Song Ji Hyo: The Running Woman

Song Ji Hyo. Photo: Xabryna Kek
Song Ji Hyo.
The South Korean star of Running Man isn’t afraid to admit that she doesn’t like to lose
Published: 4:02 AM, October 22, 2013
Updated: 12:30 AM, October 23, 2013
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SINGAPORE — Song Ji Hyo may not know it, but she’s totally one of us. Really.

Personality-wise, the Running Man cast member — who was in town with her cast-mates Gary, Haha, Kim Jong Kook and Jee Seok Jin for Watsons Race Start! in Singapore — could have been a Singaporean separated at birth.

Not only was the 32-year-old South Korean celebrity looking forward to tasting the requisite chilli crab, her signature facial expression that earned her the on-screen nickname “Blank Ji” matches the description of a favourite Singaporean archetype perfectly: The Sotong.

But since she’s Running Man’s rose among its thorns, it’s apt that she’s a mysterious contradiction. The Princess Hours and Jumong actress may be a “blur queen”, but her other nickname is “the Ace” — because she wins a lot of challenges. And pity the hapless fool who dares to stand between her and Running Man victory.

“She is not a woman. Sometimes she is stronger than us,” said Kim Jong Kook, in English.

That’s where the latent Singaporean in Song surfaces again — rearing its kiasu head.

Q: How does it feel to be the most popular member of the cast?

A: Am I? (Laughs) It probably feels like that because I’m the only female in the cast, but I never really felt that I was the most popular one. It’s always great to be, though. But for Running Man I always try to blend well into the family and try my best.

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