Nam Joo-hyuk Before Start-Up

You might be familiar with Nam Joo-hyuk since he started playing an awkward IT geek named phái nam Do-san in tvN’s 2020 famous drama Start-Up. But, do you know that prior khổng lồ that drama, he used lớn play the same awkward, calm guy role in another tvN drama titled Cheese in the Trap (2016)? The drama is an adaptation of a webtoon of the same name, & it tells the story of campus couples with complicated personalities.

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So, are you curious about phái mạnh Joo-hyuk’s appearances in this drama? If you are, kiểm tra out this article lớn find out more!

Nam Joo-hyuk’s Role Announcement


In August 2015, phái nam Joo-hyuk was announced lớn be one of the cast that would be featured in tvN’s drama project Cheese in the Trap. Nam Joo-hyuk, who was a newcomer at that timewas honored lớn play alongside actors lượt thích Kim Go-eun, Park Hae-jin, Seo Kang-joon, Park Min-ji, và even his future ex-girlfriend Lee Sung-kyung. On đứng top of that, it was revealed that he was a loyal reader of the webtoon version of Cheese in the Trap by Soonkki. The drama aired in mid-October 2015 every Monday & Tuesday.

Previously, phái nam Joo-hyuk was involved in KBS2’s drama Who Are You: School 2015. Phái mạnh Joo-hyuk played the lead character alongside the young actress Kim So-hyun.

Cheese in the Trap tells the story of the campus couple Hong Seol (Kim Go-eun) và her boyfriend Yoo Jeong (Park Hae-jin) along with other quirky characters. In the drama, phái nam Joo-hyuk plays Kwon Eun-taek, a handsome & kind-hearted student who is one of Hong-seol’s best friends alongside Jang Bo-ra (Park Min-ji).

The three of them are friendly & inseparable at the university. It turns out, Eun-taek and Bo-ra have been developing feelings for each other và eventually become a couple.

In the webtoon version, Eun-taek is described as a tall và cute student who seems a little clumsy but is a reliable & trustworthy friend. That’s why this role fits nam Joo-hyuk perfectly because of his tall figure và innocent expression. Even though he is not the main character, his presence as the cute and dreamy boyfriend of Hong-seol’s best friend makes K-drama lovers swoon over him.

Nam Joo-hyuk’s Scenes in Cheese in the Trap


As we know, nam Joo-hyuk played the role of Eun-taek, a supporting best friend of Hong Seoul & Bo-ra. Although the three of them are always together, somehow Eun-taek began to lớn develop a crush on Bo-ra. Despite Eun-taek being one year younger than Bo-ra, he always displays the protective oppa aura to lớn his crush. He is also always there for her whenever she needs him.

At first, he acts nervous whenever he’s around Bo-ra (since it was a secret crush). So, he often hides his crush by acting funny or joking around.

But, despite the secrecy, he always acts as a protector to lớn both of his friends and especially his crush. In one of the scenes, he throws a ball after seeing one of the seniors annoying her.


Luckily, Eun-taek became the boyfriend of Bo-ra after his secret crush. And, even when he’s already her boyfriend, he still shows the same attentive side as before. Every scene that features him became a scene where audiences fell in love with his soft charm.

It seems lượt thích Nam Joo-hyuk nailed the character of Eun-taek perfectly!

Nam Joo-hyuk’s Chemistry with Park Min-ji


As we see in the drama, the chemistry between Eun-taek and Bo-ra really hits the roof. Since the two characters are friends prior to lớn becoming a couple, we can see how they are comfortable and natural towards each other. And, part of the reason why their chemistry is spot on is because of the fact that phái mạnh Joo-hyuk and Park Min-ji are friends in real life.


Just like in the drama, nam Joo-hyuk & Park Min-ji lượt thích to tease each other a lot. And, just lượt thích in the drama, Park Min-ji is a senior lớn Nam Joo-hyuk. So, no wonder they really fit the noona-romance concept.

In an interview with X Sports News after the filming finished, Park Min-ji talked about her thoughts on working with nam Joo-hyuk. She said, “Many viewers seem to show love và interest in our acting thanks to lớn the charming Eun-taek. I’m relieved & glad.”

“He’s very comfortable lớn be around, and as he is rather young, we skipped all the awkwardness và became close in no time. Coming up with ideas under the director’s guidance and creating scenes together was comfortable. I had fun. He’s got a witty character, & that made working with him enjoyable,” she added, highlighting the similarities between nam Joo-hyuk & Eun-taek’s characters.

“He was always a cute friend, so I had no choice but lớn view him cutely,” Park Min-ji said regarding her view on her co-star.

The viewers were sometimes quite annoyed when they saw Bo-ra who was conflicted and repeatedly rejected Eun-taek. In a separate interview, Park Min-ji said that she felt the same way about the character she plays.

“I’m also really frustrated. Bora & I are really different when it comes lớn dating. I’m a person who focuses more on what I feel right now. I think it’s not that Bo-ra doesn’t lượt thích Eun-taek, it’s just that she’s too worried about her relationship later. I’ll bởi it if you lượt thích it. Just dating,” said Park Min-ji.


When asked if Park Min-ji likes the type of guy lượt thích Eun-taek, the actress was quite hesitant khổng lồ respond. The reason is, Park Min-ji is not the type of woman who likes younger men.

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“To be honest, Eun-taek is the perfect guy. Even though he is like a friend, he really likes me & sees me as a woman. Moreover, he is tall & handsome,” said the actress.

She went on, “I realized that I really like guys who have a crush on me. I like guys I feel comfortable with. But, there is one problem. I don’t want lớn date younger guys, I like older guys. About Eun-taek, I’m really upset.”