Park Hae Jin: From homebody to superstar

The actor made his first official visit to our sunny shores

The actor made his first official visit to our sunny shores
The actor made his first official visit to our sunny shores
17 Apr 2016

The actor made his first official visit to our sunny shores

Video: Tay Yixuan

Part of the job description for celebrities is constantly being in the public eye – whether they like it or not. For Korean actor Park Hae Jin, a recent explosion of popularity has been attributed to his role as Yoojung (also known as sunbae, literally transcribed to senior) in hit drama Cheese in the Trap.

He, however, has not always thought that he would become an actor. “I majored in the arts so if I wasn’t an actor, I think I’d be a designer,” he mused at the open press conference held at West Coast Plaza. “I only knew for sure that I wanted to be an actor around 12 years ago, slightly before I scored my first drama role,” the 32-year-old continued.

Being thrust into the limelight has caused the self-professed introvert to wish for a more low-key lifestyle. “It’s something ordinary that is has become really difficult for me to achieve – but if I had the chance to, I’d like to go on (a date) somewhere crowded such as Myeong-dong,” Park Hae Jin shared.


The actor made his first official visit to our sunny shores
The actor made his first official visit to our sunny shores
17 Apr 2016

The actor made his first official visit to our sunny shores

“When it comes to my ideal type, I don’t have a specific set of physical traits – I’d wish to find someone who, like me, enjoys staying at home and looking after the children that we’ll have,” Park Hae Jin said.

While the actor is someone who prefers spending his free time collecting items such as shoes, figurines and furniture, he is widely regarded to be a celebrity that cares deeply about his fans – something that we managed to witness first-hand.

The actor partook in an impromptu event for fans at the end of the press conference, stepping off stage to shake as many hands as he could as he slowly made his way around the venue, which was packed with hundreds of screaming fans.

A young female fan, who started crying even before the star came into her vicinity, fainted when he got closer, which prompted the actor to try to clear a protective circle around her. When that failed, his guards quickly lifted her within the barricaded area and made sure that she was seated with staff tending to her before he proceeded to greet more fans.

The actor made his first official visit to our sunny shores
The actor made his first official visit to our sunny shores
17 Apr 2016

The actor made his first official visit to our sunny shores

Before he left the venue, he returned to the still sobbing girl, asking after her condition, patting her head and speaking worriedly to the staff before he put his game face back on and left the venue with a huge smile.

Having left such a positive impression during his first official visit to Singapore despite his decade-long career, coupled with his packed work schedule for the following year (he’s slated to play a bodyguard to a celebrity in upcoming drama Man to Man, and will possibly star in the movie adaptation of Cheese in the Trap, among other projects), we foresee his ever-growing popularity to bring him back to our sunny shores in the near future. Until then, sunbae!

The actor made his first official visit to our sunny shores
The actor made his first official visit to our sunny shores
17 Apr 2016

The actor made his first official visit to our sunny shores

Park Hae Jin gets up close and personal with fans during his impromptu handshake event.

The actor made his first official visit to our sunny shores
The actor made his first official visit to our sunny shores
17 Apr 2016

The actor made his first official visit to our sunny shores

The actor, whose hometown is Busan, shared that like many of his fellow men from the port city, he is not a romantic person and rarely shows any aegyo (cute display of affection) - but gamely tried his hand at it at his fans' request.

The actor made his first official visit to our sunny shores
The actor made his first official visit to our sunny shores
17 Apr 2016

The actor made his first official visit to our sunny shores

This being his tenth year in showbiz, Park Hae Jin shared being able to give back as much as he's received as one of his aims for the year.

The actor made his first official visit to our sunny shores
The actor made his first official visit to our sunny shores
17 Apr 2016

The actor made his first official visit to our sunny shores

He named a project which involves bromance (did anyone else think of Descendants of the Sun's Song Joong Ki and Jin Goo?) as one of the roles he'd like to try in the near future.

The actor made his first official visit to our sunny shores
The actor made his first official visit to our sunny shores
17 Apr 2016

The actor made his first official visit to our sunny shores

The actor made his first official visit to our sunny shores
The actor made his first official visit to our sunny shores
17 Apr 2016

The actor made his first official visit to our sunny shores

The actor made his first official visit to our sunny shores
The actor made his first official visit to our sunny shores
17 Apr 2016

The actor made his first official visit to our sunny shores

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