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Who Is Song Hye-Kyo’s Newest Leading Man, Jang Ki-Yong?

He was born on August 7, 1992!

One of Korea’s most followed actresses, Song Hye-Kyo, recently made her on-screen comeback with the K-drama ‘Now We Are Breaking Up’. It’s a story about the ups and downs, and romantic love and fallouts between couples. The show airs every Friday and Saturday on Korean broadcasting network, SBS.

And a few days ago, it made even more buzz after it was announced that Kpop boy group EXO’s Oh Sehun will be making his first appearance on the show! Many were so excited to know that one of their favorite oppas is returning to the TV scene. But it isn’t just Sehun who is an oppa in this series. (Read: 3 Healing Dramas To Watch After ‘Hometown Cha Cha Cha’)

Hye-Kyo’s leading man, Jang Ki-Yong, is also a good-looking man, which makes him a perfect on screen match for her. But who is Ki-Yong? Here are a few things we know about him!

A guest appearance was his debut

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Photos from (‘It’s Ok, This is Love’) SBS and (‘Come and Hug Me’) MBC

Jang Ki-Yong made his TV debut in the 2014 hit romantic series, ‘It’s Okay That’s Love’. He had a cameo as the character, Sam. He soon landed more cameo roles, which eventually turned to supporting roles, and in 2019, a lead role in the series ‘Come and Hug Me.’

He started out as a model

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Photos from Jang Ki-Yong Instagram

Just like a handful of other actors in the Korean entertainment industry like Squid Game’s Jung Ho-Yeon, Ki-Yong was a model before becoming an actor. In fact, because of his career as a model, fellow model-turned-actor Nam Joo-Hyuk was inspired to become a model, too! It is said that Ki-Yong also encouraged Joo-Hyuk to wear braces, as he previously wore them as well. (Read: ICYMI: Gianna Jun, Ju Ji-hoon Star In Newest Thriller K-drama, ‘Jirisan’)

He was featured in IU’s music videos

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Photo from 1theK (원더케이) YouTube

Before even starring alongside successful soloist IU on My Mister, Ki-Yong had already worked with her in two of her music videos. He appeared in the videos for ‘The Red Shoes’ and ‘Friday’. And it isn’t just appearances on music videos that the actor has done–he has even sang in the original soundtracks of some of the shows he has done!

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