The rise of Nam Joo Hyuk as a male lead took one of the oddest routes I recall. From his leading man turn early on in his career in School 2015, it was basically one step forward then one step back. That drama his character wasn’t as compelling as the second male lead and the same thing happened 5 years later in Start-up, and in between he was always the male lead but just never got the broad affection of the audiences. So it’s a well deserving moment to see the full spotlight on him now in Twenty Five, Twenty One, and to come after getting questioned for his casting in this drama is even more reassuring. The boy next door has finally become a man onscreen and he definitely straddles that balance in next month’s April 2022 edition of Esquire Korea. The outfits are trendy but he exudes quiet confidence.