Actor Ahn Hyo-Seop has been granted a full exemption from South Korea’s mandatory military service. This news, emerging on November 27, has sparked interest among fans and media alike.
In South Korea, it’s a legal requirement for all able-bodied men to serve in the military by 30. Exceptions are usually for those with major health issues or notable achievements in sports or the arts.
Journey From Canada to K-Drama Stardom
Ahn Hyo-Seop, now 28, has been gaining popularity with successful K-Dramas like Business Proposal and Dr. Romantic Seasons 2 and 3. Speculation about his military enlistment arose following his recent project, A Time Called You, and a fan meeting.
However, Ahn’s Canadian citizenship, acquired during a decade-long stay in Canada after emigrating at age 7 … Exempts him from this requirement. Initially scouted by JYP Entertainment in Canada, Ahn returned to South Korea at 17 to pursue an entertainment career.
From Idol Trainee to Acting Prodigy
Ahn’s career began with a three-year stint training to be an idol, a journey he found stressful, leading him to pivot to acting. His acting debut in 2015 marked the start of a meteoric rise in the industry, culminating in his current status as a top-tier actor. This exemption from military service is thus a welcome development for his global fanbase.
Anticipation for Future Projects
Looking ahead, rumours suggest Ahn will star as the male lead in the upcoming movie Omniscient Readers’ Viewpoint. He will potentially be joining stars like Lee Min-Ho and BLACKPINK’s Jisoo. This project is eagerly anticipated by fans, adding to Ahn’s growing repertoire of acclaimed performances.
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