Early life[ edit ] Self-described as introverted and insecure in his childhood and teenage years, So Ji-sub trained to become a professional swimmer  for 11 years and bagged the bronze medal  at the Korean National Games. His parents divorced at a young age.
He has one older sister who lives in Australia. He tried out modeling simply because he wanted to pose alongside hip-hop artist Kim Sung-jae , who was the celebrity face for a clothing brand at the time. I did modeling because I wanted to see Kim and also because it was the best way to earn good easy money. So began to rise to fame with hit drama What Happened in Bali , but was again overshadowed by co-star Jo In-sung. At that time, So thought he would end up being a supporting actor.
But later that year, he had his breakout role as a tragic hero in the critically acclaimed melodrama I'm Sorry, I Love You.
It established him as a top star in Korea, as well as all over Asia. Kitaro and the Millenium Curse. Only You , directed by auteur Song Il-gon. Known for his melodramatic roles, So made an acting transformation in Master's Sun, playing a character with charm. The volume covers stories and photos over the past 13 years since his debut, using unpretentious language and sensitive photography taken during So's trips to the DMZ and Gangwon Province.
Within ten days of its release, the book hit the bestseller list, and entered its third printing. Two teaser videos were released, the first one described as a comedic version that featured guest stars Jung Joon-ha who is a close friend of So's and Kim Byung-man whom So named as one of his favorite comedians.
The single, along with the music video itself, was released on February 17, , but recorded low sales. Its name is a combination of "so nice" and "Sonic," which is So's nickname.
Bobby Kim complimented So's rapping in their duet track That Day, a Year Ago, saying, "So has a talent in feeling the groove and it's as good as his acting skills. He wrote and composed the title track featuring the vocals of singer Satbyeol , and the other two tracks were collaborations with hip-hop group Soul Dive. He was the first Korean actor to have an entire road named after him.