ZE:A Member and Actor Im Si-wan: From His Profile to His Relationship with SNSD’s Yoona

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Charming Prince ‘Wang Won’, Im Si-wan

Im Si-wan, or as he’s also known, Siwan, is a South Korean singer and actor and is a member of the South Korean boy-band ZE:A and its sub group ZE:A Five. He was recruited by Star Empire as a trainee, while attending the Chin Chin Song Festival in Busan. Im Si-wan with ZE:A debuted on January 7, 2010.

He’s known as a talented actor for starring big hit box-office movies such as The Attorney (2013) and the cable series Misaeng: Incomplete Life (2014), as well as his unforgettable role playing across from SNSD’s Yoona in the historical drama The King In Love (2017), as the Prince Wang Won, which did a lot to boost his fame and gain him fans.

Want to know more about Im Si-wan? Let’s find out!

Full Profile of ZE:A Im Si-wan

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Name : Im Si-wan
Born Name / Hangul : Im Woong-jae / 임웅재
Date of Birth : December 1, 1988
Place of Birth : Busan, South Korea
Age : 30
Zodiac sign : Sagitarius
Chinese zodiac : Dragon
Gender : Male
Nationality :  South Korea
Education : Busan Gudeok High School, Busan National University, University of East Broadcasting Arts, Woosong Information College
Occupation : singer, actor
Instruments : vocals, guitar, violin
Years active : 2010-2017 (now hiatus due to military duty)
Agency : Plum Entertainment

Career Summary for ZE:A’s Im Si-wan

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Drama Series

Year Title Role Network
2018 My Catman Chen Mo / Ji Baek (main role) Web drama
2017 The King in Love Wang Won (main role) MBC
2014 Misaeng : Incomplete Life Jang Geu-rae (main role) tvN
Triangle Jang Dong-woo / Yoon Yang-ha (main role) MBC
2013 A Bit of Love Young Jung Woo-sung (supporting role) KBS2
Waiting for love Jung Jin-kook KBS2
2012 Reply 1997 ROTC student [Ep.4] (guest role) tvN
Stand by Si Wan (main role) MBC
The Equator Man Young Lee Jang-il (supporting role) KBS2
Moon Embracing The Sun Young Heo Yeom (support role) MBC
2010 Gloria Trainee [Ep. 11 & 14] (cameo) MBC
All About Marriage Trainee [Ep. 18] (cameo) KBS2
Prosecutor Princess Club man [Ep. 2] (cameo) SBS

Movies

Year Title Role
2017 The Merciless Hyun Soo (main role)
One Line Min Jae (main role)
2016 A Melody to Remember Han Sang –ryeol (main role)
2013 The Attorney Park Jin-woo (supporting role)
Incomplete Life-prequel Jang Geu-rae (main role)
2011 Ronin Pop (Japanese Movie) Lee (main role)

Variety Shows

Year Title Role Network
2013 Law of The Jungle in Micronesia Guest SBS
2012 2012 Idol Star Olympics Championships Regular member MBC
Birth of A Family Cast member KBS
2011 2011 Idol Star Athletics Championships Regular member MBC
Weekly Idol Guest [Ep. 6 & 65] MBC
2010 2011 Idol Star Athletics Championships Regular member MBC
Running Man Guest [Ep. 104, 182, 282] SBS
2009 Strong Heart Guest [Ep. 115-116] SBS
You Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook Guest [Ep. 183] KBS2

Singles

Year Title Album
2017 My Heart The King in Love OST Part 4
2014 But Still….. So Misaeng: Incomplete Life OST Part 5

Musical Theater

Date and Place Title Role
Feb 19 – March 12, 2013 in Seoul, South Korea Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Joseph (main role)

Ambassadorships

Year Ambassador Title
2014 Brand Ambassador of FinTech Financial Technology Group Inc
High Ambassador of Korea International Trade Association
2013 Brand Youth Ambassador of Gyeonggi Province
2012 Honorary Ambassador of Woosong University of Informatics
Brand Ambassador of Pret-a-Porter Busan (Busan Fashion Week)
Brand Ambassador of Tissot Swatch Group Korea
Honorary Ambassador of Korea Tourism Organization

Cute Relationship With SNSD’s Yoona

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Before enlisting for his military service, Im Si-wan starred the historical drama The King In Love, in 2017, as the lead role, Wang Won. This drama is set in the Goryeo dynasty. The story is about Crown Prince Wang Won, who obsessed with conquering anything. He has a childhood friend named Wang Rin, who also acted as his bodyguard. Wang Won then met a beautiful woman named Eun San and fell in love with her, but he hides his affection due to his responsibilities as a crown prince. He also doesn’t want to hurt his childhood friend’s feelings, because he finds out that Wang Rin is also in love with Eun San, but everything changes when Eun San realizes her feelings for Wang Rin and vice versa.

