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Nam Joo-hyuk (남주혁)

Nam Joo-hyuk’s perfectly chiseled jawline could have rightly earned a modeling contract all by itself. So, for that matter, could his expressive eyes that can draw you in for hours, and his manly hands that look strong enough to build you a homestead with nothing but a Swiss Army knife and duct tape. But this 6’1’' model turned actor is truly greater than the sum of his parts as he has made audiences fall in love with the characters he plays on screen.

Birthday: February 22, 1994

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Master of the micro-gesture, Nam Joo-hyuk acts literally down to his fingers, as most fans of the k-drama Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo (2016) and, most recently, Twenty Five, Twenty One (2022) can attest. Add to that his boyish appeal that instantly makes him boyfriend fanfic material, and you’ve got a recipe for industry success. When he smiles, you smile. When he laughs, you laugh. When he cries, you want to have him crawl into your lap for some cuddle time. 

The effect is magnified on the big-screen, where his literally larger-than-life characterizations draw you in, and make you a willing hostage for the next two hours. His efforts in the historical film The Great Battle (2018) earned him several nominations for Best New Actor, and even won him a few awards.

He is tall, even for Hallyu actors. And it wouldn't surprise anyone to know that he once dreamed of becoming a professional basketball player until an injury forced him to quit the sport. He then decided to pursue modeling--for which we are forever grateful.

His debuted in the small screen in a supporting role in The Idle Mermaid (2014), but it wasn't long after he was cast as the main lead in the youth drama Who Are You?:School 2015.

He slowly and steadily cemented his leading man status by starring in such romance dramas as The Bride of Habaek (2017) and The Light in Your Eyes (2019), and in the intense film Josee (2020).

His best role to date is as Baek Yi-jin in the heartbreakingly nostalgic drama Twenty-Five Twenty-One.

Nam Joo-hyuk will begin his mandatory military service under the Military Police Group in March 2023.

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