• bethany_SB

    Amy, you are so awesome for writing this. I have so many feels for Song Joong-ki and you basically summed them all up nicely <3

  • KrisMyStar

    Great article! I didn’t know Song Joongki until this year and I absolutely LOVED his role in Nice Guy. Now all this article is missing is that “pantless” pic of him.

  • Rahnl

    I do love me some Song Joong-ki (admittedly, I only picked him up with Sungkyunkwan), but I will throw up some contrary thoughts.

    You call him a baby-face, I’m going to speculate he was probably viewed as “just a pretty face” early on and not taken seriously. I wanted to watch more of his work & I looked it up and I went, movie about heart-warming dog story? Seriously?

    Working your way up is not unusual, I’ve been interested in a number of actors that took a while to hit success. Based on the English articles I read back when, I seem to remember some criticism of both his MC & variety skills, so I’m going to say this has been a learning process for Song Joong-ki & he’s grown to get where he is now, early success may not have been warranted…

    I hope he can get a couple more solid hits to cement himself in the public’s memory before he leaves ’cause he’ll have to enlist within the next couple years. ;_; Fighting~

  • Rahnl

    I do love me some Song Joong-ki (admittedly, I only picked him up with Sungkyunkwan), but I will throw up some contrary thoughts.

    You call him a baby-face, I’m going to speculate he was probably viewed as “just a pretty face” early on and not taken seriously. I wanted to watch more of his work & I looked it up and I went, movie about heart-warming dog story? Seriously?

    Working your way up is not unusual, I’ve been interested in a number of actors that took a while to hit success. Based on the English articles I read back when, I seem to remember some criticism of both his MC & variety skills, so I’m going to say this has been a learning process for Song Joong-ki & he’s grown to get where he is now, early success may not have been warranted…

    I hope he can get a couple more solid hits to cement himself in the public’s memory before he leaves ’cause he’ll have to enlist within the next couple years. ;_; Fighting~

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YQ53WK5K4DPXQ5DIBKDELB6WPE Camille

    Honestly, I love that Song Joongki really worked his way up. And let’s be real, when Song Joongki debuted, there were a lot of young actors who were also on their way up, or dominating even: Jang Geunsuk, Lee Minho, Jung Ilwoo, Kim Bum, Lee Seunggi, etc.. Each of those actors had their time/s at the spotlight, and with those actors around, it’s easy to see why Joongki didn’t get any lead roles at the time, and rather chose to slowly build up his resume (and connections) by being in all those small roles in dramas and movies. Those aforementioned actors have already established their careers for the most part, and producers are looking for the next It Boy actor, and luckily, Joongki’s right next in the hierarchy, alongside Kim Soohyun, Yoo Seungho, and Joo Won.

    I’m excited to see how Joongki’s career continues, especially since it’s on a total high right now. I don’t think he’ll be taking a break any time soon, though, ’cause he’ll be 28 next year and can be enlisted any time now.

  • wan_bforest89

    i tot he edy got casted in Running Man before the whole Sungkyukuwan Scandal success. i remember he missed few of the earlier episodes of RM because it clashes with SS’s filming.

  • shannie4888

    I fell in love with Song Joong Ki in Sungkyungkwan Scandal. I knew he had that it factor. I haven’t checked out Nice Guy yet because there are only so many dramas a girl can watch at the same time, but I definitely will check it out.

  • goldengluvsk2

    I cant call myself a fan as I pretty much stare at joong ki’s face on the screen all mesmerized -partly cuz hes gorgeous and partly cuz hes like my bias Onew’s lost twin- and have only watched him in 1 drama and Running Man but I def liked what I saw… when I saw that he was landing lead roles and getting more recognition i was happy for him and his fans!! I wish actors like Kim Bum, Joo sang wook and Yeong jung hoon hit jackpot with lead roles too! im totally making time to marathon thru nice guy this weekend!! but according to review i’ll be mentally drained from how intense things are… ill take the risk!

  • http://twitter.com/sebsobandsky Sabah

    Song Joong Ki is just so beautiful to watch. I first knew him through his variety performance in Running Man and loved his variety persona. He could go from inept team mate to killer noona romancer in a blink of an eye. Before I had seen him acting, I knew he could pull off a layered and complex character such as Maru. I think that is root of his appeal for me; it isn’t that ethereal light that you can see but rather the dark tones that you can’t. As much as he is beautiful I love more those thoughts that twinkle and movements of his heart that ignite which you might catch a glimpse of behind those intense eyes.