In this epic love triangle, Im Si-wan had a chance to work with South Korean actor Hong Jong-hyun as Wang Rin, and also with one of Korea’s top beauties, SNSD’s Yoona. Many fans said that Im Si-wan and SNSD’s Yoona showed great chemistry in the drama.

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The story behind Im Si-wan’s involvement in this drama also no less interesting! During the broadcast of Section TV, Im Si-wan, SNSD’s Yoona, and Hong Jong-hyun were invited to be interviewed for their upcoming drama, The King In Love. Im Si-wan was asked why he chose to take a role in the drama, and he confidently replied, “Yoona”. He was also asked to choose between love and friendship, and once again he surprisingly said, “If it’s Yoona, I’ll choose love.” How cute! It seems that he’s a big Yoona fan.

Yoona herself was also asked to pick between Im Si-wan and Hong Jong-hyun, she then wisely replied, “Im Siwan is pretty manly, and Hong Jong Hyun is more delicate. They’re both charming. It was a great work environment for me.” But, Im Si-wan teasingly stated,  “The one that Yoona really liked was Oh Min-seok.”

Yoona did another interview before that one, and shared her thoughts on her co-star Im Si-wan. She was being asked about her relationship with him, and she replied “I currently don’t have any relation to Siwan, but I think we will be able to get close fast.” She added, “I heard he’s a good person. I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of person he is.”

Im Si-wan’s Military Service

Im Si-wan officially began his military duty on July 11, 2017. He is scheduled to discharge on April 10, 2019, and has been known for his good performance. He also got visited by special guest! The following are some moments from Im Si-wan’s service, let’s check it out:

Visited By SNSD’s Yoona and The King In Love Co-Stars

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During The King In Love press conference before Im Si-wan’s enlistment, he showed his cute friendship with SNSD’s Yoona. When he was asked about his upcoming military enlistment, he said “I’m not scared of entering military life, because Yoona will be visiting me at the army. She’ll be the very first one to visit. I’m looking forward to it.” How cute!

Yoona also commented, “I will definitely be visiting him. If our drama does well in viewership ratings, the cast members and I will go visit Im Si-wan wearing [traditional] outfits. This isn’t a [ratings] promise though.”

During an interview on September 19, 2017, Yoona opened up about her visit to Im Si-wan a couple days earlier with The King In Love’s cast members.  She definitely kept her promise! The idol revealed that they planned the visit themselves, without help from managers or producers. The cast members planned it through their group chat on a messaging app, making arrangements for a bus and food.

She also said that Im Si-wan was healthy, cool, and energetic as usual. But, Im Si-wan was sad because he was unable to watch his work The King In Love. Yoona then told him to not worry, because many people loved his role as Wang Won.

Yoona playfully revealed that she also gave him a special gift. She said, “I don’t know if it’ll give him strength, but I also gave him a signed Girls’ Generation CD.” Definitely a cute relationship!

A Special Class Soldier

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Im Si-wan gained a lot of attention during his participation in the 2017 Gyeryong Military Culture Festival. One of the reasons is the special class soldier badge on the left side of his chest! He reached this status only two months after enlisting, which is very unusual. He also achieved outstanding scores in all categories such as shooting and strength. Because of his good performance, Im Si-wan was chosen to be an assistant instructor for new recruits.

At his performance in the 2017 Gyeryong Military Culture Festival, Im Si-wan was also being praised because of his successful performance with Super Junior Ryeowook and his handsomeness, even in the military camp! Im Si-wan’s photos in military service become headlines because of his visual.

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Im Si-wan’s Thoughts and Experience In Military So Far

Im Si-wan’s wrote about his thoughts and experience in the military recently, and it was published in The Korea Defense Daily on June 21, 2018. His essay was titled “Ups and Downs of Adjusting to the Military.”

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He made some heartwarming statements about his experience. He began by saying that he underestimated the military service, at first, by just thinking “I should just work hard” and then had to face the unexpected reality.

He added an example of his early difficulties, using conversations about meals.  “‘Please give me more meat.’, ‘No, you can’t because the food is made in fixed quantities, so the people behind you may not be able to eat.’, ‘I don’t have an appetite, so I don’t want to eat dinner.’ ‘No, you can’t. Eating a meal is also the duty of a soldier.’”

Day by day, he felt his perceptions being changed for the better. He wrote, “It’s interesting that my perception changed like this within a few months. When I first enlisted and repeatedly made mistakes and was scolded, I was convinced that the military was a frustrating and difficult place. But now, I’m confident that the military is an organization that tries to guarantee individual human rights and to gather opinions as much as possible.”

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He added, “In other words, the days of when I was uncomfortable with getting scolded at the beginning were just a part of the transition necessary to adjust to a new environment. After adjusting, I began to notice the institution and system that I couldn’t see before and am now living with great satisfaction.” He concluded his his essay by writing by saying that he was looking forward to change and the future, and wished the best for the South Korean armed forces.

It is a relief to know that Im Si-wan is doing so well in his military service. Good Job, Si-wan!