-Name: Kim Hyun Jin
-Date of birth: August 24th, 1996
-Height: 6′ 2″
-Debut: the 2015 F/W Seoul Fashion Week
-Role model: I don’t have a role model, but I certainly have an actor I admire: Ma Dong Seok. I am a big fan of his. At first, his drama Bad Guys got me into him. I have since watched his movies, including Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time and The Outlaws. I even watched The Outlaws 16 times. But I watched The Roundup only three times since I was filming Cheer Up. I was so happy when I had the chance to attend the VIP premiere for Men of Plastic. Watching Ma Dong Seok from afar made me nervous to death and I can’t just imagine meeting him in person.
-One thing you must do every day: Getting on the scale. I weigh myself every day because I want to gain weight. I lose weight if I don’t check my weight every now and then. I want to build muscle and gain about 22 pounds.
-Things you’re passionate about nowadays: Doing interviews. I went to Hawaii by myself just recently after the show’s wrap. I enjoyed traveling alone and loved the vibe there.
-Three things you always carry around in your bag: AirPods, a lip balm, and a toothbrush set. My lips are pretty dry, so I always make sure to keep them hydrated. And I always carry around the toothbrush set just in case.
-Favorite music/film: I think all of my favorite lines are from The Outlaws. I love every single line Ma Dong Seok says. They are so humorous, so I can’t just pick one. And I love hip-hop music. If I had to pick one, it would be “I Need A break” by Swings.
Kim Hyun Jin says he dreamt of becoming an actor when he was a fashion model as he watched his predecessors rise to fame with their acting careers. “Every time I think of the moment I became part of the Cheer Up team, I wonder, ‘how did it happen?'” The actor said he woke up to the dream-come-true news about his casting in the drama. He shared, “I was so happy at first but quickly got anxious. I was very nervous up until I began filming the drama. But once the shooting began, I could let go of some of the pressures I had. This project allowed me to learn a lot from others and meet good people.”
Following Cheer Up’s wrap, Kim Hyun Jin will bid goodbye to 2022. “Cheer Up is the work that shaped me and introduced me to the world. After finishing the drama, I feel like being discharged from the military. I was like, ‘I got through this. I made it through. But is it really over?’ It feels so unreal,” he shared while looking back at this year.