* Date : 2015-03-03
Ahn Jae-wook, a 20-year veteran actor
who led the first wave of the K-drama craze
Ahn Jae-wook, one of the first Korean wave stars, has returned to stage to play the hero of the musical, "Rudolf." After debuting as a TV actor in 1994, he gradually gained fame through a number of dramas including "Traveler of Heaven (1994)," "Couple (1994)," "Hotel (1995)," "War and Love (1995)," "Their Embrace (1996)," and "Salted Mackerel (1996)." Then, his popularity skyrocketed with the 1997 drama "Star in My Heart" taking the entire nation by storm! The hit drama was even exported to China, where it gained an explosive response, and this Is Ahn Jae-wook began to be called a Hallyu or Korean wave star.
After focusing mainly on small-screen productions, he returned as a stage actor through the 2009 musical "Jack the Ripper." Although he had been away from theater for around 10 years, he showed that he hasn't lost his touch and earned accolades for his performance. That's not all! He has had a successful singing career as well. He recently released a new single, which hopefully will climb up the charts as high as his previous songs "Forever" and "Friend" did!
Last year, Ahn Jae-wook suffered a serious health condition that nearly ended his life, but he's back stronger than ever, determined to live life to the fullest and keep following his passion, which is, of course, acting and singing. Tune into The INNERview to meet Ahn Jae-wook and hear his story!