  • http://twitter.com/ndooks ananda anwar

    Whaat? I totally didn’t realize that he’s in the case of Itaewon Homicide. LOL. I only heard his name then I watch Nice Guy. Such an outstanding acting of his. And I’m sure that his acting skill will develop onward, I hope so is his career. Btw, I really like this article. Kudos to the writer.:) 

  • cecedee

    The thing I like about him (especially in Nice Guy) is that I often forget to fawn over his cute, handsome appearance because of his acting. I was so lost in how he portrays Maru that I forgot that he has this extra factor : he’s an extremely cute guy. That for me sums up on how I think he’s THAT good of an actor. Unfortunately I haven’t watched Wolf Boy, it isn’t played in my country yet *sigh*. I would like to see how he portray his character there, because to me he’s totally good when he’s trying to pour his character’s emotion.

  • cecedee

    The thing I like about him (especially in Nice Guy) is that I often forget to fawn over his cute, handsome appearance because of his acting. I was so lost in how he portrays Maru that I forgot that he has this extra factor : he’s an extremely cute guy. That for me sums up on how I think he’s THAT good of an actor. Unfortunately I haven’t watched Wolf Boy, it isn’t played in my country yet *sigh*. I would like to see how he portray his character there, because to me he’s totally good when he’s trying to pour his character’s emotion.

  • http://weeatlemon.blogspot.com conanblue

    Success in the entertainment industry is a weird thing. No matter how much an agency thinks they’ve got the recipe for success, it really is just luck. There isn’t any hierarchical ladder they have to climb to or specific skills they have to gain. It’s whether or not they have the right cards in the right game. Okay scratch that analogy.

    Song Joong-ki is lucky in that he actually got that pivotal role to boost him way up. Others as talented aren’t so lucky. Yoon Si-yoon is one. He’s oddly missing out on the acting party though. Unlike Joo Won who’s been working non-stop since debut, Yoon hardly makes a peep. Hopefully with the new Flower Boy Neighbor, he’ll finally have his chance. And seriously, I’m really excited about that. Aside from Yoon I think there are tons, although I can only think of Baek Sung-hyun.

    Anyways back to Song, I agree with some commenters about his face being a factor. During Sungkyunkwan Scandal, despite being the eldest (by like a year), he can easily be a peer or even a junior. So if in the beginning he only gets roles with fluffy animals, it’s reasonable.

    Also remember that Song only started in 2008. While there are anomalies like Joo Won, most of his peers started way before him. To me, Song has a pretty good career curve.

    But really, for actors it really is about luck and timing. You can be an amazing actor but unless you put yourself out there, and have a great agency to back you up, you really can’t go anywhere.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/R5BKARJWK7NNOXYOIUSP76YJW4 Aj

    His Yeorim in Sungkyunkwan is my favorite, I scoured the net to find out his past projects and that’s how I found out he was the guy Jang Geun Suk killed in Itaewon Homicide and  he’s in a show called Running Man while simultaneously shooting SKKS.It’s boggling how he’s 27 now by the way looks. He’s smart and picks good roles or rather makes his small roles very notable. He started acting a little later than those mentioned, since almost all of them were child actors and I dont think it took him a really long while to be a success.I think he did great in building his career by starring on small roles and doing variety rather than becoming an instant hit.

    Anyways I disagree on your thoughts on Joo Won, he started out as a musical actor and definitely not an inferior when it comes to acting capabilities. Besides he’s pretty brave in signing on in the role of Gaksital since it’s somewhat a sensitive one that many other actors offered before him refused to take it.

    • superfangirl

      I agree on that bit about Joo Won. Those dramas of his have depth. It’s not like he’s been starring in a bunch of BBF-like dramas. I suggest the writer watch Gaksital or his newest drama, Good Doctor. :))

  • http://twitter.com/nuin_ng lindsey

    yes, i can’t wait for his next project

  • Jo Seung Woo

    great blog. But just partly agree with you on the career luck. Today,there are too many actors so it is true that they need luck to success. By luck, they sign contract with famous agent like Key East of Bae yong joon or BH of Lee Byung Hun and the agent can get them good scripts, good dramas. But, this is just what happen in dramaland where the success of a drama depends much on the script. The situation in silver screen is totally different. The actors do not need scripts or directors to attract attention. All they need is just good acting. Their film can be a loser in the box office race but if they act well, they will success in the end. And an example is Jo Seung Woo, if you guy know him, he is one of the youngest actor to win best actor at grand bell award. And his success definitely do not rely on luck