In 2015, actor Kim Jung-Hyun made his debut as a rebellious high school bad boy gymnast in the South Korean coming-of-age film Overman. The role earned him Best New Actor nominations at the 25th Buil Film Awards and the 22nd Chunsa Film Arts Awards, and kick-started a career that has seen him play a host of characters on both the big and small screens. Yet, it wasn’t until five years, three feature films and seven I“television series later that Kim can say without a doubt that he has arrived at the Big Leagues—thanks to his portrayal of Gu Seung-Joon in TV series phenomenon Crash Landing on You (CLOY). His ability to balance tragedy with an impeccable comic delivery saw Gu grow into one of the rom-com’s most beloved characters. Here, he speaks with BAZAAR on how life has been treating him post-CLOY and taking things one step at a time.
You came up tops in real-time searches for a period of time.
Yes, I was genuinely surprised. I’m really thrilled that people searched for my name and that of my character from CLOY.
Your topless scene in it made headlines as well.
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