[Article] Looking East – Daniel Henney’s interview

June 27, 2011 –  Many thanks to  ☆★Starz★☆  for sharing this article with HUSA!  ^_^  DH has the BEST fans ALL over the world!  ♥   [June 29, 2011]  Thank you to Lorena Umanzor for translating parts of the article in Spanish – muchas gracias a ti, Lo!  TQM ♥

The following article is from Singapore’s newspaper, Strait Times – Urban, written by Ian Lee, discussing Daniel’s modeling days, how he’d like to do more movies in Asia and offering some style & grooming tips.  For your convenience, the article has been transcribed below, in both English & Spanish, and follows the pictures.   



Despite speaking no Korean when he landed a starring role in the TV series My Name is Kim Sam Soon in 2005, Korean-American model-turned-actor Daniel Henney shot to super stardom in South Korea.

Now, the star can proudly state that he speaks fluent Korean.

“I speak Korean like a 14-year-old.  I can’t have a political debate, but I’m now fluent in the language,” Henney told Urban in a 30-minute interview at The St. Regis Singapore hotel.

The 31-year-old was in town as a guest of Italian house Prada, to celebrate the unveiling of its Paragon store’s new two-storey tall facade with a fall/winter 2011 showcase last month.

He was decked out in Prada for the interview – a beige suit, checked shirt and espadrille soled brown lace-ups from the brand’s spring/summer 2011 collection.

Born in Carson City, Michigan, he is the only child of a Korean-American mother, a nurse and a British-American father, who worked in an automotive factory.

Henney started modelling in the United States in 2001 while attending college.

He had always wanted to act and began acting classes in New York around the same time.  He landed a few plays, but got his big break with My Name Is Kim Sam Soon, after travelling to South Korea to cast for an advertisement.

Before he was a television and movie sensation, Henney climbed the fashion ranks to be a top model, strutting the runways in Milan and Paris in 2004 and 2005 for labels such as Gucci, Roberto Cavalli, Valentino and Yves Saint Laurent.

“I prefer acting to modelling for sure,” he said earnestly.  “But I wouldn’t be where I am if not for modelling.  It taught me to be comfortable in front of the camera and understand the entertainment industry.”

His big break came in 2003 when American designer and then creative director of Gucci, Tom Ford, booked Henney exclusively for Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent shows.  The media quickly dubbed him “Tom Ford’s Asian sensation”.

Henney called that period the “happiest moment of my life”, adding that “any compliment from Tom is amazing”.

When asked if he would ever return to runway modelling, he said: “I would consider it if it was for a great brand, like Prada, for instance.”

In the meantime, he is kept busy.  Fashion and beauty brands have flocked to the bankable star – featuring him in fashion campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger and Esprit, and commercials for luxury skincare brand BioTherm and Korean fashion label Bean Pole International, alongside actress Gwyneth Paltrow.

Now based in Los Angeles, Henney returns to South Korea once a month as a commitment to his endorsement deals there.

He has a Singapore connection as well.  The hunk worked with local songbird Stefanie Sun eight years ago when they starred in a Taiwanese commercial for hairspray brand Lux Hairstylist.  He played a policeman who stops her for speeding.

“I was a young model then and nervous about the job.  She was very shy during the shoot too.  I just read in the news that she just got married and I’m very happy for her,” he said.

Henney followed up his small screen debut with lead roles in 2006 in two South Korean films, the romantic comedy, Seducing Mr. Robin, and the drama, My Father.

The critics were impressed and he picked up seven acting awards in the country.

Hollywood soon beckoned.  In 2009, he made his Hollywood debut as Agent Zero in the film X-Men Origins: Wolverine.  He also got a part in the American television drama, Three Rivers.

He has been cast in a new flick and filming began last month in Shanghai.

And there is good news for Asian fans – the heart-throb hopes to star in more Asian films.

“I don’t really care if it’s a Hollywood film or South Korean movie, to be honest.  I’d love to do a film in Singapore or Hong Kong if given the chance.  Everyone is looking to the East now and I’d like to make more movies in Asia.”




What are your favourite fashion labels and why?


Prada’s menswear is classic, timeless and sums up my style.  I like the fit of Dolce & Gabbana’s suits. Gucci also tends to fit me perfectly.  So these are my three favourite labels.


What are your fashion must-haves and why?


Definitely a good pair of jeans.  I always take three pairs with me when I travel.  I like to have a few options – skinnier cuts are in now, but I also mix things up with boot cuts.

 A scarf or a muffler is another must-have for me- I think it makes a guy look sexy.  I’m always wearing one in Los Angeles.  It makes a great look when worn with a V-neck shirt, jeans and a pair of shades.


What is your grooming must-have and why?


