10 Must-Know Things About Everyone's Fave, "Crash Landing On You" Military Man Hyun Bin!
Ri Jeong-hyeok fan girls and boys, this one's for you!
Where do we even begin?
Crash Landing on You has definitely reignited our love for K-Dramas, thanks to its expertly written plot (Korean screenwriters have seriously mastered the art of suspense and whipping up heart-thumping twists!), non-generic character arcs, to-die-for onscreen couples (although Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin have repeatedly denied dating rumors, much to our dismay), fashionable moments, and of course, interpretations of love and happily-ever-afters that leave us wanting more, more, more.
But CLOY, as it has come to be known on the Internet these days, is especially popular because of a whole other reason: the charm of its leading man, Hyun Bin, and the perfect pairing of his real-life personality and brooding onscreen character.
His fandom has grown considerably since his breakout role in 2005 K-Drama My Name Is Kim Sam Soon, and it's easy to understand why; he's an even lovelier person when he's away from cameras, and there are some truly inspiring things about his career and perspectives on life.
So as not to keep you waiting any longer, we collected a series of must-know things about the charming 37-year-old that both his most dedicated and newly earned fans will surely appreciate!
Hyun Bin isn't big on binging, especially when it comes to alcohol. He indulges in a celebratory drink from time to time or a tall glass of beer to unwind, but otherwise, his drinking habits end there. He's not big on partying, clubbing, or staying out till the wee hours of the morning like many of his peers do. Talk about a good guy!
Hyun Bin's most dedicated fans (read: those who've been going gaga over him since the mid-2000s) will probably already know this, but for the sake of new fans, it's about time they learn the basics! Hyun Bin was born on September 25, 1982 and his real name is Kim Tae-pyung.
If you haven't swooned enough at this point, perhaps learning that he acts, and sings too, will do the trick? That's right. His artistic chops extend to romantic balladeering, and he was so good at it that he almost joined a band and made that his career at one point.
Not surprising is the fact that Hyun Bin is an extremely private person! He barely has a social media presence and lives majority of his life in, well, real life and doesn't open up much about the most intimidate details of his personal business online.
His role as a military man has actual basis in real life; as a South Korean man, he completed his military enlistment and participated in the Seoul Reclamation Anniversary Marine Marathon Competition, an event meant to celebrate Korean soldiers reclaiming the city of Seoul during the Korean war.
He took his time in the military seriously and didn't just treat it as an experience needed to comply with government regulations. As an enlisted marine, he took the time to get to know himself as a person, rather than as an actor playing different roles in front of the camera.
Introspection and deep reflection are things he takes seriously. In fact, they were two of his main goals for joining the marines in his 20s. The experience wasn't simply to comply with government regulation, but a chance for him to better know who he truly was as a person, rather than actor always in the limelight adhering to expectations of so many groups of people.
He's happily single. He's been linked to several Korean actresses in the past including his CLOY co-star Son Ye-jin, but is in reality not in a relationship. We don't know why he hasn't settled down just yet, but either way, if he's happy, then we're happy!
He once considered singing, instead of acting, as his career path. He's a balladeer, if you didn't already know that yet, but chose to pursue a life onscreen instead.
Once in a while, he craves independence. That is, life away from the spotlight, considering the culture that Korean celebs (K-pop stars included) must comply with. He's in the know of the restrictions and limitations of celeb life in Korea, and while he usually doesn't mind, there are definitely times when he feels like he could be more free to explore his own path, professionally speaking, without raising eyebrows in the process.
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