Nam Joo-hyuk started as a model in his early career followed by making a big break in acting, thanks to Who Are You: School 2015. Fangirls are still in love with and being supportive to Nam Joo-hyuk even though he is Lee Sung-kyung’s girlfriend. He has gained great feedback about his acting which led him to receive awards for the best and popular new actor.
Why fans are crazy about heartthrob Nam Joo-hyuk, you ask? They can’t get enough of his two drama personas – cheerful guy-next-door and seductive gentleman. His top facial feature that we couldn’t resist? His gaze – from happy to serious, melts your heart and makes you a giddy fangirl.
Wonder what characters he’s acted as? Here are 5 of our favourite drama roles he’s been in.
High school swim team member
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In Who are You: School 2015 (2015), Nam Joo-hyuk is the Sekang High School’s star swimmer, Han Yi-an. He has feelings for his childhood friend Go Eun-byul. What he doesn’t realise is that he has been talking to her twin sister, Go Eun-bi (Kim So-hyun) the WHOLE time after her mysterious disappearance. Though he questions about Eun-bi’s identity, he eventually falls in love with her instead.
Follow the sweet moments of Yi-an and Eun-bi and getting into a love triangle with high school troublemaker, Gong Tae-kwang (Yook Sung-jae). Find out which guy that Eun-bi officially be together with.
An AMAZING friend to rely on
Nam Joo-hyuk plays as Hong Seol’s (Kim Go-eun) best friend, Kwon Eun-taek in Cheese in the Trap (2016). He listens to Hong Seol’s problematic relationship with her senior, Yoo Jung (Park Hae-jin), and childhood friend, Baek In-ho (Seo Kang-joon). With his positive aura, he ALWAYS finds ways to resolve her love problems.
At the same time, he falls in love with his close friend, Jang Bo-ra (Park Min-ji). The cheerful friend comes to the rescue when Bo-ra is in trouble.
He is your ideal ‘boy-next-door’ who will be there for you to cheer you up.
A HANDSOME flower prince
Nam Joo-hyuk is a flower prince Wang Wook in historical romance drama Moon Lovers: Scarlet Ryeo (2016) alongside with popular casts including Lee Joon-ki, IU, EXO’s Baekhyun, former SNSD Girls’ Generation Seo-hyun, and Kang Ha-neul. He is the 13th prince in the royal household who hangs out with Princess Woo-hee (Seo-hyun), a gisaeng and last princess of Later Baekje.
An artistic and kind-hearted prince whom you would love to have treating you like a princess.
A childhood friend who becomes your LOVER
Nam Joo-hyuk portrays as Jung Joon-hyung who realise that Kim Bok-joo (Lee Sung-kyung) is his childhood friend after saving her from drowning in the swimming pool. From there, their relationship begins.
The cute couple’s funny and romantic moments are unforgettable such as Joon-hyung enthusiastically supporting Bok-joo’s dream as a weightlifter and Bok-joo’s indirect love quarrels with Joon-hyung. No wonder Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo (2016) is one of the most popular Korean dramas to binge-watch. Their budding chemistry in this drama led them to become an official romantic couple in REAL LIFE!
A vain water god
Nam Joo-hyuk’s took on a serious role as Habeak, the water god for Bride of Habaek (2017). In order to claim his stone, he visits Earth to find a special stone. He needs the help of his future bride, psychiatrist So-ah (Shin Se-kyung) who is destined to serve the water god. However, she doesn’t believe in gods. Whilst in search for the stone and their relationship is starting to spark, other gods drop by to make things complicated.
He has the seductive gaze and egoistic personality but he can throw in unexpected romance with So-ah, ESPECIALLY the kissing scenes!
We have seen him as a sweet guy in earlier dramas. Now, he has become a cool gentleman that you can’t stop admiring his manly looks.