Song Kang

South Korean actor

Song Kang
Song Kang (송강) 210823.jpg
Song Kang for Marie Claire Korea in 2021
Born (1994-04-23) April 23, 1994 (age 28)
Suwon, Gyeonggi, South Korea
EducationKonkuk University – Department of Film Arts[1]
OccupationActor
Years active2017–present
AgentNamoo Actors
Korean name
Hangul
송강
Hanja
宋江
Revised RomanizationSong Gang
McCune–ReischauerSong Kang

Song Kang (Korean송강; born April 23, 1994) is a South Korean actor. His notable lead roles in television series include Love Alarm (2019–21), Sweet Home (2020), Navillera (2021), Nevertheless (2021) and Forecasting Love and Weather (2022). He is popularly known as the "Son of Netflix" because most of his series are aired on the platform.[2]

Career

2017–18: Beginnings

Song made his acting debut with a supporting role in the 2017 romantic comedy television series The Liar and His Lover.[3] The same year, he was cast in the family drama Man in the Kitchen.[4] He also appeared in two music videos: "Sweet Summer Night" by acoustic duo The Ade and "Love Story" by Suran.[5][6] On July 8, 2017, his agency Namoo Actors organised a fan meeting – "Introduction to Rookies" for Song alongside Oh Seung-hoon and Lee Yoo-jin.[7]

Song hosted the SBS music program Inkigayo from February to October 2018 along with Seventeen's Mingyu and DIA's Jung Chae-yeon.[8] He also joined as a fixed cast member on the variety show Village Survival, the Eight.[9] For the two works, he was nominated for the "Rookie Award" at the 2018 SBS Entertainment Awards.[10] In July 2018, Song marked his big-screen debut with the fantasy film Beautiful Vampire.[11]

2019–present: Rise in popularity and lead roles

Song at the press conference for When the Devil Calls Your Name, July 2019

In 2019, Song played the supporting role of Jung Kyung-ho's assistant in tvN fantasy melodrama When the Devil Calls Your Name.[12] He next starred in the Netflix original romantic series Love Alarm, based on the popular webtoon of the same name.[13] Song was cast in his first main role through auditions out of 900 people;[14] he played the role of a handsome high-school student who falls in love with a girl (Kim So-hyun) who was his best friend's secret crush.[15] Love Alarm was ranked as one of Netflix's top releases of the year and was renewed for a second season.[16] His final appearance that year was in the music video of Vibe's "Call Me Back".[17]

Song was propelled to stardom in 2020 when he starred in apocalyptic horror Netflix original Sweet Home, based on the eponymous webtoon.[18] He was auditioned for the cast on the recommendation of Love Alarm's director to the director of Sweet Home, Lee Eung-bok.[18] His role was Cha Hyun-su, a suicidal high school boy who, along with a group of fellow apartment residents, tries to survive a "monsterization" apocalypse.[19] Critical responses of the series were mixed,[20] but gathered a wide international audience.[21] One month after the release of the series, Variety revealed that it had been viewed by 22 million member households of Netflix.[22] At the 57th Baeksang Arts Awards Song received a nomination for Best New Actor – Television.[23]

In 2021, reprised his role as Hwang Sun-oh in the second season of Love Alarm which was released on Netflix on March 12.[16] He next appeared in the tvN series Navillera, adapted from the eponymous webtoon.[24] He played a ballet student who struggles due to unresolved issues about his father and tries to support himself by working as a part-timer. Song took ballet lessons for six months in order to portray his character.[25] Later the same year, Song starred in another webtoon adaption Nevertheless, JTBC's romance drama, longside Han So-hee.[26]

In terms of viewership record, the year 2021 is considered a success for Song as Sweet Home, Love Alarm and Nevertheless managed to rank as 5th, 6th, and 8th most watched K-dramas in Netflix worldwide, respectively.[27]

In 2022, Song starred in another JTBC drama, Forecasting Love and Weather, alongside Park Min-young.[28] On March 4, 2022, Song held a fan meeting to communicate with fans around the world in real time via 'The Swoon', a YouTube channel dedicated to South Korea.[29] In May, it was reported that Song will hold a fan meeting on June 12, 2022 at the YES24 Live Hall.[30]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
2018 Beautiful Vampire Lee So-nyeon Web Film [11]

Television series

Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
2017 The Liar and His Lover Baek Jin-woo [3]
2017–2018 Man in the Kitchen Kim Woo-joo [4]
2019 Touch Your Heart Deliveryman Cameo (Ep. 13) [31]
When the Devil Calls Your Name Luka [12]
2021 Navillera Lee Chae-rok Lead Role [24]
Nevertheless Park Jae-eon [26]
2022 Forecasting Love and Weather Lee Shi-woo [28]

Web series

Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
2019–2021 Love Alarm Hwang Sun-oh Season 1–2 [13]
2020–present Sweet Home Cha Hyun-soo Season 1–3 [19][32]

Television shows

Year Title Role(s) Notes Ref(s)
2018 Inkigayo Host Ep. 945–979 [8]
2018–2019 Village Survival, the Eight Cast member [9]

Web shows

Year Title Role(s) Notes Ref(s)
2018 I Oppa Don't Know Cast Member Studio Lulu Lala [33]

Music video

Title Year Artist(s) Ref(s)
"Sweet Summer Night" (달콤한 여름밤) 2017 The Ade [5]
"Love Story" (러브스토리) Suran [6]
"Call Me Back" (이 번호로 전화해줘) 2019 Vibe [17]

Awards and nominations

Name of the award ceremony, year presented, category, nominee(s) of the award, and the result of the nomination
Award ceremony Year Category Nominee(s)/work(s) Result Ref.
Asia Contents Awards 2021 Newcomer Actor Navillera Nominated [34][35]
ACA Excellence Award Sweet Home Won [36]
Baeksang Arts Awards 2021 Best New Actor – Television Nominated [23]
Brand Customer Loyalty Award 2021 Male actor - Rising Star Song Kang Won [37]
Brand of the Year Awards 2021 Rising Star Actor Nominated
Newsis Hallyu Expo 2021 Seoul Tourism Foundation CEO Award Won [38]
SBS Entertainment Awards 2018 Male Rookie Award Village Survival, the Eight, Inkigayo Nominated [10]
Seoul International Drama Awards 2021 Outstanding Korean Actor Sweet Home Nominated [39][40]
Character of the year Won [41]

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