Korean actor Song Joong-ki was discharged from the army on May 26 after serving 21 months on active duty.
The 29-year-old star, who rose to fame via the Korean drama “Sungkyunkwan Scandal” in 2010, stepped out of a military camp in Gangwon Province in South Korea at about 8 a.m. and was greeted by fans and media.
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When asked about the most difficult part of serving in the military, he said, “There was no point in my military life that was very difficult,” adding that he learned a lot during his stint as a soldier.
Song Joong-ki, however, admitted he missed his family and friends in the last two years. “I really missed my managers and agency staff. I missed my family and friends. I missed Lee Kwang-soo a lot too,” he said, according to ENewWorld. Lee Kwang-soo is a fellow actor.
He also watched a lot of baseball while on duty. “I like baseball, so I enjoyed watching it. Hanhwa was a huge strength,” he said referring to the Korean baseball team.
When asked which K-pop girl group he became interested while in the military, Song Joong-ki said, “I thought about it, but I don’t really know about girl groups. More than anything, I think Lee Kwang-soo appeared more familiar. I watched ‘Running Man’ so much that he was a great strength,” he said.
Song Joong-ki was an original cast member of the variety show “Running Man” in 2010 until he left the show in 2011.
A week before he was discharged, Song Joong-ki donated 100 million won (R4.06 million) through UNICEF Korea as assistance to the victims of the Nepal earthquake.
He thanked fans for their support and said he will show a new side of him with his return to the limelight.
His acting credits include the TV dramas “Will It Snow for Christmas?,” “Deep Rooted Tree” and “The Innocent Man” and the films “The Werewolf Boy” and “A Frozen Flower.”
Song Joong-ki’s first project after his discharge is the drama “Descendants of the Sun” with Korean actress Song Hye-kyo.