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“He looks both Asian and Western, shows gestures and manners from both cultures, and speaks fluent English.
Daniel Henney is not a farfetched dream, but a dream that could come true.” Getting noticed HENNEY followed his first splash with another short TV series in 2006: “Spring Waltz,” another light romance in which he played a considerate -- if very hot -- foreign manager of a musician (his character, Phillip, was written as an Austrian Korean).
story by ADA TSENG photographs by MITCHELL NGUYEN MCCORMACK/Corbis | styling: JULIET VO grooming: ERICA SAUER @ The Wall Group | stylist’s assistants: LAURYN STONE and TESS OAKLAND For the past eight years, Korean American actor Daniel Henney has been juggling roles on both sides of the Pacific.
Adored as a heartthrob in Korean dramas and films, Henney shot to stardom after playing Dr.
He ended up at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he made the team but rode the bench. His first jobs after university were as a model, work that took him to Europe and Hong Kong.
It was in Hong Kong that he first embraced his Asian background, he says.
Confesses he wouldn’t be able to handle a Korean-language script and isn’t completely comfortable expressing emotions in a Korean way. to an ethnic Korean mother and American father of British descent -- none of these shortcomings hurt if you’re always cast as the Asian-looking American trying to navigate love and relationships in Korea.The tall American with gentle rather than dangerous good looks was an unknown model-actor in Korea until, after begging network executives to take a chance on a foreigner, he landed the role of Dr.Henry Kim in the 2005 TV romance “My Name is Kim Sam-Sun” (“My Lovely Sam-Soon” on English DVDs).“I definitely wouldn’t understand a Korean father-son relationship, but then luckily enough for me, my character doesn’t either,” says the cheerful Henney about his first dramatic role in the upcoming film “My Father.” He plays a Korean who was adopted into an American family, stationed as a U. soldier in South Korea and searching for his birth parents.He finds the man believed to be his father: a murderer living on death row.“Koreans feel the same emotions as everyone else but they express them differently: in the way they argue, the way they shout, the way they pout,” Henney says during an interview in a Seoul photo studio.