Jeong“Rain”Jihoon was born in Seoul, South Korea on June 25, 1982 where he and his younger sister were raised in poverty by their single mother after their father abandoned the family for Brazil. Rain was a very shy child who developed an interest in dancing while in junior high. He continued to pursue that passion at Anyang High School of Art, where also started to study acting.
He began neglecting his studies to go out on auditions during his junior year when his mom could no longer support the family as a street vendor due to a debilitating diabetes condition. Unfortunately, he found himself being repeatedly rejected because he didn't have double eyelids. After his mother died while he was still a teenager, failure was no longer an option. Dedicating his career to her, Rain persevered, and eventually blossomed into a 6, tall handsome hunk popular enough to go by just one name.
In fact, he subsequently landed on both Time Magazine's“100 Most Influential People Who Shape Our World” list and on People Magazine's “100 Most Beautiful People” list.