1. Have a dream to be a professional basketball player
Nam Joo-hyuk was born on February 22, 1994 in the Busan region, South Korea. At first, Joo-hyuk actually had no interest at all in going into acting. You see, Joo-hyuk’s dream as a child was to become a professional basketball athlete.
Hence, the actor who has a height of 187 centimeters joined a basketball team for three years when he was in junior high school. Unfortunately, Joo-hyuk’s dream of joining the national team and becoming a professional basketball athlete has come to an end. This is because Joo-hyuk suffered an injury that required surgery on both of his legs so he couldn’t play in optimal condition anymore.
Even so, basketball remains Joo-hyuk’s favorite sport, who continues to play as a hobby even when he’s an actor. On a variety show, Joo-hyuk even got a chance to show off his basketball skills. Interestingly, Joo-hyuk did this by competing against Stephen Curry, an NBA athlete who is also his idol.
2. Starting a career in the entertainment world as a model
After failing to become a professional basketball athlete, Nam Joo-hyuk finally took advantage of his tall stature into another field, namely modeling. Yep, although now more famous as an actor, Joo-hyuk actually started his career in the entertainment world as a model first. Joo-hyuk did this when he was 19 years old by entering a model competition held by YG Entertainment.
Amazingly, Joo-hyuk managed to come out as first winner in the competition which later became the beginning of his career in the entertainment world. After that, Joo-hyuk received various offers from a number of well-known brands to become their models. Not only that, Joo-hyuk is also a model for a video clip of a number of singers or idols under YG Entertainment.
It was thanks to his career as a model that Joo-hyuk finally got an offer to play a supporting role in the 2014 drama The Idle Mermaid which became his debut as an actor. However, until now Joo-hyuk is also still active in the modeling world. In fact, since 2019, Joo-hyuk has officially become the ambassador of the Dior brand for the Asian region.
3. Getting famous thanks to the drama Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo
Nam Joo-hyuk started his career as an actor through the Korean drama The Idle Mermaid. After that, Joo-hyuk became more and more actively involved in a number of dramas, even if only as a supporting actor. Joo-hyuk just really became the male lead through the drama Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo who also made his name as an actor.
Actually, in 2016 Joo-hyuk was also involved in the series Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo which was very popular during its release year. However, his role in Moon Lovers is quite minimal and is also hindered by the popularity of the Korean artists who are his co-stars. Hence, Joo-hyuk’s name only started to rise when he became a swimming athlete named Jung Joon-hyung in the drama Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo.
Thanks to his appearance in this drama, Joo-hyuk won the trophy as the best “Rookie Actor” at the MBC Drama Awards. After that, Joo-hyuk began to be flooded with offers as the main actor in the drama. Starting from The Bride of Habaek, Dazzling, to Start-Up and Twenty-Five Twenty-One which managed to make social media crowded during its broadcast.
4. Have you ever been involved in cinlok with your co-star?
In addition to gaining popularity, Nam Joo-hyuk also managed to get a lover after starring in the Korean drama Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo. This is because Joo-hyuk is in love with a location alias cinlok with Lee Sung-kyung who is his co-star by playing his lover in the drama. The two of them often appear together as lovers at various award events.
Unfortunately, their relationship did not last long. Because, only four months after confirming their relationship, the agency of these Korean actors announced that they had separated due to personal reasons. However, many suspect that they are actually still dating and the announcement was only to make the media less focused on their relationship.
5. Have a talent for singing
Nam Joo-hyuk deserves to be called the “complete package” guy. Because, apart from having a charismatic appearance, Joo-hyuk also has various skills in various other fields, from acting to being good at playing basketball. In fact, Joo-hyuk also actually has a talent for singing, you know!
Joo-hyuk’s singing talent was first revealed on Radio Star as a guest. In this event, Joo-hyuk performed the song “Yeosu Night Sea” from the South Korean band Busker Busker. Even though he admits that he can’t sing songs with high notes, Joo-hyuk’s melodious voice still gets praise from the audience.
At 202 2 this time, Joo-hyuk again showed off his singing skills by filling in the soundtrack of the Korean drama Twenty-Five Twenty-One. Joo-hyuk sang the song “With” which was the seventh OST for the drakor with Kim Tae-ri, Bona, Choi Hyun-wook, and also Lee Joo-myung. This song is Joo-hyuk’s first discography in his career in the entertainment industry.