South Korean actor Ju Ji-hoon has made a name for himself playing kings and princes. The actor, who turns 38 on May 16, has taken on several complex roles during a 14-year career, garnering over 15 awards – including several daesangs (grand prizes). View this post on Instagram A post shared by 주지훈 (@goldenjihoon) on Mar 20, 2020 at 7:15am PDT Here are five things to know about the versatile lead actor of Netflix’s Kingdom and TVN’s Hyena . 5 biggest plot holes in Kingdom, Netflix’s Korean zombie masterpiece His breakthrough came in the hit 2006 drama, Princess Hours Ju has made various appearances in television dramas, but his acting skyrocketed with the lead in MBC’s Princess Hours in 2006. That role won him the best new actor award, and his co-star Yoon Eun-hye earned the best new actress award, at the MBC Drama Awards. He has unwittingly become a “king of memes” View this post on Instagram A post shared by 주지훈 (@goldenjihoon) on Feb 9, 2019 at 6:15am PST Ju is known for goofing around at press conferences, drama sets and photo shoots, and fans love posting memes of him on social media. Everything you need to know about K-drama hit The King: Eternal Monarch so far He has a signature hand gesture View this post on Instagram A post shared by 주지훈 (@goldenjihoon) on Jan 26, 2019 at 6:08am PST Whether it’s at fashion events, film festivals, or press conferences, Ju has a signature hand gesture – and it’s not the ubiquitous Korean “finger heart”. Instead, Ju extends his little finger and thumb, and this gesture has been his go-to pose since the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. He is musically talented Ju is also a great singer, and can play the guitar and piano. Ju took classical piano lessons to play a professional pianist in the 2012 SBS drama, Five Fingers . 5 top Korean fashion KOLs you need to follow on Instagram He is the face of several international brands View this post on Instagram A post shared by 주지훈 (@goldenjihoon) on May 28, 2019 at 4:09am PDT Ju has worked with fashion brands that include Calvin Klein, Chanel, Reebok, Levi’s and Polo. Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter . Help us understand what you are interested in so that we can improve SCMP and provide a better experience for you. We would like to invite you to take this five-minute survey on how you engage with SCMP and the news.