If you’ve been waiting for this week’s premiere of Scarlet Heart: Ryeo for half a year like we have, we also understand how you, like us, want to know every single detail about its gorgeous cast. Scroll down to reveal 13 surprising facts about the Scarlet Heart: Ryeo cast!

1. Lee Joon Ki is one of the few actors who films actions scenes without a stuntman

Lee Joon Ki has a Taekwondo black belt. We guess he loves to move his body, because he’s not only an athlete but also a dancer. He danced with Lee Hyori on her Anystar commercial back in the days.

2. Lee Joon Ki briefly suffered from star sickness

His popularity skyrocketed with the success of King and the Clown (2005), which was his debut film. He has confessed that he used to suffer from what he calls star sickness. He says he was too busy all the time, and felt tired and lazy as a result. He also says he didn’t answer reporters’ interview questions with his heart. Of course, none of this applies to the present Lee Joon Ki, who’s known as diligent and hardworking.

3. Lee Joon Ki wants to obliterate his pomegranate juice TV commercial out of his memory

When a fan asked, “Do you really like pomegranate?” He said, “Please delete it..”

4. Kang Ha Neul has kissed Ji Chang Wook! For 3 months!

In the 2010 musical Thrill Me, the two starred as a gay couple and kissed many, many times. When asked about kissing a man, Kang Ha Neul responded, “Beard is itchy so I’m going to shave well from now.”

5. Kang Ha Neul has claustrophobia

When he got on a plane to Japan, he felt so claustrophobic that he had to ask for sleeping pills. He can’t get on the subway, bus, or elevator when it’s full of people. So he likes to ride the bicycle.

6. Kang Ha Neul is interested in an older girl who speaks English

“Maybe because my English is so bad,” he adds.

7. Baekhyun’s ideal type is Chen!

At a concert in Japan this month, when asked to reveal his ideal type, Baekhyun pointed at his fellow EXO member Chen!

8. Baekhyun hates cucumbers

He’s so sensitive to the smell of cucumbers that he not only can’t eat them but also can’t use soaps that smell like cucumber. He recalls when he was younger, his mom told him she’d give $5 if he eat cucumbers. He tried but he couldn’t. He also can’t do eggplants.

9. Ji Soo and Nam Joo Hyuk are besties in real life!

Ji Soo says he has more guy fiends than girlfriends, because he went to men’s middle school and men’s high school. In addition to Nam Joo Hyuk, Ji Soo’s close friends with Ryoo Joon Yeol, Byun Yo Han, and EXO’s Suho.

A funny side story: When EXO’s Suho told his manager that he’s going to go see Ji Soo, his manager totally thought Ji Soo was a girl. (Ji Soo is a common girl’s name in Korea) Suho told him that they’ll meet at a cafe in a hotel. The manager got surprised and asked, ”Are you going (to a hotel) with a girl??”

10. Nam Joo Hyuk dreamed of becoming a basketball player

Nam Joo Hyuk is 6'2", and he played in the school’s basketball team until he was in ninth grade. After he had a surgical removal of lump on his shinbone, he had to give up his dream. Did you know that he played Hong Seol’s (Kim Go Eun) younger brother in Cheese In The Trap?

11. IU has been hung up on her small hands

Since she was younger, IU has been concerned about her small hands. She says they make her face look big when she puts them up while dancing.

12. IU broke the hearts of her “uncle fans”

IU broke the hearts of her many ahjussi fans when she confirmed that she’s dating singer Jang Ki Ha, who’s 11 years older than her, last year, though she has just as many female fans!

13. IU eats cup noodles before singing on stage

IU eats them fast to prepare her voice but, because this can’t be good for her throat, she only does this when she doesn’t have enough time to prepare her voice.

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Which fact surprised you the most? Tell us in the comments below!

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Scarlet Heart: Ryeo

Starring Lee Joon Ki and Lee Ji Eun (IU)

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