He caught our attention as the senior student embroiled in a thrilling mystery surrounding his school. We cheered him on as the guy who was secretly pining for his best girl pal. He made our hearts flutter as the ace swimmer who fell in love with the weightlifting fairy. He traveled back in time as the Goryeo prince torn between his duty to the kingdom and his love for a Baekje princess.
He is Nam Joo Hyuk, the 23-year-old Korean model turned actor who has been gaining international attention both in K-drama land and the fashion industry. He has graced the covers of Korea’s top fashion magazines, and has landed campaigns for numerous fashion labels.
Recently, his appeal has crossed over to the local market, becoming the new face of global fashion brand Penshoppe.
As Penshoppe’s new influencer, Nam Joo Hyuk rocks key pieces from the premier fashion label’s holiday collection, as well as the Penshoppe Old School collection, a throwback to the classic Penshoppe logo featuring retro-inspired fashion staples in playful shades of red, yellow and blue and green.
Because of his boyish look, lean physique, and charming personality, Nam Joo Hyuk is certainly top-to-toe swoon-worthy. To know more about the Korean star, we dive deep to reveal his charisma.
1. Shortly after graduating from a modeling academy, Joo Hyuk debuted as a model at the 2014 Seoul Fashion Week. He signed with YGKPlus, the modeling management branch of YG Entertainment. Joo Hyuk captivated the fashion industry when he walked his very first runway, dressed in a see-through printed organza shirt, at the SONGZIO Homme Spring/Summer 2014 fashion show. He was the season’s hot commodity, participating in no less than 10 shows at his first major fashion week.
2. Joo Hyuk went from the runway to the small screen via Korean drama “Idle Mermaid,” where he played a computer genius who has been cut off by his parents. This was followed by “Who Are You: School 2015,” which won for him the Best New Actor award at the 4th APAN Star Awards, and Popularity Award for Actor at the 29th KBS Drama Awards. His popularity grew when he joined the Korean variety show “Three Meals A Day,” and starred in other dramas such as “Cheese In The Trap” and the historical drama “Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo.”
3. His first successful leading role was in the hit drama “Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bokjoo,” starring alongside model-actress Lee Sung Kyung. He won the Best New Actor award, co-won with actor Ryu Jun-yeol, for this drama at the 36th MBC Drama Awards. Earlier this year, he played the lead in “The Bride of Habaek,” opposite rising actress Shin Se-kyung.
4. While he portrayed a swimmer (twice) in the drama land, the Busan-born model-actor loves basketball more. Browsing through his Instagram (@skawngur), fans see him playing basketball or watching NBA games. He is a big fan of Golden State Warriors, particularly basketball superstar Stephen Curry. He was once caught on camera at a live game between his favorite NBA team and Chicago Bulls. He recently had a chance to meet (and fanboy over) Curry during the MBC variety show “Infinite Challenge.”
5. His favorite colors are black and blue, which make up most of his wardrobe. He recently flashed his simple, yet chic airport fashion appearing in an all-black ensemble—rolled-up long-sleeved T-shirt, loose-fitting pants, and a pair of leather Dr. Martens. Black-rimmed glasses and a backpack completed his look.
6. The YG talent is known for his keen fashion sense, showing off his 6’2” frame and toned physique to advantage. He captures women’s hearts with his impeccable styling.
7. He is a fashion chameleon who can rock any look, trend and style. The model-actor steals hearts with his perfect boyfriend look—think: oversized top half-tucked into ripped jeans—giving off a tidy yet carefree vibe. On casual days, he dons a sporty look, pairing hoodies or sweatshirts with track pants and running shoes. In a suit and tie, he is the epitome of masculinity and refinement.
8. When off-duty, he throws on casual outfits that are quintessential of Korean street style. Asked about his style during an interview, he shared that he prefers casual looks to formal suits. His clothing items of choice are training suits and sweatshirts. He’s often seen wearing garments that are functional and comfortable, employing smart layering techniques for that extra pizzazz.