K-pop idols transitioning their careers into acting is nothing new. The likes of Bae Suzy, Kim Sejeong, Park Hyung Sik, and many more going down this path is proof that an individual's talents aren't restricted to just one field. One of the OGs that perfectly embody this is Rain.
Known as one of the most iconic Korean acts from the early aughts until now, Rain has mastered the balancing act between singing and acting. With dozens of hit singles and crowd favorite titles under his name, saying that he's a multi-faceted performer is almost an understatement. Anyone who may possibly not know him can presently catch him do his thing in Netflix's Ghost Doctor, where he plays opposite Kim Bum and Uee. To get an idea of just how much this Hallyu powerhouse has going on, scroll through the 10 facts we listed down below.
10 Facts About Korean Star Rain
1. Rain is a Cancer
Rain, or governmentally known as Jung Ji Hoon, was born on June 25, 1982 in Seosan, South Korea.
2. Rain went to the same school as Gong Yoo and G-Dragon (and many more stars)
After graduating from the Anyang High School of Arts, the superstar-to-be enrolled in Kyung Hee University as a Post Modern Music and Media major. Aside from Rain, other personalities that walked through the college's hallways include Gong Yoo, Kim Tae Ri, G-Dragon of Big Bang, Chanyeol of EXO, and several others. Oh, and also two of South Korea's past presidents, no biggie.
3. Rain gets his stage name from "sadness"
Once his career kicked off, Ji Hoon chose to go by Rain after his producer told him that he "gives [off] an impression of sadness" when he dances. To represent this apparent somberness, he adopted the Korean word for rain—"Bi"—as his stage name. "As sad as rain falling," he said in an interview.
4. Rain started his career as a back-up dancer
In 2000, Rain began training to be a performer under JYP Entertainment. After months of toiling and being a back-up dancer for other artists, he eventually debuted in the boy group Fanclub. Sadly, they had a short-lived run and only got to release two albums.
Luckily for Rain, he found a career as a solo artist in 2002, as signified by his freshman record Bad Guy. This was followed by two more releases, with It's Raining becoming one of his biggest successes all over Asia.
5. Rain faced discrimination for his looks.
Though, everything didn't always sail so smoothly for the K-pop idol. Before finding his way to JYP, Rain went through rejection after rejection, primarily (and surprisingly) because of his looks. During a 2005 interview with CNN, he recalls that he, "was told after one audition that my singing and dancing was great but I did not make it because I did not have double eyelids." Another casting panelist went as far to say that he should come back after getting cosmetic surgery.
Thankfully, the crooner was able to move past such harsh judgments. In the same interview, he stated that, "my motto in life is to be humble and endlessly persist and strive. I really believe that there is nothing that can be gained without effort."
6. Rain sang the theme song of the 2008 Olympics
Sure, other artists can boast of chart-topping hit singles and sold-out concert venues, but not a lot can say that they've sang the theme song of the Olympics. This was a feat Rain achieved for the 2008 Games in Beijing, where he belted out the tune Hand in Hand. He even performed during the games' closing ceremony, lighting up the stage with Beijing, Beijing, I Love Beijing.
7. Rain won a Baeksang Arts Award for his first ever drama
Simultaneous with his music career, Rain made his on-screen debut in the 2003 slice of life drama Sang Doo! Let's Go to School. In it, he played a gigolo trying to make ends meet for his daughter. His performance was adored by many, so much so that he took home the Most Popular TV Actor Award at the Baeksang Arts Awards the following year. Not bad for your first acting gig!
His resume only continued to grow, with his leading role in 2004's Full House becoming one of his most memorable works. Throughout his career, he got to call big names such as Song Hye Kyo, Shin Min Ah, and Oh Yeon Seo as some of his leading ladies.
8. Rain has his own talent agency.
Departing JYP Entertainment in late 2007, Rain set out to establish his own management company, J. Tune Entertainment. Three years later, it was announced that J. Tune would merge with his former agency, JYP, in an effort to collaborate with his former manager and original mentor Park Jin Young.
Fast forward to 2020 and Rain decided to start R.A.I.N Company, a talent agency of his own. One of his most significant ventures as a CEO was forming the boy group Ciipher, of which all the members were handpicked by him.
9. Rain is a dad
After four years of officially dating, Rain tied the knot with K-drama actress Kim Tae Hee in 2017. They had their firstborn in October of that same year, and later on, in 2019, bore their second child.
10. You can follow Rain on Instagram
To keep up with everything Rain is up to, click follow on his Instagram account here. Aside from BTS snaps from his projects, you'll also be treated an array of selfies and OOTD shots from the superstar.
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