Nam Joo Hyuk is Sweet and Sleek in New November 2020 GQ Korea Pictorial

Four episodes of Start-Up in, I’ll fight anyone who says Nam Joo Hyuk is still a bad actor. He was wonderful in Dazzling (The Light in Your Eyes) but it was easy to chalk up his improvement to acting opposite consummate veterans Han Ji Min and Kim Hye Ja. He has picked bad dramas like Bride of the Water God and got outclassed in other works with other scene-stealers like in School 2015 and Cheese in the Trap. But the Park Hye Ryun magic strikes again, she makes the actors and actresses she picks for her dramas shine and turns the ones on the cusp into stars, like Suzy and Jung Hae In in While You Were Sleeping. So not it’s Nam Joo Hyuk’s turn to show that he can be good, and do it in a high profile youth life and romance drama. Nam Do San is a role that feels made for him, all lanky awkwardness and wells of nerdy sweetness. I want to hear him tell dorky jokes and respond to my flirts with scientific explanations. And also stare at how insanely handsome he is as a specimen, truly a model-turned-actor in visuals.

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