He may not necessarily be a boy, but Eric of Shinhwa is our crush of the week! Can you guess why we're totally head over heel for the main man of the legendary K-Pop veterans?
You can say that he's one of the first ever all around perfect player of K-Pop. His stardom began with his visuals and has now grown into a man of multiple skills. Eric helped pave the way for his K-Pop idol juniors in terms of becoming a multi-player who performs on screen as well as he does on stage!
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If you're not already on the Eric-bandwagon, you're going to need to know these following information!
Who's Our BCM?
Eric was born on February 16, 1979 in Seoul as Mun JungHyuk. When he was in middle school, Eric moved to Los Angeles, California, where he spent his high school years. In 1996, he returned to Korea to join SM Entertainment as a trainee. He featured on S.E.S's single "I'm Your Girl" during his trainee years, and finally debuted in 1998 with the stage name Eric. He was the leader and lead rapper of the group Shinhwa. After gaining much love as an idol, he launched his acting career in 2003 with a supporting role for MBC "Breathless". Ever since, Eric took over the entertainment industry as a solid player in both music and acting.
Why We Crush
Eric a king on stage, a king on screen, but now he's taking over the variety world! His unique and joking personality was always a famous choice for variety shows, but Eric has just showcased another incredible talent up his sleeve. The visual veteran king turns out to be a master chef! During his filming of tvN's "Three Meals a Day", the King himself continues to amaze viewers with his amazing sense of cooking. He's been given the nickname "E-Chef" for always knowing how to create delicious and visually appealing dishes. Now all he needs is a beautiful wife to cook for, amirite?
Where We've Seen Him
Eric's most recent critically acclaimed performance was his lead role in tvN's "Again Oh HaeYoung". Eric played the lead male opposite of Seo HyunJin. The drama became a national sensation as it continually brought in stellar ratings. The drama even became the highest rated Monday-Tuesday drama in tvN history. As expected, the pair landed Romantic Comedy King and Romantic Comedy Queen for tvN's drama awards. Eric's performance for "Again Oh HaeYoung" can be listed as one of his most top performances on screen so far!
Where We'll See Him Next
Shinhwa just held their winter concert on December 17th and 18th to celebrate their 18th anniversary since debut. Throughout the nearly 2 decade span of time, the boys stuck with each other through thick and thin. The fact that they are the longest running K-Pop group without once having disbanded makes them a true legend. The legend refuses to stop any time as well! The boys will be returning with their 13th album on January 1st. They have been prepping for the return since November, and have even decided to hold a special stage on KBS's Gayo Dachukjae!
See you on our next week's coverage of Kpopmap's BCM!