It may not feel like it, but we’re midway through 2019. But before we start panicking about our unresolved new year’s resolutions, let’s take a break and indulge in some fine men who are turning a year older in June.
From local celebs such as Andie Chen and Allan Wu to South Korean heartthrobs Lee Min-ho and Park Bo-gum, here are the yummy men to wish a happy birthday to.
Text: Ho Guo Xiong
Additional text: Zoe Zeng
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Allan Wu (June 11, 1972)
Chinese-American Allan Wu turns 47 in June, but we think the boyish actor-host could probably beat us in the gym easy. With his rugged good looks and trim physique, Allan has become a poster boy for fitness since gracing the debut issue of Men’s Health Singapore in 2003. His secret? The father of two, who was married to former actress Wong Li Lin, revealed to Young Parents in 2018 that his favourite three exercises are push-ups, pull-ups and swimming. So if you ever need motivation to get back to your workout routine, head to his Instagram where he posts many photos of his own fitness journey, as well as glimpses into his family and personal life. Else, you can catch him on TV, where he serves as the host for The Amazing Race Asia and The Amazing Race China.
Park Bo-gum (June 16, 1993)
With roles in hit series such as Reply 1988 (2015-2016), Love in the Moonlight (2016) and Encounter (2018) and movies including The Admiral: Roaring Currents (2014) and Coin Locker Girl (2015), Park Bo-gum’s fame has skyrocketed, with the soon-to-be 26-year-old becoming one of the most sought after actors in South Korea. It’s no surprise, since he has been blessed with youthful and boyish features and an enviably smooth mien that just screams boy next door. If you missed interacting with him during his fan meeting in Singapore in March, you won’t have to wait long to watch him on the big screen again as he is said to be in the midst of filming a sci-fi thriller, Seo Bok, alongside heavyweight actor Gong Yoo.
Andie Chen (June 16, 1985)
You might have seen him in local dramas such as The Little Nyonya (2008), The Journey (2013-2015) and The Lead (2017), but did you know that Andie Chen has his very own YouTube channel? Titled Kandie Family, the channel features videos of him and his loving wife, fellow artiste Kate Pang, together with their two kids Aden and Avery, covering a range of topics from parenting insights to getting a glimpse into their family life. Beyond his multiple talents (he is able to do a split too), Andie, who turns 33 in June, is also this year’s Children’s Cancer Foundation (CCF) ambassador and recently shaved his head to support Hair For Hope, a fundraiser for the CCF. Hot, talented and compassionate? We’re obsessed.
Lee Min-ho (June 22, 1987)
Lee Min-ho first stole our hearts as a bad boy in his breakthrough role as Go Jun-pyo in South Korean drama Boys Over Flowers (2009) and he has continued to captivate us since, with dramas such as City Hunter (2011), The Heirs (2013) and Legend of the Blue Sea (2016) which he stars with fellow top Hallyu star Gianna Jun Ji-hyun. Min-ho, who turns 32, just finished his stint in the military in April this year. We’re all waiting with bated breath for this dashing actor’s next role in fantasy romance drama The King: Permanent Monarch with Goblin’s Kim Go-eun, which is set to release next year.
Nichkhun (June 24, 1988)
Don’t let his big, bright eyes and baby face fool you. Thai-American singer-actor Nichkhun boasts a ripped physique that is the envy of many. After all, Nichkhun is part of South Korean boyband 2PM, whose members pride themselves with having buff bodies and and a tough, masculine image. While you and Nichkhun (he turns 31 this month) wait for his fellow bandmates to be done with military service (he is exempted as he isn’t South Korean), you can tune in to his solo album, ME, that was released earlier this year.
Rain (June 25, 1982)
Behind Jung Ji-hoon’s boyish appearance and killer body (go on, Google it) lies a whole host of sick dance moves and acting abilities. Going by his stage name Rain, the multi-hyphenate is remembered as one of the pioneers of the Hallyu wave with his solo musical career and his Hollywood entry with roles in Speed Racer (2008) and Ninja Assassin (2009). Turning 37 in June, Rain is happily married to fellow A-lister, South Korean actress Kim Tae Hee and they welcomed their first daughter in 2017. Rain recently wrapped up a performance at the Asian Culture Carnival in Beijing, alongside heavyweights such as local singer JJ Lin and pianist Lang Lang.