Jang Ki-yong—the strapping model-turned-actor thrilling audiences as a 999-year-old nine-tailed fox in the recently concluded K-drama, My Roommate is a Gumiho—is about to shoot into superstardom, if he isn’t already sort of there. This year is already proving to be the actor's biggest year to date, backed by a stunning portfolio of projects under his belt.
Armed with the coveted Best New Actor trophy from the 2019 Baeksang Arts Awards for his breakout role in Come and Hug Me, a face so handsome it makes fans weak in the knees, and a towering 1.87-metre-tall presence, we’re probably stating the obvious when we say Jang Ki-yong is the next big idol Korean drama actor to look out for.
If you're curious to find out more about this heartthrob, here are seven things to know about Jang Ki-yong.
1. He's a talented actor who's able to play a variety of roles
In the Netflix movie Sweet & Sour, he plays one half of a couple who experiences the sweetness and sourness of life, adulting and being in a relationship. Jang puts on a charmingly understated performance and cements his leading man status.
But a romantic and comedic lead role isn't always the case for Jang especially since his breakout performance in Come and Hug Me (2018) was tasked with playing a character pained by the past. Then, he did an action role in Kill It (2019) and Born Again (2020). While Search: WWW's (2019) tone is a lot sweeter than his first lead role, My Roommate is a Gumiho that allowed Jang to act in a fantasy comedy-drama. Now, that's a chameleon actor wouldn't you say?