Joo Ji Hoon

Joo Ji Hoon (or Ju Ji Hoon) (Korean: 주지훈, Hanja: 朱智勛, born on May 16, 1982) is a popular model and actor from South Korea. He is well known for portraying Crown Prince Lee Shin in Princess Hours (Goong), which was his acting debut.

Before entering the entertainment industry, he studied at Tongwon College, majoring in e-Business. He was known as "Handy Man" in his school for his tall height of 6'2".



Ji Hoon started out as a model. In 2003, he went into modeling and advertised for brand names like Calvin Klein, Levi's and Reebok. He has won many awards for modelling.


2006: Breakthrough Success

Ji Hoon's debut drama was "Old Love," but it was Princess Hours that made him notable throughout Asia. In Princess Hours, also known as Goong, he portrayed Prince Shin, a cold-hearted prince who was forced to marry a regular town girl. He starred alongside former Baby V.O.X. member Yoon Eun Hye and UN member Kim Jeong Hoon. He won the MBC Drama Awards for "Best New Actor." The drama was so popular that a similar season has been released, though it isn't a sequel, named "Goong S."

2007: The Devil

In 2007, Ji Hoon stared in the 2007 KBS drama, The Devil, alongside popular actress Shin Min A. In "The Devil," he portrays a lawyer. He also cut his hair, which use to be rather shaggy, into a neat trim that framed his long face. He also lost 5 kg by eating only chicken and exercising three times a day. In March, "The Devil" was one of the three most highly anticipated dramas along with "The Thank You" and "Witch Amusement".

Ji Hoon was selected in 2007 to be the New Asian Star of 2007 at the 1st Astar TV Drama Awards which was held on March 30, 2007 at the COEX in Seoul. New Asian Stars have been chosen from Asian countries such as South Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, and Thailand. Astar TV said the six were chosen for their high recognition in their respective countries, their celebrity status, and potential to emerge as top Asian stars. Singer/Actor Kamenashi Kazuya was chosen among Japanese stars, while Fan Bing Bing represented China. Actor Wilson Chan was chosen among Taiwanese stars, actor Daniel Wu among Hong Kong stars and model/actress Patcharapa Chaichua among Thai stars.


  • Name: Ju Ji Hoon (朱智勛, 주지훈, Joo Ji Hoon, Ju Ji Hun)
  • Education:
  • Modeling Debut: 2003
  • Acting Debut: 2006
  • Height: 187 cm
  • Weight: 68 kg
  • Hobbies: Games, Swimming, Basketball
  • Talents: Speed-Reading, Self Defense
  • Date of Birth: May 16 1982
  • Blood Type: A
  • Favorite Sports: Basketball
  • Favorite Drinks: Coffee



  • Antique Bakery(2008)

TV Series

  • The Devil / Mawang (KBS, 2007)
  • Princess Hours / Goong (MBC, 2006)
  • Old Love (MBC, 2004)



When it was announced that he would be playing Crown Prince Lee Shin in the drama "Princess Hours," fans of the manhwa protested, as they wanted a familiar face to portray that role. However, after the drama was aired, criticism ceased.


  • 2005 Most Stylish Male Model- Style Magazine
  • 2005 Best Male Model- The Photographers' Association (2005)
  • Best Dresser Model Award- (2004)
  • Best Dresser Model Award- (2005)
  • 21st Best Outfit(Swan Award)- Best Male model
  • 2006 MBC Drama Awards: Best New Actor


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