Who is Ju Ji-Hoon, on-screen ‘Crown Prince’ from then till now?

Ju Ji Hoon has first captured our young hearts back in 2006 when he played the “cold-on-the-outside-yet-soft-on-the-inside” Crown Prince Lee Shin/Prince Gian in the hit South Korean series, Princess Hours.

Roughly 13 years after, Ji-hoon made a comeback as a Crown Prince once again – but this time, in Joseon setting where he needs to step up against the mysterious plague overtaking the land.

And since Netflix Kingdom Season 2 is just around the corner, we thought it’s best to get to know our favorite on-screen Crown Prince a little deeper.

Photo Credits: KeyEast 
Real name:Joo Young Hoon (주영훈)
Screen name:Ju Ji-hoon / Joo Ji Hoon (주지훈)
Nicknames:Dark Wizard, Prince
Date of Birth:May 16, 1982
Height/Weight:187 cm, 68 kg
Agency:KEYEAST Entertainment
Instagram:@_jujihoon

Early Life of Young Ji-Hoon

Ju Ji Hoon was born on May 16, 1982 in Seoul, South Korea. Before entering the entertainment industry, he studied at Tongwon College where he majored in e-Business.

In 2003, Ji-hoon debuted as a model for several famous clothing brands such as Levi’s, Reebok, and Calvin Klein. And thanks to his good genes paired with irresistible charisma, he won numerous awards and recognition in the modeling industry.

Actor Ju Ji Hoon TV Series – Complete Timeline

Princess Hours / Goong (2006)

Although Ji Hoon played minor roles in several dramas, it was the romantic comedy series, Goong or most popularly known as Princess Hours, that gave him a pass into the Korean Wave stardom.

He played the role of Lee Shin or Gian, the quiet Crown Prince, who eventually ended up getting married to a mere commoner Chae-kyeong/Janelle (Yoon Eun-Hye) to honor an agreement with the girl’s late grandfather. And of course, in a perfect K-drama world, after lots of bickering – love blossomed between the two.

The same year, Ju Ji Hoon won the Best New Actor award at the MBC Drama Awards.

The Devil (2007)

The following year, Ji-hoon starred in a revenge drama The Devil where he played as a young lawyer who fell in love with a lovely librarian (Shi Min-Ah) who has an uncanny ability to create a certain psychic connection to discover the past.

And although Ji-hoon failed to take home the Excellence Award, The Devil became very popular in Japan.

Five Fingers (2012)

After a five-year hiatus due to a drug controversy and military enlistment, Ju Ji-hoon made a comeback in the small screen as Yoo Ji-ho in a romance drama Five Fingers.

But despite receiving plagiarism accusations, bullying controversy and even a boycott threat, the series still did pretty well in the ratings.

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Medical Top Team (2013)

The following year, Ji-hoon breathe life into a renowned internist character of Han Seung-Jae in the MBC medical romance drama, Medical Top Team.

Ji-Hoon’s casting news in Medical Top Team revived his 2009 drug controversy since MBC was one of the broadcast stations that strictly banned him from appearing on any of their shows.

Mask (2015)

In 2015, Ji-Hoon graced the small screen in the Romance Melodrama Mask along with the award-winning actress, Soo Ae.

He played as the chabeol Choi Min-Woo who grew up without receiving any love from his family and friends. His life changed when he fell in love with Byun Ji-sook (Soo Ae), the doppelgänger of his fiancée Seo Eun-ha.

Not only that Mask did well in ratings, it also won Best Drama in Grimae Awards in the same year.

Netflix Kingdom (2019 – 2020)

In 2019, Ju Ji-Hoon claimed his “Crown Prince” title as he starred in the hit Netflix Original Historical-Thriller Series Kingdom, where he played Crown Prince Lee Chang who was forced to investigate the spread of a mysterious plague.

Meanwhile, Kingdom Season 2 will premiere on March 13, 2020.

Actor Ju Ji Hoon Movies – Complete Timeline

Antique (2008)

After the success of Princess Hours, Ju Ji Hoon made his debut in the big screen as the Kim Jin-hyeok – a guy who almost have everything except for a lady love, in Min Kyu-dong’s hit comedy film Antique.

Ji-Hoon won “Most Popular Actor” in 45th Baeksang Arts Awards for his amazing portrayal.

The Naked Kitchen (2009)

The following year, Ju Ji Hoon reunited with Shi Min Ah in a romantic comedy-drama The Naked Kitchen.

Ji-Hoon played the role of Park Du-re, a French-Korean mentor, who had a sexual encounter with Mo-Rae (Shi Min Ah) at the back of her husband Han Sang-in (Kim Tae-woo).

I Am The King (2012)

Three years after, Ju Ji hoon had his come back in the big screen as Grand Prince Choong-nyung/ Deok-chil in the South Korean historical comedy film, I Am The King.

This Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper-inspired film grossed a total of ₩5,037,762,632 domestically after two weeks of screening making it one of the successful South Korean movies in 2012.

Marriage Blue (2013)

In 2013, Ji-Hoon played the role of Kyung-Soo, an attractive tour guide and webcomic writer, in the South Korean romantic comedy film, Marriage Blue.

Ju joined the power cast alongside Kim Kang-woo, Kim Hyo-jin, Lee Yeon-hee, Ok Taecyeon, Ma Dong-seok, Guzal Tursunova, Lee Hee-joon, and Go Joon-hee.

Aside from its massive success in South Korea, the film was also screened in Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, and China.

Love Suspicion (2014), Confession (2014)

In 2014, Ju Ji-Hoon continued to thrive as he starred in two films.

Ji-Hoon played as Kang-han in a Chinese romantic-thriller, Love Suspicion, wherein two sisters fell in love with him and that’s when things got messy.

Later the same year, Ju then starred in a South Korean neo-noir film Confession, where he played as a con man In-chul.

The Treacherous (2015)

The year after, Ju Ji Hoon played as Im Sung-jae in a controversial South Korean period drama film directed by Min Kyu-dong.

The Treacherous plot revolves around the Joseon‘s tyrant king Yeonsan who exploits the populace for his own carnal pleasures.

The film has a positive reception from the public as it grossed a whooping ₩8.92 billion (US$8.09 million) from its 1.11 million admissions at the South Korean box office.

Asura: The City of Madness

In 2016, Ji-Hoon was back again in the big screen as Moon Seon-mo in a South Korean action crime film, Asura: The City of Madness, alongside with award-winning actors Jung Woo-sung, Hwang Jung-min and Kwak Do-won.

Ju Ji Hoon ended up taking home the “Popular Film Star” award in The Korea Film Actor’s Association for his portrayal.

Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds (2017)

In 2017, Ju Ji Hoon captured hundred of hearts as he played the role of Haewonmak in the hit South Korean fantasy action film, Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds.

The blockbuster movie won numerous awards including Special Audience Award for Best Film, Best Technology, Audience Choice Award for Most Popular Film, among others.

Meanwhile, Ju Ji Hoon bagged “Best Supporting Actor” in the 2nd The Seoul Awards.

Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days (2018)

The following year, the sequel to the 2017 film Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds was released.

Ji Hoon still played one of the grim reapers who guided their 49th soul Kim Soo-hong (played by Kim Dong-wook) to the underworld trials in order to reincarnate.

Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days was as successful as its first sequel. According to Wiki, the fantasy-action film passed over 12 million views in August 30, 2018 which makes it the 13th most-watched film of all time in South Korea.

Dark Figure of Crime (2018)

The same year, Ju Ji Hoon also starred in Kim Tae-kyun’s crime drama film Dark Figure of Crime, where he played as Kang Tae-oh who got arrested for killing his girlfriend.

Ji-Hoon won “Best Actor” in the 5th Korean Film Producers Association Awards for his portrayal.

Ju Ji Hoon’s Dating History

Ju Ji Hoon is one attractive guy and it’s no surprise that numerous lovely ladies have been linked to him. With or without confirmations, we listed down his top dating rumors:

Yoon Eun-Hye

The rumor began spreading after Eun-Hye and Ji-Hoon were spotted riding the same plane to Bali but the Princess Hours lead stars quickly brush off the issue.

Ju Ji Hoon and Yoon Eun Hye Dating

Song Ji-Hyo

Ji-Hoon was linked to another Princess Hours star, Song Ji-Hyo. According to rumors, Ji-Hyo frequently visited Ji-Hoon’s house wherein she even brought boxes of cherries for the actor.

No announcement was ever made but according to some Running Man viewers (a variety program Ji-Hyo’s a part of), there was a noticeable awkwardness between Song Ji-Hyo and Ju Ji Hoon in Episode 202 which fueled the past dating rumor once again.

Ju Ji Hoon and Song Ji Hyo Dating

Han Ga-in

The hot dating news came after Ga-In and Ji-Hoon starred in the music video “Fxxk u”.

The friends-turned-lovers were reported to be seen enjoying park dates and watching concerts without worrying much about other people’s attention.

But later in 2017, after three years of being together, Ga-In and Ji-Hoon confirmed their breakup.

Ju Ji Hoon and Ha Ga-in Dating
Photo Credits: Soompi

Fun Facts:

  1. Ji Hoon sang an OST for Goong/Princess Hours entitled “내 맘속의 너”.
  2. His left eye is visibly wider than his right eye.
  3. Former T-ARA member Eunjung, Lee Ji Hwan, and Kim Jae Wook are his close friends.
  4. He likes to play computer games.
  5. Ji-Hoon attended to the 71st Cannes Film Festival last 2018.

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