In a K-pop world where there are so many attractive idols, Rowoon of the boy group SF9 is well-known for his godly visuals. But aside from his breathtaking visuals, Rowoon has an extraordinary talent as a vocalist, dancer and actor.
Rowoon became globally popular in his role in the drama The King’s Affection as Jung Ji Un, who is a handsome and loyal royal tutor.
But there’s a lot more that you didn’t know about Rowoon. Curious? Here are the 9 facts about Rowoon.
Rowoon is a Leo
Rowoon was born on August 7, 1996 at Seoul, South Korea. Rowoon is now 25 years old.
His real name means mineral helper
Rowoon’s real name is Kim Seok Woo and it has a very special meaning.
In an interview with Men’s Folio Singapore, Rowoon said “My grandfather gave me the name. Seok stands for mineral and Woo stands for helper. He wanted me to help others and contribute to the world”.
Rowoon’s real name might have also influenced his life philosophy. He said, “Although I am still a work-in-progress and I have to put in effort throughout my life, I think my strength is the fact that I want to be a good person. There is no clear-cut standard about being a good person, and everyone has a different perspective on it. Wherever I am, I want to bring good vibes“.
He is the lead vocalist and visual center of SF9
Did you know that SF9 is a product of yet another trainee survival show? All nine members participated in Mnet and FNC Entertainment’s reality show Dance Or Band.
Then they are known as NEOZ Dance, SF9 members competed against NEOZ Band for a chance to debut. They won and made their debut in 2016.
In an interview with Esquire Korea, Rowoon talked about trainee life with the SF9 members: “We used to fight a lot in the past. In fact, trainees compete with each other over who debuts first. Then, suddenly, we became a team and lived together in the dormitory. “
He added, “Even when we practice, there are situations when everyone becomes sensitive and there are fights. Now we know each other’s likes and dislikes so well that we get along.”
Rowoon made his acting debut in the drama School 2017.
He portrayed the role of a K-pop idol for his first drama! Rowoon played the role of Kang Hyun Il, who is a transfer student and member of a popular boy group.
Hyun Il, whose stage moniker is Issue, is shocker not as popular as the other members, leading to his removal from the group.
In an interview with Cosmopolitan Korea, Rowoon shared his thoughts on being a celebrity in Korea, and said, “If there’s something that I’ve learned while working in the entertainment industry, it’s that nothing works out just because you’re good-looking. I want to make myself better on the inside rather than my outer appearance and I hope I can show that through my music or acting.”
His breakout lead role is in the 2019 fantasy drama Extraordinary You.
Rowoon portrays the titular character Haru who starts out as an unnamed extra in a comic book. He catches the eye of Eun Dan Oh (Kim Hye Yoon), another minor character who’s unsatisfied with her fate. The two eventually decide to go against the plot and make their own destinies.
Meanwhile,Rowoon won the Best New Actor award at the 2019 MBC Drama Awards for his performance in the fantasy drama Extraordinary You.
Rowoon shared, “I used to consider the characters as different people but now I consider them as different versions of myself. I have a sensitive side and a friendly side. It’s like borrowing characters to portray those different sides of mine.”
He had a girlfriend before his debut in the entertainment industry
While on Happy Together, Rowoon reacted to rumors that he only learned about love and romance through reading books.
He got super honest about his dating history and said, “I had a girlfriend before I made my debut and I thought of my memories with her while acting. She was my first love.”
He also shared as to what kind of boyfriend he’s like by saying “When I heard that she was sick, I brewed some tea and brought it to her. I’d take the intercity bus to bring her porridge. I think anyone would do that for the person they love.”
Rowoon is an in-demand beauty brand ambassador.
Given by his appealing visuals, he is an in-demand model for skincare and cosmetic brands like Innisfree, Klavuu, Biotherm Homme, and Estée Lauder Korea.
He’s on Instagram
To stay updated on the life of Rowoon, you may follow him in his official Instagram account @ewsbdi