There has been no shortage of Song Joong Ki editorials lately but this one for Marie Claire has to be my favorite because it plays so perfectly to his signature boy next door image. The concept finds the adorable actor chilling at home, cuddling a cute doggy and checking out the contents of his refrigerator amongst other activities. The casual cool styling featuring the Kolon Sport brand for which he is the spokesperson is also spot on. I can't say that I was the biggest Joong Ki fan prior to Descendants of the Sun but his charismatic performance won me over and he seems to be a truly good guy in real life as well. I know that for some people, it doesn't matter if the celebrities they're fans of are actually awful people but I personally don't care to follow anyone who's a jerk. Joong Ki was recently criticized when he chose to appear on Hurry Up Brother instead of Running Man (the former is the Chinese version of the latter). In fact he did it out of loyalty to previous Running PD Im Hyung Taek who is now helming Hurry Up Brother and his appearance fees were donated to charity. His agency also announced that all the proceeds from his Asian Fan Tour would be donated to charity. As a SongSong shipper I've been keeping tabs on his fan meets and he showed off some personal photos from his phone at his Beijing fan meet that revealed a very close relationship to both Song Hye Kyo and Yoo Ah In but somehow it felt like Yoo Ah In was there as a smokescreen haha. In Korea it's quite uncommon for female/male co-stars to continue to hang out regularly after a project has ended. Just saying. Joong Ki and Hye Kyo have both been nominated for lead acting awards in the television category for Descendants of the Sun at the upcoming Baeksang Arts Awards. I'm really hoping that they will both attend and maybe even walk the red carpet together. I'm sure other DOTS fans would like to see a Yoo Shi Jin and Kang Mo Yeon reunion as well.
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Marie Claire Korea June 2016 // Photographer: Kim Young Joon // Editor: Choi Park Min
Hair: Lee Hye Young // Makeup: Kim Ji Hyun // Prop Styling: Choi Seo Yun
Photos: Marie Claire Korea