South Korean actor Song Joong Ki has been setting female hearts fluttering with his suave turn as an all-action special operations soldier in the hit K-drama Descendants Of The Sun.
During filming, the 30-year-old heart-throb also created lots of heart palpitations because he caused a number of no-good (NG) takes, his co-star Song Hye Kyo revealed.
The 34-year-old actress said: "Even though the drama is about a serious love story, the characters have light-hearted moments and comical scenes. Song Joong Ki laughs a lot, so there were a lot of NGs due to his laughing. Every time that happened, he felt sorry for the staff."
She was speaking at a press conference in Hong Kong yesterday, along with Song. They were promoting the drama, which will air on new Hong Kong channel ViuTV. In Singapore, the 16-episode series is available for free on K-drama streaming site viu.com and the Viu app.
The romance thriller - starring Song Joong Ki as Captain Yoo Si Jin and Song Hye Kyo as the female doctor he is in love with - has garnered top ratings across the region.
In Seoul, where episodes 11 and 12 aired last Wednesday and Thursday, Descendants has scored ratings above the 30 per cent share of the audience, surpassing global K-drama hit My Love From The Star's highest numbers in 2013.
In Hong Kong and Singapore, Descendants is the most-watched show on the Viu online service. Last month, about 60 per cent of Viu's viewers in Singapore and Hong Kong tuned in to Descendants.
Song Joong Ki said the drama's overwhelming popularity is due to its many elements: "You can see different kinds of scenes in the drama, there's disaster, action. There's also a good love story. There's variety."
At the press conference, he oozed confidence and charm just like Captain Yoo, his first role after completing his two-year compulsory military stint last year.
"It feels very natural to be in a soldier's uniform since I just left the army. The uniform feels like my own outfit," he said.
Not forgetting to compliment his beautiful co-star sitting next to him, he added: "Do I need to rate her look in the drama too?"
Then he quipped in Mandarin: "Ta zhen de hen piao liang (She's really pretty)."