It all starts the same. It’s getting late and instead of hitting the sack, you finally check out that K-drama or K-pop song that’s all over your feed. Then, you’re interested. Invested. And before you know it, it’s 6 AM and you’ve already finished the series or have gone through the K-pop group’s entire discography. The Korean frenzy is taking over pop culture, and we’re here to welcome it with arms wide open, just like how we’re giving a warm welcome to Penshoppe’s newest ambassador, Korean actor and model Nam Joo Hyuk.
Long before girls started swooning over the 23-year-old actor, Nam Joo Hyuk first captivated the fashion scene as a model, making his imminent debut in SONGZIO Homme’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection in 2013. Standing tall at 6’2, he was bound to reach new heights. From fancy poses to concise scripts, he eventually got his big break with a supporting role in the K-drama entitled The Idle Mermaid. While his acting career took off–starring in series such as Cheese in the Trap, Scarlet Heart: Ryeo, Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo, and most recently, The Bride of Habaek–his flair for fashion didn’t slow down. He’s even known for pondering on the fluid movement in terms of his modeling style.
Now, he’s Penshoppe’s newest face, joining the exclusive cool kids club that includes that likes of Kaia Gerber, Cameron Dallas, Bella Hadid, and Lucky Blue Smith. Sporting casual and cozy pieces perfect for the upcoming cool weather, Nam Joo Hyuk is the star of Penshoppe’s latest holiday collection, which is also part of the recently launched #IamDiffrent anti-bullying campaign. “I’m really excited to show my new style to the Filipino fans,” shares the 23-year-old. We flew over to Seoul, the land of all things cool, and got to know the guy a bit more as we had a quick chat with the young actor during his shoot. We tried to find out what the Internet hasn’t told us about him yet, and here’s what we found out:
Going into your acting career, what genre of film do you want to act in most and why?
I want to act in a high school romance film.
Do you prefer acting as the hero or the villain?
I prefer to act as a villain. Villains have strong goals. So if you consider them in a good way, they strive and commit themselves to achieve their goals. I like their strong will.
What’s the top film that shaped your passion for acting?
It’s probably my first film. Ever since I acted in my first film, my passion for acting has grown. I wanted to learn more about acting, so I watched many movies to improve my talent and skill.
What do you love the most about acting?
I think being an actor is a very attractive job. As an actor, you can be various kinds of people and try many different things, which you cannot do in your real life. It’s the best part of being an actor.
And the most challenging part?
Everything is challenging. The more I know about acting, the harder it gets. It continues to be challenging because it’s hard and new every time.
In terms of fashion, which do you like more? A casual look, or suit and tie?
I like a casual style than a formal suit and tie.
What are your favorite things to wear?
I like wearing training suits and sweatshirts.
So how was your first shoot with Penshoppe?
Unlike Korea, the Philippines is warm all year around, so even during Fall or Winter season, I can shoot in short sleeves.
What do you think about the collection?
It’s the kind of like the style that I used to wear in my early 20s, so it reminds me of the old days. Even though it was just a few years back, I feel like I’m getting younger again.
Any favorite pieces?
I like most of the collection, but if I need to pick one item, it would be the Hawaiian shirt.
What’s your advice for those who want to develop their own signature style?
I don’t think I‘ve found my signature style yet, so I have no tips to share at this moment, unfortunately.
What’s coming up next for you?
I’ll be shooting my next film [Ansi City], and then I want to have some holiday time and time for traveling.