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7 Facts About Ju Ji-hoon: Drug Possession Charge, Career Resurgence, and Lead Role in Netflix's Kingdom

Shrijan Thu Mar 05 2020
7 Facts About Ju Ji-hoon: Drug Possession Charge, Career Resurgence, and Lead Role in Netflix's Kingdom

Ju Ji-hoon is a South-Korean actor who was slated for greatness since his debut in 2003. His career seemingly seemed over after getting implicated in a drug possession and consumption charge, but he redeemed himself, and the latter part of his career yielded in blockbusters.

He plays the lead character in the South-Korean Netflix supernatural-horror drama series, Kingdom. The series premiered on January 25, 2019, and is set to drop its sophomore season on March 13, 2020.

These are seven facts about Ju Ji-hoon:     

7. Lead Star of Netflix's Kingdom

Kingdom is a supernatural-horror series that premiered on Netflix on January 25, 2019. It is the first original South-Korean series to air on Netflix and marks Ji-hoon's first foray into the international market.

Ji-hoon plays the lead character, Crown Prince Lee Chang, who embarks on a journey to investigate a zombie plague infesting Joseon-era Korea.

Joining Ji-hoon on-screen are Ryu Seung-ryong, Bae Doona, and Kim Sung-kyu, among others.    

The second season airs on Netflix on March 13, 2020.

6. Was Incarcerated for Possession of Drugs

On the cusp of meteoric stardom, Ji-hoon's career seemed over when he was incarcerated in a drug possession and consumption charges along with 15 others. He spent a prison sentence of six months and was banned from performing for a year.

He had a career resurgence after his release and the latter half of his career has arguably been more prolific than his former. These days, the controversy is all but a bad memory, but still not a good look for someone in a position of power and influence.  

5. Has a Dedicated Fan Following on Instagram

Ji-hoon's felony charges have not affected his popularity in the slightest, and, if anything, the controversy has made him into the talk of the town.

Ju Ji-hoon sharing a snap on Instagram
Ju Ji-hoon sharing a snap on Instagram
Source: Instagram @_jujihoon

His Instagram reflects his infallible status in Korean showbiz, and as of March 2020, retains a staggering 353k followers.

4. His Age and Height

Ju Ji-hoon was born Young-Hoon Ju on May 16, 1982, in Seoul, South Korea. As of March 2020, he is 37 years old. He also hit the gene-pool lottery and stands at 6' 2".  

3. Rumored Relationships with Yoon Eun-hye and Shin Min-ah

Ju Ji-hoon has been linked in high-profile rumors with two of the biggest names in Korean entertainment. 

He was rumored to be dating his Princess Hours co-star, Yoon Eun-hye. Those rumors were set on fire after she became one of the implicated in the drug possession charges with Ji-hoon. The two involved parties have remained mum about the nature of their relationship.

Ji-hoon was also rumored to be involved with the actress, Shin Min-ah. But as of yet, their relationship is conjecture, at best.   

2. Debuted in the South-Korean Romantic-Comedy TV Series, Princess Hours 

Ji-hoon made his on-screen debut in the South-Korean romantic-comedy TV series, Princess Hours in 2006. 

Ju Ji-hoon played Crown Prince Lee Shin in Princess Hours
Ju Ji-hoon played Crown Prince Lee Shin in Princess Hours
Source: koreaboo.com

He played the lead role as Crown Prince Lee Shin in the series and appeared in all 24 episodes.   

1. A Staple of Korean Movies and TV Shows

While nowadays, Ji-hoon has an international appeal - thanks in no small part to his lead role in the Netflix supernatural-horror series, Kingdom - he has been a mainstay of South-Korean movies and TV shows since 2006.

He has appeared in such TV shows as The Devil, Five Fingers, and Medical Top Team. He has also been a part of acclaimed South-Korean movies like The Naked Kitchen, I Am the King and Marriage Blue.

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