Quite often many celebrities start from one particular field and then transcend to another. It is exceptionally usual with models who later tune into as an actor. Well, Nam Joo Hyuk is a young gentleman from South Korean who thrived not only as a model but also as an actor.
With his good looks and tall height, Joo Hyuk was bound to be the heartthrob of many female fans. But aside from that, Nam is also a fashion icon for many male fans as well as young aspiring models. It would be rude not to talk about him, which we will not do.
Read till the end to find more about this dashing young man all the way from South Korea. More on Nam Joo Hyuk right now.
Nam Joo Hyuk: Quick Facts
Date of Birth
February 22, 1994
Place of Birth
Yeongdo-gu, Busan, South Korea
6 feet 3 inches(188 cm)
74 kgs(163 lbs)
YG, YGKPLUS, Management SOOP
$5 million to $10 million
Age and Height: How Old Is Nam Joo Hyuk?
The dashing young man, also known as Nam Joo Hyuk, is a South Korean model who is just 26 years old. Born in the year 1994, the young model celebrates his birthday every year on the 22nd of February.
Also, Joo Hyuk’s star sign is Pisces, and people of this sign tend to be artistic and good with media. That aside, it is his personality and aura that grabs the attention of most in the runway.
Likewise, Nam Joo Hyuk stands at the height of 6 feet 3 inches(188 cm) while weighing 74 kgs(163 lbs). It is hard to miss a guy with such staggering height, not to mention when he is handsome.
Despite his tall physique, Nam has maintained a mesomorph build with sufficient training and diets. Glamour’s world is cruel when it comes to looks, and Hyuk is fully aware of that.
To add up, his slim face and monolid are something that pops out, and his casual style makes him stand out even more.
Where is Nam Joo Hyuk from?- Early Life and Education
Talking about his childhood, Nam Joo Hyuk was born in the beautiful city of Yeongdo-gu, Busan, South Korea, also known for its beaches. He was raised as the only child by his parents, who were humble and caring of him. Sadly, their names and current whereabouts are unknown at the moment.
Fun fact: Nam Joo Hyuk’s blood type is A. (Note: Korean are specific when it comes to it)
However, the Nam family of three did go through hardships, and Joo Hyuk remembers it vividly. He once mentioned that during his third grade, young Joo Hyuk spent the entire year eating nothing but cup noodles.
It might be because of that, but Nam is more appreciative of what he has now. And thankfully, he has been able to achieve most of the things with this passion and ironclad determination.
As for his education, this stunning man went to Gyeongnam Middle School, where he also played basketball. Many might not know this, but Joo Hyuk dreamt of playing basketball professionally before injuring himself, putting an end to his dream.
Nam Joo Hyuk and Lee Sung Kyung- Why did they break up?
Now, celebrities’ life especially their love life is always a hot topic with netizens. And when it came to Nam Joo Hyuk, the issue was even more significant, considering how he was recognized as the young heartthrob of South Korea.
But everything came tumbling when the model was announced to be dating, fellow model-turned-actress, Lee Sung Kyung. At that time, both were under the same management YG.
However, their feeling only became mutual once they started filming the youth sports drama, Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo. Nam even once mentioned how he was attracted to Sung Kyung, despite the age difference.
Maybe that’s the reason why their chemistry blended well in the set and came out perfect on-screen. While many fans were outraged over the news, others came out to defend the couple.
Sadly, their relationship did not last long as the two turned ways in 2016 after dating for four months only. Even after their departure, Joo Hyuk has kept their pictures on his Instagram. It has somehow given fans hope that they might get back together someday.
Best Friends: Joo Woo Jae Hyung, Park Jang Hee, and Ji Soo
Role Model: Park Ji Sung
Favorite Moment: When he walked in Seoul Collection for the first time
Memorable Gift: A hot pack a fan gave him during cold winter
Hobbies: Watching Movies and music hunting
His ideal type: Nam Joo Hyuk, like the first feeling. Desirable and attracting people.
Nam Joo Hyuk- Model Turned Actor
As we mentioned already, Nam never wanted to become a model just like other great models that exist today. It all happens with a change in chance or fate. Likewise, right after his career-ending injury that put a period on his basketball dreams, Nam Joo Hyuk moved to Seoul for better future choices.
Right then and there, he entered and won the Top Model contest sponsored by K-Plus. Soon after that, with his height and eye-catching visuals, young Joo Hyuk signed an exclusive contract with the modeling agency.
Then in 2013, young Nam debuted as a model for the SONGZIO Homme 2014 S/S collection. As expected, he received many positive responses, which only brought more works on his way.
Moreover, in 2014, Nam slowly started leaning towards acting and was even featured in Akdong Musician‘s music videos titled, Give Love, and 200%.
However, it was only a year later in 2015 that Joo Hyuk made his on-screen debut from the KBS teen drama, Who Are You: School 2015. It was followed by another college romance series, Cheese in the Trap(2016), and historical drama Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo.
But it was his role in the youth sports drama, Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo, that brought him closer to the international fans. Since his acting debut in 2015, the young model-turned-actor has worked in numerous shows and movies.
Some of his notable work can be seen in productions like Glamorous Temptation(2015-2016), The Bride of Habaek(2017), The Great Battle(2018), Dazzling(2019), and The School Nurse Files(2020).
Is Nam Joo Hyuk still in YG?
Right after he moved to Seoul, the South Korean model started his acting career through YGKPLUS entertainment. It is an agency focused on nurturing young models, hence, the term, Mother Agency.
However, on April 6, 2020, it was confirmed that the successful model will be leaving YG and will be signing an exclusive contract with Management SOOP. The agency is home to other prominent actors such as Goon Yoo, Gong Hyo Jin, Suzy, Choi Woo Shik, and many others.
Likewise, the Managements SOOP commented on nurturing Joo Hyuk’s career even more. They stated,
“Nam Joo Hyuk has built up a wide spectrum as he showcased his individual charms in various fields, and he is an actor who is capable of showing much more in the future, We will provide help for actor Nam Joo Hyuk to show his strengths, endless potential, and capabilities as an actor.”
Net Worth and Income
Since his debut days as a model, Nam Joo Hyuk has climbed his way up as an actor as well. As of now, he has become one of the highest-paid actors in the South Korean entertainment industry at the moment.
Likewise, as of 2020, Nam Joo Hyuk’s net worth is estimated to be around $5 million to $10 million. But still, the exact figure has yet to come out in public.
As mentioned, the 26 years old model makes most of his income from his successful career as an actor and model. Not to mention, he also earns a significant amount from various brand deals and endorsements.
In November 2017, Nam Joo Hyuk was signed as the new model, face of the clothing brand, and one of the brand’s ambassadors of the international brand, Penshoppe.
Then in April 2019, the South Korean model became the official ambassador for Dior Men in Asia.