Rain (Jung Ji-hoon) – a singer-songwriter, a music producer, and an actor – is highly praised by the fans and entertainment industry professionals for his seemingly boundless talent. It is no wonder he is one of the most successful South Korean superstars.
Being in the Korean entertainment industry for more than a decade, he has inspired many including the K-pop idols and aspiring actors who want to be just like him.
Here are 11 interesting facts about him.
His Full House’s leading character made him a Hallyu star
Most viewers became huge fans of Rain after watching his first acting debut in Full House, one of the most popular Korean drama series that became part of the Hallyu wave in the early 2000s.
He plays a famous actor who learns to love his wife in marriage by contract. Take a look back at the drama couple’s unrequited love. We can’t forget how adorable he sings Three Bears to actress Song Hye-kyo.
He has shown how reckless love is
In A Love to Kill, he acts as a former professional MMA fighter who seeks revenge for his older brother, left in a vegetative state, after a famous actress left him. He works as the famous actress’s personal bodyguard to destroy her but eventually his feelings for her grow stronger.
Watch how he started off with showcasing his dramatic acting in this action melodrama series.
He is in love with a ‘cyborg’
(Source: The Asian Cinema Blog)
He made his first big screen acting debut in I’m a Cyborg, But That’s Ok, made by the most notable director Park Chan-wook.
Plays as a patient in a mental hospital, he meets Young-goon who believes that she is a cyborg. He may look naïve but his cheerful smile sets a great mood for that movie.
Rains on charities
He was actively involved in these community charities from 2005 to 2009.
- 2005: donated money for 50 drinking wells in Cambodia
- 2006: a participant of Love Photography exhibition to help finding adoptive parents and was appointed as a World Vision HIV/AIDS Ambassador
- 2006 – 2007: a small percentage of the proceed from his World Tour is donated to the orphaned children who are diagnosed with AIDS
- 2007: donated money for playgrounds in Cambodia and involved in MTV Exit Campaign to fight against human trafficking
- 2009: performed at Jackie Chan’s ‘Good Friends’ charity concert and took part in the Green Ribbon Hope Walking Campaign
He has a heart of gold as he compassionately provides donations and gives hope to the people out there in need of help.
He is a Hollywood action star
(Source: Adoro Cinema)
He was given the golden opportunity to star in two Hollywood films. He plays a small role as racer Taejo Togokahn in Wachowski’s Speed Racer followed by Ninja Assassin, directed by James McTeigue, where he acts as the leading character Raizo.
The Wachowski siblings were impressed by Rain’s focus on the hardcore trainings and his portrayal as a fighter. With his mind-blowing performances, he won the Biggest Badass Award at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards.
Was #1 (three times!) in TIME’s Top 100 poll
He ranked the top spot in TIME’s 2005, 2007, and 2011 Most Influential People through its online voting. He came in second in 2008.
The dance-off with Stephen Colbert, his acting appearances in Speed Racer and Ninja Assassin, and his captivating music and dance moves are the reasons why TIME readers voted him as the most influential person.
He has a funny charm in Come Back Alive
His seductive but hilarious side is shown through his character, Hae-joon, a perfect and handsome man who is possessed by Young-soo’s spirit.
The funny and light-hearted scenes together with Yeon-seo make one of his most successful drama series in his acting career. High scores for his well-balanced emotional acting!
He had a small budget wedding with actress Kim Tae-hee
During his filming for Korean variety Guided Adventures in Taiwan, he revealed how much he had spent for his wedding.
His wife, Kim Tae-hee suggested having a simple and private (not too expensive) wedding in the church. He was wearing a tuxedo that he had worn before. There was no professional wedding photographer. Instead, the photos, taken by the guests, were compiled into a beautiful wedding album. They also used them to create a wedding video.
The total wedding cost spent is USD$ 2460 (RM9840)! They don’t need a lot of money to create a beautiful and memorable wedding. To them, having each other and creating new life chapters together are what matter the most.
He is a family man
In January 2017, he is married to the beautiful actress Kim Tae-hee. He later became a loving father after his first daughter is born.
He only posts a couple of his family photos on his Instagram because he wants to keep family and work separated. Despite that, he spends some quality time with his family when he’s free.
He is an inspirational entertainment mentor
Having experiences in being in the K-pop spotlight like other idol groups, he participates in a music survival program The Unit where he gives K-pop idol rookie members a chance to re-boot themselves. He is the leader of the Mentor Corps which consists of vocalists, stage performers, and rappers.
His honest and heartfelt support to the participants shines throughout the program!
He will be back to the small screen this year
JTBC and Rain’s agency have announced that Rain will be the leading role for action romance series Sketch that presents the love and fate of those who struggle to change their destinies.
He will be playing as an investigator in the violent crimes department. Starring with actor Lee Dong-gun, this drama is planned to be released in May.
We are looking forward to seeing him in action in his first drama series since My Lovely Girl.
Global superstar Rain is definitely talented in many ways. He continuously improvises his performances and is willing to challenge himself in music, drama, and film.