is making his K-drama comeback with the medical-legal drama Doctor Lawyer. He will play the role of Han Yi Han, a *genius* surgeon who became a lawyer specializing in medical malpractice after he was punished for a deliberately rigged operation. This is Ji Sub's first drama in four years! He will be starring alongside Im Soo Hyang and Shin Sung Rok. The drama's first episode will air on June 3, Friday.

    So Ji Sub
    Doctor Lawyer/MBC
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