Having lived in Davao Metropolis for 4 years, Hwang In-youp stated the Philippines will at all times maintain a particular place in his coronary heart. And in his first journey to the nation in 10 years, the South Korean actor couldn’t assist however really feel grateful for the “nice love” his Filipino followers have proven him.
“I wasn’t anticipating this sort of love. I’m grateful for this nice love I’ve been receiving from the Philippines, which is particularly near my coronary heart as a result of this can be a nation I’ve lived in,” he stated at a press convention for the primary Philippine fanmeet occasion on June 19 at New Frontier Theater. “I discover this love fascinating and I’m grateful for it.”
The 31-year-old star arrived within the Philippines on Saturday night time and was welcomed on the airport by devoted followers. “I’m very blissful to be again in a rustic I like. I arrived round 10:30 p.m. and I used to be shocked to see followers ready for me to see me. I’m very excited to be again, do issues and see my followers,” he stated.
Davao as a particular place
Hwang, who gained international recognition by way of the 2020 coming-of-age Korean drama collection, “True Magnificence,” attended two Davao Metropolis-based establishments: the Philippine Nikkei Jin Kai Worldwide College, and the Philippine Girls’s School of Davao, the place he earned a level in style design in 2012.
Regardless of his newfound fame, Hwang nonetheless retains in contact with the Filipino mates he made throughout his keep right here.
“I did reside in Davao for 4 years. It has been 10 years since I noticed my mates however I nonetheless be in contact with them. A few of them at the moment are professors, and a few of them at the moment are residing and dealing overseas,” he stated. “I like Manila however Davao has a particular place in my coronary heart as a result of I lived there.”
The issues Hwang missed most concerning the Philippines are the climate and meals. “The Philippines is kind of scorching however I truly actually like this sort of climate. I discover it drier right here [than in Korea] and it’s fairly nice while you’re below the shade,” stated the model-turned-actor, who used to frequent Jollibee and Chowking when he was a pupil.
‘Sunscreen and lip balm’
“I additionally had an English tutor who made me a mango float. Philippine pineapples are additionally very scrumptious. And when my mates discovered that I used to be going to the Philippines, they requested me to deliver them some dried mangoes. I additionally appreciated kwek-kwek, which I used to eat on the road.”
The current fanmeet was mounted by live performance and occasions producer Wilbros Stay in collaboration with cosmetics model Bys, whose merchandise Hwang endorses. Requested about his skincare secret, Hwang cited two issues: sunscreen and lip balm. “As a child, each time I step out, my mother and father put sunscreen on me. That has develop into a behavior I keep to this present day, particularly if I’ve an outside shoot. I additionally placed on a hydrating masks,” he associated.
“After I take a bathe at night time, I at all times be certain to complete with a chilly wash on my face. And lip balm is crucial—I placed on plenty of it as a result of we have now 4 seasons in Korea. Right here the place it’s scorching and humid, you most likely wouldn’t want as a lot,” he stated.
And what does he do to unwind? “At night time, I’m going within the automotive, put some music on and drive round alone,” he associated.
However except for bodily well being and look, the psychological and emotional well-being are simply as necessary to keep up.
“As we reside life, we get to a degree the place you develop into crucial of your self and perhaps even hate your self. However I believe it’s actually necessary to change that paradigm to loving your self, as a result of it’s solely by way of loving your self that it is possible for you to to go to the subsequent step, which is loving others. And I believe that’s my philosophy on being myself,” he stated.
Hwang entered the Korean leisure trade as a runway mannequin in 2017, earlier than venturing to performing the next 12 months. He performed supporting roles within the collection “The Story of Nokdu” (2019) and “18 Once more” (2020), earlier than touchdown a breakthrough lead position in “True Magnificence,” the place he performed a well-liked pupil, who, regardless of his powerful appears to be like, is definitely form and loving on the within.
He’s additionally a part of the continued authorized drama “Why Her?” and the Netflix musical drama “The Sound of Magic.” Whereas he’s trying ahead to doing extra performing tasks sooner or later, there’s not one particular character he’s raring to play. His focus, Hwang stated, is proving his mettle as an actor.
“It hasn’t been lengthy since I debuted, so proper now the main target isn’t a lot on the sort of position I wish to painting, however the genres that I wish to discover. That’s the way it has at all times been—it’s about me wanting to indicate you my abilities as a proficient actor,” he stated. “That has to come back first. That’s my focus greater than something.”
Whereas the COVID-19 pandemic continues to persist, the world has been slowly opening up. And Hwang can’t look ahead to the day he can lastly spend time along with his Filipino supporters in Korea. “I’ve lengthy been ready for the day my followers can come over to Korea and spend time over there,” he stated.
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