Eric Nam continues to be one of the most recognised faces in the Korean entertainment industry by being a do-it-all idol. He's proven he’s capable of doing just about everything including being a singer-songwriter, television host, interviewer and variety star.
Let’s get to know the extremely talented Eric Nam!
1. He was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia in the United States with two younger brothers. As a child he was a part of the Atlanta Boy Choir and got the chance to perform in Italy. (The benefits of singing!)
2. Eric found fame by covering 2NE1’s “Lonely” and uploading it to YouTube. The video went viral and gave him the chance to travel to South Korea and compete in talent show Birth of a Great Star 2, where he placed in the top five. (This is how he started his musical career, signing as a solo artist with B2M Entertainment!)
3. He knows how to speak English and Korean fluently and is also good at Mandarin and Spanish (He’s learning Japanese as well!)
4. Eric and MAMAMOO’s Solar were such a popular duo on We Got Married that they even won the Best Couple Award at the MBC Entertainment Awards 2016 (They really did have hilarious chemistry together!)
5. For his hobbies he likes to try new foods, travel to different places and meet new people.
6. Eric used to dance to Shinhwa with his brothers growing up and had a crush on female K-pop stars Lee Hyori and BoA when he was younger!
7. He has interviewed Hollywood stars such as Emma Watson, Paris Hilton, Chris Pratt, Robert Downey Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch. (Seems like he’s the go-to interviewer for celebrities travelling to South Korea).
8. Eric is good friends with fellow American idols such as Ailee, Amber (f(x)), Mark (GOT7) and Peniel (BTOB) to name a few.
9. He was named GQ Korean Man of the Year in 2016 and in the following year he was listed on Forbes' 30 Under 30 Asia list. (Huge accomplishments!)
10. Non-Eric Nam fans would probably be able to recognise him as the host of Arirang’s popular show After School Club from 2013 to 2016. (He co-hosted with 15&’s Jimin and former U-KISS member Kevin)
11. He loves cleanliness although due to his schedule he’s unable to clean as much as he’d like.
12. Eric released his first English single with artist KOLAJ called “Into You”. The music video stars Ian Chen who is one of the sons on popular show Fresh Off The Boat.
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