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Song Joong-ki (송중기), a Korean actor, is most famous for his roles in the historical drama Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010) and the TV drama series Descendants of the Sun (2016). His lead role in Descendants of the Sun allowed Song to become a top Hallyu star and quintessential romantic lead. He is now 2nd in the 2017 Forbes Korea Power Celebrity list.
Song's first role was in the 2008 film A Frozen Flower. His breakout role was in Sungkyunkwan Scandal, a moderately successful drama with a strong cult following. His on screen "bromance" with Yoo Ah-in became popular amongst viewers. In 2010, Song joined the cast of Running Man, a variety show that eventually became one of the most popular programs in Korea. In 2011, he took on the role of King Sejong in Deep Rooted Tree, which eventually won him the PD Award at the SBS Drama Awards that year.
2012 was arguably the best year of Song's career. Song played the titular character in The Werewolf Boy. In preparation for his role, Song watched nature documentaries and observed stray dogs on the streets to learn how to mime and imitate the body movements of an animal. The Werewolf Boy became the best selling Korean melodrama of all time, selling 7 million tickets. During the same year, he played the lead in The Innocent Man and won praise from critics and viewers alike. In 2013, Song began his mandatory military enlistment, which ended in 2015.
His first project after the end of his enlistment was Descendents of the Sun (2016). Descendants of the Sun was popular all across Asia and viewed 2.5 billion times on iQiyi. Due to the success of Descendants, Song was named a Korean Tourism Honorary Ambassador. This year, he and his Descendants co-star Song Hye-kyo announced that they were getting married.