Being in show business, I understand the value of moisturiser and suncreen to protect the skin.  I try to preach their use to my dad and mum, who sometimes go into the backyard to do chores for hours under the sun.

 The other thing is my shaver because I have super sensitive skin.  I know it sounds strange, but I get my shavers from a store in Los Angeles which sells wigs.  The razor blade has jagged edges and it shaves without leaving bumps on my skin.


What is your latest splurge?


I recently bought a distressed leather jacket for US $800 (S$986) from a vintage store in Los Angeles.  It’s a bomber jacket which is quite a classic item.


What is one fashion rule you always abide by and why?


I think fashion is about being comfortable with yourself and being confident.  Someone with attitude can rock even a T-shirt with boots. 

Many men don’t have a clue about what works for their bodies, and wear shirts and jeans that are too big.  I’d say it’s important to understand your body – if you work out, it’s okay to show it off.




Para las chicas de habla hispana, aqui le dejamos un poco sobre el articulo de Daniel. BESOS y disfrutenlo 🙂 …Lo!

En la entrvista vestia ropa de Prada, para la inaguracion de Paragon de dos plantas de altura con una fachada de otoño / invierno de 2011

Habla de su incursion al modelaje en el año 2001 en USA mientras asistia a la Universidad.

Su gran oportunidad llegó en 2003 cuando el diseñador estadounidense y director creativo de Gucci, Tom Ford, lo contrato exclusivamente para Gucci e Yves Saint Laurent

Los medios de comunicación rápidamente lo apodaron “sensación asiática de Tom Ford

“Prefiero actuar para modelar con certeza”, dijo con seriedad. “Pero yo no estaría aquí si no estoy a favor de modelos. Me enseñó a ser cómodo delante de la cámara y entender la industria del entretenimiento. ”

Henney llama ese período, el “momento más feliz de mi vida”, y agregó que “cualquier elogio de Tom es increíble”.

Cuando se le preguntó si alguna vez volvería a modelar dijo: “Lo consideraría si fuera parr una gran marca, como Prada, por ejemplo.”

Ahora con sede en Los Angeles, Henney vuelve a Corea del Sur una vez al mes como un compromiso con sus acuerdos de patrocinio allí.

Él ha sido lanzado en una nueva película y el rodaje comenzó el mes pasado en Shanghai.

Y hay buenas noticias para los fans de Asia – el rompecorazones espera a la estrella en más películas asiáticas.

“Realmente no me importa si es una película de Hollywood o una película de Corea del Sur, para ser honesto. Me encantaría hacer una película en Singapur o Hong Kong, si tuviera la oportunidad. Todo el mundo está mirando hacia el Este y ahora me gustaría hacer más películas en Asia. ”

Preguntas que le hicieron

¿Cuáles son sus marcas de moda favorita y por qué?

Ropa de hombre de Prada es un clásico, y resume mi estilo. Me gusta la forma de Dolce & Gabbana se adapte. Gucci también me suele encajar perfectamente. Así que estos son mis tres marcas favoritas.

¿Cuáles son sus elementos imprescindibles de la moda y por qué?

Sin duda, un buen par de jeans. Siempre llevo tres pares conmigo cuando viajo. Me gusta tener algunas opciones – cortes delgados son ahora, pero también una buena mezcla con los cortes de arranque.

Un pañuelo o una bufanda es otro must-have para mí, creo que tiene un tipo look sexy. Estoy siempre con una en Los Angeles. Tiene un gran aspecto cuando se usa con una camisa con cuello en V, jeans y un par de tonos.

¿Cuál es su preparación hay que tener y por qué?

Estar en el mundo del espectáculo, entiendo el valor de la crema hidratante y suncreen para proteger la piel. Trato de predicar su uso a mi papá y mi mamá, que a veces entran en el patio trasero para hacer las tareas durante horas bajo el sol.

La otra cosa es mi máquina de afeitar, porque tengo la piel sensible super. Sé que suena extraño, pero tengo mis máquinas de afeitar de una tienda en Los Ángeles que vende pelucas. La hoja de afeitar tiene bordes irregulares y afeita sin dejar protuberancias en la piel.

¿Cuál es su última derrochar?

Hace poco compré una chaqueta de cuero en dificultades para EE.UU. $ 800 (S $ 986) de un almacén de la vendimia en Los Angeles. Es una chaqueta de aviador lo cual es un elemento clásico.

¿Qué es una regla de la moda siempre cumplir y por qué?

Creo que la moda se trata de estar cómodo con uno mismo y tener confianza. Una persona con actitud puede oscilar hasta una camiseta con las botas.

Muchos hombres no tienen ni idea de lo que funciona para su cuerpo, y usar las camisas y los pantalones vaqueros que son demasiado grandes. Yo diría que es importante entender que su cuerpo – si usted se resuelve, está bien para demostrar que fuera.


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