Having lived in Davao Metropolis for 4 years, Hwang In-youp mentioned 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 mentioned 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 comfortable to be again in a rustic I really 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 mentioned.
Davao as a particular place
Hwang, who gained international recognition by way of the 2020 coming-of-age Korean drama sequence, “True Magnificence,” attended two Davao Metropolis-based establishments: the Philippine Nikkei Jin Kai Worldwide Faculty, and the Philippine Ladies’s Faculty 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 keep up a correspondence with them. A few of them are actually professors, and a few of them are actually residing and dealing overseas,” he mentioned. “I really 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 sort of scorching however I really actually like this sort of climate. I discover it drier right here [than in Korea] and it’s fairly nice while you’re underneath the shade,” mentioned the model-turned-actor, who used to frequent Jollibee and Chowking when he was a scholar.
‘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 came upon that I used to be going to the Philippines, they requested me to carry them some dried mangoes. I additionally favored kwek-kwek, which I used to eat on the road.”
The latest fanmeet was mounted by live performance and occasions producer Wilbros Dwell 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 dad and mom put sunscreen on me. That has turn out to be a behavior I preserve to at the present time, particularly if I’ve an out of doors shoot. I additionally placed on a hydrating masks,” he associated.
“Once I take a bathe at night time, I at all times ensure that to complete with a chilly wash on my face. And lip balm is important—I placed on lots of it as a result of now we have 4 seasons in Korea. Right here the place it’s scorching and humid, you in all probability wouldn’t want as a lot,” he mentioned.
And what does he do to unwind? “At night time, I am going within the automotive, put some music on and drive round alone,” he associated.
However apart from bodily well being and look, the psychological and emotional well-being are simply as necessary to take care of.
“As we reside life, we get to some extent the place you turn out to be vital of your self and possibly 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 mentioned.
Hwang entered the Korean leisure business as a runway mannequin in 2017, earlier than venturing to appearing the next yr. He performed supporting roles within the sequence “The Story of Nokdu” (2019) and “18 Once more” (2020), earlier than touchdown a breakthrough lead function in “True Magnificence,” the place he performed a well-liked scholar, who, regardless of his powerful seems, is definitely form and loving on the within.
He’s additionally a part of the continuing authorized drama “Why Her?” and the Netflix musical drama “The Sound of Magic.” Whereas he’s trying ahead to doing extra appearing tasks sooner or later, there’s not one particular character he’s raring to play. His focus, Hwang mentioned, 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 type of function 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 gifted actor,” he mentioned. “That has to return 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 forward to the day he can lastly spend time together 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 mentioned.
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