The world became a darker place when it was announced that South Korean actor Ji Chang-wook, who’s turning 32, was enlisting for mandatory military service in 2017. Fortunately, the storm has cleared and Chang-wook has finally finished his training. We won’t have to wait long now — the pretty face with luscious lips, who is known for his roles in Empress Ki (2013), The Healer (2014) and The K2 (2016), is slated to return with romcom drama Melt Me sometime this year.
Let’s all start preparing for our fan-girling moments.
Behind singer-host Kim Heechul’s big doe eyes and porcelain skin, lies a man known for his comedic wit and unabashedly goofy personality. But besides laughing at his silly behaviour on variety show Knowing Bros (2015 – present), you can also listen to his smooth vocals as he is part of hit K-pop boyband Super Junior. Heechul, 36, has also released singles with fellow Knowing Bros cast member/singer Min Kyung-hoon. One of the singles, titled Falling Blossoms, went on to win the Best Rock Song at the 10th Melon Awards in South Korea in 2018.
You might remember Gong Yoo making coffee in Coffee Prince (2007), fending off zombies in Train to Busan (2016) or being an immortal goblin in Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (2016). But beyond his prominent roles, this charming actor also cemented a firm place in many hearts, thanks to his boyish, cheeky grin. Turning 40 this year, Gong Yoo is one of the biggest actors from South Korea. We’re holding our breaths while we wait for his new movies Seo Bok (beside fellow A-lister and heartthrob Park Bo-gum) and Kim Ji Young, Born in ’82 (with Jung Yu-mi from Train to Busan) that were rumoured to have begun filming earlier this year.
With a statuesque height (187 cm!) and an equally chiselled face (that nose! that jawline!) to match, South Korean actor Kim Woo-bin is someone who is hard to ignore. Known for his roles in The Heirs (2013), Uncontrollably Fond (2016) and Master (2016), Woo-bin has much to celebrate besides hitting the big 3-0 this year. He was diagnosed with nasopharyngeal cancer in 2017 after being stricken with frequent nosebleeds and swollen neck. Thankfully, he has since received medical treatment and is seen to be well and healthy.
Here’s wishing him a speedy recovery and a quick return to our screens.
You’d be sorely mistaken if you thought that there was nothing much to Lee Taemin besides his baby face and matching crystal-clear skin. Turning 26 this month, the South Korean singer-songwriter is one-fifth of successful K-pop boyband SHINee and has a thriving solo career with three albums under his belt thus far. The latest album was a self-titled Japanese album released in 2018 (yes, that means he belts out his tunes in Japanese!).
Singing is not his only forte though: Taemin has been lauded for his sick dance skills and had done choreography for the band and for himself.
With a pair of piercing blue eyes and boyish, gruff looks, Chace Crawford, 34, immediately stole our hearts when he played the main character Nate Archibald in Gossip Girl (2007-2012). Since then, Golden Boy, as he was coined in the American teen drama, has continued to make us swoon with roles in Eloise (2017), All About Nina (2018) and Charlie Says (2018).
We can’t wait to catch his beautiful mug back on our screens as he is slated to star in productions including The Boys (2019) and Inheritance (2020).
Benedict Cumbersnatch, no, Benadryl Cabbagepatch… oh you know what we mean. He’s known for his many names — thanks to the zero respect the Internet has for him — but truth be told, he’s not known for his dashing, good looks. Still, the 43-year-old has an irresistible charm that is hard to deny. It could be because of his unique facial features, or the fact that he embodies every single unique role with such precision; or that he’s just impossibly talented and charmingly affable. Or perhaps it’s that deliciously crisp British accent of his.
Whatever it is, or perhaps it’s a combination of things, it has led to him becoming an object of girlish lust worldwide. You’ll see what we mean when you check out his work, such as Sherlock (2010-2017), The Fifth Estate (2013) and The Imitation Game (2014). But we can’t discuss him without mentioning his role as Doctor Strange in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He makes being nerdy look hot and we love him 3000 for that.
Other than being total #couplegoals with wife and fellow actress Fann Wong, Christopher Lee, who’s turning 48, is one of the biggest names in Singapore. And for good reason: Since debuting in 1995 after placing as the first runner-up in the male category of Star Search, the boyish, charismatic actor has made his mark with many memorable roles including Yang Guo in The Return of the Condor Heroes (1995), Zhang Qiming in Show Hand (2012) and Yang Liwei/Li Ruiming in Doppelganger (2018).
He’s also a devoted father, and has a sense of humour too. He recently posted a hilarious photo of him along his son, Zed, in a collage, with both sporting similar slitty-eyed I-have-an-attitude vibe, and joked about how alike they look. Too adorable!
Donnie Yen might be all covered up when he’s playing Wing Chun legend Ip Man. But beneath all that cloth lies a defined muscular body honed and toned as a result of years of martial arts training. We definitely can’t tell that he is turning 56 soon. Donnie is said to be well-versed in over 10 different fighting styles including tai chi, karate and wushu. He’s someone you’d want around to protect you during difficult times, but all we can do now is to be envious of his wife Cissy Wang and his two kids.
Psst, he’s also super into living an environmentally sustainable and plastic-free life, which we are so down with.